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Easy Rider (MA15+)

Presented by Renny Kodgers as part of the Sheer Fantasy series

Renny Kodgers
Artist Mark Shorter’s beloved performance character, bawdy country music singer Renny Kodgers, presents Easy Rider to coincide with his Sheer Fantasy work ‘Hello Stranger’, which  brings the textures of the 1970s road movie to life. More info here.

Sheer Fantasy 
Curated by artist David Capra, Sheer Fantasy  suspends time to confront the role of the fantastical and how it plays within our collective conscious. In this exhibition, the world as we know it bends and shifts, making room to indulge in our greatest fantasies..
Sheer Fantasy at Campbelltown Arts Centre 14 April – 3 June

 

Please note gift passes are not redeemable for this session

Sheer Fantasy series

Directed by and co-starring Dennis Hopper with Peter Fonda, Easy Rider sees the two of them as Billy and Wyatt aka Captain America, freewheelin’ society drop-outs (not that hard to imagine really). After smuggling cocaine into LA from Mexico, they stash their wads of cash into Wyatt’s chopper and hit the road on their motorcycles and set out through the South/west of America, in an attempt to make it New Orleans in time for Mardi Gras. On the way they meet a ragtag bunch of individuals – they share a meal with a rancher, a day in a rough-and-tumble free love commune, a night in gaol, grass with Jack Nicholson, and LSD with a couple of call girls – all while “looking for America.”

Why should you see this film?

The ultimate road movie… (well, alongside Thelma and Louise), Easy Rider is one of finest pieces of counterculture cinema ever made, and was a call to arms for a new kind of American filmmaking. Alongside Hopper, Fonda and Nicholson, there are some superb cameos from Phil Spector (!), Toni ‘Hey Micky’ Basil, and Karen Black. The soundtrack is as iconic as the film’s souped-up choppers, featuring The Band, The Byrds, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Steppenwolf. The perfect film for a dusty autumn night.