australian perspectives archive 2007

What makes Australia's filmmakers tick?

Supporting the best new indie films submitted through our open call for entries, ACMI frames contemporary Australian filmmaking against a backdrop of rare archival classics and special guest presentations.

Saturdays 4pm
All tickets $8

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Burke & Wills

A darkly humorous tale of the archetypal Aussie house-sharing experience. Join filmmakers Matt Zeremes and Oliver Torr for a Q&A after the screening.

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Annie's Coming Out

A truly inspiring story of an imprisoned mind released, starring Angela Punch McGregor.

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Two Hands

Inventive and engaging, Gregor Jordan's confident debut feature stars Heath Ledger and Bryan Brown.

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Eureka Stockade

Chips Rafferty stars as Peter Lalor, the Irish-born leader of the celebrated miners' rebellion.

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Strictly Ballroom

Baz Luhrmann uncovers a rich vein of humour in the refined world of ballroom dancing.

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Gary Hillberg Presents

Don't miss this opportunity to catch some of editor Gary Hillberg's utterly addictive work, and chat with him after the screening.

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Scripted by David Williamson, Tim Burstall's energetic study of inarticulate aspiration launched Jack Thompson as a major star.

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Mary Tomsic Presents

Author and academic Mary Tomsic presents: Beyond and Behind the Silver Screen: The Hidden History of Australian Women's Work With Film.

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Cherie Nowlan's whimsical comedy puts fun in family dysfunction. A special free preview presented with MEAA and Film Victoria.

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The Sentimental Bloke

Raymond Longford's delightful take on the story of a hard-drinking city larrikin tamed by love.

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Mad Max 2

Hyper-kinetic in it's execution, Mad Max 2 saw vehicular mayhem and sensational stuntwork shift into maximum overdrive.

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The F.J. Holden

Michael Thornhill affectionately portrays the everyday world of 1970s Australian suburbia.

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Shane Maloney Presents Death in Brunswick

Much-loved Australian crime-writer Shane Maloney introduces a personal favourite. Presented with the Australian Film Institute.

Love Serenade

Winner of the Camera D'Or at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, Shirley Barrett's first feature is daring, bitingly funny and consistently surprising.

Naked on the Inside

Bold, heartfelt, and quite unlike anything you've seen before. Special screening presented with the AFI.

Anthony Carew Presents Cane Toads: an Unnatural History

Melbourne journalist and man-about-town Anthony Carew introduces a cracking Mark Lewis documentary double.

Digital Projections

Includes a stunning array of clips for local and international bands, award winning animations, side splitting shorts and haunting surreal visions.

Wedding Sari Showdown (Episodes 1 & 2)

Melbourne filmmaker Kylie Boltin follows the turbulent romance between an Australian/Indian couple.

Megan Spencer Presents Jisoe

Filmmaker and critic Megan Spencer introduces two powerful documentaries that rank amongst her personal favourites!

Paperback Hero

Fresh and endlessly entertaining, this romantic screwball-comedy marked Hugh Jackman's feature film debut.

Paul Harris Presents Money Movers

Melbourne film and radio personality Paul Harris introduces Bruce Beresford's tautly paced heist thriller.


Mark Joffe's Capra-esque homage to old-fashioned corporate paternalism.


This uncompromising prison classic confronts hidden social issues surrounding the treatment of prisoners in Australia.

Dead Calm

Phillip Noyce's nail-biting, nautical suspense flick.

Modern Love

A starkly filmed gothic psychodrama about a family man afflicted by radical personality change in a weird coastal town.

Pure Shit

This underground Aussie cult classic captures Melbourne's drug culture of the mid 1970s. Presented with the AFI.


Fred Schepisi's criminally underrated masterpiece is a witty, dry and intensely absorbing adaptation of David Hare's acclaimed play.

A Sting in the Tale

Diane Lane conspires to become Australia's first woman Prime Minister. Presented with the Australian Film Critics Association.

The Independent

A film about the ill fated journey of political hopeful Marty Browning, co-presented with the AFI.

High Rolling

Take a trip back, 70s style, with the sweet sounds of Sherbert!

Bush Christmas

Evoking 1950s outback, this classic Aussie tale stars Nicole Kidman.


A cheerfully raucous comedy about the horrors of a family Christmas.

footy shorts

Get into the spirit of the AFL Grand Final with an engaging and often humorous selection of shorts from the ACMI Collection.

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Paul Goldman's powerful and affecting look at issues of racial intolerance, mateship and football in a small Australian town.

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Rachel Perkin's warm, and beautifully constructed debut feature stars Trisha Morton-Thomas, Rachael Maza and Deborah Mailman.

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