RAHS Day Lecture – Home Talent: Australia’s Itinerant Filmmakers
December 2, 2020 @ 13:00 - 14:00Free
From the earliest days of film in Australia, travelling film exhibitors brought entertainment and news to even the smallest communities. Some filmed mostly factual records of a town and its people. But others were part of a trend of so-called ‘home talent’ or ‘community’ filmmakers who travelled the countryside making fictional films funded by and starring a town’s leading citizens and their families. Graham Shirley will follow a brief overview of Australia’s travelling film exhibitors with a more detailed look at the home talent films made across the continent. The presentation will look at how a stock standard script called The Adventures of Dot was repeatedly filmed as its itinerant directors and cameramen visited town after town.
About the speaker: Graham Shirley has worked as a director, writer and researcher on Australian historical documentaries. He has conducted numerous oral histories and is co-author of Australian Cinema: The First 80 Years (Currency Press, 1983 & 1989). From 2006 to 2014 he worked for the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, initially as a senior curator and subsequently as NFSA Historian. In mid-2014 he returned to freelance researching, writing and consulting. He is an RAHS councillor and a member of the Professional Historians Association (NSW & ACT).RESERVE TICKETS