May 17

FILMS FROM THE CO-OPS PART 2: MELBOURNE

This program presents key works made by filmmakers associated with the Melbourne Filmmakers’ Co-operative in the 1970s, touching on an alternative history of filmmaking, distribution and exhibition across this rich period and covering films of political activism, social protest, personal expression, satire, sexual liberation, queer identity and technological and cultural change (it follows a program devoted to Sydney’s Co-op screened in 2015).

Although Melbourne’s Co-op was short-lived, beginning in 1970 and ceasing operation in 1977 after the withdrawal of the Australian Film Commission’s funding support, it was a culturally and socially significant entity that supported the city’s burgeoning independent film culture and drew on the work of a range of significant filmmakers, cultural commentators, curators, actors and technicians. These included seminal figures such as documentarian Peter Tammer, film essayist and historian John Hughes, soon to be celebrated feature director Phillip Noyce, acclaimed photographer Sue Ford, film theorist and academic Barbara Creed, groundbreaking Aboriginal director Bruce McGuiness, radical provocateur Ivan Gaal, comic actor Max Gillies, and a stellar array of international figures such as Emile de Antonio.

This program is co-curated by John Hughes and Adrian Danks.

May 17

7:00pm ALTERNATIVE VISIONS: SHORT FILMS FROM THE MELBOURNE FILMMAKERS’ CO-OP
(1970-1975) 118 mins

A selection of four short works screened at the Melbourne Filmmaker’s Co-Op reflecting the political, social, cultural and sexual preoccupations and affiliations of the organisation. The program begins with Barbara Creed’s Homosexuality; A Film for Discussion (1975), a groundbreaking work dispelling myths about homosexuality and featuring candid testimony from homosexual men and women as well as their parents. It also includes photographer Sue Ford’s Woman in a House (1972), an impressionistic study of a young married woman isolated in her Melbourne home; Ivan Gaal’s lampoon of TV as a brainwashing medium featuring Max Gillies, Applause Please (1974); and Flux (1970), Peter Tammer’s personal diary film contrasting the comfortable suburban life of his family to that of his father-in-law, an Austrian Jew who emigrated to Australia after World War II.

Screening to be introduced by Professor Barbara Creed.

CTEQ Annotations:
Applause Please by Tanya Farley.

Courtesy of the National Film & Sound Archive, Australia.


9:20pm COME OUT FIGHTING
Nigel Buesst (1973) 50 mins

With bold colour, harsh sound and heavy blows, Buesst’s film is a raw and fascinating insight into the ethics and aesthetics of low-budget 1970s Melbourne filmmaking. A young Aboriginal fighter, played by trained boxer Michael Karpaney, is torn between his career, his mates and the demands of a group of students campaigning for Aboriginal rights. Featuring uniformly fine performances, the film’s greatest asset is its unflinching and unsentimental gaze on the difficulties a blackfella must face in Australian society.

Courtesy of the National Film & Sound Archive, Australia.

Preceded by

Time Changes Sue Ford (1978) 25 mins. Ford’s bracingly intimate and reflexive documentary on time and change was filmed over four years and focuses on a small group of male filmmakers and close friends.

February 8 - February 22
MARCELLO MASTROIANNI: 20TH-CENTURY MAN

March 1 - March 15
PLAYING WITH CONTRADICTION: THE INDOMITABLE ISABELLE HUPPERT

March 22 - March 29
WORKING WOMEN, SHOWGIRLS AND TRANGRESSIVE DESIRES: THE FILMS OF DOROTHY ARZNER

April 5
BROKEN TRAIL: WALTER HILL IN THE 1970s

April 12 - April 26
“I’LL SHOW YOU THE LIFE OF THE MIND”: THE INTOXICATED CINEMA OF JOEL AND ETHAN COEN

May 3
BOLD ASPIRATIONS: HAROLD LLOYD AND 1920s AMERICA

May 10
WATER RITES: A COLLABORATION WITH THE HUMAN RIGHTS ARTS & FILM FESTIVAL

May 17
FILMS FROM THE CO-OPS PART 2: MELBOURNE

May 24-June 7
“BUILD MY GALLOWS HIGH”: ROBERT MITCHUM, HOLLYWOOD’S HARDBOILED SOUL

June 14 - June 28
DOUBLE AGENT: THE PERIOD FILMS OF ERIC ROHMER

July 5 - July 19
DREAMS OF EVERYDAY LIFE: THE QUIXOTIC CINEMA OF HIROKAZU KOREEDA

July 26
LUBITSCH: THE CHAPLIN TOUCH

August 23 - September 6
SHOCK TROOPS: THE FILMS OF PAUL VERHOEVEN

September 13 - 20
DELIRIUM AND DECADENCE: THE GIDDYING GOTHIC CINEMA OF JURAJ HERZ

September 27 - October 11
UNRULY WOMEN AND UNDISCIPLINED DESIRES: THE SUBLIMELY DECENTRED VISIONS OF JANE CAMPION

October 18 - November 1
STORIES FROM THE OUTSKIRTS OF BUCHAREST: THE DARK REALISM OF CRISTI PUIU

November 8 - November 22
RAOUL WALSH, THE GREAT TRAFFIC COP OF THE MOVIES

November 29
AND JUSTICE FOR ALL: THE COLLABORATIONS OF DARYL DELLORA AND SUE MASLIN

December 6 - December 13
OF THE WORLD AND ITS THINGS: THE MATERIALIST CINEMA OF DANIELE HUILLET AND JEAN-MARIE STRAUB