Movies for Members
MOVIES FOR MEMBERS PRESENTS FILMS SELECTED BY MEMBERS, FOR MEMBERS
Tell us what you want to see on the big screen!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the title of a film you’d like to see at GOMA and your reason why. Staff will use these suggestions to select next season’s films. For each name you provide, you go in the draw to win coffee and cake for two at the QAG Cafe.
Based on Oscar Wilde's novel of the same name, The Picture of Dorian Gray focuses on a handsome, young Dorian Gray (Hurd Hatfield) who sits for a portrait by Basil Hallward (Lowell Gilmore). After meeting Lord Henry Wotton (George Sanders), Gray is inspired by Wotton's espousal that a hedonistic approach to life is the only one worth taking. He fervently wishes for his portrait to age in his stead and for his body to retain its beauty. His wish is eerily granted, and with his innocent and ageless face, Gray is drawn to commit all manner of corrupt and degrading acts while the painting, hidden in an attic, reveals his sins.
Suggested by Sally Duhig:
'For art lovers, a story about an owner's relationship to a painting in his collection, The Picture of Dorian Gray is irresistible. It was the only book written by Oscar Wilde (published in 1891) and follows Dorian's pursuit of beauty into middle age. I have loved the book for such a long time but have never seen the film version and have often wondered how the suspense and dramatic climax have been created.'
Private investigator Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired by Evelyn Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) to undertake surveillance on her husband, Hollis, the chief engineer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. After publishing damning photographs of Hollis, Jake is tracked down by a mysterious and beautiful woman who is revealed to be the real Evelyn Mulwray. Hollis Mulwray is soon discovered drowned, leading Jake and Evelyn to investigate the sordid power broking of the water business. This neo-noir was nominated for several Academy Awards and won best original screenplay by Robert Towne.
Suggested by Matt Brown:
'A hard-boiled detective narrative of the highest calibre, Polanski unravels his neo-noir masterpiece one labyrinthine turn after another. Nicholson delivers one of his finest performances as he navigates the bright Californian landscape deeply contrasted by a treacherous underbelly. Protagonist and audience alike are pulled towards a cinematically unforgettable yet challenging conclusion.'
A year after his brother has died, Jack (Mark Duplass) is still struggling, and his brother's ex-girlfriend, Iris (Emily Blunt), suggests that he stay in her family's cabin to help him reconcile the death. On arriving, Jack meets Iris's sister, Hannah (Rosemarie DeWitt), who is unexpectedly staying there herself. The next day Iris also arrives, and what unfolds is a raw, nuanced and beautiful entanglement of love, grief and longing. Indie director Lynn Shelton's film has been described as ‘pitch perfect . . . contemplative, honest and hilarious' (San Francisco Bay Guardian).
Suggested by Margaret Walker:
'Some movies are better the less you know about them beforehand. If you're receptive to the material, improbable though it may be, you should be able to leave the theatre feeling perfectly satisfied.'
If you love films – be sure to check out the incredible program at the Gallery’s Australian Cinémathèque, at GOMA, on the Cinema pages of our website.