(MIFF 2009, Australian Post-Punk)

The Blonde's Date With Death
John Hillcoat 1980 15mins 16mm
This Swinburne-made film demonstrates the director's fascination with violence and human misdeed. Features many a post-punk pin-up.

Hugh Marchant / music: Plays With Marionettes 1982 3 mins super-8
Kinetic and colourful super-8 clip made for the band whose members went on to form The Wreckery.

Sick Child
Linda Baron / music: Crime & the City Solution 1978 5 mins video
Rough sound and lo-fi video cannot disguise the magnetism of the much-imitated Simon Bonney and his crew.

The Incubus
Michael Buckley / Marcus Bergner / Marie Hoy 1983 8 mins 16mm
This bold collaborative adventure in the tradition of Un Chien andalou depicts the artist's muse as a dreadful negative force.

Etrusco Me
Marcus Bergner 1983 4 mins 16mm
Aeolian harp spore historical uncertainties as East Berlin and Etruscan relics graphically conflate against a live performance by Marie Hoy.

John Cumming 1981/85 23 mins 16mm
Outwardly about car mania, this rich and referential black and white film is a poetic response to the burden of self-actualisation.

The Birthday Party live 1983
Jurgis (George) Maleckas 1983/2009 38 mins video
Never before seen footage of an unrestrained performance by The Birthday Party at The Venue in St Kilda. One of their last concerts.

See also...


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 »


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) ... Punkline Tony Stevens / Sue Davis / musi... 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 »

GOING DOWN (1982) (M)

"A remarkable landmark in Australian independent filmmaking. Unfortunately, it is a landmark that few people noticed.” - Marcus Breen, Australian Film 1978 - 1992One of the first films to show the wor... More »


This film began life as a ‘making of' and snowballed into a testament to an era. ... Dogs in Space director Richard Lowenstein has gathered a who's who of Melbourne's underground music scene, some glo... More »

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