This event was cancelled.

at The Wheeler Centre

Table Read: Love Serenade

This event originally scheduled to take place on Saturday 14 August was cancelled in response to current health advice and the restrictions on public events. 

Ticket bookers will be contacted shortly.

Find out more about our response to Covid-19 here.

Fall back in love with 1996’s Cannes Camera d’Or winner – Australia’s own darkly funny romance satire Love Serenade – at this live table read directed by Corrie Chen (Wentworth, New Gold Mountain).

Following the success of MIFF 68½’s John Sheedy–directed table read of Death in Brunswick, starring Paula Arundell, Daniel Henshall and John Leary, MIFF and the Wheeler Centre are back with another live script-reading extravaganza.

Described by critics upon its release as a ‘deliciously black comedy of love’ (Northern Herald), ‘consistently amusing and charming’ (Variety) and “one of the front-runners in the best field of Australian films to come along in years” (Sydney Morning Herald), Love Serenade is a sweet, skewering story of two sisters lamenting their dead-end, small-town lives and deciding to compete for the affections of a minor radio celebrity.

Taking its title from a famously erotic Barry White song, Shirley Barrett’s acclaimed feature debut starred Rebecca Frith as rambunctious Vicki-Ann, Miranda Otto as wayward Dimity, and George Shevtsov as the mid-40s, washed-up “Drivetime King of Brisbane Radio” the siblings inexplicably vie for.

This special event marks the 25th anniversary of a milestone film in Australian cinema’s 1990s golden age.

 Presented in partnership with Melbourne International Film Festival

 Due to Covid-19 restrictions, venue capacity is unfortunately limited. We will not be able to accommodate walk-ups or a waitlist as may have been the case in the past. Read more about our live events plan here. Check, follow us on social media or sign up to our e-newsletter the Wheeler Weekly for updates and any late ticket releases.


Portrait of Corrie Chen

Corrie Chen

Corrie Chen is a highly sought-after, award-winning writer director whose work spans comedy and drama. She recently completed her miniseries that she directed for SBS, New Gold Mountain (Goalpost Pictures). Previously she directed the latest season of Wentworth for FremantleMedia/Foxtel which was nominated for an AACTA award for Best Drama Series. In 2018, she was presented with the Film Victoria’s Greg Tepper award in recognition for her achievements in Directing and contributions to the screen industry.

She directed and executive produced the first SBS digital original series Homecoming Queen, a semi-autobiographical comedy-drama which was nominated for multiple awards including the AACTAs and the Australian Director’s Guild.

Corrie completed her short, Reg Makes Contact through the Screen Australia Talent Escalator program. The film premiered at the 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Live Action Short at the AACTA Awards.


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