playwright David Williamson (and his swell family), talked to PR and marketing people and immersed himself in film after film after film. What a joy and a learning experience it was. He also met the Aussie star of the moment, Jack Thompson, whom we still see making interesting movies -- at home and abroad.
Fred Schepisi's The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (above), it's one the darkest, near unbearable movie "musts" ever made. Also a terrific movie -- funny, pointed, and on-the-mark for its day -- is Petersen (shown below), written by Mr. Williamson, directed by Tim Burstall, and starring Mr. Thompson (in what may be his best role), the beautiful and talented Wendy Hughes, and Jacki Weaver (who's still cranking 'em out at home (Animal Kingdom) and over here (The Five-Year Engagement and Silver Linings Playbook).
Phillip Noyce is represented by a couple of films (and one short) and will be present for a Q&A on one of them, Newsfront, on January 26. Two films represent Bruce Beresford, Mr. Weir, Mr. Schepisi and Mr. Burstall. Gillian Armstrong's My Brilliant Career, which arrived in 1979, will also be screened, along with some films, like the sheep-shearing epic Sunday Too Far Away (also starring Thompson), that you probably will not have heard much about.
Alvin Purple or the Cinema Paradiso-predecessor, The Picture Show Man (above), there is a wealth of film history and entertainment here, so click the link, take a look at what's coming, and make your choice(s). Most of the films will screen at the FSLC's Walter Reade Theater, but occasionally a movie will be shown in one of the other three theaters, so be sure to check the venue before you show up.