Rupert Bunny was an Australian painter known for his romantic portrayal of Parisian life in the late 19th century. It seems fitting that Australian costume and set designer, Catherine Martin, shares an affinity with Bunny. She knows his era well, so much so that her depiction of sumptuous "Belle Époque" French fashions in the film "Moulin Rouge!" earned her two Academy Awards for best costume design and art direction in 2001.
In this talk, from the Art After Hours program at the Art Gallery Of New South Wales, Martin speaks with Nell Schofield about the life and times of Rupert Bunny- including what he looked like with his shirt off, Parisian fashions in the late 19th century and why her husband, director Baz Luhrmann, speaks French like Inspector Cluzo (and she wishes he didn't.)
Catherine Martin is known primarily for her work as a costume designer and art director for many of her husband Baz Luhrmann's films including "Strictly Ballroom," "Romeo + Juliet," "Moulin Rouge!" and "Australia."
She has won numerous awards for her work - including two Academy Awards for "Moulin Rouge!" in 2001, a Tony for her stage design for a Broadway version of "La Boheme" and a BAFTA for her production design on "Romeo + Juliet" in 1998 and "Strictly Ballroom" in 1993.
Nell Schofield is an Australian writer and broadcaster. She is also known for her role in the cult Australian film "Puberty Blues."