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Join Diana Smith from artist collective Brown Council as she invites a range of self-confessed cinephiles including Todd McMillan, Angus Truskett, Dara Gill, Zoe Coombs Marr, Kate Jinx and Sebastian Goldspink to explore the influence of screen culture on our daily lives. Explore personal cinematic obsessions in three multimedia presentations and then join the speakers on the Sculpture Terrace afterwards. For lovers of irreverent and intellectual musings on pop culture.

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Thursday 13 December Dara Gill and Zoe Coombs Marr

Dara Gill – You Weren’t Supposed To See That
You Weren’t Supposed To See That presents a short history of censored cinema in Australia. Gill’s fascination with this topic began with the simple realisation that there is a group of elected officials that determine what cultural products are suitable for the general public to view. This largely anonymous group possess the power to stop the public from seeing almost anything, no matter how innocent or provocative. From Pasolini to Waters to Clark, Gill will look at the controversy surrounding censored films, why they were initially banned and discuss what place the Classification Board has in the 21st century.
Dara Gill is visual artist based in Sydney working with a diverse range of media including video, sculpture, painting, sound and installation. His current work investigates the nature of anxiety through situational based research.

Zoe Coombs Marr – Whip, Crack, Away!
Zoe Coombs Marr loves musicals in the same way her year nine science teacher loved frog paraphernalia. She’s got no choice. She can’t hide it. All she can do is fill her flat with froggy tea cosies, or put her foot up on a chair, slap her knee, sing ‘Whip Crack Away!’ and throw in some improvised air fiddle.
As a kid, Coombs Marr was obsessed with Calamity Jane. And while eventually, like so many other queers, she would look back and realise ‘her own taste’ really just amounted to a big gay cliché, at the time she was blissfully unaware. At seven, you’re not going:
‘Oh, this musical really exists on a level of queer temporality, simultaneously embodying and subverting heterosexual structures and traditions! Judith Halberstrom, you were right!’ It’s not intentional, it’s instinctual. A love of queer-icons precedes a conscious awareness of sexuality. And at seven, you don’t even know enough to be embarrassed yet; it just feels good, like rubbing yourself against the sprinkler.
Examining musicals as the ultimate camp in-joke wrapped in a guise of heterosexual narrative, ‘Whip, Crack, Away’ will include: ladies clutching hands while singing into each other’s faces; Howard Keel in tights; and a moment in Brigadoon where a girl puts on a moustache, (Coombs Marr wore away the tape by rewinding it too much).
Zoe Coombs Marr is a comedian, performer, writer, and musical enthusiast. She is is one third of performance company post. She has performed in numerous comedy dungeons, was nominated Best Newcomer at MICF, won the Philip Parsons Playwright Award and once won the National Poetry Slam Championships under dubious circumstances.


$8/$6 MCA Members and Concessions
(booking fees will apply)
over 18s only


Image courtesy and © Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, photograph Catherine McElhone

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