The Sunday Film Series is a screening series followed by a facilitated discussion with a special guest speaker. The film series is carefully curated to provide selections that challenge our audiences and stimulate discussion about important topics in the arts. While the film series is of special interest to the Coast’s arts community, the film presentations can be enjoyed by all residents. Without the Sunday Film Series, these quality films would be unavailable in a large-screen format anywhere on the Sunshine Coast.
An impressive line up of films, guest speakers and sponsors make this series convivial, mind-expanding and enjoyable.
Following the NinthThe Arts Centre5714 Medusa Street
Following the Ninth is a documentary film about the global impact of Beethoven’s final symphony. Written in 1824, near the end of Beethoven’s life, the Ninth Symphony was composed by a man with little to be thankful for. Sick, alienated from almost everyone, and completely deaf, Beethoven had never managed to find love, nor create the family he’d always wanted. And yet, despite this, he managed to create an anthem of joy that embraces the transcendence of beauty over suffering.
Celebrated to this day for its ability to heal, repair, and bring people together across great divides, the Ninth has become an anthem of liberation and hope that has inspired many around the world:
At Tiananmen Square in 1989, students played the Ninth over loudspeakers as the army came in to crush their struggle for freedom.
In Chile, women living under the Pinochet dictatorship sang the Ninth at torture prisons, where men inside took hope when they heard their voices.
As the Berlin Wall came down in December 1989, it collapsed to the sound of Leonard Bernstein conducting Beethoven’s Ninth as an “Ode To Freedom.”
In Japan each December, the Ninth is performed hundreds of times, often with 10,000 people in the chorus. Following the Ninth gives us insight into the heightened importance of this massive communal Ninth, known as “Daiku,” in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami of 2011.
Directed and produced by Kerry Candaele—who previously produced Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices, Iraq for Sale, and the documentary A League of Their Own—Following the Ninth traces these stories, intertwining them with the history of the Ninth itself to create a moving ode to hope, freedom, and the power of art.
Deep dive into the rarefied world of contemporary art where everything can be bought and sold, The Price of Everything is a stunning exposé of the role of art in today’s consumerist society.
What is it about the contemporary art market that holds us mere mortals in thrall? How and why can a shiny, metallic balloon-animal dog sell for $58.4 million, as Jeff Koons’ original did in 2013? Why is some contemporary art now worth 10 times more than what it fetched at auction only 10 or 15 years ago? Featuring interviews with such art-world luminaries as Gerhard Richter, Marilyn Minter, Larry Poons and, yes, Koons himself, as well as others, Nathaniel Kahn’s first film since the brilliant My Architect (2003) tries to answer these questions (and many more) as it delves deeply into the machinations of the contemporary art market, a world seemingly gone insane in its pursuit of money and prestige. Kahn seems to have had unlimited access to the billionaire players pushing up prices as well as the behind-the-scenes skullduggery that hypes some artists and suppresses others, and the picture he paints—sometimes cynical, sometimes upbeat—captures the crazy spirit of this crazy time.
“[A] brilliant and captivating documentary about how the art world got converted into a money market… It all sounds, on the surface, quite greedy and vulgar and trendy and disreputable. And it probably is. Yet The Price of Everything isn’t a simplistic rant against the money culture… [It’s] also a freewheeling meditation on what art is… Kahn’s enthralling documentary is… a look at the value of beauty…”—Owen Gleiberman, Variety
In this beautifully composed documentary, we first see an eccentric old woman taking care of a herd of reindeer in the northern part of Sweden. Gradually, it becomes clear that this wise and highly charismatic person is Sami actress and artist Maj Doris, a folk legend who has travelled all over the world to promote the cultural legacy of her people. We follow her daily existence in the arduous environment of her small cottage, beginning in December 2016 and ending as the reindeer depart with the arrival of early summer, when the fascinating septuagenarian is able to go on a trip to South America. It’s a contemplative and multifaceted film that explores topics such as the preservation of indigenous cultures, strong artistic women, the sense of displacement experienced by Afghani expatriates in Sweden, and the complexities of being a role model.
“This could be the most beautiful doc you’ll see all year.” Ravi Srinivasan, HotDocs, 2018