Setting the standard for event-style cinema, Luna Palace Cinemas in Leederville have just announced an incredible lineup of Australian film Q&A screenings with special guests including Damon Gameau, Thomas M. Wright and Chantelle Barry.
Check out the screening details below and make sure you get along to support these great Australian films.
Readers should also note that this is not a paid advertisement. This is us genuinely excited about this phenomenal lineup of talent. If you’re a film student, this is like free film school, right?
Full details on the screenings can be found here.
Special Q&A screening with director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film)
Luna Leederville: Friday, 26 April at 6:30pm
Luna on SX: Sunday, 28 April at 4:00pm
2040 is an innovative feature documentary that looks to the future but is vitally important NOW.
Award-winning director Damon Gameau embarks on a journey to explore what the future would look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them into the mainstream. Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary footage with dramatised sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board for his daughter and our planet.
2040 is an innovative feature documentary that looks to the future but is vitally important NOW. Award-winning director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream. Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary with dramatised sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board of how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations.
Special Q&A screening + book signing with director Thomas M. Wright and author Erik Jensen
Luna Leederville: Friday, 10 May at 6.30pm
Daniel Henshall stars as infamous Archibald Prize-winning artist Adam Cullen in this lyrical adaptation of Erik Jensen’s acclaimed biography.
When 19-year-old wunderkind journalist Erik Jensen (now editor of The Saturday Paper) was invited by bad-boy Australian painter Adam Cullen to write his biography, Jensen (Toby Wallace, Romper Stomper) jumped at the chance. Despite a turbulent relationship, the two formed a unique bond that lasted until Cullen’s death in 2012 aged just 46.
Shooting in the Blue Mountains where Cullen was based, ACUTE MISFORTUNE spins Jensen’s award-winning book into a subtle, striking tale of two wildly different men. Making his debut as a feature film filmmaker, theatre director and actor Thomas M Wright (Top of the Lake, Balibo) delivers a portrait of the writer and of the artist as a troubled and troubling man. With remarkable access – Daniel Henshall (The Babadook, Snowtown) wears Cullen’s actual clothing as he fully inhabits the role, and the artworks that appear onscreen are the real deal – this MIFF Premiere Fund-supported feature was co-scripted by Jensen, with Wright, and is executive produced by Robert Connolly (Paper Planes, Tim Winton’s The Turning, These Final Hours).
Special Q&A screening with WA producer Brooke Silcox
Luna Leederville: Thursday, 23 May at 6.30pm
At the outset of the film, Qasem, Pedram, Qais, Lemar Yosef are members of the head-banging outfit District Unknown (DU)…and they can hardly play…tuning up is something you do when you play onstage, not when you rehearse right? Enter Australian journalist Travis Beard whose admiration for the boys and his own love of music begins to channel things in a much more productive way to a point of significant international success and local notoriety. In Afghanistan however, nothing can be taken for granted and the hopes that blazed so brightly for the band and Travis collide with political and social realities.
RocKabul covers so much ground it’s excellent and fascinating viewing from start to end and well deserving of its international success on the film festival circuit.
ME & MY LEFT BRAIN
Special Q&A screening with lead actress Chantelle Barry
Luna Leederville: Tuesday, 28 May at 6.30pm
From award-winning writer/director Alex Lykos (Alex & Eve) and starring Rachael Beck(Hey Dad) and Logie Nominee Mal Kennard (Catching Milat), Me & My Left Brain is an intelligent romantic comedy about love, career choices and the paralysing effect of over-thinking.
Arthur is in love with Helen, has a job interview in the morning but cannot sleep?
The conventional romantic-comedy is flipped on its head with the comical physical representation of Arthur’s inner-critic in what is the first ever Australian film with an all-jazz score by award-winning composer Cezary Skubiszewski(Red Dog, The Sapphires, Two Hands)
Special Q&A screening with WA director Stevie Cruz-Martin and writer Daniel Monks
Luna Leederville: Wednesday, 29 May at 6.30pm
Mixing sexuality and teen angst with an undercurrent of sci-fi, this bold fantasy follows a gay disabled teen who undergoes a mysterious procedure that gives him the body of a young able-bodied woman in order to pursue his love object.
Exploring how our bodies shape who we are and how we are perceived, Pulse is a modern day parable for the young, the queer, the disabled and for anyone who has ever struggled with their sexuality, their desires, and essentially, themselves.
It is a deeply personal film, exploring thematic questions such as how much our bodies shape who we are, where is the line between compromising for love and changing yourself to be loved, and why we fall in love with the people we fall in love with.
It is a parable film for young people, queer people, disabled people; but more than that, for anyone who has ever struggled with their body, their appearance, their sexuality, their desires, and essentially, themselves.