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A Life Exposed: Robyn Beeche – a photographer’s transformation

Winner – Best Australian Documentary Film & Best Editor Awards at WOW Film Festival 2014
Finalist – Australian Arts in Asia Award 2013
Finalist – ATOM Awards 2014


A photographer at the height of London’s high fashion world finds that fame and success are no longer enough.


Australian-born photographer Robyn Beeche became renowned in London for her iconic images of the 80s. In a time rich with experimentation and creativity, she was celebrated for her ground-breaking photographs of painted bodies, and her collaborations with counter-culture personalities Zandra Rhodes, Vivienne Westwood, Leigh Bowery and Divine.

Using the human body as a blank canvas on which to splash images,Beeche used tricks of make-up, lighting and composition to present trompe l’oeil techniques to great effect – long before Photoshop existed. These trademark shotsBill Gibb featured in international publications, setting the style zeitgeist for a generation
 andinspiring video clips and album covers for pop luminaries David Bowie and Visage.

At the peak of her 80s career, Beeche was transformed when she first experienced the Indian colour-throwing festival of Holi. “Drawn like a magnet”, she gave up her high-flyer London career for the life-changing move to India, and a new spiritual focus to her photography. She immersed herself in her area’s vibranttraditions, playing avital role in documenting them before they change beyond recognition due to rapid modernisation. 25 years later, her extensive archive is prizedby international scholars, and her passion for documenting the vibrant local traditions continues unabated.

Weaving between Australia, London and India, A Life Exposed uses observational footage, interviews, stills and unique archival footage of Beeche’s 80s London studio shoots. Exploring themes of transformation, spectacle, ritual and tradition, the film takes viewers into the energetic world behind Beeche’s process of constructing images, and examines the revived meaning she found for photography in India.

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Title I A Life Exposed: Robyn Beeche
Sub-title I a photographer’s transformation
Dur I 28/52mins
Genre I Documentary Film
Country origin I Australia
Countries featured I India, UK, Australia
Language I English
Commissioner I ABC TV Arts
Support I ABC, Screen Australia, Metroscreen, Australia-India Council
Broadcast I Australia, June 2013
Copyright I 2013, Lesley Branagan
Formats I DVD, various file formats
Festivals I SheffDocFest Videotheque 2013, FIFA Montreal 2014, Byron Bay 2014, World of Women 2014



Dir/Prod I Lesley Branagan
Executive Prod I Jessica Douglas-Henry. ABC: Jo Chichester, Katrina Sedgwick
DOP I Bonnie Elliott
Editor I Lindi Harrison, Kenny Ang
Composer I Nicole Skeltys & Byron Scullin
Sound editor I Serge Stanley, Mark Walker


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