Not content with filling the Gallery of Modern Art's walls with her intriguing creatures, artist Patricia Piccinini is filling GOMA's cinema with matching flicks as well. At the Curious Affection film program, the silver screen will shine with empathetic monster movies, science-fiction wonders, horror efforts and everything in-between — from the most famous (and often incorrectly referenced) reassembled collection of body parts ever seen on celluloid, to '80s teenagers dreaming of creepy rabbits, to this year's best picture Oscar winner.
Yes, the lineup does include Frankenstein, Donnie Darko and The Shape of Water, but that's really just the beginning. Touching upon the themes of monstrous beauty, otherworldly encounters, companion species and earthly survival, its a broad and beautifully curated selection that throws up the only Brisbane cinema screenings of Bong Joon-ho's Okja and Ryan Gosling's Lost River to date, a futuristic double bill of Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049, and the Australian premiere of Jan Švankmajer's Insects.
Other highlights include David Lynch's Eraserhead and The Elephant Man, Werner Herzog's The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser and Grizzly Man, and Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro, plus everything from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Jungle Book and Nightbreed to Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Lobster and Raw. And then there's Roar, which was filmed in Africa amidst dozens of actual untrained lions, and is now considered one of the most dangerous movies ever made.