ABC Arts

ABC Arts presents Creatives
Tuesdays at 10pm from March 14 on ABC & ABC iview

A season of five half hour biopics on significant established and emerging Australian artists.

Creatives captures a wide cross section of artists and their work – from drawings made deep down on the ocean floor to photographs of surfers riding the surface as it breaks; from still life paintings of formidable women to photographs of the bustling city; as well as the contribution of our most awarded editor has made to Australian cinema.

Mandy Chang, Head of ABC TV Arts says, “We are very proud to celebrate these remarkable Australian artists, each of whom have incredible and at times heart-wrenching personal stories that drive their work. In our Creatives strand we hope to continue focusing on the huge breadth and depth of artistic talent Australia has to offer.”

Jill Bilcock: The Art of Film Editing (Tuesday 14 March, 10pm) focuses on the life and work of one of the world’s leading film artists, Academy award nominated film editor Jill Bilcock. Australia’s most iconic films Strictly Ballroom, Muriel’s Wedding, Moulin Rouge!, Red Dog, and The Dressmaker bear the unmistakable look and sensibility of Bilcock’s visual inventiveness. But it was her brave editing choices in Romeo+Juliet that changed the look of cinema the world over, inspiring one Hollywood critic to dub her a “Russian serial killer on crack”. With a back-story as colourful and surprising as her films, and featuring commentary from Cate Blanchett, Baz Luhrmann, Kate Winslet, Ewan McGregor, Fred Schepisi and Sam Mendes, this documentary is a wonderful insight into on the art of editing and the profound impact it has on storytelling. Director: Axel Grigor, Faraway Productions

Russell Ord: One Shot (Tuesday 21 March, 10pm) features an internationally renowned surf photographer who has built a reputation for capturing incredible images of surfers on massive waves. A keen surfer until an injury ended his passion, Russell Ord picked up a camera 20 years ago. Until recently, Russell was a firefighter to support his young family but now has embarked on a full time career in photography. These days his photos grace the cover of every major surfing magazine in the world, and feature on billboards in New York City. Shot in a remote coastal region near Margaret River, Russell is a man on a quest - seeking one perfect shot. Every day he trains like an athlete and takes his life into his hands to brave waves the size of mountains to realise his goal. Director: Darren McCagh, Farmhouse Films

Robert McFarlane: The Still Point (Tuesday 28 March, 10pm) surveys the life’s work of one of Australia’s most respected and pioneering documentary photographers. Spanning five decades, McFarlane has put a mirror up to the changing face of Australia, providing a record of film and theatre during its cultural rebirth in the 1970’s and 80’s with images of Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis early in the careers, alongside political figures Bob Hawke and Gough Whitlam at times of upheaval. During the formative years of the Aboriginal rights campaign, McFarlane documented Aboriginal activist Charles Perkins in one of Australia’s most iconic photos. His own personal journey is chronicled as he reveals the tragic impact of losing his son, just twenty when he died. Combining iconic images with many unseen personal ones from his archive, The Still Point celebrates the artistic life of this important Australian photographer. Director: Mira Soulio, Ink Black Productions

Rosemary Valadon: A Sensual World (Tuesday 4 April, 10pm) looks at the art and influences of an a multi award-winning Australian painter whose work has reinterpreted a distinctly Australian femininity and domestic aesthetic. With a career spanning 35 years, Valadon has won the Portia Geach Portrait Prize, the Wynne and Sulman Prize, and the Blake Religious Art Prize, among others. From her portraits of Germaine Greer, Ruth Cracknell and Noni Hazlehurst as archetypal figures, to a fascination with female criminals from the 1940’s that inspired a provocative series “Wicked Women” featuring paintings of author Tara Moss, Crown Prosecutor Margaret Cunneen and actor Essie Davis as femme fatales, Valadon has recently moved to still life painting, capturing stunning images of lush abundance and classic still life imagery. Set against the dramatic change of seasons in regional NSW, this film is a portrait of a great contemporary Australian artist and the Hill End community that has been a deep source of strength and creative inspiration for her. Director: Larissa Behrendt, Pursekey Productions

Roger Swainston: Drawn to Water (Tuesday 11 April, 10pm) follows an underwater artist from Fremantle, W.A to the stunning town of Coral Bay as he embarks on his fifteenth year mapping the life of the Ningaloo Reef. For six weeks every year Roger Swainston painstakingly produces incredibly detailed drawings of life beneath the sea. A trained zoologist who literally draws underwater, he has created some 1500 drawings with detailed information on the taxonomy and biology of Australia’s marine and freshwater fishes to form the definitive encyclopedia “Swainston’s Fishes of Australia.” His art helps us understand what’s going on in our oceans conveying the story through meticulous detail and beauty. This documentary follows his process from start to finish in the lead up to an exhibition of his work, exploring the line between art and science. Director: Brendan Hutchens, Vam Media

Creatives airs Tuesdays at 10pm from March 14 on ABC TV and ABC iview