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Map series 1.  Video and text

Factory Lane

I’m making a series of short films based on the geological map of the Murray River area where I grew up. This is the first about the lane that lead from our house to the Butter Factory

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Eyes still blue.

Dr Woods  & the  "Pyjama Girl" case

Dr Woods conducted the post-mortem to this murder that had all the salacious ingredients to keep the story in the tabloids for a year.

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The Dr. Woods Collection

Low Res (mostly) transfers of the films of Dr L.S.Woods

All the 8mm transfers, on one page.

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News from Home

short diary messages to friends

Instead of waiting for the folders on my archive hard drives to fill up before editing, I’ve been making these short films while I still remember what I wanted to say. Don’t fret about them.

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Memory

An ongoing collection

A collection of quotes from my reading that say something about memory that resonate and I probably won’t remember.

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House with a secret

and other school yard stories

This film was made for a competition, I think run by Melbourne’s The Age, or maybe it was just that their film reviewer Colin Bennett was the judge. It was never finished in time for the competition, and then became a document of a Corryong High School Open Day.

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This is Corryong

and this is my first documentary

I worked at a local chemist camera counter to pay off my first standard 8 camera. They offered me the job when I asked about the price of one in the window. My parents gave me a first roll of Kodachrome and I started this film.

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James Baldwin and Richard Avendon

Being Black and Black and White

I was reminded of Avendon and Baldwin by a Monoskop reference to the book ‘Nothing Personal’. I had this paperback copy because, well, at the time (late sixties) to be up with pop-culture, you had to.

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Charon and The Psychopomps

not a pop group - a modern myth.

I probably first heard of Charon from Robert Graves “Greek Myths” but ‘paying the ferryman’ is, at least in my generation, a common term.  In the back of it all is the love story of stupid Cupid and the silly, mortal Psyche. I made a video.

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Santa Claus, flying reindeer and other stories

Feeling lucky? Four leaf clovers, leprechauns, horseshoes and Fly Agaric.

After a hippie era testing of ‘magic’ psylocibe< mushrooms when I was violently ill, (trippy but ill), I'll pass on testing the fly agaric's hallucinogenic qualities.

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Transferring standard 8mm to video

16x9, 4x3 and overscan

A 4×3 scan (from my cheap scanner) sitting in 16×9 widescreen tv frame. The black ‘sidebars’ and top and bottom black detract in a standard TV screen presentation – 1920 x 1080 – but are true to the original. This is barely a HD quality scan. A 4K scan, transferred ‘Overscan’ with the top and […]

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Ripping off The Beatles

A teenage fan-boy story

I was a Beatles fan much like everyone my (teen) age at Corryong High School, I wanted to let my hair grow, and I wanted to see ‘Hard Days Night’ .

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Between Sleep and Waking

By Georges Perec from Paris Review

“There ought to be texts on the subject, authoritative texts that would enable one to deal with these situations, far commoner than is generally believed.”

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Crow

Black as...

I could never say I love them. In fact I was brought up to hate them and like a lapsed Catholic still feel there is an original sin that I’m denying by appreciating their beauty.

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Travelling with Basho - to the deep north

A travelling companion

Basho’s travel writing give us insight into what drove this poet to keep searching for meaning and enlightenment. It inspired lots of experimental film titles, including some of mine, here’s one. Explained.

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The Valley Theatre, Traralgon

The Super 8 record

I took a roll of 35mm images around my parents La Trobe Cinema and lent them to my mother, both now long gone. These are from a 4fps film of the day when Jim Lawrence leased it to my parents in June 1973. That I still have.

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Captain Crunch

The original phonehacker

We need our computer folk heroes, and if they come with an air of danger around them, it restores the feeling that we were on the digital frontier. Another story from MM, for the last print issue June 1995.

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Bill O'Donovan - the Secret City 'Dementia' Interview

from Australian MultiMedia 2000

Artist Bill O’Donovan came into the MM office with his folio, just as we were doing our last print issue, so we couldn’t offer him any work. All we could suggest was, that he stick around, and we’ll do something together on the web.

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Cimetière de Villevallier

France 1980

What could be more romantic than a boat trip down the Yonne river? A cemetery of course. This was the start of the journey. Look out for the locks! Video coming soon.

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Hermannsburg Cemetery 2009

In June 2009 visiting Jan’s friend Jane, who was working in Alice Springs, we drove out to Hermannsburg Mission, known as the home of, and the landscapes of painter Albert Namatjira.

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Hillend Wedding 1974

There were lots of filmmaker friends and even cameras we passed around, so the results are of variable quality. I’m grateful to have all this. In spite of omens there’s happiness here (and a lot of hair!)

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RMIT SRC 50 Years Reunion

A Catalyst photographer returns

In 2016, a group of the original 1966 RMIT SRC were invited back for a 50 years Anniversary. I said yes, and I’ll take some video. People change in fifty years, some more than others.

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On creating an Archive

and letting things go <delete> ...no wait!

“Today everything is archive and everyone an archivist. People everywhere constantly create, collect, document, make lists, inventories, classify, store, retrieve, and reuse all kinds of information.” Here’s a look at forgetting things.

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Mike Kuchar

A visit by a Kuchar Brother

Mike Kuchar came to present his and identical twin brother George’s films at the Coop. We introduced him to a few of our filmmaker friends – the Super 8 movie shows a night at Michael Lee (and Magda’s) house and recording a video interview.

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Hugh McSpedden

Light. Show. Artist

Hugh McSpedden was always part of the Melbourne alternative film community from the early days of the Film Co-op. His light shows were integral to the T.F. Much Ballroom and other concerts I attended. I’m finding bits in my film archives of him, so I’ve started this page.

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J-L.Godard

Everything is cinema

“Truffaut’s ‘The 400 Blows’ was only the setup. ‘Breathless’ was the knockout blow. If ‘The 400 Blows’ was the February revolution, ‘Breathless’ was October.” Richard Brody.

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Sony Mavica CD-1000, June 2000

the alt.manual for a Multimedia innovator

What’s hard to remember is that we had little option for portable digital image storage other than floppy disk, or limited built-in RAM. This was my first digital camera, recording stills, movies and sound on a mini CD.

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Peter Webb MP

Calls these hills home

Another update from the Country Diary. About a visit to the property of the National Party member for Monaro in 2002. More osage, some tree-lucerne. Sheep. Bigger pictures. And those Brindabellas.

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Osage oranges

and a few hawthorn berries

This is from 2002, and my Bungendore Country Diary about some ‘Osage Events’ that synchronised. You can either read the story then watch the pictures or just wing it and hit play. Think of this as a slide show. With music. And words.

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The legacy of Margaret Fulton

...and your mother's cookbook

At the National Museum of Australia, the C.W.A had gathered their favourite Anzac biscuits and Margaret and a staff chef picked out an audience member to make a batch. ( Do you like yours chewy or crunchy?)

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