Witkacy & Malinowski: A Cinema Séance in 23 Scenes

Features
Director: John Gillies 2017 40 Minutes Ages 15+

Australian video artist and filmmaker John Gillies presents a bold and engaging experimental work that balances the absurdist with the sensibilities of its two central subjects.

Acclaimed Polish writer, philosopher, painter and photographer Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (also known as Witkacy) has been invited to Australia by his friend, Polish anthropologist Bronisław Malinowski, following the death of Witkacy’s fiancée, Jadwiga Janczewska. The film takes place in 1914 on a train ride from Brisbane to Toowoomba and shows the friendship between the two men burn toward its explosive end through a series of impassioned and heated conversations.

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Year:2017
Classification:Ages 15+
Country:Australia
Language:English and Polish, with English subtitles
Director:John Gillies
Producer:John Gillies, Laura Turner
Cast:Matej Busic, Tom Pelik, Pollyanna Nowicki, Craig Meneaud , Richard Hilliar
Script:John Gillies, with selections from the stage play The Crazy Locamotive by Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz
Program strand:Features
Rights:John Gillies