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It All Started With a Stale Sandwich

(Rated G)

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"The only way to understand your body and your mind is to take risks"

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On a sunny morning some fifty years ago, shocked Sydneysiders awoke to find picturesque Little Bay wrapped in hundreds of metres of fabric by avant-garde sculptors Christo & Jeanne-Claude. Organised by Hungarian migrant and entrepreneur John Kaldor, the visually astounding – and deeply controversial – artwork Wrapped Coast initiated the now-cherished Kaldor Public Art Projects. Looking back on five decades of philanthropy and provocation, It All Started With a Stale Sandwich is a wryly fascinating exploration of Australia’s changing art scene and the cherished figure at its centre. Featuring the work of artists Gilbert & George, Marina Abramović, Jonathan Jones, Jeff Koons, Imants Tillers, Mike Parr and more.

Official Selection: Sydney Film Festival 2019
"This is an art documentary with a difference, made by a director whose skills as a dramatist are most successfully employed"
— David Stratton

Why You Should See This Film

Screening in celebration of Kaldor Public Art Projects' fiftieth anniversary, It All Started With a Stale Sandwich manages to be both a savvy celebration of inspirational artwork and an intimate meditation on the essential social function of the arts. Arriving directly from this year’s Sydney Film Festival, celebrated director Samantha Lang (The Well) brings a delicate touch to this inspirational story of migration, innovation and veritably gobsmacking art.

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  • Year: 2019
  • Rating: G
  • Director: Samantha Lang
  • Duration: 93 minutes
  • Language: English
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