Senses of Cinema + Q&A TBC

Close up of a lightbox with strips of film placed on it.
30 March
Arc Cinema
$12 / $10
Dir: John Hughes, Tom Zubrycki, TBC, Australia, 2022, 89mins, DCP,

Senses of Cinema charts the cultural life of late 20th century Australia through the rise, fall and afterlife of the filmmakers’ co-operatives. It examines the passionate individuals who moved through them and the powerfully independent films they made.

Many of Australia’s most celebrated independent filmmakers began their creative lives in filmmakers’ co-ops. Jan Chapman, Gillian Armstrong and Phillip Noyce all fondly acknowledge the Sydney Filmmakers’ Co-op as a formative influence on their careers.

The documentary follows the development – and ultimate demise - of the Sydney and Melbourne co-ops. They embraced the international counterculture and emergent Australian cinema and came to distribute films supporting the women’s movement, Indigenous rights, prisoner’s rights and gay and lesbian liberation.

The stories of the co-ops – and their films - are vibrant, surprising and essential to Australian cultural history. It’s time to tell their tale.

Winner: Best Documentary, 2022 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards

‘Imbued with the spirit of productions from the ‘70s and ‘80s … [offers] valuable insights into the fabric of Australia’s film history’ – ScreenHub

Join us after the screening for a Q&A session with co-directors Tom Zubrycki and John Hughes and Sydney Co-op member Susan Lambert.



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