69 Jonson Street
Byron Bay NSW 2481
Wednesday 30 July, 7.00pm– 8.30pm
Jonson Street, Byron Bay
JOHN WEILEY RETROSPECTIVE – AN EXPLORER IN FILM
Film screening and conversation with Kerry O’Brien
John Weiley is a pioneer, explorer, and a leader in Australian cinema. His films, which range from drama and comedy to art and science, have received worldwide acclaim (and some controversy) In 2002 he was invited to become a member of the Amercian Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – a rare honour for an Australian film maker.
This exclusive event includes a selection of clips from Weiley’s work, from the early 1960’s to the present, curated by Screenworks Chair Lois Randall. Audiences will be treated to classic cinema moments including performances from young Weiley with Germaine Greer in 1960s student films, Bryan Brown in the 1970’s Third Person Plural, the Opera House in the long suppressed Autopsy on a Dream (made in 1968 and recently screened on ABC TV), the slapstick musical comedy Dimboola, the experimental “lesbian feminist psychodrama” Journey Among Women, which premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 1977, and the feature films Dead Easy and Coolangatta Gold. Weiley’s Imax films, which he wrote, produced and directed, will also feature: Antarctica, described by Hollywood Reporter as “jaw droppingly beautiful” (still one of Australia’s highest grossing films); the creative 3D art film imagine!; the environmental feature The Edge; and science feature Solarmax with spectacular time lapse and satellite images of the surface of the sun.
The screening will be followed by John Weiley in conversation with Kerry O’Brien, drawing out stories from the colourful chapters in the career of this extraordinary film maker who grew up in a grand old Grafton pub, attended school in Lismore, was a founding member of Screenworks and is a loyal supporter of the Byron Bay Writers Festival.
Sponsored by Northern Rivers Screenworks