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Dreams Never End
(1983, 9 mins)

Featuring: Mary Mousoulis, John Stenos,  Monica Mousoulis.

A look at the life of a 16-year-old girl, focusing on the person she loves
and what happens to him, and how it affects her.
In a world that is less than perfect, not all desired things are destined to be. But dreams never end ...


HD, from Super 8 original
HD Restoration 2020, transfer by NanoLab

Reviews:    "Dreams Never End and J.C.: The Jewellery-Case are both extremely personal, and, to borrow a term from Paul Schrader, exhibit what might be called a "transcendental film style". Dreams Never End in particular has an intense ethereal quality about it, and the way it flows, the way each cut seems to wrench the heart strings, makes it at times verge on hysteria .... These films' undeniable honesty renders all cynicism impotent."
                            - Andrew Preston, Filmnews, Feb 1985.

"The Bresson of Super-8, Bill Mousoulis, makes films which are a sublime and quizzical mix of down-home observational physicality and transcendental spirituality, luminous with both the sadness and potentiality of individual dreaming. You won't believe it until you see it. Dreams Never End is a classic."
                            - Adrian Martin, "Adrian Martin Selection" notes, Sep 1986.

"I've noticed the way in which films that play on parody or farce get the strongest response from the audience and I find it somewhat alarming since it means that those films that aren't farcical or parodic, those films whose irony is very subtle or ambiguous, an irony in the tone of whimsey, are often condemned to a John Waters like element of farce, and I'm particularly thinking of those two extraordinary films by Bill Mousoulis, Dreams Never End and J.C.: The Jewellery-Case." 
                           - Ted Colless, paper at Syd. S-8 Festival, Nov 1984.

"Exquisitely constructed, at once mundane and transcendental, mystical and realistic, Dreams Never End shows the power of pure cinema. Uncanny and haunting, it uses image, sound and cutting in a stripped back way to make visible the invisible, moving your heart and soul if you let it."
                           - Fiona Villella, "A Poetic Kind of Realism", Senses of Cinema, 2023.

No.16 in "28 All-Time Greats of Super-8" by Mark Titmarsh, Limit of Maps, Spring 1985.

Included on "Australian Super-8", video compilation, 1988.

Screenings: 33, including: Melbourne Cinematheque, May 2023: 6th International Super-8 Film Festival, Montreal, Feb 1985; "Australian Independent Cinema", ICA, London, Sep 1988; 5th Sydney Super-8 Film Festival, Nov 1984; Fringe Film and Video Festival, Oct 1985; Fringe Open Screening, Mar 1984; "The Adrian Martin Selection", Sep 1986; MIMA "Expanded Home Movies", Sep 1986; Splash Event, "Retro", Sydney, Apr 1988; also on tour through American cities, Feb 1985 and Feb 1986.