Revisit your favourite movie portraits with Starstruck at HOTA

If you love movies, you’ll love Starstruck.

From 2 March to 28 April, Gallery at HOTA is hosting a new star-studded exhibition: Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits.

Presented by the National Portrait Gallery and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, Starstruck explores the striking portraits emerging from 100 years of Australian movies. It features famous Australian actors and iconic films, as well as highlighting the lesser-known early years of our film industry. Many items are available for the public to see for the very first time.

Audiences will be treated to rare film posters, 1930s scrapbooks of aspiring actors, and original costumes from iconic movies such as ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’, ‘My Brilliant Career’, and ‘The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’.

Little ones are well taken care of, with a program of Little Artlabs that include paper costume making, Red Dog puppet and mask making, headshots with Aaron Chapman and star portraits.

Australian film ‘Red Dog’ will have a free showing in the Basement on 7 April. A film that captivated cinema audiences across the nation and became an instant Aussie classic, ‘Red Dog’ is the incredible true story of the wandering, dust-covered Kelpie who hitched his way to the mining town of Dampier and into the hearts of each and every one of its residents.

Legendary Australian classic ‘Sons of Matthew’ will celebrate its 70th anniversary with a showing on 13 March, presented by Gold Coast Film Festival. ’Sons of Matthew’ is arguably Charles Chauvel’s most personal and ambitious work and took 18 months to complete, with filming in Queensland affected by flooding and heavy rain. The film was shot in Springbrook in the Gold Coast hinterland and the story was based on books by Bernard O’Reilly – of Gold Coast hinterland’s well-known O’Reilly family.

It was a huge success with local audiences when it opened in December 1949, and was also released in the UK and US (as ‘The Rugged O’Riordans’). It has been restored by The National Film and Sound Archive.

For the full program of events and details of the exhibition, visit hota.com.au/starstruck.

IMAGE: ‘Sirens’ – Portia De Rossi, Elle Macpherson and Kate Fischer as Giddy, Sheela and Pru by Robert McFarlane

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