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This precious interview had been planned by Albie Thoms and Kriszta Doczy since the beginning of 2012. During that year Albie was battling with his illness and using every drop of his energy to finish his book “My Gen” about the Sixties alternative underground film makers and artists in Sydney. Finally, just three weeks before he passed away Albie sat down with Kriszta and they started the conversation they had planned for so long. The interview was cut short, the book had to be finished and sent to the printer, and Albie was hoping to attend his last party, the launch of his book. See more
New Film Work that creates a fusion of the creative fields of animation, abstract film, visual music, sound art, video art and visual poetry. See more
Projected on two screens, with two separate soundtracks, the always exceptional, and occasionally brilliant, photographic images are enhanced by de Bruyn’s rigorous control over a wide variety of experimental techniques. Without overindulging in any of them, de Bruyn uses animation, optical illusions, time lapse, solarization, hand tinting, flash frames, refilming and flicker effects, accompanied by a dense atmosphere of word puns, dialogue, primal screams, music and even recycled and letraseted soundtracks. See more
NEW! A discussion between Richard Murphet (Director/Writer) and Leisa Shelton (Director/Performer) about their years of collaboration in directing, during which they have produced 5 new theatre works. The discussion makes a clear distinction between collaboration and group devising, and outlines 4 modes of collaboration that the two artists have undertaken in their working process.
The works produced over a period from the late 90s to 2008 have lent themselves to collaboration because of the focus of their content upon the multiple perspectives of social and personal identity. See more
A Documentary by Michael Chanan
The American Who Electrified Russia explores the relationship between history and family memory through the biography of an individual unrecorded in the history books whose life was nonetheless intertwined with history, but in a paradoxical fashion. Solomon Abramovich Trone (1872‐1969) was my maternal grandmother’s first cousin. A participant in the Revolutions of 1905 and 1917, he was also a director at General Electric, first in Russia before the First World War and then after it in America. Behind the scenes, he was a key figure in the electrification of the Soviet Union. See more
This is the first time that Bill Henson has allowed TV cameras into his life and this short documentary offers audiences in Australia and overseas rare access to one of Australia’s most important artists.
We see Henson as a creature of the night. There is not a lot of light in his life, he photographs by night and spends most of the day in his darkroom meticulously labouring over his prints, studying them reworking minute sections for the right balance of colour and light, venturing out occasionally for a bite to eat. See more
Ochres, a dance theatre performance by Bangarra Dance Theatre, was recorded at the sunken garden amphitheatre of the University of Western Australia during the 1996 Festival of Perth. See more
Ken Unsworth is one of Australia’s most challenging avant garde artists and at the same time one of the most popular artists of his generation. His “Suspended Stone Circle” was voted by Sydney Morning Herald readers as Sydney’s most popular art work and is now on permanent display at the Art Gallery of NSW.
Although Unsworth is recognised primarily for his sculptures and installations he has also worked regularly with performance, most famously in his suspension works during the 1970s.
In All Fired UP! the artist himself guides us through his life and art. This documentary is a critic/academic free zone with Unsworth as the main protagonist in his own drama. See more
Abnormally Funny People follows the trials and tribulations of a group of disabled stand-up comedians rehearsing, producing and performing a groundbreaking comedy show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in the summer of 2005.
This fast-paced documentary tracks the rollercoaster ride of putting on a comedy show at the world’s biggest arts festival, where the key issue is not about disability but whether you’re funny enough to cut the comic mustard. With Steve Best and Simon Minty. See more
The film is a lyrical treatment of Homer’s tale of Penelope, depicting her psychological struggle as she waits twenty years for her husband to return from the Trojan War.
It draws on the long-take filmmaking style of film directors such as Andrei Tarkovsky (The Mirror), Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai) and Bela Tarr (Werckmeister Harmonies). Director Ben Ferris and Director of Photography James Barahanos also embrace this style in their short films Ascension and The Kitchen.
The film premiered at the 4th One Take Film Festival in Zagreb Croatia as the Opening Night film in 2003. Penelope screened at the 56th Pula Film Festival in 2009 and was awarded the Van Gogh Award for Best Fantasy Film at the 2010 Amsterdam Film Festival. Ben has previously won awards for his one-take short films, winning the Grand Prix at the 2004 One Take Film Festival and the Grand Prix at the Inaugural Akira Kurosawa Memorial Short Film Festival in Tokyo in 2005. See more