The Love of Don Perlimplin

This is Ozfrank’s film of Lorca’s fey and mysterious short play of the same name for a cast of three women and one man. Jacqui Carroll has reshaped the text somewhat and shot the film primarily from the point of view of Perlimplin himself. Perlimplin’s servant Marcolfa, his wife Belisa, and Belisa’s mother all directly…

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The Active Centre

‘The Active Centre is not just one more book about voice. It is a guidebook for strengthening core relationships and for dealing with the inevitable conflict that is inherent in character development and in the actor’s ability to transform’ (Joan Melton, PhD, ADVS). Performing is not an easy feat. There are many things going on…

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Robert Mapplethorpe: A Photographer of Identity

An exclusive film profile of the controversial photographer. Robert Mapplethorpe was best known for his photographs of New York’s black homosexuals. His studies of nude black men were a shameless affirmation of gay sexuality. He has been credited with helping to formulate a sense of gay identity in New York but, as one of the…

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The Nude in the Window

How did a young Dutch photographer end up in Australia opening a studio on Punt Road, Melbourne? How did he become the Paul Cox we know today? What part does Photography have to do with Paul’s way of creating and filming? One afternoon Peter Tammer, a friend of Paul Cox since the late sixties, visited…

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Ingo Petzke: Northern Lights

Particularly in the ’70s and early ’80s, Ingo Petzke was a force to reckon with. This was mostly due to his effervescent, encompassing activities in the arena of experimental film: writing and teaching, starting art house cinemas and even festivals, sitting on juries and boards, running CINE PRO – Germany’s only distribution company specialised in…

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GOLUB – Late Works are the Catastrophes

“One of the few films about a painter that actually captures the art making process in all its complexity.” The work and times of the American artist, Leon Golub. Begun in 1985, the film ends with Golub’s death in 2004, taking us from searing images of interrogations and torture to the ironies and dark humor…

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Robotic arts: Chico MacMurtrie’s TOTEMOBILE

Chico MacMurtrie is internationally recognized for his large-scale, performative, kinetic installations, and interactive public sculpture. In this video a fullscale Citroën DS transforms in a few minutes to an 18-meter-high totem, nearly touching the roof of the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie in Paris (Science Centre), and this it does without recourse to Hollywood…

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KaBooM: Stories from Distant Frontlines

KaBooM is based on real stories of soldiers who have fought on the frontline. Australians who fled to this country to escape conflict and build new lives. The tale of Fabrice – a child soldier from Burundi, who hid in lakes to escape machete wielding hordes; the tale of Majid, who deserted after fighting for…

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Dancing in the Now

This documentary film is about the art and profession of contemporary dance. Exploring not only what it means to be a dancer, but what it means to be human, and how these are intrinsically and intimately woven. — With footage collected across Australia and Europe and interviews withStephanie Lake, Antony Hamilton, Paea Leach, James Vu Ahn Pham,…

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Tea & Coffee Towers

In The tea and Coffee Towers project, 20 architects who used to work mainly in urban scale, were asked to design a Tea and Coffee Set as it was a micro-architecture. This project was presented at Venice Biennale in 2002. In this documentary the Architects describe their experience of answering to eight standard questions about…

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Bunkers, Brutalism and Bloody-mindedness: Concrete Poetry

Every now and again, architecture goes through a phase of not caring whether it is liked. Employing shock tactics, it asks us to find beauty in what is commonly regarded to be ugly. In this series, writer and journalist Jonathan Meades explores the story of the Brutalist movement across Europe.   Want to know more…

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Waterproof – Graham Dean

The films are artworks themselves interpreting the emotional, sensual process of painting in a cinematic language. Using a technique he calls ‘’reverse archaeology’’, Graham Dean re-invents the traditional uses of watercolour resulting in a unique technique. Contrasting layers of paint are applied separately on thick, handmade paper from Southern India. Each sheet has undergone a…

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Re-Enchantment: The Hidden Meanings of Fairy Tales

Fairy tales are cultural snapshots of the lives of men and women, their economic and family circumstances and the conditions of childhood. At the same time fairy tales reflect our inner lives, our conscious and unconscious fears and preoccupations, as well as our fantasies and dreams. Just as the stories are always changing and adapting…

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The Surprising History of Sex and Love

Monty Python star Terry Jones presents this award-winning documentary series, featuring Ancient Inventions, The Surprising History of Sex & Love and The Hidden Histories of Egypt and Rome. Exploring the radical change in social and religious attitudes towards sex, this award-winning documentary takes a look throughout history and traces the shift in social attitudes and…

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COSTUMES FOR PERFORMANCE

Back in the late 1960s and early 70s a group of Australian performers from the Soapbox theatrein Melbourne and the New Circus from Adelaide got together to form a new type of circus. They all had traditional circus skills but were also hell-bent on political reform. This was a time of radical community politics. Australia was ripe to…

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