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.
SAMMY DAVIS JR: Breaking Barriers - Monday 05 August: 5.15pm to 7.15pm
A ground-breaking Vaudeville cum Las Vegas troubadour, Sammy Davis Jnr (1925-1990) was a legendary African-American all-round entertainer - musician, singer, dancer, impressionist, and actor in concerts, musical theatre and film & TV. He was a member of Frank Sinatra’s famed ‘Rat Pack’, appearing in such films as Ocean’s 11 (1960), Johnny Cool (1963), Robin and the 7 Hoods, A Man Called Adam (1966), Salt and Pepper (1968), One More Time (1970), and The Cannonball Run (1981), as well as opposite Shirley MacLaine in Bob Fosse’s 1969 musical film Sweet Charity, while Broadway successes included Golden Boy and Mr. Wonderful. Davis was also a fan of cult Australian TV series Prisoner: Cell Block H, even visiting the show’s Melbourne set! Wootton explores the life and career of this remarkable artist, whose legacy also includes being a civil rights champion that helped break-down showbiz racial barriers in the 1950s and 1960s.
BARBRA STREISAND: Diva & Activist - Tuesday 06 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