Theatre films in Sydney – “Reflections” at the Sydney Festival

December 15th, 2011



Reflections is a ten day film program of classic features, diverse documentaries and a selection of live performance screening as part of Sydney Festival. The exceptional, eccentric and transcendent are all represented in a showcase of eighteen remarkable films from around the world and Australia.

  • 14-22 January 2012
  • Riverside Theatres

Reflections commences with London’s National Theatre’s stage production of Collaborators centers on an imaginary encounter between Joseph Stalin and the playwright Mikhail Bulgakov and concludes with a dance program including the Bolshoi’s perennial favourite The Nutcracker.

Stephen Fry explores his passion for the world’s most controversial composer Richard Wagner in Wagner and Me, while the eccentric and complex world of the enigmatic musical poet and world renowned pianist is revealed in Genius Within – The Inner Life of Glenn Gould. As well, The Choir tells the incredible true story of a brotherhood of prison inmates singing to survive in the toughest prison in Africa.

Reflections also pays tribute to two iconic film makers. Roman Polanski’s early classics, Cul-de-Sac and Repulsion are unique cinema creations and are presented in remastered copies alongside the documentary Wanted and Desired.

Reflections is hosting diverse and interesting documentaries including On Borrowed Time and two exceptional dance documentaries; La Danse, The Paris Opera Ballet and Life in Movement, the moving celebration of the life and work of Tanya Liedtke.

Directed by Documentarian David Bradbury, On Borrowed Time brings us an affectionate portrait of the life and work of venerated Australian director Paul Cox. Arguably one of the most important filmmakers to come out of this country Paul Cox occupies a unique place in the Australian film landscape. A Dutch native who relocated to Melbourne in his early 20’s in the 1960s, Cox went on to make more than 22 feature films over the next decade, all highly personal and artistically ambitious. Featuring a who’s who of Australian film and intellectual life of the past 30 years – including David Stratton, Phillip Adams, Chris Haywood and Gosia Dobrowski – Bradbury’s tribute to the great director delves into Cox’s outlook on filmmaking and life, particularly in the wake of his remarkable recent brush with cancer.

In 2007, Tanja Liedtke was appointed to succeed Graeme Murphy as Artistic Director of the Sydney Dance Company. Before she could take up the position, the dedicated 29-year-old dancer/choreographer was tragically killed in a road accident. Months after the accident Tanja’s final show Construct played at Riverside Theatres. Now, eighteen months later, the posthumous celebration of Tanja’s talent continues. Her still-grieving collaborators, including her partner Sol Ubrich, embark on an international tour of her award-winning productions. The performances and on-tour interviews, along with intimate footage of Tanja’s creative process and previously unseen recordings, provide a moving celebration of her creative life in Sophie Hyde’s and Bryan Mason’s Life in Movement.

Paul Cox, born in 1940 in the Netherlands and living in Australia since 1965, is a supreme storyteller of remarkable energy, persistence and vision. The seven selected films including Innocence, Molokai, A Woman’s Tale and Man of Flowers feature an ensemble of actors including the late Norman Kaye, who is the subject of the Cox 2005 documentary, The Remarkable Mr Kaye. Also included is David Bradbury’s recent documentary, On Borrowed Time, which delves into Cox’s outlook on filmmaking and life, particularly in the wake of his remarkable recent brush with cancer.  On Saturday 21 January a free forum will be held at 4.00pm to discuss the work of Paul Cox.

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