Nolan: The Man and the Myth

NOLAN from Flaming Star Films on Vimeo.

The film premiered in Australia on ABC, Tuesday 6th November at 9.30pm.

'The subject's voiceover at the start reflects on the unique quality of Australia's dappled light and, from there, this beautifully composed portrait of artist Sidney Nolan grows into a thoughtful and illuminating reflection on his life and work. Featuring interviews with family members, as well as contributions from art critics, curators, historians and gallery directors, it introduces a charming and ambitious man who was proud of his working-class origins and became an avid traveller.

Impressions from those travels were captured in a range of paintings, including series on Central Australia, Africa and Antarctica. As well as his better-known work, such as the iconic Kelly paintings, the film devotes attention to lesser-known but notable efforts, such as the Adelaide Ladies and the Aboriginal Deaths in Custody series. While emphasising Nolan's enthusiasm for new tools and technology, it also takes in his pioneering pieces involving animal carcasses and his passion for Polaroids.

Directed by Sally Aitken, who also wrote and directed David Stratton's Stories of Australian Cinema, which recently received an International Emmy Award nomination, this is a polished profile of a tirelessly creative man and a remarkable career.' - Review in The Sydney Morning Herald.

Image: Sidney Nolan by Michel Lawrence