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Brought to us by the team who produced Florence and the Uffizi Gallery and Caravaggio: The Soul and The Blood this is a journey through the life and times of Claude Monet ( 1840-1926) the obsessive Impressionist . An art-world disruptor at the turn of the 20th century whose obsession with capturing light and water broke all convention, Monet revolutionised Modern Art with his timeless masterpieces. His intention was to try and transfer onto canvas the “first, pure impression” of forms and objects as they appear to the eye as if they have never been seen before.

Monet was always trying to capture in paint Water,Light and Air. He lived most of his life near the River Seine . Like Turner and Constable ( for example) he painted in all kinds of weather. The term ‘ Impressionism ‘ comes from the title of his 1874 work Impression Sunrise included in the first of the independent exhibitions mounted by Monet and his colleagues as an alternative to the Paris Salon. In his famous gardens at Giverny (where he lived from 1883) he set himself the challenge to create the nature he wanted to paint, creating the striking way the garden was designed and the way the plants were organised in the garden, for example. Continue reading WATER LILLIES BY MONET – THE MAGIC OF WATER AND LIGHT


Beautifully photographed, proceeding at a rather leisurely pace, this film directed by David Bickerstaff examines the life and times of Vincent van Gogh using the amazing resources of Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum .We are granted privileged access behind the scenes . We see how the various works are hung in the Museum and some of the directors and curators analyse van Gogh’s works and life.
Some of the works are examined in extreme close up detail and van Gogh’s approach to his work minutely analysed. It attempts to analyse his creative process.

The film is roughly organised chronologically, following Van Gogh’s short, turbulent life. It is a blend of voiceover narration (often Van Gogh’s letters to his brother Theo) talking heads segments with the curators etc, footage of the museum display and rostrum shots of paintings and letters, and Jamie de Courcey as a brooding, intense Vincent . Contemporary artists currently working, such as Lachlan Goudie, express their admiration for Van Gogh There’s also commentary from Theo’s great-grandson, Vincent Willem van Gogh, about the family history. We see not only the Museum but other important places in Vincent’s life – the asylum at Saint-Remy where he stayed at one point, the house at Auvers Sur Oise, his last bedroom and more.

Bickerstaff’s film reminds us that van Gogh, having created almost 2100 works which included 820 oil paintings and more than 1300 watercolours, was relentlessly driven by his artistic inspiration. Today, perhaps his ‘madness’ would be diagnosed as bipolar disorder.

Born in 1853 in Groot-Zundert, Netherlands, van Gogh’s life was heavily influenced by Protestant ideologies of selflessness and an impassioned will to work The film follows his life, Beginning as an art dealer in Goupil & Cie, van Gogh came in close proximity to the trends and works of modern artists and began understanding ‘art’. A shift to the company’s London headquarters within a few years left van Gogh sad and rather disenchanted. At one point Van Gogh even attempted his own ministry, but his sermons were most unpopular so he discontinued.

Encouraged by his brother Theo to become a painter, Van Gogh became heavily influenced by the great painters such as Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Charles Blanc, Francois Millet and so on., attempting to capture scenes of nature and peasants working in the fields that became his signature early style, leading to his first major work The Potato Eaters (1885) ( which both Theo and van Gogh’s friend and fellow artist Anthon van Rappard heavily criticised , but is remarkable for its perspective, major control and accomplishment as a group portrait and it’s light and dark imagery.

Van Gogh moved to Paris in 1886 where he became influenced by Impressionism and Pointillism. He also discovered the bohemian avant-garde of Montmartre, in particular the work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. ( Both painted working-class women who owned or worked in the cafes frequented by artists, a radical subject for the era) . Van Gogh also created paintings that show the influence of Japanese woodblock prints eg : the lyrical Flowering Plum Orchard (1887) .van Gogh’s friendship with Australian artist John Russell ( and Russell’s portrait of him as recently seen in the exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW) are briefly mentioned.

A move to the countryside – Arles – saw the start of Van Gogh’s most productive period, during which he completed 200 paintings, including the iconic Still Life: Vase with Twelve Sunflowers in 1888. Arles was where van Gogh lived with friend and fellow artist Paul Gauguin for a short while, ending with the notorious argument in which van Gogh cut off a piece of his own ear, which eventually led to the more severe mental illness that saw him for a while being keptin a psychiatric hospital in Saint-Remy, France. It was there, in his studio-cell, that van Gogh rendered the famous swirling, tempestuous sky of The Starry Night in 1889, the year before his suicide aged 37, dying in Theo’s arms..Other famous paintings we see include The Irises and the iconic Sunflowers as well as The Wheatfields and portraits of Dr Gachet .

Van Gogh’s legacy is examined and we sadly ponder the torn, troubled artist’s life.

Runnng time is 90 minutes.

VINCENT VAN GOGH : A NEW WAY OF SEEING screens at selected cinemas from February 7 2019.



Portrait Of Wally by Schiele

A fascinating, intriguing and somewhat disturbing documentary . KLIMT & SCHIELE ; EROS AND PSYCHE is the latest in the Art on Screen series directed by Michael Maly looks at the lives of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele , placing them in the context of Vienna at the beginning of the 20th Century and the conservatism , decadence and revolutionary artworks produced at that time in Vienna which became the European capital of arts and thought. It was an era which ended with the collapse of the Hapsburg Empire and the First World War , and the decimation of the artistic world caused by the Spanish flu epidemic straight after. The documentary visits several museums including the Leopold Museum, the Sigmund Freud Museum, the Egon Schiele-Museum, Tulln, the Osterreische Galerie Belvedere and the Albertina Graphic Collection.

It is not just painting that is mentioned – much is made of Freud and his ideas (and how this influenced both Klimt and Schiele) but also the startling revolution in music from the iconic Beethoven and Strauss waltzes to the emergence of Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss (his Salome in particular ) – as well as how there were changes in architecture , crafts and design – eg chairs and glassware as well as some fabulous jewellery .Not forgetting piano manufacture! Continue reading KLIMT & SCHIELE : EROS AND PSYCHE


MCC Welfare Services is excited to announce that the Rainbow Tapestry Project will be offering the first edition of the INNER WEST LGBTQ FILM FESTIVAL in an intimate atmosphere.

The festival is an invitation to acceptance, respect, and an understanding of the challenges that LGBTIQ people face.  Showcasing art-house cinema the festival presents  a socio-educational approach from seven film makers from around the world, to be enjoyed in an intimate atmosphere.

Before each screening we’ll see a preview and chat about the movie, and enjoy homemade Catalan croquettes.

INNER WEST LGBTQ FILM FESTIVAL [Facebook Event] from Rainbow Tapestry and MCC Welfare Services [Facebook] will show 12 Oct – 23 Nov at MCC Welfare Services 96 Crystal St, Petersham.


The Beheading of St John the Baptist

Following the Vatican Museums 3D and Florence and the Uffizi Gallery we now have a brand-new documentary on the life and work of Italian master Caravaggio and the birth of modern painting directed by award winning Mexican director Jesus Garces Lambert .

The research is extensive – there are lots of interviews with various curators, archivists etc – and well ‘s presented. Some of the photography of the various places linked to Caravaggio’s life is stunning , some of it dizzying and overdone. We follow Caravaggio on his travels through Milan, Venice, Rome, Naples, Sicily and Malta as he attempts to flee his inner demons and various enemies he made along the way. Continue reading CARAVAGGIO: THE SOUL AND THE BLOOD


Featured image – Director Ralph Loop at an event for the film.

“Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.” Dante

This is a  fascinating, intense examination of Sandro Botticelli’s (1445- 1510) famous work that jumps from the Vatican to Florence, Berlin, London and the Scottish lowlands.

The film is directed by Ralph Loop, who also has an expert, an Italian historian who knows the city of Florence in the Renaissance period to enthusiastically narrate part of the film. As well there are interviews with the Directors of the various galleries.

The film examines the history of one of Botticelli’s famous works : the illustrations he produced based on Dante’s Divine Comedy and particularly concentrates on The Inferno and his depiction of the nine levels of, and the map of the descent, into Hell, as described by Dante. In contrast, we also see his vision of Paradise. Continue reading BOTTICELLI INFERNO : BOTTICELLI’S PAINTING OF DANTE’S VISION OF HELL