Wednesday, 10 May 2006

top directors' early films on show at acmi

Early films from some of Australia's best directors and actors including Gillian Armstrong, P.J. Hogan, and Phillip Noyce, Jack Thompson and Hugo Weaving will share the small screen alongside works from tomorrow's most talented filmmaking stars in The AFTRS Effect, a new collection showcasing works from graduates of the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) screening in the Memory Grid at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image.

For The AFTRS Effect, AFTRS has thrown open its archives, dating back to 1973, giving the public a tantalising glimpse of the rarely seen work of some of the school's most internationally successful graduates, when they were only starting out. 

Astrid Scott, Content Development Coordinator for ACMI's Memory Grid said, "As a space dedicated to presenting the works of emerging artists, students, and communities, ACMI's Memory Grid is the ideal place to show the AFTRS archives which features a spectrum of early works from some of our leading contemporary filmmakers alongside new emerging talent."

"Until now, a lot of the earlier films were rarely seen, only at the occasional film festival, but as part of the Memory Grid, the public can see them seven days a week in Australia's leading public screen exhibition space and all for free."

Australian directors whose works are included in the AFTRS Effect:
Gillian Armstrong - One Hundred a Day (1973). Based on a short story by Alan Marshall, One Hundred a Day, shows Gillian Armstrong's early talent for literary adaptations - she would later go on to make Oscar and Lucinda, and Charlotte Gray.

P.J.Hogan - Getting Wet.  Best known for Muriel's Wedding (1994) and My Best Friend's Wedding (1997) P.J Hogan's short film, Getting Wet tells the story of a lovelorn fifteen-year-old boy, Alex, whose annual beach holiday is a chance to impress the object of his affection, Brenda.

Phillip Noyce - Caravan Park. One of Australia's most successful Hollywood exports, Noyce whose later films include Patriot Games, Rabbit-Proof Fence and The Quiet American made the fourteen-minute, black and white realist film, Caravan Park in 1973. The film tells the story of a family that is forced to take up residence in a caravan park when their car breaks down on the way to Queensland.
Jane Campion - A Girl's Own Story. From Jane Campion, the director of 1993's The Piano. Set against the 1960's backdrop of Beatlemania A Girl's Own Story is a stylised account of girlhood - where perversion is innocent, family is strange and adulthood lonely. This film formed part of a trilogy, which included Peel, winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival.

Cate Shortland - Joy. Shortland, the director of multiple AFI-Award winning features, directed this award-winning student work, Joy in 2000, which follows the story of Joy, a teenage girl as she hits the town in search of a good time.

Sejong Park's stunning 2004 animated short, Birthday Boy, which won the 2005 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award for best animated short and was nominated for an Academy Award in the same year.

Michaela French's - Flux (1999) listed by The Australian's film critic as one of "12 Film Breakthroughs" for its achievement as the first Australian film post-produced entirely on a home computer. The film about trust, about an accident, about falling out of love and emerging from grief was created entirely on a desktop Macintosh using Adobe AfterEffects and Adobe Photoshop.

In addition to some of Australia's behind the scenes talent, the AFTRS collection features performances by some of the Australian film industry's best known actors including; Jack Thompson, David Wenham, Zoe Carides, Hugo Weaving and Noah Taylor.

AFTRS is Australia's national centre for professional education and advanced training in film, television and radio and has produced many of Australia's most celebrated film and media industry figures.

Exhibition Details:
The AFTRS Effect
Screens until October 31 2006
Open Daily
Memory Grid at ACMI

Further information

Claire Butler
Communications Coordinator
[direct phone] 61 3 8663 2415 [fax] 61 3 8663 2498 [mobile] 0434 603 654
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