Brisbane Festival

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The Loft


12 – 16 Sep


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Brisbane Festival and QUT present
History History History

On 23 October 1956, Hungarians rose up against the Soviets and fought troops on the streets, from their homes, and from their revolutionary headquarters at the Corvin Cinema. The uprising led to one of the largest refugee crises of the twentieth century.

In a poignant and funny act of remembering, theatre-maker Deborah Pearson loosely 'translates' the film that was meant to be screened at the cinema that night – a long-forgotten football comedy.

In a kind of audio description as the film plays, Pearson uses interviews with those involved to playfully reflect on immigration, suppression, and our personal links with history.

This is a show for lovers of cinema – and for anyone who has stared at pictures of their ancestors a little too long.