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Sydney Film Festival Number 63 has come and gone again for another year. The Festival attracted many celebrities. These are some of my favourite pics.

Mel Gibson
Grainnie Humphreys, Simon Field, Robert Connolly- panelists on the Sydney Film Festival main jury
Judy Davis
Margaret Pomeranz & son Joshua
Ursula Yovich
Ewen Leslie and partner
Jack and Billy Thompson
David Gulpilil
David Stratton
Lord Mayor Of Sydney Clover Moore
Simon Baker & Bryan Brown
Leo & Anne Schofield
Josie Lacey & Walt Secord MP
Damien Walshe-Howling and Hugo Weaving
Dan MacPherson & Brooke Satchwell
Helen and Michael Caton
Gillian Armstrong & Bruce Pleffer
Alex Greewich MP
Tasma Walton
John Jarrett



Back in 1994, a Vogue Australia article on Oscar winning costume designer, Orry Kelly, piqued the curiosity of esteemed film commentators, Ian and Sheila Taylor.

Though they had worked in film distribution in Australia for many years, his name had never come up. Curious, since, at the time, Orry Kelly was the Australian who had garnered the most Academy Awards.

The Taylor’s embarked on research with an idea of making a documentary about this unsung Australian Hollywood hero. However, their labours could not interest local funding bodies, and the project was put in turnaround. Continue reading ORRY KELLY : MISS WESTON’S PROTEGE

Women He’s Undressed

Inset pic- The poster to Gillian Armstrong’s new doco Featured pic- Orry-Kelly played by Darren Gilshenan with cocktail party guests. Pic Anne Howard

Director Gillian Armstrong claims that she had never heard of Orry-Kelly when Damien Parer pitched a documentary proposal at her.

It is hard to believe that any Australian cinefile would not have knowledge, at least of the existence of the man who designed the costumes for Casablanca, Some Like It Hot and hundreds of other Hollywood movies, but taken as truth, at least the completed film, WOMEN HE’S UNDRESSED will introduce this brilliant Australian export to a wider audience.

With writer Katherine Thompson, Armstrong has fashioned a biopic facsimile, a hybrid pastiche of factual footage and stylised recreation. Continue reading Women He’s Undressed