Images from 45 years of film making
Peter Cherny with Bell & Howell. University High student and one of the original founders of Smart St. In the early 1970s Peter talked of one day recording multi track sound on location and the ability to sync up sprocketted film and multi track audio or video tape. Old pros rejected the idea. Both came to pass.
Haydn Keenan shooting his first film One Man Bike in 1969
Esben Storm (1969) making his first film Doors.
Haydn Keenan (L) and Esben Storm (R) shooting One Man Bike Keenan's first film at Glenferrie railway station in Melbourne
(L to R) Director Esben Storm, DOP Malcolm Richards and Actors Anne Thomas and Haydn Keenan at Anglesea in Victoria making the film Doors which won a bronze medal at the AFI Awards. One of the earliest images of a Smart St. film.
Early publicity. The Northcote Leader Budget, the local rag, reports young people make film. Photo inside University High School
Malcolm Richards another friend from University High School, brilliant Director of Photography and engineer, tinkerer. Here seen standing with a 4 cylinder Vanguard engine mounted on a trailer to produce a mobile generator with which we were able to light early night exteriors. Malcolm owns Cameraquip, Australia's leading Arriflex camera rental company
Esben Storm actor and star of One Man Bike on the sea wall at Elwood in Melbourne
The crew begins to grow. Shooting Haydn Keenan's first film in the Treasury Gardens in Melbourne
Getting the close up with DOP Malcolm Richards and director Haydn Keenan
One Man Bike. Esben Storm getting ready for a shot
27A Art Director Peter Minnett discusses the action with star Robert McDarra watched by DOP Michael Edols and Esben Storm. Bill Hunter in right frame watches.
Interior of the old powerhouse in Ultimo, now the PowerHouse Museum, Peter Gailey staring up with, to his right, Gaffer Brian Bansgrove, Lynn Gailey Continuity, Peter Minnett Art Director, John Wiggins Asst. Camera and Peter Cherny Sound
Haydn Keenan dwarfed in the Power House location of 27A
L to R, Director Esben Storm, DOP Michael Edols and Producer Haydn Keenan prepare a helicopter shot.
The Power House location 27A. The film won best actor and best film at the Australian Film Institute Awards.
Michael Edols checking the plan for helicopter shot
Legendary Gaffer (Brian Bansgrove) went freelance to light 27A. He went on to light virtually every major film shot down this way from Galipoli through to Lord Of The Rings
Dianne Small took the unenviable job of cooking for cast and crew on 27A
Esben Storm asleep on the train heading for the Cannes Films Festival, to screen 27A in the market place.
Esben Storm tinkers with the famous Buick from In Search Of Anna in the backyard of Smart St's studio in Bondi Junction, Sydney
Esben Storm checks a recording with sound recordist Lawrie Fitzgerald on set for 27A
L to R Director of Photography Micahel Edols and Director Esben Storm confer on 27A
Haydn Keenan (L) Francine Cockerill, holding baby Rainer and Esben Storm on a beach in the south of England during the trip to screen 27A in Cannes
Ralph the studio dog on the rocks at Bondi Beach
The Close up of Ralph the studio dog
Richard Moir(L), Esben Storm and Haydn Keenan on an ancient Roman road near Monte Carlo on a day off from selling 27A at the Cannes Film Festival
Carmel Lonsdale and Haydn Keenan
Richard Moir (L), Haydn Keenan and Esben Storm check Monte Carlo during the Cannes Film Festival trip.
Three old friends from school. Esben Storm (L) Francine Cockerill with baby Rainer and Haydn Keenan near Shaftesbury in England
The Smart St mirror donated by a supporter