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For the month of August, the Art + Film program focuses on a film inspired by our latest exhibition Jenny Watson: The Fabric of Fantasy.
Exhibition Curator Anna Davis has selected the cult classic film Dogs in Space (1986) highlighting Jenny Watson’s history with the punk and little band scene in Melbourne in the 70s and 80s.
As part of our screening, we will have Dogs in Space director Richard Lowenstein available for a Q&A after the screening to discuss the film and its continued relevance today.
This film is a true Australian cult classic, and a great chance to see this underground film on the big screen.
Saturday 19 August, 2–4pm
$8 MCA Members & Concessions*
Veolia Lecture Theatre, Level 2
*Concession: Tertiary/TAFE/ESL Students with photo ID, Senior’s Card holders, Unemployed/Concession Card holders, Nava card holders
About Dogs in Space
Dir Richard Lowenstein, 1986
Rated MA 15+
Starring a pre fame Michael Hutchence, Dogs in Space is set in the backstreets of late 70’s Melbourne. Focusing on the two Dogs in Space band members, Sam (Michael Hutchence) and Tim (Nique Needles) this film follows their day to day lives, as part of the real life Little Band scene.
About the director/guest speaker
Richard Lowenstein wrote, directed and produced the dramatic feature films Strikebound (1984), Dogs In Space (1986), Say a Little Prayer (1993), He Died With A Felafel In His Hand (1999) and the feature documentaries Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard, We’re Livin’ On Dog Food, Eccos Homo, and is currently in production on Mystify: Michael Hutchence a feature documentary on the troubled life and times of the enigmatic lead singer of INXS made in conjunction with John Battsek’s UK based Passion Pictures. He has also produced feature documentaries In Bob we trust and Ben Lee: Catch my disease.
He has also directed and produced a myriad of iconic and award-winning music videos and concert films for the likes of U2, INXS, Pete Townshend, Hunters & Collectors and Crowded House, along with the award-winning satirical TV series, John Safran’s Music Jamboree and John Safran versus GOD. He is a partner in the Melbourne-based production company GHOST, and an active partner in the feature film production company Fandango Australia and has an upcoming dramatic feature film in development entitled River’s Edge.
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Image credit: Dogs in Space film still, 1986.