I should point out that the screening of The Naked Bunyip is co-presented by the Australian Film Critics Association (AFCA) who are hosting a post-screening panel discussion. In the past these panels have included the directors, writers, producers, etc and I've found them a great enhancement to the cinema experience. I highly recommend them.
Here are the films' screening info, courtesy of ACMI:
Sat 6 Sep 4pm
Kung Fu Killers G
Brian Trenchard-Smith, 72 mins, Australia, 1974, Digi Beta. print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of
The documentary takes leading Australian stuntman Grant Page to
Self-financed by Brian Trenchard-Smith, this feature was completed for a total of $13,000 in 1973. Trenchard-Smith (
Sat 13 Sep 4pm
Howling III: The Marsupials M
Philippe Mora, 94 mins, Australia, 1987, 35mm. print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of
”If you see only one werewolf movie this year, you might as well make it Howling III” - The New York Times
Philippe Mora’s horror-comedy is a true genre-bending marvel of 1980s Australian cinema and the final installment of the Howling trilogy.
Set in outback
Mora sends-up the horror genre with his comic bent on this story. The film features werewolves disguised in nuns habits on a rescue mission, a mid-performance transformation on the stage at the Sydney Opera House and an unforgettable marsupial birth scene.
Sat 20 Sep 4pm
The Naked Bunyip unclassified 18+
John B. Murray, 136 mins, Australia, 1970, 35mm. print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of
In his first feature film, Graeme Blundell stars as an innocent young market researcher assigned to report on sex.
In this raucous documentary Blundell gets up close and personal - but too personal for the censors of the time who demanded cuts to the film. Rather than remove the offending footage, director John Murray instead inserted bunyip caricatures and bleeps over the objectionable segments, infuriating the censors but making a bold statement about censorship.
With a guest appearance by Barry Humphries (among many other prominent Australians) The Naked Bunyip helped to revive the Australian film industry – and its mojo!
This screening will be followed by a panel discussion hosted by the Australian Film Critics Association.