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AFTRS 50th – Alumni short films at the NFSA

October 23, 2023

The Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) is marking its 50th anniversary at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia with a program of newly-restored short films from some of the school’s most celebrated alumni.

The selection showcases the first forays into filmmaking of some of the founding class of ’73 – Gillian Armstrong, Phillip Noyce and Chris Noonan – alongside distinguished directing alumni from the past 50 years: Ivan Sen, Cate Shortland, Robert Connolly, Sue Brooks, Catriona McKenzie and Jane Campion, whose 1986 Cannes Palme d’Or for Best Short Film prize winner Peel, is part of the program.

Gillian Armstrong will be a special guest at the screening with her AFTRS’ film One Hundred a Day kicking off the program.


One Hundred A Day – Gillian Armstrong  Set in a 1930s shoe factory in Sydney, a young girl continues to work at her machine after a visit to a backyard abortionist.

Bulls – Chris Noonan  The story of young girl’s isolation living on a remote dairy farm in the late 1930s.  

Caravan Park – Phillip Noyce  When their car breaks down on the way to Queensland, a family is forced to take up residence at a caravan park while the father tries to earn enough money to get the car repaired.  

Peel – Jane Campion  Winner of the 1986 Cannes Palme d’Or for Best Short Film – making Campion the first woman and only New Zealander to ever achieve the honour – her first film school project was inspired by her childhood and is vividly portrayed by a real family of rambunctious redheads.   

The Drover’s Wife – Sue BrooksThe Australian myth of Russell Drysdale’s painting The Drover’s Wife, retold from a different perspective.  

Mr Ikegami’s Flight – Robert Connolly  Mr Ikegami is in Sydney on business. Back in Tokyo, his wife Seisuko is expecting their first child. A tale of divided loyalties.

Warm Strangers – Ivan Sen  The last moments in the life of Jess, a young Aboriginal man. Fatally wounded, he attempts to reunite with his father whom he has not seen for 15 years. 

Joy – Cate Shortland  Thursday night. Late night shopping. Joy wants to have fun.

The Third Note – Catriona McKenzie  A blind woman and her neighbour discover a common bond after battling each other with sound.   

106 minutes | Unclassified 15+


October 23, 2023
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National Film & Sound Archive
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