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18/2/2016: MOTHER MARY SEX AND DEATH

The Australian film’s provocative and eye catching title, Mother Mary Sex & Death (R18+), is described by its producer Mary Salem as “a humble work - but with enormous context around the taboos associated with sexuality and death”. It screens at 9pm with Q&As in Melbourne on Feb 25, 26, 27 variously at Lido Hawthorn, Classic Elsternwick and Cameo Belgrave.

Further screenings are in negotiation. But Salem says, “One of the decisions we have made is to never make Mother Mary Sex & Death commercially available online, or as a DVD. The film requires an audience, where reflexes are shared. Of course it might also mean it rarely gets seen!”

Directed by Rainsford Tower, the film had its world premiere at the Vladivostok International Film Festival, where Tower told the audience: “The beginnings of this picture were unexpected, I had no idea at the time that I would end up filming my Mother’s last days, and it was with that footage, about ten hours of footage shot over a two week period that the work began to realise what this picture has now become.’

Producer Salem, who also stars in the film, is a producer at Chapel of Change, a Melbourne stage, film, screen and dance workshop where the film was developed.

Said Tower in his introduction: “We know that there will be judgment made about it’s content, we know there will be judgments made about we the makers of the picture, but in the end these fall to a different dimension than the one this picture exists in.

“And – there is nowhere to hide with a picture such as this, other than perhaps never to show it...! However working to release the temperaments of an artistic work is not new to us. In the development of a Chapel of Change work much emphasis is made on relinquishing the external voices of social reasoning and judgment in order to be illuminated by an inner freedom; and once that inner freedom finds it’s expression its a beautiful thing.

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