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Unfolding Florence - the Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst

Kanopy (Firm)
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"Almost everyone thinks they know who I was and, of course, everyone thinks they know who killed me..." But what acclaimed director Gillian Armstrong reveals in this spirited and highly original documentary is that almost nothing about Florence Broadhurst was at it seemed. When she was found murdered in her studio in 1977, few guessed her age, let alone her origins. For invention and reinvention were the keys to this flamboyant design pioneer, whose signature use of colour and pattern has captured the world's imagination. Born into a farming family in outback Australia in 1899, by her mid-twenties she was a singer and dancer in Shanghai, setting up her own performing arts academy. By the 1930s, she ran a fashion boutique in London's Mayfair under the name Madame Pellier, before sweeping into Sydney society with a whole new persona - as a painter and charity queen, with a husband (her second) and a son. But it was in her last incarnation that she really made her mark, shaking up conservative Australia with her bold, exotic wallpapers. Now, more 100 years after her birth, her work has been rediscovered by the world's leading fashion, interior and homeware designers and her prints are in huge demand internationally. This is a celebration of the many lives of one larger-than-life woman - gutsy, head-strong, imposing, complicated, and almost impossibly glamorous. Told in a style that's vibrant and unconventional, with more than a touch of humour and irreverence. A lot like Florence herself. "I'd always been told that I was born before my time. Oh, surely to God, the times can just catch up." A Film Australia/Becker Entertainment Production produced in association with the NSW Film and Television Office and SBS Independent. A film by Gillian Armstrong. Copyright - 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, New South Wales Film and Television Office, SBS Independent. Executive Producer: Mark Hamlyn Producer: Charles Hannah, Sue Clothier (Producers), Nicola Lawrence (Associate Producer) Director: Gillian Armstrong Writer: Katherine Thomson DOP/Cinematographer: John Radel Featured People: Robert Lloyd-Lewis, Phyllis , Ted Bettiens, Les Jensen, Mary Shield, June Gollan, Robyn Miller, Leith Myerson, Marno Parsons, Diana Richardson, Ross Steele, Babette Hayes, Yvan Methot, Leslie Walford, Judit Korner, Jeanette Mosley, Maggie Tabberer, Akira Isogawa, Andrew Field, Juliette Peers, Peter Travis Principal Cast: Judi Farr, Felicity Price, Hanna Garbo.
Release Date
2006
Language
In English
Notes
  • Title from title frames.
  • In Process Record.
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015.
Recording Info
Originally produced by National Film and Sound Archive of Australia in 2006.
Publisher no.
1111607 Kanopy
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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