Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre to screen Montages: The Full Cut

Gary Hillberg leads students of Girrawheen SHS through his workshop. Picture: Will Russell www.communitypix.com.au   d471627
Girrawheen SHS students Tyrah Kickett,  Kristi Morris and Shakira Jones taking part in the Gary H workshop.
Gary Hillberg leads students of Girrawheen SHS through his workshop. Picture: Will Russell www.communitypix.com.au d471627 Girrawheen SHS students Tyrah Kickett, Kristi Morris and Shakira Jones taking part in the Gary H workshop.

CINEMA lovers can delve into the art form at the Wanneroo Library and Cultural Centre this month.

Internationally acclaimed indigenous artist Tracey Moffatt and long-time collaborator Gary Hillberg have created Montages: The Full Cut 1999-2015, an exhibition comprising the pair’s eight montage films.

It is an ode to cinema that features iconic Hollywood films, telemovies and art house cinema to create highly charged compositions on themes including love, art, revolution and destruction.

WA-born filmmakers Hillberg and Curtis Taylor shared their craft with students from Girrawheen Senior High School at a workshop held during the exhibition.

The students learned filmmaking techniques and created their own short films using smart phones and devices, which will be screened at the centre later in the year.

Hillberg said he hoped the students attained “a greater understanding of classic movies and a notion of film culture in general”, as well as an awareness of the crucial role of editing in film.

He described the exhibition as an exciting collection of movie montages that can be watched collectively or individually.

“I would encourage people to attend because the work is hugely entertaining even if you know nothing of film history,” he said.

“Together Tracey and I would find the images that best expressed the intention of the individual piece and using my editing training, I would assemble the final cut in consultation with her.

“The overall theme is the role film and film images have in collective memory.”

For Hillberg, film “combines all the arts” and is the “perfect medium for individual expression”.

The exhibition is at the centre until August 26.