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Australia’s national museum of screen culture, ACMI, has today unveiled the internationally acclaimed exhibition Disney: The Magic of Animation, celebrating nearly 100 years of the iconic studio’s creations. Shown for the first time in the Southern Hemisphere as part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series, a Victorian Government initiative delivered through Visit Victoria.

Curated from a staggering 65 million original artworks housed at the Walt Disney Animation Research Library in Los Angeles, 500 carefully selected pieces – including sketches, drawings, paintings and concept art – comprise this once-in-a-lifetime exposition, which pulls back the curtain on the magic that goes into making some of the world’s most iconic films.

These rarely seen works highlight the detailed development of Disney’s most beloved animations – from Mickey Mouse’s first talkie Steamboat Willie (1928), through to the groundbreaking Fantasia (1940) and the universally celebrated Frozen (2013) – while highlighting the extraordinary evolution of animation techniques which the studio pioneered. The Melbourne iteration will also debut never-before-exhibited artwork from the Studio’s newest release Raya and the Last Dragon (2021).

“We’re delighted to open Disney: The Magic of Animation – our first major exhibition since reopening our transformed museum,” said ACMI Director CEO, Katrina Sedgwick OAM. “Disney has enchanted audiences across the world, with the universal fondness for beloved classics just as strong as the enthusiasm for modern masterpieces. It’s so special to be able to bring an exhibition to Australia that will resonate so strongly with audiences of all ages and all cultures and will be a source of joy for so many.”

“Part of The Walt Disney Company’s local and loved strategy is to create new opportunities to share our unique and global stories with local audiences. This is at the heart of everything we do to entertain, connect and inspire. We are incredibly excited to share the Disney: The Magic of Animation exhibition with the people of Melbourne at the iconic ACMI museum, in the centre of the city. Bringing this exhibition to Australian shores invites guests to connect with the depth and breadth of our stories, and beloved characters in a more relevant, and meaningful way. We hope that those who attend will be delighted and inspired by the artistry showcased, bringing to life our Disney stories and its magic, here in Australia,” said Kylie Watson-Wheeler, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company Australia & New Zealand.

“We are so excited to be opening our exhibition at ACMI and sharing these treasures from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library collection with Australian audiences. The exhibition features behind the scenes production artworks which were created during the development of our Disney animated films. Guests will have a rare opportunity to see how the film makers and artists develop our stories and work through different ideas and concepts along the way to creating the films we know so well. The artworks are inspiring and touching and show the diversity of artistic talents that go into the making of our films. We hand selected these artworks from our collection of over 65 million works, to give guests the special experience of going behind the scenes at the Walt Disney Animation Studios,” added Kristen McCormick, Art Exhibitions & Conservation Manager of Walt Disney Animation Research Library.

“From Mickey Mouse to The Lion King, no matter your age – the wonderful world of Disney has reached us all, I encourage Victorians to visit this Australian-first exhibition at ACMI this winter. Disney: The Magic of Animation is set to be a blockbuster – not only will we see Victorians filing in to see it, it will also attract visitors from around the country which is exactly what we need as Victoria continues its recovery,” said Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson.

Lauded across the globe, from Paris to Tokyo, Seoul to Singapore, Disney: The Magic of Animation is a remarkable compilation of artworks by the creative team of artists and film makers at the Walt Disney Animation Studios. It will spark joy, curiosity and nostalgia in visitors young and old.

The opening of Disney: The Magic of Animation is the first time a major exhibition has taken place since the museum’s $40 million redevelopment, backed by the Victorian Government.

Disney: The Magic of Animation opens at ACMI today. Tickets can be purchased online at acmi.net.au

It was announced today that ACMI, Australia’s national museum of screen culture, will be bringing the internationally acclaimed exhibition Disney: The Magic of Animation to Melbourne for its Australian debut as part of the city’s Melbourne Winter Masterpiece seriessupported by Visit Victoria.  

Opening Thursday 13 May, the exhibition celebrates almost 100 magical years of Disney animation. This rare glimpse behind the scenes of Walt Disney Animation Studios will give visitors the opportunity to experience the incredible artistry behind the studio’s much-loved characters and see how drawings are brought to life, from pencil and paper to today’s computer-generated wonders.

Walt Disney Animation Studios has been creating extraordinary films for nearly a century, with every film beginning with drawings that capture the essence of character, story and emotion. Disney: The Magic of Animation features over 500 original art works from the 1920s through to the present day, including paintings, sketches and concept art that have been specially selected by the Walt Disney Animation Research Library.

These rarely seen works reveal the development of beloved stories and animation techniques from dozens of classics ranging from Mickey Mouse’s first talkie Steamboat Willie (1928) to Fantasia (1940) to Frozen (2013). Disney: The Magic of Animation will also debut never-before-exhibited artwork from the studio’s newest critically-acclaimed release Raya and the Last Dragon (2021).

“We’re thrilled to bring Disney: The Magic of Animation to Australia as ACMI’s 2021 Melbourne Winter Masterpiece – the first since reopening after our $40 million transformation. Disney’s pioneering work has brought the art of animation to audiences across the globe for nearly a century. This exhibition invites us behind the scenes, celebrating the artists and their incredible craft as they create the magical worlds and iconic characters that we know and love,” said ACMI Director & CEO Katrina Sedgwick OAM.

“At The Walt Disney Company, storytelling is at the heart of everything we do to entertain and inspire our local audiences. That’s why we are incredibly excited to share this exhibition, Disney: The Magic of Animation, with the people of Melbourne. We hope that guests will both be inspired and delighted by the artistry showcased, bringing to life our Disney stories and its magic, here in Australia,” said Kylie Watson-Wheeler, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company Australia & New Zealand.

“The filmmakers and storytellers at Walt Disney Animation Studios have been creating, producing and pushing the boundaries of animation for almost 100 years. Animation is an art form that literally brings still, static images to life. Whether it is a series of appealing line drawings, shot in sequential order to create a believable character, or complex digital imagery rendered to create a magical effect, animation has the power to transport the viewer into a world of imagination and beauty,” added Mary Walsh, Managing Director of the Walt Disney Animation Research Library.

“This Melbourne-exclusive exhibition will be a huge drawcard for ACMI and Victoria this winter – bringing more visitors into the heart of Melbourne and igniting the magic of Disney for kids and families across our state,” said Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson.

Disney: The Magic of Animation opens at ACMI on Thursday 13 May. Tickets can be purchased online at acmi.net.au   

 

Grab your popcorn and cuddle up with a hyena, it’s time to join ACMI in Australia’s first Birds of Prey: The Emancipation Of One Fantabulous Harley Quinn watch party with pop culture critic, ACMI writer and Number 1 BOP fan Maria Lewis. 

Starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and brought to life by Robbie’s own production company Lucky Chap Entertainment, BOP is a high octane film of firsts. Not only is it the first big screen all-female superhero team movie, it’s also based on the first all-female superhero comic book team.

BOP’s diverse pool of female talent isn’t just in front of the camera, but behind it as well. Directed by Cathy Yan and written by British-Taiwanese screenwriter Christina Hodson, together they’ve lovingly recreated characters who are dirty, funny and sexy in a way that doesn’t consider the male gaze let alone cater for it.  

   

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Sandi Tan, director of the award-winning, Netflix-released film Shirkers, has been confirmed as the latest international speaker attending AIDC 2019 at ACMI in Melbourne this March.

Sandi Tan is the writer, director, producer and co-editor of Shirkers, one of the most acclaimed international documentaries of 2018. The film won the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award at Sundance 2018 and is one of the five nominees for Best Documentary at the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards and has been shortlisted for the 2019 Oscars. Shirkers has appeared on multiple Best Documentary and Best Film lists of 2018, including ranking #14 on the 2018 BFI/Sight & Sound Best Film poll of 264 international critics, the highest rank of any documentary in 2018.

As well as speaking at AIDC, Sandi will participate in the ACCESS program, where she will mentor a group of emerging directors. ACMI will also be screening the film with a Q&A with Sandi during AIDC.

Born in Singapore, Sandi, at the aged of 16, published a cult zine called The Exploding CatAt 22, she became the film critic at The Straits Times, Singapore’s largest newspaper, later moving to New York to study at film school at Columbia University. Her short films Moveable Feast and Gourmet Baby have played at over 100 film festivals including the New York Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand and at MoMA, and have been broadcast internationally on RAI, SBS and ZDF/arte. She was a 2016 Sundance Documentary Film Program Fellow, a 2017 IFP Documentary Lab Fellow and a 2017 Sundance Creative Producing Fellow. She is also a successful novelist.

In Shirkers, Sandie explores the events surrounding a film she and her friends began making with a mysterious stranger decades ago.

AIDC Conference Director Alice Burgin says: “It’s thrilling to confirm that Sandi will be joining us in Melbourne in March. She is an inspiring global filmmaker and Shirkers has enthralled audiences and critics wherever it has screened.”

The Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) takes place 3 – 6 March 2019 at ACMI in Melbourne. https://www.aidc.com.au/

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Fences,’ ‘Tori Erdmann,’ ‘A Street Cat Named Bob,’  and ‘Fifty Shades Darker’.

This episode also contains interviews with Denzel Washington, Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, James Hewison (ACMI), Richard Bates Jnr (Trash Fire) and John Pilger (The Coming War On China).

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick  take a look at new release films ‘A United Kingdom,’ ‘Allied,’ ‘Paterson,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Gimme Danger,’ ‘Red Dog: True Blue,’ and ‘Why Him?’.

This episode also contains interviews with Marion Cotillard, Robert Zemekis, James Franco, Zoey Deutch, Bryan Cranston, Mark D’Angelo (Docklands Drive-In Cinema), Kristy Mathison (Gimme Danger/ACMI), Matt Johnson (Operation Avalanche), Kieran Darcy-Smith (The Duel) and George Kacevski (Remember).

We also give our listeners a chance to win copies of either I Am Johnny Cash or Guns ‘N’ Roses The Collection thanks to our friends at ViaVision. Just listen to the show, listen out for your question that you must answer to enter and then enter on either our Facebook or Twitter pages with a private message.

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Equity,’ ‘Life Animated,’’Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Chilren,’ ‘Wednesday May 9,’ ‘I Am Not A Serial Killer,’ and ‘The Magnificent Seven’. This episode also contains interviews with Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington, Mija Gwyn (The Other Film Festival), James Hewison (Lies & Secrets – ACMI), Michael Eng (POWFolio), Rick Strom (POWFolio) and Gautier Cazenave (House Of VHS).

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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Mississippi Grind,’ and ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. This episode also contains an interview with Kristy Matheson who stops by to chat about ACMI’s Summer Series of films.

The boys also give you another chance to enter our brand new competition thanks to our friends at Icon Films. Icon have given us an Australian DVD Pack (made up films – Last Cab To Darwin, Strange Bedfellows, Rabbit Proof Fence, Two Hands, Oranges & Sunshine and The Black Balloon) to giveaway to celebrate the launch of Last Cab To Darwin on DVD and Blu-Ray. To win listen out for the question during this week’s show and then hit us up on Facebook with the answer.

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A documentary film of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image’s (ACMI) forthcoming Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, David Bowie is, is set to premiere in Australia. The cinema experience of the record-breaking UK exhibition will show at ACMI in its Australian premiere on Friday 7 November 2014.

Commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London, the documentary was filmed in the museum on the final night of the world premiere season of David Bowie is, which went on to become of the V&A’s most popular exhibitions.

The camera takes the audience on an extraordinary journey through the David Bowie is exhibition with special guests including legendary Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, Pulp front-man Jarvis Cocker, and other collaborators, to explore the stories behind some of the key objects and moving image that document Bowie’s artistic career. The exhibition’s curators, Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, provide fascinating insight into Bowie’s defining career moments via memorable music videos and original costumes, as well as giving context to some more personal items such as never-before-seen handwritten lyrics, album cover artwork, set designs and diary entries, which reveal the creativity and evolution of Bowie’s ideas.

Directed by Hamish Hamilton, the BAFTA-winning director of the Academy Awards® and the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the documentary had its premiere in London in 2013 and will screen across the United States in September.

The fastest selling exhibition in the V&A’s history, David Bowie is is now on a global tour, having already travelled to Toronto, Sao Paulo, and Berlin to international acclaim.

This unique cinema event will give Australian audiences a sneak peek into the groundbreaking exhibition ahead of its opening at ACMI in July 2015 as part of Melbourne Winter Masterpieces. Illustrating Bowie’s incredible legacy culturally and artistically, David Bowie is, the exhibition, features more than 300 objects and films obtained by the V&A through unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive.

Tickets to the film screenings of David Bowie is at ACMI on Friday 7 November are on sale now viaacmi.net.au or 03 8663 2583

The exhibition, David Bowie is, will open at ACMI on 16 July 2015 as part of the Victorian Government’s prestigious Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series. To register for exclusive pre-sale ticket opportunities, visit: acmi.net.au/bowie

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The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and Los Angeles-based studio, DreamWorks Animation, today announced an historic collaboration on the first large-scale, behind-the-scenes exhibition to celebrate 20 years of the studio’s much loved feature films, and the talented artists who created them.

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition will have its world premiere at ACMI in Melbourne in April 2014 as part of the Victorian Government’s prestigious Melbourne Winter Masterpieces (MWM) series, before commencing an international tour.

Victorian Minister for the Arts, the Hon Heidi Victoria, said the groundbreaking exhibition will bring together Melbourne-based curators and creatives, and the animators, artists and producers of a major international studio for the first time in the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series.

“This world-first exhibition will focus on the significant creative contribution that DreamWorks Animation has made to the field of animation over the last 20 years,” Ms Victoria said. “Tracing DreamWorks Animation’s creative legacy from Antz to next year’s anticipated feature, How to Train Your Dragon 2, the exhibition draws on the studio’s incredible archive, and will include never-before-seen original artworks and models, behind-the-scenes interviews and new interactive experiences.”

In Australia for the announcement, DreamWorks Animation Chief Creative Officer, Bill Damaschke, said the exhibition will provide a unique insight into the creative process behind the company’s on-screen magic, and a rare glimpse into the organisation’s artistic and visionary approach to animation.

 “From the beginning, I’ve felt a kind of kindred spirit between DreamWorks Animation and ACMI which makes them feel like part of our family,” said Mr. Damaschke. “Both companies are creatively driven and extremely ambitious which consequently means this exhibition will truly be one-of-a-kind and certainly a whole lot of fun.”

 ACMI Director and CEO, Tony Sweeney, said visitors will be able to go beyond the screen and chart the creative journey of a DreamWorks Animation film from the first idea or concept sketched on a post-it-note, through to the final completed project.

 “Visitors will be able to fully explore the groundbreaking technologies that DreamWorks Animation has used to create its animated characters and worlds over 20 years, from the pioneering forms of computer animation and motion capture through to very latest in 3D technology,” Mr Sweeney said. “While the artist’s stories and the films they make are at the heart of the exhibition, it also showcases the creative integrity of the films and celebrates the people behind their creation.”

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition will showcase the four major film series: Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda through concept artworks, illustrations, models and specially commissioned behind-the-scenes interviews. The exhibition will also explore the early hand-drawn films, such as The Prince of Egypt (1998) and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002)and a selection of recent releases including Rise of the Guardians (2012), TheCroods (2013), and Turbo (2013).

Ms Victoria said the exhibition will tour internationally following its exclusive Australian showing in Melbourne.

“As well as celebrating the creativity of DreamWorks Animation, much loved and admired around the world, this is an exciting opportunity to showcase ACMI on the international stage. It reflects ACMI’s growing reputation for presenting outstanding exhibitions, and for being an innovative champion of the moving image,” Ms Victoria said.

DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition will have its world premiere at ACMI on Thursday 10 April, 2014, and will run until Sunday 26 October, 2014, before touring the world. Ticket prices and information on related public, film and education programs will be announced in the coming months. For more information, please visit acmi.net.au

 

About DreamWorks Animation:

DreamWorks Animation creates high-quality entertainment, including CG animated feature films, television specials and series and live entertainment properties, meant for audiences around the world. The Company has world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced filmmaking technology and techniques. DreamWorks Animation has been named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” by FORTUNE® Magazine for five consecutive years. In 2013, DreamWorks Animation ranked #12 on the list.  All of DreamWorks Animation’s feature films are produced in 3D. The Company has theatrically released a total of 27 animated feature films, including the franchise properties of Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, Puss In Boots and The Croods.

 

About the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI):

A globally unique cultural institution, ACMI presents and champions the art and culture of the moving image. Through a vibrant annual calendar of award-winning exhibitions, screenings, film festivals, live events, creative workshops, education programs and Collection resources, ACMI provides a wide diversity of audiences with an unsurpassed range of ways to engage with the moving image. As one of Victoria’s major cultural, tourism and learning attractions, and a national centre of screen culture debate and innovation, ACMI has an international reputation as one of the world’s leading moving image centres.

 

About the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces Series:

Introduced by the Victorian Government in 2004 as a major driver of cultural tourism, the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces (MWM) series has since welcomed over 4 million people, including more than 340,000 interstate and international visitors to Melbourne. This series has generated more than $318 million in economic benefit for the state andcemented Melbourne’s position as Australia’s home of arts, culture and major events. The 2013 MWM exhibitions are Hollywood Costume at ACMI, and Monet’s Garden at the National Gallery of Victoria.