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George A. Romero's Dead series

George A. Romero’s Dead Series

The Australian Cinematheque celebrates Halloween with an event screening of George A. Romero’s landmark zombie apocalypse series – Night of the Living Dead 1968, Dawn of the Dead 1978, Day of the Dead 1985, Land of the Dead 2005 and Diary of the Dead 2008 – celebrated for its social commentary and its genre-defining episodes of gore and horror

 
Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead

Fri 31 Oct 4.00pm / Cinema A

35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 96 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/CINEMATOGRAPHER: GEORGE A. ROMERO / SCRIPT/EDITORS: GEORGE A. ROMERO, JOHN A. RUSSO / PRODUCTION CO: IMAGE TEN, LAUREL GROUP, MARKET SQUARE PRODUCTIONS, OFF COLOR FILMS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS:

‘Made with a local cast and crew for less than $200,000, much of its appeal emanates from its no-stone-left-unturned grossness and its tongue-in-cheek story line concerning recently dead bodies that return to life to kill the living in order to eat their flesh. The first horror film to feature an African-American actor (Duane Jones) in a leading role, Romero’s film shattered the conventions of the genre while raising prescient questions about race in America.’ Harvard Film Archive

Dawn of the Dead

Dawn of the Dead

Fri 31 Oct 6.00pm / Cinema A

35MM, COLOUR, MONO, 126 MINUTES, USA / ITALY, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT/EDITOR: GEORGE A. ROMERO / CINEMATOGRAPHER: MICHAEL GORNICK / PRODUCTION CO: LAUREL GROUP / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT / SCREENING FORMAT: DIGITAL BETACAM

‘In George Romero's satirical film about consumerism, Dawn of the Dead 1978, an American shopping mall becomes the site of battles between the zombies who have overrun the country, four human "survivors" who exterminate the zombies and appropriate the mall for themselves, and a gang of marauding bikers which, in the movie's violent climax, seeks to take over the mall.’ Stephen Harper

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

Fri 31 Oct 8.00pm / Cinema A

35MM, COLOUR, MONO, 97 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: GEORGE A. ROMERO / CINEMATOGRAPHER: MICHAEL GORNICK / EDITOR: PASQUALE BUBA / PRODUCTION CO: DEAD FILMS, LAUREL ENTERTAINMENT INC / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: UMBRELLA ENTERTAINMENT / SCREENING FORMAT: DIGITAL BETACAM

‘In Day of the Dead society has irretrievably broken down, and a disparate group of soldiers and scientists hide deep underground in a military bunker. With hordes of zombies on the outside, tensions inside reach crisis point, climaxing in a stand-off between the survivors as the military base is overrun by the living dead. George A. Romero's message is an allegory based around the destruction of one society and the formation of another. The living dead and their human antagonists are merely the hook on which the allegory is hung.’ National Museum of Photography, Film & Television

Land of the Dead

Land of the Dead

Sat 1 Nov 6.00pm / Cinema A

35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY DIGITAL, 96 MINUTES, CANADA / FRANCE / USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: GEORGE A. ROMERO / CINEMATOGRAPHER: MIROSLAW BASZAK / EDITOR: MICHAEL DOHERTY / PRODUCTION CO: ATMOSPHERE ENTERTAINMENT MM, EXCEPTION WILD BUNCH, ROMERO-GRUNWALD PRODUCTIONS, UNIVERSAL PICTURES / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: UNIVERSAL PICTURES

‘George A. Romero paints with his boldest brushstrokes yet in Land of the Dead, blurring the line that separates zombies from humans while sharpening the one that divides society’s haves from its have-nots. The film unfolds in and around a luxury high-rise called Fiddler’s Green that has become the last outpost of moneyed (and white) high society. The Green towers above a Hooverville-like slum inhabited by those deemed unworthy of admission. But as Land of the Dead begins, the oppressed flesh-eating masses show unprecedented cognitive signs, and these once-fearsome adversaries now seem to represent all of the world’s displaced, disenfranchised people, from the streets of America to the contentious cities of the Middle East.’ Scott Foundas, LA Weekly

Diary of the Dead

Diary of the Dead

Sat 1 Nov 8.00pm / Cinema A

35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY DIGITAL, 95 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: GEORGE A. ROMERO / CINEMATOGRAPHER: ADAM SWICA / EDITOR: MICHAEL DOHERTY / PRODUCTION CO: ARTFIRE FILMS, ROMERO-GRUNWALD PRODUCTIONS / PRINT SOURCE: VOLTAGE PICTURES / RIGHTS: MADMAN ENTERTAINMENT

‘Jason and a small crew of college students are in the Pennsylvania woods shooting a low-budget mummy flick for their film-school project. Their faux frights are replaced with real ones when news reports indicate that the dead are returning to life. Attacked by ravenous walking corpses at every turn, Jason obsessively films the madness, an unflinching eye in the midst of chaos, even as his friends die around him. In Diary of the Dead, George A. Romero rewinds and takes the audience back to the start of his legacy of horror, using the device of Jason’s “documentary” to explore the mass panic of a world gone mad.’ Toronto Film Festival