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Behind the Sun (1988)


The documentary looks at a number of artists working in NSW in 1988. Many forms of artistic expression are included. The artists include Jonathan Throsby, painter; Susan Norrie, painter; Martin Wesley-Smith, composer; John Coburn, painter; Robyn Gordon, sculptor; Graeme Murphy, choreographer; David Williamson, playwright; Brian Howard, composer; Maureen Cahill, glass sculptor; Bruce Copping, stone sculptor; Robert Klippel, sculptor; Kai Tai Chan, choreographer and Patrick Mitchell, theatre director. Artistic works are shown and the artists talk about their work.

Curator’s notes

Behind the Sun is a good example of a well-made compilation documentary, and an interesting look at some contemporary artists and their work. It was sponsored by the NSW Government in 1988.