THE ART OF THE GAME

Investors

Funding Partners: Screen Australia, ABC Arts, South Australian Film Corporation and ADL Film Fest FUND

      

Synopsis

A family of artists investigate whether sport can be art.

Photographers Trent Parke and Narelle Autio are partners in life and art and have a knack for creating uniquely Australian stories that bring alive the beauty and idiosyncrasy of ordinary life. After their son Jem asks them why it is his younger brother can bowl so fast, the family build a professional cricket pitch in their own backyard and spend two years filming this artwork investigating the physics, motion and beauty of the game, all to try and answer the simple question: Can sport really be considered art? As the work unravels, we see how cricket has played a role in the lives of both artists, as well as their two sons. In the wake of recent scandals around the sport, the artwork takes on new resonance, as the pressures of professional cricket mirror the artist’s own questions about the cost of becoming an elite sportsperson. What does cricket mean to us as a nation? What does it take – and what does it mean – to be truly great? Made in collaboration with filmmaker Matthew Bate, this unique hybrid documentary uncovers the story of one family making a very personal artwork that is the summation of their entire lives.

Awards

WINNER - Audience Award BEST SHORT FILM 2018 Adelaide Film Festival 

 

DIRECTOR  Matthew Bate in collaboration with Trent Parke & Narelle Autio

PRODUCER Katrina Lucas

SCREENWRITER  Matthew Bate

CINEMATOGRAPHER Maxx Corkindale, Trent Parke, Narelle Autio

EDITOR    Raynor Pettge  

COMPOSER    Quentin Grant

Executive Producer:  Rebecca Summerton