In 2006, a collection of approximately 20 assorted home movies, filmed on 16mm and Super8 by Melbourne resident Ernest Singer (1905-1981), was donated to the NFSA by his children, Joan Dwyer and Peter Singer. NFSA staff selected, catalogued and nominated the films for further preservation work. Now these films are being projected for the very first time on the big screen at the Astor Theatre in Melbourne on Sunday 25 May at 2 pm, as part of the 2014 St Kilda Film Festival.
The quality and ambition of these films prompts questions about the man behind the camera. Who was this previously unknown amateur Melbourne filmmaker with the European eye, whose films capture a uniquely new-migrant take on the local customs of 1950s Australia?