Tabu is the story of a
young Tahitian couple who fall in love but are prevented from pursuing the
relationship by local customs. They run away to various adventures which
include corrupt colonials, killer sharks, pearls …..and a very sad ending.
masterpiece, it was to be the last film from film-maker F.W. Murnau as he was
killed in a car crash one week before it was premiered in Berlin. In 1931 Murnau started filming TABU together with the legendary
pioneering documentary film maker Robert Flaherty. Flaherty had become
known for his previous semi-documentary style of films Nanook Of The
North and Moana.
By 1931 both directors were both well known but both
had experienced problems with Hollywood and the film business. They
decided to collaborate, formed a production company, bought a sailing
vessel and sailed to Tahiti to shoot TABU. However, they parted company
during the shooting and it has since become known as Murnau’s film.
Mike Cooper plays lap
steel guitar / electronics and sings. Initially a folk-blues guitarist
he is as responsible as anyone else - and more so than many - for ushering
in the blues boom in the U.K. in the late '60s.
Ranging freely through
his own idiosyncratic original songs, traditional country blues, folk,
free improvisation, pop songs, exotica, electronic music, electro-acoustic
music, and ‘sonic gestural’ playing utilising open tunings and extended guitar
The Mixed Grill program draws from our broad region, with Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Pacific Islander and Australian artists. The massive line-up includes reggae
dub specialists Reggae Bliss, featuring Torres Strait Island legend Lonnie Pedro, Uke soul popstars Bosko & Honey, instrumental
surf-rock riders Polymantra, the deep sounds of local Samoan legend Mingo
Tuala, experimental performance art of Aboriginal artist Zane Saunders with
collaborator File_Error, performances by the absurd Font and Melbourne's cross dressing Dino Divo, plus wicked new Pacific music by DJ Tonester.
Mixed Grill Pacifica
Saturday 16th March
Doors 6.00pm, Film at 7.00pm, and show from
Arthouse - 240 Scott St (via McCoombe St)
Yummy Pacific style food available.
Tickets are $20/15 on the door.