90 seconds with Underground Cinema
An immersive cinema experience in which the audience are kept in the dark about the film and location until the last season, Underground Cinema has grown to become a cult event in Sydney and Melbourne. Ahead of their two events this weekend, creative director Tamasein chats to Backyard Opera about her brainchild
How was the concept for Underground cinema born?
Underground Cinema was born because it had to exist. It didn't exist beforeand it needed to. Underground Cinema is really about extending creative boundaries and challenging concepts that haven't been challenged before.
Your last screening was 'Let the Right One In'- is the film generally an arthouse title? And will we have seen it in Australia?
We play with all different genres with no preference. The beauty of Underground Cinema is that we make a concerted effort to try and experience different ranges, genres and programming. You never know what you're going to get with us and that's all part of the exciting ride. From blockbuster to arthouse, anime to foreign, it's all about the quality of the journey. As for whether it's previously been seen in Australia, well we can't give away any hints...
And your favourite director/ favourite film ?
It changes all the time!
What else can the audience expect? Does everybody have to participate?
The audience can expect everything they desire... no more, no less. Audience participation is strongly encouraged but not mandatory. It's all about creating your own experiences and surrendering to the unknown. We don't perform at you or make you perform for us, rather we make you open a door that you may not have stepped in before and invite you to come play.
Are you involved in any partnerships with other film festivals or groups?
What's next for underground cinema?
Shhh... it's a secret ;)
Limited tickets are still available for the 1950s themed Underground Cinema event, 'Hollywood'- this Friday and Saturday at a secret location in Sydney. www.undergroundcinema.com.au/next-event
- Suzanne Rath