THE CINEMAS PROJECT BOOK
CONTRIBUTORS: Ian Christie, Anniversary Professor of Film and Media History at Birkbeck College, University of London and film historian, curator and broadcaster; Bridget Crone, curator, The Cinemas Project; Adrian Martin, Professor of Film Studies at Goethe University, Frankfurt and Monash University, Melbourne; Sam Nightingale, artist and researcher; Brook Andrew, Mikala Dwyer, Bianca Hester, Lily Hibberd and Tom Nicholson, exhibiting artists.
188pp., soft cover with 40 full-colour and 10 black and white illustrations.
Published by National Exhibitions Touring Support (NETS) Victoria, 2014.
Edited by Bridget Crone.
AUD $30 / GBP £15 plus postage
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The Cinemas Project Book documents and reflects upon the artists’ work commissioned for The Cinemas Project as well as providing a parallel reflection on the role of cinema and cinema history in regional Australia, including essays by renowned cinema historians Adrian Martin and Ian Christie, alongside artist Sam Nightingale’s evocative photo-essay that presents the sites of cinema as they appear today.
The Cinemas Project Book contains essays on the work of Brook Andrew and Mikala Dwyer, as well as extensive interviews with Tom Nicholson and Bianca Hester regarding the work that was produced for The Cinemas Project. The book also includes the complete script of Lily Hibberd’s play 4 Devils – Hell and High Water, which was written for the beautiful Regent Cinema in Yarram and performed by a local cast. Built in 1930 by the entrepreneurial Mrs M A Thompson, The Regent remains an active and important part of the Yarram community and Hibberd’s play responds to the important role that the theatre holds within the community as well as telling its fascinating (and often humorous) history.
The Cinemas Project draws upon the spectral space of cinema making reference to the diverse temporal spaces that are opened up within the immersive narratives of film and by acts of reminiscence and memory. As such we see The Cinemas Project to be evoking spirited, visions, ghostly images and the theatre of memory.
The Cinemas Project is a program of major, new contemporary artworks that explore the spaces of cinema in regional Victoria. These projects, by five of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, evoke both the mechanics of film as well as the history and present day reality of cinema and the power of images in our midst. In many cases the works were housed within or make reference to cinema buildings that still stand, have vanished or have been re-purposed.
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