The Dancing Class (1964, 12 mins)
A self-assured, chain-smoking ballet teacher gives macho instruction to a small group of tender young ballerinas.
Won the AFI’s Gold Award for Documentary, and was shown at the major Australian Film Festivals as well as winning best short at the Commonwealth Awards in Edinburgh.
And other short films by Tom Cowan
Signature (1966, 2 mins)
A nonsense film made from off-cuts (originally called Booboo Film) as a send-up of an Ubu Film which the Ubu group accepted as a legit and indescribable experimental film.
Helena of Sydney (1966, 12 mins)
We spend a day and night with Helena, a Greek actress, as she tours Sydney. Most of the dialogue is in Greek, but it's easy to follow the narrative. A great nostalgic short film - look for the Sydney Opera House still under construction.
Australia Felix (1970, 28 mins)
The longest of the short films and the only one in colour. This film is an interesting cultural, social and political document of the day (1970) - in relation to the differences between Australia and the mother country, England.
Nimmo Street (1962, 11 mins)
A neo-realist drama set near the crumbling Arrow Theatre. Two street bodgies hang around near the station and try to terrorise an Italian girl. A boy tries to fight for her and is beaten up. The dry streets of Middle Park reflect the crabbed lives of the star-crossed lovers.