Melbourne Cinémathèque Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Two Friends

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Campion’s rarely seen made-for-TV feature of adolescent life, scripted by Helen Garner, utilises the then very unusual device of reverse-time structuring to dissect the vicissitudes about teenage friendship. Its narrative traces back five years in the lives of two school friends who are obliged, by circumstances, to take diverging paths. As in all of Campion’s best work, meaning and emotion emerge through experiential moments captured in the flow of everyday life rather than through a forced or conventional dramatic structure. 

Please note, this special Monday screening will be preceded by an introductory talk on Campion by Professor Deb Verhoeven, one of Australia’s leading commentators on film and media, Chair of Media and Communication at Deakin University and author of the groundbreaking Jane Campion published by Routledge in 2009.