– Highlights


Pipilotti Rist: Sip my ocean

01 Nov - 18 Feb


Jon Campbell: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 25 Feb


Word: MCA Collection

04 Dec - 18 Feb

– Learning Events


Laughter Sessions

16 Dec, 2.00pm, Level 3: Creative Studios in NCCL


ARTBAR January 2018

19 Jan, 7.00pm, Throughout the MCA


Art Baby

06 Feb, 12.30pm, MCA

– News from inside the MCA

The Importance of Laughter

We sat down with laughter connoisseur Shari Coventry from Sydney Laughter to discover the truth about laughter and why we need it ahead of this month’s Laughter Sessions. more

Coming up in 2018…

Next year is one of the most exciting and diverse seasons yet. Find out what’s on. more

Six Films that Changed My Life (for better or worse): Antenna's Rich Welch

To pave the way for the soon-to-come cinema binge at Antenna Film Festival,Co-Director Rich Welch shared a few of his life changing films. more

– Spotlights from the collection online

MCA Collection

Works from the MCA Collection

Collection Artist Interviews

Watch our latest interviews in the MCA Video Portal

Joint acquisitions by MCA and Tate

The Program promotes Australian art globally, helping Australian artists reach new audiences.


New Romance Opening Festival
– Battle beyond the sun

Where does art end and cinema start? Enjoy our new contemporary film series as guest curators blur the lines between art and cinema.

War of the Worlds: Science Fiction across the Iron Curtain
This month as part of our Screening Program, we welcome Daniel Fairfax as our July film curator. Daniel Fairfax is an Australian arts writer, critic, doctoral candidate in film at Yale University and editor at Senses of Cinema.

Sat 2 July, 2pm
Free, Drop in
Level 2, Veolia Lecture Theatre

Battle beyond the sun

Director- Mikhail Karzhukov
Year- 1959
Running Time- 1 hr 17 mins
Rated- M
Russian with English subtitle

About the film
In 1959, the Soviet Union was unequivocally winning the Space Race: Sputnik had launched in 1957, while preparations were underway for Yuri Gagarin’s successful mission in 1961. As part of a broader cultural renaissance after the death of Stalin in 1953, the late 1950s also saw the USSR charging ahead in the cinematic space race: whereas Hollywood had relegated space-themed films to low-grade B-movie status, Soviet studios used the genre for a number of big-budget prestige productions, with the resulting films attracting Eastern bloc audiences in their millions.

Perhaps the best of these offerings is Nebo Zovyot (literally The Sky Beckons, but released as Battle Beyond the Sun), produced by the Ukrainian SSR’s Dovzhenko Film Studios and directed by Mikhail Karzhukov and Aleksandr Kozyr. Echoing the real-life battle between the superpowers for cosmic supremacy, the Soviet film charts a race to Mars in the not-too distant future, a project whose symbolic importance for the Communist Party is unmistakable. Headed for the red planet, the spaceship Homeland has its voyage disrupted by a rival US mission, Typhoon, suffering from mechanical failure. In tune with Khruschev’s notion of “peaceful coxistence”, the crew of the Homeland rescue their American adversaries – only to discover that their fuel is barely sufficient to reach a nearby asteroid. Rather than set foot on Mars, the cosmonauts have to content themselves with watching Earth’s neighbour dawn above them.

Uniquely, the film also received distribution in the United States, with its ground-breaking special effects attracting the interest of independent movie mogul Roger Corman. For the film’s English-language adaptation, Corman hired a young Francis Ford Coppola to shoot new sequences – including a didactic prologue and some incongruous monster scenes – and removed all references to the Soviet Union, with the action transplanted to a post-apocalyptic future (1997), where the Earth is divided into “North Hemis” and “South Hemis”. In both versions, however, the humanist faith in the benefits of technological progress – which prevailed on both sides of the Iron Curtain – is vividly on display.
Daniel Fairfax

Image: Film promotional poster

image for New Romance Opening Festival

– When

2 July 2016, 2:00-3:17pm

– Admission

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