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Can Art Stop a Bullet? (ATOM Study Guide)

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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.' 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.

Curriculum Links:

Can Art Stop a Bullet? can be linked to the following subject areas within the Australian Curriculum Years 7–10:

  •  English

  • Geography

  • Health and Physical Education

  • History

  • Media Arts

  • Visual Arts

  • The General Capabilities of ‘Ethical Understanding’ and ‘Personal and Social Capability’
     

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