MIFF Premiere Fund/Post-Punk Dossier

To coincide with the 58th Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), Senses of Cinema has commissioned a range of articles on some of the Australian films being screened at the festival. It is highlighted by articles on two films from the MIFF Premiere Fund that portray significant and somewhat contrastive episodes in the history of Australia’s relationship with Indonesia: the opening night film, Balibo (directed by Robert Connolly), set in East Timor during Indonesia’s 1975 invasion, and John Hughes’ documentary on the making of Joris Ivens’ Indonesia Calling (1946). MIFF 2009 also features a curated retrospective program of Australian post-punk films. The following articles provide valuable insights, revealing reinterpretations and amusing behind-the-scenes anecdotes to help appreciate the significant and ongoing impact of this subculture on the local film industry.