The Mercury Cinema has been the long-time home of the South Australian Screen Awards, special events and iconic festivals including Flickerfest and OzAsia. As a venue for premieres and cast and crew screenings of independent and short-form screen projects, Mercury Cinema is known as a hub for screen culture.
In 2021, the historic Mercury Cinema brings the Adelaide Fringe back to the West End Arts Precinct.
Providing an alternative experience to the heat and hustle of the Garden and Gluttony, enjoy plush, comfortable seating, a great view from every seat, air-conditioning and an elegant new Lounge Bar serving quality South Australian wines plus plenty of parking and great dining options surrounding.
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A bold, ambitious and creative program, Film Lab: New Voices, will foster a new generation of South Australian filmmakers in a new initiative from the South Australian Film Corporation (SAFC) and Adelaide Film Festival in collaboration with Mercury CX.
With a direct focus on feature film, the program will give three South Australian creative teams industry mentoring across a 12-month period to develop a low-budget feature film script. One project will be selected to move into production and the final film will premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival 2022.
Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni made the announcement at the Adelaide Film Festival Made in SA event, a showcase of South Australian short films.
“This wonderful new initiative has great local benefits as the project will be wholly produced and post-produced in South Australia, providing local jobs and upskilling opportunities for crew and emerging talent,” Minister Pisoni said.
“Importantly, this is a skills development program that will accelerate career pathways for outstanding, diverse, emerging talent in South Australia.
“This collaboration between the SAFC, Adelaide Film Festival and Mercury CX demonstrates the kind of streamlined approach that delivers the best outcomes for the entire sector.”
Filmmaker, designer and animator, Flinders University alumna Emma Hough Hobbs, has taken out the inaugural $35,000 Hanlon Larsen Screen Fellowship from a competitive field of 50 candidates.
Her project, ‘Film On Film‘ (Working title), is a 3-6 minute experimental doc-animation hybrid exploring the compelling charm of celluloid, which Emma says aims to showcase “how to spot when a film has been shot with the good stuff”.
“It will be shot on Kodak stock and the animation will then be captured frame by frame on Kodak film itself, allowing the audience to realise and appreciate the feeling celluloid can lend to a film,” she explains.
While locally collaborative, the project taps into the worldwide fascination with the capturing of light.
Launched in April 2020, funds an experimental film project with production and in-kind support of $35,000 in partnership with Flinders University and Mercury CX.
The completed project will screen as part of the Adelaide Film Festival.
The screen fellowship has been established by SA Film Corporation chairman Peter Hanlon, in honour of his friend, collaborator and industry luminary, the late Flinders University screen production lecturer Cole Larsen.