Thursday, 22 June 2006

tv's treasures on show at acmi

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image will celebrate the 50th anniversary of television broadcasting in Australia by unveiling the world's largest television wall and a cavalcade of television treasures as part of a new blockbuster exhibition, TV50, opening 22 June.

Featuring many of Australia's most loved personalities and programs (and some of those we wish we could forget), TV50 will take visitors of all ages on a fascinating and fun journey through television history and into the future.

Visitors will be able to relive all their favourite television memories, from childhood favourites such as Romper Room and Mr Squiggle, to the heart warming moments like Scott and Charlene's 1987 Neighbours wedding, and heart stopping moments that captured the nation such as man setting foot on the moon.

TV50 will cover all aspects of the industry from behind the scenes right through to the finished product watched in lounge rooms around the country. Highlights include:

The awe-inspiring backdrop to TV50 the NEC TV Wall, the world's largest television wall, featuring 750 televisions and spanning 70 metres of ACMI's Screen Gallery. It showcases amazing footage from Australia's rich television heritage, from The Graham Kennedy Show to contemporary offerings including We Can Be Heroes.

Forget internet dating, the original robot cupid, Dexter from Perfect Match will be at TV50 to offer compatibility ratings to love lorn visitors. If visitors to the exhibition have brought their own mate, they can prop themselves up for a quiet ale at the bar from Blue Heelers' Imperial Hotel or walk down Australia's most famous street, Neighbours' Ramsay Street.

The exhibition will relive the very beginning of television in Australia with one of only three cameras used to film the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Also, on display will be classic clips from some of Australia's most iconic early television shows, In Melbourne Tonight, Pick-A- Box and Brian Henderson's Bandstand.

In addition to looking at the television industry today, TV50 will give visitors a glimpse into emerging trends and look at what the future of television holds and how consumers can customise their couch potato time with games development, digital storytelling, vlogging and peer-to peer channels.

A series of public talks and forums with some of the most talented industry people working on both sides of the camera will give participants a rare insight into the industry. Among the many highlights is a session with Kitty Stuckey, award winning Costume Designer for Kath and Kim, who will talk about shopping, styling and some of her favourite wardrobe moments with everyone's favourite foxy morons.

Visitors to the exhibition will also be able to visit ACMI's fully equipped television studio where they can experience green screen technology transporting them to the set of a soap, a talk show couch or a news desk.

A full colour, illustrated catalogue and an exciting array of public programs, education and school holiday activities will accompany TV50.

Exhibition Details:
22 June -1 October
Screen Gallery (lower ground)
Open daily: Mon to Fri, 10am - 6pm

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Further information

Danielle Poulos, ACMI Communciations Coordinator
Tel: 8663 2415
Mob: 0417 540 543

Justin Rogers, ACMI Communications Coordinator
Tel: 8663 2475
Mob: 0412 172 887

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