Fri 2 Nov | FILM – Madonna: Innocence Lost (GOTAFE)
This year, gay icon, Madonna, turned the big 6-0! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MADONNA!
Come and celebrate with us in style…and relive “Madonna: Innocence Lost”.
Cult Revivals in partnership with OUTintheOPEN Festival presents…
Madonna: Innocence Lost (1994) – rated M
When? Friday night 2 Nov
Where? GOTAFE – Harder Auditorium, 152-200 Fryers Street, Shepparton
Cost? Gold coin entry
Synospsis: It tends to be the norm that, when recreating the life of a legend in biopic form, the rendering comes out all wrong. This is not exactly the case with 1994’s Madonna: Innocence Lost, a TV movie that aired on Fox and emphasized the early beginnings of the singer’s (portrayed by Terumi Matthews) career. Its largely accurate, if not highly stylized, interpretation of Madonna’s hand-to-mouth existence as a ragamuffin of the downtown New York scene from 1980 to 1983 possesses the sort of terribleness you would expect of a TV movie—but it’s the kind of trash diet that leaves you feeling fulfilled, somehow. Based on Christopher Andersen’s 1991 biography Madonna Unauthorized, the film’s introduction borrows verbatim from a three-page letter Madonna wrote to Stephen Jon Lewicki to appear in his 1979 underground feature A Certain Sacrifice. In it (and in the voiceover by Matthews), she writes, “I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan where I began my childhood in petulance and precociousness. By the time I was in the fifth grade, I knew I wanted to be a nun or a movie star. Nine months in a convent cured me of the first disease. During high school I became slightly schizophrenic as I couldn’t choose between class virgin or the other kind. Both of them had their values as far as I could see.” It’s through quotes such as these that we are given the veracious-feeling lens of Madonna’s early days pre-New York and, subsequently, pre-fame.
Running time: 87 minutes