Cinema Programme ATP Australia 2009

Thursday 1st January, 2009

ATP is pleased to present a film programme curated by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Taking place on January 9th and 10th at Mount Buller Cinema, January 14th – 18th at Brisbane’s Australian Cinémathèque at the South Bank and January 17th and 18th at Sydney's Cockatoo Island, the cinema programme is presented free of charge to those attending the events.

“ATP Cinema provides the unique opportunity to screen lesser known and hard to come by films, such as Ghosts of The Civil Dead and Pure Shit and also some such as Apocalypto and Walkabout that were made purely for the large screen, and need to be seen in such a way. The selection of films chosen by the Bad Seeds are either personal favourites or feature members of the band in some fashion, through soundtrack or screenplay writing. The aim is to enlighten, entertain or provide the chance to revisit these unique cinematic moments. Ranging thematically from the sacred to the profane, these films continue to inform and entertain us. Made up of a healthy dose of Australian releases, and a nod to some of the great masters of cinema, Kurosawa, Melville, Roeg and Peckinpah - the chance to see some of these on the big screen is reason enough to break open the popcorn.”

(Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, 2008)


Further information about the cinema programme

Apocalypto (Mel Gibson, 2006, MA15+)
(Mount Buller, Saturday 10th, 1am)

Mel Gibson returns to the director's chair with this thrilling historical epic. Set in the twilight of Mayan culture young Jaguar Paw is captured and taken to the great Mayan city, where he faces a harrowing end. Driven by the power of his love for his wife and son, he makes an adrenaline-soaked, heart-racing escape to rescue them and ultimately save his way of life. Filled with unrelenting action and stunning cinematography, Apocalypto is an enthralling and unforgettable film experience.


The Boys (Rowan Woods, 1998, MA15+)
(Mount Buller, Friday 9th, 2am)
(Brisbane - Australian Cinémathèque, Friday 16th, 4pm)
(Cockatoo Island, Saturday 17th, 6:50pm)
*Print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive

Brett Sprague (David Wenham) returns to his mother’s suburban Sydney house after a year in jail. His younger brother Glenn (John Polson) has moved out with his girlfriend Jackie (Jeanette Cronin); youngest brother Stevie (Anthony Hayes) has been staying in Brett’s room with his new girlfriend Nola (Anna Lise) after her father kicked her out for getting pregnant. Arguments and accusations begin as soon as Brett arrives. He accuses both brothers of stealing a stash of drugs he left in his room. The police visit after he fights with Michelle (Toni Collette), his long-time girlfriend; he drives a wedge between Jackie and Glenn and intimidates the terrified Nola. His mother Sandra (Lynette Curran) tries to keep the peace, but the three sons turn on her new boyfriend Abo (Pete Smith). After 18 hours of drinking and fighting, the boys go out and cruise the streets, looking for trouble. They find a girl by herself, waiting for a bus. Aria award winning soundtrack by The Necks.


The English Surgeon (Geoffrey Smith, 2007, M)
(Mount Buller, Friday 9th, 4pm)
(Cockatoo Island, Saturday 17th, 11am)

What is it like to have God like surgical powers, yet to struggle against your own humanity? What is it like to try and save a life, and yet to fail? This film follows brain surgeon Henry Marsh as he openly confronts the dilemmas of the doctor patient relationship on his latest mission to the Ukraine. Henry is one of London's foremost brain surgeons, but despite being a pioneer in his field he still rides an old pushbike to work and worries himself sick about the damage he can inflict on his patients. "When push comes to shove we can afford to lose an arm or a leg, but I am operating on people's thoughts and feelings...and if something goes wrong I can destroy that person's character ……forever". (Original Music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis).


The Getaway (Sam Peckinpah, 1972, M)
(Mount Buller, Saturday 10th, 10pm)
(Cockatoo Island, Sunday 18th, 3pm)
*Print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive

Master thief Doc McCoy knows his wife has been in bed with the local political boss in order to spring him from jail. What he can't know is the sinister succession of double-crosses that will sour the deal once he's on the outside - and executing the ultimate robbery. Fasten your seat belts and join Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw in a supreme action thriller based on Jim Thomson's novel (Scripted by Warriors director, Walter Hill). Once the Getaway starts, there's no escaping its breathless intensity!


Ghosts of the Civil Dead (John Hillcoat, 1988, Unrated 18+)
(Mount Buller, Friday 9th, 6pm)
(Brisbane - Australian Cinémathèque – South Bank, Sunday 18th, 6pm)
*Print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive

Central Industrial is a “New Generation” maximum security prison, surrounded by razor wire and an electrified fence, and situated in the middle of the Australian desert. No-one leaves. At the beginning of the film, it’s locked down – the prisoners confined to their cells – and we flash back to the series of events which led to this. It began with the transference of some more violent criminals into the prison, creating a tense atmosphere that could only get worse. Pleas to the authorities are ignored. Soundtrack by Nick Cave, Mick Harvey and Blixa Bargeld.


The Isle (Ki-duk Kim, 2000, MA15+)
(Mount Buller, Saturday 10th, 6pm)
(Cockatoo Island, Sunday 18th, 11am)

Recalling both the erotic tension and the surrealist imagery of Woman of the Dunes, Kim Ki-duk's film is set near a remote lake where men come far and wide to fish on anchored rafts. Running a little bait-and-tackle shop is the earthy -- almost feral -- young lass Hee-jin (Seoh Jung), who sometimes sells herself for a price to horny fishermen. On one raft is the morose youth Hyun-shik (Kim Yu-seok), who Hee-jin has quietly taken a shine to after saving him from a suicide attempt. His ham-fisted advances are rejected, but after a second try at suicide, in which he puts fishing hooks in his mouth, she nurses him back to health. Soon, a freakily-intense relationship builds between the two in which the jealous Hee-jin starts to brutally dispatch with any competition.


Love Story (Arthur Hiller, 1970, PG)
(Mount Buller, Saturday 10th, 2pm)
(Cockatoo Island, Sunday 18th, 1pm)

One of the most famous tearjerkers ever, Love Story tells the tale of Jenny (Ali McGraw), a poor college student from Rhode Island, and Oliver (Ryan O'Neal), a rich law student from Boston, who fall in love while attending college. Despite opposition to their relationship from Oliver's wealthy father, the two get married. After graduation, Oliver takes a job at a prestigious legal firm in New York, as everything seems to be going well for the couple ; tragedy strikes Jenny, who is diagnosed with a fatal illness. Oliver must face a future without the woman he loves. This timeless film, based on Erich Segal's best-selling novel, featured the famous tag line "Love means never having to say you're sorry."


The Proposition (John Hillcoat, 2005, MA15+)
(Mount Buller, Saturday 10th, 8pm)
(Brisbane - Australian Cinémathèque, Wednesday 17th, 6pm)
(Cockatoo Island, Saturday 17th + Sunday 18th, 5pm)

Captain Stanley (Ray Winstone) captures fugitive Burns brothers Charley (Guy Pearce) and Mikey (Richard Wilson) at the scene of bloody rape and murder. Informing Charley that he must kill his older brother, Arthur (Danny Huston), in order to be set free, Stanley drags Mikey to a decrepit jailhouse while he waits for Charley to carry out the deed... Director John Hillcoat's second collaboration with musician Nick Cave (here contributing the film's screenplay and soundtrack with Warren Ellis) is a taut character study of desperation amid the mesmerising backdrop of the 19th century Australian outback.


Pure Shit (Bert Deling, 1975, Unrated 18+)
(Mount Buller, Friday 9th, 8pm)
(Brisbane - Australian Cinémathèque, Wednesday 14th, 6pm)
(Cockatoo Island, Sunday 18th, 6:55pm)
*Print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive

Four young heroin addicts scour the streets of Melbourne in search of some good-quality narcotics – or as they call it, ‘pure shit’. In the space of 48 hours, a friend dies of an overdose, they are ripped off by criminals and arrested and assaulted by police. They bungle a break-in, get chased by hooligans and one is sent to a methadone clinic. The search for drugs veers between farce and tragedy, but it never stops.


Le Samouraï (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1967, PG)
(Mount Buller, Friday 9th, 2pm)
(Cockatoo Island, Saturday 17th, 1pm)

Alain Delon is the coolest killer to hit the screen, a film noir loner for the modern era, in Jean-Pierre Melville's austere 1967 French crime classic. Delon's impassive hit man, Jef Costello, is the ultimate professional in an alienated world of glass and metal. On his latest contract, however, he lets a witness live--a charming jazz pianist, Valerie (Cathy Rosier), who neglects to identify him in the police lineup. When Costello survives an assassination attempt by his employers, he carefully plots his next moves as cops and criminals close in and he prepares for one last job. Melville meticulously details every move by Costello and the police in fascinating wordless sequences, from Costello's preparations for his first hit to the cops' exhaustive efforts to tail Jef as he lines up his last; and his measured pace creates an otherworldly ambiance, an uneasy calm on the verge of shattering. Costello remains a cipher, a zen killer whose façade begins to crack as the world seems to be collapsing in on him, exposing the wound-up psyche hidden behind his blank face.


Rashômon (Akira Kurosawa, 1950, M)
(Mount Buller, Friday 9th, 10pm)

Brimming with action while incisively examining the nature of truth, Rashômon is perhaps the finest film ever to investigate the philosophy of justice. Through an ingenious use of camera and flashbacks, Kurosawa reveals the complexities of human nature as four people recount different versions of the story of a man's murder and the rape of his wife. Toshiro Mifune gives another commanding performance in the eloquent masterwork that revolutionized film language and introduced Japanese cinema to the world.


Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg, 1971, M)
(Mount Buller, Saturday 10th, midday)
(Brisbane - Australian Cinémathèque, Wednesday 14th, 12 noon)
(Cockatoo Island, Saturday 17th, 3pm)
*Print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive

A boy and girl face the challenge of the world's last frontier. Dangers they had never known before... A people they had never seen before... Nicolas Roeg's mystical masterpiece chronicles the physical, spiritual, and emotional journey of a sister and brother abandoned in the harsh Australian outback. Joining an Aboriginal boy on his walkabout - a tribal initiation into manhood - these modern children pass from innocence into experience as they are thrust from the comforts of civilization into the savagery of the natural world...




Cinema Rules

Please note that MA15+ means under 15’s need to be accompanied by an adult and Unrated 18+ means over 18’s only.

We are pleased to offer you a cinema programme free of charge. 

Please consider others when watching the films. If you want to talk, please talk outside.

The cinema exists on a first come, first served basis. If you really want to see a film, you may have to get there early. There is limited seating and we do not guarantee entry into any session.

ATP reserves the right to not allow you into the cinema, or to eject you from the cinema at our discretion. Please respect our staff on this matter.

There is no smoking in the cinema. 

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FRIDAY – 9th January

2pm                 Le Samouraï (PG)

4pm                 The English Surgeon (M)

6pm                 Ghosts of the Civil Dead(Unrated 18+)**

8pm          ;        Pure Shit (Unrated 18+)**

10pm               Rashômon (M)

12am               Special Screening

2am                 The Boys (MA15+)**


SATURDAY – 10th January

12pm               Walkabout (M)

2pm                 Love Story  (PG)

4pm                 Special Screening

6pm                 The Isle (MA15+)

8.30pm             The Proposition (MA15+)

10.30pm           The Getaway (M)**

1am                 Apocalypto (MA15+)



SATURDAY – 17th January

11am The English Surgeon (M)
1pm Le Samouraï (PG)
3pm Walkabout (M)
5pm The Proposition (MA15+)
6:50pm The Boys (MA15+)

SUNDAY – 18th January

11am The Isle (MA15+)
1pm Love Story (PG)
3pm The Getaway (M)
5:10pm The Proposition (MA15+)
6:55pm Pure Shit (Unrated 18+)


WEDNESDAY – 14th January
12noon            Walkabout (M)
6pm                 Pure Shit (Unrated 18+)**

FRIDAY – 16th January
4pm                 The Boys (MA15+)**

SATURDAY – 17th January
6pm                 The Proposition (MA15+)

SUNDAY – 18th January
6pm                 Ghosts Of The Civil Dead (Unrated 18+)**