The best of 2017: Australian arts

23 Dec 2017




From the silver screen to the visual arts scene, Australians are making a huge impact on arts and culture worldwide.
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Tracey Moffatt is one of Australia’s most successful visual artists. A photographer and filmmaker, she has held around 100 solo exhibitions of her work around the world. This year Moffatt was Australia’s representative at the Olympics of art exhibitions, the Venice Biennale.
Tracey Moffatt

Heard of Australian producer Bruna Papandrea? She’s behind some of the biggest film and television shows – from the incredible Big Little Lies starring Nicole Kidman and Reece Witherspoon, to the smash hit Gone Girl. Her passion? Putting women front and centre on screen. 
Bruna Papandrea on the set of Big Little Liars with Australian actress Nicole Kidman.

This year marks Stephen Page’s 26th anniversary with Australia’s best known dance company, Bangarra. Page has overseen almost all of the company’s 37 works and 25 international tours and is keep culture strong with a continual respect, sensitivity and deep connection to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. 

And the Oscar goes to….Andy Wright. This year Andy took home the sound-mixing Oscar for his work on the epic war drama Hacksaw Ridge. You might not notice it when you are watching a film, but sound mixing is essential to making film meld into a cohesive narrative. Go behind the scenes with Andy and find out how he creates an entire soundscape. 
Leah Katz and Andy Wright on the Oscar

It’s a long way from Sydney’s western suburbs to the Royal Opera House stage in London. Australian ballet dancer Steven McRae has made the jump, thanks to his shining talent and pure force of will. But things might have turned out very differently. Once upon a time, he wanted to be a drag racer.

Steven McRae as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet. Credit: Royal Opera House, 2013. Photograph: Johan Persson.