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Comic Book Heroes Film Retrospective

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Comic book movies seem set to dominate the cinema box office for eons to come. Beyond the blockbusters, we invite you to delve deeper into the wider world of films adapted from graphic sources.

As part of Writers Week, we present a widely diverse selection of films in terms of genre and style, all derived from comic strips, graphic novels and manga. From absurd knockabout cartoons to everyday hip realism, and from historical memoir to dystopian sci-fi, these four films take the personal artistic visions of the original source and bring them to life in full Technicolor brilliance.

Each film in the series will be introduced by a Writers Week guest – one of Perth’s own comic book heroes.


Sat 23 Feb 1pm

A camp Technicolor romp adapted from the hugely influential 1930s King Features comic. Gasp at the adventures of mightily handsome football star Flash, who is pitted against dastardly Ming the Merciless.
Introduction by Wolfgang Bylsma, Editor-in-Chief of Gestalt Publishing

Director Mike Hodges
Cast Sam J Jones, Melody Anderson, Ornella Muti, Max von Sydow, Timothy Dalton, Brian Blessed
111mins, PG

Sat 23 Feb 4pm

Best friends Enid and Rebecca, both too cool for almost everything in their small American town, are at a loose end in the summer following high school. This cult hit, drawn from Daniel Clowes’ 1993-1997 graphic novel, is loved for its dry wit and sympathetic approach to teenage ennui.

Introduction by Campbell Whyte, comics creator

Director Terry Zwigoff
Cast Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi
111mins, M

Sun 24 Feb 1pm

Fumiyo Kōno’s popular account of a talented young illustrator growing up in wartime Hiroshima was serialised in Japan between 2007 and 2009. This wonderful animated adaptation retains the original’s sense of the human world often at odds with nature, and the humane sympathy at its core.

Introduction by Sarah Winifred Searle, comics creator 

Director Sunao Katabuchi
Cast Non, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Natsuki Inaba (voices)
129mins, M
Japanese with English subtitles


SNOWPIERCER (2013) South Korea
Sun 24 Feb 4pm

Following an ecological disaster that ushers in a new Ice Age, remaining humanity occupies an enormous train that continually traverses the earth. This audacious, intelligent adaptation of the 1982 French graphic novel Le Transperceneige mixes global stars, satire and great visual aplomb.

Introduction by Campbell Whyte, comics creator

Director Bong Joon Ho
Cast Chris Evans, Kang-ho Song, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Ewen Bremner
129mins, M
English, Korean, French, Japanese, Czech and German with some English subtitles

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