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A program of three key early Armstrong documentaries and short fictions.
The Singer and the Dancer (1977) is Armstrong’s first long-form narrative and stars Ruth Cracknell as a lonely older woman estranged from her daughter, finally able to find communion through a chance encounter in the countryside. In her student film One Hundred a Day (1973), a young labourer in the 1930s finds herself in a practical quandary after discovering she is pregnant. 14’s Good 18’s Better (1980) is a sequel to Smokes & Lollies, a landmark documentary about three young girls from Adelaide. Armstrong revisits them four years later as they reach the cusp of adulthood.
Prints of all three films courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive, Australia.
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