Light Years G

Wide shot of an older woman standing in the middle of a dirt road that is lined by trees. She is holding an old camera.
21 October
Arc Cinema
$20 / $16 (or Gold Pass for all 6 sessions $75)
Dir: Kathryn Millard, G, Australia, 1990, 47mins, DCP,

Newly restored from the original film negative, Light Years is an invaluable and delightful portrait of the life and work of the celebrated Australian photographer, Olive Cotton.

Built around rare and insightful conversations with Cotton, the film recounts her early career in the 1930s and 40s working with Max Dupain in a groundbreaking photographic studio in Sydney. At the end of the war, Cotton moved to Koorawatha in central New South Wales where she and her husband struggled to gain a living from the land and raise a family.

Living for many years without running water or electricity, she continued to take photographs although she was unable to print them. The negatives were carefully stored in an old sea trunk until the 1960s. Eventually, friends and family built a darkroom in Cowra and in the early 1980s Cotton resumed exhibiting her work to critical and public acclaim.

Following the screening there will be a discussion with filmmaker Kathryn Millard and the NGA’s Senior Curator of Photography, Shaune Lakin.

This screening is part of the Canberra International Film Festival (CIFF).

For one special price, the CIFF Gold Pass secures entry to all six films in the festival!


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