THESE HEATHEN DREAMS Unclassified 18+
What became of the rabble-rousing, heavy-drinking, radical poet sometimes called Australia's greatest living writer?
Once described by the press as "one of the most controversial figures on the Australian art scene", avant-garde poet and playwright Christopher Barnett achieved a level of notoriety in the Melbourne underground theatre scene during the ‘70s and ‘80s, before self-exiling to France. He remains there today, running an experimental theatre lab working with the marginalised and underprivileged, applauded by the establishment (including former French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault) and faithful to his belief that art can change the world.
These Heathen Dreams is an intimate portrait of Barnett's life and revolutionary philosophy. Combining archival footage dating back to the ‘60s with contemporary observational documentation and text from Barnett's writings, it is a poignant and inspiring study of the power of both art and political activism.
Director Anne Tsoulis and producer Georgia Wallace-Crabbe are festival guests.
This event was part of our 2014 Festival. To learn more about this year's MIFF, visit here