Create NSW & ABC announce Kaldor Public Art Projects as third Documentary Feature Fund film
Create NSW and ABC have announced the commission of Kaldor Public Art Projects (working title), a film about the influence of arts patron, collector and philanthropist John Kaldor on the contemporary Australian art scene, as the third in its three-year Documentary Feature Fund joint initiative, with major production funding from Screen Australia.
The documentary feature will be directed by acclaimed director Samantha Lang (Carlotta, The Well), with Felix Media’s John Maynard producing and Bridget Ikin executive producing.
From creating a living canvas on which to project a new vision of Sydney as an international landmark with Christo and Jeanne Claude’s ‘Wrapped Coast’ in 1969, to unearthing the remains of the Garden Palace with Jonathan Jones’ ‘barrangal dyara (skin and bones)’ in 2016, the Kaldor Public Art Projects have been significant drivers in site-specific, socially engaged public artworks. All of the 33 works to date seek to disrupt the collective memories of Sydney’s cultural narrative.
Operating on diverse and divergent levels for fifty years, the Kaldor Public Art Projects have reimagined Sydney as a site of complex encounters, connecting the city across continents and across millennia. The art projects have both delighted and challenged audiences and critics alike. The documentary will track how John Kaldor first set Australia as a stage for international contemporary art practice – and continued over the next five decades to transform landmarks around Sydney into sites of desire, dreams and delirium.
Samantha Lang previously worked with producer John Maynard on the feature film The Monkey’s Mask. John Maynard and executive producer Bridget Ikin have produced feature films, television dramas and documentaries for more than 30 years. Maynard’s recent credits include executive producer of Sherpa and producer of Jirga, and his distinguished career in the arts includes establishing a public art museum in New Zealand in 1970.
The Create NSW and ABC Arts Documentary Feature Fund is a three-year joint initiative to fund one new feature-length arts documentary per year. Create NSW contributes $100,000 to each production with the ABC allocating a $150,000 license fee. Each film funded through the initiative receives a world premiere at the Sydney Film Festival prior to screening on ABC.
Production Credit: Kaldor Public Art Projects (working title) is a Felix Media production for the ABC. Principal production investment from Screen Australia, in association with the Asia Film Investment Group. Financed with support from the ABC with Create NSW.
Wrapped Coast at Little Bay, Sydney. 28 October - 14 December 1969, by Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Kaldor Art Projects.
Puppy at Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. 12 December 1995 - 17 March 1996, by Jeff Koons, Kaldor Art Projects.