Sydney Underground Movies 1965-1970

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20 films from Australian avant-garde filmmakers

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Disc 1: 

Blunderball (1966)
Man and His World (1966)
Puncture (1966)
Halftone (1966)
RIta and Dundi (1966)
The Film (1966)
Bluto (1967)

Disc 2: 

The Tribulations of Mr DuPont Nomore (1967)
Transition (1967)
Super Block High (1967)
Moon Virility (1967)
Bolero (1967)
Boobs a Lot (1968)
Mad Mesh (1968)
David Perry (1968)
Tobias Icarus Age 4 (1968)
A Sketch on Abigayl's Belly (1968)
Infinity Girl (1968)
Album (1970)

Disc 3: 

Marinetti (1969)

 Ubu Films was formed in Sydney in mid-1965 by Albie Thoms, David Perry, Aggy Read and John Clark - the group adopted the name of Alfred Jarry's main character (Père Ubu) from his legendary 1896 satirical play Ubu Roi. Emerging from the restrictive conservatism of Australia's post-war period, Sydney's vibrant underground culture would provide the seeing ground for creative experiment.

This digital collection of 16mm films made by the Ubu Films group presents a unique opportunity to reconsider the wealth of invention that signifies one of the most important cultural periods in Australia. The Ubu Films group would take advantage of hiring vacant threatres, halls and cinemas for the purpose of screening new independent works. In a sense, Ubu's film screenings became a form of social celebration amongst a young radical community which the films emanated from.

The films within this collection exemplify a period of unbridled creative experimentation that flourish during Ubu's brief five year period preceding institutional control of the arts in Australia. The three disc set begins appropriately with an introduction by Phillip Noyce - the internationally renowned film director who as a school student, was inspired by Ubu to take up filmmaking and became the first Manager of the Sydney Filmmakers Coop in 1970.


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