BOOK CLUB: HEAD ON + Discussion
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BOOK CLUB: HEAD ON + Discussion

BOOK CLUB AT THE NFSA IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CANBERRA WRITERS FESTIVAL
Sun
25
Sun 25 Aug 1:00 PM

Arc Cinema
Allocated Seating
104 Mins | Book Club
August
Sun 25 Aug

1998 35mmAUS | D: Ana Kokkinos 
 
Head On is adapted from the 1995 novel Loaded, the debut title from bestselling Australian author Christos Tsiolkas (The SlapBarracuda). The narrative offers a 24-hour window into the life of troubled protagonist Ari, a young, queer, Greek Australian man who finds himself alienated from just about everything. 
 
Ana Kokkinos’ film adaptation stars Alex Dimitriades as the nineteen-year-old Ari, who seeks short-term ecstasy in drugs and anonymous sexual encounters while struggling to relate to his traditional parents (Tony Nikolakopoulos and Eugenia Fragos).  
 
Head On is a gripping dive into  classculture and sexuality in 1990s urban Australia.  
 
‘Shocking, confronting and dazzling…an exhilarating piece of Australian filmmaking –  SBS 
 
Presented on 35mm film prints from the NFSA collection. 
 
The screening will be followed a discussion with guest screenwriter and author Anthony Mullins, exploring Australian grunge lit and the novels and film adaptations of He Died with a Felafel in his Hand (John Birmingham)Monkey Grip (Helen Garner) and Loaded (Christos Tsiolkas). 
 
ANTHONY MULLINS 
 
Anthony Mullins is a BAFTA and AWGIE award-winning screenwriter, script producer, playwright and author. His first short film (STOP, 2000) screened at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, while his first television gig was writing and directing two web spin-offs for the hit TV series Lost, one of which won a Primetime Emmy. Anthony has been a script producer and script editor on numerous TV series, including Safe Harbour, Five Bedrooms and Nowhere Boys. He has also been the director and writer of several award-winning interactive projects including Spooks Interactive (2008) and Primeval Evolved (2009). Anthony’s stage play The Norman Mailer Anecdote was a finalist in the Queensland Premier’s Drama Awards and had a sold-out season at Queensland Theatre in 2024. His award-winning screenwriting guide Beyond the Hero’s Journey has so far been released in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, New Zealand, China and South Korea. 

 
A discounted triple film pass is available to see Richard Lowenstein’s He Died with a Felafel in his Hand (11 Aug), Ken Cameron's Monkey Grip (18 Aug) and Ana Kokkinos’ Head On (25 Aug). Learn more
 

discounted season pass is available for the Book Club at the NFSA program. Learn more
August
Sun 25 Aug

Arc Cinema

1 McCoy Circuit Acton, Australian Capital Territory, 2601