Help support Townsville's arts community by attending a movie. Umbrella Studios will be hosting, "The Monuments Men" on Wednesday, 19 March. Please join them, tickets $18.
Funds will support the delivery of Umbrella's core program of workshops, residencies, events, exhibitions and projects that connect with artists, students, young people and community groups, building on our work over the past 28 years.
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Queen of the Sun is a film which discusses the importance of bees and the current catastrophic collapse of bee populations all over the world.
TropEco JCU is teaming up with Permaculture Townsville to present Queen of the Sun, the first in a series of documentaries for 2014.
Some nibbles will be provided but we would absolutely love people to bring some of their own home made items to share. There will be a PRIZE for the best dish incorporating honey as a main flavour.
Date: Friday 28 February
Venue: Central Lecture Theatre at JCU's Townsville campus
Food and drinks from 6:00pm for a 7:00pm start
Bringing you the world's most amazing ocean films, from both above and below the surface.
Sending the Gungu Home, filmed by WWF-Australia around Bowen and Townsville, features local groups including James Cook University, Reef HQ, the Queens Beach Action Group, Queensland’s Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, the Girringun Aboriginal Corporation and the Gudjuda Aboriginal Reference Group. ‘Gungu’ is the name for ‘salt water turtle.’
Location: Riverway Arts Centre, 20 Village Boulevard, Thuringowa Central, Townsville
Starts: Sat, 8 Mar 2014 19:00
An opportunity to become a member.
For just $80 you can watch up to 30 'art-house' movies this year.
We start the year with Tim Winton's The Turning (Australia 2013 MA 180 min)
In this unique work, a team of collaborators have made a cinematic patchwork quilt that is textured and challenging, unpredictably varied in style and in its approach to Tim Winton's written word. Some of the 17 short films that make up the three hour whole are naturalistic, some are impressionistic and wordless, one is modern dance and one is narrated animation. Like a complex painting, it is a work open to interpretation - by us, the viewers.
While these cinematic differences provide much texture, the underlying observations and explorations of human beings at turning points in their lives provide a throughline. Not that it's an obvious one.
But quite frankly, this isn't the kind of film that you need to know every detail of the plot; this is like a poem of many stanzas and varying styles, a poem that is written by different poets, each with a unique view of the material. We experience the central characters through the prisms of the different filmmakers.
And although one of the central characters is Vic Lang, he is played by eight different actors at different ages, some black, some white, some redheads, some brunettes ... His father Bob is played by both Hugo Weaving and Dead Daly Jones. His wife Gail is played by Libby Tanner, Cate Blanchett and Kate Mulvany. But even this prompt is of little help - until after you've seen the film, because the stories and their settings are so scattered around places and times.
This might sound frustrating if you're expecting the expected; but the work creates its own rhythms and moods, and weaves a rich tapestry of human experience that keeps us engaged. That is the film's achievement. It may sound episodic, but the creative embrace of this collection of stories about people connected by family and or friendship, in a small seaside community gives it a resonance.
Crucial to the success of this enterprise are cinematography and music, both provided by a variety of artists. The landscapes and seascapes are powerful characters themselves, and the scores - each unique to its own film - are all exceptional, without exception. (From the review by Andrew Urban)
Aussie brews, juice & nibbles after the season opener!