Thursday, 17 September 2009

A Whole New World of the Moving Image Unveiled

Cate Blanchett and John Brumby launch Screen Worlds
Cate Blanchett and John Brumby launch Screen Worlds
Victorian Premier, the Hon. John Brumby, today joined Arts Minister Lynne Kosky, Oscar® winning Australian actress Cate Blanchett, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) Director Tony Sweeney and ACMI Board President, the Hon. John Thwaites in officially opening a world-first exhibition celebrating the story of the moving image.

Screen Worlds: The Story of Film, Television and Digital Culture is a unique, interactive and immersive exhibition charting the past, present and future of the moving image. Within core sections, Emergence, Voices, and Sensation, it dynamically illustrates how each form of the moving image has emerged as a powerful creative medium.

Board President, the Hon. John Thwaites, said the new permanent free-entry exhibition cements ACMI's position as Australia's home of screen culture and as a centre for innovation and creative excellence.

"This significant new cultural attraction for Melbourne, of truly international scope and scale, explores in rich detail the impact of the moving image on our senses and emotions over time, the role it has played in shaping our national identity, while celebrating Australia's contribution to the industry on the international stage," Mr Thwaites said.

Featuring highlights from early film to unforgettable TV moments and the latest in digital lifestyle, the exhibition spans the diversity of entertainment and creativity that makes the moving image the dominant cultural force that it is today.

Visitors can follow the development of the moving image, and discover the significant contribution of Australians to its story. They can engage with spectacular immersive exhibits, play classic and contemporary videogames and celebrate the lives of prominent Australian film and television personalities and see their treasures.

Mr Thwaites said the opening of Screen Worlds further strengthens ACMI's position as an integral part of Melbourne's arts and culture landscape.

"ACMI plays an integral role in Melbourne's international standing as a truly international arts city and centre for excellence and innovation and the opening of Screen Worlds provides an additional opportunity for audiences of all ages and abilities to actively engage in screen culture for learning and entertainment," Mr Thwaites said.

ACMI Director Tony Sweeney said the opening of Screen Worlds is a significant milestone for the institution and the culmination of four years of planning.

"Supremely creative and globally connected, nothing else tells our stories as powerfully as the moving image and Screen Worlds gives it the vibrant biography it deserves," Tony said. "This is a coming of age for ACMI. Screen Worlds perfectly complements our already established award-winning major exhibitions program, our unparalleled year-round calendar of film, and our renowned annual program of public and education programming."

Australians are featured throughout the exhibition, with a particular focus in fourteen dedicated displays on key moving image makers. With exclusive new interviews and never before seen personal memorabilia, the Australian spotlights are:

. Animal Logic (Visual Effects)
. Jill Bilcock (Editor)
. Cate Blanchett (Actor)
. Rolf de Heer (Writer, Director, Producer)
. Christopher Doyle (Cinematographer)
. Yoram Gross (Animator)
. Reg Grundy (Television Entrepreneur)
. David Gulpilil (Actor)
. Krome StudiosTM (Videogame Developers)
. Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin (Director and Production Designer)
. Chris Masters (Journalism)
. George Miller (Director)
. Tracey Moffat (Artist)
. Sue Smith and John Alsop (Writers)

As well as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content exhibited throughout Screen Worlds, ACMI has commissioned a specific section devoted to Indigenous representation on screen from some of the earliest moving image footage until today. Dreaming in Colour celebrates Indigenous artists working in the moving image and has been curated by Indigenous practitioners working in the industry.
Exhibition highlights include:

. Costumes and models from Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge!
. A Lumière Cinématographe, the rare camera/projector that marks film's arrival, 1896
. Dexter the Robot from Perfect Match
. Geoffrey Rush's sword and necklace from The Pirates of the Caribbean
. The Rocket Clock from Play School, plus Humpty, Jemima and more!
. Ned Kelly armour worn by Heath Ledger
. A replica of the iconic Interceptor car from Mad Max
. The original censor's horn from Graham Kennedy's In Melbourne Tonight
. Yoram Gross' original animation table used to produce Dot and the Kangaroo
. Dazzling three-screen Sound and Vision Room, made in collaboration with Baz Luhrmann, Philip Noyce and Zhang Yimou
. Krome Studio's TY the Tasmanian TigerT Zoetrope - stunning 3D zoetrope with almost 300 different models used to create the illusion
. Interactive Timeslice - surrounded by 36 cameras, enter this pod for a full body interactive that can make you look like Hugo Weaving dodging bullets in The Matrix
. Pong vs Tennis - team up with a friend and play retro-style vs wireless videogame and see who wins
. Film and TV award statuettes, including Oscars, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, AFI Awards, Logies and much more.
Designed by world leaders in gallery and museum design, London's Ab Rogers Design, in collaboration with Melbourne's Denton Corker Marshall (DCM), the new gallery occupies 1,600 square metres in ACMI and marks the completion of a year of construction works and four years of planning. 
The exhibition is the cornerstone of the development project which also includes a second special exhibition space, two new state-of-the-art production studios, the recently announced Australian Mediatheque resource centre, and external exhibition space, the Video Garden. 
To celebrate the opening of Screen Worlds, ACMI will throw its doors open to the public during an Open Day on Sunday 20 September from 10am to 6pm. The day will see all spaces in ACMI activated with free activities for all ages including film screenings, talks, workshops, tours and special appearances!

Screen Worlds: The Story of Film, Television and Digital Culture is open to the public from Sunday 20 September.

A media kit is available with a full list of exhibition content and images.

Further information

Claire Butler
Communications Coordinator
[direct phone] 61 3 8663 2415 [fax] 61 3 8663 2498 [mobile] 0434 603 654
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