Dust In The Wind 1986
Dust In The Wind (1986)

Efficient Space – Double Feature and Live Musical Performance

Unclassified (18+)

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Sat 25 Nov 2023


Efficient Space and Time Away is proud to present this double feature screening of Dust In The Wind (1986) and The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976), with live musical performances before each film.

To celebrate the release of Searchlight Moonbeam, Efficient Space spotlights featured score composers Bo Harwood and Chen Ming Chang via their respective contributions to John Cassavetes’ The Killing of a Chinese Bookie and Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s Dust In The Wind. Both film screenings will include pre-show performances from compilation cornerstones Bhairavi Raman and Nanthesh Sivarajah, whose duo of carnatic violin and mridangam is nothing short of spellbinding.

Tickets can also be purchased for individual sessions or as a double feature.

Bhairavi Raman and Nanthesh Sivarajah

Bhairavi Raman is an Indian-Australian violinist. Classically trained in Western and Carnatic forms, she merges concepts and techniques to express her bicultural identity. She uses sound in a dynamic way, blending concepts and techniques developed through her decades of training and expertise in Carnatic (South Indian Classical) and Western Classical music.

Accompanying Bhairavi Raman is Nanthesh Sivarajah, a multidisciplinary artist, passionate about combining his broad artistic skillset to produce unique works. He is a percussionist, trained in both South Indian Classical (Carnatic) and Western forms, and proficient in several instruments including the Mridangam, Kanjira, Ghatam, Morsing, Drumkit and several other percussion instruments.


Unclassified (18+)


Double Feature
Full $40
Concession $35

Single sessions

Dust in the Wind
Full $26
Concession $20

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
Full $26
Concession $20


5.30pm Dust in the Wind
8pm Interval
8.30pm The Killing of a Chinese Bookie


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Dust in the Wind (1986)

Saturday 25 November at 5.30pm

Hou Hsiao-hsien closes his triumphant coming-of-age trilogy with the underrated Dust in the Wind, a sublime story of first love set in ’70s Taiwan. With increasing formal precision, Hou masterfully explores the tension between tradition and transition, rural life and an urbanized Taipei, punctuated by Chen Ming Chang’s melancholic melange of environmental recordings, acoustic guitar, wind instrument and synth.

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The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)

Saturday 25 November at 8.30pm

A proud strip club owner (Ben Gazzara) is forced to come to terms with himself as a man, when his gambling addiction gets him in hot water with the mob, who offer him only one alternative. Loose, raw and ahead of its time with score composer Bo Harwood emotionally elevating Cassavetes’ determined vision, we present the cavalier filmmaker’s preferred 1978 re-cut of this fatalistic masterpiece.