Following a free public screening of Jill Bilcock: Dancing the Invisible (2017), Adjunct Professors Sophie Cunningham and Sue Maslin lead a conversation about storytelling as a collaborative process.
What is the place of creative risk-taking within risk-averse industries such as film and publishing? Following a free public screening of Jill Bilcock: Dancing the Invisible (2017), non/fictionLab Adjunct Professors Sophie Cunningham and Sue Maslin (who was the Executive Producer on the film) lead a conversation about storytelling as a collaborative process, and the pleasures and perils of creative practice when considered as (in Bilcock’s words) a dance.
Jill Bilcock: Dancing the Invisible gives a unique insight into the life of one of the world's leading film artists – Australian film editor Jill Bilcock. Her work on beloved films such as Strictly Ballroom, Romeo+Juliet, Muriel's Wedding, The Dressmaker, Road To Perdition, Japanese Story, Moulin Rouge!, Red Dog and Elizabeth, has established her as one of the world's most daring and in-demand editors, highly sought after by leading international film directors and top film studios – yet she remains relatively unknown. Featuring iconic scene breakdowns from some of Jill's best known films, as well as lessons learned along the way on creative collaboration in the screen industry, this inspirational film offers a rare insight into not only Jill's history and experience, but more specifically, the emergence of Australian cinema.
The film is an opportunity to revisit some jewels of the Australian cinema of the past 30 years, and to consider them anew in the light of the contribution of their common denominator, their editor, Jill Bilcock.
Prior to the event, guests are encouraged to choose one title from Bilcock's oeuvre, and either read the screenplay or watch the film. Feel free to draw on the resources of the AFI Research Collection, housed at RMIT's Swanston Library (Building 10, Level 6).
Sophie Cunningham is an award-winning writer who has been on the publishing scene in Australia for thirty years. She is the author of four books, Geography (2004), Bird (2008), Melbourne (2011) and Warning: The Story of Cyclone Tracy (2014). Her collection City of Trees: essays on life, death and the need for a forest is due out in early 2019. Cunningham is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University's Non/fiction Lab. She is a former publisher and editor, former editor of Meanjin, a former Chair of the Literature Board of the Australia Council, and was a co-founder of The Stella Prize.
Sue Maslin is one of Australia's most successful producers with a track record of creating award winning feature and documentary films. Her most recent is The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet and Judy Davis. Feature credits include Road to Nhill, Japanese Story, Celebrity: Dominick Dunne, and Hunt Angels. Her innovative company, Film Art Media, produces and distributes screen content across many platforms. Sue received the inaugural Jill Robb Award for Outstanding Leadership, Achievement and Service to the Victorian Screen Industry. She is a Patron of Women in Film and Television, and President of the Natalie Miller Fellowship, an organisation dedicated to increasing the participation of women in the screen industry.
This event is supported by the AFI Research Collection and Film Art Media.