Two Australian Westerns…Sort Of
Thursday, April 7, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
Includes the following films:
2009. Australia. Directed by Glendyn Ivin. Screenplay by Mac Gudgeon, based on the novel by Denise Young. With Hugo Weaving, Tom Russell. Fleeing the scene of a crime, a father takes his young son from the city and into a landscape that is at once reminiscent of the American West and extraordinary beyond imagining. This Australian terrain tests the deep relationship between a conflicted man and the adoring child who suffers and cares for his dad. With the police in hot pursuit, the boy must become an adult well before his time. Weaving, as the fugitive father, gives a searing performance. 100 min.
2011. Australia. Written and directed by Matthew Bate. A rip-roaring documentary about Australian-born J. P. McGowan, who came to Hollywood in 1915 as a stunt man and ended up as a director of death-defying serials, including the long-running The Hazards of Helen, starring his wife and several runaway locomotives. U.S. Premiere. 25 min.