Anna Broinowski book launch, film screening and Q&A
Wednesday 3 June at 6.30 pm
Join us at The Sun Theatre for this fantastic event, the launch of Anna Broinowski's new book The Director is Commander, which includes a screening of her documentary Aim High in Creation as well as a Q&A. Tickets $10.50 – book now!
‘“I want to make a documentary, in which you instruct my actors and me how to follow your General Kim Jong Il’s filmmaking rules.” Silence. The filmmakers look at me, poker-faced.”’
Inspired by Kim Jong Il’s manifesto, The Cinema and Directing, and on a mission to stop a coal seam gas mine near her Sydney home, award-winning film maker Anna Broinowski went in search of creative wisdom in the strangest of places, Pyongyang, North Korea.
The Director is the Commander takes us behind the scenes of her shoot to give us a detailed account of her experiences and adventures in one of the most fascinating and perplexing countries on earth. In a world first, Anna was given unprecedented access to the country’s top directors, composers and movie stars to learn the art of propaganda from the world’s best, to make her own powerful anti-fracking film.
The documentary Aim High in Creation is the result of Anna’s surreal twenty-one day shoot inside the world's most secretive regime. There she meets some colourful characters including steely Ms K, her North Korean escort, the big hearted director Mr Pak and the energetic composer Mr Pei. Her tightly controlled journey takes her to the April 25 Military Film Studio, the Demilitarized Zone and the set of Mr Ri’s new action film, with varying degrees of censorship.
The Director is the Commander is a humorous, intriguing and big hearted account of an extraordinary journey inside a nation we know so little about and usually only see from the outside looking in.
The Strays wins the Stella Prize!
Melbourne author Emily Bitto has won the 2015 Stella Prize for her novel The Strays, published by Affirm Press.
Her winning book The Strays has been a fave at The Sun Bookshop for the past year. We have plenty in stock and can recommend it as a great bookclub read.
The Stella judges said, “The three criteria for judging a Stella Prize winner are that the book is ‘excellent, original and engaging’, and this book effortlessly meets all three. The Strays is like a gemstone: polished and multifaceted, reflecting illuminations back to the reader and holding rich colour in its depths.”
Bookclub: H is for Hawk
Wednesday 27 May at 8.00pm
We will be reading H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald. All Welcome.
As a child, Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer, learning the arcane terminology and reading all the classic books. Years later, when her father died and she was struck deeply by grief, she became obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. She bought Mabel for 800 on a Scottish quayside and took her home to Cambridge, ready to embark on the long, strange business of trying to train this wildest of animals. H is for Hawk is an unflinchingly honest account of Macdonald's struggle with grief during the difficult process of the hawk's taming and her own untaming. This is a book about memory, nature and nation, and how it might be possible to reconcile death with life and love.
Book Club books are 10% off for all customers all month.
The Text Factors Sun Sessions
We’re really excited to be hosting a new concept in reading at The Sun – The Text Factor’s Guided Book Club hosted by local poet and tertiary teacher Rose Lucas. Rose will take us through a series of great books in facilitated discussions. Some of the books are selected from this year’s VCE English lists and so will be of particular interest to parents and students alike. All the books will appeal to every reader who is looking both for some pointers and to have informed, lively discussion around some of literature’s - and life’s – big questions.
Helen Garner’s recent book, This House of Grief, examines the trial of Robert Farquharson, convicted of the drowning murder of his three young sons. This powerful and moving book exposes not only the workings of the law, but the murky waters of human motivation, taking us to the very limits of loving and vulnerability.
Wednesday 3 June, The Sun Theatre, 7.30-9.00 p.m.
$25 per session.
Bookings at www.thetextfactor.com.au