Australian Perspectives Archive 2012

Contemporary Australian filmmaking is framed against a backdrop of archival classics and special guest presentations.

Saturdays 4pm

Curated by James Nolen


Two outcasts form a romantic bond but complications arise when a jealous rival arrives on the scene.

The Back of Beyond

Director John Heyer follows outback postie Tom Kruse on his mail run along the Birdsville Track.

Dad and Dave Come to Town

This fish-out-of-water tale is the third film in the popular and much-loved 'Dad and Dave' series.

Mongolian Bling

Melbourne filmmaker Benj Binks captures the incredibly vibrant hip hop scene in Mongolia.

Hunter: For the Record

A moving portrait of one of the great pioneers of Australian hip hop, Robert Hunter.

Storm Boy

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

Dr Sarmast's Music School

Melbourne filmmaker Polly Watkins follows musicologist Dr Sarmast to Kabul, where he is attempting to revive music education.

Writers Bench: The Evolution of Melbourne Graffiti and Street Art Culture. 1980 - 2011

Back by popular demand, Oriel Guthrie's ground breaking documentary traces the cultural roots of Melbourne's graffiti scene.

Kathleen Ferrier

Narrated by Charlotte Rampling, this fascinating documentary sheds new light on British singer Kathleen Ferrier's remarkable life.

The Piano

Jane Campion's fourth feature is a sumptuous tale of adultery set during the early European colonisation of New Zealand.


Hugo Weaving, Geneviève Picot and Russell Crowe star in this Golden Camera and multiple AFI award winning film.

The Last Days of Chez Nous

Gillian Armstrong directed this quietly bittersweet and coldly ironic examination of a crumbling marriage.


Max von Sydow heads a cast of acclaimed actors, including Carol Drinkwater, Julia Blake and Steve Jacobs, in this moving film.

Nicaragua: No pasaran

A remarkable testament to the might and determination of a resilient people.

On Borrowed Time

A spirited documentary tracing the film career and life of a true Australian iconoclast.

My First Wife

Cox charts the lives of a group of middle class Melburnians dealing with the aftermath of a divorce.

Frontline + Chile: Hasta cuando?

David Bradbury's searing, Oscar-nominated documentaries challenged and tore down the official truth.

Man of Flowers

Life, art and sensuality intersect in one of Paul Cox's most celebrated films.

The Year of Living Dangerously

A 30th anniversary screening of Peter Weir's classic.

Caught Inside

This taut Aussie thriller finally gets its Melbourne premiere!

The Cup

Simon Wincer's new film following the story of the 2002 Melbourne Cup and the triumph over tragedy for jockey Damien Oliver.

The Hit

One of the great 1980s Brit noirs, starring Bill Hunter as presence retired Australian crime boss.


An underrated neo-noir thriller featuring one of Hunter's most fleshed-out 'hard man' support roles.


The classic film based loosely on the career of real life Australian cinematographer Ross Wood.


Phillip Noyce's first featurette, screening with Edward Ogden's 'Rate of Exchange', both starring Bill Hunter.


Bill Hunter is perfectly cast as Frank Mullens, a man struggling with his familial responsibilities.

Muriel's Wedding

Bill Hunter plays patriarch and local powerbroker Bill Heslop in this classic Australian comedy.

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Bill Hunter is the trademark dinkum Aussie bloke who falls for transvestite Bernadette (Terence Stamp).

Strictly Ballroom

Against a backdrop of sequins and sparkles, Bill Hunter plays the part of curmudgeon to perfection.


This classic Australian film is a fitting way to open our tribute season to the late Australian actor Bill Hunter.

Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard

Lynn-Maree Milburn and Richard Lowenstein's fitting tribute to the influential post punk guitarist.

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