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Giorgio Mangiamele
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Moira Joseph

Nigel Buesst

An icon of Lygon St. culture


A film from Nigel Buesst

Completed April 2003 145 mins

Film-making got going in Carlton during the sixties when enthusiasts like Giorgio Mangiamele
and a group of film buffs at Melbourne University started turning their dreams into celluloid. Giorgio's inspiration was probably the neo-realists of Rome like Roberto Rossellini, while the locals took their cue from the French New Wave. The strange thing was that at the time most of the film buffs' discourse swirled around directors like Hitchcock, Eisenstein, Renoir, Bresson, John Ford (and numerous other Hollywood auteurs) - and even Jerry Lewis. Jean-Luc Godard's films were rarely screened and occupied little space in the critical journals of the day. Yet when Carlton enthusiasts managed to get their hands on the cameras and started making their own films in the mid sixties the influence of Godard was transparent. Apparently all were in denial!

Now in CARLTON + GODARD = CINEMA many of these films have been gathered together for closer scrutiny, for a historical perspective on this age of innocence, when films were made for the proverbial "donut and a cup of tea". Bursting with energy and humour, they stand up well to this day. You be the judge.

The master, Godard himself, in describing one of his films said "This is not a film, it's an attempt at cinema". So this rambling epic, running more than two hours, claims to be "not so much a documentary as a document".

Major players from the period such as producer Antony I. Ginnane and MIFF director Geoff Gardner give fascinating insights into the period and fond thoughts on some who are no longer with us such as Giorgio Mangiamele, Brian Davies and David Minter.

The film premiered at the St.Kilda Film Festival on Sunday, June 1, 2003.


Four old Carlton filmmakers
reminiscing (from Barry Dickins'
play "Go In Tight")
Brian Davies -
Melbourne's very own
Jean-Luc Godard.
Giorgio Mangiamele
with his
old Bolex.

Jean Paul Belmondo in
Godard's Breathless
identifies with Bogey.
Swinging blondes of the '60s
in Peter Elliot's
The Girlfriends
John Duigan, one of the
disconnected lovers in
Brian Davies' Brake Fluid.

John Duigan and friends
at the trots in
Nigel Buesst's Bonjour Balwyn.
Dennis Pryor plays the
passionate academic in
The Girlfriends
Alan Finney -
screening old movies at the
Queensberry St buffs' hangout.

Geoff Gardner -
actor, producer and eventually
director of MIFF '80-82.
Sue Ingleton -
could have been Melbourne's
Anna Karina.
La Mama -
scene of much endeavour
in the '60s.

Julia (Margaret Jacobs) and
her new love (John Duigan)
in Brake Fluid.
Best current source of film
finance - 3 letters? FFC,
Antony I. Ginnane's
Sympathy in Summer
La Dolce Vita in Melbourne.

Antony I. Ginnane was a major
player in the Carlton '60s,
now operates from Hollywood.
A film producer (James Clayden)
waits for a film financier at
Genevieve Restaurant.
End title -
some of the featured
interviewees in the film.

images Nigel Buesst, May 2003

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