Tuesday, August 9th
presented by John Early and Claudia O’Doherty
Whether stumbling through her aimless existence in the dead-end town of Porpoise Spit, Queensland or following her supposed “friends” on a vacation to which she was purposely not invited, Toni Collette’s mercilessly romantic, hopelessly awkward Muriel Heslop just can’t catch a break. Her only solace lies in the dream of someday throwing herself an outlandishly glamorous wedding, these overactive flights of fantasy set to the warm, Swede-pop glow of maximally orchestrated, endlessly positive ABBA tunes. With sincere affection for the absurdist journey of misfits Muriel and her newfound friend Rhonda (Six Feet Under’s Rachel Griffiths), Muriel’s Wedding crosses the finish line on the edgier side than most mid-’90s indie comedies–just the way we like our feel-good fare and gelled-up hair here at the theatre. For one night, John Early and Claudia O’Doherty will host a screening of their favorite movie complete with a presentation of artifacts, a scintillating discussion, and a DJ who is only allowed to play ABBA.
Dir. PJ Hogan, 1994, 35mm, 110 min.