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Film Screening: 'The Mummy' with Dr L.J.M. Owen

  • Arc Cinema McCoy Circuit Acton, ACT, 2601 Australia (map)

Join us for a screening of the original 1932 Boris Karloff classic that solidified Universal Studios as the creator of monster movies. The session will include an introduction by local author Dr LJM Owen on the real-life mummy of Ramesses III that inspired the film.

About THE MUMMY: Brought back to life after nearly 3,700 years, Egyptian high priest Imhotep wreaks havoc upon the members of a British field exposition. While disguised as a contemporary Egyptologist, he falls in love with Zita Johann, whom he recognizes as the incarnation of a priestess who died nearly 40 centuries earlier. Part horror, part Gothic romance, the portrayal by Karloff of the eponymous mummy was considered a triumph of cinematic acting at the time - subtle, brooding and atmospheric. Karloff’s makeup reportedly took more than eight hours to complete, leading to limited screen time of the full-bandage mummy and allowing Karloff’s Imhotep to pursue a lost love in the guise of the suave Ardeth Bey.

About the event: Join Dr Owen for the screening followed by a reading from her latest novel, Egyptian Enigma, a tale of lost mummies, ancient grave robbers, modern cannibals and female Pharaohs. 

Tickets: $25. Ticket includes a signed copy of Egyptian Enigma, the newest adventure from Canberra’s own archaeologist-librarian: Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth. Book here.