Chained For Life
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Chained For Life

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17
Fri Jan 17 4:00 PM

Jetty Memorial Theatre
Assisted Listening
100 Percent
75 Percent
General Admission
Unclassified 15+
91 Mins
January
Fri Jan 17

An inventive, pitch-black satire that challenges on screen depictions of beauty in a film about filmmaking. 

Mabel (Jess Weixler, Teeth, The Death of Dick Long SWIFF'20), is a movie star taking on an ‘artsy’ role in a European auteur’s (Charlie Korsmo, delivering a brutal Werner Herzog impression) English language debut - a cheesy, 1940’s horror film about a vaguely Nazi-esque doctor who believes he can eradicate all physical deformities in humans - set in a still operating psychiatric hospital. As Mabel struggles to connect with her co-star Rosenthal (Adam Pearson, the breakout star of Under the Skin), a gentle natured man with a severe facial deformity, the two develop a charming relationship off camera, each challenging the other to grow as individuals.

Moving through the dreamlike film-within-a-film format, Chained for Life is humorous and self-referential, playfully challenging what is seen ‘on camera’ or ‘off camera’, upping the ante and commanding attention. Reminiscent of Tod Browning’s controversial 1932 film Freaks, the film is an outré commentary on the portrayal of people with disabilities in Hollywood, confronting idealised standards of beauty with a thoughtful, comedic and compellingly original lens.
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Jetty Memorial Theatre

337 Harbour Drive Coffs Harbour, NSW, 2450