Renowned Australian documentary filmmaker Bob Connelly returns to the ABC with Making Music, following High School students over 18 months as they prepare for classical music concert at the Opera House: Lost For Words (working title) tracks acclaimed Pitjantjatjara actor, Trevor Jamieson, as he sets out to bring his hit stage show Ngapartji Ngapartji home to the remote community of Ernabella: Shadowplay features photographer Anton Corbijn and his celebrity portrait subjects such as Bono, Wim Wenders, Michael Stipe, The Killers and Depeche Mode: and Indonesia Calling, a feature length documentary, focuses on the making of Joris Ivens’ 1945 film “Indonesia Calling”.
The 10pm arts slot, Artscape continues with an exciting line up including Salt – a half-hour award winning documentary following photo artist Murray Fredericks on a solo pilgrimage to Lake Eyre: special coverage of the Brisbane Asia Pacific Arts Triennial presented by Andrew Frost; A Thousand Different Angles, a documentary portrait about the life and work of extraordinary abstract sculptor Inge King; the Artists at Work format continues with a profile on contemporary painter Ben Quilty; The Art of Walking presented by celebrated novelist and cultural provocateur Will Self; and a second series of the award winning three part series Anatomy exploring art practice, the body and sex.
Other highlights for the ABC1 schedule will be the eight-part series, Simon Schama’s Power of Art, on some of history’s most famous artists; Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens a feature-length bio-pic directed by her younger sister, Barbara; Baroque written and presented by Waldemar Januszczak, this three-part series explores the importance and impact of this art movement as it travelled from Catholic Rome to Protestant London: and Infinite Space; The Architecture of John Latner which looks at the work of American architect whose dream was to create ‘architecture that has no beginning and no end’.
A spokesperson for Friends of the ABC also told The Age: ”If the expansion of arts on the web is to occur at the expense of television arts programming, then the ABC will be sidelining the arts and denying many in the community access to an important area of programming.
”The web provides wonderful opportunities … But development online should not come at the expense of the ABC’s already inadequate television arts programming.”