Ozdox with the Antenna Documentary Film Festival presents Robert Herbert – A Tribute

Ozdox with the Antenna Documentary Film Festival

Robert Herbert – A Tribute
1961 – 2017

On 28 June 2017, we lost our beloved Robert Herbert at 56 years old – way too young. Robert was special, gentle and wise – an aesthete, a polymath craftsman, filmmaker, a popular DJ, ikebana master, a horologist and the consummate and much loved curator of film at the Art Gallery of NSW for 18 years. Robert had an abiding respect for Australian filmmakers. Over the years, he tirelessly promoted the work of too many to list. He screened a multitude of Australian films amongst international films in his programs and was determined to show only 16 and 35mm prints.

“This devotion to celluloid in a digital age was not borne of nostalgia but of a deep desire to offer the best possible cinematic experiences to new generations of Sydneysiders. For almost two decades, this labour of love was a rare flicker of light for film lovers in Sydney. The city, and Australian film itself, are much diminished without Robert Herbert in his Domain.” Ruby Arrowsmith-Todd, AGNSW Film Program Producer

He is dearly missed by all us cinephiles out there and those vast number of people who knew him in so many different ways.

Facilitator: Pat Fiske
Paul Matereke (filmmaker, The Celluloid Domain) and Gillian Leahy (filmmaker, UTS – Associate Professor, Deputy Head, School of Communication) will introduce the films and speak about Robert.

The Celluloid Domain (22 min)
Directed by Sydney based Zimbabwean-Australian filmmaker, Paul Matereke, The Celluloid Domain, was a year in the making. The film centres around the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ uniquely all-35mm film program and its exceptionally talented curator, Robert Herbert. As a budding young artist, Paul explores Robert’s long career in the film industry and uses the knowledge gained to inform his own ambitions.

One Episode of Homemade History (5 min)
Using the vast and often forgotten heritage of 8 mm home movies, Homemade History was conceived and directed by Robert Herbert as a project to salvage home movies from the mouldering attic of history. It is a private record of Australia told in 13 parts. Each five-minute episode uses the home movie footage of a family or individual to tell the small stories that fill in the gaps of our formal history. Colourful, intimate and occasionally out of focus, the series celebrates amateur filmmakers.

Antenna Documentary Film Festival returns for its seventh edition from 10-15 October 2017. Presenting a captivating line-up of the most creative and thought-provoking documentaries from Australia and around the world, the 2017 program includes 50 films from 20 countries, three film competitions with cash prizes, DocTalk sessions, filmmaker Q&A’s and Gala events. Don’t miss it!!