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Australian Perspectives Essays

As part of the Australian Perspectives program at ACMI, industry guests and cinema academics discuss Australian films, and directors provide us with some exclusive insights into their work.

Journey Among Women
When Hollywood Came To Melbourne
50 years on, Philip Davey reflects on the Hollywood connection and the impact on the 'locals' of On the Beach.

Journey Among Women
Patrick White's The Night, The Prowler
Deb Verhoeven examines the philosophical ambitions and cinematic legacy of The Night, the Prowler.

Journey Among Women
Journey Among Women
Associate Professor Jane Mills looks at the ideas, pleasures and contradictions of this extraordinary film.

wendy hughes
A Celebration of Wendy Hughes
Philip Tyndall reflects upon the fabulous career of Wendy Hughes - an actress defined by her classic poise and cool eroticism.

david gulpilil
David Gulpilil
For our special Australia Day 2009 tribute to David Gulpilil, playwright Reg Cribb shares his experience with this extraordinary man.

pip starr
A Tribute to Pip Starr
Melbourne documentary maker Pip Starr died in 2008 a young man, but he left a rich legacy. His sister Jennie Hill pays tribute.

they're a weird mob
They're a Weird Mob
Reproduced from 100 greatest films of Australian Cinema, Peter Krausz' essay on the climate in which this great Australian flick was born.

End of the Rainbow
Australian director Robert Nugent talks about his award-winning documentary about gold mining in remote West Africa.

end of the rainbow
Director Eddie Martin talks about his film, the first documentary made about of one of Australia's living legends, Aboriginal boxer Lionel Rose.

not quite hollywood
Not Quite Hollywood
Background notes on Mark Hartley's riotous 2008 celebration of Australian genre cinema.

turkey shoot
No Film for Chickens
Director Brian Trenchard-Smith on the making of Turkey Shoot and Dead End Drive In.

howling III
Howling III
Philippe Mora on the making and selling of Australian myth.

kung fu killers
Kung Fu Killers
Brian Trenchard-Smith reflects on the making of a little movie on a big mission.

the naked bunyip
The Naked Bunyip: Prelude to a Screening
Director and Producer John B. Murray paints a vivid picture of filmmaking in 1960s Australia.

mad dog morgan
The Making of Mad Dog
Philippe Mora on the making of his haunting account of legendary bushranger Daniel Morgan, at a pivotal time in the history of home-grown cinema.

chapel of chic
Chapel of Chic
Director Lesley Sharon Rosenthal talks about the inspiration for her 2008 documentary Chapel of Chic.

storm warning
Storm Warning
Director Jamie Blanks on the making of his 2007 Aussie thriller.

monkey puzzle
The Making of Monkey Puzzle
Read the filmmaker notes by the director of Monkey Puzzle Mark Forstmann, and listen to a podcast of a Q&A session with Mark and editor Ken Sallows.

Director Warwick Freeman writes about the making of Demonstrator.

yakkety yak
Yakkety Yak
Director D.B. Jones on the making of his underground film (about the making of an underground film) Yakkety Yak in 1974.

death in brunswick

Shane Maloney Presents Death in Brunswick
Much-loved Australian crime-writer Shane Maloney introduces a personal favourite.

naked on the inside

Naked on the Inside with Director Kim Farrant
Nominated for Best Documentary at the 2007 Dendy Awards, Farrant's fresh and unnerving feature poses the simple but audacious question 'beyond our clothes and skin, who are we?'

cane toads: an unnatural history

Anthony Carew Presents Cane Toads: An Unnatural History
Melbourne journalist and man-about-town Anthony Carew presents a cracking Mark Lewis documentary double.

wedding sari showdown

Wedding Sari Showdown 1 & 2 with Director Kylie Boltin
Melbourne filmmaker Kylie Boltin follows the turbulent romance between an Australian/Indian couple struggling to come to grips with living out their conflicting cultural values.


Megan Spencer Presents: Jisoe + A Dollar for the Good Ones
Filmmaker and critic Megan Spencer introduces two powerful documentaries that rank amongst her personal favourites!

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