Go behind the camera and discover the world’s greatest fashion photographers. Explore the work of David Bailey, Cecil Beaton, Bill Cunningham and others in new and classic documentaries, screening alongside Antonioni’s Blow-Up. Presented as part of the cultural program of the 2012 L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival.
Thu 8 Mar 7.30pm, Sat 10 Mar 3.30pm, Sun 11 Mar 7.30pm, Wed 14 Mar 1.30pm
David Bailey: Four Beats to the Bar and No Cheating (Unclassified 15+)
One of the ‘terrible trio’ of British fashion photographers, David Bailey has done it all. His work has graced the pages of Vogue; he’s friends with rock star Mick Jagger and has worked with many of the world’s great models, including Jerry Hall and Jean Shrimpton.
This new documentary takes stock of Bailey’s incredible and enduring career in interviews with his former wife, actress Catherine Deneuve, art critic Martin Harrison and current wife and model Catherine Dyer. He was the inspiration for Antonioni’sBlow-Up and made several films of his own, including Bailey on Beaton. Both Blow-Up and Bailey on Beaton screen in this season.
Director Jérôme de Missolz, 2010, 90 mins, France/The Netherlands /Germany, Source/Courtesy: Arte, France
Fri 9 Mar 1.30pm, Sat 10 Mar 8.30pm, Tue 13 Mar 6.30pm
Bill Cunningham New York (PG)
Magnificently moving, this portrait of octogenarian photographer Bill Cunningham is a revelation. There really is no one else quite like Bill. He has worked for decades, capturing the fashion mood on New York’s streets while chronicling fashion trends and high society gatherings for The New York Times.
Starting life as a milliner, he moved into journalism and then photography after a stint in the US Army. Now in his eighties, Bill continues to traverse New York on his bike, happily snapping away and letting the world know through his podcasts what is happening ‘On the Street’.
Vogue US editor-in-chief Anna Wintour says it all: “We all get dressed for Bill”.
Director Richard Press, 2010, 84 mins, France/USA, Source/Courtesy: Madman Entertainment
Fri 9 Mar 6.30pm, Mon 12 Mar 3.30pm, Wed 14 Mar 3.30pm
Beaton by Bailey (aka Bailey on Beaton) + Dressed for Summer 2012 (Unclassified 15+)
This meeting of two great photographers is a rare treat. Sixties wunderkind David Bailey spends some quality time with society portrait and fashion photographer and Academy Award-winning costume and set designer Cecil Beaton. A who’s who of fashion and society from the early 70s contribute their thoughts and personal anecdotes Beaton, including writer Truman Capote, fashion editor Diana Vreeland, artist David Hockney, fashion designer Ossie Clark and models Penelope Tree, Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton.
Director William Verity, 1971, 50 mins, UK, Source/Courtesy: Park Circus, UK
Screens with: Dressed for Summer 2012 (Habillées pour l’été 2012)
This season, the fashion photographers capture the optimistic spirit of Summer 2012. Featuring the stellar (and dangerous) Balenciaga show, Louis Vuitton on a merry-go-round and Chanel 20,000 leagues under the sea, host Mademoiselle Agnès and the legions of fashion photographers will have their work cut out for them!
Director Loïc Prigent, 2011, 56 mins, France, Source/Courtesy: LALALA France
Fri 9 Mar 9pm, Sun 11 Mar 3.30pm, Tue 13 Mar 1.30pm
This season would be incomplete without Antonioni’s stylish film, Blow-Up. Set in swinging sixties London, the film features David Hemmings as a character that is photographer David Bailey in all but name, who by chance captures a murder on film.
With appearances from some of the biggest names in modelling including Jane Birkin, Veruschka and Peggy Moffitt, and with music composed by Herbie Hancock and performed by The Yardbirds.
Director Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966, 111 mins, UK /Italy/USA, Source/Courtesy: Chapel Distribution
Sat 10 Mar 6.30pm, Mon 12 Mar 1.00pm, Tue 13 Mar 8.30pm
Duffy: The Man Who Shot the 60s (Unclassified 15+)
Along with Terence Donovan and David Bailey, Brian Duffy completed the ‘terrible trio’ of in your face cockney fashion photographers who revolutionised fashion imagery in the 1960s.
This documentary, made just before Duffy’s death, is a rare record of this great man’s unconventional working life. One of his favourite models, Joanna Lumley returns to restage an early work while Duffy reflects on his career at British Vogue and his ground breaking images of David Bowie.
An exhibition of Duffy’s portraits will be on show at the Sofitel during the L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival and a major retrospective of his work will be staged at the Monash Gallery of Art at the end of March 2012.