sunday best #17: Dogs In Space

Dogs In Space
Directed by Richard Lowenstein
First released in 1986

Kona Macphee says:

Probably best known for featuring the late Michael Hutchence of INXS, Richard Lowenstein’s apparently semi-autobiographical film “Dogs In Space” is an ensemble piece set in a chaotic Melbourne share-house / squat in 1979.

It’s by no means a perfect film, but it features an awesomely eclectic postpunk soundtrack (including a personal favourite, “Shivers”, from Nick Cave’s early band The Boys Next Door), and a bunch of engaging young Aussie actors such as Nique Needles and Saskia Post.

When I first saw this film, I was 16 and utterly desperate to escape the claustrophobic dependency of schoolgirl existence and begin my “real life”. Somehow, “Dogs In Space” epitomised the gritty, inner-urban bohemian “reality” I spent all my time fantasising about. It blew my mind.

“Dogs In Space” is recommended by Kona Macphee.
  • First released: 1986
  • Current availability: Available on Amazon UK

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