Clink gets its ART on

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Clink Theatre is invit­ing guests to help cel­e­brate the launch of up­com­ing pro­duc­tion ART on Sun­day.

The launch will pro­vide guests a chance to meet the cast over a drink and a bar­be­cue as well as en­joy a free movie screen­ing.

ART, by Yas­mina Rea and trans­lated by Christopher Hamp­ton and to be di­rected by Jack Hey­wood, is a funny, so­phis­ti­cated, stylish and stim­u­lat­ing pro­duc­tion which sees three friends dis­cuss their friend­ship and larger world is­sues af­ter one of the men buys a con­tro­ver­sial art­work - a white can­vas called White on White.

The re­laxed evening will be fol­lowed by a free screen­ing of The Horse’s Mouth star­ring Alec Guin­ness.

Clink Theatre ad­min­is­tra­tor Claire Tier­ney said it is a good op­por­tu­nity for ev­ery­one to meet the cast and watch a clas­sic film.

‘‘A clas­sic film is clas­si­fied clas­sic be­cause it is some­thing with a time­less qual­ity and The Horse’s Mouth is such a film,’’ she said.

Filmed in 1958, The Horse’s Mouth is adapted from the Joyce Cary novel from 1944 and tells the story of a some­what vul­gar but ded­i­cated painter who searches for the per­fect re­al­i­sa­tion of his artis­tic vi­sion, much to the cha­grin of oth­ers.

Sir Alec Guin­ness (pic­tured be­low) plays Gul­ley Jim­son an age­ing artist with a rep­u­ta­tion as a ge­nius, though he lives an im­pov­er­ished life.

Jim­son has reached the point in his life where he no longer feels any need to mod­er­ate his iras­ci­ble per­sona, with a taste for al­co­hol and a ten­dency to­ward bois­ter­ous spir­its where the ladies are con­cerned and in search of can­vasses to paint and com­mis­sions that will al­low him to live com­fort­ably.

This is Guin­ness at his finest in a por­trayal of a com­plex, like­able char­ac­ter who is with­out doubt a vi­sion­ary, and as he criss-crosses Lon­don in search of money and in­spi­ra­tion the world is seen though his eyes, ap­pear­ing with a newly out­ra­geous and ter­ri­ble beauty.

The bar opens at 5.30pm with a greet­ing from di­rec­tor of ART Mr Jack Hey­wood at 6pm and The Horse’s Mouth be­gins at 6.30pm. ART will run at the Clink Theatre from June 26-30.

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