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Kindly Supported by WHERE The tide-tossed reveries of Percy Grainger’s obsessive, unconventional mind are made manifest in this multiscreen installation film by acclaimed director Amiel Courtin-Wilson. Ian Potter Museum of Art University of Melbourne 800 Swanston Street Melbourne WHEN M T W T F S S 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 TIMES Tue-Fri Sat & Sun Sat 15 BREAKING WAVES 10am-5pm 12-5pm 12-9pm From the childhood moment in which he observed waves lapping against a boat’s side, pure and gliding tones exerted a pull on Grainger’s psyche. His obsession was such that for the rest of his life he would rail against the “tyrannical rhythmic pulse” and “moral harmony” of Western music. Breaking Waves incorporates archival instruments, score fragments and the recent remaking of three of the composer’s original instruments to form an immersive portrait of this lifelong crusade to free music of conventional constraints. An immersive psychological portrait employing high speed, close up cinematography, it is an impressionistic gateway into the motivations that drove a singular artist. CREDITS Ian Potter Museum of Art support Jacqueline Doughty and Samantha Comte Amiel Courtin-Wilson is one of Australia’s most striking filmmakers. He released his debut feature documentary Chasing Buddha at only 19 years of age, while his debut fiction feature Hail premiered internationally at the 2011 Venice Film Festival. Other acclaimed works include the documentary Bastardy and the Venice Special Jury Prize-winning Ruin. Amiel’s films have also screened at Sundance, Cannes and more recently the Whitney Museum. Image: Percy Grainger’s Free Tone Tool Music Machine. Courtesy of the Grainger Museum collection. 13