BIG DREAMERS (Australia, 2006, 55 min.)
The wettest town in Australia, tiny Tully now has another distinction: home of the world’s largest Wellington boot. Having lost its prominence in the sugar industry to Brazil, Tully was forced to reinvent itself and determined that a tourist attraction in the large-scale Australian tradition would save the town. When the head of the Rotary Club hires an “outsider” to build the boot—a huge fiberglass sculpture of a rubber Wellington—local artist Roger Chandler is upset that he was not chosen for the job. As a compromise, Roger is commissioned to carve a tree frog—his artistic specialty and the town’s primary resident—to hang off the boot. As time goes on, budgets and timetables are ignored, the town’s residents become restless, rain delays construction and tempers flare. The huge gumboot is finally erected, beaconing visitors to check the town’s record rainfall in the imbedded gauge and stay to enjoy Tully’s lush splendor. Directed by Camille Hardman and produced by Camille Hardman and John Fink.
Introduced by Jane Scott, Director of Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Australia. Discussion with filmmaker Camille Hardman.
FREE. Reservations are essential for security clearance. Seating is limited. Please call 202-797-3025.Photo ID necessary for entrance.
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