Judged “one of the best [Australian] films of the 80s” by David Stratton, Turkiewicz’s deeply affecting drama of the challenges of migration and resettlement focuses on the experiences of Nina (a truly radiant Gosia Dobrowolska, herself a recent arrival to Australia) in and around Silver City, a migrant camp on the outskirts of Sydney. Tracing the star-crossed affair between Nina and Julian (Ivar Kants), this exquisitely composed period film is shot in ’scope by John Seale, produced by Joan Long and benefits from a beautifully structured script by Turkiewicz and Thomas Keneally.
35mm print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive, Australia.
Also screening on Wed 29 November
Coming to Australia: Women Filmmakers and the migrant experience
The Golden Cage (1975) – Wed 29 Nov, 7pm
Silver City (1984) – Wed 29 Nov, 9.10pm
About the program
This program highlights the ground-breaking work undertaken by first- and second-generation migrant women directors in Australia in the 1970s and 1980s. Although women worked in a range of capacities in fiction, documentary and experimental cinema during this era, there were only two full feature films directed by women in Australia in the 1970s...
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