The 2008 Keynote Address during the annual gathering for Australian and International factual film and television professionals will be delivered by renowned filmmaker – UK director Peter Greenaway.
Mr Greenaway has directed over 60 films, including The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover and The Pillow Book. Besides fiction films he has directed and written TV series and a large number of documentaries and mockumentaries. Mr Greenaway is a multi-talented artist. Besides filmmaking, he has manifested himself as a painter, writer, composer and most recently as a VJ. His work is characterised by experiment and the ambition to enhance the audience experience. His latest film Nightwatching has screened at the Toronto, Pusan and Venice Film Festivals. At the moment Mr Greenaway is finalising the production of J’Accuse, a documentary that deals with the same subject matter as Nightwatching.
‘I’m very excited and can’t wait to welcome Peter Greenaway in Fremantle. Greenaway has declared the traditional cinema form ‘dead’. According to him the conventional cinema experience is outdated and therefore filmmakers have to explore richer methods to amaze and involve audiences in the media experience. Peter Greenaway is one of the most profound storytellers in modern cinema. Therefore he contributes greatly to this year’s conference storytelling theme. He adds a very intellectual angle, audience experiences, to the new media debate.’ Joost den Hartog – AIDC Director.
Chief Executive of ScreenWest – Principal Sponsor of AIDC – Mr Ian Booth said the Western Australian Government, through the Department of Culture and the Arts, is delighted to be hosting keynote speaker Peter Greenaway at AIDC 2008.
‘The fact that one of the world’s leading feature film and documentary makers is coming to Fremantle next month reflects both AIDC’s status as a key marketplace for factual filmmakers and Western Australia’s reputation as a leading producer of world-class documentaries. The conference will also provide our filmmakers with the opportunity to engage with undoubtedly one of the world’s most fascinating filmmakers,’ Mr Booth said.
Ms Jacqui Allen, A/Executive Director, Development and Strategy, Department of Culture and the Arts said ‘The Department is delighted to be partnering with Screenwest in hosting Peter Greenaway at AIDC in 2008. He is a provocative thinker who will challenge our ideas about what art is, how it is made and how audiences are engaged.’
Mr Greenaway will be attending AIDC at the Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Western Australia from February 20-22. His keynote address is planned for Friday 22 February at the conference.
Peter Greenaway’s visit is made possible thanks to the generous support from Department of Culture and the Arts