First Look Archive 2009

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ACMI presents exclusive monthly screenings of superb new films and restored classics that you won't see anywhere else.

Full $13 Concession $10


A daring exploration of the act of seeing, performance and the art of storytelling.


Erick Zonca's twisted, nervy thriller finds Tilda Swinton at the height of her acting prowess.

Documents and Itineraries

Documentary forms and subjects coalesce in these works from multidisciplinary artists.

Appropriations and Great Super 8

A collection of Super 8 and found footage film from the mid-1970s to the present day.

Animated Experiments

A collection of vibrant animated experiments spanning various periods in Spanish cinema.

Painting and Movement

Sistiaga's masterpiece of 'direct' cameraless filmmaking, .ere erera baleibu izik subua aruaren.

Investigation and Metacinema

This session explores the different facets of cinema, from metafilm essays to multi-art pieces.


The hypnotic and mystic Arrebato is an indisputable Spanish cult-cinema classic.

The Bicycle Thief (Ladri di biciclette)

De Sica's undisputed masterpiece of Italian neorealist cinema.

Mean Streets

Marking the beginning of the now famous partnership between Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese.

Style Wars

Shot in NYC in the early 1980s, Tony Silver's groundbreaking film documented the new language of hip hop - graffiti, rap, breakdance.

Beautiful Losers

Charts the rise of a group of multi-disciplinary artists including Shepard Fairey (Obey) and filmmakers Harmony Korine and Mike Mills.


Discover how a 'lucky snap' of Che Guevara became a global icon in this investigation of the man, his photographer and a world in love with an image.

Night Tide

Dennis Hopper plays against type in this 1961 psychosexual thriller about a sailor and a murderous mermaid. Premiere of the newly restored print.

Bomb It! The Global Graffiti Documentary

Topographical terrorists, taggers, bombers, pixadors, street artists - this dynamic documentary traces the history and evolution of graffiti culture.

The Matador

Elegant and brutal, this documentary captures a young Spanish matador's bid for glory in a cinematic dance of spectacle, obsession and death.

The Exiles

Kent Mckenzie's moving '60s docu-drama captures one wild night in the lives of a group of young Native Americans 'on the town' in Los Angeles.

The Fall

In 2006 maverick and visionary director Tarsem created a startling, fantastic world, an epic adventure so lush that it must be seen on the big screen.

Sounds Like Teen Spirit: A Popumentary

A handful of creative teens vie for the title of Junior Eurovision star - it's the super-sequined, extravagant spawn of the Eurovision Song Contest!

Of All the Things

Dennis Lambert, the phenomenal songwriter who produced chart-toppers in every genre in the '70s and '80s, embarks on a comeback tour.

Youssou N'Dour: I Bring what I Love

From the wild beats of Senegal to his mesmerising performances across the globe, this documentary is an intimate portrait of a man and his music.

It's Raining Pleasure

Seminal Australian band The Triffids reunite in concert to pay a moving tribute to founding member and chief songwriter David McComb who died in 1999.

We are Wizards

An effervescent and heartfelt tribute to fandom and DIY ingenuity, exploring the myriad of creative worlds inspired by Harry Potter.


Winner of the Silver Bear at the 1975 Berlin Film Festival, Stuart Cooper's meditation on war is an astounding rediscovery for cineastes.