1pm – Shaggy Dog Tales from the NFSA Collection (Unclassified 15+)
In honour of Australia Day and the success of Red Dog, we explore the NFSA’s archive of 100-plus years of dog-eared and dog-gone films from the collection, including classic and not quite classic newsreels, documentary, short fiction and animation. From the NFSA collection.
2pm – Red Dog (2011, PG)
A warm-hearted story about a dog that becomes an outback legend. Luke Ford, Josh Lucas, Rachel Taylor and Noah Taylor star opposite Koko, a red kelpie. In the tradition of Lassie, this comedy, adapted from the Louis de Bernieres best-selling novel, is based on a true story and filmed in the spectacular Kimberley.
Dir: Kriv Stenders, Australia, 92mins
5pm – Gone to the Dogs (1939, G)
We continue to honour Red Dog with the last Australian dog comedy movie to have such a bull terrier of a run at the local box office. Director Ken G Hall’s vehicle for 1930s comedy legend George Wallace was one of the last great hits for pre-war Australian cinema and the soon-to-be-closed Cinesound studios (and beyond: it was still being successfully revived into the early 1950s). George plays a zookeeper who discovers a dog food additive that can accelerate motion. He plans to win a famous greyhound race, but a gang of crooks have other ideas. It’s classic, doped-up, crazy Wallace farce, nipping at the heels of the Aussie surreal – especially in the film’s Ballet du le kennel. From the NFSA collection.
Dir: Ken G Hall, Australia, 65mins, 35mm
Bookings are recommended – phone 6248 2000 or call in at the NFSA Box Office