Sunday 1 December from 2pm
The Bicentennial Will Not Be Televised
Fig St Fiasco
Tele Visions plays upon the imbalance of access to TV broadcasting between corporate or government entities and the public. However it would be remiss to not acknowledge the remarkable and inspirational histories of community access media and production collectives in Australia. Talking Back to TV takes a looks at these histories through the screening of two historically important activist video works and a retrospective presentation by Metro Screen.
Introduced by Jennifer Crone; ‘The Bicentennial will not be Televised’ is a potent critique of Australia’s celebration of 200 years of white settlement that dissects the language and nuance of the dominant culture’s celebration propaganda and the reaction to that celebration being challenged. Fig St Fiasco was created using the newly accessible technology of portable video recording to allow for fast, collaborative, community based story telling to occur where TV wouldn’t go. Metro Screen, Sydney based screen production access organisation came out of the video collectives and community access movement and has supported diverse access to television. Retro Metro looks back over the past 32 years of storytelling and rabble rousing in Sydney. From the early protests calling for Public Access TV to some of the first experiments with live video by Severed Heads in the 1980’s.
Angel is a complex and multiple layered exploration on the effects of suicide, and on the concentric disturbances affected on the human relationships within the “event’s” circle of induction. “Angel” could be regarded as a physic investigation of the cause and effects of suicide though dislocation and dispossession. The films uses mixed subjectivity as its speaking position, it deliberately confuses temporality with familiarity and trauma. It is a strong and hauntingly delivered entreaty encouraging the denial of the spirit of self-annihilation and engaging with the transcendent power of self, family and the spirit of survival. Adrian Wills is currently working as a writer/director on the acclaimed series Redfern Now and he wrote and directed the controversial season premiere “Where The Heart Is”. Angel was Adrian’s first film made in 1999 as part of Metro Screen’s Lester Bostock Scheme.