Clara Law Retrospective

A family of four people standing side by side in a room looking outside. They are all wearing dark sunglasses.
03-04 March
6:00pm, 2:00pm
Arc Cinema
$12 / $10 each session

Macau-born, Hong Kong-raised and Melbourne-based, Clara Law has always considered filmmaking first and foremost an art. With a filmography spanning nearly 4 decades and multiple countries of production, Law’s ongoing collaboration with husband and creative partner Eddie L.C Fong has recently culminated in Drifting Petals (2021), a dream-like piece of alternate cinema made over 5 years. 

Her 1996 feature Floating Life, credited as one of the first examples of Asian Australian cinema, was recently recognised for its cultural significance by the NFSA with a full digital restoration. Oscar-winning cinematographer Dion Beebe and renowned producer Bridget Ikin worked closely with the NFSA team on the restoration, which premiered at the Hong Kong Film Festival in 2021 and will have its Melbourne premiere at ACMI. 

The NFSA is proud to present a curated selection of Law’s work, also including The Goddess of 1967 (2000), and to have Law and Fong in attendance at select screenings.

Law has been instrumental in developing this program in collaboration with the NFSA and ACMI, nominating the films she feels best represent her career. A season of screenings will also take place at ACMI from 16 to 26 February. 

Film notes courtesy of ACMI.  



Floating Life + Q&A - 3 March, 6pm

The Goddess of 1967 - 4 March, 2pm

Drifting Petals + Q&A - 4 March, 6pm



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