A photographer at the height of London’s high fashion world finds that fame and success are no longer enough. Australian-born photographer Robyn Beeche became renowned in London for her iconic 80s images. In a time rich with experimentation and creativity, she was celebrated for her ground-breaking images of painted bodies, and collaborations with counter-culture personalities Vivienne Westwood, Leigh Bowery and Divine.
At the peak of her career, Beeche was transformed when she experienced the Indian colour-throwing festival of Holi. “Drawn like a magnet”, she gave up her high-flying career for the life-changing move to the Indian pilgrimage town of Vrindavan. 25 years later, she continues to document the area’s vibrant Krishna-focused traditions as spiritual service, and her extensive archive is prized by international scholars.
A Life Exposed weaves between India, London and Australia, depicting the life and work of Beeche, and her paradigm shift to a radically different photographic practice in India. Created by Australian director Lesley Branagan and award-winning cinematographer Bonnie Elliot, A Life Exposed dramatically shows how India’s rich visual content paradoxically provides Beeche the chance to nourish her main themes (illusion, transformation) in a culture where they occur spontaneously as religious expression and are not constructed.
A Life Exposed was a finalist in the Australian Arts in Asia Awards 2013. The film was made with the support of ABC TV, Screen Australia, Australia-India Council and Metro Screen. It was broadcast in New Delhi in October 2013 as part of the Oz Fest initiative.
When: 2nd December 2013, 7pm
Where: Riverside Theatre, Parramatta
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