The Boot Cake G

A statuette of silent film star Charlie Chaplin sitting on a shelf net to some Indian statues and trinkets and an Indian flag.
22 October
Arc Cinema
$20 / $16 (or Gold Pass for all 6 sessions $75)
Dir: Kathryn Millard, G, Australia, 2009, 74mins, DCP,

Newly remastered from original film materials, The Boot Cake celebrates the universal power of silent cinema to engage audiences – young and old, free of language barriers, and whenever and wherever it has the opportunity.

The film was largely shot in India and observes the way in which Charlie Chaplin’s 'Tramp' character is remembered in the provincial town of Adipur. There, everyone from toddlers to the elderly dress in Chaplin costumes and parade in honour of Chaplin’s birthday.

The local doctor who initiated the annual festivities routinely prescribes Chaplin’s comedies as a tonic for wellbeing and mental health. The filmmaker herself participates in the ceremony by bringing the all-important birthday cake, designed in the shape of the boot that the starving Chaplin eats in The Gold Rush.  

'An astonishing testament to the far-reaching influence of silent film' – David Robinson, film critic and Chaplin biographer
Following the screening there will be a discussion with Kathryn Millard and film archivist Dr Ray Edmondson, President of the Friends of the NFSA.

This screening is part of the Canberra International Film Festival (CIFF).

For one special price, the CIFF Gold Pass secures entry to all six films in the festival!


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