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Live Live Cinema: Carnival of Souls

When:

Fri 4 Mar 2011, 8:00pm
Sat 5 Mar 2011, 8:00pm

Where: The Mercury Theatre, Mercury Lane, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • A Res Adult: $54.50 ($52.50 + $2.00 fees)
  • A Res Friend/Conc/Group10: $49.50 ($47.50 + $2.00 fees)
  • B Res Adult: $44.50 ($42.50 + $2.00 fees)
  • B Res Friend/Conc/Group10: $39.50 ($37.50 + $2.00 fees)
  • Additional fees may apply

World Premiere.

Herk Harvey’s Carnival of Souls (1962) is the best film you’ve never seen and what better way to see it than with an entirely new, totally live soundtrack. An original score, composed by musical madman Leon Radojkovic, is performed live as the film plays, and a company of actors and a Foley artist add dialogue and sound effects - under the direction of Oliver Driver.

Live Cinema - Live Theatre - Live Music - Live Sound Effects. A Cult Classic. [Make ‘A Cult Classic’ a separate colour if possible.]

Praised for its stunning cinematography and dreamy surreal atmosphere, Carnival of Souls is the best film you’ve never seen and what better way to see it than with an entirely new, totally live soundtrack.

In this unforgettable production, Herk Harvey’s stunning black and white horror film Carnival of Souls is given a fully re-imagined soundtrack composed by musical madman Leon Radojkovic and performed by members of Dr Colossus, while brilliant actors including Chelsie Preston Crayford (Home By Christmas) and Cameron Rhodes breathe new life into the characters, and one daring Foley artist re-creates every sound effect, all live on stage, directed by theatrical troublemaker, Oliver Driver.

Mary Henry is beautiful and vivacious. Having improbably survived a car wreck she moves to a small town in Utah to begin her new job as a church organist. But something is wrong in middle America. Who is the man that follows her days and haunts her nights? What is it that drawsher to the old deserted pavilion by the highway, and most of all, when will this nightmare end?

This is a must-attend, multi-dimensional Festival extravaganza performed at two of Auckland’s classic theatres – The Mercury and The Civic.

“A true original, Herk Harvey’s unique and haunting cine-anomaly could be the hypnotic offspring of a shadowy affair between Bergman and Cocteau.”
- Ant Timpson, Incredibly Strange Film Festival

“[Leon Radojkovic’s] arrangements … are just madly sophisticated, nutty and exciting”
- Neil Finn

PHOTOGRAPH: Hans Edward Hammonds

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