b. February 9, 1959, Melbourne,
Windmill studied film at three local institutions: Rusden College,
Swinburne, and the Melbourne Super 8 Film Group, the latter being
the most productive learning environment. He thanks their eminent
professors. He has made over 20 films, some of which have received
that great and transient prize: the audience seemed to like them.
SBS even bought a couple.
He has worked for years and years as
an editor for the ABC in both Melbourne and Darwin, and is terribly
grateful to have an income in this indifferent world.
Martin has described the films of Chris Windmill as: "Quietly
mad, his films begin from the charming, irritating minutiae of
everyday experience - shopping, cleaning shoes, hanging out the
washing, going for a picnic in the park - and enlarge them into
magnificent, terrifying obsessions. Windmill's ever-modest heroes
and heroines live for no higher purpose than to fill out the days
and minutes of their ordinary lives. As a consequence, every imaginable
flight of poetry is concentrated in these little activities."
Birthday (1979, 5 mins, 16mm)
in Australia on SBS.
Nocturne (1982, 6 mins, 16mm)
Beetle (1983, 6 mins, Super 8)
Miracles of Hilda (1984, 13 mins, Super 8)
of the Kodak Award for Super 8 at the 1987 St Kilda Film Festival.
of Evil (1984, 10 mins, 16mm)
Vacuum (1985, 6 mins, 16mm)
Love (1985, 5 mins, 16mm)
Lime Drink (1985, 11 mins, 16mm)
Foxicle (1986, 6 mins, Super 8)
Bowel-Houndromat (1986, 5 mins, Super 8)
Gazelle Head (1987, 20 mins, Super 8/Video)
Cage (1987, 5 mins, Super 8)
Benevolent (1988, 13 mins, Super 8)
Ancient and Modern (1989, 13 mins, Super 8)
Shimmering Basset (1989, 30 secs, 16mm)
of the "Personal Ads" project shown on Channel 9 in
Perth, co-produced with Anne-Marie Crawford (now Marie Craven),
featuring films by Dirk de Bruyn, Stephen Cummins, The Marine
Biologists, Maj Green and Ewan Cameron, Bill Mousoulis, Anthony
Shoes (1990, 8 mins, 16mm/Video)
(1990, 6 mins, Super 8)
Tower Sponge Film (1991, 4 mins, Super 8)
Sparrow (1992, 10 mins, Super 8)
(1994, 7 mins, Betacam SP)
by Sarah Johnson (now Sarah Zadeh)
in Australia on the Australian Broadcasting Commission.
Birds do a Magnificent Tune (1996, 26 mins, 16mm)
by Sarah Zadeh
of the succinctly titled Kino Cinemas Award for Creative Excellence
in an Australian Short Film at the 1996 Melbourne International
I Bother (1996, 9 mins, Super 8)
Events Which Have Taken Place (1999, 5 mins, Mini-DV)
Best Direction at the 1999 Darwin Fringe Festival
0820 (1999, 2 mins, Super 8/Video)
with Jennifer Pinry Ross
is Doing the Dishes (1999, 15 mins, 16mm)
Machine (2000, 5 mins 30 secs, 16mm/Video)
with Jennifer Pinry Ross
The New Shoes (1990, 8 mins)
The Cuttock-Heads (1990, 6 mins)
Let's Frolic" by Chris Windmill, Cantrills Filmnotes, No.
57-58, December 1988.