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Capturing the Australian Image – Past Present Future

NFS Celebrating 40 years – Sunday 20 October
2:30pm – 4:45pm screening
4:45pm – 5:45pm sparkling wine and cake

Australia 110 minute presentation with film maker/photo journalist Kev Franzi

Capturing The Australian Image – Past, Present and Future takes us on an expedition from the Melbourne Cup of 1896 – Australia’s first moving pictures  – to the wonders of a Tasmanian rain forest and the journey between, from the perspective of documentary film maker and photo journalist Kev Franzi .  The archival film footage which comprises the show celebrates the finest work of our film-makers and photographers.

Like our sports men and women, these image makers have performed brilliantly on the world stage – and continue to do so. Our best feature films and documentaries – and even our TV commercials -are second to none. Through their lens, these skilled cinematographers have captured our unique Australian spirit – and that’s what this show is all about.

Kev’s screen presentation is a succession of vintage newsreels, little capsules that span a century of Australian cinema history, where he illustrates every major advance in cinema technology, from our first films of 1896 to today’s digital wonders.

Kev’s Movie Museum and Electric Theatre in Kenilworth has been one of the many “must-sees” on the Sunshine Coast. As part of Capturing The Australian Image, Kev will bring with him and demonstrate some of the most treasured ‘stars’ of his Australian Cinema Heritage Collection, including a fully working replica of an 1895 model Lumière Cinématographe which Kev built himself.  

Kev started his career in film making as a message boy and rose to cameraman, producer and director. His career has covered TV commercials, education and industrial films and his favourite, historical documentaries. He was also seconded by the great Hector Crawford to be senior film editor for many of Crawford Productions’ biggest shows, including Homicide, Hunter, Division 4, Showcase and numerous documentaries.

Kev Franzi, the man who captures time, laments that today’s screens overflow with violence and disaster. “We need more creative and inspiring stories – stories of achievement by people in all walks of life and with a little instruction anyone can become an Australian image maker, with a purpose”.

 “As recorders of our history we can never tell the whole story, the best we can do is to capture fragments of history that hopefully reveal the highlights of the story – a fragment of living history preserved in a little capsule”.