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Baz Luhrmann Retrospective
Baz Luhrmann is without doubt one of Australia’s most successful film directors of all time. Though he may not be as prolific as some of the great Australian directors who preceded him into the international arena (Peter Weir, Phillip Noyce, Gillian Armstrong), he is without doubt one of the most broadly well known Australian film directors at work today. Luhrmann and the creative and business team behind, and with him, collectively working under the company banner, Bazmark, have succeeded over the past two decades in always creating unique feature films, opera documentary, art works and television commercial campaigns.
The Red Curtain Trilogy of Strictly Ballroom, Romeo+Juliet and Moulin Rouge are each in their own way, unique expressions of film craft, at its best, as well as thoroughly engaging and highly entertaining stories. Australia his last feature is an epic ode in the Hollywood tradition, to his home country.
The Bazmark trademark style has often lead to Luhrmann’s work being critically undervalued, miss-read and misunderstood. Baz Luhrmann is a true visionary cineaste. At once very much at home in the craft of cinema story telling, whilst keen to any opportunity to lavish his audience with the real potential of story telling on such an epic canvas. The Bazmark voice is a truly unique one and it is Luhrmann who sits at its helm and drives. AFFI is proud to screen for the first time anywhere in the world the complete Red Curtain trilogy, Australia and (on-line only - a selection Luhrmann’a other projects
Strictly Ballroom
RUNNING TIME - 94 mins
DIRECTOR - Baz Luhrmann
Cannes Film Festival, Bogota Film Festival, Chicago Film Festival, Golden Globes USA, Vancouver International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Robert Festival, London Critics Circle Film Awards, BAFTA awards, AFI award
A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner.
Strictly Ballroom launched onto the world in Cannes in 1992. A standing ovation and curtain calls for its midnight screening simultaneously heralded the talent of Baz Lurhmann and the Bazmark creative team. Its Australian domestic cinema release also helped shift Australian films back into the limelight, both at home and overseat
I was in that screening in Cannes, and a FRIPRESCI Jury member . I had seen the film before the Festival, and immediately fallen in love with its brave beauty and bravado, its naïveté and sophistication. Luhrmann and his team had worked the story and the style for some years before this highly original story hit the screen, and Baz himself had already well established a wild child reputation in his homeland of Australia. But the spontaneous response of an international critical and industry audience in the world’s largest and most renowned International Film Festival was both a rush to me and a boost to Australia’s international reputation. I so believed in the both the beauty and importance of the film, but clean of any “national pride’, that I fought to have the film fought with the FRIPRESCI Jury for a critics prize for the film! History shows I failed. No matter everyone in that screening knew then and there that they were witnessing the birth of would have to be a brilliant career.
Strictly went on to have a spectacular release in Australia and success all around the world
Strictly Ballroom has never been released in India!
“an art-house crowd pleaser. … entrancing entertainment” - Rolling stone
“…crosses Astaire and Rodgers with… a dash of Spinal Tap” – Roger Ebert
Romeo & Juliet
RUNNING TIME - 120 mins
DIRECTOR - Baz Luhrmann
Nominated for Oscar, Academy Awards, USA, BAFTA Awards, Australian Film Institute, Berlin International Film Festival, London Critics Circle Film Awards, MTV Movie Awards, European Film Awards, Motion Pictures Sound Editors, USA
Classic story of Romeo and Juliet, set in a modern-day city of Verona Beach. The Montagues and Capulets are two feuding families, whose children meet and fall in love. They have to hide their love from the world because they know that their parents will not allow them to be together. There are obstacles on the way, like Juliet's cousin, Tybalt, and Romeo's friend Mercutio, and many fights. But although it is set in modern times, it is still the same timeless story of the "star crossed lovers"
When Romeo+Juliet was released for Christmas 1996 the chatter from both sides of the Shakespeare fence was fabulous to hear. Luhrmann and the Bazmark team had taken one of Shakespeare’s most well known, most cherished and most adapted plays and, with unbelievable brilliance, spectacularly crash landed it into the contemporary zeitgeist. Every element of the version is meticulously tempered to both revere and reveal. Casting/Direction/Music/Design everything about this version of the greatest love story ever told is pitch perfect; a film for all times and all peoples. – AFFI
First released in India 14 February 1997 on 3 prints
“a whirlwind of hardball action, rowdy humor and rapturous romance.” - Rolling Stone
“stunning “ – Urban Cinefile
Moulin Rouge
RUNNING TIME - 127 mins
DIRECTOR - Baz Luhrmann
71 award wins including 2 Oscars and 82 nominations
The year is 1899, and Christian, a young English writer, has come to Paris to follow the Bohemian revolution taking hold of the city's drug and prostitute infested underworld. And nowhere is the thrill of the underworld more alive than at the Moulin Rouge, a night club where the rich and poor men alike come to be entertained by the dancers, but things take a wicked turn for Christian as he starts a deadly love affair with the star courtesan of the club, Satine. But her affections are also coveted by the club's patron: the Duke. A dangerous love triangle ensues as Satine and Christian attempt to fight all odds to stay together but a force that not even love can conquer is taking its toll on Satine...
Of all of Luhrmann’s features Moulin Rouge is the one that has the most obvious and strongest ties to the Masala cinema of Bollywood. This rich and exciting film is a musical in the truest sense of the word, and one that blends and plays with, both genre and form. An all star cast, lavish song and dance routines, stunning sets and rich production design all meld in amazingly energetic and confident direction to deliver a wonderfully entertaining romance. As with all of Luhrmann’s work the audience is invited into a world where reality is left at the door and replaced with a rich and wholly satisfying cinematic experience. -AFFI
First released in India 29June 2001 on 6 prints
“a wonderful cutting-edge opera.” - Washington Post
“Red hot”- San Francisco Chronicle
RUNNING TIME - 165 mins
DIRECTOR - Baz Luhrmann
Nominated for Oscar, Australian Film Institute, Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, Motion Pictures Sound Editors USA, IF Award, Australian Screen Sound Guild Award
In 1939, the aristocratic Lady Sarah Ashley travels from Great Britain to Australia to meet her husband Maitland Ashley in northern Australia. The husband's drover comes to the city of Darwin to bring Sarah to their farm; however, when they reach Faraway Downs Farm, they find that Maitland was murdered. Sarah befriends Nullah, who tells her that the administrator Neil Fletcher is stealing her cattle; has killed her husband; and is working for the cattle baron King Carney. Sarah fires Fletcher and his men and together with Drover, Nullah and a group of loyal employees, they ride together to take the cattle to supply the army and win a tender in times of war. But the ambitious Fletcher has other intentions and uses Nullah to press Sarah
Australia, the latest of Luhrmann’s works, is further testament to the director’s absolute love of and deep understanding of the art, craft and business of cinema. In the true Hollywood mold, Luhrmann and his team have created a story which is epic in its sweep and intimate in its telling. In the tradition of Gone With the Wind, and other great studio classics, Australia is at once a rollicking adventure story, part romance, part thriller, part western and more than that a story with deeper resonances. Again, for lovers of Luhrmann and his oevre, a wholly satisfying and rich experience.- AFFI
First released in India 2 January 2009 on 41 prints
“gorgeous…exhilarating….sweeping romantic melodrama” –Roger Ebert
RUNNING TIME - 75 mins
DIRECTOR - Tanzeal Rahim
In 2007 Phillip Muirhouse was on a promotional tour to launch his book on supernatural phenomena, 'The Dead Country'. His publishers scheduled a radio interview in Junee, New South Wales, and for the author to be filmed inside a local tourist trap, The Monte Cristo Homestead, known as 'the most haunted house in Australia'. As part of a publicity stunt, he planned to stay inside the house for one night. The events, which took place, were recorded in real time on audio devices and high tech motion-activated cameras. By morning three people were found dead. Muirhouse was later found by police staggering along a country lane covered in blood.
Tanzeal Rahim has crafted an unusual and original take on the classic Haunted house horror movie. Muirhouse is again a great example of the sort of innovation and originality at play in the independent film production sector in Australia. - AFFI
Black and White & Sex
RUNNING TIME - 92 mins
DIRECTOR - John Winter
Official Selection- International Film Festival Rotterdam, Sydney Film Festival, Brisbane International Film Festival, Taipei Film Festival, Pacific Meridian Vladivostok
An intimate Australian feature film about sex and sexuality...
Mother, lover or whore? Candid and seductive, Angie (played by 8 different actresses), is determined to set the record straight about sex. As she reveals herself, layer-by-layer, she also exposes the man who is interviewing her.
John Winter’s first feature as director, after two decades as a very successful producer, is the work of a true maverick. From a script he wrote, which was honed over many years and after much research, Winter self funded this audacious and very edgy journey into one of our great taboos, prostitution. With a mind to enthrall, (or appall!) his audience, at least just enough to jolt them into taking a good look at themselves, and their, sometimes, firmly held beliefs, and misconceptions, Winter has delivered both intellectually and aesthetically. Shot in crisp black and white, perfectly framed and cut, and wonderfully cast Black & White & Sex is power-packed 90 minute journey into several very interesting lifetimes. And a testament to the driven creative energy and originality of the writer director- AFFI
“confrontational, erotic and intellectual ….cinematographic striptease" - Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam
"bold, audacious and throbbingly original" Crikey
"BRAVURA filmmaking on a taboo subject... This is a singular film that is destined to be recognised and acclaimed in the future. 8/10” - Andrew Urban, - Sun Herald
"confronting, intriguing, sensual" - Louise Keller, Urbancinefile
"bold, audacious and throbbingly original" - Crikey
"brave…imaginative’. ABC TV At the Movies
" times….shocking... " - David Stratton, The Australian
"an edgy, confronting and captivating exploration of sex and seduction" - Filmink
"sexy and funny" - International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012
"Knockout performances from the eight Angies" - Sydney Film Festival
Bathing Franky
RUNNING TIME - 101 mins
DIRECTOR - Owen Elliott
When Steve (Shaun Goss) is released from prison, he is unable to connect with his girlfriend Susie (Bree Desborough), as he is still haunted by his relationship with a fellow inmate.

Taking a ‘meals-on-wheels’ job, he meets Rodney (Henri Szeps), a wildly irrepressible older man, who is the full time carer for his invalid mother Franky (Maria Venuti) who, when not confined to a wheelchair, gets about on her modified ride-on lawn mower.

Rodney is a “backyard magician” who loves to fly kites, tap dance, tell stories, juggle and speak French and Italian! And he brings the same vaudevillian exuberance to the way he "cares" for his mother, Franky. Rodney is torn between the love and the loyalty that he feels for his ailing and dependent mother on the one hand, and the desire to lead his own life. Steve is captivated by the older pair’s extravagant world of make-believe and a close friendship between the men develops. The story deals with the issues of forgiveness, reconciliation and hope; and the double edged sword of imagination and fantasy as a means for dealing with the harsher aspects of life and reality.
Bathing Franky is made in the true indi spirit: a self funded truly individual and original story, told with real passion and originality with an eye on commercial success but its heart and mind rooted firmly in love of and respect for its audience. It is the best of many such films made each year in Australia. Black & White & Sex is another fine example of Independent feature production in Australia - AFFI
“Confronting, raw and often surprising” – Urban Cinefile
Documentary is the most powerful form of filmmaking. At its best it informs, entertains, reveals injustice , enlivens debate and most importantly takes the viewer on a journey that is both personal to the director and universal to the audience. It is a form that requires dedication and diligence of the maker, and an ability to pursue the subject to its absolute end.

Each of these five documentaries, in their own way, reveals the best of Australia’s documentary works. From Mrs Carey’s Concert, by Bob Connolly, one of Australia’s pre-eminent documentary filmmakers to Yes Madam Sir, The Kiran Bedi story, this program will give viewers a rare view of the scope of our storytelling interest and amazing talent at work today in Australia in this field.
Mrs Carey’s Concert
RUNNING TIME - 95 mins
DIRECTOR - Bob Connolly, Sophie Raymond
Australian Director’s Guild, Australian Film Institute, Australian Screen Sound Guild, Logie Awards
At a Sydney girls’ school, music director Karen Carey prepares her students for a concert at the Opera House. Believing in the transformative power of great music, Carey insists upon a classical repertoire, and requires the participation of every girl in the school. The teacher inspires many of her girls, but some do not share her passion and are not afraid to say so.

Her greatest challenge will be firing up the unwilling, and her antagonist is 16 year old Iris Shi. Waging open warfare against authority, the charismatic Iris is the focal point of student resistance to Carey’s Opera House ambitions, and the only girl who gets seriously under her skin. Emily Sun is Carey’s star musician and a different sort of headache – a gifted but troubled teenager on the threshold of a brilliant musical career if Mrs Carey’s Concert is about music making and coming of age, about talent and courage, compliance and rebellion. About those prepared to open their minds and hearts to what the world has to offer … and those yet to discover the potential within.
“A glorious hymn to music and education” – Variety
“An absorbing and revealing musical journey “- Filmink
Yes Madam, Sir.
RUNNING TIME - 95 mins
DIRECTOR - Megan Doneman
Best Documentary and Human Rights Award- Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Hot on the heels of 'Slumdog Millionaire' comes YES MADAM, SIR, the inspiring non-fiction feature film by award-winning Australian filmmaker, Megan Doneman, on the life story of India's most controversial revolutionary, Kiran Bedi. Narrated by Academy Award© winner Helen Mirren, and filmed over six years, YES MADAM, SIR has been scooping the awards and garnering rave reviews during its run on the worldwide film festival circuit.
“...Megan Doneman has created a dynamic and editorially rigorous profile of this adored public figure, whose radical methods and running battle with bureaucracy made headlines from 1972 until her retirement in 2007....Carrying her own camera and editing her pictures, debutante Doneman multitasks with distinction.” — Richard Kuipers, Variety
“...But Sir isn't pure celebration; the egoism beneath Bedi's altruism, and the self-absorption that costs Bedi's daughter and husband dearly, are also shown. The result dazzles: a depiction of enviable heroism within a flawed and recognizably human persona.” — Ernest Hardy, Village Voice
“An enthralling chronicle….dynamic and editorially rigorous” – Variety
“An eye-opening and inspiring documentary” – Filmink
The Curse of the Gothic Symphony
RUNNING TIME - 82 mins
DIRECTOR - Randall Wood
In December 2010 over five hundred performers came together under the baton of maestro John Curro to perform Havergal Brian's monster of a symphony - the Gothic. Filmed over seven years in Australia and the UK this is a gripping, funny and inspirational story about the quest by a group of music lovers to stage the Mt.Everest of classical music. The Curse of the Gothic Symphony reveals the passion, the obsession, the incalculable scale required to stage a massive event that has eluded others for eighty years.
“Positively orgasmic…..gripping…..takes us inside the belly of the creative beast” - Urban Cinefile
“charming” - Variety
"Delightful...A fine portrait of obsession in action"- The New Yorker
"A revelation... Absorbing."- The Australian
"A fun, feisty portrait of artistic eccentricity"- The Age
RUNNING TIME - 102 mins
DIRECTOR - PriaViswalingam
Official selection-Byron Bay Film Festival
“We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs.” Kenneth Clark

All civilisations rise and fall. For 300 years, the Judeo-Christian West has been the world’s pre-eminent civilisation. So, where is the West on the timeline? Many have theorised about the fall of western civilisation but now we appear to have the evidence.

Low birth rates, ageing populations, debt-laden economies and immigration – the West consumes without consequence, loves without longevity and lives without meaning. Peak oil, climate change, the GFC is the world without.Decadence, a lush essay-style documentary filmed in ten countries, is about the world within, about us. About what we have gained and lost. About a new renaissance or a final dark age? You choose.
“made with passion and conviction, and succeeds” – The Australian
“Intelligent, thoughtful…..compelling” Filmink
Missing in the land of Gods
RUNNING TIME - 82 mins
DIRECTOR - DavorDirlic
Nominated for the Australian Documentary Prize, Sydney Film Festival
‘Missing In The Land Of Gods’ is a road-movie about Jock and Di Chambers, two Australian parents who travel through India in search of their youngest son Ryan, who went missing in 2005. What will they ultimately find? An examination of love, hope, acceptance and grief; ‘Missing in the Land of Gods’ takes you on a journey you’ll never forget.
Bollywood Star
RUNNING TIME - 4 episodes * 60 minutes
CREATED BY - WTFN Entertainment
Bollywood Star is a four-part series that gives ordinary Australians the chance to win a life-changing prize: a role in legendary Bollywood director Mahesh Bhatt’s next Bollywood movie.

Filmed in Australia and in the heart of the Bollywood film industry, Mumbai, India, the series tracks hundreds of hopefuls from the open auditions, through to the Top 6 who are selected to go to India and face Mahesh in the final showdown.

In India, the Top 6 undergo intensive acting and dance training. They’re immersed deep into Indian life and are pushed emotionally like never before. Ultimately, only one person will win the role in the movie, and finally make their dreams of becoming a Bollywood Star a reality.
The Australian Film TV and Radio school is Australia’s leading film television and radio production school. Established in 1972 as part of the Commonwealth Government’s strategy to promote the development of Australia’s cultural activity, AFTRS was opened to students in 1973 with the first intake of 12 students including directors Gillian Armstrong, Phillip Noyce and Chris Noonan.

Graduates from the institution’s tertiary education programs have gone on to national and international success.

Each year students graduating produce a short work to demonstrate the culmination of their 3 years of training. This progam is a compilation of the 2100 and 2012 graduate student works
12.30 pm 14th , 15th & 17th of December
Nehru Science Centre Planetarium
Teen Murti House, Teen Murti Marg, Chanakya Puri
CORAL REKINDLING VENUS – Australia. Running time 22mins. Artist Lynette Wallworth
AWARDS AND FESTIVALS -The World Science Festival, The London Cultural Olympiad, Melbourne International Film Festival, August 2012, Melbourne Arts Festival, October 2012, Brisbane International Film Festival, November 2012, Breath of Fresh Air Festival, November 2012
PRIZES WINNER – Art Prize at DomeFest 2012, the ‘Oscars’ of fulldome
“Imagine global co-operation for a global problem. Imagine corals as the barometer of climate change. Imagine we are the pivot point. Imagine rekindling Venus.

My intent is to leave the audience with a sense of wonder for the complexity of the coral community and a deep-felt longing to see it survive.

What is apparent when you watch the film is the remarkable survival mechanisms already at play in the community of coral reefs, mechanisms that will be put to the test in the coming years. We might see ourselves as two different communities interconnected in our own survival”. - Lynette Wallworth
An exquisite beauty…. the film was fascinating for me and for the audience too. Lynette has made an exquisite piece of art. " - Claudio Sergio Creta Buenos Aires Planetarium Director

“… audible gasps filled the room, audience members clasped their hands to their chests and a few left the planetarium in tears. Through imagery and music, Wallworth offered audience members an opportunity to gain a personal connection to our oceans.” - The Huffington Post

“Coral has a wonderful sense of rhythm – quite breath-taking. From start to finish, it's a beautiful cascade.” - Spoonfed

“Visually stunning – haunting and often emotional” – Sublime
"If I was to die now I would want to die watching this film .With it's colors, emotions, sensations I feel I could make a seamless transition from the beauty of the earth to the Beauty of the infinite."- Francoise Taxil Cezanne
Coral RKV is a remarkable work that takes the craft of cinema and story telling to new frontiers. It is an important work for many reasons, not the least of which its plea to save our oceans. It was released first for the Transit of Venus on June 5-6 2012, and has since gone onto much acclaim. In 2013 the Film will tour across the United States in partnership with the Sundance Institute - AFFI
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