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March 3, 2024 / Animation

An ordinary middle class suburban couple sees a celebrity parrot on TV who supposedly foretells the future. The parrot predicts the world is coming to an end. The couple are initially shocked, and then decide to make the most of the time they have left.

March 3, 2024 / Animation

In this short by the British animators Derek Lamb and Jeff Hale, a music hall performer detaches his arms, legs, ears and eventually his head for the amusement of the audience. There’s a wry humour to his performance, but also a striking sense of detail in his movements and gestures- Lamb and Hale were both veterans of the animation world by the time they collaborated on the short. Their style will likely be familiar to anyone who watched Sesame Street during the 80s or 90s- cartoons by both Lamb and Hale were in regular rotation on the show.

March 3, 2024 / Animation
March 3, 2024 / Short
March 3, 2024 / Experimental

Arguably Larry Gottheim’s most exuberant experiment in the single-shot, single-roll format (and his first with a soundtrack), HARMONICA trains the camera on a friend improvising a tune in the backseat of a moving car. Held out the window, the harmonica becomes a musical conduit for the wind, while Gottheim’s film transforms before our eyes into a playful meditation on wrangling the natural elements into art. 

March 3, 2024 / Documentary

Documentary on history and culture of the gypsy communities worldwide. Part One takes us on a search for the lost gypsy tribes of Egypt, up the Nile to the ancient town of Luxor in the shadow of the great Pharaoh’s tombs. Along the way, we meet dancing girls and acrobats, magicians, fortune-tellers and even mystics performing an exorcism. Part Two is a penetrating, provocative tour of a fabled people’s existence. It reveals the prejudice they still face daily and which they combat with the lyrics and music they have carried and adapted on their long migrations.

March 3, 2024 / Documentary

A retrospective look at the film-making movement in Carlton during the 1960s/1970s, the filmmakers and the influences that inspired and motivated them. Includes an examination of the life and work of neo-realist Giorgio Mangiamele, and the French new wave styles of Brian Davies, Peter Carmody, Antony I. Ginnane, Peter Elliot, James Clayden, Nigel Buesst, David Minter. An assembly of extracts from several of the Carlton films are juxtaposed with pieces of Godard’s early films revealing much about a fascinating period of Melbourne filmmaking.

March 3, 2024 / Documentary

The followers of religious leader Jacob Hutter live in farm communities, devoutly holding to the rules their founder laid down four centuries ago. Through the kindness of a Hutterite colony in Alberta, this film, in black and white, was made inside the community and shows all aspects of the Hutterites’ daily life.