Monday 24 November
“Whiplash" is cinematic adrenalin. In an era when so many films feel more refined by focus groups or marketing managers, it is a deeply personal and vibrantly alive drama. Damien Chazelle has taken a relatively staid subject like the relationship between a music student and his teacher and turned it into a thriller built on a brilliant undercurrent of social commentary about what it takes to make it in an increasingly competitive and cutthroat world. How far are you willing to push yourself to succeed? How far are you willing to push someone else to force them on the path to success? Carried by two electric performances, the tightest editing in a film this year and a daring screenplay that writes itself into a corner and then somehow finds an unexpected way out, "Whiplash" is as breathless as a drum solo, rising and falling just as the hopes and dreams of its protagonist climb and crash. A young man named Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) is practicing late at night at his New York music school, one of the best in the country, when his drumming catches the ear of the infamous Mr. Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), the most important teacher at the school and the conductor for its most important jazz band. Fletcher pauses, listens, barks a few orders at the young man, and moves on, seemingly dissatisfied with what he heard. Andrew had his chance, that one brief moment many of us have to impress the people who can change our lives, and he didn't cut it. He goes back to his routine class band, telling his dad (a wonderfully genuine Paul Reiser) that his opportunity to move up probably passed him by. Or has it?
Director: Damien Chazelle
Running time: 107 minutes
Rating: R (language/sexual references)
“Quite simply, Whiplash is one of the year's best films.” Peter Howell, Toronto Star
“An extremely confident, stylish, brash and superbly crafted melodrama that manages, in its contained story, to examine ambition, elitism, bullying, musicianship, scholarship and many other underlying themes. It is taut, rigorous and menacing.” C.J. Johnson ABC Radio (Australia)
“Ultimately, "Whiplash" isn't just about jazz - and it's not necessary to be a fan of the music to enjoy the film - but about life.” Calvin Wilson, St Louis Post
The British Film Festival will be held on 6-16th November at the Brisbane Palace Centro for programme details go to www.britishfilmfestival.com.au.
Also running from the 6- 16th November is Russian Resurrection, at Event Cinemas - Brisbane City Myer Centre. Visit the Festival Website at www.russianresurrection.com/2014.
On Monday 24th November at 6.30 pm there is a Special Screening of Whiplash. Tickets will be available from the Box Office from Thursday 20 November.
Please be advised that random checks of Membership Cards will be conducted at future screenings.
The Vatican Museums 3D will be screened on 8th and 9th November. The Metropolitan Opera 2014/15 continues with Mozart's Le Nozze di Gigaro on 22nd and 23rd November. Ask at the Box Office for tickets to these events and also the programme for the Tilt Film Festival commencing on 26th November.
2014 - 19th November, 24th November (one off screening), 3rd December.
2015 - 4th and 18th February, 4th and 18th March, 1st and 22nd April, 6th and 20th May; 3rd and 17th June.
For more information and tickets ask at the Box Office.