MIFF Talks - For the Love of Cage Unclassified: no age restriction
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In anticipation of the 12-hour Cage-a-Thon at The Astor, a panel of special guests present their favourite Nicolas Cage films, moments and memes: the good, the bad and the WTF. What will be mentioned, what will be referred to in passing, and what will be snubbed and cause hardcore Cage fans to flip out like a man covered in bees? Find out by throwing on your snakeskin jacket (it’s a symbol of individuality and belief in personal freedom) and join us for a kick-ass night as a panel of Cage-enthusiasts face off over what is the greatest Cage moment of all time.
Panellists include Anne Edmonds, Geraldine Hickey, Jessica Kiang, Jake Wilson and Neil Young; moderated by Zak Hepburn.
Anne Edmonds is one of Australia’s most exciting stand-up, character and banjo-playing comedians. Her numerous television appearances include beauty and fashion expert Helen Bidou on Get Krack!n (2017) and the critically acclaimed series The Edge of the Bush (2017), which she created, wrote and starred in. Her many live shows include the Barry Award nominated shows That’s Eddotainment (2016), No Offence, None Taken (2017) and Helen Bidou: Enter the Spinnaker Lounge (2018).
Geraldine Hickey is a comedian and one of the hosts of Breakfasters (2016–current) on 3RRR 102.7FM. She has made numerous appearances on ABC Comedy including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Oxfam Gala (2018). Shortlisted for the ‘Piece of Wood’ award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival multiple times, Geraldine is a regular on the club and pub circuit around the country. Her acting credits include the short film Perisher, which screens at MIFF this year.
Jessica Kiang regularly writes for Variety, was the features editor at The Playlist for five years, and frequently contributes to Sight & Sound, BBC Culture and Little White Lies. Originally from Ireland, she has lived in New York, Santiago, Quito, Penang and now Berlin. Her recent festival and jury gigs have seen her travelling to Munich, Zurich, Cluj, Linz, Ljubljana, Amsterdam, Doha, Tallinn and now Melbourne to be one of MIFF’s 2018 Critics Campus mentors.
Jake Wilson is a freelance writer who has been writing for The Age since 2006 and is currently a national film reviewer for Fairfax Media. Other publications he has contributed to include Australian Book Review, RealTime, Metro, Kill Your Darlings and Bright Lights Film Journal. His book Mad Dog Morgan, a critical study of the 1976 film of the same name, was published in 2015 as part of the Australian Screen Classics series from Currency Press. Jake is one of MIFF’s 2018 Critics Campus mentors.
Neil Young is a freelance writer, curator and filmmaker from the north-east of England, now mainly based in Vienna and Sunderland. He has reviewed new films at major festivals for The Hollywood Reporter since 2008 and has contributed numerous features to Sight & Sound since 2010. His other outlets also include MUBI Notebook, KINO!, Ny Tid / Modern Times Review and Tribune magazine. Neil is one of MIFF’s Critics Campus mentors this year.
Zak Hepburn is a Melbourne-based film critic, film programmer and cinema manager. He appears on the nationally broadcast ABC News Breakfast, as the resident film critic for the weekly Now Showing Segment. Zak is also the General Manager of Melbourne's iconic Astor Theatre, where he curates and operates the Astor eclectic program of repertory and event cinema. This year The Astor and MIFF are presenting three special events, which includes the 12-hour Cage-a-Thon that begins on 10 August.
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