We bring you our annual partnership with the South Australian Living Artist Festival, where their featured artists select and introduce a film important to them. 

The Piano

A gothic masterpiece, infused with a darkly romantic frisson, The Piano is full of striking and highly affective images. Equally artistically successful as financial, it won the Palm d’Or and academy awards for its three key women artists (Jane Campion [also nominated for best director], Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin). Michael Nyman’s sound track was also a best seller.  Accompanied by her young daughter and piano, Ada, a mute, is sold into marriage to a stranger in faraway New Zealand. Her new husband sells her piano in pique. Ada attempts to get it back from Baines, the white man gone partly savage, played by Harvey Keitel, whose career’s renaissance was just underway.

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Charlie’s Country

Arguably one of Australia’s greatest actors, David Gulpilil began cowriting this partially autobiographical work while in gaol. It follows Charlie’s return to his country and a world that is increasingly no longer his. “Equal parts ethnographic and poetic, this eloquent drama’s stirring soulfulness is laced with the sorrow of cultural dislocation but also with lovely ripples of humour and even joy.” It also poignantly captures moments in Gulpili’s remarkable career, which began as a teen in Nicholas’ Roeg’s masterpiece Walkabout.

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La Haine

Regarded as one of the most searing French films of all time, La  Haine, has never lost the incredible relevancy, which saw it launch to a prolonged ovation at Cannes (winner Best Director) before going through French cultural complacency like a wrecking ball.. A story of injustice and alienation, La Haine is set over 19 consecutive hours in the lives of three young adults living in the impoverished, multi-ethnic French projects. The urban realism is heightened by the black and white cinematography.

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