Hidden Treasures: Inside The National Gallery Of Australia
The National Library of Australia is the country's largest reference library with over nine million items in its collection, including a surprising number of art works. Yet visitors to the library glimpse only a fraction of the collection with many fragile items unable to be placed on permanent display. Former director of the National Gallery of Australia, Betty Churcher, presents an insider's guide to some of the library's art treasures, which are rarely on public display. From her unique vantage point, Churcher makes intriguing historical connections between paintings and engravings, photography, manuscripts and artefacts, illustrated journals and diaries. This series of short documentaries tells the story of Omai, the first South Sea Islander to visit London; investigates the mystery surrounding the death of Captain James Cook in Hawaii; reveals the exquisite paintings of 18-year-old colonial painter George Raper and Victorian flower hunter Ellis Rowan; and speaks with artist John Olsen about his struggle to paint the biggest commission of his career, the Sydney Opera House mural. These are fascinating tales about the creative process and the works themselves that offer a tantalising insight into Australia's culture and heritage. A Film Australia National Interest Program in association with Early Works. Produced in association with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. With special thanks to the National Library of Australia. Copyright - 2011 National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. Executive Producer: Anna Grieve Producer: Betty Churcher, John Hughes Director: John Hughes Writer: Betty Churcher DOP/Cinematographer: Joel Peterson Narrator/Presenter: Betty Churcher Featured People: Betty Churcher.