Recently Sydney has seen a resurgence in cinema events, with film clubs and community initiatives popping up. Freda’s After Hours is one of them. Curated and founded two years ago by Manuela Leigh, this weekly film night offers alternative cinema for free in Freda’s Down/Under Space.
“Film is the medium that moves me the most. It combines photography, words and music – everything that I love,” says Leigh.
The After Hours program is exciting, with rare cinematic finds and cult classics from various genres, styles and countries. “I basically just picked films that I find incredible or that are cult classics. This program is sort of like a pilot – testing to see what people want to watch,” says Leigh.
The program includes celebrated auteur Jean-Luc Godard’s classic French drama Contempt (1963) starring Brigitte Bardot, and Philip Brophy’s gruesome satirical Aussie horror Body Melt (1993).
“My favourite film on the program, by far, is The Brood (1980),” says Leigh. “I think David Cronenberg is the coolest director ever. 20,000 Days On Earth (2014) is also so incredible. And [Anna] Broinowski’s Hell Bento – I’m really excited for this one.”
For certain screenings there’ll be corresponding events. For Hell Bento, a documentary that explores the cultures of Japans underground, the critically acclaimed director will do a Q&A after the film. After 20,000 Days On Earth about an imaginary day in the life of Nick Cave, DJs will play songs by The Birthday Party, Grinderman and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds upstairs. When Tampopo (a comedy about a ramen restaurant) is screened, Ippudo Ramen will do a one-night pop-up in collaboration with Food For Fashion zine.
Films will be screened at 7pm every Tuesday. First come, first served. Pizza available from 6pm from Moon Pizza (Freda’s restaurant). The summer program is available here.