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Sounds on Screen



Sydney Opera House and Sydney Film Festival present Sounds on Screen
for the 2010 Sydney Film Festival.

The Playhouse at Sydney Opera House will be home to Sounds on Screen, a celebration of the special relationship between film and music.

Kicking off the series on Saturday June 5 will be No One Knows about Persian Cats - a revelatory drama by director Bahman Ghobadi about the plight of popular music in contemporary Iran, where pop music has been banned since 1979. The screening will be followed by a live performance by Ravi, an Iranian-Australian band with a unique sound that exemplifies the alternative music being written and performed in Iran. Being heavily censored and monitored by the oppressive government, Iran’s alternative musicians are forced to keep their music underground for fear of imprisonment and other forms of punishment. It is this injustice and direct violation of human rights that the film No One Knows About The Persian Cats exposes. Ravi is Ali Mireskandari (vocals, guitars), Vanessa Tammetta (violin), Arman Haghi (bass guitar) and Tim Bradley (drums).

On Saturday June 12, a screening of Stascha Bader’s Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae - considered the “Buena Vista of rocksteady”, will be followed by a live performance by Sydney’s own reggae stars, King Tide.

Other films in Sounds on Screen include: The Sentimental Engine Slayer by Omar Rodriguez Lopez (Mars Volta, At the Drive In); a documentary about the legendary frontman of Motorhead, Lemmy; and rockumentarian Julien Temple’s film about the cult R&B band Dr Feelgood, Oil City Confidential.

Sounds on Screen together with Vivid LIVE will present a very special Sydney Opera House event, Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed’s Day for Night Movie Marathon. This epic experience in the Concert Hall on June 6 will feature eight epic hours of film, live music and spoken word curated by internationally renowned film maker and artist Bill Morrison.  The program includes the Australian premiere of Reed’s debut short film Red Shirley and a new project featuring live accompaniment by Anderson.

A selection of films from SFF’s special vampire retrospective, Immortal Seduction: The Vampire Movie, will also screen in the Playhouse - including the return of Nosferatu with live accompaniment by Darth Vegas and live sound effects by Miss Death; Australia’s only postmodern vampire movie, Thirst; and Guy Maddin’s vampire ballet, Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary.

Isabella Rossilini’s series of shorts, Seduce Me about the unconventional seduction rituals of animals will also screen at the Playhouse on Sunday June 13.

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