Media Release: Monday, February 8, 2010
Bollywood classic reinvented for a new generation with Mother India: 21st Century Remix
“An elegant, haunting score that enhances the emotion onscreen without overstating it…a powerful moving glimpse of a challenging, unwieldy masterpiece.” The Guardian
Tickets on-sale February 16
A distilled version of the classic Bollywood film Mother India complete with a modern electronic score will launch a new cinema series at Sydney Opera House.
Programmed by Head of Contemporary Culture Virginia Hyam, Screen Live will combine cinema with live performance at regular times across the year.
Sydney has a culture of film, outside the major movie complexes, with festivals and special events but this new program sets out to fill a void which is not currently catered for.
“We have a lack of independent art-house cinemas screening unusual movies or anything equivalent to ACMI in Melbourne or GOMA in Brisbane,” she said.
“This series will offer audiences a quality experience of classic, rarely seen, quirky and non commercial films embellished with live music.”
Each event will be introduced by Jamie Leonarder aka Jay Katz who will play trailers and place each film in its cultural context.
Following a hugely successful sell out UK tour last year, Mother India: 21st Century Remix (MI21) will kick off Screen Live on Sunday, March 7.
A stunning adaptation of the 1957 Oscar-nominated film, MI21 remixes, re-edits and rescores the original 3-hour epic into a 45-minute silent film.
Award-winning British turntablist DJ Tigerstyle has composed a contemporary electronic and strings based score to convey the myriad of actions and emotions expressed on-screen.
Tigerstyle is joined on stage by Matt Constantine on the keyboards and electric cello and David Shaw on the drums, with Josh Ford as MI21’s visual editor.
There will be an artist talk in the Playhouse following the performance.
Upcoming Screen Live events include MuMesons’ Nosferatu with Darth Vegas on April 18 and New Pollutants’ take on Metropolis on May 2.
For more information on this series, visit www.sydneyoperahouse.com/screenlive
“the cinematic experience of the summer…one not to be missed.” The Telegraph, UK
Date & Time: Sunday 7 March at 5pm
Duration: 45 minutes plus artist talk
Tickets: From $25 or $20 concession
Bookings: 02 9250 7777 or sydneyoperahouse.com
Nathan McIlroy, Senior Publicist
Sydney Opera House
02 9250 7596 / 0434 121 146