Chips Rafferty double feature

4 January
From 2:00pm
Location informationArc Cinema
Event cost$10/$8 (double feature + free discussion)

Chips Rafferty double feature - The Overlanders and The Sundowners plus FREE discussion with Andrew Pike.


2:00pm: The Overlanders: 1946 | G | 91mins | Australia| D: Harry Watt (pictured)

When the Japanese threaten Australia in 1942, a drover moves his stock out of harm’s way.

‘Visually and aurally, this never feels like [Harry] Watt’s first rodeo - while his first film Nine Men (1943) also featured similar western traits (the isolated building, a small bunch of men repelling a larger force of ‘others’, saved by a cavalry of sorts), here he jumps straight into the wide open landscapes, hard-worn men on horseback, dust-wreathed prairies, and herd of cattle as though born to it. The film lives and dies by its location shooting and situations - the epic landscapes which dwarf the figures within it, the small dramas of crossing a crocodile-infested river, catching wild horses or nighttime stampedes - and the reality of this work remains impressive 65 years later, when thundering cattle would be CGI-d in, not rounded up and made to crash through rivers until they got the perfect shot.’ – Dr Keith M Johnston, The Huffington Post.

4:00pm: Creating the Chips Rafferty Legend (FREE)

Talk presented by noted film historian Dr Andrew Pike.

5:00pm: The Sundowners: 1960 | G | 141mins | Australia | D: Fred Zinnemann

A big-budget Hollywood drama shot and set in rural Oz about a sheep-droving family looking to make roots.

'The easygoing pace allows Zinnemann to build his characters and examine the odd outback lifestyle, where most men are single and life is hard on women. Melodramatic intrigues are avoided and there are no murders or illicit romances. Someone picking up a gun does not mean that it will be used. The carousing sheep wranglers are a colorful bunch that brawls without holding grudges. The only real foe is nature. Robert Mitchum's Paddy chases off predators that threaten the flock and almost loses his life to a brush fire. He's an experienced yet emotionally immature man, prone to squandering his savings in drinking binges. The real story arc is his slow realization that he needs to respect Ida's need to put down roots.' - Glenn Erickson, DVD Talk.


See more events in Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits program.

The NFSA holds a significant number of notebooks, albums and images from The Overlanders (1946). Daphne Campbell’s personal photograph album and collection of images from The Overlanders shoot in the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, 10 November 2017 to 4 March 2018.