Paul Tacon to launch a new book from Adrian Strong: Filming Real People

Date and time: Friday 24th June at 5.30pm – Book launch of FILMING REAL PEOPLE 

Screening of BITTER ROOTS to follow at 6.45pm

Venue: GFS CINEMA (S08 2.14)

Adrian Strong is a Griffith Film School Alumni. His book examines the work of ethnographic filmmaker John Marshall who, during fifty years of filming the Ju/'hoansi (a.k.a. Kalahari Bushmen), tirelessly invented creative solutions to reduce his own projections and present more truthful and accurate representations of the people in his films. Following a list of historical examples of the 'Bushman myth' in documentary, this book shows how Marshall's filmmaking in the Kalahari was driven by his urge to dispel this myth and portray real people, not 'archetypal Bushmen'.

The book will be launched by Professor Paul Tacon, Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology in the School of Humanities at Griffith. Paul was awarded a 2016 Australian Laureate Fellowship for “Australian rock art history, conservation and Indigenous well-being”. He supervised Adrian Strong’s work and worked with him on films in Queensland with Indigenous custodians.

Throughout the book, Filming Real People, reference is made to the impact of Marshall's ideas on Adrian Strong’s own documentary practice and in particular to Strong’s Griffith doctoral film, Bitter Roots: the ends of a Kalahari Myth, which provides an update into the contemporary situation of the Ju/'hoansi.