The Iron Ministry

Iron Ministry

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BUY TICKETS     Sunday, 30 November – 11.00 am – The Australian Cinémathèque at GOMA


“Outstanding. Buy the ticket; take the ride.” – The Hollywood Reporter

The enduring love affair between cinema and train travel lives on in this captivating look into China’s sprawling railway system.

Rather than a panoramic travelogue, award-winning director J.P Sniadecki’s camera roams the carriages of the crowded collectivist era trains through to the sleek, high-speed bullet trains. His encounters with passengers and staff capture the diversity and chaos of Chinese society, observing conversations that dominate daily life: housing prices, personal happiness, the speed of change, the fate of the nation and more.

A member of Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab, Sniadecki presents an immersive and sensorial experience of the railway, where image and light become blurred abstracts, and mechanical rhythms and Chinese pop songs fill the sonic landscape.

Get on board for an enthralling fix of armchair travelling with this fascinating portrait of a country advancing full steam ahead into the future.