IT ALL STARTED WITH A STALE SANDWICH – Q&As + screenings from July 25
50 years ago, Sydneysiders were shocked and the art world astonished by Christo’s wrapping of the Little Bay coastline. Suddenly, one million square feet of fabric connected Australia’s cultural landscape to an international avant-garde. Hungarian migrant and entrepreneur John Kaldor, who initiated this monumental work, has said: “it all started with a stale sandwich, in Christo’s studio in 1968 New York.”
Nearly a half-century later, Indigenous Australian artist Jonathan Jones created a monumental artwork for Kaldor Public Art Projects, to respond to the lost architecture and culturally significant Aboriginal objects collected in The Garden Palace in Sydney’s Botanic Gardens, and in so doing exposed its Aboriginal identity. In between these two stunning cultural bookends – Christo’s wrapping of landscape and Jones’ unearthing of cultural identity – Kaldor brought celebrity artist Marina Abramović to entice audiences towards an artistic sensibility, Gilbert & George to enliven the AGNSW with their “Singing Sculpture” and Jeff Koons to achieve an awesome feat of plant and steel construction with his much-loved “Puppy” at the MCA in Circular Quay.
Now, Project 34 (by Asad Raza) is about to be unveiled, and UK artist Michael Landy is designing the exhibition to celebrate 50 years of Kaldor Public Art Projects.
The first feature documentary from award winning Australian director Samantha Lang, It All Started With A Stale Sandwich revels in the public moments John Kaldor’s art projects created and shares the delights of his private passion for art.
Artists featured: Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Gilbert & George, Marina Abramovic, Charlotte Moorman, Nam June Paik, Jonathan Jones, Jeff Koons, Imants Tillers, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Michael Landy, Mike Parr, Christian Thompson, Lottie Consalvo, Xavier Le Roy, Tea Uglow, Asad Raza.
Q&A SPECIAL EVENT SCREENINGS WITH DIRECTOR SAMANTHA LANG:
VIC: 4pm Sunday 21 July – Cinema Nova, Carlton https://www.cinemanova.com.au/films/it-all-started-with-a-stale-sandwich
NSW: 7pm Tuesday 23 July – Ritz Cinema, Randwick https://ticketing.oz.veezi.com/purchase/54820?siteToken=HX1OWFwZhk2AylR3EREj6A%3D%3D
SCREENINGS FROM JULY 25 –
– Cinema Nova
– Ritz Cinema
– Luna Cinemas: August 10 & 11 https://www.lunapalace.com.au/coming-soon+3152+it-all-started-with-a-stale-sandwich
Samantha Lang, Writer/Director
Samantha Lang is a director known for intimate dramas with compelling performances. Working in Australia and Europe, her films have screened at major international festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto and Locarno. Her debut feature The Well, a taut psychological thriller, screened In Competition at the Cannes Film Festival,1997. Samantha met producers John Maynard and Bridget Ikin whilst a student at AFTRS. They collaborated on her second feature: the adaptation of Dorothy Porter’s female-centric detective novel in verse The Monkey’s Mask (2000). Her third feature L’Idole (2002) was made in French: a collaboration with French screenwriter Gerard Brach for an original psychological story. Samantha has also directed television drama, commercials, and, recently her first VR film. It All Started With A Stale Sandwich is her first feature documentary.