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Australian Perspectives at ACMI

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Published March 18th 2011
Australian cinema is wide and varied, but it is usually the crime features which get the most acclaim, for example Animal Kingdom (2010), being the most recent example, as well as Chopper (2000), Lantana (2001), Dirty Deeds (2002), Gettin' Square (2003) and the successful Underbelly series.

Comedy has been a staple of Australian cinema also, for example The Castle (1997), The Dish (2000), Muriel's Wedding (1994) and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994).

More recently, there has been features focused on Indigenous Australian characters, such as The Tracker (2002), Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) and Ten Canoes (2006).

There are also the Baz Luhrmann epics Moulin Rouge! (2001) and Australia (2008) and let's not forget the horror flicks - Wolf Creek (2005), Long Weekend (2008), The Ruins (2008) and Prey (2009), just to name a few.

However ACMI want to look beyond the commercial Australian genre fare and in the upcoming Australian Perspective film program, curator James Nolen has selected four features and a series of short films, which offer different views on modern multicultural Australia.

Screening every Saturday at 4pm in April, for only $8, you can view titles such as the classic Michael Powell film They're a Weird Mob (1966), starring Walter Chiari, Chips Rafferty and Clare Dunne.

How about a contemporary look at multicultural Australia with Looking for Alibrandi (2000), based on the popular book by Melina Marchetta and starring Greta Scacchi, Anthony LaPaglia and Pia Miranda.

There is also the series of short films A Hard Bargain (1986), Bread (1996) and Just Desserts (1993), which offer a different views of Italo-Australian life.

Also screening is A Girl in Australia (1973), directed by Luigi Zampa and starring Alberto Sordi, Claudia Cardinale and Riccardo Garrone. The comedy, which is set in the early 1970s, depicts Amedeo, an Italian who has lived in Australia for twenty years, and his attempt to seek an Italian bride.

The final feature in this program is The Magistrate, a 1989 television mini series. The drama/mystery stars Franco Nero, Catherine Wilkin and Julia Blake.

You can purchase tickets to any of these events either online or at the ACMI box office.
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Why? Explore Australian Cinema
When: Saturdays at 4pm in April
Where: Federation Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne
Cost: Tickets $8 / ACMI Member $6
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