Director: Tim BurstallTim Burstall Remembered Pioneering filmmaker Tim Burstall, who passed away recently at age 76, was justifiably credited with revitalising the Australian film industry in the 70s. With films such as Stork (1971) and Alvin Purple (1973), Burstall ushered in an era of bold and commercially successful films, both at home and abroad.
MIFF acknowledges Burstall's important place within the Festival commencing with his film The Prize, which opened our Festival, and then went on to win a prize at the Venice Film Festival, in 1960. We are proud to remember a true cinematic legend with a selection of Burstall's short films and his 1974 feature, Petersen.
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A dramatic encounter on St Kilda Pier between two derelicts, played by George Whaley (Alvin Purple  and Stork ) and Dennis Miller (Stir , Eliza Fraser ) and a would be suicide played by Peter Cummins (Storm Boy , Sunday Too Far Away ). An award winning short written by John Powers.
D/P Tim Burstall S John Powers WS ScreenSound Australia TD Video/B&W/1971/12mins
Black Man and His Bride: Australian Paintings by Arthur Boyd Australia
An early documentary by Burstall that utilises camera and editing techniques to animate Arthur Boyd's series of paintings 'The Black Man And His Bride', which tells of an aboriginal man and his half-caste wife. Winner of the 1960 AFI Award Silver Medallion (Experimental).
D Tim Burstall P Patrick Ryan WS ScreenSound Australia TD 16mm/B&W/1960/6mins
Tim Burstall was born in England, UK in 1927. Films include: Two Thousand Weeks (1969), Stork (1971), Alvin Purple (1973), Eliza Frazer (1974), Kangaroo (1986).