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.
MARILYN MONROE: Enduring pop-icon - Thursday 08 August: 5.15pm to 7.15pm
One of the most famous actresses of her time and an enduring icon in popular culture whose 1950s stardom and celebrity power made her one of the most photographed persons of the 20th century, chanteuse and musical star Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) was known for playing comic ‘blonde bombshell’ characters in such legendary films as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, The Seven Year Itch (one of her biggest box office successes) and her Golden Globe-winning turn in the all-time classic Some Like it Hot. Wootton explores the legacy of Monroe, whose tragically short life, conflicted public image, troubled private life and struggle for professional respect all contribute to the endless fascination with this doomed legend.
SAMMY DAVIS JR: Breaking Barriers - Monday 05 August: 5.15pm to 7.15pm
BARBRA STREISAND: Diva & Activist - Tuesday 06 August: 5.15pm to 7.15pm
DAVID BOWIE: Iconoclastic genius - Wednesday 07 August: 5.15pm to 7.15pm