Menzies Screenings (2021/22)

The first of the 2021/22 Menzies Screenings is already under our belt – a timely, pre-COP26 screening of Nic Wrathall’s vital documentary Undermined: Tales from the Kimberley (2018) in October – and we have two more brilliant films coming up to round out 2021, as well as a January 2022 screening that is still TBC.

The 2021/22 Menzies Screening series comprises four screenings that once again speak to the Menzies Australia Institute’s ongoing theme of ‘Bearing Witness’. From films focusing on issues of vital importance to 21st century Australia, to explorations of its history, and personal journeys of discovery, this series offers a unique range of perspectives on the contemporary nation.

In ‘Bearing Witness’ to the contemporary moment, this screening series – and the accompanying Q&A sessions – offer a chance to re-evaluate our approaches to narratives of historical and contemporary importance to Australia and its place in the world.

Further info on the three screenings can be found below,
but virtual bookings are now open: https://watch.eventive.org/menzies/


MS#1 – 8pm, 21 October 2021 [online]
UNDERMINED: TALES FROM THE KIMBERLEY

(d. Nicholas Wrathall, 2018) + Q&A

The 2021/22 Menzies Screening Series opens with Undermined: Tales from the Kimberley, a vital documentary about the ongoing fight to save the vast Kimberley region of north-west Australia from an unprecedented land grab. After the film, we will be joined the film’s director, Nicholas Wrathall for a live Q&A.

Undermined: Tales from the Kimberley investigates the politics of an area now branded “the future economic powerhouse of Australia,” and what this means for First People and their unique cultural landscapes. As pressure from industry exposes the limits of Indigenous land rights, what will remain of over 200 remote Aboriginal communities? The film follows young leader Albert Wiggan, veteran cattleman Kevin Oscar and Senior Elder June Davis through David-and-Goliath battles to preserve their homelands, asking the question: what is the true cost of doing business?

This online screening is free and open to all (including audiences outside the UK), and will take place live and online via Eventive. It will be followed by a live Q&A with the film’s director, Nicholas Wrathall, chaired by Menzies Screenings curator, Stephen Morgan. If you miss the live session, there will also be an opportunity to watch the film and recorded Q&A for 14 days after the event.

Attendees may also be interested in Indigenous Science and the Fitzroy River, an online discussion event featuring key participants from Undermined. The event takes place at 11am (UK) on Wednesday October 27 and is organised by our partners at Flourishing Diversity and Invisible Dust, as part of their Living Nature series (October 26th-28th).

This screening is presented in partnership with Flourishing Diversity,
Invisible Dust, and Border Crossings Origins Festival of First Nations.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Nicholas Wrathall is an award-winning director and producer known for Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia which opened to acclaim at Tribeca Film Festival and was distributed theatrically by IFC. He was first recognized for Abandoned: The Betrayal of America’s Immigrants, featured on PBS Independent Lens and winning the 2001 Alfred I. duPont Columbia Award for Broadcast Journalism. Other documentaries include Endless Caravan, Haitian Eksperyans and The Modern Gulag.

Stephen Morgan is a film programmer and academic whose research focuses on the cultural history of British and Australian cinema and the broader intersections of Empire and nation within settler and Indigenous cinemas. As well as serving as the Screenings Coordinator for the Menzies Australia Institute, he is also the Co-Programmer of the London Australian Film Society & Festival.


MS#2 – 8pm, 18 November 2021 [online]
RECORD (d. Joanna Callaghan, 2020) + Q&A

The 2021/22 Menzies Screening Series continues with Record, a deeply personal documentary film essay from UK-based Australian artist filmmaker Joanna Callaghan, who will join us after the film for a live Q&A.

A film about holding on, and letting go, Record asks how we make sense of the past through what we record and keep, what we make and share. Framed by a road trip through Australia, and tracing Callaghan’s own journey/s within and between Australia and the UK, the film weaves personal history with wider stories of colonisation, migration and the role of geography in identity. Callaghan uses a diverse range of recorded media – including family photos, home movies and extracts from her own films and photography – to explore her relationship with the country, her family and her own creative life. Shaped by this rich archive, Record builds to reveal a lifetime’s journey.

This online screening is free and open to all (including audiences outside the UK), and will take place live and online via Eventive. It will be followed by a live Q&A with the film’s director, Joanna Callaghan, chaired by Menzies Screenings curator, Stephen Morgan. If you miss the live session, there will also be an opportunity to watch the film and recorded Q&A for 14 days after the event.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Joanna Callaghan is an artist filmmaker and Professor of Filmmaking at the University of Sussex. Her work explores philosophical ideas, often mixing fiction and documentary to present stories that reflect the diversity and complexity of women’s experiences. Her films include first person film Record (2020) and Love in the Post: From Plato to Derrida (2014), a hybrid feature based on a book by Jacques Derrida. Her films have been shown in cinemas and galleries including the Australia Centre for the Moving Image, HOME Manchester, Watershed Bristol, Whitechapel Gallery and Somerset House and in festivals such as Brighton Cine-City Festival and Exis Experimental Film Festival Seoul. In 2007 she established Heraclitus Pictures dedicated to supporting artist films and exhibitions.

Stephen Morgan is a film programmer and academic whose research focuses on the cultural history of British and Australian cinema and the broader intersections of Empire and nation within settler and Indigenous cinemas. As well as serving as the Screenings Coordinator for the Menzies Australia Institute, he is the Co-Programmer of the London Australian Film Society & Festival.


MS#3 – 8pm, 9 December 2021 [online]
WE DON’T NEED A MAP (d. Warwick Thornton, 2020) + Q&A

The 2021/22 Menzies Screening Series continues with We Don’t Need A Map, a bold, poetic exploration of the history and meaning of the Southern Cross, from writer-director Warwick Thornton (Samson & Delilah, Sweet Country) and writer-producer Brendan Fletcher (Mad Bastards).

Investigating the significance of that great southern constellation from a range of scientific, political and spiritual perspectives, the film journeys through the cultural imagination of a continent, illustrated by interviews with elders, custodians, authors, academics, musicians and tattooists. Created with the aim of provoking hearty debate, this punk rock doc taps into the complex heart of who we are as Australians, and finds Thornton searching for common ground in a way that only he can.

This online screening is free and open to all (including audiences outside the UK), and will take place live and online via Eventive. It will be followed by a live Q&A with a special guest (TBC), chaired by Menzies Screenings curator, Stephen Morgan. If you miss the live session, there will also be an opportunity to watch the film and recorded Q&A for 14 days after the event.

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

Q&A guest TBC

Stephen Morgan is a film programmer and academic whose research focuses on the cultural history of British and Australian cinema and the broader intersections of Empire and nation within settler and Indigenous cinemas. As well as serving as the Screenings Coordinator for the Menzies Australia Institute, he is the Co-Programmer of the London Australian Film Society & Festival.


MS#4 – 8pm, 20 January 2022 [online]
FILM TBC + Q&A

We round out the 2021/22 Menzies Screening series with a special screening that is still TBA.

Watch this space!



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