Urban Australia and Post-Punk

Exploring Dogs in Space

  • David Nichols
  • Sophie Perillo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Sophie Perillo
    Pages 1-8
  3. Peter Farnan
    Pages 23-26
  4. John Clifforth
    Pages 27-33
  5. Karen Ansel
    Pages 51-59
  6. Edward Clayton-Jones
    Pages 61-66
  7. Jules Taylor
    Pages 67-72
  8. Cathy McQuade
    Pages 81-86
  9. Bruce Butler
    Pages 87-100
  10. Jerome Gaynor
    Pages 101-104
  11. Zora Simic
    Pages 105-122
  12. James Lesh, David Nichols
    Pages 157-173
  13. Simona Castricum
    Pages 247-260
  14. Sorcha Avalon Mackenzie, David Nichols
    Pages 285-298
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 307-338

About this book


Richard Lowenstein’s 1986 masterpiece Dogs in Space was and remains controversial, divisive, compelling and inspirational. Made less than a decade after the events it is based on, using many of the people involved in those events as actors, the film explored Melbourne’s ‘postpunk’ counterculture of share houses, drugs and decadence. Amongst its ensemble cast was Michael Hutchence, one of the biggest music stars of the period, in his acting debut. 

This book is a collection of essays exploring the place, period and legacy of Dogs in Space, by people who were there or who have been affected by this remarkable film. The writers are musicians, actors and artists and also academics in heritage, history, urban planning, gender studies, geography, performance and music. This is an invaluable resource for anyone passionate about Australian film, society, culture, history, heritage, music and art.


INXS Michael Hutchence Post punk Little Band Scene Urban geography Inner-city Melbourne Communal living Fanzines Community radio The Ears Sam Sejavka Sharehouse

Editors and affiliations

  • David Nichols
    • 1
  • Sophie Perillo
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  2. 2.University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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