Revelation Film Festival 2014

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Nov Australian Revelations: Mary and Max

Monday 25 November
Doors open 6.30pm
Buy tickets here.

Dir: Adam Elliot
Year: 2009
Duration: 94mins

10th Anniversary screening!

Adam Elliot is nothing less than an Australian living treasure and his work is always one-of-a-kind.

Winning an Oscar for the wonderful Harvey Krumpet, Adam describes his own work as “chunky and wonky”, a characteristic that gives his animations such wonderful personality and truth – and Mary and max is no exception.

Mary, an 8 year-old girl living in 1970’s Mount Waverley in Australia, sends a letter to a random person in America while waiting for her kleptomaniac mother to finish stealing envelopes at the post office.

The letter arrives in the mailbox of Max Horovitz, an overweight, middle aged New Yorker who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome. Max, who has panic attacks while reading Mary’s letters, becomes her pen-pal, since they are essentially both lonely souls pining for human contact they can appreciate.

Mary’s family is utterly dysfunctional; her father engages in taxidermy as a hobby, and her mother is a sherry drinking, chain smoking thief, and not a very good role model. Mary’s other major issue is her poo coloured birthmark on her forehead, something which other children delight in abusing her over. Yes, Mary’s life is quite sad, although her communication with Max allows her to begin overcoming life’s little difficulties.

Adam’s film is just beautiful. With a first class cast including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana, Toni Collette, Barry Humphries, Bethany Whitmore, Mary and Max is a rare experience indeed from a very special person.

Adam Elliot will join us post screening for a Q+A.

Monday 25 November
Doors open 6.30pm
Buy tickets here.

Backlot Perth
21 Simpson St
West Perth

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  • Director:Adam Elliot
  • Year:2009
  • Country:Aus
  • Duration:94mins
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