Oslo Davis, 'Melbhattan' at Rooftop Cinema

· Wednesday November 28, 2012

Cartoonist and sometime ThreeThousand writer (c'mon let us have our moment) Oslo Davis has made a film called Melbhattan that is “part homage to, part pastiche of” the famous opening sequence of Woody Allen's 1979 ode to New York City, Manhattan. Davis has collaborated with local composer Biddy Connor, who has created an original score that references George Gershwin's iconic Rhapsody in Blue.

It all probably started with this skewering cartoon Oslo made up a few years ago, which, as he's said about the film, “set out to ridicule the sizeable proportion of inner-city Melburnians who think our city is a mini-Manhattan. ” Shut up Oslo hehe.

The world premier of this black and white seven-minute animated short is screening before the feature on Rooftop Cinema's opening night this Saturday. The rooftop's skyline view, paired with the good mood in the air induced by the first-day-of-summer date means that this will clearly be the best way to see Melbhattan. But it's not your only opportunity, because it will also be screened before every Rooftop Cinema film throughout December, and viewable online here from mid-December.