Rainer Werner Fassbinder

14 Oct 2017 – 4 Jul 2018 | GOMA | Cinema A

Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945–82) has been described as many things: prodigious to the point of folly; a homosexual who loved men and women equally; an unashamed exhibitionist; a tyrant in the workplace; and a radical, no matter your political persuasion. 

During his short and self-destructive life (he died of a drug overdose at 37), Fassbinder worked at a frenzied pace and fashioned a practice that was both mercurial and brutally honest. Between 1966 and 1982, he directed an astonishing 39 films (including six television movies and series) and four video productions. He directed 24 stage plays, four radio plays, acted, and worked as a cameraman, a composer, a designer, editor, producer and theatre manager. He famously claimed, 'I don't throw bombs; I make films', and cherished his position as one of the most polarising and influential figures of the New German Cinema.

This is the first major retrospective of Fassbinder's work to be staged in Australia. To allow for a complete presentation, including works based on Fassbinder's plays and those staring the director in principal roles, this program is being presented in two seasons. 


2.00pm Sat 23 June 2018 | Free
Join Juliane Lorenz, President of the Rainer Werner Fassbinder Foundation, as she discusses the role of women in Fassbinder's life and work. 


Please note that due to an unforeseen rights dispute, our previously announced screening of Bolwieser (The Stationmaster's Wife) 1976-77 has been cancelled. It will be replaced by a screening of Deutschland im Herbst (Germany in Autumn) 1978, to take place at 8.00pm Fri 22 June 2018. We apologise for any disappointment this cancellation may cause.

Read more about Rainer Werner Fassbinder on the QAGOMA Blog.