The University of Queensland School of Languages and Cultures, in collaboration with the Twelfth Night Theatre, invite you to celebrate the launch of Ilse Aichinger Film and Fate: Camera Flashes Illuminating a Life, translated by Dr Geoff Wilkes.

Join us at this special 'Cocktails and Performance' event on Monday 16 July. Excerpts from the novel will be dramatized in German and in English, and contextualized by commentary from the translator, Dr Geoff Wilkes. Refreshments will be served before and after the presentation.

If you are interested in attending this event, please register by Thursday 12 July 2018. 

Note: As places are limited, we recommend that you register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. 

Registration: 6:00pm 

Presentation and Reception: 6.30pm - 8:00pm

Venue: The College Playhouse, The Women's College (#36H), College Road, The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus. View the location on UQ Maps

Parking: Paid parking is available on campus. Click here for further information. 


Further details 

As Ilse Aichinger approached her eightieth year, she emerged from decades of almost complete literary silence. Encouraged by her “Lebensmensch” Richard Reichensperger, she began writing short pieces about her family history, about films and about photographs, mostly for publication in the Vienna newspaper Der Standard. In doing so, Aichinger opened up a new form of autobiography, because she often entwined her family history with the movies and photos, whether those were contemporary films showing at the Viennale festival or black-and-white productions, long forgotten by others, which she first saw at suburban “Lichtspielhäuser” in her youth. Thus the pieces collected in Film and Fate illuminate not only the life of a community and of an individual, and not only a life intimately connected with film, but also a life in which – as the author says of her years in Nazi-era Vienna – “the cinema was my salvation.”



The Women's College (#36H),
College Road, The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus.
The College Playhouse