CHIPS RAFFTERY DOUBLE FEATURE – OVERLANDERS AND SUNDOWNERS
THE OVERLANDERS: THURS 4 JAN, 2PM | Arc Cinema
1946 | G | 91mins | AUSTRALIA | D: Harry Watt
During WWII, as the Japanese threaten Australia, 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 night time stampedes - and the reality of this work remains impressive sixty-five 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, Huffington Post
The Collection of the National Film and Sound Archive holds a significant number of notebooks, albums and images from The Overlanders (1946) and. Daphne Campbell’s personal photograph album and collection of images from the Overlanders shoot feature in the exhibition Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery Nov 11 2017 to March 12 2018.
Discussion: CREATING THE CHIPS RAFFERTY LEGEND
THURS 4 JAN, 4PM | Arc Cinema | Free
Presented by noted film historian Andrew Pike
THE SUNDOWNERS: THURS 4 JAN, 5PM | Arc Cinema
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