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RAZOR BLADES  by Paul SHARITS, 1965-1968 / 16 mm

Expanded Cinema Extravaganza

Canberra, Australia


Where National Film and Sound Archive
Date Friday, 3 April 2009

Like Dracula in charge of the bloodbank, we at OtherFilm are overjoyed to be let loose at the National Film and Sound Archive next week, in preparation for a *very* special event. We’’ve discovered a rich vein of cine-matter, and we’’d like to share it with you. We’’re planning a breathtaking evening of live, installed & multiscreen performances featuring some of the most tempting treats of the international expanded cinema, to be experienced for one night only, in our nation’’s gracious capital. From London, from New York, from Sydney and even Brisbane, there will be experimental projections in all directions, happening throughout and all about the hallowed halls of the Archive. With crazy multiscreen, psycho-active flicker and an Australian Film Revival-era documentary surprise – all projected on beautiful celluloid film – it is set be historic (and maybe even a little hysteric). We’’re shivering in anticipation of the thrills in store for us, and for you. May we present The International Expanded Cinema Extravaganza -– a feast for your senses, and ours.

All films from the historical program are shown on 16mm, prints courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive, and courtesy of the artists. All videos in the contemporary program are presented in digital formats, courtesy of the artists.

Expanded Cinema Extravaganza - WORKS

  • 8 mins
    Berlin Horse, Malcolm Le Grice, 1970, UK, 8 mins, 2-screens, 16mm

    Malcolm Le Grice 1970, UK, 8 mins, 2-screens, 16mm Two fragments of 8mm home-movie footage shot by the artist near Berlin weave together in repeating cycles of action, temporal manipulation, and colour distortion, heightening the viewer’s awareness of film-time and…

  • 6 mins
    Diagonal, William Raban, 1973, UK, 6 mins, 3-screens, 3x16mm

    William Raban 1973, UK, 6 mins, 3-screens, 3x16mm “..I was looking for a pure image, an image which was intrinsic to the medium of film. This film is not an abstract film; this film is ‘about’ the projector gate, the…

  • 50 mins


    (1971) Phil Noyce Australia

    Phil Noyce 1971, Australia, 50 mins, 2x16mm A radical new departure in documentary filmmaking; two screens bursting with pulsating images overpowering the mind as 10,000 young people and performers do their own thing amidst the antiseptic environment that is our…

  • 30 mins
    Line Describing A Cone, Anthony McCall 1973, UK, 30 mins, 1 screen, 16mm

    …Anthony McCall’s Line Describing a Cone [is] a film which demanded to be looked at, not on the screen, but in the space of the auditorium. What was at issue was the establishment of a cone of light between the projector…

  • 6 mins
    Arthur and Corinne Cantrill

    Arthur and Corinne Cantrill, 1978, Australia, 6 mins, 3-screens, 3X16mm Australian avant-garde legends Arthur and Corinne Cantrill’s spatial exploration of a special place the Western Arrente Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory call Tnorala. Tracing the imprint of a celestial…

  • 1 min

    POEM 25

    (1965) David Perry , Albie Thoms Australia

    David Perry and Albie Thoms, 1965, 1 min, Digibeta [originally 16mm] A very early example of ‘performed film’ in Australia, by the trailblazing Ubu collective, featuring the titular poem by dada master Kurt Schwitters, nonsense, and lots of shouting.

  • 25 mins
    Razor Blades, Paul Sharits, 1965-68, USA, 25 mins, 2-screens, 16mm

    Razor Blades

    (1965-68) Paul Sharits USA

    Paul Sharits, 1965-68, USA, 25 mins, 2-screens, 16mm ‘In Razor Blades, Paul Sharits consciously challenges our eyes, ears and minds to withstand a barrage of high powered and often contradictory stimuli. In a careful juxtaposition and fusion of these elements…

  • 8 mins
    Arthur and Corinne Cantrill

    Arthur and Corinne Cantrill 1970, Australia, 8 mins, 1 screen, 16mm, Boiling Jug Minimalist cinema at its most domestic – exploring the intersection between the real and the projected image. ‘An exercise in suspense’ (Cantrills) which introduces the jug-screen to…