This program offers audiences an opportunity to engage with the diverse and compelling genre of the contemporary war film, and was conceived to accompany the UQ Art Museum exhibition Conflict: Contemporary responses to war. Curated by John Edmond, PhD candidate in The University of Queensland’s School of English, Media Studies and Art History (EMSAH), the program includes a thoughtful and complementary line-up of narrative, documentary and experimental film.
10.30am – 11.55pm
Essential killing MA (Jerzy Skolimowski 2010)
This mostly silent political thriller is a study in contrasting environments as an Afghani warrior (Vincent Gallo) is captured and taken to a secret US detention centre then escapes into the freezing snows of Poland.
12.45 – 2.20pm
Soundtrack to war M (George Gittoes 2005)
This renowned documentary by acclaimed Australian filmmaker and artist George Gittoes conveys the significance of music to Iraq-deployed US soldiers in a powerful critique of war and the human condition.
2:30 – 4:00pm
Fallout program (the following films are unclassified)
The Freestone Drone (George Barber 2013)
Sans-titre (Neïl Beloufa 2010)
Circle in the sand (Michael Robinson 2012)
Three experimental shorts that address post-conflict spaces, whether through sentient technology, a fictitious villa, or kitsch bricolage gathered from an obsolete culture.
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Free. All welcome.
*RSVP by 8 August essential as numbers are limited
Production still from Soundtrack to war 2005
Director: George Gittoes
Image courtesy: the artist