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APT10 Cinema

GOMA is filling its galleries with Asia-Pacific art and its cinemas with Aussie animation, local up-and-comers and top-notch films from across the region.
By Sarah Ward
December 04, 2021
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By Sarah Ward
December 04, 2021
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UPDATE, March 14, 2022: After a three-week closure due to Brisbane's floods, the Gallery of Modern Art will reopen — and APT10 Cinema as well — on Friday, March 18.

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Whenever the Gallery of Modern Art welcomes in a new exhibition, there's always two things to get excited about. The first is all that art gracing the South Bank venue's cavernous halls, obviously. The second: whatever film program GOMA's Australian Cinematheque team has whipped up to go along with it.

With both the Queensland Art Gallery and GOMA currently playing host to the 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, both galleries are overflowing with pieces to see — and the Australian Cinematheque has not one, not two, but three movie lineups to match. They're each free, too, so this trip into a darkened theatre is mighty nice on the wallet.

All running from Friday, December 4–Monday, April 25, but screening on various times and dates (usually Friday–Sunday each week), the program includes The Magic Arts, a showcase of Australian animation from the 70s till now; Under the Radar, which is all about the best and brightest new flicks from around the Asia-Pacific; and Australian Next Wave, a lineup of Aussie up-and-comers.

Animation highlights include Dot and the Kangaroo, which everyone has seen at least once at primary school; the delightful award-winning Mary and Max; and Babe: Pig in the City, because it's a stone-cold Aussie classic. From the Asia-Pacific haul, standouts span revisionist western My Sweet Pepperland, festival favourite Wolf and Sheep and anthology film Vai, which hails from nine female Pacific filmmakers. Or, among the locals making new waves, there's horror anthology Dark Place, exceptional Adam Cullen-focused drama Acute Misfortune, the Ukraine-set A Family and moving doco-drama hybrid Island of the Hungry Ghosts.

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