WEARABLE WHITELEYS

Australian fashion label Aje have celebrated their 10th anniversary with an unprecedented collaboration with the Whiteley estate and the Brett Whiteley Studio. For the first time, Wendy Whiteley, custodian of Brett Whiteley's artistic legacy, has granted permission for his artworks to be used by a fashion house. For Aje's 2018-19 Resort collection, entitled WOMAN, designers Adrian Norris and Edwina Forrest interpreted Whiteley's paintings to transform them into a wearable form, extending Whiteley's creative vision beyond the canvas and onto silk, leather, and other luxurious fabrics. The images used are Bather and Mirror (1964), The Blossom Tree (1970), The Divided Unity (1974), Woman in Bath (1963-64), and The Starry Night (1982); these wearable artworks will now bring Whiteley's work to new audiences. The collection was launched on May 2 at a glamorous reception in Wendy Whiteley's "secret garden" and will be available in late 2018.

 Aje designer Edwina Forrest with Sue Clothier, producer of WHITELEY

Aje designer Edwina Forrest with Sue Clothier, producer of WHITELEY

 Sue Clothier (producer of WHITELEY), Jo Collard (Whiteley family friend and archivist), and Alec George (Coordinator of the Brett Whiteley Studio)

Sue Clothier (producer of WHITELEY), Jo Collard (Whiteley family friend and archivist), and Alec George (Coordinator of the Brett Whiteley Studio)

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 Wendy Whiteley wearing a custom-made 'Starry Night' cloak, with Felix Forrest (husband of Aje designer Edwina Forrest) in a matching scarf

Wendy Whiteley wearing a custom-made 'Starry Night' cloak, with Felix Forrest (husband of Aje designer Edwina Forrest) in a matching scarf

 Wendy Whiteley with her longtime friend, renowned gallerist Anna Schwartz

Wendy Whiteley with her longtime friend, renowned gallerist Anna Schwartz

 Ruben Gardiol has cared for Wendy's garden for many years

Ruben Gardiol has cared for Wendy's garden for many years

 The event was held in the popular public garden created by Wendy outside her home at Lavender Bay

The event was held in the popular public garden created by Wendy outside her home at Lavender Bay


FILM CRITICS' CIRCLE OF AUSTRALIA PICKS 'WHITELEY'

Australia's national professional body of film critics and film journalists voted for WHITELEY as 2018's Best Feature Documentary (presented in partnership with the National Film and Sound Archive). The prestigious FCCA Annual Awards for Australian Film are voted on by all FCCA members and constitute a significant indicator of a film’s success. They are Australia’s truly independent film awards, voted on solely by film critics, not by the industry or by a section of the filmgoing public. The FCCA's aims are: to promote excellence and integrity in the art of film criticism; to support the advancement of Australian and international film culture;  and to recognise outstanding achievement in Australian film through the Annual Awards presentation. WHITELEY's producer Sue Clothier and producer/director James Bogle give their thanks to the FCCA and to everyone involved with the making of the documentary. 

 WHITELEY's co-producer Peta Ayers and producer Sue Clothier with the Film Critics' Circle of Australia award statuette. Photo care of the  FCCA . 

WHITELEY's co-producer Peta Ayers and producer Sue Clothier with the Film Critics' Circle of Australia award statuette. Photo care of the FCCA

WHITELEY SCOOPS THE AACTAS

At the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, Australia's most prestigious screen honours, WHITELEY was nominated for Best Feature Documentary (Sue Clothier, Peta Ayers, James Bogle), and won Best Direction in a Documentary (James Bogle), Best Editing in a Documentary (Lawrie Silvestrin), Best Sound Design in a Documentary (Lawrie Silvestrin, Ric Curtin & John Simpson). Ash Gibson Grieg won the AACTA for Best Original Music Score in a Documentary, and also the recent APRA-AMCOS Screen Music Award for Best Music for a Documentary. This recognition of the film’s high standards of production and documentary storytelling demonstrates its value as a tool in achieving our Impact vision: “Introduce new audiences and generations to the trailblazing career of Australia’s international art superstar, Brett Whiteley”; and “Inspire in audiences a passion for Australian art as something you can make, experience, collect and enjoy”.

The WHITELEY team acknowledges our fellow nominees; we are honoured to be included in a cohort of this calibre. 

 

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 A moment of award-winning jubilation for editor, Lawrie Silvestrin, and director, James Bogle. Photo by Whiteley's impact producer, Felicity Blake.

A moment of award-winning jubilation for editor, Lawrie Silvestrin, and director, James Bogle. Photo by Whiteley's impact producer, Felicity Blake.

WHITELEY NOMINATED FOR THE AACTA AWARDS

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WHITELEY, a visual journey into the private life and creative legacy of one of Australia’s most acclaimed artists, Brett Whiteley, has received first-time AACTA Award nominations for producers Sue Clothier, Peta Ayers and director James Bogle. The AACTAs are Australia's most prestigious film awards. WHITELEY has so far been nominated in the 'Best Feature-Length documentary' category, and is also eligible for various 'craft' awards (such as editing and music). Nominations in these categories are yet to be announced. 

The winners for this year’s AACTA Awards will be announced across two major events at The Star Event Centre in Sydney:

  • The 7th AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel | Industry Luncheon on Monday 4 December 2017.
  • The 7th AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel | Ceremony & Official After Party on Wednesday 6 December 2017, and televised on Channel 7 with an encore screening on Foxtel.

Tickets will go on sale for both events in early October.

CINEMA ON DEMAND NOW AVAILABLE VIA FAN FORCE

Following its critically-acclaimed season in Australian cinemas, from August 2017 WHITELEY will be available for on-demand cinema screenings in your community. 

Visit Fan Force's WHITELEY page to find out how you can organise a screening in your local area! It's pretty simple: you contact them and let them know which cinema you'd like to screen the documentary in. Then they set it all up and leave you to get the word out about the screening. A screening doesn’t go ahead unless enough people buy tickets by the deadline, so there’s no financial risk for anyone involved. Not the best at marketing? No worries! They'll help you out on the promotion side. You even get a cut of the profits! FanForce is ideal for everyone who loves film – whether you’re a cinema owner, a film buff, someone in the Arts community (like a gallery owner of 'friends of the gallery' member), an educator, or if you just really love Brett Whiteley. Check out Fan Force here

GOLD COAST FILM FESTIVAL

Queenslanders have an exciting opportunity for a sneak-preview of WHITELEY at the Gold Coast Film Festival in the days surrounding the ANZAC Day holiday. WHITELEY will screen at Event Cinemas Robina on Sunday 23 April at 1:00pm, and at The Arts Centre Gold Coast on Wednesday 26 April at 10:00am.  

Tickets are available at this link.

  Whiteley will screen at the Gold Coast Film Festival

Whiteley will screen at the Gold Coast Film Festival

SPOTIFY PLAYLIST

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At Sydney's Brett Whiteley Studio, visitors can enjoy exhibitions of Brett's artwork, and visit the area upstairs where his workspace is preserved as a museum. Among the many interesting personal effects is Brett's collection of CDs and LPs from the late '80s and early '90s. A Spotify member has made a playlist of these albums that you can stream for free online. Enjoy the music and see what creative endeavours it inspires! 

Brett's CDs

YOUNG AT HEART SCREENINGS

Upcoming Screenings

In April 2017, WHITELEY will have special pre-release screenings in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane as part of the Young At Heart film festival. Visit the Young At Heart site for cinema details and tickets!