When you think of Australian artists the name Brett Whiteley holds a mantle above most all others as an icon. Prolific, grandiose, and huge in ambition and scale, his work continues to influence contemporary Australian art and impress global audiences. Film makers James Bogle and Sue Clothier have painstakingly explored the man behind the legend in the scintillating new documentary Whiteley to lift the veil on the enigmatic artist. To celebrate the release Transmission Films and The Lowdown Under are giving you the chance to win one of five double passes to see this extraordinary documentary when it releases in select cinemas from 11 May, 2017!
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Synopsis: WHITELEY is a visual journey into the private life and creative legacy of Australia’s most iconic artist, Brett Whiteley, told “in his own words” using personal letters, notebooks and photographs, interwoven with reconstructions, animations, archival interviews and rare footage. The documentary is directed by James Bogle and produced by Sue Clothier.
Whiteley’s constant muse was his wife, Wendy. Both a catalyst for his creative passions and a witness to their incendiary consequences, she remains the sole custodian of his artistic legacy. Wendy was the subject of some of his most famous and popular paintings, and was the mother of their only child, Arkie.
Like so many brilliant artists, Whiteley’s ambitious ascent to dizzying heights would eventually meet with a tragic downfall. Having built a tower of artistic statements exploring monumental ideas like Love, Evil, War, Beauty and “Endlessnessism”, he irretrievably fell from it.
Whiteley’s artworks were made across just 30 years, but their ongoing impact on Australia’s creative culture is extraordinary: he blazed a trail that still lights a path forward for a new generation of artists.
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WHITELEY releases in AUSTRALIA on 11 MAY, 2017 through TRANSMISSION FILMS
SPECIAL PREVIEW SCREENINGS WITH WENDY WHITELEY (NSW, ACT, VIC) AND DIRECTOR JAMES BOGLE (WA) – TICKETS ON SALE NOW
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Friday 5 May, 6:30pm – Palace Electric (Q&A with Wendy Whiteley)
Tuesday 2 May, 6:30pm – Luna Leederville (Q&A with director James Bogle)
IN CINEMAS MAY 11
ACT: Palace Electric
QLD: Palace Centro
WA: Luna Leederville
SA: Palace EastEnd
TAS: State Cinema Hobart