Film still from <em>Portrait of Jason</em>

Film still from Portrait of Jason

Portrait of Jason

  • Sun 21 Feb 2016
  • 3:30—5:10PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • General $12
  • Concession $10 for seniors, students and community service card holders (with valid ID)
  • Bookings essential
  • Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
  • Rating: M

A 1967 documentary about gay African-American hustler and aspiring cabaret performer Jason Holliday

Jason Holliday (né Aaron Payne, 1924-1998) is the sole on-screen presence in the film. He narrates his troubled life story to the camera, behind which Clarke and her partner at the time, actor Carl Lee, provoke and berate Jason with increasing hostility as the film progresses.

Filmed in the living room of Clarke's Hotel Chelsea penthouse apartment, the shoot started at 9p.m. on Saturday, December 3 1966, and ended 12 hours later. The film employs avant-garde and cinéma vérité techniques to reach the tragedy underlying Jason's theatrical, exaggerated persona.

Produced and edited by Shirley Clarke 

Film still from <em>Portrait of Jason</em>

Film still from Portrait of Jason

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