First Look Archive 2011

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

Curated by Kristy Matheson

Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry: The Life of Norman K Collins

A high-spirited history of the godfather of modern American tattooing, Norman 'Sailor Jerry' Collins.

High School Confidential

Tony Baker is a rebel with a cause in this classic exploitation tale of teens gone wild.


An international festival hit and winner of Best Documentary and Cinematography at the 2011 SxSW Film Festival.

Rita, Sue and Bob Too

Ramshackle and very of its time don't miss this shamelessly entertaining spectacle.

The Arbor

Clio Barnard's award-winning debut is one of the most original films of the year.


This big-screen spin on the bestselling book offers a fascinating insight into human behaviour.

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done

Herzog's delightfully loopy drama featuring David Lynch as Executive Producer.

Mundane History

Anocha Suwichakornpong award-winning debut poses the question, "What constitutes history?"

In the Realms of the Unreal - The Mystery of Henry Darger

A critically acclaimed documentary exploring the secret world of visionary artist Henry Darger.

How To Start Your Own Country

A hugely entertaining exploration of nationhood through the eyes of micro-nations across the globe.

On Tour (Tournée)

Mathieu Amalric's Cannes winner explores one man's journey through the world of burlesque.


The final instalment in Derek Jarman's magnificent filmmaking career.

Brian Eno: Another Green World

Enter the fascinating world of a true musical genius.

Five Easy Pieces

An undisputed classic of New Hollywood cinema which confirmed Jack Nicholson's place on the A-list.

Smash His Camera

A definitive portrait of the original paparazzo that is compelling and entertaining at every turn.

Ride, Rise, Roar

An exhilarating ride from concept to realisation following David Byrne's recent North American tour.

True Stories

A hugely entertaining critique on Reagan's America.