The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present
Certain Women: Three Films by Gillian Armstrong
Cinémathèque’s Gillian Armstrong season will take place at over two nights each week in ACMI Cinema 2 to accommodate the ever growing Cinematheque audience, as ACMI Cinema 1 is currently closed due to urgent building works. Please double check the calendar to find out which nights each screening is taking place. We apologise for any inconvenience and look forward to welcoming Cinematheque members back to the ACMI Cinemas.
A program of three key early Armstrong documentaries and short fictions.
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 the 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.
Wildflowers: dancing, desire and freedom in the films of Gillian Armstrong
My Brilliant Career (1979) – Tues 12 April & Wed 13 Apr, 7pm
Certain Women: three films by Gillian Armstrong – Tues 12 April & Wed 13 Apr, 9pm
High Tide (1987) – Tues 19 Apr & Wed 20 Apr, 7pm
Unfolding Florence: the many lives of Florence Broadhurst (2006) – Tues 19 Apr & Wed 20 Apr, 8.50pm
Starstruck (1982) – Mon 25 Apr & Wed 27 Apr, 7pm
Little Women (1994) – Mon 25 Apr & Wed 27 Apr, 8.55pm
One of Australia’s most successful and important directors, Gillian Armstrong (1950– ) has built a significant profile as a filmmaker in her home country, in addition to maintaining a career internationally. Entering the industry in the 1970s, Armstrong was more than just an important part of the Australian cinema revival – with My Brilliant Career in 1979 she was the first woman to direct a 35mm feature film in Australia for over four decades...
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