australian post-punk

Back in 1986, Dogs in Space condensed an era, immortalised a rock star and stepped straight into our collective unconscious.To celebrate its digital restoration, MIFF is proud to reawaken this dissonantly up-beat adventure in share housing and the disintegrating punk scene. Late INXS singer Michael Hutchence plays an enigmatic band frontman based on director Richard Lowenstein's real-life housemat... Read more
"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 world the true gritty underside of Australian life, Going Down has become a cult classic for its realistic depiction of Sydney in the 1980s, a portrayal decidedly at odds with the sun, surf, sand and bar... Read 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 / 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 burgeonin... Read 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 Olsen's Hugo Klang. Te possino ammazza' Frank Lovece 1987 8 mins 16mm Featuring all notable contributors to Melbourne's inner-city experimental film scene and full of energy, merriment and elaborate inte... Read more
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 Experimental filmmaker Dirk DeBruyn's colourful and graphic film of visual music. The Genius is Lying Anne Harding 1982 21 mins 16mm The alarming facts revealed. A living sexual abberation. The truth be... Read 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) and Philip Brophy, among others. Cut Lunch Ray Argall / music: The Models 1981 6 mins 16mm Promotional video for the group's praised1981 mini album included song excerpts and vox pops on the streets of... Read more
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. Witchenkopf 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: C... Read 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 glorious archival material and woven them into a remarkable retro romp. ... With candor and wit, Rowland S. Howard, the Primitive Calculators, Ollie Olsen, Phillip Brophy and many others proffer their re... Read more
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