Tuesday, 15 February 2011
First Look: Brian Eno - Another Green World and Glitterbug
Photo credit: Michael Clement
"I don't live in the past at all; I'm always wanting to do something new. I make a point of constantly trying to forget and get things out of my mind." - Brian Eno
As part of its First Look program, this April the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) presents two films featuring the work of British composer, musical theorist, multimedia artist and writer, Brian Eno. He takes centre stage in Nicola Roberts' new documentary, Brian Eno: Another Green World (2010) and goes behind the scenes to provide the soundtrack for Derek Jarman's classic film, Glitterbug (1994).
Brian Eno: Another Green World was produced as part of the British Broadcasting Corporation's (BBC) Arena series and takes its name from the artist's 1975 solo album, Another Green World. While the crew were granted unparalleled access to Eno, this is a film about much more than an artist at work in his studio; it's a portrait of a man who never tires of asking questions about the world.
The documentary sees Eno discuss art, science, producing, systems analysis and cybernetics with some of the world's most prominent thinkers. Possessing a remarkable intellect of his own, Eno engages in conversations with scientist Richard Dawkins, author Malcolm Gladwell, writer Paul Morley, producer Steve Lillywhite and cybernetician David Whittaker.
Regarded as the genre-making force behind ambient music, Eno began his career four decades ago as the keyboard player for Roxy Music. With little formal musical education, his Catholic upbringing and attendance at art school proved strong influences on his work. A noted producer, Eno has worked on some of the most acclaimed releases by Talking Heads, David Bowie, U2 and Coldplay.
While still dedicated to his music career, these days Eno is also kept busy by writing and working on a plethora of multimedia projects. He has orchestrated art installations around the globe and contributes his thoughts on society and innovation to British current affairs magazine, Prospect.
Brian Eno: Another Green World was directed by Nicola Roberts. An established documentarian, Roberts has a long history of making films for the BBC including The Story of Food in 27 Minutes 43 Seconds, Blondes: Anita Ekberg, and Dreamgirls: The Photographs of Guy Bourdin.
Showcasing the final film from British director Derek Jarman and the work of Eno as a soundtrack artist, ACMI will also screen Glitterbug.
Over three decades, Jarman chronicled his personal and artistic life in a series of Super-8 home movies which he used to create the final instalment in his expansive filmmaking career. With Eno's soundtrack a crucial element of Glitterbug, this dreamlike waltz through Jarman's world is a life affirming tribute to a great artist and his many muses.
Featuring archival footage of writer William S Burroughs, actor Tilda Swinton, industrial music pioneer Genesis P-Orridge and gay icon Michael Clark, Glitterbug was first broadcast on the BBC soon after Jarman's death in 1994.
Jarman was engaged in many creative pursuits throughout his life. He is credited with revitalising the pop music video genre, had his writing published in many forms - including diaries and an autobiography - and was also a gay rights activist.
ACMI Film Programmer Kristy Matheson says, "Brian Eno: Another Green World offers us an insight into a mind that has influenced so much pop culture over the past few decades. This documentary also gives audiences an incentive to revisit the final filmic work of another of the UK's great cultural exports, Derek Jarman. Glitterbug represents a true collaboration between sound and vision and shouldn't be missed on the big screen."
Brian Eno: Another Green World screens exclusively at ACMI in Melbourne from Friday 1 April until Monday 4 April, 2011. Glitterbug screens exclusively at ACMI in Melbourne from Thursday 7 April until Sunday 10 April, 2011. For program information and session times please visit www.acmi.net.au
Brian Eno: Another Green World, Nicola Roberts, 60mins, United Kingdom, 2010, Digital Betacam, Source/Courtesy: Arena
Glitterbug, Derek Jarman, 60mins, United Kingdom, 1994, 35mm, Source/Courtesy: Basilisk Communications
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