HARRIS and HARTLEY presented by ACS Victoria | July 24th | Free Event

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ACS Victoria is very excited to announce the launch of a brand new concept for members and guests | HARRIS and HARTLEY

For several years now the Victorian Branch has created several new and innovative events to allow its members to watch and learn from screenings, panels, presentations and masterclasses.
And now we are pleased to announce we have secured two of the industry's most passionate and knowledgable film lovers, Paul Harris and Mark Hartley.

We are calling the sessions Harris and Hartley and we plan to put on 3 or 4 a year depending upon their availability and schedules. Mark and Paul have an incredible knowledge of film and an impressive ability to analyse and review films and discuss the relationship of our current film making to the roots of the very early days of Australian (and International) films, through to films from the 60's, 70's and 80's to the modern day.
The sessions will typically involve the screening of a film excerpt or short film or perhaps a few clips during the evening interspersed with discussion about the projects and the people involved, how they got started, how they evolved, what the film makers went on to make later in their careers and how those films may have influenced us today.
Paul and Mark will be presenting these evenings for the ACS at Backlot Studios, screening an eclectic mix of Australian films - perhaps lesser known but significant and important films from the past or downright classics that contributed in creating the film industry we work in today. The duo will speak to us about aspects of Australian cinema that will intrigue, educate and sometimes amuse us as we look back into our past and perhaps invite along special guests, film makers, blasts-from-the-past's. We'll hear about some of the industry's ground-breakers, taste-makers, one-hit-wonders and our more colourful characters. We will celebrate cinematographers, directors, writers, entrepreneurs, editors, producers, designers, actors, composers, technicians and technological breakthroughs.
The audience is encouraged to contribute and ask questions. Chances are you may have some trivia on the film nobody else knew.

Our 1st Instalment of H&H | Tim Burstall's Three Old Friends (1974, 11 minutes) with VERY special guest Alan Finney O.A.M.

Way back in 1974 a director named Tim Burstall made a short titled Three Old Friends.
It starred actors Bruce Spence (Stork, Alvin Purple), Graeme Blundell (Alvin Purple, Don's Party, Odd Angry Shot) and Alan Finney (Stork, Alvin Rides Again, Welcome to Woop Woop).
It was adapted from the play written by Jack Hibberd. It was shot by ACS Member Robin Copping ACS, his operator was Peter Bilcock, the 1st AD was Ross Dimsey and it was edited by Peter Lamb. All these people continued on to incredible careers.
The short film came from the stable of popular film company of the time Bilcock and Copping who went on to produce films and hundreds of TVC's.

Paul and Mark will screen the short film and some special other treats and discuss the making of the film and others with Alan.
It promises to be a very interesting and eye-opening night. The film industry was very different back in the 70's but at the same time shares many similarities.

Free to ACS members and guests
Where: Backlot Studios, 65 Haig St Southbank
When: 7.15pm Tuesday July 24th 2018
Cost: FREE. ACS is pleased to make the first H&H sessions free to film industry practitioners and film lovers. NO ticket required. Arrive at 6.45pm for a 7.15pm start right after the AGM concludes.

We will be joined by special guest, producer, actor, writer Alan Finney O.A.M.

Alan Finney O.A.M.

Alan produced many Australian films including the Alvin Purple films, Petersen, End Play and more recently Diana and Me, The Craic and StalkHer. As a young man Alan studied law at Melbourne Uni and became involved in its film society and was one of the original members of the La Mama Company. In 1971 he joined Roadshow Film Distributors which led to the formation of Hexagon Productions which was the first of the ongoing venturers between film production companies and distributors. He joined Buena Vista International (now Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures) in 1988 and left in 2010. He has served on the board of ACMI and AFI and is currently the Chair of AFI.
Alan was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to the Australian Film Industry in 2002.

About Paul Harris

Paul Harris fell in love with the movies at an early age. As a pimply-faced kid, his appetite was enormous. He developed a broad taste in cinema, discovering world movies and short films while attending Melbourne’s fine film festivals, including the then modest event in St Kilda, which he would later steer into the digital landscape of the 21st Century. Paul has been lucky enough to indulge his overriding passion by continually working in his ‘field of dreams‘. He began hosting Film Buffs Forecast in 1982, and became Director of the St Kilda Film Festival in 1999.

Every now and then over the course of his career, Paul has been asked to appear in films. He can be spotted in Melbourne-made classics including Dogs In Space, Nirvana Street Murders and Love And Other Catastrophes. In between these bouts of acting, Paul has written movie reference books, worked in the film distribution/exhibition sector (Fox, Columbia, GUO, Roadshow), operated a cinema (Liberty, Brunswick) and worked in various capacities at the Australian Film Institute.
He has also conducted oral histories for the National Film and Sound Archive, been a regular movie reviewer for over twenty years and taught film at RMIT, VCA and Swinburne University.
In his spare time, Paul studies the art of verbal wordplay.

About Mark Hartley

Mark Hartley is a film maker who studied at Swinburne University who began working in the 90's. He is probably best known for his highly acclaimed and award-winning documentary about the genre he called Ozploitation films Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! and its follow up Machete Maidens Unleashed.
Mark was also responsible for putting together a back catalog of Australian films for Umbrella Entertainment which involved producing "making-of" films for some 60 movies.
Recently he added to his Wild Untold Story suite with the documentary about Cannon films titled Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

He also directed the remake of Patrick (2013).
Mark made numerous music videos primarily for Sony for many famous Australian artists with long-time cinematographer collaborator Garry Richards.

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