meet academy award nominee bob connelly at acmi
As part of the Melbourne Writers' Festival and ACMI's Focus on Writers cinema season, settle in for an exclusive fireside chat with Academy Award® Nominee Bob Connelly to celebrate the launch of his book Making Black Harvest.
In 1983, Bob Connelly and his partner Robin Anderson documented white man's first contact with highland tribes of Papua New Guinea. The resultant documentary, First Contact, was later nominated for an Academy Award®. They returned to the country in 1985 to make the sequel, Joe Leahy's Neighbours, and in 1992 completed the trilogy with Black Harvest, their brilliant documentary of a vicious tribal struggle in the Papua New Guinea highlands.
After Robin Anderson's death, Bob Connelly read her diaries from the year they had spent filming Black Harvest. Using Robin's diaries as inspiration, as well as sixty letters he composed in the field, Bob wrote Making Black Harvest.
Bob Connelly's book details the filmmaking process but also recounts the couple's moral dilemmas as they documented the disaster that came to overwhelm the Ganiga tribespeople, among whom they were living.
Join Bob Connelly and host Helen Garner to hear the fascinating stories behind the making of Black Harvest.
Presented in association with Melbourne Writers' Festival and ABC Books.
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Making Black Harvest
23 August, 7.30pm
Full $15 Concession $13
Published Thursday, 18 August 2005