Focus on Australian Noir

boxing day
Boxing Day

Melt into a gritty world inhabited by grifters, misfits and antiheros, where the innocent become the guilty and the guilty - well, they get what they deserve.

Curated by Richard Sowada and Spiro Economopoulos

Thursday 17 September - Sunday 27 September 2009

Full $13  Concession $10
6 Session Package: Full $60, Concession $48
NB > 6 Session Packages can only be purchased by phone (03 8663 2583) or in person at the ACMI Tickets & Information Desk. All sessions must be selected at time of booking.

Right vs. Wrong. Instinct vs. Reason. Impulse vs. Temperance. The themes in this film season share the stylish and stylised conventions of the genre, playing out against a backdrop of gritty, stripped-back realism where in true noir style only the strong survive.

Read Shane Maloney's essay on 'Oz Noir' here

The Horseman

A gritty revenge film that rewrites the book in its unrelenting vision of a grieving father.

The Magician

Director and star Scott Ryan turns in a scorching film trailing the life of a hitman.

Pure Shit

This outlaw classic has a thrilling sense of danger in both style and story - even 30 years later

Wake In Fright

A gritty classic following the increasingly off-kilter journey of an uptight teacher in the outback.

Boxing Day

A family gathering the day after Christmas ignites old tensions and unearths dark secrets.


A complex web of corruption surrounds the redevelopment of a poor inner-city Sydney neighbourhood.

Dark City

Memory loss and murder in a dystopic city that never sees the light of day.

Goodbye Paradise

An underrated classic set around the years of Joh Bjelke-Peterson's Government in Queensland.

The Square

A hapless everyman falls for a woman with a dodgy boyfriend and an even dodgier stash of money.

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