Goodbye, Dragon Inn: Book launch & screening
Introduced by critic Jason di Rosso
Join us for the Sydney launch of Nick Pinkerton’s book on Goodbye, Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-liang, 2003) with a screening of the newly restored film and an introduction by critic Jason di Rosso.
In 2021, independent publishing house Fireflies Press launch their new series, the Decadent Editions: 10 books about 10 films, one for every year of the 2000s. Written by some of today’s most compelling cultural critics, each book is a deep dive into a single film. The series is proudly supported by publishing partner ACMI: the museum of screen culture.
Nick Pinkerton’s book will be available to purchase from the Gallery Shop.
About the film
In an old Taipei movie theatre, on the eve of a 'temporary closing’, King Hu’s 1967 wuxia classic Dragon Inn plays to a dwindling audience. Lonely souls cruise the aisles for companionship while two actors from Hu’s film watch themselves writ large, perhaps for the last time. Cited by award-winning Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives) as 'the best film of the past 125 years’, Tsai Ming-liang’s 2003 film has been restored to 4K digital for a new generation of cinema fans to discover.
About the book
Is cinema really dying? As movie houses close and corporations dominate, the art form is at risk of changing beyond recognition. In this wide-ranging and elegiac essay, Nick Pinkerton reflects upon Goodbye, Dragon Inn, a modern classic haunted by the ghosts and portents of a culture in flux.
About the author
Nick Pinkerton is a Cincinnati-born, Brooklyn-based writer focused on moving image-based art. His writing has appeared in Film Comment, Sight & Sound, Artforum, Frieze, Reverse Shot, The Guardian, 4Columns, The Baffler, Rhizome, Harper’s and The Village Voice, among other venues, and he operates the Substack newsletter Employee Picks. Previous publications include the monograph Mondo Cinema and ‘Beyond, 1960s–1980s’ (True/False).
About the speaker
Jason Di Rosso is a film critic and presenter of ABC Radio National’s weekly specialist program on cinema and television The Screen Show. He is also a doctoral candidate at the University of Technology Sydney researching essay films and cinematic memoir.
Image: Still from Goodbye, Dragon Inn courtesy Homegreen Films