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Garry Shead is one of Australia’s most famous and acclaimed lyrical figurative expressionist artists, the winner of the Archibald Prize for Portraiture and the Dobell Prize for Drawing.
The reason why he is so acclaimed is because he manages to convey a unique sense of pictorial magic through which we are given privileged access to a world which is both tangible and real, but also has the quality of otherness – that of the waking dream and of the quiet revelation – where we feel and see visual truths which can only be revealed through art. See more
Buesst’s leisurely, intimate and at times quite personal documentary on the ‘60s & early ‘70s independent Melbourne filmmaking scene centred in Carlton is one of the most significant cinematic contributions to Australian film history. A kind of underground chronicle of a period widely assumed to not have produced any filmmaking, it is a testament to the perseverance & energy of this important but neglected scene. It includes generous excerpts from such rarely screened but seminal works as Mangiamele’s Clay, Yackety Yack, Buesst’s own work & a string of films (Pudding Thieves, Hey Al Baby) made under the auspices of MUFS, the Melbourne Cinémathčque’s galant predecessor. See more
Melbourne’s first celebrity criminal, set the pace in the early days. It is about the life of the notorious 1920’s Melbourne Australian gangster Squizzy Taylor including interviews and re-enactments. See more
Documentary about the First World War hero and later St. Kilda Mayor. Today Albert Jacka is almost forgotten, yet his heroic feats captured the imagination of a generation. In the early decades of the century he personified the archetypal Australian.
Jacka was a soldier, decorated for his service at Gallipoli, and this documentary about his life tells not only his story but much about Australian identity and history. See more
A film about Darwin, exploring the events that led to the establishment of Australia’s main northern city. Images from the past and present reveal the early struggles to establish a permanent settlement. Culminating in the untold story of the epic voyage of the Forlorn Hope. Essential viewing for anyone interested in the history of Northern Australia.
Director / Camera / Editing: Nigel Buesst
This valuable and insightful presentation by Australian artist Annette Bezor, about her art, speaks eloquently to a wide audience about the cultural issues and social mechanisms of gender, sexuality, beauty, desire, the body, identity and their representation.
Bezor’s painting practice draws together many aspects of painting – the history of painting is telescoped into contemporary forms of communication and representation, including photography, computer-manipulated imagery and the electronic transmission of images. See more
Shamayim began with Felders work with Nicholas Isherwood on a piece for voice and electronic sounds and Caplans interest in a series of images having to do with nature. Shamayim uses Hebrew letters as the base structure for the music, while Caplan uses the numeric values of these letters as inspiration for the images.
Short feature about a magazine publisher.
Bonjour Balwyn: Kevin Agar (John Duigan) has left a job in insurance to start his own magazine, called Bolo. His middle class parents dont understand it, and very few people buy it. As his debts mount, Kevin loses his girlfriend, his friends and his secretary. See more
A 2-DVD set of short films by acclaimed director and cinematographer Tom Cowan.
Disc 1: The Dancing Class
Nimmo Street (1962, 11 mins)
The Dancing Class (1964, 12 mins)
Signature (1966, 2 mins)
Helena of Sydney (1966, 12 mins)
Australia Felix (1970, 28 mins)
Disc 2: Support Me Not
Jenny Kee – Waratah Artist (2010, 4 mins)
School Photo (2005, 4 mins)
Wind Section (2009, 2 mins)
Support Me Not (2009, 20 mins)
Tippisandra Road (2006, 4 mins) See more
A tale of a town called Orange and the people who live there. A story too, of longing and courage, which unveils some of the different faces of love. A teenage daughter, a single mother, a caring brother, a romantic girl, an abusive father, a young rebel, a dreamy farmhand and a tough farmer – their stories connect, affecting each other and the challenges they face in their rural lives.See more