Time capsule to the punk scene in the late 1970s in Melbourne, where punks, hippies and radical students fill their days with sex, drugs, parties and television in one house. Sam – played by the charismatic singer of INXS, Michael Hutchence, who died too young – has a relationship with Anna, but their happiness takes a turn when hard drugs come on the scene.
Set in Melbourne’s late 70s punk rock scene, Dogs in Space chronicles the lives of a group of punk musicians, hippies, students and radicals filling their time with sex, drugs, parties, television and a love for music, in a chaotic, squalid share house. A fictionalised account of the director’s experiences of those days, the film follows Lowenstein’s affectionately drawn characters through a chaotic series of non-narrative vignettes. Sam (played by INXS singer Michael Hutchence) sings in the rock group Dogs in Space. His girlfriend Anna works in a nursing home and wants to become an airline stewardess. Tim plays electronics in Dogs in Space, and Luchio is studying for engineering exams. Sam and Anna’s happy relationship begins to change when hard drugs enter their lives, and tragedy strikes. Hutchence is a brilliant symbol of reckless youth in this, his first dramatic screen role, giving this unique time capsule, made in 1986, instant cult status. –Rotterdam
Richard Lowenstein (born 1 March 1959 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian filmmaker.
Lowenstein’s mother was author, oral historian, and activist Wendy Lowenstein. He attended Brinsley Road Community School in from 1973 to 1974; and graduated from Swinburne Film and Television School in 1979.
He has written, produced and directed feature films (see list below), as well as numerous ground-breaking and award-winning music videos for bands such as INXS and U2, concert performance films and TV commercials.
He co-produced the satirical music series John Safran’s Music Jamboree as well as John Safran vs God for SBS Independent and is a partner in the Melbourne-based production company, GHOST. He is also a partner in the feature film production company, Fandango Australia Pty Ltd along with Italian Producer – Domenico Procacci, Producer – Sue Murray, Lawyer – Bryce Menzies and Director – Rolf de Heer. He was a close friend of Michael Hutchence. Most recently he filmed… read more
"Wait a second, I recognise that guy! I'm sure he was in a band, but what were they called? Didn't he kill himself or something? I think he may have, but I could be mistaken. What is that band called god dammit! I even remember their bloody song; the one that goes da da da dadadadadadadada! Ah shit, it's not going to come to me" The film was alright too.