Anna Breckon and Nat Randall
Co-commission with Performance Space
Two women travel a section of the road between Broken Hill and Sydney; we do not see the women leave the city nor arrive, but instead experience the thirteen-hour liminal journey between.
A new live performance and cinematic event, Rear View will build on a 90-minute durational video work of the same name exhibited at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art from December 2018.
Rear View is shaped from the archive of women in cars across Australian and Hollywood cinema. Referred to as the ‘Hollywood of the Outback’, Broken Hill signifies the intersection of Australian cinema and Hollywood, and also has significance within queer film history. Its surrounds are known internationally for the Mad Max productions and their hyper-masculine depictions of the road. This project does not aim to counter or undermine this history, but contribute to it, to draw on and add to its lineage.
Rear View explores the vehicle and the road as a rich cinematic site for the embodiment of female emotion – where the expression of the character (or the performer) transcends the objectifying tendency of the screen.
Image: courtesy of the artists
Anna Breckon is an independent filmmaker, editor, and critic based in Sydney. Anna has a research based PhD in queer and feminist film theory from the University of Sydney. She has worked as a director, editor, and colourist for projects presented at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Performance Space and Dark Mofo. Anna has published on John Waters and Todd Solondz and is currently writing a manuscript on the queer politics of happiness.
Nat Randall is an artist working at the intersection of contemporary performance and video. Randall has presented work at Dark Mofo, Museum of Contemporary Art, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Kaldor Public Art Projects, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Next Wave Festival, Performance Space, Duckie (UK) among others. Randall is a recent recipient of City of Sydney’s Creative Live Work Studio residency program. Randall is a core and founding member of collectives Hissy Fit and Team MESS and is formerly a co-presenter on FBi Radio’s weekly arts program, Canvas.