Non-Fiction ACMI, VAMFF & AIDC present

The Times of Bill Cunningham

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“He was one of those lucky individuals who’d discovered the secret of a happy existence: If you love what you do and do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Back in 1994, fashion industry veteran Mark Bozek interviewed the legendary New York photographer Bill Cunningham in what was intended to be a brief chat.

But an effervescent Cunningham ended up talking for hours, with a particular focus on his love of fashion. He refers to himself as, first and foremost, a ‘fashion historian’, and recalls witnessing the resurgence of the fashion industry in Paris after the second world war. He discusses collaborating with designers, including creating hats for Balenciaga, before remembering the devastation in the creative community wrought by HIV/AIDS in the early 90s.

In 2016, Bozek recovered the videotapes of the remarkable interview from his garage and began weaving this intimate and fascinating documentary. Sarah Jessica Parker narrates.

Australian premiere

Please join us after the screening on Sat 9 Mar for a very special discussion with director Mark Bozek.

All cinema-goers will go into the running to win a copy of 'Fashion Climbing: A New York Life' by Bill Cunningham, thanks to our friends at Penguin Random House.