QUEENSTOWN FILM SOCIETY

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QUEENSTOWN
FILM SOCIETY

Be entertained. Be moved.
Be challenged. Be inspired.

Tuesdays at Dorothy Browns Cinema 8.15 pm from 2 May 2017

Tuesdays at Dorothy Browns Cinema 8.15 pm from 2 May 2017

29 August 2017: The Missing Picture

Rithy Panh, Cambodia/France 2013, not rated, 92 mins

Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh’s perennial project is to bear witness to the history that the Khmer Rouge, with terrible effectiveness, systematically consigned to oblivion. In this remarkable film, winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes 2013 and nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign language film in 2014, he enlists a mix of narration, propaganda footage, music, photos and tiny carved models.


“A recreation of the era and Panh’s personal anecdotes is accomplished through the creation of countless clay figures – carved and painted, we see, by hand, out of ‘earth and water’ – staged in static scenes through which the camera moves and the director cuts. They fill in a gap, the missing image of the title: a missing photographic record of the human experience of the horror and oppression behind the government’s official ideology… Panh’s narration with moving straightforwardness segues between historical recount, deeply personal recollections, and broader criticism, illustrated by the savagely naïve and thereby at once terrifying and sweet figures of his clay populace.” — Daniel Kasman, mubi.com


Queenstown Film Society is a community organisation that screens cinematic gems on Tuesday nights over winter at Dorothy Browns Cinema in Arrowtown. It’s easy to become a member and great value at just $120 for the entire season of 20 films – that’s $6 per film. We also offer part-season memberships and three-film samplers. We can't sell single tickets but if you want to get a taste of film society before joining, why not come along to one of our public screenings (see Schedule).

Don't be a couch potato this winter – enjoy top-notch cinema with Queenstown Film Society!