Open Weekend 2011 films
‘I shot Andy Warhol’, ‘Basquiat’ and ‘Paris is burning’
Image: Basquiat (detail)
I shot Andy Warhol
Dir. Mary Harron, 1996
102 mins 35mm Colour Rated MA15+
Lili Taylor, Stephen Dorff
Lili Taylor stars in this retelling of the life of the woman who shot the artist Andy Warhol, and whose public identity was subsequently defined by her act. Set in New York between 1966 and 1968, the script is based on the true story of Valerie Solanas, a ’60s radical preaching hatred towards men in her incendiary Scum manifesto. Mary Harron’s film started out as a documentary before the producers convinced her to transform it into a dramatic interpretation. The result is impressive and provocative.
Saturday 21 May 2011 2pm – 3:42pm
Dir: Julien Schnabel 1996 (US)
108 mins 35mm Colour Rated M
Jeffrey Wright, Michael Wincott
An insider’s look at the hyped-up New York art world, told through the life story of Jean-Michel Basquiat. A black, 19-year-old graffiti artist who was catapulted to superstardom with his hybrid, topical paintings, Basquiat rubbed shoulders with the likes of Andy Warhol and Julian Schnabel before burning out permanently at the age of 27. Schnabel, himself a celebrated figure in the 1980s art world, made his directing debut with this film, which was shown in competition at the 1996 Venice Film Festival.
Note: Start time has changed from that originally advertised.
Saturday 21 May 2011 7:15pm – 9:03pm
Paris is burning
Dir: Jennie Livingston 1990 (US)
71 mins 35mm Colour Rated M
This joyous, witty and poignant documentary is a tribute to the community of New York’s minority drag queens – gay black and Latino men who invented the dance style of ‘vogueing’. Pop star Madonna appropriated and streamlined vogueing, whose movements are based on fashion magazine poses. Paris Is burning shows where it all began: in the community halls of Harlem, where contestants from rival ‘houses’ would gather to compete in makeshift dress-up contests. Some of the competitors present themselves as elegant, glamorous women in designer outfits, while others adopt a more mundane persona: college student; military man; Wall Street businessman; aristocrat. The criterion by which all this make-believe is judged is that of ‘realness’. Inviting us behind the scenes, director Jennie Livingston presents an exhilarating portrait of a society of outcasts which seems to have found an effective way of defying the world that scorns them.
Sunday 22 May 2011 2pm – 3:11pm