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Markopoulos and the Cantrills: A Sense of Place

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Clemenger BBDO Auditorium

National Gallery of Victoria

180 Saint Kilda Road

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Full program:

  1. Ming Green (Markopoulos, 1967, 7 mins)
  2. Bliss (Markopoulos, 1967, 6 mins)
  3. Sorrows (Markopoulos, 1969, 6 mins)
  4. A Home Movie: Day in the Bush (Cantrills, 1969, 6 mins)
  5. Bouddi (Cantrills, 1970, 8 mins)
  6. Earth Message (Cantrills, 1970, 25 mins)
  7. Island Fuse (Cantrills, 1971, 10 mins)
  8. At Eltham (Cantrills, 1973, 23 mins)

(Total running time: 91 mins)

16mm prints courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.

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A collection of short films from the Greek-American filmmaker Gregory J. Markopoulos and the Australian experimental film pioneers Arthur and Corinne Cantrill. The itinerant filmmakers reflect on place and home in these innovative short experimental works (often called "portraits of place").

This session opens in Markopoulos's New York apartment in Ming Green (1967), before following him to Europe: a Greek church in Bliss (1967) and Richard Wagner's house in Switzerland in Sorrows (1969).

The Cantrills reckon with the Australian natural landscape in their experimental short works. A Home Movie: Day in the Bush (1969) uses a wide angle lens to study their young sons in nature. Bouddi (1970) depicts the coastal bush of the eponymous town in New South Wales. Earth Message (1970) ecstatically navigates the bushland and botanic gardens around Canberra, while the coastal environment of Stradbroke Island energises Island Fuse (1971). This session closes in the outer suburbs of Melbourne in At Eltham (1973), the Cantrills' meditation on the bush and death, dedicated to the Melbourne poet Charles Buckmaster.

The final four Cantrills' films in this session were included in their first Cineprobe program at MoMA in 1975. The Cantrills were the first Australian filmmakers to be the subjects of this special retrospective screening at the museum.

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This is the final session of The Language of the Image: Gregory J. Markopoulos and the Cantrills, a short, four-screening season of the films of the Greek-American avant-garde filmmaker Gregory J. Markopoulos and the Australian experimental film pioneers Arthur and Corinne Cantrill.

Part of the MEL&NYC program of events, which coincides with MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art, this season highlights Markopoulos's and the Cantrills' unexplored relationship with one another, their practices as artist-filmmakers, and their unique portraits of people and places during the 1960s and '70s especially. This is a unique opportunity to see their rarely screened work—which is born of a commitment to the medium of film; to "film as film"—in its intended format.

Other screenings in this program can be booked below:

All events are held at the Clemenger Auditorium, NGV.


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