Testament 1983 PG
6.00PM Fri 9 Mar 2018
GOMA | Cinema A | Free
Testament will screen from an archival 16mm print.
Testament is a deeply affecting portrait of a family attempting to restore normality to their life after their town ends up on the periphery of a nuclear attack. When major cities across the United States are subjected to mysterious nuclear bombings, the small fictional Californian municipality of Hamlin survives largely unscathed after San Francisco nearby. But hidden residual effects slowly begin to emerge throughout the community.
Despite originally being shot for television, director Lynne Littman has crafted a work whose cinematic intimacy greater reveals itself on the big screen. She refuses to engage in cheap sentimentality, instead offering a melancholy view of familial and community struggle in the aftermath of a disaster. Jane Alexander gives a commanding performance in the leading role of the family matriarch and her work was justly rewarded with an Academy Award nomination.
Testament is a warm, humanistic film, and an important entry in the nuclear film canon.
35MM, COLOUR, MONO, 90 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: LYNNE LITTMAN / SCRIPT: JOHN SACRET YOUNG / BASED ON THE SHORT STORY 'THE LAST TESTAMENT' BY CAROL AMEN / CINEMATOGRAPHER: STEVEN POSTER / EDITOR: SUZANNE PETTIT / PRODUCTION CO: PARAMOUNT PICTURES, ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS, AMERICAN PLAYHOUSE / PRINT SOURCE: NATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE / RIGHTS: PARAMOUNT AUSTRALIA / SCREENING FORMAT: 16MM