(MIFF 2009, Australian Post-Punk)

I Can't Stop It
Janis Lesinskis / music: Primitive Calculators 1979 2 mins super-8
Fitzroy North-shot clip for the Primitive Calculators (see Intermission)

Tony Stevens / Sue Davis / music: Equal Local 1980 4 mins 16mm
This expedition into the fabled Crystal Ballroom with a soundtrack by the brilliant, short-lived band Equal Local is an unmissable time-capsule of Melbourne's burgeoning scene.

Asphixiation - Aural/Oral Risk
Tsk Tsk Tsk 1982 3 mins video
Tsk Tsk Tsk have created a proto-new wave pastel delight of early 80s angular inventiveness.

For Want Of
Jayne Stevenson 1985 17 mins 16mm
A new wave musical noir of betrayal and longing from filmmaker and Asphixiation / Tsk Tsk Tsk member Jayne Stevenson.

Mr Tsuzuki Comes To Australia
Paul Fletcher 1981 19 mins super-8
This colourful stop-motion animation utilises Essendon Airport drummer Paul Fletcher's collection of dolls and nick-nacks.

Science of Sound
Essendon Airport / music: Essendon Airport 1982 4 mins super-8
Essendon Airport at Essendon Airport with a singular aesthetic and their unmistakable sound.

I Hate Cops
Michael Buckley 1985 4 mins 16mm
Television cop show footage is (re)constructed by defacement accompanied by flamenco music. The most punk title at the festival.

Lucy McLaren 1980 10 mins 16mm
Two young girls leave their dragon on a tram and go back to the depot at night. A beautifully minimalist work that lingers in the mind.

Ambitious Host
Brett Houghton / music: The Fabulous Marquises 1981 3 mins video
First airing of this video for The Fabulous Marquises, members of who went on to be in The Moodists, Plays With Marionettes and The Wreckery.

The Models: Pop Movie ep. 01
Ray Argall / music: The Models 1981 24 mins 16mm
One weekend in the life of Melbourne band The Models. Uses live action, animation, interviews and performances.

See also...


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No Dance 1982 20 mins super-8 A visit to the nightclub Inflation is abstracted through repetition into a semiotic misadventure with an unintended voiceover. ... Vision Dirk DeBruyn 1985 3 mins 16mm Ex... More »


Drumming Kim Beissel 1981 28 mins video An unassuming and insightful documentary with contributions from Paul Schütze (Laughing Hands), Philip Jackson (Equal Local), Paul Fletcher (Essendon Airport) a... More »


Beat Up the Old Shack Michael Buckley / music. Hugo Klang 1980 2 mins 16mm Frenetic clip using scratch-film technique and lots of familiar faces (Nick Cave, John Murphy) all set to a song by Ollie Ols... More »


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DOGS IN SPACE (1986) (MA15+)

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