Arthur and Corinne Cantrill

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Arthur and Corinne Cantrill
Born1928 (age 94–95) (Corinne), 1938 (age 84–85) (Arthur)
Occupation(s)Filmmakers, academics, composers and authors
Known forWork in children's educational film, experimental 16mm shorts, multiple projection films, feature length experimental film, kinetic film and performance film

Arthur Cantrill, AM (born 1938) and Corinne Cantrill, AM (born 1928) are filmmakers, academics, composers and authors based in Castlemaine, Australia.[1] They have worked in children's educational film, experimental 16mm shorts, multiple projection films, feature length experimental film, kinetic film and performance film, which they labelled 'expanded cinema'.

They edited and published 100 issues of the experimental film journal Cantrills Filmnotes between 1971 and 2000.[2]

The Cantrills' films have been exhibited and featured at the Centre Pompidou, The Louvre, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Australia Berlin Film Festival, Melbourne Film Festival, Cinéma du Réel, Melbourne Super 8 Festival, Brisbane International Film Festival, Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival, Thessaloniki International Film Festival. BBC Television 1 featured one of their short films during their residence in London in the late 1960s. Their work in children's educational film were broadcast on ABC Television between 1960 and 1963.[3]

Arthur Cantrill was Associate Professor in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne until his retirement in 1996.[2]

Their 1970 biographical film, Harry Hooton, focused on Australian anarchist, Wobbly and member of the Sydney Push. Corinne Cantrill's 1984 autobiographical film In this life's body was named by Greek-Australian film-maker Bill Mousoulis as one of the fifty greatest independent films in Australian history.[4]

In 2011, their work was the focus of a retrospective exhibition at Australian Centre for the Moving Image, titled Light Years.[5] In 2010, Melbourne based Shame File Music released a compilation of Arthur Cantrill's compositions, titled Chromatic Mysteries: soundtracks 1963-2009. In 2014, Shame File Music released Hootonics, Arthur Cantrill's soundtrack for Harry Hooton on vinyl.[6] In 2011, Arthur and Corinne Cantrill were awarded Membership of the Order of Australia (AM) 'for service to the visual arts as a documentary and experimental film maker, and to education in the creative arts fields, particularly surrealism and avant-garde cinema'.[7]

Selected filmography[edit]

  • Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, 30 mins, 1968 (16mm)
  • Bouddi, 8 mins, 1970, (16mm)
  • 4000 Frames, An Eye-Opener Film, 3 mins, 1970, (16mm)
  • Harry Hooton, 83 mins, 1970, (16mm)
  • Calligraphy Contest for the New Year, 1971 (expanded cinema performance)
  • Concert for Electric Jugs, 1971 (expanded cinema performance)
  • Blast, 6 mins, 1971, (16mm)
  • Gold Fugue, 3 mins, 1971 (3 screen film)
  • Pink Metronome, 3 mins, 1971 (3 screen film)
  • Room, 5 mins, 1971 (3 screen film)
  • The City, 8 mins, 1971 (3 screen film)
  • Fragments, 13 mins, 1971 (3 screen film)
  • Skin of Your Eye, 117 mins, 1973 (16mm)
  • At Eltham, 24 mins, 1974 (16mm)
  • Reflections on Three Images by Baldwin Spencer, 1901, 17 mins, 1974 (16mm)
  • Three Colour Separation Studies - Landscapes, 13 mins, 1976 (3-colour separation film)
  • Three Colour Separation Studies - Still Lifes, 13 mins, 1976 (3-colour separation film)
  • Edges of Meaning, 1977 (multi-screen expanded cinema performance)
  • In This Life's Body, 147 mins, 1984 (16mm)
  • Rainbow Diary, 17 mins, 1984 (with Ivor Cantrill) (16mm)
  • Notes on Berlin, the Divided City, 30 mins, Super 8mm (16mm enlargement), 1986
  • Walking Track, 20 mins, Super 8mm, 1987 (16mm)
  • The Berlin Apartment, 120 mins, 1987/1992 (2-screen film)
  • Projected Light, 120mins, 1988 (multi-screen, mixed media expanded cinema)
  • The Bemused Tourist, 120mins, 1997 (three screen mixed media expanded cinema)
  • Ivor Paints Arf Arf, 5 mins, 28 secs, 1998 (3-colour separation film)
  • The City of Chromatic Dissolution, 21 mins, 35 secs, 1998 (3-colour separation film)
  • The City of Chromatic Intensity, 5 mins, 1999 (3-colour separation film)
  • The Room of Chromatic Mystery, 7 mins, 2006 (16mm)


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