Barossa Film Club presents “Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence”, an intriguing film of wartime interaction between East and West. Conflicting cultural imperatives and repressions between East and West collide with tragic consequences in Nagisa Oshima’s enthralling World War II drama, which sees a war of wills – and unspoken erotic attraction – unfold between a rebellious prisoner (David Bowie) and a Japanese POW camp commander (Ryuichi Sakomoto).
Nagisa Ôshima made his English language debut with this multilayered drama, which also features Tom Conti as a bilingual prisoner who tries to bridge the divides between captor and prisoner, and Takeshi Kitano in his first dramatic role as a sadistic sergeant. But it is Bowie’s maverick and often anarchic Major Celliers that steals the show – “Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence” is a testament to his uncanny magnetism on screen.
The evening will commence at 7.30 pm on Friday 18th November at the Faith College Wine Centre with a short film, then a break for refreshments, then the main feature. This is the last screening for 2016 and the Club will offer wine and cheese. All members are welcome (membership, including a limited season screening of three films, is available at the door). A preview of the film is available on the Barossa Film Club website or Facebook page.