b. March 16, 1955, Auckland, New
Michael Buckley is a scientific practitioner of the ‘Kinetic Microscope’, animator, documentary and experimental filmmaker. He studied at Rusden Teachers College under Professor Cutts before beginning to make short experimental films in the late ‘70s.
From 1985 he has been a member of the sound performance group "Arf Arf". He has produced videos and other print and multimedia resources for community and disability groups.
1996, his internationally acclaimed CD ROM, 'The Swear Club',
won the Australian Teachers of Media Award for 'The Most Creative
Use of the Medium'. He has worked at the North Richmond Community
Health Service as a Multimedia Producer, creating the CD ROMs
'High Art' and 'East Timor - Culture, Identity and Dreams of Return'. In 2003 he received an Australia Council New Media Fellowship, to research a project on Gestures. Check out an article in the online Indian journal 'Pratilipi' about the role of Gesture in his film and media making.
2003 he has closely worked with stART, an independent organisation
for artists and artsworkers committed to promoting and supporting
the development of both participatory community arts and community
since 2003 he has entered into a long dark tunnel that has no
projection light. He now makes kinetic gestural work as a media
manipulator, usually for small community based groups.
Michael Buckley is a filmmaker who
began his career by making 16mm experimental films in the '70s
and '80s. In the mid '90s he moved into the new media interactive
realm. This is due in part to the cost blow-out in 16mm production.
His two experimental CD ROM works 'The Good Cook' and 'The Swear
Club' are short interactive fragmented narratives that explore
interlocking memories from which the audience constructs meaning.
These works are influenced by his experimental film-making background,
an influence which continues with his interactive project
researching uses of 'Gesture'
across moments in time and location.
(1984, 6 mins, 16mm)
(co-director Sue McCauley)
Cops (1985, 2 mins, 16mm)
(1985, 12 mins, 16mm)
Fables (1985, 3 mins, 16mm)
(1986, 6 mins, 16mm)
Worship (1987-90, 42 mins, 16mm)
of Voice (1992-93, 15 mins, 16mm)
(co-directors Frank Lovece,
Marisa Stirpe, Marcus Bergner)
(1994, 8 mins, 16mm, television documentary)
Young (1994, 8 mins, 16mm, animation)
Arcadia (1995, 16 mins, video)
Japanese Adventure (1997-98, 60 mins, video, television documentary)
Club (1994, CD ROM)
Cook (1996, CD ROM)
(1996, CD ROM)
- Culture, Identity and Dreams of Return
(1999, CD ROM, co-director)
over Bendigo (2001, CD ROM)
- Arriving, Engaging, Departing,
multi screen gallery installation at the Charles Sturt University
Gallery in Wagga Wagga, November 2004.
I Hate Cops (1985, 2 mins)
Beat Up (1980, 2 mins)
Diatribe (2014, 7 mins)
Haircut (2016, 8 mins)
'Visual Essay' work since 2003
and Screams 2003 - 20 min, with Sue Mccauley. 300 kids make
2004 - 10 min. A film for the 'Hidden Lives Project' about survivors
of institutional care.
Self / Outer Image' 2005 -30 min - 3 screen work with stART
Tuff Tales 2004 - 10 min, with Sue Mccauley. Twelve kids tell
bad day stories.
Tales 2005 - 8 min with Sue Mccauley. Kids get lost and found
in a multimedia forest.
2004 - 20 min. A man walks around the backstreets of Dui India
2004 - 10 min with Hansa Thapliyal. An insomniac looks for a match
in Mumbai, India. (Read
of the film shoot)
2004 - 2 min. A dance film made from gestures
2004 - 10 min with Hansa Thapliyal and Shammi Nando. Big gamblers
at the Mumbai racetrack.
2004 - 15 min. The shootin and huntin crowd meet in darkest Somerset.
Ancestory(sic) 2004 - 2004. An old lady is taunted by her
Shaves 2004/6 - Michael has a shave 20 years later in a barbers
shop in Pushka India.
Prince 2004 - Kids in a primary school in Co Sligo Ireland
retell the Oscar Wilde fairy story.
- Arriving, Engaging, Departing 2004. Multiscreen exhibition
at the Charles Sturt University Gallery in Wagga Wagga. This was
series of short visual essays and interactive works projected
on a number of screens in the gallery.
Street 2005 45 min - A Man builds a house and sings about
2006 - 10 min with Sue Mccauley. Kids in Carlton act out their
favourite real and imaginary sports.
2006 - 15 min. Getting retrenched and shooting back. Who are the
cowboys at Victoria University?
2006 - 10 min. The groom feeds the cat and gets ready on his wedding
2007 - 8 min. A mother walks around old footage from Antarctica
and talks about the death of her son from a Heroin over dose.
1984 / 2007. Revisiting past and present mug shots of myself and
Sue.The following extract is a letter from C. Cantrill to Marcus
Bergner: I would like to know from which dictionary came the quote
for EXACUATE. What I have on paper from Michael is: 'Some cephalicks
exacuate and strengthen the inhabitants there of (the brain) and
the animal spirits.' (sic) That sounds like gibberish to me, and
I cannot imagine what dictionary would have 'cephalicks'.
2007 - 12 min. Young adults return to childhood and blow up a
cathedral in Dui, India.
/ Descending 2007- 15min. Two films made with Dave
Lane in a back street in Fitzroy for his book, 'Tibet Spring'.
2007 - 8 min. Some one has died. Two men follow the coffin through
the town of Baradine.
2007 - 8 min. A man looks out a window at the Himalayas for 5
Drawings 2007 - 7 min. A son goes in for major chest surgery.
The father draws pictures.
and Friends 2007- 20 min, with Ann Ferguson and Victoria Ryle.
An Art project between 4 years olds and middle-aged men are explored.
Pac 2007 A collection of short films and book exploring intellectually
Bookshop 2008 - 6 min The mania of big city traffic in India
and Engelbert Humperdink.
2008 - 4 min. A family drink Guru beer and sing.
Monastery 2008 - 20 min. A breathless tour of lonely monastery's
in Ladas India.
Village' 2008 - a 17 min DVD and book. Potters in Hastal Village
New Delhi - with Sandra Bowkett.
Wedding 2008 10 min.The camera gets drunk at a wedding
Gun 2008 - Book and DVD that explores Cowboys and Disability.
Dream 2008 - 8 min animation about the importance of dreaming.
Plans 2008 - 10 min animation about Coco planning her future.
Water in Alice Springs 2008 - 10 min Awarded Northern Territory Government’s Melaleuca - recognizing environmental excellence award for best community project. Made in collaboration with Ruth Apelt. This film can be viewed here.
ARFARF Cut Up sampler DVD 2009 - a collection of ancient ARFARF films resuscitated from a snoring VHS video time warp of pixellation.
The Secret of the Bats 2009 - 45 min. A rock band of cannibals (The Bat's) audition a new band member then they eat him.
Coco's Complaints 2010 - 9 min Animation about Coco complaining.
Jacob's Ladder 2010 – 5min. I go for a walk with a sausage dog. Camera - Simeon Buckley
Getting into the Act 2010 – 45 min. A combination live action / animation film about book worm ‘Jim Spin’ and his discussions with ‘The Help Raisers Self Advocacy group’.
Diatribe (2014, 7 mins, digital)
Exposes the horrors of Castlemaine.
Haircut (2016, 8 mins, digital)
Two brothers line up an get haircuts.
Ramblin Loser (2017, 6 mins, digital)
Looks at Sunday morning at Devonport race track.
Ferryman (2017, 6 mins, digital)
Alyrical observation of a ferryman in Kerala India
Indian Dance (2017, 4 mins, digital)
Ashort collage of some Indian Dance movies.
Lost Dog (2017, 5 mins, digital)
A short animation that follows the hunt for a lost dog around Fitzroy.
Dog Racing (2017, 7 mins, digital)
Monday night at the Nowra dog track.
Selected Screenings and Awards
of West Germany by the Cantrills of Australian Experimental Films
of North America by Dirk De Bruyn of Australian Experimental Films
1986 to '95
Various MIMA/experimenta screenings Melbourne
1991 St Kilda
Film Festival. Best Documentary, Ancestor Worship
Film Festival Ancestor Worship
Ethnographic Film Festival Ancestor Worship
1994 St Kilda
Film Festival. Best Documentary, Thread of Voice
Film Festival. Highly Commended, Thread of Voice
Independent Film, Bathurst Film Festival, Witness
Map 100', Melbourne computer art exhibition
AFI Awards, Witness
1995 St Kilda
Film Festival. Forever Young 'Excellence in Filmmaking
Gallery, Southbank. 'The Swear Club' CD Rom
the Interface', International Artists CD ROM Exhibition, Museum
of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Talent Pavilion for 'The Swear Club', MILIA, Cannes, France.
Film Festival, 'The Swear Club'.
1997 La Terre
Blanche Festival, CICV, Montbeliard, France. Festival guest artist
Connected' Australian Film Commission, Multimedia Conference,
Reframed' conference, CAIIA, Wales. Guest artist
Bag's Japanese Adventure, TV Documentary, ABC
Good Cook'. Fusion Program, St Kilda Film Festival
Conference Darwin 'East Timor - Culture, Identity and Dreams of
Return' and 'The Good Cook'
Timor - Culture, Identity and Dreams of Return' Fusion Program
St Kilda Film Festival
Good Cook' Chip Multimedia Program, Melbourne International Film
'East Timor - Culture, Identity and Dreams of Return' Finalist
NSW Premiers AVHistory Awards
Over Bendigo' interactive installation at the Bendigo Art Gallery.
Over Bendigo' interactive St Kilda Film Festival Program.
Fellowship from the New Media Arts Board of the Australia Council
Centre for the Moving Image - Melbourne)
Film Library, ACMI (series of selected films)
Film Collection (Vincent Library)
University Film Collection
Services Victoria Library
Image Makers Association Yearbook 1987
Video Collection (Tokyo)
University Library Ethnographic Collection.
Video Collection 1994, Bristol
Sequinz CD Rom, Survey of Electronic Art In Australia
Multimedia Centre Dublin
College of the Arts
of South Australia
Centre for the Arts Paris
University Multimedia Collection