Is it working ?

Australia, 1984

Film
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Long before the idea of community arts became a popular and welcome activity, George Seelaf was organising participatory art activities for workers in factories. This film looks at the influence that George Seelaf has exerted through his commitment to labour movement ideals; his support for radical artists and writers and his pioneering work for community arts. Seelaf established the Trade Union Clinic and Research Centre, now known as the Western Region Community Health Centre in Melbourne’s western suburbs. Secretary of the Australasian Meat Industry employees Union for 25 years he refused to accept the Order of Australia bestowed upon him because John Kerr was officiating. Includes interviews with Wally Curran, Frank Hardy, Noel Counihan and Andrew Reeves.

Credits

producer/director

John Hughes

production company

Archival Film Project of the Australia Council

Community Arts Board

Duration

00:53:12:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1984

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

34122

Language

English

Subject categories

Crafts & Visual Arts → Art - Australia

Crafts & Visual Arts → Art - Themes, motives

Crafts & Visual Arts → Art and society

Crafts & Visual Arts → Artistic collaboration

Crafts & Visual Arts → Artists - Australia

Crafts & Visual Arts → Arts - Australia

Crafts & Visual Arts → Community art projects

Crafts & Visual Arts → Politics in art - Australia

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Community development

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Ideology

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Labor and laboring classes - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Labor movement

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Politics in art - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Seelaf, George

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Trade-unions

History → Labor movement

People → Seelaf, George

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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