In Conversation with Alex Proyas

'In Conversation' Session

A&I Hall
Thursday 21 January 2021 | 3.00 pm

Alex Proyas | 60 mins

As the first ‘In Conversation’ session organised by the Bangalow Film Festival, we’re proud to present an intimate discussion with the acclaimed Australian director, Alex Proyas.

As well as discussing his films, he’ll delve into the allure of his favourite genre, science fiction, the work ethos he brings to his productions, the challenges of maintaining a career during COVID and the future of filmmaking, as visualised by him and his team at the new state-of-the-art facility, Heretic Foundation.

One of the true visionaries of international cinema, Alex Proyas burst onto the Australian film scene in 1987 with his remarkable debut feature, Spirits of the Air Gremlins of the Cloud. Overnight, he became one of the world’s hottest young directors, exhibiting a visual style and command of his craft that he honed on acclaimed videos for music stars such as INXS, Fleetwood Mac, Rick Springfield, Crowded House and Sting.

His feature film debut, The Crow (1994), became a sensation and remains to this day a cult classic. He followed it up with a masterpiece of the imagination, Dark City (1998).

Alex threw his support behind the Australian film sector with his next film, the pop music drama Garage Days (2002), before heading back to Hollywood for the Will Smith blockbuster I, Robot (2004). He then brought Hollywood Down Under to shoot the Nicholas Cage starrer, Knowing (2009) then reimagined the mythology of his birthplace in the epic fantasy, Gods of Egypt (2016).

Leading the conversation with Alex, is producer Jim Robison. Jim’s most recent film Moon Rock for Monday was an audience and critical success at the Adelaide and Byron Film Festivals and won two Fipresci Awards at the recent 25th International Film Festival for Children and Young Audiences.

Jim is the producer of Mask of the Apparition, directed by Alex Proyas, to be released in 2021.

We thank SAE Creative Media Institute, Byron Bay for their assistance in bringing Alex to Bangalow for the festival.

Note that this is a stand-alone session. Tickets for the Directors’ Cut of Dark City can be purchased separately.