Radical films: John Hughes film screening & talk at RMIT Gallery

On Thursday 20 October from 5.30-7.30 pm, RMIT Gallery screens Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens In Australia. The documentary film, directed by John Hughes, recalls the birth of Indonesia, and the impact of a small film and its legacy for Australian documentary film culture.

Adjunct Prof John Hughes will introduce his film, and answer questions after the screening.

Ivens’ film was an activist documentary that depicted the crucial role of Australian trade union support in the establishment of the new Republic of Indonesia. All those who worked on it became ‘adversely known’ to the security services.

Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens In Australia revisits the making of Ivens’ radical film, Australia’s early relationship with Indonesia and the impact of Ivens’ film.

Hughes has been recognised with a Lifetime Membership at the Australian Directors Guild (ADG) awards, and has been nominated for many awards for his films including the Australian Film Institute (AFI) awards and the Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIE awards.

An independent producer, writer and director for film, television and online media, Hughes’ work has engaged with Australian cultural and political history and issues over a number of decades. Among his credits are After Mabo, TrapsMoving HistoryThe Art Of WarOne Way Street and the cinema feature What I Have Written.

Hughes’ films have been screened at major national and international festivals, and broadcast by such networks as the ABC and SBS. He has a PhD by practice from RMIT’s School of Media and Communication and had a fellowship from the AFI Research Collection (a specialist film library housed at RMIT).

Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens In Australia is part of the RMIT Gallery’s public programs for the current exhibition Radical Actions (until 22 October) that showcases work by contemporary Irish artists to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland.

Together with RMIT’s research centre for Communication, Politics and Culture, RMIT Gallery’s complementary ‘Images of Revolution’ film program presents films that reflect a deep commitment to social change and progressive politics.

What: Film screening: Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens in Australia

When: Thursday 20 October from 5.30-7.30 pm

Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Bookings: Free. Register here

Strikebound revisited: Richard Lowenstein talk & film screening at RMIT Gallery

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On Thursday 13 October 5.30-7 pm RMIT Gallery screens the Director’s Cut of the digitally remastered version of Strikebound, the 1984 film that reconstructs the true story of a coal miners’ strike in the small Victorian town of Korumburra in the mid-30’s.

Celebrated Australian film and music video director Richard Lowenstein will give a short talk and answer questions after the screening.

Lowenstein has written and directed the feature films including Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard, Dogs in Space, He Died with a Felafel in His Hand, and Strikebound, as well as numerous award-winning music-videos, concert films and commercials.

Lowenstein wrote the ‘docudrama’ Strikebound about the Gippsland coal workers’ strike of 1937, adapting the screenplay from the book by author Wendy Lowenstein, a pioneer in oral history, notable for her recording of people’s everyday experiences and her advocacy of social activism.

Strikebound, featuring Chris Haywood, Hugh Keays-Byrne, and Carol Burns is based on the real-life story of two remarkable characters, Wattie Doig, a miner who became a militant Communist activist, and his wife, Agnes, who progressed from staunch Presbyterianism to membership in the Salvation Army and, finally, to labor organization.

Strikebound is part of the RMIT Gallery’s public programs for the current exhibition Radical Actions (until 22 October) that showcases work by contemporary Irish artists to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland.

Together with RMIT’s research centre for Communication, Politics and Culture, RMIT Gallery’s complementary ‘Images of Revolution’ film program presents films that reflect a deep commitment to social change and progressive politics.

Film critic Richard Kuipers calls Strikebound ‘a rare example of Australian political filmmaking’. Kupiers writes: ‘Strikebound takes a sympathetic look at one of the most significant events in the nation’s industrial history. The Sunbeam Colliery strike of 1937 was the first sit-in (occupation) by workers and its ultimate success provided a great boost for the Australian trade union movement – especially during the Depression when jobs were scarce and workers were not protected by many of the laws passed in the postwar era.” Read Kuipers’ extensive notes on the film.

What: Strikebound – film screening of digitally remastered Director’s Cut.

When: Thursday 13 October 5.30-7 pm

Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne.

Guest speaker: Director Richard Lowenstein

Bookings: FREE – register for tickets

Images of Revolution film program

eat-your-childrenRMIT Gallery’s exhibition Radical Actions (until 22 October) showcases work by contemporary Irish artists to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland.
Together with RMIT’s research centre for Communication, Politics and Culture, RMIT Gallery’s complementary ‘Images of Revolution’ film program presents a curated selection of films that reflect a deep commitment to social change and progressive politics.
The free film screenings at RMIT Gallery include talks by film directors and academics, exploring filming traditions of resistance.
Thursday 6 October, 5.30-7.30 pm  Australian premiere of the new timely and provocative Irish documentary Eat Your Children will include tastings from Dublin based Teeling Whiskey. Book here
Tuesday 11 October, 1-2 pm The Australian documentary Michael, They’ve Shot Them explores the impact in the Australian Catholic community of the 1916 Easter Rising, with a talk  by director Eoin Hahessy.Book here
Thursday 13 October, 5.30-7 pm Renowned Australian film director Richard Lowenstein will discuss his 1984 film Strikebound, and take questions after the screening of this digitally remastered director’s cut of the film. Book here
Thursday 20 October, 5.30-7.30 pm  Australian documentary Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens in Australia, recalls the birth of Indonesia. Director John Hughes talks the impact about Ivens small film had and its legacy for Australian documentary film culture.Book here
Friday 21 October 1-2.30 pm The Battle of Chile, Part 1, is Patricio Guzmán’s epic chronicle of Chile’s peaceful socialist revolution, and of the violent counter-revolution against it. Dr Antonio Castillo, Director of the CPC, will discuss how the film changed concepts of political documentary.Book here 

RMIT Gallery Images of Revolution film screenings start tonight

Tonight’s special evening screening of Rocky Road to Dublin at RMIT Gallery provides an important portrait of Ireland in the Sixties, and is part of the film program that complements the Irish exhibition Radical Actions.

As artists have always played a key role in shaping cultural identity, and given the far reaching repercussions of the 1916 Rising, RMIT Gallery and the Communication, Politics and Culture Research Centre present Images of Revolution – six films that reflect a deep commitment to social change and progressive politics.

Directed by Peter Lennon, with cinematography by Raoul Coutard,  Rocky Road to Dublin will be introduced by documentary maker David Muir ACS BSC. Event – Thursday 29 September 5.30-7.30 pm. Free – register here.

Encouraged by the controversy he had stirred with a series of newspaper articles and inspired by French ‘New Wave’ filmmakers, Dublin-born Peter Lennon, who worked in Paris as a journalist for a decade, revisited his native country in 1967 to make a film assessing the state of the nation.

Muir (pictured above, in orange) lived and worked in Europe in the 60s and 70s and was a colleague and close friend of cinematographer Raoul Coutard (above, black and white photo), who he describes as “as an independent ‘Radical’ in all ways”.

Lennon took the then young, now legendary, cinematographer Raoul Coutard with him and they created a provocative and revealing portrait of Ireland, a society characterised by a stultifying educational system, a morally repressive and politically reactionary clergy, a myopic cultural nationalism, and a government which seemingly knew no boundary between church and state.

Muir will talk about the Paris Lennon and Coutard left for Dublin, and Coutard as a radical in both use of camera and ideas.

 

Images of Revolution film program

On Thursday 6 October 5.30-6.30 pm, RMIT Gallery presents the Australian premiere of the provocative new Irish activist film Eat Your Children (dir. Treasa O’Brien & Mary Jane O’Leary) 2015. Bookings

With tastings from Dublin distillery Teeling Whiskey.

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The screening of Eat Your Children has been generously sponsored by the EU Centre at RMIT. Guest speaker: Liam Ward, Associate lecturer, RMIT

Tuesday 11 October 1–2 pm

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Michael, They’ve Shot Them (dir. Eoin Hahessy) 45 min. Australia. Book here 

Guest Speaker, Eoin Hahessy, film director.

Thursday 13 October 5.30–7.00 pm

Strikebound (dir. Richard Lowenstein) 1984. 101 min. Australia.Book here 

Guest Speaker, Richard Lowenstein, film director.

Thursday 20 October 5.30–7.30 pm

Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens In Australia (dir. John Hughes) 2009. 90 mins. Australia. Book here 

Guest speaker: Adjunct Prof Dr John Hughes, film director.

Friday 21 October 1-2.30 pm

The Battle of Chile, Part 1: The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie (dir. Patricio Guzmán) 1975. 96 min. Chile. Book here 

Guest speaker: Dr Antonio Castillo, Director of the Centre for Communication, Politics and Culture, CPC, RMIT University.

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Radical Actions: Irish artists join us at RMIT Gallery

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Radical Actions curator Linda Shevlin (centre) with artists Jesse Jones and Seamus Nolan, outside RMIT Gallery in Melbourne.

Curator Linda Shevlin and artists Jesse Jones and Seamus Nolan are in Melbourne for the opening of their exhibition Radical Actions on Thursday 8 September 6-8 pm, featuring Teeling Whiskey tastings. Join us!

On Friday 9 September from 1-2.30 pm, our Irish visitors will take audiences through the exhibition, and join Associate Professor Chris Hudson from RMIT’s Communication, Politics and Culture Research Centre to discuss responses to the 1916 Easter Rising 200 years on and the role of artists in imagining and reassessing national identities forged in revolution. Register here for tickets to the Images of Rebellion tour and talk.

Radical Actions (RMIT Gallery: 9 September – 22 October) curated by Linda Shevlin, features new and existing work by Kennedy Browne (Gareth Kennedy & Sarah Browne), Duncan Campbell, Jesse Jones and Seamus Nolan that explores the after effects of Irish independence and self-governance.

“The 1916 Commemoration should not be a time for soft words or a gazing backwards through a green-tinged prism at an idealised past,” said Shevlin.

Join us at RMIT Gallery for both events.

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