CO.AS.IT. Italian Australian culture series on line. Talk #9.

CO.AS.IT., in collaboration with the University of Melbourne and Dr Mark Nicholls, presents ITALIAN CINEMA FORUM 2020

Talk #3. LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI (Kate Woods, 2000)
 
This talk may be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do5avTa-p90
 
Based on Melina Marchetta’s beloved novel, Looking for Alibrandi (2000) directed by Kate Woods (Bones, NCIS: Los Angeles, Changi) marks something new in the representation of Italian Australian life as it has been caught on film. Part teen rite of passage narrative, part inter-generational drama, Looking for Alibrandi delights in all the clichés of local Italian migrant experience just as it treats the substance of that experience with sensitivity and insight. Josie Alibrandi (Pia Miranda) is the great trickster of the third generation. She skilfully steers herself, her family and friends out of the swamp of the past, offering energy and emotional intelligence as the best strategy for combatting the challenges of the future.
 
Mark Nicholls is Senior Lecturer in Cinema Studies at the University of Melbourne where he has taught film since 1993. Mark has worked as a film journalist for ABC Radio and The Age and has a list of over twenty stage credits as a playwright, performer, producer and director.
 
ITALIAN CINEMA FORUM 2000
Following our successful classic Italian cinema workshops in 2019, we continue the discussion with a series of more recent classics. Dr Mark Nicholls will present introductions to six films for discussion. Our aim is to stimulate you to watch these wonderful films, again or for the first time, in preparation for the spirited conversations of our regular forum – as soon as it can begin.
 
Join Mark on-line for the introductions to this year’s films:
• The Last Emperor (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1987)
• Aprile (Nanni Moretti, 1998)
• Looking for Alibrandi (Kate Woods, 2000)
• Giorni (Laura Muscardin, 2001)
• Il Divo (Paolo Sorrentino, 2008)
• Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino, 2017)
 
The talks of the 2020 ITALIAN CINEMA FORUM (part of CO.AS.IT.’s Italian Australian culture series on line) will be published on CO.AS.IT.’s website, Facebook page and YouTube channel; as with the other talks of the series, they will remain accessible on these platforms. People in CO.AS.IT.’s mailing list will be notified of each talk as soon as it is published.
 
With the support of Multicultural Museums Victoria.
 
Image: A still from Looking for Alibrandi (sourced from Internet).