Image: from left to right Cheryl Bart (SAFC Chair), Matt Carroll (Producer), Jack Thompson, Richard Harris (SAFC CEO) and Melissa Juhanson (Curator SAFC) Photo by Calum Robertson,The Advertiser.
The South Australian Film Corporation’s (SAFC) 40th Anniversary Exhibition FROM A SUNDAY TOO FAR AWAY opened with great success on Friday 19 October at a launch event held at the Mortlock Chamber, State Library. The Barossa Light Horse Association provided a superb welcoming party for approximately 250 guests who attended.
Special guests included Gil Brealey, SAFC Founding Chairman and Director; Producer, Matt Carroll; Scott Hicks & Kerry Heysen, and Bryan Brown. Scott Hicks, who was invited by the SAFC to speak at the occasion, provided great insight into his own personal journey and career highlights, some of which were intimately entwined with the SAFC’s own history. Minister for the Arts, The Hon John Hill also provided an engaging speech celebrating the SAFC’s achievements past and present, with SAFC CEO, Richard Harris, hosting the event. Video congratulatory messages were played from guests unable to attend, including Penny Chapman, Gillian Armstrong, Phil Noyce, Rachel Ward and Rolf de Heer. Also in attendance were Mario Andreacchio, David Lightfoot, Helen Leake, James Currie, Mike Piper, Greg McLean, Des Monaghan, Gus Howard and Angela Heesom to name a few.
Two Australian film legends; Jack Thompson and Bryan Brown, were invited as special guests to help kick off the celebrations with both very impressed with the collection of images selected for the exhibition by Curator Melissa Juhanson (SAFC). The event allowed both to reminisce about the ‘good ol’ days’ in Australian Film and especially the influential role South Australia played in the ‘renaissance’ in the Australian filmmaking which occurred at this time.
FROM A SUNDAY TOO FAR AWAY features select photographs, films and related ephemera to tell a ‘behind-the-scenes’ stories of the SAFC as we celebrate our 40th year. Dedicated to ‘crew’ the exhibition look’s like being embraced by the local industry and the general public who visited the exhibition over the weekend with very pleasing attendances, expected to remain strong throughout the rest of the season, which runs through to Sunday 2 December. A public program of events associated with the exhibition is also planned and details can be found here.
The event would not have been possible without the support of the SAFC’s Project Partners:
To see all of the photos from the night click here.
FROM A SUNDAY TOO FAR AWAY – Exhibition Details
Saturday 20 October to Sunday 2 December.
Flinders University Art Museum & City Gallery
State Library of South Australia
North Terrace, Adelaide
Tuesday - Friday: 11am - 4pm
Saturday and Sunday: 12pm - 4pm
Closed Mondays and Public Holidays
Admission to the exhibition is FREE
For more information please click here.