New DVDs arriving into the collection include the following:
Bill Cunningham New York : the New York Times and First Thought Films presents a film by Richard Press.
Bill Cunningham New York is a fantastic 2010 documentary on the New York Times photographer who has chronicled fashion and culture in the Big Apple for decades. Includes appearances by Anna Wintour, Tom Wolfe and Brooke Astor. John Cage : journeys in sound is a tribute to the American avant-garde composer. Carol Channing : larger than life captures the iconic Broadway star of Hello Dolly, both onstage and off, past and present, and includes a look at Broadway’s most glamorous era.
In classical music there is Luminous featuring the Australian Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Richard Tognetti, in a tribute to three Australian artists: photographer, Bill Henson ; singer, Katie Noonan and composer-sound designer, Paul Healy. Solti, journey of a lifetime looks at the life and work of conductor, Sir Georg Solti on the 100th anniversary of his birth, including periods as Music Director of the Chicago Symphony and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. The Art of Chopin is a documentary and concert celebrating the 200th birthday of Frederic Chopin.
Hollywood movies are covered by MGM : when the lion roars, looking at the history of Hollywood’s greatest studio, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The Eastwood Factor is a tribute to movie star legend, Clint Eastwood, including memorable film clips and visits to movie locations. Narrated by Morgan Freeman with commentary by Eastwood.
Two great new releases courtesy of Opera Australia include: La Boheme by Puccini, recorded live at the Sydney Opera House in 2011, and The Mikado by Gilbert & Sullivan, recorded live at The Arts Centre, Melbourne, also in 2011.
Finally there are two titles featuring the iconic sitar player, Ravi Shankar, who died in December last year. In portrait is a BBC documentary looking at two years in the musicians life, followed by a 2002 concert recorded live in London with his daughter, Anoushka. The concert for world peace was recorded live at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 1993.