Eating ice-cream - Silver City (1984)
Eating ice-cream - Silver City (1984)
Silver City (1984)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Silver City

Sophia Turkiewicz | Australia | 1984 | PG

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Wed 29 Nov 2023

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.

Format: 35mm
Language: English, Polish with English subtitles
Source: NFSA
Runtime: 98 mins

Event duration

98 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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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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Coming To Australia- Women Filmmakers And The Migrant Experience

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