Sunday, July 31, 2011

Comédie: Les Inconnus

Les Inconnus were a French comic trio, highly popular in the nineties thanks to their parody show La Télé des Inconnus. Search YouTube for “Les Inconnus” to discover an abundance of their extremely funny sketches, such as Jesus II: Le Retour and Biouman!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Court Métrage: Le Café

Too much coffee can be dangerous! Le Café is an intensely funny French animated short film. Made in 2007, the film is now viral. Enjoy! Produced by Ecole des Métiers du Cinéma d'Animation (EMCA).

Thursday, July 28, 2011

International Clubs Day Wrap-Up

Merci à tous qui sont venus nous voir aujourd’hui à l’Agora! It was a deliciously warm day with even more delicious croissants chauds, palmiers, florentines and porteguese tarts.

Thanks also to those students who joined the French Club today! Our next meet-up is Tuesday’s Conversation Session. We look forward to seeing you there to consume today’s left-over pâtisseries!

Click “read more” to view all the day’s photos.

French Retro Pop: Debut de Soirée’s Nuit de Folie

Possibly the most horrific thing created in any language, “Nuit de Folie” was the highest-selling single in France in 1988.

Despite selling some 1.3 million copies of “Nuit de Folie”, the duo, entitled Début de Soirée, found themselves unable to sustain a career through the nineties, never again achieving a “Nuit de Folie”-grade success.

Nevertheless, the group somehow managed to release a Best of, The Very Best of, Collection Légende, Nuit de Folie (the best of) and Best of de Folie.

Officially dissolving in 2004, the band still exists in the mutated form of William et Ses Danseuses.

Click “read more” to view les paroles, via

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

French Conversation Sessions Return!

The French Club’s Conversation Sessions shall return for another semester, beginning next week.

Not only are the Conversation Sessions a great chance to practice your French on campus, it’s also a wonderful opportunity to meet other French students at La Trobe.

Come along ready to speak French, il faut y parler français! Comme tourjours, tout le monde est bienvenu.

Where? HU3 106.
When? 5pm till 6pm, Tuesday 2 August.
How much? Gratuit! But please bring some food if you can. It needen’t be much, just something small to share.

Melbourne Event: Francis Verber en Français

Oscar-nominated writer and director Francis Veber (Le Dîner de Cons, Le Placard, La Cage Aux Folles) presents a series of lectures and master-classes at the forthcoming Melbourne International Film Festival.

In “Verber en Français” Veber delivers a lecture, rich with clips, anecdotes and insights, in French about his films and 40-year career in screen comedy. Appealing to lovers of film comedy, film and media students, Francophiles and screen directors alike, this French-language lecture is delivered in cooperation with the Alliance Française de Melbourne.

When? Friday 5 August, 10.30am till midday.
Where? Village Roadshow Theatre at State Library.
How much? $17. Book online at Melbourne International Film Festival’s website.

French Club Event: International Clubs Day Tommorow!

Just a little reminder that tommorow is La Trobe International Clubs & Socities Day.

Taking place in the Agora from midday, the French Club will be in attendance along with many of our fellow La Trobe club-peoples, all of whom will be promoting their respective cultures with traditional foods, dress and music.

In this spirit, the French Club will be offering fresh croissants, Petit Ecoliers and assorted baked goods. Some shall be for sale, there will also be freebies. Venez nous voir!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Melbourne French Theatre: Mariages et Conséquences

Melbourne French Theatre have just announced the details of their new production: Mariages et Conséquences, a French adaptation of the Alan Ayckbourn comedy known as Absent Friends.

Clément’s friends are determined to comfort him in his grief over the death of his fiancée, a girl they have never met. They arrange a tea-party for him and are understandably on edge wondering what to say to him as they await his arrival.

Their unease, however, has deeper roots as they are all kept together by a mixture of business and cross-marital emotional ties and by the time Clément arrives, their tension contrasts dramatically with his cheerfully relaxed air. The stage is set for a modern light comedy of manners that quickly turns into a dark comedy of very bad manners.

As always, the Melbourne French Theatre will present the play entirely in French with English subtitles. 

When? Tuesday 23 August to Saturday 27 August 2011.
Where? Collingwood College Theatre, cnr Cromwell Street & McCutcheon Way, Collingwood.
How much? Full $32, Concession $28, Student $12. Click here to book online.