Sunday Bushflicks – ‘Witkacy & Malinowski: a cinematic séance in 23 scenes’

11/08/2019 - ,

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2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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Two Sundays of Cinematic Experience

We are a small group of local subversives with experience in the arts who shoot the breeze and dream up cultural experiences that make us feel good.

Following on from the success of WIFF our outdoor summer screenings in Woollamia, we join with Worrowing (Estate) for some winter flicks in a beautiful bush shed setting with, firepit, hot soup, gluwine and fine company.

BushFlick Sunday #1 
August 11, shorts roll at 3pm, Feature at 3.30pm

Feature – A hit at Sydney Film Festival, 2019
‘Witkacy & Malinowski: a cinematic séance in 23 scenes’
Directed by John Gillies 2017, Australia
40 minutes

Haunted by the recent suicide of his lover, the artist and visionary playwright Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (known as Witkacy) took a train through the Australian countryside in 1914 with his friend, the anthropologist Bronisław Kasper Malinowski. WWI had just been declared, and the pair have a heated, friendship-ending argument about the political, the personal, and the power of rationality versus the transcendent power of art. Intercut with the expertly acted and beautifully shot experimental drama, unfolding on the train are scenes from Witkacy’s own avant-garde play ‘The Crazy Locomotive’, as both the speeding train and the relationship between the two friends hurtle inevitably towards disaster.

BONUS Q & A with the Film Director John Gillies 


Miazmat’ (4 mins)  by animator/director Klaudiusz Wesolowski which draws on the ‘Pure Form’ theory inspired by Witkacy’s painting, ‘Composition’

‘Road Movie’ (9 mins) by John Gillies, 2008, follows a lone protagonist on a road trip that ends in a metaphysical twist

Click BushFlick Sunday #2 for information and tickets ‘Chauka Please Tell us the Time’ (a record of the daily life on Manus Island shot on mobile phone) | Behrouz Boochani and Arash Kamali Sarvestani.


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