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The Trials of William Dobell.

Publication:
Seven S Productions,, South Melbourne, Vic, Australia: Seven S Productions, Contemporary Arts Media (distributor), 2016.
Footscray, Victoria, Australia : Contemporary Arts Media
Format/Description:
Video
1 online resource (58 mins)
Series:
Great Australian Artists
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Choreography. (search)
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Art, Austrlaian. (search)
Art / Fine / Applied -- Documentary. (search)
Art / Fine / Applied -- Modern Art 1870-1970. (search)
Art / Fine / Applied -- World / Australia. (search)
Communication / Culture -- World / Australia. (search)
Form/Genre:
Educational Films.
Language:
English
System Details:
PAL
video file MP4
Summary:
This documentary examines the 1944 trial of the painter William Dobell, for "fraudulently" winning the Archibald prize for portraiture. An attempt was made to muzzle the artist and dictate to him what and how he could paint.  The battle was bitterly fought and developed into a clash of cultures and ideas as much as a dispute about a particular work of art. Former Portrait Gallery director Jeffrey Sayers gives us the political context, placing Dobell's trial at the centre of the struggle between reaction and reform. The film asks: Was the trial justified, and what were the consequences for Dobell's art and life? With the participation of fellow artist and friend Margaret Olley, curators Barry Pearce and Hendrik Kolenberg, and former Supreme Court of NSW Justice Roddy Meagher, one of Australia's great cultural moments is imaginatively brought to life, telling us why it matered and still does.  
Credits:
Written and Directed by Eugene Schlusser
Contributor:
Eugene Schlusser.
Publisher Number:
6259 Contemporary Arts Media
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.