SALUTING AN AUSTRALIAN FILM ICON

SALUTING AN AUSTRALIAN FILM ICON

"We naturally think of a getaway car as something high-powered and something police are not likely to pull over because it looks out of the ordinary. But Malcolm's a bit bent. He's been watching TV and he feels what you need is something that can disappear down a lane and get away, so he splits the car in half." -- David Parker, screenwriter, MALCOLM. 

Colin Friels in 'Malcolm' one of Australia's most iconic comedies.

Colin Friels in 'Malcolm' one of Australia's most iconic comedies.

On show at the Nation Film and Sound Archive is an exhibition dedicated to Malcolm, the Australian comedy classic that celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. If you happen to be in Canberra, you shall have the opportunity to visit the display, complete with scripts, photographs, movie posters, along with a truly impressive centrepiece--Malcolm's bright yellow getaway car, the best car in the history of cinema. Not even James Bond has a car quite like it.

MALCOLM'S GETAWAY CAR: THE BEST CAR IN THE HISTORY OF MOTION PICTURES (YES, IT REALLY DOES SPLIT IN HALF--NO COMPUTER-GENERATED SPECIAL EFFECTS REQUIRED).

MALCOLM'S GETAWAY CAR: THE BEST CAR IN THE HISTORY OF MOTION PICTURES (YES, IT REALLY DOES SPLIT IN HALF--NO COMPUTER-GENERATED SPECIAL EFFECTS REQUIRED).

Nadia Tass, director of Malcolm, and her husband David Parker, the film's chief screenwriter, were in Canberra on September 25th to open the exhibition, an event which included a screening of Malcolm (presented from a lovely 35mm print), followed by a questions and answers session with the highly enthusiastic audience crowded into the NFSA's Arc Theatre. It was an event as memorable as the gimmicked yellow motor vehicle sitting in the exhibition room across the NFSA courtyard.

Written by Mark Vanselow

The NFSA's Malcolm exhibition runs until October 9th. More info HERE.

INSIDE THE SCORSESE EXHIBITION

INSIDE THE SCORSESE EXHIBITION