Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love 102 mins

Wednesday, 18 December 8:15PM

  • Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love
  • Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love
  • Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

Veteran British documentary-maker Nick Broomfield offers a highly personal view on the enduring love affair between Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen that resulted in some of Cohen’s most iconic songs. 

The Greek island of Hydra was a mid-century bohemian haven for expat writers, artists and musicians. There, in 1960, a struggling Canadian poet and aspiring novelist named Leonard Cohen met Norwegian woman Marianne Ihlen. Marianne inspired Leonard to set his words of love to music; but as his famous song So Long, Marianne suggests, she appeared most powerfully in his rear-vision mirror.

Acclaimed documentarian Broomfield has a personal connection to his subject: he, too, found his way to Hydra and was beguiled by Ihlen. His film, like Cohen’s music, seeks to capture the enduring but evanescent properties of memory. It slips back and forth in time, weaving archival footage of idyllic Hydra with captivating scenes of Cohen in concert and affectionate interviews with those who knew him best.

MARIANNE & LEONARD: WORDS OF LOVE is gentle and profoundly moving: an elegy to a lost decade of free love, and an ambivalent meditation on the figure of the muse.

★★★★ Nick Broomfield's riveting documentary gives us a vivid snapshot of the early 1960s and a complicated, mysterious love story. - Guardian

★★★★ Oh, this is just lovely. - Times UK

★★★★ A powerful time capsule of longing and desire. - Little White Lies

A thoughtful musing on the passing of time, of lovers past and gone … packs an emotional punch. – Little White Lies

Achieving the kind of balance to which Cohen always aspired, "Marianne & Leonard" is heartbreaking and heartening in Zen-like equal measure. - Washington Post

with music from Siobhan Cotchin

with music from Siobhan Cotchin

Nineteen year old West Australian alt-country rock singer-songwriter, Siobhan Cotchin has a writing style akin to the effortless musings of Joni Mitchell, laced with inspiration drawn from Bob Dylan and Neil Young.

Siobhan’s jangly luminous melodies hover over her story-telling, providing the essential pop writing element that has resulted in many songwriting accolades. Nominated for the West Australian Music Assoc. (WAM) Song of the Year; Winner of Nannup Music Festival’s Emerging Artist Award, Fairbridge Festival’s Quest and Pirate FM’s Song of the Year, Siobhan is an artist to watch!


All upcoming sessions for this film ...

Saturday, 14 December 8:15PM

Wednesday, 18 December 8:15PM

Monday, 6 January 8:15PM