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.
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
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