Judy Davis in a still from High Tide (1987)
Judy Davis in a still from High Tide (1987)
High Tide (1987)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

High Tide

Gillian Armstrong | Australia | 1987 | M

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Cinémathèque’s Gillian Armstrong screenings will be repeated twice weekly in ACMI Cinema 2 to accommodate the large Cinémathèque audience, as ACMI Cinema 1 is currently closed due to urgent building works. Please double check the calendar to find out which night the extra screening is taking place. We apologise for any inconvenience and look forward to welcoming Cinémathèque members back to the ACMI Cinemas.


Eight years after the trailblazing My Brilliant Career, Armstrong and Judy Davis collaborated once more on this emotionally rich multi-generational drama. Davis plays a back-up singer who, when left stranded in a seaside village on the NSW coast, re-encounters the daughter she abandoned years earlier. Skirting clear of any hint of cheap sentimentality, care of Laura Jones’ (An Angel at My Table) penetrating script, this raw and affective film evocatively expresses the painful reality of fractured relationships. Davis and co-star Jan Adele won AFI Awards.

Format: 35mm, Colour
Language: English
Source: NFSA
Duration: 101 mins


101 mins




Cinema 2, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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Wildflowers: dancing, desire and freedom in the films of Gillian Armstrong

My Brilliant Career (1979) – Tues 12 Apr & Wed 13 Apr, 7pm
Certain Women: three films by Gillian Armstrong – Tues 12 Apr & 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


About the program

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...

Wildflowers- dancing, desire and freedom in the films of Gillian Armstrong

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