The AFI (Australian Film Institute) Research Collection is a unique and highly regarded resource of international importance, proudly curated by RMIT Culture.
Year round, the collection is open to students, staff and the public to assist them with research projects, assignments, or to quench that cinema history thirst.
The Collection houses a vast array of local and international cinema content, including newspaper clippings, promotional material, films, journals and much more. The AFI Research Collection is an integral part of Melbourne cinema culture and remains accessible online during restrictions.
b) Carlton. Unpacked is a series of videos by RMIT Culture that detail significant aspects of its collections, including those featured in AFIRC. Danks’ presentation details the history and importance of Melbourne film culture and Melbourne University Film Society, highlighting the film journals held by AFIRC. You can watch the epicsode here.
The 1970s. The AFIRC was originally housed on Cardigan Street in a building known as the George Lugg Library, named after a founding governor of the AFI. Now, as mentioned, it is housed in RMIT, providing mutually beneficial research and funding opportunities for staff, students and the public. Read more about AFIRC’s fascinating history here.
Stephen Wallace’s 1980 Stir. The film is based on the writer's experience being in prison during the 1974 Bathurst Correctional Complex riots. You can watch Olympia’s Take 2 here. Note: Olympia strongly recommends going in to the film blind, and not watching the trailer. Make sure to check it out!
The White Gloves Film Festival title references an editing feature from early cinema, where white gloves were used when handling film. It was also a prerequisite that white gloves were featured in the films that successfully entered the festival. For more information, you can read Sian’s article here.
c) The article was centred around women as film critics. The article details the history of women’s film criticism in Australia, and the gender gap within the industry more broadly. Heller-Nichols completed some amazing articles in the duration of her fellowship, including the Overland article and a profile of filmmaker Ann Turner.
Acknowledgement of Country
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