Come on tour with Australia’s first family of vaudeville!
Opening this Friday 1 July at the NFSA in Acton is The Marvellous Corricks – a free boutique exhibition about the lives and careers of the touring family of ten who delighted Australian audiences with their vaudeville-style show.
The Marvellous Corricks provides a unique opportunity to explore the lives of early travelling entertainers through the lens of the NFSA’s exceptional collection. The archive retains a superb collection of films, stills and objects, some of which are on display for the first time, donated by Corrick family descendants.
The exhibition is an intimate journey into the lives of one of Australia's most unconventional families, who toured Australia between 1902 and 1916 and whose shows included music, dancing, comedy and film screenings.
“The Corrick family were trailblazers among Australian entertainers for their use of ground-breaking technology and their sheer love of entertainment,” said Jillian Mackenzie, who curated The Marvellous Corricks for the NFSA. “We’re very happy to now be able to share this collection with new audiences.”
In a special in-person event on Saturday 30 July, Jillian Mackenzie will take you behind the scenes of this remarkable family. Audiences can hear about the NFSAs restoration and digitisation of the film collection including handcolouring techniques, the amazing skills and talent of the Corrick family, and the extended collection of national and international stills taken by the family on their travels. More information and tickets to the talk are available here.
The exhibition is accompanied by a range of immersive digital content which continues the journey of The Corricks at: https://www.nfsa.gov.au/marvellous-corricks
The Marvellous Corricks opens Friday 1 July 2022 in The Front Room at the National Film & Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton.
Open: Daily 10am-4pm and Fridays 10am-8pm.
The NFSA’s blockbuster ticketed exhibition, Australians & Hollywood, will continue at the NFSA throughout 2023.
Jillian Mackenzie is available for interview.
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