Discover the work of Australian artist and filmmaker and 2015 Sydney Peace Prize winner, George Gittoes, who examines the effects of injustice and global conflict.
MCA presents the Sydney premiere of Gittoes’ new documentary Snow Monkey (2015), produced out of the Yellow House in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. This is the third in a trilogy of films under the title of What the World Needs Now that also includes Love City, Jalalabad (2013) and Miscreants of Taliwood (2009), both also showing in this special, limited season of screenings.
Sun 22 Nov, 11am
Level 2, Veolia Lecture Theatre
FREE, Booking recommended
Languages: English, Hindi
For 6 months in the lawless, chaotic and violent region of Taliban-controlled Pakistan, Gittoes filmed the most extreme Islamic fundamentalist groups, but also discovered a flourishing, outlaw, micro budget film industry that grinds out action pulp and sub-Bollywood-style musicals. Gittoes contrasts hilarious flashes of these trashy films with images of very real suffering to capture Pakistan’s unfolding catastrophe. In a stranger-than-fiction turning point: Gittoes agrees to finance and star in one of these pulp melodramas, playing a villainous Western outsider, which adds rich layers of pathos, humour, and meaning to his own film.
WARNING: contains scenes of graphic violence that may offend.
Director & Writer: George Gittoes
Producers: George Gittoes, Gabrielle Dalton
Editor: Nick Meyers
Image: George Gittoes, Miscreants of Taliwood (still), 2009