Sunday March 8 at 5:00pm on ABC1
This week on Sunday Arts the Golden Age of Couture from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; soul singer Alice Russell performs; and the controversial Antony Ginnane speaks with Fenella Kernebone about the Australian film industry.
Golden Age of Couture
Christian Dior coined the term ‘The Golden Age’ to describe a time when haute couture thrived and an era of remarkable glamour and creativity flourished. New standards for creative design and impeccable workmanship were set by designers like Dior, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Balmain and Hardie Amies. The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957 is the largest exhibition of haute couture to come to Australia and it is showing exclusively within Australia at the Bendigo Art Gallery until 22 March. Sunday Arts takes a look at this period which led the way for fashion in the rest of the world.
The resurgence of soul in the last few years has been huge and the UK’s Alice Russell has emerged as one of the hottest soul singers around. Her career began about 10 years ago, when she started singing with the likes of the Quantic Soul Orchestra, Nostalgia 77 and TM Juke. The latter has since become a long-term collaborator, assisting with the orchestration and the production of Russell’s albums. Her music has been described in many ways, including jazz, triphop, folk and reggae, but she prefers to describe it as soul. She was recently in Melbourne where she performed for Sunday Arts and stopped by to speak with Fenella Kernebone.
Antony Ginnane has been dubbed ‘the Roger Corman of Australian film’ and was recently featured in Not Quite Hollywood as a prime example of the gonzo style of filmmaking that marked the seventies and eighties. Fantasm, Thirst, Harlequin, and Turkey Shoot are just some of the 60 cult schlock films Ginnane has produced, as well as the Australian classic High Tide. After years running a production house in Los Angeles, he is back in Australia heading up the Screen Producers’ Association of Australia. His appointment comes at a time when the local industry is undergoing a period of major change. Fenella Kernebone caught up with Antony Ginnane to find out what is wrong with Australian films and how we ought to go about fixing them.
Repeated on ABC2 – Sunday, March 08 at 7:30pm