Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre [BMEC] and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery [BRAG] will join forces during this year's Inland Sea of Sound festival to present a film offering a radical critique of Australia's sociocultural and political landscape.
TERROR NULLIUS, produced by New York-based Australian art collective Soda Jerk, reinterprets iconic moments from Australian cinema to generate discussion around conservatism, colonial history and minority rights.
Soda Jerk, which includes siblings Dan and Dominique Angeloro, said the filmis, more than anything, their love letter to Australian cinema.
"With TERROR NULLIUS, our intention was not so much to rewrite cinema history as to rewire it; to take all these existing cinematic threads and pull them into a new conversation," the collective said.
"By folding historical events into the history of Australian cinema, we were interested in creating a form of rogue documentary to weaponise our feelings of frustration and despair."
The 55-minute film incorporates scenes from the likes of Mad Max 2 and Crocodile Dundee to engage topics such as asylum seekers, colonisation and the complicated relationship between politics and social progression.
BRAG audience engagement officer Julian Woods said the film will complement the gallery's upcoming exhibition: Just Not Australian.
"Australia has a diverse history with cinema dating back to the early 1900s, so we're grateful to collaborate with BMEC to screen a film that is sure to generate plenty of discussion," Mr Woods said.
BMEC bookings and administration officer Kali Herring said the film will be a free event [bookings essential], and serves as a unique addition to the Inland Sea of Sound program.
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"It's a great way to welcome people back to the theatre after such a long time away, and the film will encourage audiences to reflect on our country's identity by having it twisted and thrown back at us," Ms Herring said.
The film will air at BMEC on February 23 from 7.30pm. For more information, visit www.inlandseaofsound.com.au.