“Nolan was famously obscure about the personal content behind all of his pictures. So we all have to take our own journey through the pictures to work out what it is” Barry Pearce, Emeritus Curator of the Art Gallery of NSW

Mask and Memory - Sidney Nolan

“All of us see the Australian Outback, whether we have been there or not , through the eyes of Sidney Nolan.” Patrick McCaughey, art historian

In a sense there’s a lot that’s autobiographical in the paintings but I’m not going to try and point that out because it’s too complex.” Sidney Nolan

Many regard Sidney Nolan (1917-1992) as the greatest Australian painter of the 20th century. Through interviews with family and friends, this film reconstructs the intimate relationships that shaped his life, the women he loved and who loved him.

Narrated by Judy Davis, with a haunting soundtrack by Amanda Brown, Mask and Memory explores the rich personal history behind the art of this famous but enigmatic figure.

“Show of the week”, Sydney Morning Herald
“This documentary is brilliant”, Daily Telegraph
2009 AGSC/APRA Best Music for a Documentary

Producer-Director / Catherine Hunter
Cinematography / Bruce Inglis
Editor / Paolo Febbo

Duration / 54 minutes
©2009 Catherine Hunter Productions Pty Ltd
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