This weekend is all about “Journalism, Politics and the Media” including a Live Q&A with John Pilger – Saturday 17 September


On behalf of Cinema Ventures, SQ is delighted to share with you some essential viewing for your weekend with “Journalism, Politics and the Media” at Griffith Film School, South Bank including:

  • Tonight see the cynicism operating at the highest levels of politics (Wag the Dog, tonight at 7.00pm).
  • Not to be missed! (Tabloid Sat 3.00pm / Weiner Sat 5.00pm).  Q&A with John Pilger to follow.
  • See what good Journalism really looks like (Spotlight, Sunday 3.00pm).
  • The crisis in mainstream Journalism (Page One: Inside the NY Times, Sunday 5.00pm).

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There will be a cash bar and free finger food at every session. 

Live Q&A with John Pilger – Sat 17 September 

London-based, Australian Journalist and Filmmaker, John Pilger will be the Q&A guest on Saturday 17 September after the outrageous documentary Weiner, starting around 6.45pm.

Tickets for the Weiner screening, including the Q&A session, are $20 & $15 (Concession) and will sell fast (only a 90 seat cinema).

John will answer your questions via Skype from London where he is involved with the current push to free Julian Assange. He will also talk about his next film, The Coming War on China.

Program and Screening Sessions: 

Fri 16 Sept. 7.00pm

Wag the Dog (M) 97 mins “…poison tipped political satire” – Elvis Mitchell NY Times. Stars Robert de Niro and Dustin Hoffman. Dir. Barry Levinson

So, why did we invade Grenada? A terrorist bomb killed all those Marines in Beirut and suddenly our Armed Forces are landing on a Caribbean island few people had heard of, everybody was tying yellow ribbons ‘round old oak trees, and Clint Eastwood was making the movie. …it is getting harder and harder for satire to stay ahead of reality.” Roger Ebert

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Sat 17 Sept. 3.00pm

Tabloid (M) 88 mins “…’the Case of the Manacled Mormon and His Kinky Weekend ’ …was it love?” A.O. Scott NY Times. Docu dir. Errol Morris

“England in the 1970s. It was a time ripe with newspaper sleaze that offered premonitions of the present day… as two British tabloids, The Daily Mirror or The Daily Express scrap over the news like dogs with a squeaky toy.” A.O. Scott New York Times

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Sun 18 Sept. 2.00pm

Spotlight (M) 128 mins “…a quietly devastating take on investigative journalism” Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. Stars Mark RuffaloMichael KeatonRachel McAdams. Dir. Tom McCarthy.

“Wisely, the movie is not about child abuse. It’s about how a newspaper, The Boston Globe, had the guts to go after the Catholic Church in a town full of Catholics….how many of the world’s great newspapers can still afford to run a unit like Spotlight, the oldest continuous investigative unit in the American media, founded in 1970?” Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald

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Sat 17 Sept. 5.00pm
Weiner (M) 96 mins “FAST, FUNNY, INSIGHTFUL and OUTRAGEOUS…politics at its insane best” Vanity Fair. Docu Dir. Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg. Followed by Q&A with Special Guest John Pilger via skype from London. Pilger will talk about his new film, THE COMING WAR ON CHINA to be released next year and will answer questions from the audience.

“‘Weiner’ is the best documentary about a political campaign ever made….a brilliant window into the impact of the contemporary media circus on public life…. Marshall McLuhan puts it best: “The name of a man is a numbing blow from which he never recovers.” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire

NOTE: Tickets for this session are $20 and $15 Concession.

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Sun 18 Sept. 4.30pm 

Page One: Inside The New York Times (M) 92 mins “Will the noblebrontosaurus give way to HuffPo, Gawker, and all the other scampering little rodents of the Internet?” Docu Dir. Andrew Rossi

“Not so long ago, the phrase ‘Page One’ pointed to breaking news…the internet changed all that, and the so-called golden age of news gathering is over. In its place stands an endless array of online entities purporting to serve such a role …plus an expectation that news content should be somehow free of charge….. highly recommended for young and old alike”

Ed Gibbs, Sydney Morning Herald

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Fri 16 Sept 7 pm

WAG THE DOG (M) 97 mins “…poison tipped political satire” – Elvis Mitchell NY Times. Stars Robert de Niro and Dustin Hoffman. Dir. Barry Levinson

So, why did we invade Grenada? A terrorist bomb killed all those Marines in Beirut and suddenly our Armed Forces are landing on a Caribbean island few people had heard of, everybody was tying yellow ribbons ‘round old oak trees, and Clint Eastwood was making the movie. …it is getting harder and harder for satire to stay ahead of reality.” Roger Ebert

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Sat 17 Sept 3 pm

TABLOID (M) 88 mins “…’the Case of the Manacled Mormon and His Kinky Weekend ’ …was it love?” A.O. Scott NY Times. Docu dir. Errol Morris

“England in the 1970s. It was a time ripe with newspaper sleaze that offered premonitions of the present day… as two British tabloids, The Daily Mirror or The Daily Express scrap over the news like dogs with a squeaky toy.” A.O. Scott New York Times

Click here to watch the trailer

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Sat 17 Sept 5 pm
WEINER (M) 96 mins “FAST, FUNNY, INSIGHTFUL and OUTRAGEOUS…politics at its insane best” Vanity Fair. Docu Dir. Josh Kriegman & Elyse Steinberg. Followed by Q&A with Special Guest John Pilger via skype from London. Pilger will talk about his new film, THE COMING WAR ON CHINA to be released next year and will answer questions from the audience.

“‘Weiner’ is the best documentary about a political campaign ever made….a brilliant window into the impact of the contemporary media circus on public life…. Marshall McLuhan puts it best: “The name of a man is a numbing blow from which he never recovers.” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire

NOTE: Tickets for this session are $20 and $15 Concession

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Sun 18 Sept 2 pm

SPOTLIGHT (M) 128 mins “…a quietly devastating take on investigative journalism” Peter Travers, Rolling Stone. Stars Mark RuffaloMichael KeatonRachel McAdams. Dir. Tom McCarthy

“Wisely, the movie is not about child abuse. It’s about how a newspaper, The Boston Globe, had the guts to go after the Catholic Church in a town full of Catholics….how many of the world’s great newspapers can still afford to run a unit like Spotlight, the oldest continuous investigative unit in the American media, founded in 1970?” Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald

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Sun 18 Sept 4.30pm 

PAGE ONE: Inside The New York Times (M) 92 mins “Will the noblebrontosaurus give way to HuffPo, Gawker, and all the other scampering little rodents of the Internet?” Docu Dir. Andrew Rossi

“Not so long ago, the phrase ‘Page One’ pointed to breaking news…the internet changed all that, and the so-called golden age of news gathering is over. In its place stands an endless array of online entities purporting to serve such a role …plus an expectation that news content should be somehow free of charge….. highly recommended for young and old alike”

Ed Gibbs, Sydney Morning Herald

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