The annual antiTHESIS Symposium was held on Friday May 30 in the 1888 Building at the University of Melbourne. The night was a wonderful success, with our guest speakers Vanita Bodhankar, Alice Williams, Christa Jonathan, Kimberley Moulton, Dr Sofia Ahlberg and Father Bob Maguire all providing their unique insights and interpretations into this year’s theme: Wake. Here are a selection of photos from the night.
To help raise money for volume 24, the editorial committee are hosting a fundraising night on Friday May 16 at Cinema Nova on Lygon Street in Melbourne with a screening of The Double, written and directed by Richard Ayoade, and starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska.
The film is based on the novella of the same name by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and is a perfect way to show your support for antiTHESIS (or even just get a cheap ticket).
Tickets are $15 for everyone and must be reserved by emailing editor.antithesis(at)gmail.com.
Start time will be between 6:30–7:30pm and will be confirmed a week before the event.
Watch the trailer below:
Film: The Double
Director: Richard Ayoade
Running time: 93 mins
From innovative filmmaker Richard Ayoade (Submarine) comes this tale of Simon (Jesse Eisenberg), a browbeaten office clerk working in an ominous government organisation. With his colleagues failing to recognise him on a daily basis, Simon fills his empty days with dreams of colleague Hannah (Mia Wasikowska), but any encounter with her leaves him tongue-tied and mortified. Undermined and undervalued everywhere he turns, it seems that his directionless life couldn’t get any worse, until one day his exact double gets a job at his company. As his confident and ambitious doppelganger climbs the corporate ladder, attracting the attention of Hannah on his way, our hero sinks further into mediocrity, and possibly even madness.
Transposing the action from 19th century Russia to a surrealist modern-day America, this quirky adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s celebrated novella is a distinctly contemporary update of a literary classic. As with his acclaimed debut ‘Submarine’, Ayoade’s idiosyncratic visual approach comes laced with a dry wit that perfectly compliments the inner dysfunctions of his characters. But for all its irony and self-awareness, ‘The Double’ has a surprisingly gentle heart, with a central love story that is just about as sweet as they come. In a peculiar sort of way.