Painting People


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1965, 28 Minutes

Acclaimed Australian artists Clifton Pugh, William Dargie, William Dobell, Russell Drysdale, Jon Molvig and Andrew Sibley discuss their approach to portraiture in Painting People, providing an insight into the unique challenges that face a portrait painter.

Through examples of their work and the work of other eminent painters such as Augustus Earle, Sir John Longstaff, George Lambert and Max Meldrum, a study is made of Australian portraiture from early colonial days until the 1960s.

The film also looks at the establishment of the Archibald Prize and the National Gallery School in Melbourne. There is insight too into the subjects of portraits, with painter Margaret Olley appearing in the film as a sitter for a portrait and Clifton Pugh reflecting on the difficulties facing his wife Marlene as a painter and mother.

A National Film Board Production. Produced by the Commonwealth Film Unit. © 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.


Writer/Director: Tim Burstall

Cinematographer: Bruce Hillyard

Featured People: Clifton Pugh, William Dargie, William Dobell, Russell Drysdale, Jon Molvig,  Andrew Sibley, Alan McCulloch, Margaret Olley


Running Time: 28 Minutes

Classification: Exempt from classification

Curriculum Links: Art History; Fine Arts; Introduction to Figure Painting; Portrait Drawing; Visual Arts.


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SKU 000171600
Brand Film Australia

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