Australian Perspectives Archive 2009

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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On the Beach

50th anniversary screening of Stanley Kramer's quietly devastating sci-fi drama.

Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

A subtle examination of the changing face of 1950s Australian society, starring Angela Landsbury.

The Night, The Prowler

Ruth Cracknell and Kerry Walker star in a perverse take on middle-class life and sexual repression.

A Savage Life in Fashion

This documentary pays tribute to Percy Savage, one of the great unknowns of Australian fashion.

Journey Among Women

A group of escaped female convicts defend themselves with savage glee against capture.

The Delinquents

We celebrate the 20th anniversary of Kylie's big screen debut by revisiting her first feature film.

Rats of Tobruk

Celebrate Chips Rafferty's 100th birthday with a rare screening of this rousing wartime epic.

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Celebrate 100 years since Errol Flynn's birth with a screening of this recently-restored classic.

Street Hero

Vince Colosimo stars as a tough working class teenager finding his way in this 1980s classic.

Country Town

On the back of the successful TV series Bellbird, comes this cinematic slice of country life.

Age of Consent

Helen Mirren stars in her first major role as a young girl who inspires an ageing New York artist.

Crooked Business

Bold, ballsy and a little brassy...just what you'd expect from a crime caper set on the Gold Coast.


Australian costume designer Tina Kalivas creates a magnificent world in this revenge spectacle.

The Real Graham Kennedy

Discover the man beyond the cameras in this intimate portrait.


A beautiful and poetic impressionist work following the life of indigenous actor Jack Charles.

The Dish

Celebrate 40 years since man first walked on the moon with this modern Aussie comedy classic.


Long awaited and much discussed, Baz's return to the big screen is, in a word, big.

Melbourne Ink

A view of the graffiti landscape in Melbourne, home to some of the best street artists in the world.

Kissing Paris

Romance blooms in many forms for a young Australian woman destined for Paris.

Lucky Country

1902...12 year-old Tom finds the lure of gold changes life on his family's isolated farm.

The Matrix

Drawing on the skills of a variety of Australian talent, this phenomenon in filmmaking made stars of its two directors and created movie history.


The perfect escape from the Great Depression in 1931, Frank Thring Senior's Diggers tells the story of two soldiers reliving their WWI escapades.


This exciting Aussie horror flick features plenty of screams, a handsome trio of troubled teenagers and Joel Edgerton as you've never seen him before!

Pure Shit Cast and Crew Reunion

Almost 35 years on, the cast and crew of this groundbreaking, controversial film about Melbourne's drug culture reunite for a special screening.


The streets of Newcastle form the backdrop to the wanderings of our protagonist who spouts poetry triggered by the ephemera he finds along the way.

Heyy Babyy

With spectacular dance sequences staged throughout Sydney, Sajid Khan's three-men-and-a-baby comedy features Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar.

A Girl in Australia

Two powerhouse Italian stars, Alberto Sordi and Claudia Cardinale, feature in this almost forgotten Australian/Italian romantic comedy.

WOW Festival: Australian Shorts

Check out the latest selection of Australian short films from the 2008 WOW (World of Women) Film Festival.

A Nun's New Habit

Sister Carmel furthers the work of the Good Samaritan Sisters by tending to the forgotten and the desperate of the Baxter Detention Centre.


Set over 24 hours in a Manhattan hotel, Kerry Armstrong plays a woman who must confront some of the painful realities of her existence.

The Quiet American

Phillip Noyce's 2002 drama features a wealth of Australian talent including cinematography by Christopher Doyle and production design by Roger Ford.

Harvie Krumpet (and Friends)

On the eve of the Australian release of Mary and Max, we revisit Adam Elliot's much-loved animated works.

Flight of the Obüs Bird - Winter 2009

Director Jasmin Tarasin collaborated with local fashion house Obüs on this moving film which represents the ethos behind the label's latest range.


Long awaited, much discussed and not without controversy, Baz's return to the big screen is, in a word, big - so come experience it on our big screen!

The Proposition

Penned by Nick Cave and from the visionary eye of director John Hillcoat, this unique Australian work blurs genre and packs a mighty big punch.

Josh Jarman

Marcus Graham plays a hapless, uncool writer on a quest for success at the expense of artistic integrity. Followed by a panel discussion.

Prisoner Queen

After a 20 year hiatus Jude returned to film in 2004, in a black comedy about an ageing actress who once appeared in a women's prison drama series...

Prisoner: Episode 35

Regarded as a highlight of Kuring's time inside Cell Block H, this action-packed episode finds her fellow inmates even more out of control than usual.

Prisoner: Episode 122

One of Kuring's star turns as the permanently grimacing Noeline Bourke in Prisoner. Screens with the pilot of the world's first gay sitcom Buck House.

Journey Among Women

Tom Cowan's politically charged film reinterprets Australian history from a female point of view, with Kuring as one of a group of liberated convicts.

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mad dog morgan

Philippe Mora's haunting account of the pursuit and capture of legendary bushranger Daniel Morgan.


The film that launched David Gulpilil's acting career kicks off our Australia Day long weekend tribute to one of Australia's most compelling actors.

storm boy

Set on the fierce deserted South Australian coastline, this highly awarded Australian classic tells the tale of a young boy and his pelican friend.

Gulpilil: One Red Blood

David Gulpilil invited the cameras in to his home in Arnhem Land for this honest and revealing 2002 documentary by Darlene Johnson.

The Last Wave

In this follow up to Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock, Gulpilil plays one of a group of young Aboriginal men accused of murder.

Rabbit Proof Fence

Gulpilil plays a tracker hired to find three Aboriginal girls escaped from a government camp in Philip Noyce's 2002 film about the Stolen Generation.

Dark Age

Firmly planted in the era of Ozploitation, this 1986 film features Gulpilil and John Jarratt attempting to relocate a rogue 40-foot croc.

The Tracker

Gulpilil again plays a tracker, leading the manhunt for an Aboriginal man accused of murder, in Rolf de Heer's dramatic 2002 film.

Mad Max 3: Beyond Thunderdome

Mel Gibson reprises his star-making role with equally impressive results, not least due to the presence of Tina Turner and the venerable Frank Thring.

Mad Max 2: Road Warrior

George Miller didn't waste time giving cinema-goers more Mad Max - two years later, plot mostly abandoned in favour of spectacular high speed chases.

Mad Max

Starring the then little known Mel Gibson, this low budget box office smash is often credited for introducing Australian films to the global market.