Starstuck tells the story of Australian cinema through the faces of its film actors – both famous and forgotten – from the early 20th century through to today and will be complemented by a program of events, including behind-the-scenes tours, industry insights, films and art making.
Audiences will be treated to rare film posters, 1930s scrapbooks of aspiring actors, and original costumes from iconic movies such as Picnic at Hanging Rock, Moulin Rouge!, and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
To celebrate the exhibition opening, HOTA will host a whole day and evening of free activities and events on March 2. During the day, families can enjoy hands-on activities at the Startruck drop-in space and draw themselves into a film strip, then take a self-guided tour of the exhibition.
On March 13, the Gold Coast Film Festival will present a special 70th anniversary screening of Charles Chauvel’s Sons of Matthew at HOTA – a legendary film in the history of Australian cinema that pays tribute to the pioneering farmers of northern New South Wales and south-east Queensland. The film was shot in Springbrook in the Gold Coast hinterland and the story was based on books by Bernard O’Reilly – of the Gold Coast hinterland’s well-known O’Reilly family.
Starstruck: Australian Movie Portraits will be on display at HOTA, Home of the Arts from March 2 until April 28.