Short documentaries provide the perfect opportunity to mix up your viewing experience and explore a range of topics that might be wildly different – but equally fascinating – in close succession. This year’s Art on Screen Trilogy features three such works, on topics as diverse as motherhood, sport and the persuasive power of the media.
Adelaide Film Festival FUND short The Art of the Game follows photographers Trent Parke and Narelle Autio, who build a professional cricket pitch in their own backyard to try and answer the question: can sport really be considered art? HIVE shorts The Woman and the Car and The Goatman respectively look at 20th century feminism in the context of suburbia and the 1980s moral panic focused on satanic ritual abuse.
The Woman and the Car
Who gets to sit in the driver’s seat?
Artist Kate Blackmore looks at motherhood and mobility, film and feminism through the prism of Margaret Dodd’s classic short film This Woman is not a Car (1982).
During the 1980s, claims of satanic ritual abuse ran rife throughout the western world, uncovered by hypnotic therapists and perpetuated by media. Pia Borg explores this bizarre chapter of history.
The Art of the Game
A family of artists investigate if sport can be art.
Filmmaker Matthew Bate explores the making of Trent Parke and Narelle Autio’s Summation of Force, a moving image work that studies bodies in motion and the world of professional sport.