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 7–21
JEANNE MOREAU: THE FACE OF THE NOUVELLE VAGUE

February 28 – March 14
“I AM HERE AND I DON’T KNOW WHY”: THE FREE-FORM FILMMAKING OF JOHN CASSAVETES

March 21 – April 2
TWISTED NERVE: BRITISH PSYCHOLOGICAL HORROR OF THE 1960s AND 1970s

April 9 – April 25
FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT, CHILD OF THE CINEMA

May 2
GIRLS IN UNIFORM: LANDMARKS OF LESBIAN CINEMA

May 9
COLONIAL LEGACIES – THE VIEW FROM THERE. A COLLABORATION WITH THE HUMAN RIGHTS ARTS & FILM FESTIVAL.

May 16 – May 23
WITHOUT COMPROMISE: THOM ANDERSEN’S AMERICA

May 30 – June 13
PLAYING SOLO: THE SADLY BEAUTIFUL CAREER OF MONTGOMERY CLIFT

June 20 – July 4
THE STORY OF WOMEN: THE EXTRAORDINARY CAREER OF KINUYO TANAKA

July 11 – July 25
THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES: GERMAN EXPRESSIONISM AFTER CALIGARI

August 22 – September 5
BEYOND LEONE: THE RADICAL LAWLESSNESS OF THE SPAGHETTI WESTERN

September 12 – September 26
ORIGINAL SINS: RESISTANCE AND FEMINISM IN THE AVANT-GARDE CINEMA OF VĚRA CHYTILOVÁ

October 3
CONTESTING HISTORY: BICENTENNIAL LEGACIES

October 10 – October 31
ON DANGEROUS GROUND: IDA LUPINO, TRAILBLAZER

November 7 – November 21
ECHOES FROM TAIWAN: THE MAJOR WORKS OF EDWARD YANG

November 28 – December 5
ON BODY AND SOUL: THE PASSION ACCORDING TO AMIEL COURTIN-WILSON

December 12 – December 19
ANARCHY AND ECSTASY: THE INTERMEDIATE CINEMA OF DUŠAN MAKAVEJEV