List Bad Seeds' top picks cultish, cutting edge and … cutesy
Nick Cave, one of the legendary wild men of rock, has just added one of cinema's soppiest movies to the festival he and his bandmates, the Bad Seeds, are curating.
The 1970 tear-jerker Love Story will screen in the film program at All Tomorrow's Parties festival at Mount Buller, alongside more predictable fare such as The Proposition, which was written by Cave, and Ghosts … of the Civil Dead, in which he had a leading role.
And Cave predicts he'll be shedding a tear, too. "I cry at anything in the cinema," the 51-year-old musician said. "I cry at British Telecom ads."
He chose the film, he said, because "I'm just an Ali MacGraw nut". His bandmates Mick Harvey and Warren Ellis picked most of the films for the first Australian incarnation of the English-born festival, "but I threw that one in there. In between all the Kurosawa films, I thought it would be good to have it."
There is, in fact, just one Kurosawa film, the Japanese director's 1950 masterpiece, Rashomon, but the program is likely to please cineastes: the French New Wave classic Le Samourai, Peckinpah's The Getaway, Korean movie The Isle. There's also a fair smattering of cultish Australian movies — Walkabout, The Boys, the 1975 junkies-in-Melbourne drama Pure Shit — plus Mel Gibson's Mayan epic, Apocalypto.
Also just announced for the festival is a visual arts program dedicated entirely to the works of Louis Wain. Wain rose to prominence in the late 19th century with his anthropomorphic images of cats behaving like Englishmen. He died, insane and in obscurity, in 1939, but his works have in recent years become highly collectable — by Nick Cave, among others.
So, are any of the 15 works on display Cave's? "Absolutely not," he said. "I've been lending mine out forever and I'm fucking sick of it. I want them back."