In Conversation + Film: Witkacy & Malinowski: A Cinematic Séance in 23 Scenes

3.00PM Sun 6 Oct 2019 (1hr 10mins)
GOMA | Cinema B | Ticketed

SYNOPSIS

TICKET INCLUDES FILM AND 30-MINUTE DISCUSSION

Join Australian video artist and filmmaker John Gillies in conversation with Peter McKay (Head of Australian Art, QAGOMA) as he dissects his rich and provocative film Witkacy & Malinowski 2017. Gillies (whose work is in the QAGOMA Collection) will discuss Witkacy’s fusion of cinema and theatre as well as what drew him to the cerebral and authentic characters at the heart of the film.

Witkacy & Malinowski: A Cinematic Séance in 23 Scenes 2017 Ages 15+

Australian video artist and filmmaker John Gillies presents a bold and engaging experimental work that balances the absurdist with the sensibilities of its two central subjects.

Acclaimed Polish writer, philosopher, painter and photographer Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (also known as Witkacy) has been invited to Australia by his friend, Polish anthropologist Bronisław Malinowski, following the death of Witkacy’s fiancée, painter Jadwiga Janczewska. The film takes place in 1914 on a train ride from Brisbane to Toowoomba and shows the friendship between the two men burn toward its explosive end through a series of impassioned and heated conversations.

CREDITS

40 MINUTES, AUSTRALIA, ENGLISH AND POLISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES / DIRECTOR: JOHN GILLIES / SCRIPTWRITER: JOHN GILLIES WITH SELECTIONS FROM THE STAGE PLAY THE CRAZY LOCAMOTIVE BY STANISLAW IGNACY WITKIEWICZ / PRODUCERS: JOHN GILLIES, LAURA TURNER / CAST: MATEJ BUSIC, TOM PELIK, POLLYANNA NOWICKI, CRAIG MENEAUD, RICHARD HILLIAR / RIGHTS: JOHN GILLIES / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP