Season Dates: 8 August – 19 December, Screenings Monday and Thursday, 7.30pm
The Mercury, 13 Morphett Street, mercurycinema.org.au
Launch event: Monday 8 August, drinks and canapés served from 6.30pm, screening 7.30pm
Season 2 of Ten News Adelaide Cinémathèque, a must for all cinephiles, launches on Monday 8 August, 7.30pm at the Mercury Cinema with an unmissable screening of 1945 romantic classic Les Enfants Du Paradis (Children of Paradise).
The Cinémathèque is dedicated to screening significant films from the history of cinema and this year’s program includes a diverse range of classic and contemporary films showcasing directors, actors and thematic series.
Set among the Parisian theatre scene, Marcel Carné’s Les Enfants Du Paradis is a tragic tale of the beautiful courtesan Garance and the four men who love her.
Other Season 2 highlights include Terrence Malick: The Restless Search for Epiphany. In the wake of Terrence Malick’s recent release, Tree of Life, this season will feature a selection of his haunting and abstract films, including his 1973 debut Badlands and the 2006 retelling of Pocahontas, The New World, starring Christian Bale and Colin Farrell.
Lovers of Australian film were saddened by news of the demise earlier this year of iconic Australian actor Bill Hunter. The Australian Everyman: Bill Hunter pays tribute to the celebrated actor who appeared in more than 60 films. The season features Peter Weir’s emblematic Gallipoli (1981), Philip Noyce’s Newsfront (1978), Craig Lahiff’s Fever (1988) and the unforgettable 1994 comedy Muriel’s Wedding (PJ Hogan).
A celebration of one of the most recognisable and irresistible cinematic genres, Dark Seduction: Film Noir’s Bad Girls looks at the sultry temptresses whose charms would seduce a man into committing unheard of crimes. Don’t miss Robert Siodmak’s murderous and beautiful love story The Killers (1946), based on a Ernest Hemingway story and starring Ava Gardner and Burt Lancaster or Orson Wells’ enthralling 1947 mystery, Lady From Shanghai.
The 80s Brat Pack, a program of 80s cult classics includes John Hughes widely loved 1985 comedy The Breakfast Club and Joel Schumacher’s St Elmo’s Fire (1985).
The 2011 Cinémathèque season finishes with a special Christmas Screening of Joe Dante’s 1984 comic horror cult classic Gremlins.
At the end of selected sessions, members are invited to join Mercury staff and volunteers for a complimentary drink after the movie, thanks to Barossa Valley Brewing. Stay and chat about your favourite actors, auteurs, scenes and themes, talk about what you loved and didn’t love and what you want to see more of on the big screen at Cinémathèque.
Ten News Adelaide Cinémathèque is programmed by Mat Kesting and the MRC Members’ Exhibition Group. Mat’s top five selections are:
Marcel Carné’s Les Enfants Du Paridis – Exquisite French romance
Phillip Noyce’s Newsfront – Enthralling Australian drama
Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity – Film noir masterpiece
Ousmane Sembene’s Ceddo – An incredible film from one of the first African filmmakers
Luichino Visconti’s The Leopard – Visually stunning Italian epic
The full Season 2 program is available at: mercurycinema.org.au Screenings are only available to society members, but anyone can join and becoming a member is easy and great value. Sign up on the spot at any Ten News Adelaide Cinémathèque session or phone 8410 0979.