A visual journey into the life and legacy of one of Australia’s most celebrated artists. The story, told in "in his own words" using personal letters, notebooks and photographs, interwoven with reconstructions, animations, archival interviews and rare footage, opens a rare window into an artist’s mind. While his brief, dazzling life was erratic, combustible and tragic, Whiteley also created a highly productive and brilliant artistic vortex around which much of our 70s and 80s sense of self-worth as an aggressively creative nation emerged. Despite the tabloid headlines, Whiteley’s life as an artist was defined by a vigorous work ethic, an exhaustive commitment to study of the work of others, and a willingness to take risks in his own work. In the end and despite his inglorious demise, Whiteley was able to manifest an outstanding body of work that elevated him beyond his notoriety into the international echelons of preeminent modern artists.
"my advice is, if you can see it on the big screen - do...This truly is a portrait of the artist as a troubled but inspired soul. It's wonderful to behold. This is a five star documentary - a rare treat" - MARGARET POMERANZ
"An absorbing tribute to one of our greatest artists" - FILMINK
Cast: Brett Whiteley, Wendy Whiteley, Frannie Hopkirk
Director: James Bogle
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