Saturday 30 May 2015, 14.00-16.00 BP Lecture Theatre £3, Members/concessions £2
An epic fantasy combining adventure, melodrama, and an uninhibited display of male anatomy, this film features Steve Reeves, former Mr America and Mr Universe, as the Greek hero. The film was one of the most popular sword-and-sandal films of the late 1950s. Director: Pietro Francisci France & Italy, 1959, 107 mins, Cert. PG
Starring Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson, Ryan Kwanten, and Tasma Walton, Mystery Road is a gripping murder mystery with a cultural perspective. In an outback town Jay Swan, an Indigenous Australian cowboy detective, returns home to solve the murder of a teenage Indigenous girl whose body is found under the highway trucking route out of town. Jay is alienated from both the white-dominated police force and the Indigenous community, including his teenage daughter, who is connected to the murdered girl. Director: Ivan Sen Australia, 2013, 121 mins Cert. 15
Saturday 27 June 2015, 14.00-16.30 BP Lecture Theatre £3, Members/concessions £2
Idealised depictions of the Greek body hold a prominent role in militarist aesthetics. In this double bill, the prologue of Leni Riefenstahlís film of the 1936 Olympic Games (16 mins) serves as introduction to Zack Snyderís cinematic take on Frank Millerís graphic novel 300 (2007, 117 mins, Cert.15) which takes inspiration from the Battle of Thermopylae, where a small Greek army, led by the Spartans, fought an invading Persian force.
This double bill brings together two American films of the silent era centred on the aesthetics of the body, modern artists, their muses and their patrons. The Marble Heart (USA, 1913, 27 mins) features a dream sequence set in ancient Greece which acts as a catalyst for the erotic triangle of the main narrative, whereas Purity (USA, 1916, 66 mins, copy restored courtesy of the CNC), starring the artistís model Audrey Munson as Purity and Virtue, is one of the earliest films ever to have been censored for its nude scenes. English titles. Live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne. Cert. tbc