Superdykes! The Early Films of Barbara Hammer (1974–76)
Superdykes! The Early Films of Barbara Hammer (1974–76)
Superdykes! The Early Films of Barbara Hammer (1974–76)

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Superdykes! The Early Films of Barbara Hammer

Barbara Hammer | USA | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 26 Oct 2022

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.

Format: 16mm
Language: English
Source: NFSA
Courtesy: National Film and Sound Archive, Australia
Runtime: 45 mins

Event duration

45 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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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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