Witkacy & Malinowski: a cinematic séance in 23 scenes

Directed by John Gillies
2017
Australia
40 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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An “experimental docudrama” by Australian artist and filmmaker John Gillies that recreates a real-life argument between two great Polish thinkers on a train to Toowoomba.

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 rationalist 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.

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Tickets

Sun 9 June
12pm
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 1
Past Event Cancel
Sat 15 June
6:30pm
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 3
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
FLUX Art + Film
Year
2017
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
Australia
Language
In English and Polish with English subtitles
Director
John Gillies
Producer
John Gillies, Laura Turner
Cast
Matej Busic, Tom Pelik, Pollyanna Nowicki
Screenwriter
John Gillies, Slanisław Ignacy Witkeiwicz
Cinematographer
John Gillies
Editor
John Gillies
Genre
Australian Films
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