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Peter Greenaway

Brisbane Festival 2009 in association with the Queensland Art Gallery presents a major survey of acclaimed British director Peter Greenway at the Australian Cinémathèque. The film program includes a retrospective of the director’s feature films, alongside a selection of early short films, documentaries and works for television, illustrating the director’s ongoing experiments with cinema.

Born in Newport, Wales in 1942, Greenaway studied at the Walthamstow College of Art (now University of East London) where he trained as a painter. During these years he also developed a strong interest in European cinema, in particular the films of Jean-Luc Godard, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Alain Resnais, Michelangelo Antonioni and Ingmar Bergman. In 1965 he joined the UK Government’s Central Office of Information where he worked for fifteen years as an editor and director, a formative experience that lead to the development of his own short films during this period. Greenaway’s first narrative feature, The Draughtsman’s Contract 1982, received great critical acclaim upon its release and established him internationally as one of the most original filmmakers of his generation, a reputation consolidated with films such as Drowning by Numbers 1988, The Cook, the Thief, his Wife and her Love 1989, Prospero’s Books 1991, The Pillow Book 1996 and most recently Nightwatching 2007.

The Australian Cinémathèque program coincides with Greenaway’s visit to Australia for the Brisbane Festival 2009 where he will present Tulse Luper VJ Performance at the Gallery of Modern Art. In this special multi-screen VJ performance, Greenaway edits and mixes in real time imagery from his elaborate Tulse Luper Suitcases film trilogy to the music accompaniment of DJ Serge Dodwell (aka Radar), blending avant-garde cinematographic imagery with a heavy electronic music score.

Greenaway will also present The Rembrandt Fascination Lecture at the Gallery of Modern Art, a lecture based on his recent documentary project Rembrandt’s J’Accuse 2008, in which the director asserts a fierce criticism of contemporary visual illiteracy by means of forensically investigating Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn’s masterpiece De Nachtwacht (The Night Watch) 1642.

Film Program

Brisbane Festival 2009 and the Queensland Art Gallery present Peter Greenaway Film Retrospective

Cinema A and B, Australian Cinémathèque, Gallery of Modern Art
Sunday 13 September – Sunday 4 October
Free Entry, no bookings required 

Tulse Luper VJ Performance 

Brisbane Festival 2009 in association with Queensland Art Gallery presents Peter Greenaway Tulse Luper VJ Performance

Long Gallery and River Room, Gallery of Modern Art
Friday 25 September – Saturday 26 September at 8:30pm
Adult $58, Concession $48
Book through qtix – 136 246 or visit www.brisbanefestival.com.au

The Rembrandt Fascination Lecture

Brisbane Festival 2009 in association with Queensland Art Gallery presents Peter Greenaway The Rembrandt Fascination Lecture

Cinema A, Gallery of Modern Art
Sunday 27 September at 2:00pm
Tickets $11.50
Book through qtix – 136 246 or visit www.brisbanefestival.com.au

‘Peter Greenaway’ film program curated by Jose Da Silva with the assistance of Ana Grgic. Film notes by Da Silva and Grgic with quotes as indicated. The generous assistance of Rebecca Berry (Content Film International), Christophe Calmels (Films Sans Frontières), Wendy Gava (Brisbane Festival), Peter Langs (Universal Pictures), Jonathan Marlow (San Francisco Cinematheque), Frederique de Rooij (Fortissimo Films), Andrew Youdell (British Film Institute) and Nick Varley (Park Circus) is gratefully acknowledged.