John Hughes’ creative practice includes drama, documentary, on-line documentary, video art and gallery installation. His current project is a history of Filmmakers’ Co-operatives in Australia (1966-86). He was Commissioning Editor, Documentary, SBS Independent 1998-2001. Recent works as producer, writer, director: Love & Fury: Judith Wright and ‘Nugget’ Coombs (2013, 28 minutes), Indonesia Calling (2009, 90 minutes,), The Archive Project (2006, 98 minutes,). The Archive Project: Realist Film Unit in Cold War Australia was published in 2013 (Metro). He is currently Adjunct Professor in the School of Media and Communication, RMIT University and Honorary Fellow, School of Film and Television, Faculty VCA&MCM, University of Melbourne.
John Hughes’ PhD (RMIT 2013) After Indonesia Calling is an essay film (39 minutes), drawing on his 2009 feature documentary Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens in Australia, which in turn essays the advocacy lm made in Australia in 1946 by the famous Dutch documentarist Joris Ivens. Ivens’ film documented and contributed to a campaign by Australian, Indian and Indonesian workers to ban Dutch shipping in Australia in support of Indonesian Independence. Using materials gleaned from a variety of sources, here re-configured around issues in Australian documentary history (early postwar/early 21st century), After Indonesia Calling offers a speculative and critical reflection on creative documentary practice in Australia against a background of the Cultural Cold War. The presentation will unpack aspects of bricolage and screen design characteristic of this and previous works to conjure a figure of creative research within the eld of the essay film.