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The Cars That Ate Paris

Directed by Peter Weir
91 minutes
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An outback town with a dark secret is the setting for this Aussie New Wave classic directed by Peter Weir. A beautiful 50th anniversary restoration presented by the National Film and Sound Archive.

After surviving a car accident, Arthur is taken to hospital in Paris, NSW. He’s welcomed by the local community but soon suspects something is amiss. Why do so many car crash victims keep arriving? And what kind of weird hold does the Mayor (the legendary John Meillon) have over his constituents? With its atmosphere of mounting dread and eye-popping production design, this journey into Australia’s violent car culture marked a stunning feature debut for the great Australian filmmaker Peter Weir (Picnic at Hanging Rock, 1975; Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, 2003). Screened at Cannes and SFF in 1974.

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Funny and spine-chilling
Derek Malcolm, The Guardian
John Meillon gives the performance of his life as the pompous, devious mayor
David Stratton, The Last New Wave
A brilliant idea … outrageously funny … The Cars That Ate Paris is top class
Kenneth Robbins, The Sydney Morning Herald

Special Guest

Peter Weir
Peter Weir is an Australian BAFTA-awarded filmmaker. A six-time Academy Award-nominee, Weir’s films Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Last Wave, and Gallipolli have made renowned contributions to the 1970s Australian New Wave. He has also received international success with a selection of features, including Dead Poets Society, The Truman Show, and Witness.


Thu 13 Jun
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 3
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Classics Restored
In English
Peter Weir
Jim McElroy, Hal McElroy
Terry Camilleri, John Meillon, Kevin Miles
Peter Weir
John R. McLean
Wayne LeClos
Horror, Australian Films, Crime, Off-Beat, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Retrospective
Company Credits
Festival Contact: National Film and Sound Archive
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