Cult Classics: Natural Born Killers (35mm) + Performance R 18+

Juliette Lewis leaning against Woody Harrelson. They are both leaning against a car parked in an open rural landscape
28 June
Arc Cinema
Dir: Oliver Stone, R 18+, United States, 1994, 114mins, 35mm,

Arc Cinema presents a series of irreverent Friday night filmic feasts, curated and hosted by drag artist and culture warrior Venus Mantrap.    

Cult Classics with Venus Mantrap plumbs the archives to showcase cinema with bite: films that unnerve, push buttons, ask questions and just look good on the big screen! Gather your tribe of misfits and rowdy rebels and join Venus for edgy movies, fan favourites and hidden gems.

Natural Born Killers is a '90s road trip like no other, with a screenplay by Quentin Tarantino, soundtrack produced by Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), and directed by the prolific and multi-award-winning Oliver Stone.  

Buckle up as Mickey and Mallory Knox – played by Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis – embark on a psychedelic spree of murder and mayhem across the American landscape, as intense media scrutiny propels them from disenfranchised obscurity into the celebrated anti-heroes of a doomed generation.  

Join Venus for the 30th anniversary of this polarising vision, amidst a media landscape still obsessed by crime and a world seduced by fame.  

Natural Born Killers, a brazenly radical movie when it was first released, on 26 August 1994, has never lost its sting of audacity. It’s still dangerous, crazy-sick, luridly hypnotic, ripped from the id, and visionary’ – Variety 

Presented on 35mm film prints from the NFSA collection.  

Includes a pre-screening introduction and live performance by Venus Mantrap


Venus Mantrap  

Venus Mantrap is an androgynous construct whose roots are firmly planted in the world of drag. Exploring aspects of cabaret, performance-art and comedy during live shows, Mantrap has produced The Bowie Ball and starred in the one-person-shows Life, Love and Lip Syncing and Valley of the Molls. Venus is regularly found at Smith's Alternative as the MC of Cabaret Voltaire and has been a featured artist at Glitterbox, LGBTIQ+ Elders Dance Club, Drag Cabaret and Finucane and Smith's touring show Dancehall. Follow them on Instagram at @the_venus_mantrap.  


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Cult Classics performances and screenings contain coarse language and adult themes, which some viewers may find offensive. Viewer discretion is advised.  



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