australian perspectives archive 2008

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 archival classics and special guest presentations.

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OZ: A Rock n Roll Road Movie

An Aussie rock n roll take on the 1939 Hollywood classic.

Animated Documentaries

Check out this collection of works created over a 30 year period.

Going Down

The exploits and adventures of four girls out on the town.

Classic Queer Shorts

A collection of recent and historical gay and lesbian shorts presented with Midsumma.

Bryan Dawe Presents Liyarn Ngarn

A new documentary brings a new hope of reconciliation.


Before the Big Day Out there was Sunbury.

The Overlanders

Australian action star Chips Rafferty stars in this classic outback adventure.

The Set

Regarded as the first Australian feature to deal with lesbian and gay relationships.

Witches and Faggots, Dykes and Poofters

A ground breaking documentary plus two gems from the archive.

Darling! The Pieter Dirk-Uys Story

A portrait of AIDS activist, female impersonator and satirist, Pieter Dirk Uys.


Based on a short story by Raymond Carver, starring Gabriel Byrne.

All My Friends are Leaving Brisbane

A new Australian romantic comedy from the Sunshine state.

Gary Simmons Presents Look Both Ways

Stars William McInnes. Winner, Best Direction and Best Film, 2005 AFI Awards.

New Fiction Shorts

A collection of the latest short films from World of Women Festival 2007.

New Drama Shorts

A collection of the latest drama films from World of Women Festival 2007.

Two Hands

Gregor Jordan's confident debut feature is a gripping and often funny thriller starring Heath Ledger.


Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish star in Neil Armfield's debut film.

New Documentary Shorts

Young female filmmakers capture their world in these powerful documentaries.

Best of WOW 2007

Three of the best films from this year's World of Women Festival.

Beneath Clouds

The cinematic debut of indigenous filmmaker Ivan Sen.

Nolan on Film

Celebrate the life of Sidney Nolan, arguably one of Australia's most famous artists.


From deep within the vaults comes this political drama.


Jazz great Miles Davis makes his acting debut playing an inspirational jazz trumpeter.

Hey Hey it's Esther Blueburger

A new Australian comedy with Whale Rider's Keisha Castle-Hughes and Toni Colette.

Tan Lines

A new Australian surfer film with a twist!

ABBA: The Movie

ABBA, the spirited Swedish pop group who skyrocketed to fame in the 1970s, takes centre stage in this cult classic.

Chapel of Chic

Chapel Street identities and local designers provide a behind-the-scenes look at the Australian fashion scene.


From the imagination of filmmaker, visual artist and photographer Tracey Moffatt comes this innovative rendering of three childhood mysteries.

Taxi to the Dark Side

Oscar-winning documentary that takes a critical look at the Bush Administration's policy on torture.

Yakkety Yak

Literally a classic underground comedy, Yakkety Yak follows a university lecturer as he attempts to make a film in the basement of a building.

Gold Diggers of 1933

Busby Berkeley's greatest musical featured some truly extraordinary art deco costumes, created by Australian-born designer John Orry-Kelly.

Dad and Dave Come to Town

Dad unexpectedly inherits a women's fashion emporium in the city, and he moves the Rudd family from the country to take charge.

The Heartbreak Kid

When high school teacher Christine falls for the charms of 17-year-old student Alex all hell breaks loose.

Head On

Celebrating 10 years since its first release, Head On tells the tale of 19-year-old Ari as he confronts both his sexuality and his Greek heritage.

Kung Fu Killers

Brian Trenchard-Smith's 1974 documentary takes leading Australian stuntman Grant Page to Hong Kong to find Bruce Lee's successor.

The Naked Bunyip

Employing strategic use of cartoon bunyip and bleeps, John B. Murray turned a raucous comedy into a bold  statement on censorship.

Howling III: The Marsupials

Philippe Mora's horror comedy stars Barry Otto as a scientist and professor searching for a rare breed of - that's right - werewolf marsupial.

Monkey Puzzle

The Blue Mountains form a dramatic backdrop to this new Australian film about a group of friends who embark on a trek to find the world's oldest tree.


The first ever documentary about Australian living legend, boxer Lionel Rose, combines rare archival material with contemporary footage.

End of the Rainbow

An award-winning Australian documentary following the relocation of gold mining operations from Indonesia to a remote area of Guinea in West Africa.

Not Quite Hollywood: the Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!

Take a hedonistic, nostalgic, Bazz-tastic ride through a forgotten period of Australian cinema from the 70s and 80s, otherwise known as Ozploitation.

William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet

Starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Claire Danes, Baz Luhrmann's restless, post-modern interpretation of the ultimate teen romance never lets up.

Storm Warning

Director Jamie Blanks is spearheading a genre revival with his latest film, a thriller about a young couple caught in the mother of all storms.

Little Deaths

Ten short films by ten directors make up this new Australian portmanteau of films, a triumph in local low-budget filmmaking.

Struck by Lightning

Presented in conjunction with the Homeless World Cup, Jerzy Domaradzki's 1990 drama follows the fortunes of a disabled soccer team.

They're a Weird Mob

A hapless Italian migrant finds that life in his new country is not quite what he expected. Followed by a panel discussion hosted by the AFCA.

A Tribute to Pip Starr

ACMI pays tribute to acclaimed Melbourne documentary maker Pip Starr.


A documentary about the conflict told by the soldiers on both sides.