A Portrait of Nicole Kidman
A Portrait of Nicole Kidman
3 January – 1 February 2009
Iconic Australian actress Nicole Kidman will be celebrated with screenings in the lead up to, and during the ‘Optimism for Kids Summer Festival’. Throughout January, selected films from Kidman’s career for youth audiences will be presented, including her break into Hollywood Dead Calm 1989 and Days of Thunder 1990 through to her Oscar winning performance in The Hours 2002. The Children’s Summer Festival will screen kid’s films starring the actress including retro spectaculars A Bush Christmas 1983 and BMX Bandits 1983.
Sat 3 Jan 12 noon and 6.00pm Wed 7 Jan / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY DIGITAL, 144 MINUTES, UK, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: JANE CHAMPION / SCRIPT: LAURA JONES / ORIGINAL STORY: HENRY JAMES / CINEMATOGRAPHER: STUART DRYBURGH / EDITOR: VERONIKA JENET / PRODUCTION CO: POLYGRAM FILMED ENTERTAINMENT / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: UNIVERSAL FILMS
Eschewing the social mores of the 1900, an independently wealthy young woman rejects the advances of several suitors in favour of travelling the world. Arriving in Europe she develops a friendship with two Americans living abroad and becomes embroiled in their Machiavellian manipulations to separate her from her fortune. The film is based on the Henry James 1881 novel of the same name.
Sat 3 Jan 2.30pm and Sun 11 Jan 2.30pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY DIGITAL, 127 MINUTES, AUSTRALIA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: BAZ LUHRMANN / SCRIPT: BAZ LUHRMANN, CRAIG PEARCE / CINEMATOGRAPHER: DONALD M MCALPINE / EDITOR: JILL BILCOCK / PRODUCTION CO: BAZMARK FILMS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX
A naïve and idealistic writer arrives in nineteenth century Paris to embrace the bohemian philosophy of love, beauty, truth and freedom. Connecting with a group of theatrical players he is swept along to Moulin Rouge, the heart of bohemian life for both rich and poor and home of the club's beautiful courtesan star. Meeting through circumstance, the two becomes entwined in a passionate romance that struggles against the obstacles of obligation and time. The third of director Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Red Curtain’ trilogy which included Strictly Ballroom (1992) and Romeo + Juliet (1996) saw Nicole Kidman fractured two ribs and injured her knee during a dance routine for the film. Kidman was required to be filmed form the waist up for many scenes to conceal her wheelchair as she healed.
Sun 4 Jan 1.00pm and Sat 10 Jan 1.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY SR, 95 MINUTES, AUSTRALIA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: PHILLIP NOYCE / SCRIPT: TERRY HAYES / ORIGINAL STORY: CHARLES WILLIAMS / CINEMATOGRAPHER: DEAN SEMLER / EDITOR: RICHARD FRANCIS-BRUCE / PRODUCTION CO: KENNEDY MILLER PRODUCTIONS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: ROADSHOW
After a car crash claims their son, a troubled couple embark on an extended break at sea to recuperate. Their search for peace is shattered after they rescue a stranded sailor from a sinking boat. Suspicious that his account of fellow crew members dying of food poisoning conceals a darker truth, the couple are swept up in a maelstrom of suspense and murder aboard their yacht. The novel Dead Calm by Charles Williams was also the source material for an earlier adaption by Orson Wells that was abandoned after the death of its lead actor.
Sun 4 Jan 3.00pm and Wed 14 Jan 4.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY SR, 106 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: GUS VAN SANT / SCRIPT: BUCK HENRY / ORIGINAL STORY: JOYCE MAYNARD / CINEMATOGRAPHER: ERIC ALAN EDWARDS / EDITOR: CURTISS CLAYTON / PRODUCTION CO: COLUMBIA PICTURES CORPORATION / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX
An irresistible black comedy inspired loosely by a true story. In Little Hope New Hampshire lives Suzanne, a small-town woman who desperately wants to become a famous TV presenter. Despite her limited intellect and talent, Barbie-doll perfect Suzanne is a manipulator extraordinaire. By force of personality Suzanne parlays her girl Friday position at the local television network into that of the weatherperson on her upward climb to fame. When her husband begins to pressure her to step back from her career and start a family, beautiful Suzanne uses her diabolical wiles to convince three high school students to murder him instead. While she successfully rids herself of the unwanted attachment and gains the celebrity notoriety she always desired, Suzanne is unprepared for the downfall that awaits her.
Thu 8 Jan 12 noon / Cinema A and Sun 1 Feb / Cinema B
35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY SR, 140 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: RON HOWARD / SCRIPT: BOB DOLMAN / ORIGINAL STORY: BOB DOLMAN, RON HOWARD / CINEMATOGRAPHER: MIKAEL SALOMON / EDITORS: DANIEL HANLEY, MICHAEL HILL / PRODUCTION CO: IMAGE FILMS ENTERTAINMENT / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: UNIVERSAL FILMS
Set in both Ireland and America, this epic love story follows the trials and tribulations of two Irish immigrants during the Oklahoma land rush of 1890. Joseph (Tom Cruise), a poor farmer, seeks revenge after his father is killed by the landlord’s money collectors. During his quest for retribution Joseph meets the landowner’s daughter (Nicole Kidman) who is desperate to escape the confines of her wealthy Irish lifestyle and find freedom in America. Convincing him to accompany her instead, they set off in the quest of free land and happiness.
Sat 10 Jan 3.00pm and Thu 15 Jan 12 noon / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY DIGITAL, 122 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: STEVEN SHAINBERG / SCRIPT: ERIN CRESSIDA WILSON / ORIGINAL STORY: PATRICIA BOSWORTH / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BILL POPE / EDITIORS: KRISTINA BODEN, KEIKO DEGUCHI / PRODUCTION CO: EDWARD R PRESSMAN FILM / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: ROADSHOW FILMS
Known for her dark and disturbing images, the American photographer Diane Arbus is the subject of this surreal and fictional portrait of an artist. Diane is devoted housewife, mother and assistant to husband and photographer Allan. Chafing against her restrictive life of duty and social mores during the late 1950s, Diane becomes drawn to her mysterious upstairs neighbour. Finding encouragement to take her own photographs, Diane is swept into an unconventional world hidden at the fringes of conservative society.
Wed 14 Jan 6.00pm and Wed 21 Jan 4.00pm / Cinema A
HD VIDEO, COLOUR, DOLBY DIGITAL, 138 MINUTES, SWEDEN, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: LARS VON TRIER / CINEMATOGRAPHER: ANTHONY DOD MANTLE / EDITOR: MOLLY MALENE STENSGAARD / PRODUCTION CO: ZENTROPA ENTERTAINMENTS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: DENDY FILMS
On the run from gangsters, a young woman flees to the small dead-end township of Dogville. Trading physical labour for refuge, she soon learns that goodness suffers when her rescuers begin to believe the risks are not out-weighed by the rewards. In homage to ‘black box’ theatre the Dogville is shot exclusively in the studio with minimal staging and props in Sweden. Divided into nine chapters, it questions the positive moral image of small town America and the hidden dark side of humanity.
Sun 18 Jan 1.00pm and Wed 21 Jan 1.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY, 88 MINUTES, AUSTRALIA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: BRIAN TRENCHARD-SMITH / SCRIPT: PATRICK EDGEWORTH, RUSSELL HAGG / CINEMATOGRAPHER: JOHN SEALE / EDITOR: ALAN LAKE / PRODUCTION CO: NILSEN PREMIERE / PRINT SOURCE: NATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE / RIGHTS: FILMWAYS
In Nicole Kidman’s first movie, BMX riding friends Judy, PJ and Goose stumble across a stash of police-band walkie talkies sought by an incompetent gang of bank robbers. What follows is an action-packed adventure as the trio race to escape their bumbling would-be captors, riding down shopping mall escalators and waterslides in a stunt-filled display of agility and youthful ingenuity.
Sun 18 Jan 3.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, 99 MINS, COLOUR, DOLBY SR, AUSTRALIA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: JOHN DUIGAN / CINEMATOGRAPHER: GEOFF BURTON / EDITOR: ROBERT GIBSON / PRODUCTION CO: KENNEDY MILLER PRODUCTIONS / PRINT SOURCE: NATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE / RIGHTS: ROADSHOW FILMS
‘Set in 1965, three years after the disheartening experience of first love in The Year My Voice Broke, Flirting finds the shy Danny Embling attending an all-male boarding school in New South Wales. He becomes interested in Thandiwe Adjewa who is branded as brazen and rebellious by the school’s religious authorities. The couple’s romance blossoms over the course of the school year despite the strict regulations imposed on their relationship. Beautifully shot, the film features Nicole Kidman in her last project with director John Duigan (following the miniseries Vietnam 1987 and prior to her move to Hollywood). Flirting captures a period of white Australian boyhood, inflected with existential angst and geographic isolation, and still bearing the marks of a colonial British inheritance.’ Rachel O’Reilly
In outback Queensland during the early 1950’s, a struggling bush family look set to change their fortunes through their race-winning horse. When the horse is stolen, they must rally together to reclaim it and save their homestead from foreclosure. Shot on location in Queensland’s Beaudesert Shire.
Tue 20 Jan 1.00pm and Sat 24 Jan 1.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY DIGITAL, 113 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: CHRIS WEITZ / ORIGINAL STORY: PHILIP PULLMAN / CINEMATOGRAPHER: HENRY BRAHAM / EDITORS: ANNE V COATES, PETER HONESS, KEVIN TENT / PRODUCTION CO: NEW LINE CINEMA / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: ROADSHOW FILMS
Orphan Lyra lives within the hallowed halls of Jordan College in Oxford with her scholar uncle Professor Lord Asriel. Lyra’s world is turned upside down when she overhears a whispered conversation of an amazing find; microscopic sized piece of magical dust found in the vast Arctic wasteland. It is rumoured to possess the power to unite the universe but its existence is threatened by those who fear its power. When her best friend is kidnapped Lyra becomes embroiled in the struggle and must fight to survive in a world that is not what it seems. The film is based on the Philip Pullman novel titled Northern Lights.
Wed 21 Jan 6.30pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY DIGITAL, 159 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: STANLEY KUBRICK / SCRIPT: STANLEY KUBRICK, FREDERIC RAPHAEL / ORIGINAL STORY: ARTHUR SCHNITZLER / CINEMATOGRAPHER: LARRY SMITH / EDITOR: NIGEL GALT / PRODUCTION CO: HOBBY FILMS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: ROADSHOW FILMS
Exploring the private arena of sexuality through the shifting veil of dreams and reality, Eyes Wide Shut follows the journey of a man who becomes obsessed with his wife’s confessed sexual fantasy. After meeting with an old acquaintance he becomes fixated by a tale of wild bohemian parties of costume, passwords and sexual dalliances and consequently strays into this surreal pseudo-sexual underworld of unfulfilled encounters. The final film by legendary Stanley Kubrick, it featured then-married Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Like Lolita and A Clockwork Orange before it, Eyes Wide Shut faced was censored in the United States and Canada with the inclusion of digital figures strategically placed to mask much of the group sex scenes.
Sat 24 Jan 3.00pm and Sat 31 Jan 1.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY SR, 107 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: TONY SCOTT / SCRIPT: ROBERT TOWNE / ORIGINAL STORY: ROBERT TOWNE, TOM CRUISE / CINEMATOGRAPHER: WARD RUSSELL / EDITORS: ROBERT C JONES, CHRIS LEBENZON, BERT LOVITT, MICHAEL TRONICK, STUART WAKS / PRODUCTION CO: DON SIMPSON/JERRY BRUCKHEIMER FILMS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: UNIVERSAL FILMS
Often described as “Top Gun on wheels”, Days of Thunder stars Tom Cruise as a cocky, hot-shot stock-car driver looking to break into the high tension, action packed world of NASCAR racing. With raw talent and attitude he finds the support of a craggy former NASCAR legend and wins the heart of a young attractive neurosurgeon (Nicole Kidman). Undermined by a rival driver he must first face his own demons in order to win his race for glory.
Sun 25 Jan 3.00pm and Thu 29 Jan 12 noon / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY DIGTIAL, 114 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: STEPHEN DALDRY / SCRIPT: DAVID HARE / ORIGINAL STORY: MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM / CINEMATOGRAPHER: SEAMUS MCGARVEY / EDITOR: PETER BOYLE / PRODUCTION CO: PARAMOUNT PICTURES / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: BUENA VISTA ENTERTAINMENT
Connected by Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs Dalloway three women struggle to find their place in the world. Banished to the country by her doctor Virginia Woolf begins work on her newest novel working to understand her sexual confusion and depression. Thirty years later pregnant mother of one Laura battling her own demons seeks solace and wisdom from within its pages. Seventy years on Clarrisa a powerful lesbian publisher fights to honour her dying friend by holding a celebratory party for her suicidal author friend. Taking place over one day, we see the book written, read and lived. The film garnered nine Academy Award nominations, with Nicole Kidman winning Best Actress in a Leading Role as the tortured Virginia Woolf.
Wed 28 Jan 4.00pm and Sat 31 Jan 3.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY DIGITAL, 101 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: ALEJANDRO AMENÁBAR / CINEMATOGRAPHER: JAVIER AGUIRRESAROBE / EDITOR: NACHO RUIZ CAPILLAS / PRODUCTION CO: CRUISE-WAGNER PRODUCTIONS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: BUENA VISTA ENTERTAINMENT
Awaiting her husbands return from the World War Two, a highly-strung Christian woman and her two ailing children retire to a remote mansion in the country. Stuck down with a rare photosensitivity disease that renders them extremely vulnerable to sunlight, the children are ruled by rigid order to protect them from inadvertent exposure. When three new servants arrive the family is swept up in a tense psychological horror of the supernatural where doors slam, voices are heard and the curtains go missing from the windows. The Others was the first film to ever win the Best Film Awards at the Spanish National Film Awards without a single word of Spanish spoken during the film.
Wed 28 Jan 6.00pm / Cinema A
35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY DIGITAL, 100 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: JONATHAN GLAZER / SCRIPT: JEAN-CLAUDE CARRIERE, MILO ADDICA, JONATHAN GLAZER / CINEMATOGRAPHER: HARRIS SAVIDES / EDITORS: SAM SNEADE, CLAUS WEHLISCH / PRODUCTION CO: NEW LINE CINEMA / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: ROADSHOW FILMS
After ten years of grieving for her deceased husband Sean, Anna has decided to re-marry. Now engaged to Joseph, Anna is introduced to ten-year-old Sean who claims to be the reincarnation of her dead husband. While the claim is dismissed as absurd by others, Anna begins to question the possibility. When launched at the 2004 Venice Film Festival the films controversial themes polarised audiences. In 2005 Nicole Kidman was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama but was unsuccessful.