Snapshot M

A young woman sits at what appears to be a table in a bar. She is looking unhappy with her head tilted away from an older man who is talking to her.
18 November
Arc Cinema
$12 / $10 or 5 film season pass $50 / $40
Dir: Simon Wincer, M, Australia, 1979, 92mins, DCP,

Director Simon Wincer's debut feature film is a racy Ozploitation thriller about a model stalked by a man in a Mr Whippy ice cream van.

Angela (Sigrid Thornton) is a young, naïve hairdresser in Melbourne aiming to save enough money to leave Australia and live overseas. She reluctantly agrees to pursue modelling to finance her dreams and is soon coerced into posing nude at a photoshoot.

Angela’s overbearing mother (Chantal Contouri) is not pleased and locks Angela out of the house. Angela turns reluctantly to her ex-boyfriend Daryl (Vincent Gil), an ice-cream truck driver, for help but soon rejects him. Absorbed into the modelling world, Angela now finds herself menaced by the constant and creepy presence of a Mr Whippy Van...

Wincer’s film culminates in a bizarre sequence of events soundtracked by the unsettling use of the Mr Whippy music. Released during the heyday of the Australian New Wave, Snapshot’s central coming-of-age story is grounded by Sigrid Thornton, giving her first lead performance in a feature film.

‘Simon Wincer's [Snapshot] is a feminist melodrama ever tinged with the faint odour of burning flesh’

This film is held in the NFSA collection.


Logo that says 'Umbrella Entertainment' in block text. Above the 'u' is the top of a small yellow umbrella.




Presented in collaboration with Umbrella Entertainment.

This film is part of the NFSA's Australian New Wave program. See the full program listing here.



Bookings are essential for all ticketed events. Learn about measures we have in place to keep you COVID-safe here. See the ACT Government COVID-19 website for more information.


Be rewarded for every paid screening, event or exhibition at the NFSA every time you visit. Your seventh visit is free. More details on Club NFSA at our Ticketing page.