May 18

BETWEEN PAST AND PRESENT: THE FILMS OF MARGOT NASH

Margot Nash is a Sydney-based filmmaker and academic. Emerging from the vibrant Melbourne theatre scene of the 1970s (when she was involved with the Melbourne Theatre Company and the Australian Performing Group at the Pram Factory) she has gone on to make a number of award-winning films.

Inflected by Nash’s lifelong feminism, the three films in this program provide an introduction, for those that need it, to one of Australia’s great, quietly radical cross-disciplinary filmmakers.

The Melbourne Cinémathèque is extremely proud to present this film event, which will be introduced by the filmmaker herself.


7:00PM – THE SILENCES

Margot Nash
 (2015) 73 mins M
This profoundly moving and tough essay on the tangled bonds, secret histories and unspoken traumas of family life stretches from New Zealand to the Australian suburbs. Nash’s exploration of her childhood and the “silences” of family, mental illness and the past draws upon a wealth of photographs, letters, oral histories, documentary footage and clips from her previous work. An extraordinarily honest portrait of the complex and confusing ties of love, loss and kinship between a mother and daughter.

CTEQ ANNOTATION
Abandonment, Loss and Longing in Margot Nash’s The Silences by Felicity Ford.

Preceded by

Shadow Panic
Margot Nash (1989) 26 mins.
Three women, all strangers, travel through separate but interconnected worlds. Screening to be introduced by the filmmaker.

Both films courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive, Australia.


9:05PM – VACANT POSSESSION
Margot Nash
 (1995) 95 mins M

Like Nash’s recent, acclaimed essay film, The Silences, this is a work that explores the gaps caused by conflicting self-images, between the need to preserve the shell of a shared, traumatic past and the desire, through “progress”, to expunge it. Tessa (Pamela Rabe) feels the pull to return to her childhood house in the wake of her mother’s death. The messy idea of home, and everything unspoken and unresolved attached to it, is at the centre of a film that sits at an important crossroads in Nash’s career. The title “refers not only to the ‘vacant possession’ of the house but also to Australia itself” (David Stratton).

Screening to be introduced by the filmmaker. 35mm print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive, Australia.

CTEQ ANNOTATION
Sensing the Past: Margot Nash’s Vacant Possession by Gabrielle O’Brien.

7 February
OPENING NIGHT 2024

7 February – 21 February
FROM THE BOULEVARDS OF PARIS TO THE DOCKS OF CHERBOURG: LANDMARKS OF THE FRENCH FILM MUSICAL

28 February – 13 March
"LIVING MAY BE TRAGIC, BUT LIFE ISN'T": THE FILMS OF THE TAVIANI BROTHERS

20 March – 3 April
IN THE AFTERGLOW: THE MERCURIAL STARDOM OF GLORIA GRAHAME

Wednesday 10 April
MAN OF THE CINEMA: A TRIBUTE TO JOHN FLAUS AT 90

17 April – 1 May
KEEP ROLLING: ANN HUI'S COUNTER-CINEMA

8 May – 22 May
"ALL ART IS ONE": THE VISIONARY CINEMA OF MICHAEL POWELL AND EMERIC PRESSBURGER

29 May – 12 June
WRITING WITH HER EYES: SUSO CECCHI D'AMICO, SCREENWRITER AS OBSERVER

19 June – 3 July
THE HOUSE THAT MOHSEN BUILT: THE FILMS OF SAMIRA MAKHMALBAF, MARZIEH MESHKINI AND MOHSEN MAKHMALBAF

10 July – 24 July
THE PAIN OF LIVING: JEAN EUSTACHE, BEING CINEMA

Wednesday 31 July
BETWEEN THE WAVE AND REVOLUTION: THE RETURN OF RIVETTE’S LEGENDARY L’AMOUR FOU

4–18 September
BLIND BEASTS, RED ANGELS AND HOODLUM SOLDIERS: THE IRRESISTIBLE CINEMA OF YASUZO MASUMURA

25 September – 9 October
JIŘÍ MENZEL: MAKING COMEDIES IS NO FUN

16–23 October
OF MEN AND MONSTERS: THE CINEMA OF NIKOS KOUNDOUROS

Wednesday 30 October
CONTESTED HISTORIES: THE DOCUMENTARIES OF JENI THORNLEY

6–20 November
THE FIRST AND LAST OF ENGLAND: THE QUEER LEGACIES OF DEREK JARMAN

Wednesday 27 November
PARADING THE PAST: RECENT ERNST LUBITSCH RESTORATIONS

4–11 December
THE SEEDS OF CHANGE: THE DOCUMENTARIES OF TOM ZUBRYCKI

Wednesday 18 December
CARLTON AND BEYOND: THE MELBOURNE UNIVERSITY FILM SOCIETY IN THE 1960s