Fearless

Poole, M and George, R 2008, Fearless, (Creative Work : Film/video).


Document type: Creative Work
Collection: Creative Works

Title Fearless
Author(s) Poole, M
George, R
Year 2008
Type of work Film/video
Outlet Australian Broadcasting Commission
Medium Digibeta video
Summary "Significance and Contribution. The work was considered important by the Victorian government, who funded it because of the contribution it made to their objective of supporting positive images of aging and they therefore provided some funding for the research via the Community Support Fund.

This film had three exhibitions that made the work publicly available, the first was a screening on the Ovation channel (cable television), followed by a screening on ABC 1 and then ABC 2-these exhibitors also contributed funding for the project, and additional funding was received from The Australian Film Commission.

This film continues to be distributed nationally and internationally with a study guide for upper secondary curricula in a range of subjects including: Art, Drama, Theatre Studies, Literature, Media Studies, Design, Sociology, Visual Communication & Design. Poole's research is frequently ethnographic and as a filmmaker he is deeply engaged in the study of human behaviour, particularly in everyday settings.
Film and TV have failed to portray the diversity of the experience of ageing and older people remain under-represented in key screen roles. Through Julia Britton, 92, who became a playwright in her 70s, this film challenges misconceptions about ageing, particularly contributing new knowledge through an examination of the phenomenon of retirees who have taken up a second career.
The film centres around Julia's trip to London to produce her play, Fresh Pleasures, about the life of Bloomsbury artist Duncan Grant. Fearless also examines the way in which artists challenge the values of the societies, (eg the historically changing role of women, the social issue of ageing, the place of censorship and issues of representation), and in doing so contribute to social participation and cohesion.
The film also explores creativity, in particular the creative and collaborative processes of theatre.
It investigates these through two methodologies. Firstly, as qualitative research it gathers information from playwright Julia Britton and her collaborators. Secondly, as a creative production it has a narrative structure, provided by the process of producing Britton's play overseas.
We see Julia engage with much younger collaborators in productive creative relationships: her set designer, theatre director and actors as she works to achieve her goal. We also see her interact with filmmakers Rob George and Mark Poole as they document this process.
Audiences can see that while we age differently and behave diversely, older people can be successful in a new career.
Funding: Victorian Government Community Support Fund (positive images of ageing), AFC, Film Victoria, Ovation. Purchased by ABC. Screened: Ovation, ABC1, 2. Distribution: national and international. ATOM study guide for secondary/post secondary students."
Subject Film and Television
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