The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne will be holding a new exhibition to celebrate the hauntingly beautiful collaboration of two-time Archibald Prize winner Del Kathryn Barton and acclaimed filmmaker Brendan Fletcher. Titled “Del Kathryn Barton: The Nightingale and the Rose,” the exhibition will feature original artworks, hand-crafted paper props, photos of the animation production process and behind-the-scenes interviews with the creative team, as well as a space to watch the film in its entirety, and will be open from June 21 through to September 18, 2016.
‘The Nightingale and the Rose’ boasts a cast of well known Australian voices including Mia Wasikowska, David Wenham and Geoffrey Rush, as well as a score by singer-songwriter Sarah Blasko. It won Best Australian Short Film at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2015 and was nominated for the Crystal Bear at Berlin the same year.
Produced by Aquarius Films and the 14-minute short has its genesis in a commission by the ARTAND Foundation (previously Art & Australia) who asked Del Kathryn Barton in 2010 to reimagine the timeless fairytale with original artworks. The short blends Barton’s distinctive papercraft, stop-motion, painting and digital effects and manipulation (with the aid of Method Studios) to explore the tragic fairytale story of the Nightingale, who gives up her life so that the Student can offer a red rose to the girl he admires, only for her to spurn his gift and cause him to swear off love completely.
The exhibition is free to the public and you can find more information via acmi.com