Australian film in spotlight at British Museum

Australian film in spotlight at British Museum

As part of its season of Australian arts and culture, commencing this Friday the British Museum will be screening some selected Aussie cinema classics, old and new.

Samson & Delilah

'Samson & Delilah' will be shown as part of the British Museum's Australian Season

THE British Museum’s exciting season of Australian films begins this Friday 1 July, guest curated and introduced by Ian Christie, the Anniversary Professor of Film and Media History, Birkbeck, University of London.

Ned Kelly
Friday 1 July, 18:30, Stevenson Lecture Theatre

See this classic depiction of the iconic Australian bushranger as an romantic outlaw, with Mick Jagger as Kelly. (Director: Tony Richardson, 1970,99 minutes, Cert 15)

Followed by The Story of the Kelly Gang, the world’s first feature-length film, largely lost but now partially restored, thanks to fragments found in the British National Film Archive. (Director: Charles Tait, 1906, 15 minutes)
£3, Members and concessions £2

Australian comedy double bill: two rediscovered classics
Saturday 2 July, 13:30 and 15:45, Stevenson Lecture Theatre

They’re a Weird Mob is the story of an Italian immigrant in the form of a hilarious guide to Australian manners.
Director: Michael Powell, 1966, 112 minutes, Cert PG

The Adventures of Barry McKenzie is a knockabout comedy based on Barry Humphries’ satirical comic strip about Australians in London.
Director: Bruce Beresford, 1972, 114 minutes, Cert 15
£3, Members and concessions £2 for each film

Samson and Delilah
Friday 15 July, 18:30, Stevenson Lecture Theatre

Samson and Delilah is a boldly realistic story of two Aboriginal teens who escape from the violence and poverty around them to live together in the Central Australian desert. It triumphed at the 2009 Australian film awards, and has been hailed around the world.
Director: Warwick Thornton, 2009, 101 minutes, Cert 15.

Followed by Night Cries: A Rural Tragedy, a sensitive short about an Aboriginal girl nursing her dying mother.
Director: Tracy Moffatt, 1990. 19 minutes.
£3, Members, and concessions £2

The Masks of Mer
Thursday 21 July, 13:15, Stevenson Lecture Theatre

A new documentary about the celebrated 1898 film made by Alfred Cort Haddon of dances in the Torres Strait Islands which helped launch visual anthropology. Acclaimed screenwriter Michael Eaton’s film looks at the evidence and questions what Haddon’s film really means.
Director: Michael Eaton, 2010,60 minutes, Cert PG
£3, Members and concessions £2

Friday 22 July, 16:30, Stevenson Lecture Theatre
A classic account of two white children who are befriended by an Indigenous boy on ‘walkabout’. Filmed mainly in the Northern Territory, it became a defining vision of the Outback for a generation. Newly remastered, it remains one of cinema’s great landscape-studies. Starring Jenny Agutter.
Director: Nicholas Roeg, 1971, 100 minutes, Cert 12

Followed by A Girl’s Own Story, an early short by Oscar-winning Jane Campion about simmering sexual tensions surrounding three teenage girls.
Director: Jane Campion, 1984, 27 minutes, Cert 15
£3, Members and concessions £2

The FJ Holden
Friday 5 August, 18:30, Stevenson Lecture Theatre
The yellow car of the title sums up the aspirations of Kevin and Bob as they roam Sydney’s bleak suburbs in this once controversial, now rarely seen, account of coming of age in 70s urban Australia.
Director: Michael Thornhill, 1977, 101 minutes. Cert TBC
£3, Members and concessions £2

For more information, go to the Australian Season section of the British Museum website.

Book through the British Museum Box Office:

Tel: 020 7323 8181

British Museum: Great Russell St, London, WC1B 3DG.

Nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road, Russell Sq, Holborn

Opening Hours: 10.00 – 17.30 Saturday  – Wednesday, 10.00 – 20.30, Thursday – Friday

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