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Mallacoota Stampede

Film of Peter Tammer

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A slice of life, summer in Australia: sunstroke, syphilis and varicose veins.

The quiet seaside resort of Mallacoota is flooded by tourists seeking their holiday paradise. How can they know that their very search destroys everything they yearn for?

We follow the life of a local boy, Donny, and his friends Larry and Leo, as they await the new season's arrivals, new adventures.

Donny meets Debbie, an old flame from the previous year who has changed a lot in the meantime. They also meet a two drag-queens, Wanda and Michelle, who have come to town to put on a show. Their arrival adds a new dimension to the local colour.

The holiday is full of minor events including a messy Australian-style rodeo. Some of the characters get what they are looking for.

And some do not.


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

Award:  "ERWIN RADO" Prize, Melbourne Film Festival 1981

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