The Goddess of 1967 MA 15+
JM, an avid Japanese car collector (played by Rikiya Kurokawa), travels to rural Australia in response to an advertisement for his dream vehicle – a Citroën DS, nicknamed ‘The Goddess’. JM gets more than he bargained for when a blind girl, BG (Rose Byrne), answers the door and hitches a ride with him to the outback opal mining town where she grew up.
Travelling together in the liminal space of the Citroën, the 2 outsiders experience flashbacks and begin to confront past traumas.
Lauded by critic Adrian Martin as a rare entry into the canon of Australian art cinema, and ‘undoubtedly one of the most exciting and groundbreaking Australian movies of recent years’, The Goddess of 1967 has drawn comparisons with the works of Lynne Ramsay and Stanley Kubrick.
Clara Law, once again teaming up with co-writer Eddie L.C Fong and cinematographer Dion Beebe, cast Rose Byrne in her first starring role, for which she won Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival in 2000.
‘Outstandingly original in both conception and realisation… the direction and acting are excellent, and Byrne’s mesmerizing performance as BG brilliantly inflected and unpredictable’ – Roderick Conway Morris, International Herald Tribune
Neither silent or moving
Neither perceivable or imperceptible,
Neither nothing or everything
A state of mystery, paradox, ambiguity
That was what I tried to capture in this film
- Clara Law
An Interview with Clara Law by Kathryn Millard, Senses of Cinema, 2001
Film notes courtesy of ACMI.
This title is held in the NFSA collection.
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