Currently screening at Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) Cinemateque, the Curious Affections film program features titles selected by artist Patricia Piccinini, whose retrospective exhibition occupies the entire ground floor of GoMA and features her most recognisable works from the last 20 years.
A reflection of Piccinini’s interests in science, storytelling and empathy, the film program comprises four thematic strands and includes a wide variety of contemporary and classic science-fiction, horror, animation and documentaries.
The Monstrous Beauty strand of the program “explores a world of mad science and misunderstood monsters, body horror and social anxieties” and includes works from directors such as David Cronenberg (Shivers), David Lynch (The Elephant Man) and Clive Barker (Nightbreed), as well as multiple screenings of Jim Sharman’s beloved Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Focussing on stories featuring women in real or fantastical worlds, the Otherworldly Encounters program features an eclectic selection of titles, from Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock, Jane Campion’s The Piano and Guillermo del Toro’s magnificent Pan’s Labyrinth to one of the most remarkable directorial debuts in recent times in Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild and the superb 2016 cannibal drama Raw from Julia Docournau.
Exploring the relationship between humans and animals, the Companion Species strand focuses on stories of inter-species interactions and includes a one-off screening of Joon-ho Bong’s Okja, which may prove the only opportunity to see the film on the big screen in Brisbane. Also featuring in this program are Jean Cocteau’s 1946 take on Beauty and the Beast and a feature selection that includes David Lynch’s Eraserhead and The Lobster from Yorgos Lanthimos, along with documentaries from the likes of Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man) and classic animations such as The Jungle Book, Animal Farm and Miyazaki’s My Neighbour Totoro.
The final exhibition strand is Earthly Survival, a series of screenings that features stories of rebellion and renewal exploring our relationship with technology and the environment. Featured in the line-up is another work from Miyazaki (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind), along with cult classic Donnie Darko, the Wachowski’s ambitious Cloud Atlas and back-to-back screenings of Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner (1982) and Denis Villeneuve’s 2017 sequel Bladerunner: 2049.
Over 45 films feature across the four programs, which runs until Wednesday, May 30. Tickets for each screening is just $10.00 (or $7.00 for GoMA members), with a five-film pass available for just $40.00.
To check out the full screening schedule, click here.