1 February 2024

Cult Classics: Fatal Attraction screening

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Still from Fatal Attraction showing a woman

Fatal Attraction – Adrian Lyne, 1987. Photo: NFSA.

1987 | M | 116 mins + performance | DCP | US | D: Adrian Lyne

Ditch the cliches this Valentine’s Day season and revisit the film responsible for the term ‘bunny boiler’: Fatal Attraction, starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close.

While this Oscar-nominated film retains its firm grasp as a sophisticated and sexy thriller, the lens in which we view its central characters – and their behaviours – has transformed.

Join Venus Mantrap on an excursion to 1980s Manhattan with this iconic film directed by Adrian Lyne, whose erotic escapades also include 9 ½ Weeks (1986) and Indecent Proposal (1993). This one-night stand will be one to remember!

Features pre-show performance!

‘Two absolutely riveting performances and a smart reversal of the usual male-female stalker scenario leave behind a nasty taste and an unforgettable cinema experience’ – Angie Errigo, Empire

‘A glossy, confident piece of studio engineering cast and packaged for maximum prestige, Fatal Attraction was a genuine phenomenon… [that was] nominated for six Academy Awards and grossed $320 million at the box office’ – Adam Nayman, The Ringer

This screening is part of Cult Classics at the NFSA with Venus Mantrap. Cult Classics plumbs the archives to showcase cinema with bite, edgy movies and fan favourites – films that unnerve, push buttons, ask questions and just look good on the big screen!

Venus Mantrap is an androgynous construct whose roots are firmly planted in the world of drag. Exploring aspects of cabaret, performance-art and comedy during live shows, Mantrap has produced The Bowie Ball and starred in the one-person-shows Life, Love and Lip Syncing and Valley of the Molls. Venus is regularly found at Smith’s Alternative as the MC of Cabaret Voltaire and has been a featured artist at Glitterbox, LGBTIQ+ Elders Dance Club, Drag Cabaret and Finucane and Smith’s touring show Dancehall. Follow them on Instagram at @the_venus_mantrap.

The Details
What: Fatal Attraction screening
When: Friday 23 February 2024, at 8 pm
Where: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (Arc Cinema)
Cost: Adult $16, Concession $14. Get tickets here.

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