24 May

“THE STUFF OF CINEMA”: THE PROLIFIC INDEPENDENCE OF BILL MOUSOULIS

Bill Mousoulis (1963–) has been one of the key figures in independent Australian screen culture over the last 40 years. As instigator of the Melbourne Super 8 Film Group, founding editor of Senses of Cinema, creator of the Pure Shit website, and co curator of the screening series Unknown Pleasures, Mousoulis has demonstrated a tireless commitment to alternative screen culture both in Australia and overseas. He has created an essential environment for the screening, appreciation and historical assessment of a vast swathe of Australian screen practice poorly served by mainstream film culture and its funding mechanisms. Alongside this extraordinary contribution he has also emerged, as John Conomos has claimed, as “one of the country’s most dedicated, visionary and prolific independent film-makers”. This program celebrates Mousoulis’ contribution as a filmmaker, profiling his large body of work over the last 40 years. During this time he has produced over 100 short and feature-length films, moving across various styles and formats including Super 8, 16mm and assorted iterations of digital video. Although his work demonstrates the influence of beloved directors like Chantal Akerman, Frank Borzage, Robert Bresson and Roberto Rossellini, Mousoulis’ varied output is highly distinctive and provides a unique reflection on his Greek-Australian heritage as well as his Melbourne upbringing. This program includes highlights from Mousoulis’ early work in Super 8, his move into feature production in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and the fascinating, politically committed group of films he made during his sojourn in Greece between 2009 and 2017.

Wednesday 24 May

7:00pm LOVESICK IN MELBOURNE
Bill Mousoulis (1983–2002) 92 mins – Unclassified 15+

Shot on Super 16, Mousoulis’ fifth feature, Lovesick (2002), is a characteristically off-centre portrait of a young couple who quit their jobs and decide to pursue their inner lives. Formally spare and dramatically low-key, Mousoulis’ “lovers-on-the-run” tale also provides a fascinating time capsule of a specific place and moment. As Maximilian Le Cain states, “although cumulatively hypnotic, each individual shot has a harmony and a self-contained materiality that” allows it “to stand alone like a Lumière Brothers short”.

Preceded by two of Mousoulis’ earlier works on Super 8 – Dreams Never End (1983) and Melbourne ’89 (1989) – exploring the cultural topography of Melbourne. To be introduced by the filmmaker.

CTEQ ANNOTATIONS

A Poetic Kind of Realism: Bill Mousoulis’ Dreams Never End (1983)
by Fiona Villella

The Cost of Living: Bill Mousoulis’ Lovesick (2002)
by Jake Wilson


9:00pm CULTURAL SHOCK: INTO THE UNDERGROUND
Bill Mousoulis (2010–17) 91 mins – Unclassified 15+

In 2009, Mousoulis left Australia and settled in Greece. This program incorporates one of the features and two of the shorts he made during this period, each reflecting on resistance, diaspora and the forces of globalisation. Songs of the Underground (2017) documents the anger, commitment and ongoing resistance of Greece’s underground music scene. Culture Shock, Level One (2010) follows a woman returning to Melbourne after 25 years, highlighting her feelings of cultural dislocation. Into the Wild (2011) further demonstrates the aesthetic range of Mousoulis’ work during this rich period as an Italian cinematographer reflects on the politics of Greece in the early 2010s.

To be introduced by the filmmaker.

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