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	Film still: Wake in fright (detail) (30 March, 2 April) Courtesy Madman Entertainment

Photography & place film series

Journeys of Discovery

Screening in conjunction with Photography & place, this collection of features and short films follows characters on the move through the Australian landscape. Road movies, thrillers, poetic drama, gothic horror as well as some unique hybrids – these are all journeys of discovery, exploring personal and cultural associations of place. Moving beyond the exploitation of the Australian outback as a mere backdrop to human activity, these films position landscape as an active participant in the drama. The camera lingers over details and intimacies of the environment while the characters are transformed. Places define or echo people’s moods, emotional states and spiritual experiences, and are sometimes shown holding the keys to their identity. These films are an important component of Australian cinematic culture.

Film still: Wake in fright (detail) (30 March, 2 April) Courtesy Madman Entertainment

Wednesdays 2pm & 7.15pm
Sundays 2pm
16 March – 24 April 2011
+ Saturday 26 March & 2 April 2011, 2pm


For Wednesday night and Sunday screenings, tickets are issued at the Domain Theatre 1 hour prior to commencement. Arriving early is recommended as seating is limited to 320 and cannot be guaranteed.
This is a specialist program designed for mature audiences and is generally not suitable for children under the age of 15. We cannot admit anyone under the age of 18 to films with an R classification or without classification. Babes-in-arms not permitted in screenings. It is a condition of entry to these screenings that behaviour does not disturb other audience members. All pagers and mobile phones must be switched off during screenings.

Location: Domain Theatre

Related exhibition: Photography & place

Supported by
National Film & Sound Archive

Beneath clouds

Dir: Ivan Sen 2002 (Australia)
90 mins 35mm Colour Rated M
Danielle Hall, Damian Pitt
Beneath Clouds is a poetic film about two youths, Lena (Danielle Hall) and Vaughn (Damien Pitt), who are dissatisfied with their environment and are struggling to find themselves. Escaping from their troubled lives in the remoteness of western New South Wales, they hit the road for Sydney. Lena, a fair-skinned Aboriginal girl, has an absent Irish father whom she longs to see. Vaughn has just escaped from low-security prison in order to visit his dying mother. They meet at a truck stop and an uneasy relationship forms. They not only pass through the landscape, but search for their place within it. Director Ivan Sen completed many acclaimed short films before Beneath Clouds, his feature film debut. Allan Collins’ photography won him an Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award and an Inside Film Award.


Wednesday 16 March 2011 2pm – 3:30pm

Wednesday 16 March 2011 7:15pm – 8:45pm

Sunday 20 March 2011 2pm – 3:30pm

Peel + Long weekend

Dir: Jane Campion 1982 (Australia)
9 mins 35mm Colour
Director Jane Campion’s short drama centres on a family’s car journey on a country road which is interrupted. The ‘peel’ of the title refers to the orange peel which is the trigger for their disagreement, and the peeling away of ‘normal’ family relations to reveal the violence, even the psychosis, lurking beneath. Print courtesy Australian Film, Television and Radio School

Long weekend
Dir: Colin Eggleston 1978 (Australia)
91 mins 35mm Colour Rated M
John Hargreaves, Briony Behets
In this atmospheric eco-horror feature a young couple spends a long weekend on a deserted beach, mindlessly destroying elements of the natural environment. In retaliation for their carelessness, they begin to experience subtle shocks coming from nature. Director Colin Eggleston sustains an eerie sense of humans being observed by silent, menacing forces as nature appears to turn against the characters. Or are these strange events merely coincidental? Eggleston brings a simple story to life with inventive cinematic flourishes and the impressive cinematography of Vincent Monton. “The film presents nature as you’ve never seen it before: a highly organised crime outfit making the characters an offer they can’t refuse.” – Luke Buckmaster (In Film Australia). Print courtesy National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

Image : Long weekend


Wednesday 23 March 2011 2pm – 3:40pm

Wednesday 23 March 2011 7:15pm – 8:55pm

Sunday 27 March 2011 2pm – 3:40pm

My bed, your bed + Journey + River time

My bed, your bed
Dir: Erica Glynn 1998 (Australia)
15 mins 16mm Colour
This short romantic drama by director Erica Glynn depicts a moment in time in an isolated desert community. The day arrives for two young people, promised to each other by traditional law, to consummate their union. Glynn skillfully uses the power of silence to communicate the tension between the two characters.

Dir Ivan Sen 1997 (Australia)
20mins 35mm B&W
Ivan Sen’s short film is a poetic depiction of the impressions of a young Murri boy leaving his isolated hometown and travelling to a place he has never experienced.

River time
Dir: Michael Glasheen 1985 (Australia)
57 mins
Expanding on his work as an experimental filmmaker, Michael Glasheen’s River time is a meditative vision of the Australian bush filmed in a single location beside the Colo River (New South Wales) over a period of three years. The rhythms and seasonal cycles of nature are captured in time-lapse cinematography, which transforms hours and days into fleeting moments. The film has a pure, poetic feeling for its subject, revelling in water reflections and the play of natural light. The sound track interweaves ambient sounds of the bush with synthesiser and didgeridoo.

Image: My bed, your bed


Saturday 26 March 2011 2pm – 3:32pm

Wake in fright

Dir: Ted Kotcheff 1971 (Australia)
109 mins 35mm Colour Rated M
Donald Pleasence, Gary Bond
In a decidedly unflattering portrait of outback existence, a city schoolteacher (Gary Bond) confronts the harshness of life in an isolated mining town after he is stranded in Bundanyabba. Intending to make his way to Sydney, one night stretches into five, during which he takes up gambling and bankrupts himself, plunging headlong into disaster. This classic film was feared to have been lost when the original negatives were mislaid. The film’s editor, Anthony Buckley, began a search in 1994 for usable copies. Ten years later he discovered the negatives in a shipping container in Pittsburgh – more than 260 cans marked ‘for destruction’. In 2009 the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra and the laboratory Atlab completed a frame-by-frame restoration, which took 18 months. “The best and most terrifying film about Australia in existence.” – Nick Cave

Image courtesy Madman Entertainment


Wednesday 30 March 2011 2pm – 3:49pm

Wednesday 30 March 2011 7:15pm – 9:04pm

Sunday 3 April 2011 2pm – 3:49pm

Out of it + The singer and the dancer

Out of it
Dir: Ken Cameron 1977 (Australia)
52 mins 16mm Colour
Glenn Mason, Chris Haywood
The tale of three mates from smash repair shops around Rockdale, who move up from small-time car stripping to an ill conceived scheme to rob a Botany warehouse. They take off on the road. Their dream destination is the Gold Coast.

The singer and the dancer
Dir: Gillian Armstrong 1976 (Australia)
52 mins 35mm Colour
Ruth Cracknell, Elizabeth Crosby
Two women who are misfits of a sort strike up a friendship in a small rural community. Mrs Bilson (Ruth Cracknell) pretends to be an invalid and bears deep scars of a failed marriage. Charlie (Elisabeth Crosby) has relocated from the city to try to save her relationship with a no-hoper, Pete (Russell Keifel). The women are thrown together by their isolation and their yearning for freedom. The singer and the dancer was Gillian Armstrong’s first long-form drama after several acclaimed short films and documentaries, and was her first collaboration with cinematographer Russell Boyd.
Print courtesy National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s Kodak/Atlab project.

Image: Out of it


Saturday 2 April 2011 2pm – 3:44pm

The cars that ate Paris

Dir: Peter Weir 1975 (Australia)
90 mins 35mm Colour Rated M
John Meillon, Terry Camilleri
Director Peter Weir’s feature film career began with this sardonic exercise in Australian Gothic – a weird black comedy about a lonely country town which ensnares motorists and their cars. After a serious car crash on a country road, an indecisive, innocent, mild-mannered Arthur Waldo (Terry Camilleri) becomes stranded in the town of Paris. He is welcomed by the townsfolk, particularly the mayor (John Meillon), but all is not as it seems in this sleepy hamlet nestled in the hills. Arthur slowly comes to a chilling realisation.
Print courtesy National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


Wednesday 6 April 2011 2pm – 3:30pm

Wednesday 6 April 2011 7:15pm – 8:45pm

Sunday 10 April 2011 2pm – 3:30pm


Dir: Richard Franklin 1981 (Australia)
100 mins 35mm Colour Rated M
Stacy Keach, Jamie Lee Curtis
Pat Quid (Stacy Keach) is a truck driver who has been hired to deliver a consignment of pork to Perth. Keeping him company on the road is his pet dog, whom Pat claims is a dingo. After hearing about a killing spree by an unknown perpetrator, Pat starts to suspect that the culprit is the driver of a green van he passed along the way. Franklin’s film is a suspenseful shocker about someone whose over-susceptible imagination is excited by ordinary things he sees on the road. A hybrid of road movie and Hitchcockian thriller, Roadgames sits within the canon known as “Ozploitation”, with Quentin Tarantino citing it as his favourite Australian movie.
Print courtesy National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


Wednesday 13 April 2011 2pm – 3:40pm

Wednesday 13 April 2011 7:15pm – 8:55pm

Sunday 17 April 2011 2pm – 3:40pm

Broken highway

Dir: Laurie McInnes 1993 (Australia)
98 mins 35mm B&W Rated PG
Aden Young, Dennis Miller
A merchant seaman (Aden Young) inherits the task of delivering a dead shipmate’s package to someone called ‘the Dead Man’ in the desolate Queensland town of Honeyfield. On finding that the recipient is a mean-spirited old man who more or less runs the town, he discovers that the package contains opium. “Laurie McInnes’ atmospheric feature is an ambitious and poetic excursion into the ‘Northern Gothic’. Set on the mangrove-lined shores of Moreton Bay and shot in moody black and white tones, Broken highway has no antecedents in Australian cinema. Its hot-house atmosphere owes more to the film noir and Western genres and the writing of Tennessee Williams than anything else, with echoes of such seminal American films as The night of the hunter, Orson Welles’ Touch of evil and Coppola’s Rumblefish.” – Melbourne International Film Festival Catalogue.
Print courtesy National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


Wednesday 20 April 2011 2pm – 3:38pm

Wednesday 20 April 2011 7:15pm – 8:53pm

Sunday 24 April 2011 2pm – 3:38pm