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Chris Lfvén
b. April 4, 1948, Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

BIOGRAPHY:   Chris Lfvén began making films at the age of 10, on 8mm. He quickly graduated to 16mm, with a series of shorts in the mid-'60s that were recognised both in Australia and overseas.

Under the influence of the Cantrills and the Melbourne experimental film scene, he made his first feature, Part One - 806, in 1971.

He followed this with the 35mm cinema feature Oz - A Rock 'n' Roll Road Movie in 1976 (which has just recently been restored by ScreenSound and is out on DVD).

Along the way, he has made numerous music clips (famously for Spectrum and Daddy Cool), and has recently returned to the fray of creative filmmaking with a couple of experimental works on DV.

Chris is currently shooting events and life in Noosa, Qld.

 


CRITICAL OVERVIEW:   Chris Lfvén's career is, by any standards, incomplete. A precocious talent, his career stalled when his ambitious Wizard of Oz-inspired feature Oz - A Rock 'n' Roll Road Movie failed with the Australian public. Yet David Stratton labelled it "one of the most inventive and enjoyable of Australian films - clever, brash, noisy, gutsy and uninhibited". And William K. Halliwell declared "This is a light-hearted rip off of the Wizard of Oz story set to rock music. The film is rough and ready, but it is something just short of genius when you consider its originality, even though it's based on an old story. The comedy is quick and quite ahead of its time for mid-seventies Australia, which is probably why it failed here." The film developed a strong cult following overseas. See also the entry on Oz in the book Australian Film 1900-1977.

Earlier, Lfvén had shown great imagination with his 16mm narrative shorts, John Nicoll calling House with a Secret and Forgotten Loneliness "completely modern in tone, effective and subtle ... [they have] a gentle and playful mood". Lfvén has also been interested in more classical avant-garde cinema, as evidenced by his Part One and Part Two films, and his recent work.


FILMOGRAPHY:

 
 
Teenager with a vision:
Chris
Lfvén in 1964.

The Tunnel (1963, 3 mins, color, 16mm)

House with a Secret (1964, 6 mins, B&W, 16mm)

Forgotten Loneliness (1965, 8 mins, B&W, 16mm)

Gift from a Stranger (1965, 7 mins, B&W, 16mm)

The Warning (1966, 7 mins, B&W, 16mm)

Helen (1967, 2 mins, B&W, 16mm)

Part One - 806 (1969-71, 70 mins, B&W, 16mm)

Part Two - The Beginning (1971, 10 mins, color, 16mm)

Cruisin' (London, 1973-74, 36 mins, color, 16mm)

Oz - A Rock 'n' Roll Road Movie (1976, 90 mins, color, 35mm)

Stockley See Mason 'Beg, Steal or Borrow' (1979, 50 mins, color, 16mm, music doco)

Recent experimental works:

 
Chris
 
Chris Löfvén with Arri 35 in 1966.

Bass Up (2001, 4 mins, color, video)

Window (2002, 4 mins, color, video)

Noosa On Air (2009, 9mins, color, video)


Over the years, many commercials, corporate videos, and music clips done.

MUSIC CLIPS directed by Chris Löfvén

1967
THE VIBRANTS- Something About You Baby
THE GROOP- Sorry

1971
SPECTRUM- I'll Be Gone
DADDY COOL- Eagle Rock

 
Chris
 
Chris Löfvén in 1971.

1974
SWEET FEED- Good Tune (UK)

1976
BILLY T- Gotta Keep on Dancing

1977
MOTHER GOOSE- Baked Beans
SPLIT ENZ- Bold as Brass
OL' 55- Stay
CHEEK- So Much in Love

1978
BIRTLES & GOBLE- Lonely Lives
FINCH- Where Were You
DRAGON- Shooting Stars
SCANDAL- How Long & She's a Lady
THE ANGELS- Coming Down on Me

 
poster

SKYHOOKS- Women in Uniform
STYLUS- Work Out Fine
LITTLE RIVER BAND- Shut Down, Turn Off
THE SPORTS- Boys! (What Did the Detective Say?)
THE FERRETS- Are You Looking at Me?
RENEE GEYER- Money
CAMBRIDGE & THOMAS- You Take My Breath Away
JO JO ZEP & THE FALCONS- Honey Dripper
LITTLE RIVER BAND- Reminiscing
STARS- West is The Way
TMG- Disturbing the Peace & Heart of Stone
TEENAGE RADIO STARS- Wanna Be Ya Baby
BOYS NEXT DOOR- Boots
STYLUS- Look at Me
DARRYL COTTON- Don't Let it Get to You
IAN MASON- Gotta Lotta Love
MONDO ROCK- The Fugitive Kind
CHEETAH- Walking in the Rain

 
Shooting OZ
 
Shooting Oz.

1979
DARRYL COTTON- I Don't Want to Lose You
EVOLUTION- Lovers' Concerto
MIKE BRADY- How Does It Feel

1980
THE SPORTS- Strangers on a Train & Suddenly
JO JO ZEP & THE FALCONS- All I Wanna Do
SPLIT ENZ - I Got You
SPLIT ENZ- I Hope I Never
JAMES FREUD & THE RADIO STARS- Modern Girl
ALIENS- Follow That Girl & It's Too Late Now
JEFF PHILLIPS- LA Reggae
THE SPORTS- Perhaps
SKYHOOKS- Keep the Junk in America
MICK FLYNN- Two Cans of Fosters
JOE DOLCE- Shaddap You Face

 
Shooting OZ
 
Shooting Oz.

1981 (with collaborator Chris Worrall)
SPLIT ENZ- History Never Repeats
SPLIT ENZ- I Don't Wanna Dance
LIN VAN HEK- Ain't Been Missing You
MONDO ROCK- Summer of 81
JOE DOLCE- If You Want to Be Happy
WENDY & THE ROCKETTS- Reputation & Tonite
MIKE RUDD & THE HEATERS- I'm an Animal

1982
ORPHANS- Hop Skip Jump
SERIOUS YOUNG INSECTS- Be Patient
JOE DOLCE- Juicy Lucy
LIN VAN HEK- Intimacy
THE ZOO- Keep it Up
SPLIT ENZ- Dirty Creature
SPLIT ENZ- Six Months in a Leaky Boat
AUSTRALIAN CRAWL- Shut Down
AUSTRALIAN CRAWL- Daughters of the Northern Coast
THE LITTLE HEROES- Young Heart
PETER CUPPLES- All in a Day's Work & Happy Ending
SPLIT ENZ- Never Ceases to Amaze Me

 
OZ Premiere
 
Chris with partner and producer Lyne Helms
at premiere of
Oz in 1976.

1983
GLEN SHORROCK & RENEE GEYER- Going Back
GLEN SHORROCK- Angry Words
NOEL CROMBIE- My Voice Keeps Changing on Me
SPLIT ENZ- Next Exit
MARCHING GIRLS- My Friends
WENDY & THE ROCKETTS- Play the Game
WENDY & THE ROCKETTS- Have You Been Telling Me Lies
KIDS IN THE KITCHEN- Change in Mood
THE EXPRESSION- Total Eclipse

1984
JOHN PAUL YOUNG- War Games
JOHN PAUL YOUNG- LA Sunset
SUNNY BOYS- No Surprise
GUY DELANDRO- Driving Me Wild
JANE CLIFTON- My Machines
JIMMY BARNES- Promise Me You'll Call
GOANNA- Common Ground

1985
GOANNA- Dangerous Dancing
KIDS IN THE KITCHEN- Shine

 
Chris
 
Chris in The Prickles.

1986
UNCANNY X-MEN- I Am

1987
SHORT CIRCUIT- Waiting For the Big One

1988
STEFAN DENNIS- Don't It Make You Feel Good

1989
SHORT CIRCUIT- Burning for You

1994
THE PRICKLES- Just Because

1996
GULLIFER- Could I Forget You

1998
BLACK SMITH HOPKINS- Taking Care of Business 

2011
THE CURVES- Bus Driver 

2015
THE BARLEYSHAKES- The Smell Of Whiskey


 
Chris
 
shooting ‘806’ (1969)

SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY:

David Stratton, The Last New Wave: The Australian Film Revival, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1980.

Andrew Pike & Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900-1977, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1981.

William K. Halliwell, The Filmgoer's Guide to Australian Films, Angus & Robertson 1985.

John Nicoll, "Lucky dip images on show", The Age, May 23, 1986.


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