CULT CLASSICS: THE CROW
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CULT CLASSICS: THE CROW

CULT CLASSICS AT THE NFSA WITH VENUS MANTRAP
Fri
26
Fri 26 Jul 8:00 PM

Arc Cinema
Allocated Seating
101 Mins | Cult Classics
July
Fri 26 Jul

1994 | DCP | US | D: Alex Proyas  

Arc Cinema presents a series of Friday night filmic feasts hosted by Venus Mantrap, local drag artist and culture warrior.  
 
Cult Classics at the NFSA plumbs the archives to showcase cinema with bite, edgy movies and fan favourites  films that unnerve, push buttons, ask questions and just look good on the big screen!  
 
If you're a sucker for nostalgia or curious about forgotten gems, join Venus as we venture into the 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond  with special guests, surprise performances, trivia and best-dressed contests. Gather your tribe of rowdy rebels and misfits and join Venus for Fright Night! 

The first big-budget film from Australian director Alex Proyas, The Crow is a beloved Gothic favourite underscored by a blistering soundtrack (The Cure, Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against the Machine) 

Starring Brandon Lee in his final role (Lee was tragically killed during filming), The Crow is a tale of devastating romance and revenge set a year after the violent murders of Shelly Webster and Eric Draven (Lee).  

‘Devil’s Night’ on the grimy streets of Detroit is the backdrop to this dark and visionary ‘sleeper hit’ that sees a resurrected Eric seeking retribution with the help of a powerful black bird.  

The Crow imbues its comic brutalism with emotion and satire [It’san obsessive rock'n'roll comic-book movie shocker of loony intensity  Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune 

Lee has phenomenal presence, and his movements are so balletically powerful that his rampages seem like waking nightmares  Peter RainerLos Angeles Times 

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 
July
Fri 26 Jul

Arc Cinema

1 McCoy Circuit Acton, Australian Capital Territory, 2601