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Films By Brian McKenzie

I'll be Home for Christmas cuts through social taboos to explore the subculture of people commonly dismissed as ‘derelicts'. In its portrayal of five homeless men, the film challenges conventional views of alcoholism and homelessness by depicting these men as members of a social network with a ... Read more
In his latest doco, Melbourne filmmaker Brian McKenzie develops the observational documentary style employed in his earlier films,The Last Days Work (MIFF86) and I'll be Home for Christmas (MIFF "85). It was while filming the latter - a rambling look at homeless men in Melbourne, that McKenzie ... Read more
One of the first films to be completed by a recipient of the AFC's Documentary Fellowships. LAST DAY'S WORK chronicles working life in six different workplaces. ... Five days of work, one day of going home, and a seventh day of coda that, together with the prelude, provides a framing for the whole ... Read more
Brian McKenzie has fashioned a deeply personal docu­mentary about Noel Mason, a Melbourne man trying to earn a meagre living as a children's entertainer. Noel is clown/magician 'Mister Biscuit', a character who brings a combination of sleight of hand, slapstick and gags to pre­schoolers but ... Read more
Melbourne filmmaker Brian McKenzie spent 5 years working on this engrossing study of a not-so-typical Brunswick household. It's a laconic, observational documentary similar to the director's I'll Be Home For Christmas (MFF '85), in which McKenzie plays a central part, camera in tow, as he documents ... Read more
Pat and Eddy's three teenage children, Bradley, Michelle and Darren are growing up not necessarily according to Pat and Eddy's wishes. Their time is taken up with cars, boyfriends, musical ambitions, sports injuries and whether to stay at school or go to work. The kids are losing interest in the ... Read more
This film uses archival footage and interspersed interviews to look at the dairy industry and its products, but only as a backdrop, as a social indicator in a society thirsty for modernity, unquestioning of the change that first gives and then takes away-milk bottles, railway stations, windows that ... Read more
It's Stan's 40th winter, and he hasn't yet achieved anything he can be proud of. He still lives with his parents, working in the barber shop like his father before him. Business is not exactly booming these days, so Stan decides it's time to make a change and lands a job at the Weather Bureau ... Read more
Work is becoming more service oriented and more and more services rely upon us doing harm to each other. ... In most people's lives, work operates as a degrading and debilitating force. It disables people's critical and perception capacities. Unless workers assume responsibility for evaluating the ... Read more
A documentary account of a community of italian families who have made an interesting combination of Southern Italian provincial customs and Western consumer culture. The events symbolising this are, the collective slaughtering and processing of a pig into salamis and meats for winter. The film ... Read more
Wallace is a taxi driver who lives in a small flat in a Melbourne bayside suburb. With the aid of a micro-recorder, he tapes the stories passengers tell him in the cab. Their willingness to discuss the most personal details of their lives fascinates him. But gradually it becomes an oppressive ... Read more
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