Internationally renowned Australian filmmaker Phillip Noyce was captivated by the avant-garde film movement in the late 1960s while still in high school. His early works cover a variety of styles from narrative fiction and documentary to experimental expression.
This NFSA exclusive includes the feature documentary Good Afternoon, plus six of Phillip Noyce's earliest short films.
"A multiple screen, colour recreation of the incredible eight-day Aquarius Arts Festival held in Canberra, 1971. A radical new departure in documentary filmmaking; two screens bursting with pulsating images overpowering the mind as 10,000 young people and performers do their own thing amidst the antiseptic environment that is our capital city. Australia's counter-culture at work and play. An important social document." (Filmmakers Co-operatives Catalogue of Independent Film 1975/6)
Phillip Noyce Early Works 1970-1974 - SHORT FILMS
Home 1971 | 1 min | B&W | SILENT
A single frame camera exploration of the home, inside and out, including its inhabitants and pets.
Sun 1971 | 2 mins | B&W | SILENT
"The beautiful pulsating winter sun discovered by a single frame camera." - Filmmakers Co-operatives Catalogue of Independent Film.
Memories 1971 | 4 mins | B&W | SILENT
Flames in a fireplace and smoke in the bush outside evoke memories in us all. Noyce intended the film to be screened with a "smell track" of burning eucalyptus leaves.
Intersection 1971 | 3 mins | B&W
"An exploration of a specific area of space and time. The space: 360 degrees of action at a traffic intersection, and the time: the period of waiting before the lights change - the illusion that time is running slower than normally." - Cantrill's Film Notes 1971.
Finks Make Movies 1973 | 10 mins | COLOUR
"The infamous Finks bikie gang caught off-guard as they shoot their latest 8mm movie epic: the story of a bikie and hillbilly showdown. " - Filmmakers Co-operatives Catalogue of Independent Film 1975/6
Renegades: Fragments from a Diary of Three Years' Experience 1970 - 1973 1974 | 19 mins | B&W
A fragmented film, largely following street performer George Shevtsov at the 1970 Vietnam Moratorium, the Odyssey Pop Festival at Wallacia in 1971, and street theatre sneezing for lunchtime crowds. The film then takes a darker turn, contrasting audio from a court case with footage of police.
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Director: Phil Noyce
Editing: Kit Guyatt
Photography: Tom Cowan
Sound: Peter Tammer
Production Manager: Byron Kennedy
Sponsored by the Aquarius Foundation
Year: 1971 (NFSA release 2016)
Running Time: 58 Minutes
Total Running Time 96 Minutes
Classification: Exempt from classification
Curriculum Links: Drama Studies, Theatre and Performance Studies; Film, Cinema and Screen Studies.
NFSA BLOG: Phillip Noyce – adventures in the avant-garde