Current Program

Program for October 2014


Program for October 2014


Important Announcement End of Public Screenings

As of October 27th Leichhardt Councils compliance department has demanded that The Mu-Meson Archives cease all public events held on our premisses. After many years of opening our home to the community it is with much sadness and frustration that we are no longer able to provide an alternative space for the seekers of DIY culture. We wish to thank everyone who has supported the idea of the Archives and the community that has risen around us. At the moment we are desperately searching to find another arena to pursue our community based ideas. As to the 1500 to 2000 people who are on the mailing list and have never turned up (numbers at screenings recently 5-10 on a good night) you have three weeks to go before it all ends in Annadale.

If anyone can help us in regards to finding a new home for the Archives please contact us on our email (we are looking for a multi zoned shop/warehouse with residence) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

P.S. How absurd this decision appears to us when the Archives was involved directly in Leichhardt Councils Open Spaces Initiative and the Mayor has gone on record in local press stating that our block has the potential to become the counter cultural hub of Sydney. Now with our doors closing the closest resemblance to entertainment in this block with community based appeal is the local Brothel. Enjoy Sydney!


Friday 3rd October

Hollywood Babylon Then and Now

A two part program featuring the original author of Hollywood Babylon in a guided tour of LA's sordid and morbid history, then jump cut to today with Blood M0oon Publisher Danforth Prince and his re-invigoration of this franchise involving gossip journalist Darwin Porter. Very salacious and not to be missed.

Mu-Meson Archives

Doors 7.30 for 8pm start

 

 


Monday 6th October

Para(noid) Politics in the Archives

Fortean Ancestry

Great Grand nephew of Charles Fort, scientist Pat Spain take us on an expedition in search of some of the worlds weirdest Cryptids. The Mongolian Death worm that kills by electric shock, the Hobbit Man Ape of Sumatra and Plesiosaur's in the Amazon.

Mu-Meson Archives

Doors 7.30 for 8pm start

 


Tuesday 7th October

Cult Sinema

Tales from the Dark Side (1990)

Not officially, but basically this Romero/King joint effort is a successor to their Creepshow movies as much as a movie-length version of the TV series Tales from the Dark side. Regardless, while the framing device is merely adequate, all three of the stories are chilling enough. The first two stories are in the fine old EC Comics/Creepshow tradition of bad people getting their comeuppance in memorable style. The third is a rather touching romance, all things considered. The best segment is probably the first, with performances from Christian Slater doing his best Jack Nicolson impression, and cult-fave Steve Buscemi as a murderous grad student. But it's all pretty enjoyable if you like that kind of thing.

Mu-Meson Archives

Doors 7.30

 


Wednesday 8th October

Texas Chainsaw Trivia
Up for some trivia madness well this is the place for you, back for our 5th year.

Darlo Bar Royal Sovereign Hotel

8pm

 

 

 


Monday 13th October

Para(noid) Politics in the Archives

UFO Spook or Whistler Blower

Most UFO enthusiasts would be aware of Air force inelegance officer Richard Doty when he collided with the field in the late 80's. Enlisting the original Author of UFO Crash at Roswell William Moore, Doty played psychological games with key researchers in the field that lead ultimately to the destruction of their credibility and some their lives. Now he goes on the record to state the phenomenon is real.

Mu-Meson Archives

Doors 7.30 for 8pm start

 


Tuesday14th October

Cult Sinema

The She Beast (1966)

The She Beast is filled to the brim with grotesque and unnatural occurrences. Honeymooning in Transylvania, a young married couple accidentally crashes their car into a lake. The bride is drowned, but the worst has yet to come. Her body is possessed by a vengeful witch who was murdered in that very lake many years ago. The poor husband is forced to confront the evil in order to try and save his wife. Fortunately, he finds help from a descendant of the great Van Helsing, who is expert in matters of the supernatural and can provide assistance. The She Beast is mystifying, repulsive, and action packed! It's perfect for anyone who wants a good supernatural scare that doesn't involve goofy monster costumes.

 

Mu-Meson Archives

Doors 7.30


Wednesday 15th October

Marginalized Movies

Good Luck Miss Wyckoff (1979)

The opening shot on the screen is the front of Miss Wyckoff footpath with the chalked words Miss Wyckoff fucks the N word. Set in the small town of Freedom, Kansas in 1954, GOOD LUCK, MISS WYCKOFF stars Anne Heywood as Evelyn Wyckoff, a virginal high-school teacher who learns that she has started early menopause. Feeling hopeless and isolated, she is advised by her doctor (Robert Vaughn) and psychiatrist (Donald Pleasance) to find a lover, which results in a series of brutal and horrifying events. a haunting story of ill-fated lust and sexual repression set against a backdrop of American racism.

 

Mu-Meson Archives

Doors 7.30 for 8pm start


Wednesday 15th October

Texas Chainsaw Trivia
Up for some trivia madness well this is the place for you, back for our 5th year.

Darlo Bar Royal Sovereign Hotel

8pm free

 

 


Friday 17th October

Dracula in Istanbul a.k.a. Turkish Dracula

 

Made in 1953, Dracula in Istanbul transports the infamous Count to Istanbul, rather than London. This is a movie of firsts. The first Dracula film to feature the Count with fangs and the first film to make an explicit connection between Dracula and Vlad the Impaler. Made on a shoestring budget, this black and white film has a dark atmosphere, and a hypnotic performance from Atif Kaptan as the title character. The film will be presented by Can Yalcinkaya, a Turkish/Australian academic whose research focuses on Turkish film and popular culture.

 

Mu-Meson Archives

Doors 7.30 for 8pm start

 


Monday 20th October

Para(noid) Politics in the Archives

The Devil's in the Details

With the release of David Paulides 4th book in the Missing 411 series, he has started visually documenting some of the stranger cases on record. Come with him into the American wilderness on a tour of missing person sites that will boggle the mind. Originally intending to bring no hypothesis to bare on this phenomenon, he is now forced by the abundance of evidence to determine that this is not land based but areal in nature.

Mu-Meson Archives

Doors 7.30 for 8pm start


Tuesday 21st October 

Cult Sinema

Track of the Moon Beast

 

Mineralogist Paul Carlson is struck by a lunar meteorite while observing a meteor shower. Lodged in his brain, the meteorite causes him to transform into a strong and vicious lizard (the titular "moon beast") whenever the moon comes out. In his lizard form, Paul loses all traces of his human self and goes about killing people at random. While human, Paul is subject to spells of dizziness and nausea, causing his girlfriend Kathy Nolan and friend and former teacher Johnny Longbow to become concerned.

 

Mu-Meson Archives

Doors 7.30


Wednesday 22nd October 

Marginalized Movies

The Fox (1967)

 

Jill Banford and Ellen March have built a good life together on a hardscrabble Canadian farm. Then handsome Paul Grenfel enters their isolated world, and sets friend against friend. But is Paul the real trouble between Jill and Ellen? Or has his presence merely awakened the unspoken, unexplored sexual tension that always existed between the women? Sandy Dennis, Keir Dullea and Anne Heywood portray the three sides of an incendiary triangle in this breakthrough film that sparked controversy in its day and remains fascinating in ours. Based on a D.H. Lawrence novella and directed by Mark Rydell (On Golden Pond), The Fox probes the mysteries of human relationships with maturity, subtlety and candor.

 

Mu-Meson Archives

Doors 7.30 for 8pm start


Wednesday 22nd October

Texas Chainsaw Trivia
Up for some trivia madness well this is the place for you, back for our 5th year.

Darlo Bar Royal Sovereign Hotel

8pm free

 

 


Thursday 23rd October

Nova Express

 

On the suitably Burroughsian date of 23rd October, Jack Sargeant will be introducing a special screening of Andre Perkowski's Nova Express. Based on William S. Burroughs' quasi-science fiction cut-up novel of the same name, the film is a remarkable cinematic realisation of the cult book. Perkowski's visionary interpretation of Nova Express combines the aesthetics of found footage mayhem with a soundtrack that draws upon Burroughs - and various others - readings of the novel and associated routines. The resulting film offers a stunning interpretation of Burroughs' literary work that enables the viewer to fully experience the power of the cut-up novel.

 

Mu-Meson Archives

Doors 7.30 for 8pm start

 


Friday 24th October

The Search For Weng Weng

Presented live by dir. Andrew Leavold, 2013

One night in 1996, Australian cult video store owner turned guerrilla filmmaker Andrew Leavold dreamt he was in the Philippines directing a documentary about Weng Weng, the two-foot-nine Filipino James Bond. Ten years later, he's actually in Manila making a deal with the forces of chaos and following his two decade obsession to its logical conclusion.

It's just the beginning of a very strange adventure, and as fate would have it, it's all captured on film. As for Weng Weng: he remains an enigma even to those who worked with him. His reign as the midget Agent 00 was an outrageous novelty that plucked him from complete obscurity and returned him just as quickly. What was he like? When and how did he pass away? In a country of 80 million people, it seems the truth about Weng Weng has slipped between the cracks forever. "THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG" leapfrogs from one eccentric character to the next - directors, producers, actors, stuntmen, dwarf waiters, even Imelda Marcos herself, each one with a unique place in Filipino cinema - all the while dismantling the country's greatest filmic urban legend. Proving reality sometimes really is stranger than fiction, it's part detective story, part forgotten B film history, and part surreal Quest for the Holy Grail - that is, if the Grail is a two foot nine superstar called Weng Weng.

Mu-Meson Archives

Doors 7.30 for 8pm start


Saturday 25th October

Presented Live By Andrew Leavold
KILLERS FROM MANILA #1: THE FILIPINO "DRUNKEN MASTER"!

Mantis Boxer (aka Drigo Asero; dir. Ronaldo P. San Juan, 1980) Ulysses Tzan struck a minor chord among cinemagoers in the late Seventies - a decent martial artist with reasonable comic chops, a hair helmet Jackie Chan would kill for (that makes him "Jackie" Tzan), and a practically scene-for-scene redux of Jackie Chan’s original Drunken Master! He's a young man named Trigo, Treeeego or Drago, depending upon the dubbed voice on the soundtrack, taken in by a white-haired Master and educated in the noble art of chugging wine while fighting blind. They're all intact and replicated here - the training sequences, the jarring crash zooms, the restaurant scene where Jackie/Ulysses first uses his new skills (in Mantis Boxer, to a track from Jean Michel Jarre's "Oxygene"), plus a dwarf waiter, cartoon villains (For Y'ur Height Only's Ruben Ramos and others) handing out reefers like lollipops, and a fifteen minute finale using sped-up footage set to a rat-assed synth score. All worthy moments, but best of all is a shot of Ulysses flexing his muscles, accompanied by the sound of someone blowing directly into the microphone. With Tony Bernal, Dinah Dominguez, Larry Silva. Dubbed into English.

 

KILLERS FROM MANILA #2: THE FILIPINO "MAD MAX MEETS DEATH WISH"!

W (aka W Is War; dir. Willy Milan, 1983) Possibly the most outrageous, if only, entry in the Gay Post-Apocalypse (or “Gaypocalypse”) genre from veteran cheesemonger Willy (Clash Of The Warlords, Ultimax Force) Milan. Imagine an unnatural wedding of Death Wish and Mad Max 2: undercover cop Ally aka W2 is neutered by a futuristic, Satanic and very non-hetero biker gang. Unable to pleasure his now-promiscuous wife, he embarks on a revenge spree against the eeeeevil Nesfero’s gang – in a souped-up penis subsititute! A squalling, fuzzed-out biker soundtrack, pointless explosions galore and literally every available stunt guy in Manila tumbling to their “deaths” make this the high watermark of insane Filipino cinema. Anthony Alonzo, Joonee Gamboa. Export version distributed by Cinex Films. Dubbed into English.

 

KILLERS FROM MANILA #3: THE CATHOLIC "E.T."!

Little Boy Blue: Tiny Terrestrial (dir. Eddie Reyes, 1991) Written by Alyas Batman En Robin's Joey de Leon and Tony Reyes, would you believe - a childish Catholic-laced E.T. ripoff from the Philippines, featuring a large blueberry that’s been molested by a Teletubby? Two barrio kids hide "Little Boy Blue" from the evil scientists wanting to experiment on him; the screeching, yipping alien is more interested in returning to his home planet to spread the word of Jesus. Painful, infuriating, and at times like trying to stop a runaway bus with your teeth, it is nevertheless lovably dumb and, as far as lovably dumb Pinoy parodies go, one of the dumbest. With Joaquin Fajardo as Crocodile Danding, and cameos from Joey de Leon, Rene Requiestas, Richie D’Horsie and fried-egg-eyed dwarf superstar Noel "Ungga" Ayala. In Tagalog with English subtitles.

Mu-Meson Archives

Doors 7.30 for 8pm start


Sunday 26th October

Miss Deaths Knitting Group

 

Do you want to learn how to knit, crochet, or any other craft? Or you just want to come along for a social

(there is lot's to discuss). Boys are welcome as long as they do a craft or something useful.

 

Mu-Meson Archives

Doors 4pm with a plate.

 


Wednesday 29th October

 

Texas Chainsaw Trivia
Up for some trivia madness well this is the place for you, back for our 5th year.

 

Darlo Bar Royal Sovereign Hotel 8pm free

 

 

 



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