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THURSDAY 28th April 2011- WILLIAM MCINNES Little Pictures Book launch 6PM
In conjunction with
SARAH WATT: Little Picture
With special guests Peter O’Doherty and Emma Walker
OPENING – 6pm SATURDAY 30th April 2011
Exhibition runs through to May 14th 2011
THURSDAY 28th April 2011- Little Pictures Book launch 6PM
Audiences around Australia and the world fell in love with Look Both Ways, the acclaimed film written and directed by Sarah Watt and starring her husband, William McInnes. Now the couple collaborate again to bring us Little Picture, an exhibition of Sarah’s photographs and William’s writing celebrating suburban family life.
After a recurring role on A Country Practice in 1990, William McInnes appeared in series such as Bligh, Ocean Girl, and Snowy before making his name as Senior Constable Nick Schultz on Blue Heelers in 1994. McInnes starred on the show until 1998. In 1999, he joined the cast of SeaChange as Max Connors, the new love interest of neurotic main character Laura Gibson (Sigrid Thornton) after Diver Dan (David Wenham) left the series.
Sarah Watt is an AFI award-winning Australian filmmaker who has been working as a writer, director and producer of animation for over fifteen years. Sarah Watt studied fine art, majoring in painting and photography, at Phillip Institute in 1979-81, using her extraordinary creative talents, she also completed the brilliant children’s picture book, Clem Always Could. She was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in the 2001 Queen's New Years Honours List for her services to Australian society and to Australian film production.
To coincide with Sarah’s exhibition at Retrospect Galleries on the Gold Coast, William has written a story essay on photographs, caught moments, suburbia, summer and fragments of days that together add to his idea of their life. Sarah and William share a passion for Australia and for the characters who populate our homes and suburbs. William writes with wit and tenderness about these people in the exhibition publication Little Picturesthat accompanies Sarah’s photos.

William McInnes and Sarah Watt’s last collaboration was as lead actor and director of the multi award winning international hit film Look Both Ways.  William has since written a few books, a newspaper column and popped out another couple of award winning performances.  After another film, My Year Without Sex, Sarah has also been focussing on photography and drawing.  They have lived together for 20 years in the same house in a still pretty daggy suburb, with their 2 children, and minimum success with pets and organization.
Sarah Watt says ‘I guess we’ve been together so long, and spent so many mornings arguing over the newspaper and who did the dishes last, we have both become similar in what we think, and therefore write and draw about. Small domesticity against a backdrop of life’s big questions.’

Join us for an intimate evening of canapés and wine with renowned Australian author and actor William McInnes and celebrated AFI award winning filmmaker Sarah Watt. A signed, limited edition booklet of words by McInnes and pictures by Watt called Little Pictures will be launched exclusively at Retrospect Galleries, with profits going to the Queensland Premier's Flood Relief Fund.

William will read excerpts from this delightful book, and Sarah will take us on a journey of her history from fine art through to animation, film directing and back to photography again, making it an evening to remember.   

Tickets are limited and will sell out.  Please book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets are $30 and include canapes, wine and great company.

Retrospect Galleries, Broadbeach is located at the corner of Elizabeth Street and Oracle Boulevard, Broadbeach, on the Gold Coast. The new Gallery features 124 square metres of exhibition space, a gallery shop, café and fully licensed wine and tapas bar, in one of the world’s most desirable architect designed ocean front beachside precincts, the new Oracle at Broadbeach.

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