Some couples are mightier together than their individual talents, and one such example is the creative union of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin and their equally creative offspring, Charlotte Gainsbourg. Highly revered throughout French film, music and style, this creative family was all about breaking taboos, exploring love, sex and incest and creating memorable music.
If the name Birkin is familiar, perhaps you’ve heard of the coveted Hermes Birkin bag that was named in honour of Jane Birkin’s simple, French style?
ACMI is presenting a thirteen-day film festival featuring the works of each family member with highlights including:
Je t’aime moi non plus – the iconic and internationally renowned film which was Gainsbourg’s directorial debut featuring Birkin. It chronicles the love affair between a truckstop waitress and a homosexual garbage truck driver.
Charlotte For Ever is the controversial collaboration between Gainsbourg and daughter, Charlotte who was only 13 at the time of filming about an alcoholic screenwriter who clings to his daughter and her young friends after the tragic death of his wife.
Gainsbourg is the highly anticipated biopic, which charts the life journey and creative evolution of the French artist. Following his story from childhood to art school and then as he began his musical career alongside meeting Birkin and working with French muses, Brigitte Bardot, Juliette Greco, Francois Hardy, Anna Karina and Vanessa Paradis.
Explore the creative pursuits of this famous family in that way only the French film industry can get away with!
Je t’aime: the filmic lives of Gainsbourg and Birkin
7 – 19 October 2010
Federation Square, Melbourne, 3000