The NFSA restoration of Proof premiered at the 2016 Melbourne International Film Festival on 29 July 2016.
Martin (Hugo Weaving), a visually impaired man, lives an emotionally isolated life. Holding a deep-seated mistrust for the people around him, he takes photographs of his surroundings as a safeguard against being deceived. An object of obsessive but unrequited desire for his housekeeper (Genevieve Picot), Martin embarks on a cautious friendship with a young restaurant worker (Russell Crowe). In doing so, he sets in motion a love triangle in which trust can be built and shattered.
Proof was the launchpad for the international careers of actors Hugo Weaving and Russell Crowe and director Jocelyn Moorhouse. It swept the 1991 AFI Awards, winning six awards including Best Film, Director, Actor (Weaving), Supporting Actor (Crowe) and Screenplay, and also received a special mention at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival.
In May 2016 the NFSA asked the public to help us fund the restoration of Proof. Over the course of 45 days, we were able to raise $27,000, thanks to the generosity of 266 film lovers from across Australia and around the world.
Whether they gave two or two thousand dollars, each one of their donations was crucial to help us reach our goal. Their contribution is not only financial; their support is a vote of confidence in the work of the NFSA, and proof that Australians care about the preservation of their film history.
This page is an acknowledgment to those who pledged their support to make this restoration possible. Some of our supporters have asked to remain anonymous, while others chose to provide a pseudonym. This is the full list:
In this video, NFSA Ambassador Margaret Pomeranz thanks our 266 people supporters, particularly the 'Film Conservators’ who donated $1,000 or more.