Melbourne Masterclass: Turning Points in Cinema to Die For
Forum Lecture Theatre
Session Five: The Turning Point, Herbert Ross, 1977, presented by David McAllister AM
The Turning Points in Cinema to Die For series illustrates the profound and enduring impact of cinema on the lives of six Melbourne scholars, critics and artists. Each of our speakers has chosen a beloved film that represents a turning point in their professional and personal experience, and inspired a new understanding of the world and their place in it.
David McAllister joined the Australian Ballet in 1983. In 2000, he became Artistic Director of the Australian Ballet and was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2004 Australia Day Honours List. The Turning Point was a film that ignited David's passion to be a professional dancer. Watching Mikhail Baryshnikov soaring through the air and doing endless turns, he knew that was the life for him. He saw the first trailer at a cinema visit for an English Literature film with school. While all the other boys were jeering, his heart soared and that feeling stays with him every time he sees this movie.
Turning Points in Cinema to Die For is hosted by Dr Mark Nicholls, Senior Lecturer in Cinema Studies at The University of Melbourne.
All films featured in the series have a history of significant audience and critical appeal. Above all, the films have distinguished themselves for their ability to reach out to and influence creative and performing artists and audiences well beyond the realms of the movie business. Studied together, they make up a new and refreshingly eclectic set of films to add to your essential viewing list. Join us in the discussion with our experts as they reveal why these are not only films to see before you die, but films to die for.
Individual session: $55* / $65
Series Pass: $300* / $350
*University of Melbourne alumni, staff, and students
David McAlister, Artistic Director
David McAllister joined the Australian Ballet in 1983 and was promoted to principal artist in 1989. During his time with the company, he danced many principal roles and in 1985 won Bronze at the Fifth International Ballet Competition in Moscow. Throughout his career, David made numerous guest appearances worldwide, dancing with Bolshoi Ballet, the Kirov Ballet, the Georgian State Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre and, in 1992, as part of a Royal Gala performance in London in the presence of the Princess of Wales. In 2000 David became Artistic Director of the Australian Ballet and was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2004 Australia Day Honours List.