“Position Among the Stars” Screening + Director Q&A – 10 November 2011

posterFilm synopsis:  Director Leonard Retel Helmrich has observed the Shamshuddin family living in a Jakarta slum for a dozen years to make his cinema verite classics. “Position Among the Stars” is the 3rd film in the trilogy.  While the tumultuous changes that have rocked Indonesian society swirl around the family, Helmrich has intimately captured a family in transition as they adjust to bewildering gaps in education, outlook, religion and even class among three generations jammed into cramped quarters.

Speaker: Leonard Retel Helmrich is a Dutch cinematographer  and film director Indonesian descent. He was born the 16th of August 1959 in Tilburg, Netherlands and has lived in Amsterdam since 1982. Received highest honours for international documentaries at the Sundance Festival and was the first two-time International Documentary winner at IDFA.

Helmrich is famous for perfecting the ‘Single Camera Shot’ filming style and his related technical camera innovations. “…you can move inside an event and go with your camera to the right spot, at the right moment,… That’s what the whole single-shot cinema is about: trying to think of the world as a kind of clockwork, a machinery, with everything interrelated. The bigger and smaller things are just as important. In a clockwork you can’t pull out a little gear because the whole thing jams. The solution is to become one of the clockworks.”, Leonard Retel Helmrich.

He is currently writing a book about “Single Shot Cinema”.


Event Information

WHERE: Cinema Paris, Fox Studios, Entertainment Quarter, 130 Bent St, Moore Park NSW.

WHEN: Thursday 10th November, 2011  
6.15 for 6.30pm

ENTRY:  $10 concession