Date : Saturday 17 April

Location: Mildura Arts Centre Theatre
Time: 7.30pm
Duration: 60 minutes (30 minute film and 30 minute talk)
Tickets: All $15

An Improbable Collection

Join us for the premiere screening of An Improbable Collection on Saturday 17 April at 7.30pm.

The half-hour documentary film by the renowned film director, Bruce Beresford and photographer Cordelia Beresford, is inspired by the Mildura Arts Centre Collection, features the works of Sir William Orpen and Sir Frank Brangwyn. The film highlights the colourful careers of both artists, while these artists are not widely known, until around 1935 were world famous!

Beresford has been a collector, in a modest way, of both painters since he first saw some of their work in London in the 1970s. His discovery of the large collection of works held at Mildura Arts Centre from the founding bequest by Senator RD Elliott and Mrs Hilda Elliott, was what triggered the idea for the film.

Mainly shot in Mildura in 2014, there was also filming in the UK, Ireland and Belgium. Beresford also collected material from the USA where a number of Brangwyn’s large murals are located, most notably the Rockefeller Centre in New York and the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco.

The documentary’s premiere at Mildura on Saturday 17 April will be followed by an In conversation event with Bruce Beresford and Arts and Culture Development Manager, Antonette Zema.

All proceeds from tickets sales will directly support the conservation work to Sir Frank Brangwyn’s Steelworkers mural held in the Mildura Arts Centre Collection.

Image: Cordelia and Bruce Beresford standing in front of Sir Frank Brangwyn's Fruits of Industry, Mildura Arts Centre Collection, Senator RD Elliott Bequest, presented to the City of Mildura, by Mrs Hilda Elliott, 1956.

Mildura Rural City Council and Mildura Arts Centre
Mildura Arts Centre ­– Mildura Rural City Council acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land, which now comprises the Mildura Rural City municipality. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and celebrate and respect their continuing cultures and acknowledge the memories of their ancestors.

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