Great British Film at ACMI

Announcing the film programme as part of Great British Arts 13, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) unveils twenty-one films that will screen over four months from August and November.

Art Exhibition previously on at ACMI - Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Victoria, Australia.
From Thursday 22 August 2013 to Sunday 27 October 2013
Launch Thursday 22 August 2013,

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Presented as part of Great Britain Arts 13 and with the support of the British Council

Opening with Julien Temple’s 2012 film London: The Modern Babylon the season will include films from Alfred Hitchcock to The Yellow Submarine and include a retrospective of films based on the books of Roald Dahl. ACMI’s annual Fashion on Film season, presented as part of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, will focus on the influence British designers and icons have had on fashion around the globe.

LONDON: THE MODERN BABYLON
With footage of Edwardian suffragettes or Margaret Thatcher juxtaposed against a soundtrack of punk music, the heart of London comes to life, acknowledging the struggles, triumphs, the good and the bad along the way. Temple says it’s “more time travel than history lesson, I wanted to portray London in full character without judgment, showing its brutality alongside its glory. Rebellion and riots are part of the DNA of London – but so is redemption and reunion.” (London: The Modern Babylon trailer)

ILL MANORS
With the 2012 riots on his doorstep, Ben Drew (aka English rapper Plan B) paints a contemporary portrait of London. Drawing influences from Quentin Tarantino, Shane Meadows and Nicholas Winding Refn’s Pusher trilogy, ill Manors is a mix of humour, social realism and high-octane action. With an editing and cinematography courtesy of Moon DOP, Gary Shaw, the film far exceeds its modest budget, largely amateur cast and showcases Ben Drew as a directing talent to watch.

HITCHCOCK
Screening during September are two restored Hitchcock classics. Dial M for Murder has been digitally restored in 3D from the original 3D film, and as part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the British Film Institute (BFI) restored print of The Ring. A love triangle within the world of boxing comes replete with a new contemporary score by renowned jazz and hip-hop musician Soweto Kinch.

McCULLIN
Empire Magazine called the BAFTA nominated documentary McCullin “unflinching, harrowing and gripping”; a look at the career of British photographer Don McCullin. Arguably best known for his tenure with the Sunday Times Magazine, his career in photo-journalism spanned conflict zones, beachside eccentrics, and London’s East End homelessness, as well as producing images of Maryon Park for Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow Up. He confesses “my darkroom is a haunted place.”

SHELL & BILLY LIAR
Two feature films round out the Great British film season. Shell, the directorial debut from Scott Graham is a coming of age film set in the Scottish highlands; and Billy Liar is the 1968 classic, restored for its 50th anniversary and holds all the gusto and spark of the British New Wave era.

YELLOW SUBMARINE
Screening on 1 November is a new digital restoration of George Dunning’s creation based on the music of the Beatles. Produced by over 200 animators, it was a critical and commercial success on release, telling the tale of the defeat of the music hating Blue Meanies by John, Paul, George and Ringo. Although not voiced by the pop group, they do appear in the films closing scene.

THE FANTASTIC MR DAHL
Over September and October, the cinema of Kids’ Flicks will pay tribute to the English author, Roald Dahl. Screening films based on books by Dahl including the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the animated BFG:The Big Friendly Giant as well as favourites James and the Giant Peach and Danny, Champion of the World.

FROM TWIGGY TO WESTWOOD: GREAT BRITISH FASHION ON FILM
As part of the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, ACMI again puts forth its Fashion on Film program, this year looking at the influence the British have had on international fashion. All included from Twiggy to Westwood to Paul Smith to McQueen.

Further information and updates on ACMI’s GREAT British Film will be posted at www.acmi.net.au and more information about GREAT Britain Arts 13 can be found at www.greatarts13.org.au.

PROGRAMME SCHEDULE

LONDON: THE MODERN BABYLON (M)
22 Aug – 10 Sep

Film details: Julien Temple, 125mins, UK, 2012, DCP, B&W and colour. Source & courtesy: Madman Entertainment

ILL MANORS (CTC)
5 – 8 Sep
Film details: Ben Drew, 102mins, UK, 2012, DCP. Source & courtesy: Vendetta Films

DIAL M FOR MURDER (3D) (PG)
12 – 16 Sep
Film details: Alfred Hitchcock, 105min, UK/USA, 1954, Restored DCP – 3D, B&W. Source & courtesy: Park Circus

THE RING (CTC)
13 & 14 Sep
Film details: Alfred Hitchcock, 108mins, UK, 1927, DCP – Digital Restoration, B&W. Silent with English subtitles. Source & courtesy: British Film Institute.

A restoration by the BFI National Archive in association with STUDIOCANAL. Principal restoration funding provided by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation. Additional funding provided by Deluxe 142 and The Mohamed S. Farsi Foundation.

A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH (PG)

3-6 Oct

Film details: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, 104mins, UK, 1946, Restored 35mm print, B&W and colour.

Source: British Film Institute Courtesy: Park Circus

LISTEN OT BRITAIN (U15+) screens before A Matter of Life and Death
3-6 Oct
Film details: Humphrey Jennings, Stewart McAllister, 19mins, UK, 1942, DCP, B&W. Source & courtesy: British Film Institute

McCULLIN (U18+)
10 – 13 Oct
Film details: Jacqui Morris, David Morris, 89mins, UK, 2012, DCP, B&W and colour. Source and courtesy: Jacqui Morris

SHELL (U18+)
31 Oct – 3 Nov
Film details: Scott Graham, 90mins, UK, 2012, DCP. Source and courtesy: BAC Films

YELLOW SUBMARINE (PG)
1 Nov
Film details: George Dunning, 85mins, UK, 1968, DCP. Source & courtesy: Apple Films

BILLY LIAR (PG)
7 – 10 Nov
Film details: John Schlesinger, 98mins, UK, 1963, DCP, B&W. Source & courtesy: Tamasa Distribution

ON FILM: FROM TWIGGY TO WESTWOOD: GREAT BRITISH FASHION ON FILM
31 Aug – 7 Sep

IN VOGUE: THE EDITOR’S EYE (U15+)
31 Aug – 6 Sep
Film details: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, 60mins, USA, 2012, Digital Betacam.
Source & courtesy: Showcase, Australia

TWIGGY: THE FACE OF ’66 (U15+)
31 Aug – 5 Sep
Film details: Philip Priestly, 60mins, UK, 2012, Digital Betacam. Source & courtesy: ARTE, France

PAUL SMITH, GENTLEMAN DESIGNER (U15+)
1 – 5 Sep
Film details: Stephane Carrel, 55mins, France, 2011, Digital Betacam. Source & courtesy: ARTE, France

BRITISH STYLE FENIUS: BREAKING THE RULESFASHION REBEL LOOK (U18+)
1 – 7 Sep
Film details: Anna Gravelle, 60mins, UK, 2009, DV Cam. Source & courtesy: BBC Worldwide

KID’S FILCKS: THE FANTASTIC MR. DAHL

WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (G)
1 – 22 Sep
Film details: Mel Stuart, 98mins, USA, 1971, 35mm. Source & courtesy: Chapel Distribution

THE BFG: BIG FRIENDLY GIANT (G)
23 & 24 Sep
Film details: Brian Cosgrove, 88mins, UK, 1989, DVCam. Source & courtesy: Fremantle Media

DANNY, THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD (G)
25 – 28 Sep
Film details: Gavin Miller, 98mins, UK, 1989, 16mm. Source: Amalgamated Movies

MATILDA (G)
29 & 30 Sep
Film details: Danny DeVito, 93mins, USA, 1996, 16mm. Source: Amalgamated Movies

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH (G LOW LEVEL VIOLENCE)
1 – 4 Oct
Film details: Henry Selick, 80mins, USA, 1996, 16mm. Source: ACMI Collection. Courtesy: Roadshow Film

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY (PG MILD THREATENING SCENES)
5 – 13 Oct
Film details: Tim Burton, 115mins, USA, 2005, 35mm. Source & courtesy: Roadshow Films

FANTASTIC MR. FOX (PG MILD CRUDE LANGUAGE AND ANIMATED VIOLENCE)
19 – 27 Oct
Film details: Wes Anderson, 88mins, UK/USA, 2009, 35mm. Source & courtesy: Twentieth Century Fox