In 2003, Tommy Wiseau somehow got $6 million together to make his vanity project: a romantic drama about a banker (Wiseau) whose manipulative fiancee Lisa cheats on him. Inept in every department, from the excruciating acting to the dumb plotting and the astonishing narrative flaws, The Room also happens to be very, very entertaining: so bad that you can't stop watching. Hayden Orpheum holds cult screenings on the first Friday of every month. These screenings show no sign of petering out. Indeed, every month the cult of The Room grows. Time Out can't recommend this movie highly enough. The upcoming James Franco film The Disaster Artist is about the making of The Room – but why wait for the pale imitation when you can mainline the pure stuff? Read our 2014 interview with The Room star Greg Sestero.
The Chauvel in Paddington is hosting a season of hard-boiled modern crime classics on Tuesday evenings. Tickets are a measly $10, and you can grab a beer for just $5. In time for the release of Sicario: Day of the Soldado, they are kicking off with Sicario (2015) on June 26 – a dark and violent poem that’s as intelligent as it is thrilling, from the director of Arrival and Blade Runner 2049. Then they're jumping back 30 years with William Friedkin’s brutal cult classic To Live and Die in LA (1985) on July 10. Featuring the young Willem Dafoe, it's arguably the ultimate ’80s crime action thriller, with coke fiends, over-the-top style, and one of the greatest car chases in movie history. More car chases are on offer with Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive (2011) on July 24, with its hyper-stylised blend of violence, music, and Ryan Gosling. Michael Mann’s Thief (1981) is an underseen masterpiece – a philosophical thriller filled with modernist cool, screening on August 7. On August 21, the Coen Brothers’ Miller’s Crossing (1990) takes us back to the depression era with a gangster tale filled with dialogue so sharp it could cut glass. It's one of their very best films. Wrapping up the crime season on September 4 will be the 35th anniversary of the immortal Scarface (1983). Director Brian De Palma and star Al Pacino take it to the limit in this ultra-violent and eminently quotable gangster epic.
Four Chinese screen divas dominate the screen in a series of free movies at the AGNSW on Wednesdays and Sundays until August Starburst: Icons of Chinese Cinema features highlights of Shanghai silent cinema, golden age Hollywood, the Hong Kong New Wave and recent masterpieces from mainland China. The film series commences by showcasing the career highlights of two 1930s screen icons, Ruan Lingyu and Anna May Wong. On the opening weekend (24 June, 2pm), Lingyu’s brilliant performance in the silent classic The Goddess will be accompanied by a new live score by Hong Kong-born, Sydney-based musician and artist, Chun Yin Rainbow Chan. Live musical accompaniment will also accompany all three screenings of EA Dupont’s lavish Art Deco noir Piccadilly starring Anna May Wong. LA-born Wong was Hollywood’s first Chinese-American film star and even toured Australia in 1939. Starburst continues with films featuring two contemporary Chinese superstars: Hong Kong actress Maggie Cheung and Zhao Tao, muse of mainland China’s most acclaimed director, Jia Zhangke. Zhao appears as a theme-park dancer in the surrealist drama The World. Cheung gives an indelible performance as a latex-clad catwoman in Olivier Assasyas’ Irma Vep, stars as Ruan Lingyu in Stanley Kwan’s biopic Center Stage, and kicks arse in Jang Yimou's martial arts actioner Hero. All screenings are free in the Domain Theatre but early arrival is recommended to avoid disappointment. To see what’s screening and when click on the
More than 45 local features and shorts, along with Oscar-nominated short films, will be screening at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction as a part of a series of events presented by AACTA in August and September. On Monday August 20 at 6.30pm the Oscars Short Film Program will screen. This is an exclusive showcase of the ten shorts that were nominated for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' animated and live action short film categories this year. They include an Australian nominee for Best Live Action Short, Derin Seale and Josh Lawson's 'The Eleven O'Clock'. On Wednesday August 22, AACTA Pitch will make its debut, looking to discover Australia’s next hit scripted series for television or web. The pitching competition will give shortlisted finalists the chance to pitch their series in front of a industry judging panel and a live audience. Then Thursday August 23 will see the AACTA Short Film Program shown on the big screen – this year's nominees for Best Australian Short Film and Best Australian Animated Short, with winners to be announced at the AACTAs in December. Later on, in September, the AACTA Film Fest will warm up for the award season, with screenings of 38 Australian feature films from the past year, many of which are exclusive screenings or films yet to be released (such as the pictured Ladies in Black). All films are competing for nominations in the 8th AACTA Awards, so you can get a snapshot of the high calibre and diversity of Australian cinema, includi
SUFF is a Sydney gem. The annual weekend of warped, outré and extreme cinema at the Factory Theatre goes to places the other festivals rarely do, exploring the outer limits of what it means to be human, animal, zombie or mutant excrement demon. The festival features films interrogating democracy, the media, the history of experimental film and the odd beliefs of people on the fringes of society. And in strange times the 2018 line-up is stronger – and oddly more mainstream – than ever. This year the festival opens with a schlocky comedy from NZ, Mega Time Squad, in which a petty criminal steals an ancient Chinese time travel device to pull off a heist and unleashes a world of pain. Closing the festival is the acclaimed action-horror film Mandy starring Nicolas Cage in one of his most unhinged performances yet. Mandy is one of a number of movies selected for the Melbourne International Film Festival that are getting a SUFF screening. They include acid spaghetti western Let the Corpses Tan; Ethan Hawke’s musical biopic Blaze starring Alia Shawkat; and The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned from a Mythical Man. The latter is a documentary in which Murray fan Tommy Avallone follows the trail of the star’s alleged love of interacting with random people, such as crashing weddings or serving behind bars. Love splatter movies? You’ll want to see Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich, in which Nazi puppets come to life and cause deadly mayhem, or Christmas Blood, a Norwegi
The Russian Resurrection Film Festival is one of the largest, oldest and most respected Russian film festivals outside of Russia. For its 15th anniversary, the 2018 festival will screen new release movies and restored films at Event Cinemas George Street and Burwood. Check back here for more details as they emerge.
Watching all eight Harry Potter films in one feverish marathon is a bit like taking a roadtrip across the entire country or starting a vegetable patch: it's a feat often talked about, but rarely acted upon. Potter fans, now is the time to make the dream a reality. In celebration of the impending release of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the Palace Chauvel is putting on the entire series from 11am onwards, and – for all of ya'll who are still awake – a screening of the 70mm version of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. We're talking about an emotional rollercoaster lasting almost 24 hours; casual fans need not apply. For those hardcore enough to settle in for the entire journey, make sure you accio tickets ASAP, because they will sell out faster than the time it takes for Neville Longbottom to lose Trevor, his pet toad. Dressing up is encouraged, so rustle up your best Yule Ball dress robes and get ready for a magical 24 hours.
The owls may not be what they seem, but the good news is that five of the cast of Twin Peaks, along with the executive producer of the recent, revived, limited Twin Peaks series Sabrina S Sutherland, will be touring Australia in conversation. Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer herself), Kimmy Robertson (Lucy Moran), Michael Horse (Deputy Hawk), Al Strobel (Phillip Gerard) and Dana Ashbrook (Bobby Briggs) will be appearing to talk about front-of-camera and behind-the-scenes in the creation of the strange and popular cult TV series and movie. Tickets to the talk at International Convention Centre are now on sale, and for the truly obsessed, VIP meet and greet tickets will also be available, providing fans an opportunity to get an autograph and photo with cast members. Run, don't (fire)walk.
Now this really will do, pig. The great 1995 Australian movie Babe – a huge worldwide hit nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture – is getting a screening at the Concourse in Chatswood with the score played live by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the film's actual composer, Nigel Westlake. Before the film, Westlake will take part in a Q&A with the film's director, Chris Noonan. An absolute gem from a happier time, Babe is the story of an orphaned piglet who grows up on Farmer Hoggett's farm wanting to do the job of a sheep dog. The cast includes Magda Szubanski and James Cromwell, who became a vegetarian after his experience on the movie. It's an afternoon session in case you'd like to bring little ones and introduce them to the wonder of this film classic – as well as showing them what a symphony orchestra is. (Kids' tickets are only $12.) Read reviews of the best films screening in Sydney right now.
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