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Australia (MIFF 2001, Australian Showcase - Marvellous Melbourne)

Disco (1977, 11mins) is a hilarious time capsule depicting teenagers of the 70s and their obsession with the weekend disco. Director Phil Noyce captures the observations and confessions of a generation. A warning to viewers: this film contains liberal doses of dubious dancing.

Peter Weir's Michael (1970, 24mins) seems a world away from the disco culture of the late 70's. Against a backdrop of late 60's radicalism, Michael must decide whether he should follow the narrow path of conformity, or listen to the prophets of change and revolution. This film won two AFI awards and is notable for its 'footage' of Sydney in the grip of war.

Violence in the Cinema Part 1 (1972, 14mins), by George Miller and Byron Kennedy, also won two AFI Awards, leading to the founding of the production company. Kennedy Miller and its first feature film Mad Max. As an academic exploration of violence in the cinema—good; as a parody of that era's violent films-outstanding.

Bruce Petty's Leisure (1976,14mins), is a furiously paced and very funny animated short about the value placed on leisure time by societies throughout history. The first Australian short film to win MIFF'S International Short Film Competition, it went on to win an Academy Award.

Jane Campion's A Girl's Own Story (1983. 23mins) is a stylized account of girlhood. Set against the Beatlemania of the 60's, it is humourous, moving and ultimately very, very strange. Listen out for the music by Alex Proyas.

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Geoffrey Wright's Arrivederci Roma (1979, 24mms), regarded as one of Australia's most impressive student films, is set in Melbourne's City Baths. It portrays an Italian immigrant's terrifying first ... More »


Crude, lewd and loose in Britain. Ocker innocent Barry McKenzie attends the reading of a will after his not so beloved dad slips off the perch. One of the conditions of Barry's inheritance is that he ... More »


Nino Culotta arrives in Australia brimming with hope. And why not? Sydney greets him with glorious weather and he has a job to go to working as a journalist on his cousin's magazine. The immigrant ... More »


Lonely Hearts is the irresistible story of an unlikely romance between a sexually repressed bank clerk and an eccentric, kleptomaniac, piano tuner who has recently escaped the clutches of a ... More »

Mermaid Story

Mermaid Story is a Dhuwa story that is told in Mialli language in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia. An old songman feels neglected by his family, so he wanders into the bush. After a while ... More »

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