On my recent weekend to Melbourne for the Melbourne Writers Festival, Mum and I were lucky to see the exhibition of Del Kathryn Barton’s:The Nightingale and The Rose. Oscar Wilde’s story is magically transformed by Del Kathryn Barton and filmmaker Brendan Fletcher in this graphically beautiful picture book and animation.
The ACMI exhibition features a selection of Barton’s evocative paintings alongside a screening of the film, stunning handmade props, and archive production material all revealing the extraordinary workings behind this captivating animated picture and book.
Produced over the course of two years, Barton’s imagery reimagines Wilde’s narrative in her enchanting graphic style. Using a meticulous mark making technique, Wilde’s characters become luminous in form and strikingly powerful in their presence.
As the exhibition notes reveal:
“It was a serendipitous moment when in 2012, Barton casually mentioned to acclaimed Australian filmmaker Brendan Fletcher that she was eager to make her Nightingale works into a short film. Despite neither having an animation background, Barton and Fletcher were inspired by their shared vision to offer something new and special to the field. Their ensuing collaboration would combine Barton’s extraordinary feel for the handmade with Fletcher’s dynamic directional skills, while still remaining true to the original text.
Over the next three years, Barton and Fletcher worked with award-winning post-production house Method Studios to create their 14-minute animation. A remarkable take on Wilde’s earnest tale, the final production is an intense but stunningly ethereal and visceral journey. With a stirring score by Australian singer-songwriter Sarah Blasko and voiced by some of Australia’s most celebrated actors, Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and the Rose is a feat of multidisciplinary, collaborative art practice.”
Celebrating both the film and the creation, Del Kathryn Barton’s: The Nightingale and the Rose invites visitors into a truly immersive Nightingale world.
And be sure to take your tissues along!I found it a very moving and emotional experience.
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