Nolan – The Man and The Myth will tell the story of one of the greatest, if not the greatest, Australian artist of the 20th Century, Sir Sidney Nolan. It will chart Nolan’s life, allowing us to see him clearly through the camouflage for the first time. It will be a quest to understand this quixotic and world-renowned artist. His early years were key. Steeped in modernism, he was an innovative, playful, quicksilver talent. His art offered itself up to the viewer, seemingly as immediate and accessible as Damien Hirst’s shark. But it contained hidden meanings, reflected in the broken mirror of modernism. He was searching for new art forms, new myths, new stories. The kind of art that could shape the consciousness of a nation.
WRITER & DIRECTOR: Philip Smith
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Sharyn Prentice / Julia Peters
PRODUCER: Lavinia Riachi
Developed with the assistance of ABC, Film Victoria and Flaming Star Films