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Vacant Possession


Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

Vacant Possession


Between Past And Present: The Films Of Margot Nash

18 May

Tessa (Pamela Rabe) feels the pull to return to her childhood house in the wake of her mother’s death. The messy idea of home, and everything unspoken and unresolved attached to it, is at the centre of a film that sits at an important crossroads in Nash’s career. The title “refers not only to the ‘vacant possession’ of the house but also to Australia itself” (David Stratton).

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  • Like Nash’s recent, acclaimed essay film, The Silences, this is a work that explores the gaps caused by conflicting self-images, between the need to preserve the shell of a shared, traumatic past and the desire, through “progress”, to expunge it.

    Screening to be introduced by the filmmaker.