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Piccinini's Picks – Free Films for Final Weekend

Piccinini’s Picks – Free Films Screenings for in Another’s Life Final Weekend

Saturday 10 + Sunday 11 June
City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square
Free entry

From Tod Browning’s 1932 cult classic ‘Freaks’, to homegrown hit ‘Braindead’, this thoughtfully selected programme of Patricia Piccinini’s favourite films provides fresh insights into her interests and art practice.

While working on her ‘In Another Life’, City Gallery Wellington invited Patricia Piccinini to submit a list of films that she loves, that inspire her work, and/or address similar themes that her art work explores. The result is these four films screening on the final weekend of her exhibition. Don’t miss your chance to check out Piccinini’s captivating and extremely popular exhibition one last time.

'Braindead', (1992), dir. Peter Jackson
Aka ‘Dead Alive’, 97 mins, Colour, R16
Some things won’t stay down… even after they die.
Local prodigy’s magnum opus may well be the last word in zombie film. What begins as a nervous romance for naive young Lionel soon turns into a blood-drenched orgy of limbs and lawnmowers, as 1950s Wellington falls victim to a hideous virus. (Patricia Piccinini had the poster of this film on her wall for 10 years!)

'Breaking the Waves', (1996), dir. Lars von Trier
158 mins, Colour, R16
Love is a mighty power.
Significant art-house hit about obsessive faith and self-sacrifice, set in a puritanical village on the Scottish coast. A naive young woman (Emily Watson) marries a worldy, charismatic oil-rigger, but their blissful union is dealt a cruel blow when he is left debilitated by an accident. Von Trier's bleak yet stirring religious indictment/allegory is captured by an agitated camera, though, like his heroine, his rare feat of film-making bravado requires rigorous commitment and endurance.

'Freaks', (1932), dir. Todd Browning
64 mins, B+W, R16
Can a full grown woman truly love a midget?
The only film in history to exploit real-life 'mutants' is actually a sensitive and fascinating piece of cinema history. Perhaps misunderstood as a 'horror' movie, it is a timeless tale of love, greed and revenge.

'Nightbreed', (1990), dir. Clive Barker
97 mins, Colour, R16
Lori thought she knew everything about her boyfriend… Lori was wrong!
Novelist Clive Barker's follow-up film to ‘Hellraiser’ is again saturated with fantastic monsters and bone-crunching visuals. A dark adult fantasy featuring another of Piccinini’s favourite directors, David Cronenberg.

City Gallery Wellington thanks Aro St Video for film blurbs and supply.

Saturday 10 June
10.30am Freaks
11.45am Breaking the Waves
2.45pm Braindead
4.45pm Nightbreed

Sunday 11 June
10.30am Breaking the Waves
1.30pm Braindead
3.30pm Freaks
4.50pm Nightbreed

Note: All films will be screened on DVD format.



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