Presented by MIFF 37ºSouth Market & Accelerator Lab, Adrian Wootton OBE returns exclusively to Melbourne for another series of his acclaimed Illustrated Film Talks this year focusing on Musical Movie Legends Sammy Davis Jr, Barbra Streisand, David Bowie and Marilyn Monroe recounting these unique stars’ enthralling life stories and career highs, accompanied by swathes of film clips and images from their personal and professional histories.
A former Director of the London Film Festival, British Film Institute and the UK’s National Film Theatre, Wootton is CEO of Film London & The British Film Commission, Director of the Crime Scene Festival, and a program advisor to the Venice Film Festival, London Film Festival and Italy’s Noir Fest. Wootton has also contributed to the Guardian, Sight & Sound, BBC Radio, and received an Honorary Doctorate by The University of East Anglia.
Each lecture is $15. Tickets available for purchase here.
BARBRA STREISAND: Diva & Activist - Tuesday 06 August: 5.15pm to 7.15pm
American megastar singer, composer, actress, director and producer Barbra Streisand is a showbiz legend – and gay icon - with multiple accolades to her name, including Oscars, Grammys, Emmys, Golden Globes, Peabodys and a Tony. Having recorded more than 60 albums and sold more than 150 million records, she is among the best-selling recording artists of all time and the only recording artist ever to have a number-one album in each of the last six decades. Her movie career started with her reprise of her Broadway and West End hit turn as Fanny Price in Funny Girl (1968), with other film musical roles including Hello, Dolly! (1969) and A Star is Born (1976), while she played screwball heroines in such comedies as The Owl and the Pussycat (1970) and What’s Up, Doc? (1972), and dramatic roles in the likes of The Way We Were (1973) and Nuts (1983), while she was director, producer and star of Yentl (1983), Prince of Tides (1991) and The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996). Wootton chronicles the extraordinary life and career of Streisand, who is known for her outspokenness, philanthropy, activism and progressive politics having been a major fundraiser for Bill Clinton.
SAMMY DAVIS JR: Breaking Barriers - Monday 05 August: 5.15pm to 7.15pm
DAVID BOWIE: Iconoclastic genius - Wednesday 07 August: 5.15pm to 7.15pm
MARILYN MONROE: Enduring pop-icon -Thursday 08 August: 5.15pm to 7.15pm