No.3  AFW + NFSA – Elections, electricians, partners, & the country – six films linked by feelings of technical domination

Friday 26 September 2014, 7.30pm for an 8pm start

Cost is $15 for three consecutive NFSA screenings


Dennis Tupicoff – Animated Movies

After graduating from Queensland University in 1970, Dennis Tupicoff worked as an archivist and teacher before making his first animated film in Toowoomba. He moved to Melbourne and the Swinburne Film and TV School animation course in 1977. Since then he has continued making independent films as writer, director, producer, and (often) designer/animator.

My Big Chance (1977) – 2 mins. A short animated film about an encounter between an employee and his boss. The boss’s cliches about the future of the business are illustrated by images on the screen. The future for the company and the right people is bright, but this employee is fired. 

Dance of Death (1983) 9 mins. Satire linking game shows and television violence. 

The Needy and the Greedy Dir. Liz Burke (1995) 18 mins. Four characters- a horse trainer, a jockey, a bookie and a punter- tell their stories in this documentary about horse-racing and gambling. A witty, inventive film that touches upon notions of nostalgia, memories and lost pleasures by focusing on the special place that horse-racing holds within Australian culture. 

Bouddi (1970) Dir. Arthur and Corinne Cantrill, 8 mins. Described by the filmmakers as ‘a camera calligraphy of the coastal bush near Bouddi, NSW’. The single frame stream of imagery – bark, insects, flowers, rock forms – and accompanying Aboriginal dance music can be seen as a metaphor for growth, summer, and the intensity of light. 

Straight and Narrow (1974) Dir. Everley and Tony Conrad, 10 mins. An optical hallucinatory effect is created with alterations of vertical and horizontal lines. 

Document: Dennis O’Rourke (1945 – 2013)

Wanting to make documentary films, Dennis O’Rourke moved to Sydney where the Australian Broadcasting Corporation employed him as an assistant gardener. He later became a cinematographer for that organisation, and so much more. 

Ileksen: Politics in Papua New Guinea (1974) 59 mins. 1977 saw the first general election held after Papua New Guinea gained its independence from Australia in 1975. Looks at the election campaign, election day, and the formation of a government.