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Magazines : Breakaway Summer 2010
OSCAR award-winning director and writer Adam Elliot is letting you see behind the scenes of his animated film Mary and Max at the Geelong Gallery. He's personally put together character models, costumes, sets, storyboards, props from the film and footage of the animators at work so you can see the work involved in bringing his plasticine world to life. The film Mary and Max chronicles two simultaneous life stories connected by pen pal letters and spanning 20 years and two continents. Mary Dinkle (voiced by Toni Collette with Bethany Whitmore as young Mary) is a chubby, lonely eight-year-old living in the suburbs of Melbourne and Max Horowitz (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is a severely obese, 44-year-old Jewish man with Asperger's Syndrome living in the chaos of New York City. Mary and Max took five years to make, including one year of filming. ''The diversity and complexity of the sets for Mary and Max was extreme; everything from a desert island to a chocolate heaven needed to be made,'' Elliot said. ''The New York skyline set was the biggest and most time consuming and took two months to complete by the entire art department crew of 20 people. So it's nice to be able to lift the veil on the whole process for Victorian audiences.'' Mary and Max - The Exhibition will be on show until February 13, but it's not the only thing going on at the art gallery. Since it opened in 1896, the gallery has been amassing an impressive collection of 19th and 20th century Australian and European paintings and decorative arts including many works of national significance, such as Eugene von Guerard's View of Geelong and Frederick McCubbin's A Bush Burial. Its permanent collecting makes Geelong Gallery one of Australia's leading and oldest regional art galleries, and its varied exhibitions means there is always something new and fresh to interest visitors. Geelong Gallery has a great gift shop and is located in the centre of the city on Little Malop St. It's open daily between 10am and 5pm and entry is free. Get more information at geelonggallery.org.au. The art world is alive and well in the Geelong Otway region, with galleries showcasing local talent as well as internationally and nationally renowned artists. Here's just a taste INSIDER'S TIP Here's some other galleries in the region worth a look: GEELONG -- Metropolis Gallery. Recent exhibitions have included a collectors show featuring Brett Whiteley and a solo show by Susan Sutton (pictured below). 64 Ryrie St, Geelong. BELLARINE -- Salt Contemporary Art Gallery. Recent exhibitions have included pop culture artists Jeff Raglus and David Bowers (pictured below). 33-35 Hesse St, Queenscliff. SURF COAST -- Melaleuca Galleries. Recent exhibitions have included Victorian artist Clive Sinclair (pictured below). 121 Great Ocean Road, Anglesea. GEELONG ADVERTISER I 31
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