HOTA, Home of the Arts | 25-Feb-2019
Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits is the striking new exhibition launching at HOTA, Home of the Arts from March 2 to April 28, showcasing portraits featuring moments from over 100 years of Australian movies. @hotagc #hotagc
Venue: HOTA, Home of the Arts
Address: 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise QLD
Date: 2 Mar - 28 Apr, 2019
Time: Daily 10am - 5pm
Ticket: Free
Call: 07 5588 4067
Portia De Rossi, Elle Macpherson and Kate Fischer as Giddy, Sheela and Pru by Robert McFarlane, Sirens, 1993, Courtesy Sue Milliken and Samson Productions Pty Ltd
Starstuck tells the story of Australian cinema through the faces of its film actors - both famous and forgotten - from the early 20th century through to today and will be complemented by a program of events, including behind-the-scenes tours, industry insights, films and art making.

Made possible through an unprecedented partnership between the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) and National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) in Canberra, the touring exhibition will bring Australia's filmmaking history to life.

NFSA curator, Jennifer Coombes, said she was thrilled at the collaboration between the two institutions in developing an exhibition looking at Australia's movie history.

"While all eyes are on the moving image that emerges from a film set, stills photographers create a range of both formal and candid shots, capturing both the actors at work and the characters they are playing."

"Drawn predominantly from the NFSA's superb collection, the show will feature imagery of beloved Australian actors and iconic films, as well as highlighting the lesser-known early years of our film industry," she said.

"Audiences will be able to see rare film posters, stunning 1930s scrapbooks of aspiring actors, and original costumes from iconic titles such as Picnic at Hanging Rock, Moulin Rouge! and The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert. If you love movies, you'll love Starstruck."

Gallery at HOTA Director, Tracy Cooper-Lavery, said HOTA will be the first and only venue in Queensland to host the touring exhibition.

"With HOTA positioned as the Gold Coast's arts and culture hub, it's great to be able to bring together our audience with the NFSA's vast collection of untold stories from Australian stills photography," she said.

"The exhibition includes many images from films with scenes shot locally on the Gold Coast, including Muriel's Wedding, Coolangatta Gold and the legendary film, Sons of Matthew."

To celebrate the exhibition opening, HOTA will host a whole day and evening of free activities and events on March 2.

During the day, families can enjoy hands-on activities at the Startruck drop-in space and draw themselves into a film strip, then take a self-guided tour of the exhibition.

There's also the sold out ArtLab - Little Faces providing fun for under fives with playful activities focused on music and movement.

A Highlights Tour of the exhibition will be led by staff from the National Portrait Gallery, and during the late afternoon, adults will explore the exhibition on the sold out Tawdry Tales tour; an over eighteens tour with a twist where guests will hear of salacious stories behind the portraits and uncover what the stars didn't want you to know.

Following on is the official opening event - with live music and entertainment, guest speakers and up-late access to the exhibition. Special guest speakers include Ms Karen Quinlan AM, Director, National Portrait Gallery and Mr Jan Müller, National Film and Sound Archive CEO.

On March 13, the Gold Coast Film Festival will present a special 70th anniversary screening of Charles Chauvel's Sons of Matthew at HOTA - a legendary film in the history of Australian cinema that pays tribute to the pioneering farmers of northern New South Wales and south-east Queensland.

The film was shot in Springbrook in the Gold Coast hinterland and the story was based on books by Bernard O'Reilly - of the Gold Coast hinterland's well-known O'Reilly family.

Images from the film are included in the Starstruck exhibition and NFSA Chief Curator, Gayle Lake, and Charles Chauvel's grandson, Ric Chauvel Carlsson, will attend the special anniversary screening for an insightful Q&A at the conclusion of the film.

Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits will be on display at HOTA, Home of the Arts from March 2 until April 28.

See the HOTA website for all exhibition and event details.

Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits was made possible through the collaboration of the National Portrait Gallery and National Film and Sound Archive, and is supported by exhibition partner Showcast.

This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

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