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The home of blue ribbon documentaries and drama from Australia and around the world, for more than 45 years: a collection personally curated by historian and filmmaker, Andrew Pike, OAM.

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Outstanding art documentary on SBS

GEOFF DIXON - PORTRAITS OF US is an outstanding feature-length documentary from the Ronin catalogue. Now available on SBS on Demand. The film is an intimate portrait of the life and work of the iconoclastic New Zealand artist Geoff Dixon, who now lives in north Queensland.

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LIGHT YEARS – a film about the life and work of Olive Cotton, the legendary Australian photographer with a portfolio spanning sixty years.

Made in 1990 by Kathryn Millard, the film incorporates invaluable on-screen conversations with Olive Cotton talking about her work.

SUPERBLY REMASTERED FROM ORIGINAL FILM MATERIALS, AND AVAILABLE NOW AS A HIGH RES DIGITAL FILE FOR SCREENINGS, AND ON DVD AND VIMEO-ON-DEMAND: for details, links and orders see www.roninfilms.com.au/video/15661/0/430.html

In the 1930s and 1940s, Olive Cotton successfully ran a photographic studio in Sydney with the renowned Max Dupain. Her work was exhibited both in Australia and overseas. At the end of the war, she married and moved to central New South Wales to live on the land and raise a family. For many years without running water or electricity, she continued to take photographs but was unable to print them. Her negatives were carefully stored in an old sea trunk until the 1960s. It was at this time that her friends and family built a darkroom in Cowra. In the early 1980s she resumed exhibiting to critical and public acclaim and was able to devote much of her time to printing from her vast personal archive of negatives.

Narrator GILLIAN JONES

Written and Directed by KATHRYN MILLARD
Produced by KATHRYN MILLARD and PATRICIA L'HUEDE
Cinematographer JOHN WHITTERON
Editor TONY STEVENS
Music composed by RICHARD VELLA