3 Short Films:
Violence In The Cinema, Part 1 - 1971 What at first seems like a serious psychological assessment of violence in the cinema by a professor or lecturer, turns into a bloody orgy of human destructiveness. This was the directorial debut of Dr George Miller who utilised the skills he learned here on Happy Feet oh, and Mad Max I-IV.
Love Letters From Teralba Road - 1977 directed by Stephen Wallace, this 50 minute film is a compassionate study of a violent relationship. It stars Kris McQuade and Bryan Brown making his screen debut. See clip>
Wrong Side Of The Road - 1981 Two days in the lives of two bands - Us Mob and No Fixed Address - with an Indigenous heritage face the excitement, the pleasures and the harassment that you expect. One of the first Australian films about music and the world's first rockumentary, WSOTR has been described as ‘a road movie, a protest film, a political film, a rock film’, evolving as a collaboration between the filmmakers, the community and the musicians featured in the film.
Jim Sharman was the wunderkind of Australian arts in the 1960s. He set the tone for the 1970s with his groundbreaking direction of the tribal love rock musical Hair and later Jesus Christ Superstar. His first major short film dealt with rock & roll, aliens and sending up matinee movies. Those themes came to fruition in The Rocky Horrow Picture Show, a small independent production that became a massive hit and is still performed today. With Richard O'Brian Jim wrote The Rocky Horror Picture Show and directed it. This has become one of the most successful cult films of the time.
Patrick White was awarded the 1973 Nobel Prize for Literature. This was a massive moment for the arts in Australia - that a little-read Australian author was internationally recognised at that level was a great boost to artists, especially in Sydney. It also brought Patrick to public attention and he responded by returning to the theatre and began to use his profile for political and social causes. Patrick cultivated a salon of artists whom he respected and he and Jim collaborated on a number of projects including Night the Prowler. According to Paul Byrne, "The film is a savage satire on the neuroses of the privileged of Sydney’s eastern suburbs, where White lived, and the director Jim Sharman grew up. ... White’s bitter humour is then matched by Jim Sharman’s playfully surreal visual sense, and the fine performances of Kerry Walker and Ruth Cracknell."
Jim Sharman has agreed to make a rare appearance to introduce these films as part of the Sedition line up. We feel a bit honoured.