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NEW GALLERY SPACES @ THE STATE LIBRARY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

A visit to the State Library used to take about an hour when one visited an exhibition that took up the two main original galleries with space going to the Shakespeare Place entrance to the Level One Galleries. However when I attended the newly expanded Gallery spaces it took me several hours to view the exhibitions and even then I could not get to the ground and lower ground exhibition spaces. Accordingly the Gallery now has up to seven exhibition spaces.

My main aim to visit the Library was to see somewhat harrowing and graphic photos of the Canon World Press Photo Awards. These were held in a brand new gallery called the Martin Crouch Gallery. I was told by one of the Security Guards that this beautiful new space with hand painted drapes by Wendy Sharpe was a result of the freeing up of office and administration spaces.                             Continue reading NEW GALLERY SPACES @ THE STATE LIBRARY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

AUSTRALIA’S SILENT FILM FESTIVAL: WILLIAM GILLETTE AS SHERLOCK HOMES

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Part of Australia’s Silent Film Festival at the State Library of NSW it was standing room only for the Australian premiere of the restored SHERLOCK HOLMES starring William Gillette. Our accompanist was the accomplished Mauro Colombis.

This film was long considered regrettably lost until the magical discovery and identification of a complete duplicate negative in the vaults of La Cinematheque Francaise last year. Great news! It has been a major ‘missing link’ in the history of Sherlock Holmes on screen. Produced at Essenay Studios in 1916 ( so , the middle of World War 1), Gillette at the time was regarded as the foremost interpreter of Holmes on stage, having played him approximately 1, 300 times since his 1899 debut. Gillette was a forerunner of some of our other favourite Holmes for example Rathbone, Barrymore, Brett and now Cumberbatch.                       Continue reading AUSTRALIA’S SILENT FILM FESTIVAL: WILLIAM GILLETTE AS SHERLOCK HOMES