great australian cinema archive 2005

The Man from Snowy River
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.

Saturdays 2pm
All Tickets $8

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the big steal

Nervous teenager Danny is so desperate to seduce the beautiful Joanna that he has to quickly acquire a Jaguar to prove he isn't a liar.

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David Swann's cheerfully raucous comedy about the inevitable horrors of a family Christmas reunion is often hilarious and at times genuinely moving.

next of kin

A young woman's nostalgic return home morphs into a journey of terror.

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Helen Morse delivers a spirited performance as a suburban housewife working through the Depression to support herself and her family.

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man of flowers

Portrays the life of Charles Bremer, a wealthy recluse who is obsessed with aesthetic harmonies of form and colour in flowers and exquisite artworks.

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the shiralee

The Shiralee, based on D'Arcy Niland's much loved novel, marked Peter Finch's return to Australian cinema.

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the sundowners

This tale of the vagabond droving life delights in Aussie bush rituals.

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ghosts.of the civil dead

Acclaimed for its stunning power, Ghosts.of the Civil Dead is based on events which occurred at the highest-security US Federal Penitentiary.

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the adventures of barry mckenzie

Barrington Bradman Byng McKenzie is sent to England "to further the cultural and intellectual traditions of the McKenzie dynasty".

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death in brunswick

Some days it just doesn't pay to clean up your life and grow up.

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the back of beyond

Considered by many to be one of Australia's best films, John Heyer follows an outback postie on his mail run along the Birdsville track.

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walking on water

Tony Ayres' feature debut explores with humanity and humour the responses of family and friends to Gavin's long illness and subsequent death.

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sunday too far away

The moving tale of shearer Foley (Jack Thompson), capturing the essence of Australian outback life.

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in search of anna

In this AFI award-winner, ex-con Tony and liberated model Sam embark on an east coast road trip.

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mad max

George Miller's iconic Mad Max depicts a futuristic world of violence and mayhem with shocking vigour.

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the man from snowy river

Engaging antipodean rites-of-passage story based on 'Banjo' Paterson's poem.

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bad boy bubby

Rolf de Heers controversial tale of an escaped man-child in a surreal new world.

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careful he might hear you

Engaging melodrama of two aunts who battle for custody of their late sister's child.

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muriel's wedding

Writer-director PJ Hogan's quirky, enduring tale of suburban life in Porpoise Spit.

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rats of tobruk

The legendary defence of Tobruk is dramatised through the lives of three ordinary soldiers.

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Jane Campion's accomplished first feature is a bizarre black comedy about family tyrannies.

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the year my voice broke

John Duigan provides a tough, quirky and often raw exploration of a rights-of-passage tale.

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the boys

Multi-award winning film exploring a dark and violent side of Australian life.

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crystal voyager

A pinnacle of the surf-movie genre, Crystal Voyager features the psychedelic accompaniment of Pink Floyd.

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wrong side of the road

Road movie, musical and docu-drama in one, this innovative film inspires and disturbs.

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the odd angry shot

The Odd Angry Shot is less a war film than a study, often played for comedy, of the mateship and camaraderie of men confronting the dangers of combat.

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the cars that ate paris

The townspeople of Paris, a small country town in New South Wales, make a living from car accidents and salvaging parts.

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the man from hong kong

This martial arts thud-and-blunder thriller is known for its spectacular and unforgettable opening sequences.

you can't see 'round corners

One of few Australian films that reference the impact of the Vietnam War on Australian life.

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the getting of wisdom

Laura Tweedle-Ramsbotham is a high-spirited country girl who is sent to an exclusive and very strict boarding school in Melbourne in 1910.

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storm boy

This popular children's film focuses on Mike 'Storm Boy' Kingsley  and his encounter with an Aboriginal youth 'Fingerbone' Bill.

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my brilliant career

Based on Miles Franklin's classic turn-of-the-century novel about a sensitive, passionate young woman with hopes for a career as a writer.

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