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Nadia Tass Retrospective @ Aero Theatre August 16 & 17

Nadia Tass Retrospective @ Aero Theatre August 16 & 17

Over the last 25 years,  critically acclaimed Nadia Tass has become one of Australia’s most respected and versatile filmmakers. Born in Greece, Nadia started out as an actress on the TV series “Prisoner” before moving behind the camera for MALCOLM. With husband and frequent collaborator David Parker providing the screenplay and cinematography, the acclaimed 1986 film introduced the mix of humor and humanity that has become Tass’ hallmark. Whether directing Aussie indies like AMY, Hollywood fare like PURE LUCK, or theatrical productions in London and Australia, Tass creates works of emotional resonance that charm audiences all over the globe. Nadia Tass is honoured to have a retrospective of her films play at the American Cinematheque (Aero Theatre) in August. If you’ve never seen them but always wanted to, or if you’ve seen them and remember them fondly, then now is your chance to catch these classic Australian films (MALCOLM, THE BIG STEAL, AMY and MATCHING JACK) on the big screen in Santa Monica.

Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Ave (at 14th Street), Santa Monica

DOUBLE FEATURE: Thursday, August 16 – 7.30pm

MALCOLM, 1986, Lionsgate, 90 min.  Dir. Nadia Tass. 

Socially awkward but a mechanical genius, Malcolm loses his job as a Melbourne tramcar operator and takes in a couple of boarders to make ends meet.  When he learns the pair are petty criminals, Malcolm uses his knack for gadgetry to help them pull off a series of dazzling robberies.  Both warm and hilarious, Nadia Tass’ debut feature won 8 Australian Film Institute awards including the Best Film award.  Internationally, it won 21 awards.

Discussion between films with director Nadia Tass

THE BIG STEAL, 1990, Cascade Films, 99 min.  Dir. Nadia Tass

Young Danny (Ben Mendelsohn of “Animal Kingdom” fame) tries to impress the girl of his dreams with the promises of a ride in his new Jag; unfortunately, Danny drives his family’s old Nissan Cedric.  But there’s a spiffy Jaguar XJ6 in a local used car lot, and the salesman (Steve Bisley) is offering him the deal of a lifetime – what could possibly go wrong?  This delightful caper comedy took home 3 AFI awards including one for David Parker’s screenplay. 

DOUBLE FEATURE: Friday, August 17 – 7.30pm

MATCHING JACK, 2010, Cascade Films, 99 min.  Dir. Nadia Tass

In the most recent film from noted Australian director Nadia Tass, a mother seeks a bone marrow match for her son, diagnosed with leukemia, and finds unlikely sources of hope in her husband’s infidelity, and in another man with a sick child.  With outstanding performances from stars Jacinda Barrett, James Nesbitt, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Tom Russell.  It garnered the top awards at the Milan International Film Festival for Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay

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Discussion between films with director Nadia Tass

AMY, 1998, Cascade Films, 104 min. Dir. Nadia Tass

Traumatized by the death of her rock star father, 8 year old Amy (a remarkable Alana De Roma) has become mute. When her mother (Academy Award nominee, Rachel Griffiths) brings her to Melbourne in search of treatment, they move in with some quirky locals, one of whom (Ben Mendelsohn) tries to use music to bring the little girl out of her world of silence.  A touching mix of comedy, drama and son, AMY won 28 international awards, including the Grand Prix Cannes Junior at the Cannes Film Festival.

Series compiled by Grant Moninger.  Program notes by John Hagelston. Retrospective facilitated by Joan Borsten of Films by Jove and Cida Goncalves of 8 STAR Entertainment.

American Cinematheque – Aero Theatre

Thursday, August 16th – MALCOLM and THE BIG STEAL

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