ACTION! Film and War

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Damien Parer, a Department of Information photographer, filming with a Newman-Sinclair 35mm camera, probably the Auto Kine Camera model, during the Siege of Tobruk. 

Since the earliest days of film, the moving image has been used to document, promote, report on, and recreate events from our military history. Film has shaped our understanding of the Australian experience of war.

ACTION! Film & War follows Australians armed with cameras who have shared their experiences as they record history and bear witness to conflict – either as a professional duty or for their personal record.

This exhibition is also the story of movies themselves – the comfort they can provide to those serving far from home and the way they can take our war stories, re-frame them and share them with new audiences. Drawing chiefly on the collection of the Australian War Memorial, these are stories of Australia, war and the power of the moving image.

Tour dates

Gallery State Start Finish
Museum of Tropical Queensland QLD 11 November 2022 28 May 2023
State Library of New South Wales NSW 6 October 2023 28 April 2024
Queen Victoria Museum and Gallery TAS 23 May 2024 25 August 2024

 

Touring NOW at the Museum of Tropical Queensland

Images courtesy of Museum of Tropical Queensland, part of Queensland Museum Network. 

Action! Film & War Exhibition
Action! Film & War Exhibition
Action! Film & War Exhibition
Action! Film & War Exhibition
Action! Film & War Exhibition
Action! Film & War Exhibition
Action! Film & War Exhibition
Action! Film & War Exhibition
Action! Film & War Exhibition
Action! Film & War Exhibition

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View excerpts of films featured in the Memorial’s touring exhibition Action! Film and War.

Image: Film still from Fighting in Flanders [F00056]

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