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great australian cinema archive 2006

Discover (or rediscover!) our nation's classic films every Saturday afternoon at ACMI

Spanning diverse styles and genres, and exploring themes that range from serious evocations of racial politics through to absurdist parodies of our national preoccupations, ACMI features works from key Australian creatives, actors and technicians.

This weekly program profiles the work of acclaimed Australian directors such as Bruce Beresford, Gillian Armstrong, Paul Cox, George Miller, Phillip Noyce, Tracey Moffatt, Jane Campion, Fred Schepisi, Tim Burstall, Peter Weir and many more.

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Smiley is a mischievous country schoolboy who determines to save enough money to buy a bicycle and become the 'speed king' of Murrumbilla.

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thank god he met lizzie

Cherie Nowlan's feature debut chronicles the romantic exploits of sensitive, new age Guy, who is on the prowl for the perfect woman.

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winter of our dreams

A wry contemplation of the disturbing nexus between self-expression and personal responsibility in relationships.

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shirley thompson versus the aliens

The story of a 'widgie' in 1950s Sydney who is visited by aliens from outer space.

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sons of namatjira + hepzibah

Two films from award-winning independent filmmaker Curtis Levy; Sons of Namatjira and the inspirational story Hepzibah.

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phar lap

Ramp up your adrenalin levels during the Spring Carnival with Wincer's take on the brief, tumultuous career of Australia's most famous racehorse!

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the castle

Rob Sitch's comic treasure embraces its characters in the full bloom of glorious eccentricity.

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incident at raven's gate

An impressive combination of genres, Rolf de Heer's tale of an alien encounter in the Australian outback plays out with a grim sense of humour.

return to eden

Wallow in betrayal, murder, intrigue and plastic surgery in this marathon of Australia's most successful eighties mini-series!

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dad & dave come to town

When Dad inherits a dress salon in a bustling city, the Rudd Family travel from the country to investigate their windfall.

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crocodile dundee

Peter Faiman's legendary adventure comedy still retains its status as the highest grossing local film in the history of Australian cinema.

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head on

Based on the novel Loaded by Christos Tsiolkas, Head On is full of power, aggression, antipathy and a groaning sexuality, starring Alex Dimitriades.

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Based on Peter Carey's highly imaginative first novel, and directed by Ray Lawrence, this surreal black comedy still retains its caustic bite.

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the glenrowan affair

Guerrilla filmmaker Rupert Kathner chronicles the bushranging exploits of Ned Kelly and his 'wild colonial boys'.

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looking for alibrandi

Kate Woods translates Melina Marchetta's award-winning rites-of-passage tale to the screen.


Phillip Noyce's first feature spans a decade, telling the story of news cameramen who went out and brought the daily newsreels to an eager nation.

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on the beach

Based on the popular novel by Nevil Shute, Stanley Kramer's quietly devastating sci-fi drama condemns war without firing a single shot.

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the killing of angel street

Donald Crombie's gritty political thriller stars Elizabeth Alexander and the sensational John Hargreaves.

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dogs in space

Writer/director Richard Lowenstein navigates the world of drugs, dropouts and punk music in late 1970s inner-suburban Melbourne.

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A tale of dark secrets, this contemplative film features Martin McGrath's riveting cinematography and Cezary Skubiszewski's resplendant score.

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bush christmas

Celebrate Christmas in July this year with Ralph Smart's delightful children's comic adventure story.

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picnic at hanging rock

Weir's mesmerising tale is about a party of schoolgirls and their schoolmistress who disappear from Hanging Rock on Valentine's Day 1900.

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kiss or kill

Drawing on familiar film noir conventions, the stylish Kiss or Kill plays out with velocity, irreverence and an unexpectedly playful humour.

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John Duigan's sequel to his highly acclaimed The Year My Voice Broke offers another delicate foray into the world of adolescent rites of passage.

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monkey grip

This engaging adaption of Helen Garner's ground-breaking novel is a sensous evocation of inner-suburban Melbourne in the late seventies.

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a town like alice

Based on Nevil Shute's evocative and much-loved novel, A Town Like Alice is a dramatic love story set during WWII.

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Tim Burstall artfully translates D.H. Lawrence's novel to the screen.

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the last wave

The Last Wave was one of the first films to address the cultural divide between white Australians and indigenous populations.

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Ken Hall's last feature tells the adventurous tale of early Australian pioneer aviator Charles Kingsford Smith's historic flight across the Pacific.

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moulin rouge

Would-be poet Christian (McGregor) falls for the beautiful courtesan Satine (Kidman) whom a jealous Duke covets in Baz Luhrmann's stylish musical.

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Sheer madness, Razorback satirises contemporary issues with abandon, from the dingo baby case to environmental protesters and filmmaking traditions.

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This clever, character-driven comedy centres around the blind Martin who is so distrusting of people that he takes photos to prove they really exist.

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backroads + castor & pollux

Early double from acclaimed director Phillip Noyce, one of the boldest and stylistically innovative young Australian directors to emerge in the 1970s.

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the spag + clay

Two works from Giorgio Mangiamele, one of the first migrant filmmakers in Victoria to dramatise the migrant experience.

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Richard Franklin's penchant for Hitchcock is evident in this engaging comedy-thriller journey across the Nullabor Plain.

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the adventures of priscilla, queen of the desert

Brashly scripted, featuring outrageous costumes and a high-camp soundtrack, The Adventures of Priscilla is a bitchy, gaudy, kitsch comedy classic.

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the last of the knucklemen

This energetic action-drama follows wildcat miners' lives in the outback, coping with heat, hard work and boredom with booze, gambling and fighting.

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the phantom stockman

An engaging Australian 'western' that tells the tale of young cattle station heiress who is convinced that her father has been murdered.

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jedda + night cries: a rural tragedy

Charles Chauvel's Jedda is a dreamlike story of an Aboriginal baby raised by 'whites' on a cattle station. This is followed by Moffatt's Night Cries.

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This tightly woven and visually striking mystery drama from director Ken Hannam centres on a new schoolteacher (Nick Tate) in a small seaside town.

children of the revolution

Writer/Director Peter Duncan's audacious comedy plumbs the depths of diehard communism. Starring Judy Davis and Richard Roxburgh.



Spierig brothers redefine low-budget horror with this zombie splatter fest! FIPRESCI Prize Winner at the 2003 Melbourne International Film Festival.