Judi Farr in a still from Unfolding Florence: The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst (2006), one eye peeking out behind a fan
Judi Farr in a still from Unfolding Florence: The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst (2006), one eye peeking out behind a fan
Unfolding Florence: The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst (2006)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Unfolding Florence: The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst

Gillian Armstrong | Australia | | PG
Film

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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.

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Armstrong’s playful documentary-drama about the larger-than-life and truly mercurial Sydney-based artist, raconteur, socialite and – most famously – wallpaper designer, Florence Broadhurst, is one of her most adventurous genre-defying works. Along with writer Katherine Thomson, Armstrong fashions a visually flamboyant portrait of an impossible to pin down personality, as well as an account of her lurid life and unsolved violent death.

Courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive, Australia.

Format: DCP, Colour
Language: English
Source: NFSA
Duration: 109 mins

When

Duration

109 mins

Rating

PG

Where

Cinema 2, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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(3 consecutive weeks)
$27–$32

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$153–295

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Screens with

Program

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, 8.55pm
Starstruck (1982) – Mon 25 Apr & Wed 27 Apr, 7pm
Little Women (1994) – Mon 25 Apr & Wed 27 Apr, 8.55pm

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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...

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

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