Awards & Reviews
A circus star fights his oppressors.
In rural French circuses in 1897, Cuban Rafael Padilla startles audiences as the clown ‘Chocolat’. A wickedly skilled performer, he makes easy money as the butt of jokes, playing to the crowd as the stereotypical ‘wild savage’ of the colonies. But Padilla is so much more than a willing fall-guy. Seizing the chance to make it big in Paris as one half of ground- breaking duo ‘Foottit and Chocolat’, Padilla becomes a pioneering black star, but grows conscious of the racism surrounding him. A vibrant film that enlightens as it entertains.
Dates, Times & Access
Film Ticket Packages
Film Ticket PackagesFlexible 6- and 12-pack vouchers are not date-stamped and may be used for entry on any one night to any film at either venue throughout both seasons. Ticket redemption at the gate is no longer required. Entry is subject to venue capacity. Venues include entry by general admission. Saving seats for friends does not guarantee them entry unless they hold a valid ticket for that evening’s screening. Single tickets purchased over the phone or online will incur a booking fee.
Cast & Crew
The following Australian short film will show before Monsieur Chocolat
Director Caroline Garcia, 5mins
In this smart, sashaying short film, visual artist Caroline Garcia inserts herself into the dance scenes of classic films. This witty collage of ‘exotic’ dance is a sly satire on the way local cultures are sampled for the movie myth-machine.