Creative Minds (DVD / Digital Download)

Director: Robin Hughes

Creative Minds is a six-part series of documentary interviews that brings the audience into intimate contact with leading figures in the Australian art world. Read More

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  • 6 x 40 mins
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  • 16:9 Widescreen
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  • PAL
  • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • 9th January 2013
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Creative Minds is a six-part series of documentary interviews that brings the audience into intimate contact with leading figures in the Australian art world. They are in conversation with Robin Hughes, award-winning documentary producer, director and writer.

Sometimes controversial, sometimes moving, always intriguing – Creative Minds sits down with our Australian artistic icons Geoffrey Rush, Bill Henson, Stephen Page, Kate Grenville, Elena Kats-Chernin and Robyn Archer to discuss their life story and the influences that inform their work.

Episode 1: BILL HENSON
A rare insight into one of Australia’s most successful and most controversial artists. Bill Henson’s artistry has turned subjects ranging from urban and suburban landscape, to Parisian opera-goers, to nude adolescents, into images of breathtaking beauty. This program reveals his motivation, the way he works, why his work has achieved its international success and how he coped with the media storm that broke around his images of adolescents.

Geoffrey Rush is the only Australian actor to win an Oscar®, an Emmy and a Tony. Always the character actor, and rarely the hero, his performances are famous for their physicality. But what were the influences on his work? Geoffrey talks about Arthur Koestler, the LeCoq Mime School in Paris, and the years when going on stage produced panic attacks. He muses on hats, his most difficult co-star, and the unpredictability of success.

Kate Grenville discusses the relationship between her life and her writing revealing the wellsprings of her creativity and her love of words. She talks about her triumphs and failures and how and why she writes. Her themes include; feminism, cultural stereotyping, rebellion, sexual abuse, marriage, family and dispossession.

Elena Kats-Chernin was born in the USSR where her musical talent was discovered and first nurtured. She and her family eventually migrated to Australia where she studied piano and composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. After further studies in Germany she began to discover her own unique voice, a combination of modernism and the tonal music that springs from her Russian roots. Today she is considered one of Australia’s most intriguing and creative composers.

Robyn Archer has gone from a Housing Commission suburb of Adelaide to the Festival Hall in London. As a cabaret singer, she mixes high art with low culture. As a child with chronic asthma, she faced death, and dosed up on adrenaline. As a committed feminist lesbian, she credits the men in her life with creating her career opportunities. Robyn Archer believes in saying yes to everything.

In conversation with Robin Hughes, Stephen Page, indigenous dancer, choreographer and theatrical story-teller, steps thoughtfully through his own rich life, from childhood influences and family tragedy, to his mature creative work as Artistic Director of Bangarra, Australia’s premier indigenous dance theatre company.

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Product Reviews (1)

28 Mar 2014 23:05 AEST
from: St.kilda

Inspiring series. Found the interviews refreshing in terms of angle taken by robin's questions, not the usual fare that sees the same answers trotted out. I was captivated by the revelations, the honesty and the conversational style. Hope more are on the way!!?

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