Friday on My Mind
I'VE GOT FRIDAY ON MY MIND ...
Friday on My Mind is a series of FREE talks* curated and hosted by AFTRS where cinephiles, industry, students and film-lovers alike can soak up some creative mind fuel - supplied by some of the best and brightest in the screen arts and broadcast industries.
Friday on My Mind has been running since 2008 at AFTRS Sydney, with a Melbourne edition, held at ACMI, introduced in 2012.
- The Friday on My Mind season generally runs from early March to the end of October each year.
- All past sessions can be reviewed in the 'Previous Guests' tab, at the bottom of this page.
- Edited transcripts of many Friday on My Mind sessions are available in the School's self-published journal LUMINA and here on the AFTRS website to review.
THIS WEEK: FRIDAY MARCH 27
Double scoops of FREE Friday mind-fuel on the menu, courtesy of AFTRS, in Sydney and at ACMI in Melbourne.
MELBOURNE: Fred Schepisi – Master of words and pictures
Fred Schepisi is an outstanding director and writer who is fearless in his pursuit of truth, beauty and emotion in cinema. His successful career has spanned Australia, Hollywood and Europe over many decades.
His best-known credits include The Devil’s Playground (1976); The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (1978), Plenty (1985), Roxanne (1987), Evil Angels (1988), Six Degrees of Separation (1993), IQ (1994), Last Orders (2001) and The Eye of the Storm (2011). Prior to that, he directed the film adaptation of the best-selling novel by Richard Russo Empire Falls (2004) starring Paul Newman, Ed Harris, Joanne Woodward, Robin Wright Penn and Helen Hunt. Fred’s most recent project Words and Pictures premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and stars Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen. He was awarded the Order of Australia for his service to the Australian film industry as a director, producer and screenwriter.
Fred has been a mentor and inspiration for numerous filmmakers including this week’s host, Sue Maslin. Join Fred and Sue in conversation as they explore what informs the artistry behind his extraordinary body of work.
- Guest: Fred Schepisi
NEW TIME: 6PM
ACMI, FEDERATION SQUARE
TICKETS CAN BE COLLECTED FROM THE BOX OFFICE FROM 10AM THE DAY OF
SYDNEY: Wenham's Way
David Wenham is a titanic force among Australian actors, a veteran of the stage, TV and film he has balanced a career that spans blockbuster Hollywood movies including Lord of the Rings, Moulin Rouge and 300 with local productions such as Gettin' Square, The Proposition, Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake and Paper Planes.
In 2013 David turned his attention to working behind the camera debuting as the chapter director/writer of Commission (starring Hugo Weaving) for the Australian anthology; The Turning an adaptation of Tim Winton’s haunting novel.
David will share his ideas, thoughts and experiences with Luke Buckmaster, about the creative-satisfaction he derives from crafting fully-formed characters, the differences between working home and abroad along with his motivation to transition from acting to directing.
- Guest: David Wenham
NEW TIME: 5PM
AFTRS THEATRE 1
NO NEED TO RSVP. FIRST IN BEST DRESSED
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*Attendees of Friday on My Mind must be aged 16 and up. Generally material shown and discussed is 15+ and if on the occasion R rated content is shown warnings will be given in advance.
Last updated March 4, 2015
Image attribution: Photos taken during Friday on My Mind sessions in Melbourne and Sydney, by AFTRS.