Radical films: John Hughes film screening & talk at RMIT Gallery

On Thursday 20 October from 5.30-7.30 pm, RMIT Gallery screens Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens In Australia. The documentary film, directed by John Hughes, recalls the birth of Indonesia, and the impact of a small film and its legacy for Australian documentary film culture.

Adjunct Prof John Hughes will introduce his film, and answer questions after the screening.

Ivens’ film was an activist documentary that depicted the crucial role of Australian trade union support in the establishment of the new Republic of Indonesia. All those who worked on it became ‘adversely known’ to the security services.

Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens In Australia revisits the making of Ivens’ radical film, Australia’s early relationship with Indonesia and the impact of Ivens’ film.

Hughes has been recognised with a Lifetime Membership at the Australian Directors Guild (ADG) awards, and has been nominated for many awards for his films including the Australian Film Institute (AFI) awards and the Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIE awards.

An independent producer, writer and director for film, television and online media, Hughes’ work has engaged with Australian cultural and political history and issues over a number of decades. Among his credits are After Mabo, TrapsMoving HistoryThe Art Of WarOne Way Street and the cinema feature What I Have Written.

Hughes’ films have been screened at major national and international festivals, and broadcast by such networks as the ABC and SBS. He has a PhD by practice from RMIT’s School of Media and Communication and had a fellowship from the AFI Research Collection (a specialist film library housed at RMIT).

Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens In Australia is part of the RMIT Gallery’s public programs for the current exhibition Radical Actions (until 22 October) that showcases work by contemporary Irish artists to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland.

Together with RMIT’s research centre for Communication, Politics and Culture, RMIT Gallery’s complementary ‘Images of Revolution’ film program presents films that reflect a deep commitment to social change and progressive politics.

What: Film screening: Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens in Australia

When: Thursday 20 October from 5.30-7.30 pm

Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Bookings: Free. Register here

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