Personal Problems

Director: Bill Gunn 1980 165 Minutes Ages 15+
Personal Problems Sun 21 Oct
TIX AT VENUE ONLY 10:30am 165mins Australian Cinémathèque GOMA

Personal Problems is a largely unseen masterpiece. A three-hour soap-opera from Bill Gunn, restored by Kino Lorber and presented in Australia for the first time.

Centring on a 1980s New York couple, the two-part storyline features a fascinating ensemble of characters and settings amid an expansive and honest view of middle-class African-American life. Shot on video on a shoestring budget, the film screened on television and in a select number of American cities in the 1980s. Operating in defiance of the racially exclusive Hollywood studio system and combining a perceptive and articulate script by Ishmael Reed with the extraordinary performance of its cast, Personal Problems is a triumph in independent American cinema.

Screening as part of ‘Restored Revelations


Classification:Ages 15+
Director:Bill Gunn
Producer:Walter Cotton
Cast:Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor, Jim Wright, Sam L Waymon, Walter Cotton
Script:Ishmael Reed
Program strand:Features
Rights:Kino Lorber