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Miami Premiere

Can Art Stop A Bullet

Directed by Mark Street

Australia | 90 minutes | 2020

William Kelly, widely considered the social conscience of Australian art, once said: “Art can’t stop a bullet, but it can stop a bullet from being fired.” But can it? Filmed on five continents, with contributions from over 20 artists, thinkers and activists, this documentary explores the power of art to influence the violence in the world. The film documents the creation of Kelly’s monumental artwork “Peace or War/The Big Picture.” It is a tapestry of history and art, drawn from major artworks and photos from the defining conflicts of their times. This immense visual collage allows the audience to navigate through time and place, meeting survivors of these horrific moments in history and the artists who have created work commenting on these periods, some of which have become iconic. Through Kelly’s drawings, the audience is transported to the concentration camps of the Third Reich, the bombing of Hiroshima, the race riots in America, and Pol Pot’s Year Zero. Interwoven with archival footage of these cataclysmic events, the audience is invited to visit anti-war and anti-gun demonstrations today.

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Mark Street has worked in the film and TV industry for 25 years as a producer, director, camera operator, editor and sound designer, mostly at ABC on a variety of productions in drama, comedy, and documentary film.
Director Mark Street
Countries of Production Australia
Year of Presentation 2020
Premiere Status Miami Premiere
Runtime 90 minutes
Principal Cast Martin Sheen, A.C. Grayling, William Kelly, Rama Mani
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