Thursday 13 June in the Robert Sibson Hall at 7.00 p.m.
“Dr. No” is the first James Bond film and dates from as far back as 1962. It stars Sean Connery and begins when Bond is sent to Jamaica to investigate the death of a fellow British agent. The trail leads him to the underground base of Dr. Julius No, who is plotting to disrupt an early American manned space launch with a radio beam weapon. “Of course, Bond takes time off from his exploits to enjoy the company of a few gorgeous women, including the bikini-clad Ursula Andress. She gloriously kicks off the long-standing tradition of Bond women who know how to please their favourite secret agent… this is Bond at his purest, the beginning of a series of movies that shows no sign of slowing down.” [Jeff Shannon]
“The picture has sex, violence, wit, terrific action sequences, and colourful atmosphere … Connery, Andress and Wiseman all give memorable performances… the film works marvellously and looking back, one can understand why it caused so much excitement.” [Danny Peary: Guide for the Film Fanatic]
All 22 Bond films will be shown at the Academy over the next three years!
Admission: $3.00 [free to film members]
Friday 14 June in the Robert Sibson Hall at 6.30 p.m.
The pairing of one of the best loved operas of all time with one of the world’s most popular operatic couples is a recipe for success. And rarely has Puccini’s “La Bohème” had such a photogenic and engaging cast. “Director Robert Dornhelm focuses entirely on his stars Netrebko and Villazón, whose incredible presence carries the film along. There’s room for big emotions, powerful voices, grand opera and tremendous cinema,” wrote one of Vienna’s leading dailies.
“Succulently dramatic. a tribute to the stars’ power.” [The Times]
“… breathtakingly dramatic and emotional. full to the brim with some of the best vocal talents of today.” [Opera Now ]
Admission: $3.00 [free to Red Carpet members] Supper available during the interval.
Thursday 20 June in the Robert Sibson Hall at 7.00 p.m.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is the first part of the “prequel” to “The Lord of the Rings” and concerns Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug.
“…a thoroughly engaging, often rip-roaring, old school yarn. It’s got scope, excitement, and above all, emotional heft.. You may perhaps fault Peter Jackson [director] for overfilling his cup, but this is one artist who invests his efforts with everything he’s got. It may not be the perfect Hobbit, but it sure is a good one. A very good one.” [PopMatters]
“There are all the essential mythic elements: all-conquering swords, magical rings, mysterious maps, giant eagles and dangerous riddling contests such as the one engaged in by Bilbo and Gollum. It’s an exciting story, easy to follow and lacking the solemnity of The Lord of the Rings. You don’t need to be a Tolkien devotee who knows his orcs from their elvish to enjoy the movie. Martin Freeman gives a moving and endearing performance. I liked the film and its measured pace.” [The Observer]
Admission: $3.00 [free to film members]
Friday 21 June in the Robert Sibson Hall at 6.30 p.m.
New Year’s Eve 2011 brought the world premiere at New York’s Metropolitan Opera of a spectacular opera, “The Enchanted Island”, in a sumptuous production blending 18th-century theatrical techniques with advanced video projections. Devised by the British writer, librettist and translator Jeremy Sams and with a story based on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, the piece revived the 18th century tradition of taking arias from a variety of different sources and setting them to a new libretto, drawing on music by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, Purcell, and others. But if the work itself was an exotic hybrid, the cast comprised thoroughbreds and included Joyce DiDonato, David Daniels and Danielle de Niese with a special appearance from Plácido Domingo as King Neptune.
“irresistibly entertaining. It’s a light-hearted romp with enough fizz to send a dozen champagne corks popping.” [Associated Press]
Admission: $3.00 [free to Red Carpet members]
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