CULT CLASSICS: EYES WIDE SHUT
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CULT CLASSICS: EYES WIDE SHUT

CULT CLASSICS AT THE NFSA WITH VENUS MANTRAP
Fri
25
Fri 25 Oct 8:00 PM

Arc Cinema
Allocated Seating
158 Mins | Cult Classics
October
Fri 25 Oct

1999 | 35MM | UK | D: Stanley Kubrick  

Arc Cinema presents a series of irreverent Friday night filmic feasts, curated and hosted by drag artist and culture warrior Venus Mantrap.    

Cult Classics with Venus Mantrap plumbs the archives to showcase cinema with bite: films that unnerve, push buttons, ask questions and just look good on the big screen! Gather your tribe of misfits and rowdy rebels and join Venus for edgy movies, fan favourites and hidden gems.  

Slip on your mask and join Venus Mantrap for the best Halloween screening in town, starring Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise 

Shrouded in secrecy during production, this surreal and suspenseful 90s classic explores desire, intimacy and the shadowy horrors of Manhattan's upper echelons. The final film from legendary director Stanley Kubrick, this erotic thriller takes place during a single evening, as a doctor (Cruise) embarks on a sexual odyssey like you’ve never imagined.  

A spellbinder: provocatively conceived, gorgeously shot and masterfully executed  Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune 

It is the very preposterousness of Eyes Wide Shut which is the key to the achievement it represents: it has a singular excessiveness  at once gamey, florid and enigmatically deadpan  which underpins this picture's rich, sensuous style  Peter BradshawThe Guardian  
 
Presented on 35mm film print from the NFSA collection.
 
Includes a pre-screening introduction and live performance by Venus Mantrap. 


Venus Mantrap  
Venus Mantrap is an androgynous construct whose roots are firmly planted in the world of drag. Exploring aspects of cabaret, performance-art and comedy during live shows, Mantrap has produced The Bowie Ball and starred in the one-person-shows Life, Love and Lip Syncing and Valley of the Molls. Venus is regularly found at Smith's Alternative as the MC of Cabaret Voltaire and has been a featured artist at Glitterbox, LGBTIQ+ Elders Dance Club, Drag Cabaret and Finucane and Smith's touring show Dancehall. Follow them on Instagram at @the_venus_mantrap. 


(Image credit: Cassie Abraham) 

Viewer discretion advice 

Cult Classics performances and screenings contain coarse language and adult themes, which some viewers may find offensive. Viewer discretion is advised 
October
Fri 25 Oct

Arc Cinema

1 McCoy Circuit Acton, Australian Capital Territory, 2601