Sydney Asian Art Series 2019 film screening: Interview (1970)


Introduced by scholar Malini Guha (Associate Professor of Film Studies, Carleton University).


Join us for a rare, free screening of Interview (1970), an acclaimed Bengali film by the late director Mrinal Sen (1923 – 2018) to be introduced by leading scholar of Bengali cinema, Malini Guha. A groundbreaking film in terms of narrative innovation and cinematic technique, Interview tells a dawn-to-dusk story of a young man in search of a job. Starring Ranjit Mallick and Karuna Banerjee.


This screening of Interview is part of the Sydney Asian Art Series 2019: Art and Urban Cultures.


About the speaker
Malini Guha is an Associate Professor of Film Studies at Carleton University. Her research is broadly concerned with spatiality and cinema, with a concentration on postcolonial and post-imperial modes of mobility, migration, displacement and settlement. Her first monograph, From Empire to the World: Migrant London and Paris in Cinema is a study of cinematic London and Paris from the perspective of migrancy, globalization and the end of empire in a British and French context. Her work has been published in journals such as Screening the Past and the Journal of British Cinema and Television. She is currently Resident Critic for Knot Projects public projection program, as part of SAW Video Media in Ottawa, Canada.


About the series

The Sydney Asian Art Series presents leading international voices on early, modern and contemporary Asian art.

The images of intense urbanisation that commonly depict contemporary life in China, India or Southeast Asia, for example, easily obscure the fact that most of the largest, most cosmopolitan and prosperous urban centres globally have historically been Asian. From Isfahan to Edo, Kaifeng to Kolkata—cities have been major subjects, patrons and audiences for all fields of art. Indeed, the arts are part of the very fabric of urban life. In 2019, four speakers will explore the intersection of art, film and architecture in a range of Asian cities, historical and contemporary, considering urban spaces as sites of taste-making and sensorial plenty, as models for imagined futures, as vessels for us to recognise shared pasts, and as stages for the formation of political identities.

This series of talks and events is co-presented by the University of Sydney’s China Studies Centre, the Power Institute, and VisAsia, with support from the Art Gallery of New South Wales and Sydney Ideas. Originating in and celebrating the very latest and best scholarship in Asian art from around the world, this initiative complements the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ innovative exhibition program in Asian art, and the University of Sydney’s region-leading programs in the arts and cultures of Asia.



7.15pm, Wednesday 22 April 2019

Domain Theatre

Art Gallery of NSW

NSW 2000


This event takes place at the Art Gallery of NSW, which stands on the home of the Gadigal clan of the Eora Nation.


Image: Interview (1970) [still], image courtesy Kunal Sen.