The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present
Superdykes! The Early Films of Barbara Hammer
This collection of three short works made by Hammer in the mid-1970s centres on the form and experiences of the female body, notably addressing topics like queer sexuality and material identity. Drawing on an avant-garde film process, Hammer gives expression to a lesbian aesthetic and defines not just her own career, but a movement. These works, including Superdyke (1975) and Women I Love (1976), explore hidden lesbian histories, the politics of being gay and the experience of being a woman.
Also screening on Wed 26 October
Queering the Archive: The Cinema of Barbara Hammer (Wed 26 Oct – Wed 2 Nov)
Nitrate Kisses (1992) – Wed 26 Oct, 7pm
Superdykes! The early films of Barbara Hammer (1974–76) – Wed 26 Oct, 8.35pm
History Lessons (2000) – Wed 26 Oct, 9.25pm
Projecting Light and Bending Time: Barbara Hammer in the 1980s (1982–83) – Wed 2 Nov, 7pm
The Female Closet (1998) – Wed 2 Nov, 8.05pm
About the program
Queering the Archive: The Cinema of Barbara Hammer (Wed 26 Oct - Wed 02 Nov)
Over a career spanning 50 years and more than 80 moving-image works, American filmmaker and visual artist Barbara Hammer (1939–2019) initiated a new kind of cinema made from a distinctively female and lesbian perspective, challenging the assumptions of mainstream culture and opening a discourse for marginalised groups in society. Her personal and experimental films sought to inspire social change and make largely invisible bodies, images and histories seen.
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