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Moira Joseph

Moira Joseph
b. September 15, 1955, Melbourne, Australia.

BIOGRAPHY:   Moira Joseph studied photography at Prahran College in the mid '70s and followed this with a Graduate Diploma in Art Education. She soon became interested in film-making and often uses techniques employing still photography and hand processing in many of her films.

She also manages a photography business as well as teaching film-making and photography. She currently runs filmmaking workshops and ocassionally lectures at the Victorian College of the Arts.


CRITICAL OVERVIEW:   Moira Joseph has a photographer's vision and many of her films, such as Motorcycle Ride (1991, 3 mins), Pearl (1994, 7 mins) and Brian's Body (1996, 8 mins), can be compared to extended snapshots and illusions of time. Often there is an element of dreamlike fantasy, as in Open Your Eyes (1994, 3 mins), A Moment in Time (1998, 5 mins) and By the Sea (2001, 2 mins). The "Black/Red" experimental doco series (1993-2000) captures various topical issues in which Melbournians took to the streets to protest. These films appear as a kaleidoscope of hand processed and colored techniques gelling together like a "patchwork quilt" as one critic described. (Steven Ball, Cantrills Filmnotes, see below.) Music and sound play an important part in creating the ambience in all of Moira's films.

See also Quotes from articles on Moira Joseph.

Pier Walk


Pier Walk (1991, 3 mins, Super 8)

Motorcycle Ride (1991, 3 mins, Super 8)

Chase (1991, 3 mins, Super 8)

City Walk (1992, 3 mins, Super 8)

The Things I Can Do With My Toes (1993, 3 mins, Super 8)

Black Monday (1993, 10 mins, Super 8)

The Things I Can Do With My Toes

Paws (1993, 3 mins, Super 8)

Moomba (1994, 4 mins, Super 8)

Pearl (1994, 17 mins, 16mm)

Open Your Eyes (1994, 3 mins, Super 8)

Mad Mouse (1995, 2 mins, Super 8)

Ten Days Without You (1995, 7 mins, Super 8)

Brian's Body (1996, 8 mins, 16mm)

When the Kitchen Floor Collapsed (1996, 3 mins, Super 8)

A Moment in Time

A Moment in Time (1998, 5 mins, Super 8)

Postcodes - St.Kilda and East Malvern (1998, 7 mins, Super 8)

Tiger (1998, 14 mins, Super 8)

Black Wednesday (1998, 8 mins, Super 8)

The Light (1999, 3 mins, 16mm)

Black Thursday (1999, 8 mins, Super 8)

Phoenix Park (1999, 18 mins, Super 8)

The Light

Red Friday (2000, 3 mins, Super 8)

What Do You Want From My Life? (2000, 5 mins 30 secs, Super 8)

By the Sea (2001, 2 mins, Super 8)

No War (2003, 12 mins, Super 8)

Family Faces (2007, 5 mins, Super 8)
made in conjunction with Hot Arts for Cool Kids, Frankston Arts Centre

AFC Funded Films -
Pearl, 1994
Brian's Body, 1996

Screenings on Eat Carpet, SBS-TV -
The Things I Can Do With My Toes, 1993
Brian's Body, 1996
By the Sea, 2001

By the Sea

Screenings At Major Festivals/Events Include -
Melbourne International Film Festival
St. Kilda Film Festival
Certamon Festival, Spain
International Film festival, Taiwan
Texture of the Gesture, San Francisco
VIVA Festival, London
Domestic Disturbances, National Gallery, Victoria
Experimenta, Victoria
Melbourne Queer Film and Video Festival
Mardi Gras Festival, Sydney
New York Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, New York
Outfest, Los Angeles
Honolulu Underground Film Festival
Pittsburgh Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Ann Arbor International Film Festival
Celluloid Soup Film Festival, Melbourne
Brisbane International Film Festival
Bathurst International Film Festival

The Light


"The Films of Moira Joseph" by Steven Ball, Cantrills Filmnotes, Oct. 1993.

"Moire & More" by Jim Bridges, Melbourne Super 8 Film Group Newsletter, Sept. 1994.

"Blink of an Eyelid", Prahran/Malvern Leader, Sept. 1994.

"Big Shots, Short Films", Southern Cross, April 1995.

"Super 8", The Sunday Age, July 1995.

"On Location", Southern Cross, June 1996.


"Positive Approach", Malvern/Prahran Leader, Dec. 1996.

"Animated Sandwich", Victorian School News, Dec. 1996.

"Life, Monsters..", Emerald Hill Times, Dec. 1997.

"Young Filmmakers", Caulfield Leader, Jan. 1998.

"Super Film", The Age: EG, Sept. 1998.

"Phoenix Rises", Southern Cross, April 1999.

"Film are a Dream Come True" by Katrina McGrath, Caulfield Leader, June 2001.

Quotes from articles on Moira Joseph

Moira Joseph, May 2008

Contact Moira Joseph

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