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Three experimental, impressionist films by Peter Tammer.

Year: 1985-2010, 57 mins
Code: PT-Trip
ISBN: 978-1-921882-91-3

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An impressionistic portrait of a friend, Michelle, a performer preparing for her act... the private world and public world superimposed upon each other to present a feeling for the person caught between the two worlds.

Influenced by the 'title' of the painting by Marcel Duchamp, "Nude Descending Staircase", but not informed by the actual painting. Four separate movements of figures descending: different staircases, different environments, bodies cascading, a cataract of flesh... metamorphosing... visually regenerating... forever descending.

A poem of the night. The predatory male, perhaps a reincarnation of Orpheus, seeks the elusive female archetype which beguiles, mystifies, allures, and finally destroys him. Two figures in a nightscape of coruscating light and colour. A poem of yearning.



Music by Bill McDonald.  Directed by Peter Tammer.

1964-1973, beginning as an independent filmmaker and freelance editor, Peter worked at Eltham Films, Commonwealth Film Unit, and also produced some extremely low-budget commercials.

Between 1973-1975 he was employed as a Tutor in a film course for teacher training at Melbourne State College, Carlton. Peter was also a founding member of the Melbourne Filmmaker's Co-op when setting up at the Spring St. venue, and a contributing member at Lygon St., Carlton venue until 1976.

1976-1978 Peter left his teaching position at Melb State College, and returned to freelance editing. In 1977 he was approached by Brian Robinson to take on part-time teaching at Swinburne F&TV.

1979-1998 Peter was appointed Lecturer in Film at Swinburne, later VCA Film and TV School. Between 1979 and 1983 he taught the 2nd year of the Undergraduate course, and when Nigel Buesst retired Peter was appointed to supervise the Post Graduate course in Narrative/Drama.

Following study leave which included a trip to America in 1985 to examine the early versions of computerised editing systems for film and television, Peter was appointed Senior Lecturer in Film at Swinburne, afterwards the VCA, continuing his role as "year lecturer" for the narrative/drama stream of the Post-Graduate course.

1996-1998 Peter helped initiate and was placed in charge of a specialised strand for Documentary in the VCA Post-Graduate course, and in partnership with Megan Spencer as co-manager, ran "The Doco Club" on a regular weekly basis introducing members and visitors to a wide range of documentary productions from local and international sources. Peter retired from the VCA in July 1998.

Throughout the period 1977 - 1998 Peter continued producing his personal films which are recorded in the filmography below, winning some major awards. As listed, some of his films were invited to participate in local and overseas festivals.

Peter is now living in Kyneton, central Victoria. See Peter Tammer's website



Hey Marcel...
Finalist Greater Union Awards, Sydney Film Festival 1984

Queen of the Night
Finalist Greater Union Awards, Sydney Film Festival 1985

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