APT10 Cinema: The Magic Arts
Australian Animation from the 1970s to Now

04 Dec 2021 – 25 Apr 2022 | GOMA | Cinema A

‘The Magic Arts: Australian Animation from the 1970s to Now’ is a major survey of the last five decades of animation in Australia highlighting works from commercial studios and independent animators alike.

One of the most expansive exhibitions of Australian animation to date, it celebrates the success of feature films such as Marco Polo Junior Versus the Red Dragon 1972 (Eric Porter), Blinky Bill: The Mischievous Koala 1992 (Yoram Gross) and the Academy Award–winning Happy Feet 2010 (George Miller), and television series including the Emmy Award–winning Bluey 2018–present (Joe Brumm) and Logie Award–winning Little J and Big Cuz 2017–present (Tony Thorne). The program also showcases the work of community-led projects and cooperatives such as PAW Media and Communications, a not-for-profit Aboriginal media organisation in Central Australia using clay, sand and 2D computer animation to tell Jukurrpa stories, oral histories, contemporary stories and comedies in language. Collectively, ‘The Magic Arts’ celebrates the diverse and exciting work of independent Australian animators who continue to provide intelligent and thought-provoking perspectives on local and global contemporary issues.

As part of ‘The Magic Arts: Australian Animation from the 1970s to Now' cinema program, animations and artworks will screen regularly throughout the day in Cinema B.

QAGOMA acknowledges the generous assistance of: the National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra; the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne; the Australian Film Television and Radio School, Sydney; Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne; University of Melbourne - Victorian College of the Arts Film and Television, Melbourne, in providing materials for this program. Program curated by Amanda Slack-Smith, Australian Cinémathèque, research by Dr Victoria Wareham, Australian Cinémathèque, project support by Dr Maureen Burns.