Cult Classics: Rosemary's Baby (35mm) + Performance M
31 May
Arc Cinema
Dir: Roman Polanski, M, United States, 1968, 137mins, 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.

Journey into a witchy and quintessentially 60s nightmare: occult cinema at its very best.  

Rosemary’s Baby is a psychological thriller that dabbles in the demonic, starring Mia Farrow in a role that won praise for her portrayal as the titular Rosemary.  

Set in Manhattan, Rosemary’s Baby is a stylish and darkly comic exploration of an expectant mother's grave fears around the unusual occupants in her apartment building. Join us for this classic tale of ritual and paranoia as we close out our Season of the Witch miniseries! 

‘This is horror rooted not in misty Carpathian castles, but in recognisable modern life, with the satanists depicted not as outlandish fiends but the sort of everyday folk you might encounter on any urban street’ – The Guardian 
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.  


Viewer discretion advice 

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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