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Title Art + Soul: Bitter And Sweet - Series 1, Ep 3 Of 3 / Director: Thornton, Warwick
Published Australia : ABC, 2010
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Series Art + Soul ; Series 1, Episode 3
Summary art + soul, a documentary series by Warwick Thornton and Hetti Perkins, is the powerful and emotionally engaging series about contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, and the artists who create it. In episode three, Hetti explores the themes of Bitter and Sweet and asks "How does the startling beauty - and humour - of Aboriginal art intertwine with reverberations of the past and our present"? Tommy McRae's exquisite 1830s drawings chronicle Aboriginal life and the arrival of squatters and gold diggers. He lived on the Murray River in Victoria, and was one of a small cluster of artists who documented with delicate beauty the transformation of his world. The story of the success of Albert Namatjira is bitter sweet. Loved for his watercolours of the majestic MacDonnell Ranges, he was caught between two worlds. His legacy lives on in the work of many descendants, who paint in his watercolour style. Photographer Mervyn Bishop has documented through his work, without judgement, many of the changes in the Aboriginal community; he talks about his most famous image - Prime Minister Gough Whitlam symbolically pouring sand into the hand of traditional landowner Vincent Lingiari. Hetti Perkins points out that she was ineligible to be counted in the census when she was born! Schooled from an early age by her activist father Charles Perkins, she sees Aboriginal art as inextricably linked to politics. PRODUCTION DETAILS:Writer and Presenter: Hetti Perkins; Director and Cinematographer: Warwick Thornton; Producers: Bridget Ikin and Jo-Anne McGowan (Hibiscus Films); Executive Producer ABC TV: Amanda Duthie. art + soul was produced by Hibiscus Films in association with Screen Australia, Screen NSW, the Art Gallery Of New South Wales and the Australia Council For The Arts. art + soul was developed and produced in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC TV)
Notes Closed captioning in English
Event Broadcast 2010-10-21 at 20:30:00
Notes Classification: PG
Subject Art, Aboriginal Australian.
Artists -- Psychology.
Artists, Aboriginal Australian.
Namatjira, Albert, 1902-1959.
Watercolor painting -- Technique.
Northern Territory -- Hermannsburg.
Queensland -- Brisbane.
Western Australia -- East Kimberley.
Form Streaming video
Author Bell, Richard, contributor
Bishop, Mervyn, contributor
Gumana, Gawirrin, contributor
McRae, Tommy, contributor
Riley, Ginger, contributor
Perkins, Hetti, host
Peters, Rusty, contributor
Riley, Michael, contributor
Thornton, Warwick, director
Yunupingu, Gulumbu, contributor