In what is clear self promotion, I am doing a short post about the film night I host in Sydney called Cinema on the Park. Its a free weekly Korean film night, so if you happen to read my blogs on Korean cinema and are based down under please try and come along. It would be great to develop the dialogue around Korean film in this country, something that has long been ignored.
It wasn't easy trying to encapsulate the many fascets of Korean film in 1 program, but I think we managed to do it. From art house directors Lee Chang-dong, Hong Sang-soo, Im Sang-soo and Kim Ki-duk, to the mainstream masters of Bong Joon-ho, Park Chan-wook, Kim Ji-woon, Na Hong-jin and Ryoo Seung-wan. From some of the most successful female directors in Im Soon-rye, Lee Jeong-hyang and Park Chan-ok, to those classic men that ruled in the early days before the Korean wave Kwak Kyung-taek and Kang Je-kyu. To a man who has lead Korean film in the Oceania region Park Ki-yong, to the most prominent Korean director ever, Im Kwon-taek, we have it all! And that's just the first half of the year!
While it is featuring a number of famous directors, I feel the program will also offer something new for a lot of viewers. From the Sydney premiere of The Yellow Sea, to featuring the earlier films of Hong Sang-soo and Kim Ki-duk, it's quite an exciting lineup. Thanks to the awesome design skills of Nurie and Raelene, the program itself is a collectors item. Pick one up from our office if you drop by!
|Shin Special for our SPECIAL SCREENINGS|
|Byun Blockbuster in BIRTH OF THE BLOCKBUSTER|
|Mr Kim Xtreme in XTREME KOREA!|
|Lee Literature focus on LITERATURE IN FILM|
|Dora Drama highlights DRAMATIC RELATIONSHIPS|
|Soyeon Superstar for SPORTING TRIUMPHS|
With 14 special guests in 21 weeks, the night is going to be a hub of Korean film buffs chatting about films past and present, something I never thought would happen in Sydney so I hope everyone comes along and enjoys! With the sheer number of Korean film websites and Korean film clubs launched by Korean film fans in the UK, surely influenced by the KCCUK's Korean Film Night, I look out for the day that Cinema on the Park has the same effect.
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