An American Director in Melbourne: A John Landis Tribute
By: Craig Villinger on August 16, 2013 | Comments
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In October the Melbourne Festival will be celebrating the career of cult filmmaker John Landis with a series of retrospective screenings, and the man himself will be in town to chat with audiences about a number of his favourites!

Curated by Richard Moore, 'A John Landis Tribute' will combine some of Landis' most fondly remembered cult classics such as An American Werewolf in London, The Blue Brothers, and Animal House with blockbuster Hollywood comedies and some of the director's lesser known documentary works.

The retrospective kick-off at the Astor Theatre on Friday, October 11 at 8pm with a screening of The Blues Brothers, followed by a Q&A session with Landis.

On Saturday the 12th Landis will join programmer Richard Moore for In Conversation with John Landis, a candid discussion of the director's career to be held at the Foxtel Festival Hub from 1pm. ACMI will then feature Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project at 3pm, ¡Three Amigos! at 5pm (followed by a Q&A), Slasher at 7:30pm, and The Kentucky Fried Movie at 9pm.

Sunday the 13th will see ACMI present The Stupids at 3pm and Into the Night (followed by a Q&A) at 5pm. Landis will then introduce a screening of An American Werewolf in London at 8pm.

On Monday the 14th ACMI will feature Burke and Hare (introduced by Landis) at 1pm, with Animal House to follow at 3pm. At 5.45pm Landis will discuss his influential music video Thriller after a special screening of the full 13 minute clip, and he will also be on hand to sign DVDs. The evening will end with a screening of Trading Places (introduced by Landis) at 7pm.

The tribute will conclude on Tuesday the 15th with ACMI screening Coming to America at 6pm.

Tickets for all screenings and events are now available from the Melbourne Festival website.

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