Personal Problems 1980 Ages 15+

10.30AM Sun 21 Oct 2018 (2hrs 45mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Ticketed

SYNOPSIS

Personal Problems is a largely unseen masterpiece. A three-hour soap-opera from Bill Gunn, restored by Kino Lorber and presented in Australia for the first time.

Centring on a 1980s New York couple, the two-part storyline features a fascinating ensemble of characters and settings amid an expansive and honest view of middle-class African-American life. Shot on video on a shoestring budget, the film screened on television and in a select number of American cities in 1980. Operating in defiance of the racially exclusive Hollywood studio system and combining a perceptive and articulate script by Ishmael Reed with the extraordinary performance of its cast, Personal Problems is a triumph in independent American cinema.

CREDITS

165 MINUTES, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: BILL GUNN / SCRIPTWRITER: ISHMAEL REED / PRODUCER: WALTER COTTON / CAST: VERTAMAE SMART-GROSVENOR, JIM WRIGHT, SAM L WAYMON, WALTER COTTON / RIGHTS: KINO LORBER / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP