ACMI & the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) present
All The Beauty and The Bloodshed
Follow the epic story of Nan Goldin, told through her groundbreaking photography and footage, as she fights to hold the Sackler family accountable for the opioid crisis.
A devastating work of shocking intelligence and still greater emotional power.
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed is an epic, emotional and interconnected story about internationally renowned artist and activist Nan Goldin told through her slideshows, intimate interviews, ground-breaking photography, and rare footage of her personal fight to hold the Sackler family accountable for the opioid crisis.
The film interweaves Goldin’s past and present, the deeply personal and urgently political, from P.A.I.N.’s (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now) actions at renowned art institutions to Goldin’s photography of her friends and peers through her epic The Ballad of Sexual Dependency and her legendary 1989, NEA-censored AIDS exhibition, Witness: Against Our Vanishing.
Making a powerful documentary about a renegade like Nan Goldin seems a natural fit for Academy Award-winning director Laura Poitras (Citizenfour, Risk), whose filmography tends to follow individuals leading an effort to fight for justice or accountability.
Poitras and Goldin began their collaboration in 2019, with Poitras initially struck by the modern-day horror story of billionaires knowingly creating an epidemic, however the fundamental theme of the film soon emerged:
The core of the film is Nan’s art, photography, and the legacies of her friends and sister Barbara. A legacy of people escaping America.
All The Beauty and The Bloodshed premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival in 2022, where it picked up the Golden Lion. It has since gone on to sweep the festival and awards circuit, and is nominated for Best Documentary at the 2023 Academy Awards.
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READ: The Lessons of Nan Goldin’s Struggle Against the Sacklers
Nathalie Olah, ArtReview, Oct 2022
READ: Laura Poitras on All the Beauty and the Bloodshed and Harnessing Nan Goldin’s Fight
Pat Mullen, POV Magazine, Dec 2022
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