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On Guard, courtesy of Red Heart Pictures Pty. Ltd and Digby Duncan


On Guard + Nice Coloured Girls + Shadow Panic

Sunday, Jul 24 at 12:45 pm

Location: Bartos Screening Room

On Guard
Dir. Susan Lambert. 1983, 50 mins. 16mm. With Liddy Clark, Jan Cornall, Kerry Dwyer, Mystery Carnage. Four women conspire to sabotage the research program of Utero, a multinational firm engaged in reproductive engineering. But when one of the women loses her diary containing the group’s plans, they begin to fear exposure, fueling tensions. A radical feminist twist on the heist genre, the film packs the toil of family obligations, media manipulations, and even shiny lycra–era aerobics into its compact runtime.

Preceded by Nice Coloured Girls
Dir. Tracey Moffatt. 1987, 16 mins. 16mm. With Gayle Mabo, Cheryl Pitt, Janelle Court, Fiona George. Three young Indigenous women have a night out on the town in Kings Cross, encountering an exasperatingly retrograde display of sexual politics unchanged from colonization to the present day. Moffatt’s debut film is told with a sly humor and feminist knowingness, with cheeky use of on-screen texts subverting the colonialists’ original words from the 1790s.

and Shadow Panic
Dir. Margot Nash. 1989, 26 mins. DCP. With Robin Laurie, Rose Wanganeen, Kaarin Fairfax. Three women—a dreamer, an investigator, and a fool—ruminate on internal and external states of emergency, personal and collective shadows, resistance and spirit. Beloved independent feminist filmmaker and scholar Nash’s playful and essayistic film is a response to a world beset by greed, natural catastrophe, war, and changing weather patterns.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this film may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons.

Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / Free or discounted for MoMI members ($11 classic). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.