The Art of the Game 15+, unless accompanied by an adult
A family of artists investigate whether sport can be art.
Photographers Trent Parke and Narelle Autio are partners in life and art and have a knack for creating uniquely Australian stories that bring alive the beauty and idiosyncrasy of ordinary life. After their son Jem asks them why it is his younger brother can bowl so fast, the family build a professional cricket pitch in their own backyard and spend two years filming this artwork investigating the physics, motion and beauty of the game, all to try and answer the simple question: Can sport really be considered art? As the work unravels, we see how cricket has played a role in the lives of both artists, as well as their two sons. In the wake of recent scandals around the sport, the artwork takes on new resonance, as the pressures of professional cricket mirror the artist’s own questions about the cost of becoming an elite sportsperson. What does cricket mean to us as a nation? What does it take – and what does it mean – to be truly great? Made in collaboration with filmmaker Matthew Bate, this unique hybrid documentary uncovers the story of one family making a very personal artwork that is the summation of their entire lives.
Funding Partners: Screen Australia, ABC Arts, South Australian Film Corporation and ADL Film Fest FUND
Director Matthew Bate in collaboration with Trent Parke & Narelle Autio | Producer Katrina Lucas | Screenwriter Matthew Bate | Cinematographer Maxx Corkindale, Trent Parke, Narelle Autio | Editor Raynor Pettge | Composer Quentin Grant | Executive Producer: Rebecca Summerton
Matt is an Adelaide writer and director whose films search for meaning amongst the white noise of pop-culture. His music film What the Future Sounded Like (2006) was in competition at SXSW 2006. His short film The Mystery of Flying Kicks (2010) was in selection at the 2010 SXSW Festival and won Best Short Documentary at the 2010 Melbourne International Film Festival. His debut feature Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure (2011), premiered In Competition at Sundance , and was selected in the 40th New Directors/New Films at the MOMA and Lincoln Center New York. He was awarded the Dendy Award for the hybrid drama-doc I Want to Dance Better at Parties (2014). His latest feature, Sam Klemke’s Time Machine (2015) premiered at Sundance New Frontiers , winning the Artistic Vision Award at DocAviv and the Australian Writers Guild Award for Best Screenplay. Matt is a former recipient of the 2014 David and Joan Williams Documentary Fellowship.