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Australia, 1965 (MIFF 2011, Our Space)

Director: Giorgio Mangiamele


A sculptress living in a remote artists' compound provides refuge to a wounded stranger, setting the scene for a dangerous love triangle.

When Margot provides the exhausted Nick with shelter, little does she know that she's inviting into her home a murderer on the run from police. Soon the two have fallen in love, triggering a furious burst of jealousy from her infatuated fellow artist Chris.

Filmed on the grounds of the Montsalvat artist colony, the visually striking and dreamlike Clay, from groundbreaking Melbourne filmmaker Giorgio Mangiamele, was the recipient of the Silver Award, the Silver Medallion and the Kodak Silver Trophy at the 1965 AFI Awards.

This brand new, painstakingly restored print is part of an ambitious program by the National Film and Sound Archive to reclaim the work of this Carlton-based filmmaker.

D/P Giorgio Mangiamele Dist NFSA TD 35mm/1965

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