Nicole Kidman, Geoffrey Rush, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe… and George Lazenby?
Running an exclusive Queensland showing at the Gold Coast Arts Centre from 11 September to 17 October is ‘Australians in Hollywood’, a travelling exhibition from Canberra’s National Portrait Gallery. The exhibition celebrates the achievements of more than 80 Australian artists involved in the film industry, reaching back from the silent-era to more contemporary names. In addition to the more prominant Australian figures to be featured in the exhibit, are a number of lesser-profile faces who have left their own subtle, yet inimitable, stamp on the world of film and TV, including Australia’s one-time 007, George Lazenby.
Launched on Saturday 11 September 2004 by local Academy Award winner John Cox, the exhibition features over 100 pieces, as well as some rare movie memorabilia, including a very well-worn Oscar. As well as featuring the Goulburn-born Lazenby, ‘Australians in Hollywood’ also celebrates the acting work of Louise Lovely (silent-era actress, star of almost 60 films), Errol Flynn (The Adventures of Robin Hood), and more recently, Cate Blanchett (The Lord of the Rings), Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under), Eric Bana (Hulk), Naomi Watts (The Ring) and Heath Ledger (Monster’s Ball). The exhibition also highlights the success of Australians behind the camera, including Peter Weir (The Truman Show), George Miller (Mad Max), Gillian Armstrong (Charlotte Gray) and Bruce Beresford (who directed Pierce Brosnan’s Evelyn, which was released on DVD in Australia for the first time today).
‘Australians in Hollywood’ runs until Sunday 17 October in Gallery One at the Gold Coast Arts Centre on Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise.