Season: Wild at Heart - the films of Laura Dern

Date information19-21 November
Check session times
Location informationArc Cinema
Event cost$12 / $10 (single session) or $70 / $56 (all 7 films)

We're screening 7 films in the voraciously versatile actress' filmography to coincide with the launch of Melissa Anderson's book on Inland Empire

From David Lynch muse to Spielberg blockbuster star, Laura Dern’s career has spanned decades and genres. When your parents – veteran thespians Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd – have 5 Academy Award nominations between them, the acting bug is embedded deep within your DNA and a career in front of the camera seems pre-destined. Yet from her very first teenage roles in independent films like Ladies and Gentleman, The Fabulous Stains (1982) and Smooth Talk (1985), Dern has proven herself voraciously versatile as an actress. 

Whether it’s as a steadying anchor or deeply unhinged force of chaos in David Lynch’s work or a reliable stalwart in ensemble pieces like Certain Women (2016) and Jurassic Park (1993), her name attached to a project immediately means that it’s worth watching. Spanning the past almost 40 years of her career, we chart her cinematic contributions through lesser-known indies, Hollywood classics and challenging art-house fare in this retrospective season. 

– Maria Lewis, Assistant Film Curator (ACMI) 

Presented in partnership with ACMI


Inland Empire + book launch - 19 November, 6.00pm
Citizen Ruth (35mm) - 20 November, 2.00pm
Ladies and Gentleman, The Fabulous Stains  (35mm) - 20 November, 4.30pm
Wild at Heart (35mm) - 20 November, 7.00pm
Jurassic Park (35mm) - 21 November, 1.00pm
Smooth Talk - 21 November, 4.00pm
Certain Women - 21 November, 6.30pm



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