No need to dress up in red carpet outfits for this cinema premiere. Just bring a towel.
For the first time in Australia, film festival audiences in Melbourne and Sydney are being invited to strip naked to watch special screenings of the Belgian cult hit Patrick, promoted as “a Shakespearian tragi-comedy set in a nudist colony”.
“This is going to be a unique and memorable cinematic experience,” says Hudson Sowada, director of the 2021 Fantastic Film Festival Australia. “Patrick has been seen around the world, but never by a nude audience before.”
A naked Israeli audience for a performance of the 2018 French comedy Normandie nue (Nude Normandy) is the only precedent Sowada can find for this Australian first, where not only the audience will be starkers.
“I’ll introduce the film in Melbourne in my birthday suit,” Sowada explains. “Then I’ll be monitoring that everyone respects each other’s personal space.”
Does that make Sowada a nude bouncer?
“I wouldn’t use the term ‘bouncer’ specifically,” Sowada laughs. “But any anti-social behaviour will be zero tolerated.”
Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Original publication 20 April, 2021
Posted on NatCorn 29th April 2021
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