Savannah Country tells the story of a collaborative exhibition between North Queensland artists Julie Poulsen and Jenny Valmadre. On the road from Cairns to Cooktown lies savannah grasslands and the Desailly Range and this was the country which was the starting point for these artists.
This documentary, by Catherine Hunter (Sidney Nolan: Mask and Memory; Margaret Olley: A Life in Paint and Glenn Murcutt: Spirit of Place) gives rare insights into the artistic processes as the filmmaker shadows the artists as they move from early conception to completion of a significant body of work exhibited at the Cairns Regional Gallery.
'There is a sense of adventure when you travel north. It is still frontier country and when you go up there, it's not the postcard scenery that you see. Both of these artist have chosen to look a little bit deeper into the harsher parts of the landscape that has a different kind of beauty.' – Paul Brinkman, Former Director, Cairns Regional Gallery
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