Take a trip through the archives to celebrate 60 years of Australian filmmaking





The archives of Film Australia have been put to good use for this series celebrating 60 years of Australian documentary-making.

With work by indigenous artists continuing to break auction records, it's interesting to hear what some of them had to say in 1988 in the late Michael Riley's Boomalli - Five Koori Artists. Marked by stunning visuals, Boomalli challenged the popular idea of "traditional" and "genuine" Aboriginal art and gave the artists involved - Bronwyn Bancroft, Fiona Foley, Tracey Moffatt, Arone Raymond Meeks and Jeffrey Samuels - a rare opportunity to discuss their work.

Jane Campion's After Hours is a dramatisation about a junior clerk who alleges she was sexually harassed by her boss. Campion has said she didn't enjoy making the film (made in 1984 for the government-funded Women's Film Unit, it does occasionally sag under the weight of its worthiness), but it's unmistakably Campion and one can't help thinking that the creepy boss's clumsy attempts at amour (and the subsequent fallout as the girl is sacked) continue in workplaces all over town. We've come a long way, baby.

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