Sidney Nolan is unquestionably one of the best-known names in the history of Australian modern art. His images are iconic, treasures of the Australian visual language. Everyone feels they know Nolan but that is far from the truth.
A restless spirit, boundlessly curious, intellectual and mischievous, Nolan’s creativity was unrelenting; constantly experimenting with new media and mediums. A man ahead of his time, Nolan was exploring digital manipulation in its early incarnations, working with desiccated carcasses decades before Damien Hirst, and taking selfies before Instagram was thought of.
This film explores and celebrates the artist and the man, going well beyond his early years to his extraordinary international career and all the success and turmoil that came with it. Nolan is far, far more than a Ned Kelly mask. This was an artist who took Australia to the world, and in turn the world to Australia.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Sharyn Prentice & Julia Peters
WRITER & DIRECTOR: Sally Aitken
ARCHIVE PRODUCER: Lavinia Riachi
EDITORS: Karryn de Cinque & Steven Robinson ASE
MUSIC: Jan Skubiszewski & Cezary Skubiszewski
Moran Arts Foundation Philanthropic Grant
The Margaret Olley Art Trust