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Hot Centre of the World

Australia, 2004 (MIFF 2004, Tim Burstall Remembered)

Director: Tim Burstall

Tim 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.

Hot Centre of the World Australia

A dramatic encounter on St Kilda Pier between two derelicts, played by George Whaley (Alvin Purple [1973] and Stork [1971]) and Dennis Miller (Stir [1980], Eliza Fraser [1976]) and a would be suicide played by Peter Cummins (Storm Boy [1977], Sunday Too Far Away [1975]). An award winning short written by John Powers.

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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).

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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).

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Black Man and His Bride: Australian Paintings by Arthur Boyd

Tim 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 ... More »

PETERSEN

Petersen Australia ... Following the success of Stork and Alvin Purple Tim Burtsall struck gold again in 1974 with Petersen. Working from David Williamson's script Burstall brought to the screen, as ... More »

Ned Kelly – Australian Paintings by Nolan

The famous bushranger's story in paintings and music. Second Prize, Open Section, "for its powerful interpretation of the Ned Kelly story through an original ballad". ... More »

The Hot Centre of the World

In this black comedy, two derelicts encounter a would-be suicide on the seashore. ... More »

The Prize

A fantasy about a small boy and the loss of a prized possession. A little boy wins a kid at the hoop-la stall of a country show. The goat is stolen by two other boys when he is taking it home and ... More »

The Black Man and His Bride

By using camera movement and editing techniques the film animates the series of paintings "The Black Man and His Bride" by Arthur Boyd, which tells the story of an Aborigine and his half-caste bride. ... More »

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