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Amiel Courtin-Wilson
b. 1979, Melbourne, Australia.

BIOGRAPHY:   Having directed over 20 short films, seven feature length films and numerous video installations, Amiel Courtin- Wilson’s work has exhibited in many venues including the Whitney Museum, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, National Gallery of Victoria, MONA, Yale, GOMA, the Gallery of New South Wales and ACMI.

At age 19, Courtin-Wilson’s debut feature documentary, CHASING BUDDHA premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000.

After collaborating with Opera Australia and Chunky Move Contemporary Dance Company, Courtin-Wilson formed the production entity Flood Projects in 2008.

 

His subsequent feature documentary BASTARDY won the Best Documentary Jury Prize at the 2009 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards (FCCA), and was released to critical acclaim.

Courtin-Wilson’s short film CICADA premiered at the Cannes Film Festival as part of Directors’ Fortnight in 2009 and won a slew of awards internationally.

Courtin-Wilson’s public installations under the moniker of OXO OVO were published in the worldwide survey of street art “The Art of Rebellion” (Gingko Press, 2003). His first solo exhibition of drawings was at Utopian Slumps Gallery in Melbourne in 2009.

In 2012, Courtin-Wilson collaborated with the Black Lung Theatre Company on DOKU RAI which premiered at the Darwin and Adelaide Arts Festivals.

Courtin-Wilson’s next solo exhibition of drawing, photography and video work THE AMERICAN EXPERIMENT featured at the Gertrude Contemporary Art Space in 2015.

His dramatic feature film debut HAIL premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival, (Orizzonti, 2011), winning many awards internationally and was named Best Australian Film of 2012.

 
 
Amiel with actor Daniel P. Jones (HAIL)

Courtin-Wilson’s co-directed feature film RUIN won the Special Jury Prize in the Orizzonti Competition of the Venice Film Festival in 2013.

Courtin-Wilson was also commissioned to create CARSON - a short film for the 70th Anniversary of the Venice Film Festival as part of the Future Reloaded program, alongside directors such as Bernardo Bertolucci and Claire Denis.

In 2014, he exhibited a video work entitled THE DEATH OF A KING at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Sydney as part of a Yoko Ono retrospective.

In 2016, Courtin-Wilson created THE SILENT EYE, a feature-length performance film collaboration with Cecil Taylor and Min Tanaka, commissioned by the Whitney Museum which premiered at Cecil Taylor: Open Plan.

In 2016, he won the National Portrait Gallery Award for Digital Portraiture with the video installation CHARLES, shot in Norman, Oklahoma.

Also in 2016, Courtin-Wilson exhibited BREAKING WAVES, a fifty minute, two-channel video installation work about composer Percy Grainger for the Ian Potter Museum, as well two new video works at MUMA as part of the exhibition UNDER THE WIRE, featuring Bill Morrison and Rick Charnoski.

Courtin-Wilson also recently joined BADFAITH - a VR collective that includes video artists Shaun Gladwell and Daniel Crooks. Their first collaborative VR work EXQUISITE CORPSE premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2018.

Courtin-Wilson was awarded the Byron Kennedy Award at the 4th AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) Awards in Australia in 2015, in recognition of his commitment to innovation in Australian cinema over the last two decades.

The Melbourne Cinematheque screened the second full retrospective of the artist’s films in 2018.

Courtin-Wilson is concurrently developing several large scale installations (TRACES, BODY MUSIC), in addition to being in post-production on his latest feature film THE EMPYREAN.



 
 
HAIL

CRITICAL OVERVIEW:   Amiel Courtin-Wilson is an acclaimed, multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker whose practice pursues the breakdown between creator and subject through an expansion of the possibilities of documentary portraiture. Centring on immersive, long-term collaborations with individuals including musicians, performers, poets and ex- inmates, Courtin-Wilson works across film, video, sound art, installation, theatre and performance.

Courtin-Wilson’s gaze is firmly wedded to the process of his subjects’ struggle to self-actualise on their own terms. It charts the means by which the individual carves a space for themselves through acts of defiance and reclamation, forging a shared aesthetic space that stands in radical opposition to socio-historical iniquities.

Early works (‘Chasing Buddha’, ‘Bastardy’, ‘Hail’, ‘Ruin’) find Courtin-Wilson deeply engrossed in his subjects’ lives, sometimes living with them for months or years at a time. Through this, a fluid, radical space is opened that introduces questions of the chaotic, the accidental and the surprising into nominal traditions of documentary/art practice. These portraits of iconoclasts and outliers render highly intimate moments on a perpetual cycle of personal change, charting a subjectivity that bleeds into the sublime as a continual state of transfiguration.

Increasingly, works from 2014 onwards (‘The Death of a King’, ‘Charles’) have sought to re-frame the ontological fabric of documentary portraiture itself through the lens of visionary, extra-realist and para-cinematic formal gestures drawn from Materialism and the lyrical avant-garde. Constantly evolving the language of the observational, these new works propose a concept of “tactile time”, a quality whose elasticity conflates inner with outer boundaries of the limit experience.

As these concerns have increasingly taken centre stage in Courtin-Wilson’s work, a language beyond linear screen-based image media has evolved, with increased experimentation in site-specific, installation and multi-channel projection presentations (‘Breaking Waves’, ‘Under The Wire’) incorporating performance, architecture and sound art elements.

Startling as a collection of individuated projects, Amiel Courtin-Wilson’s body of work also functions as a serialised ‘cosmology’ - a living, breathing corpus of impressions, experiences, sensations, and memories.

Cumulatively, a picture emerges of urgent compassion, a restless exploration of embodied experience through radical portraiture, crystallising Courtin-Wilson as one of the most prolific, innovative and critically acclaimed Australian artists and filmmakers of his generation.


 
 
THE SILENT EYE

Courtin-Wilson’s works are not strictly documentary in nature or form, but rather carefully contrived portraits of trauma and survival. Straddling a space somewhere between the real and unimaginable, his work is characterised by its combination of highly authored realist narratives with imagery that is raw, fragile, violent, impressionistic — and oftentimes staggeringly beautiful.

- Emma Crimmings, Gertrude Contemporary

 

An artistic vision that is astonishingly rich – seemingly unfathomable.

- Nick Feik Editor, The Monthly Magazine


A gifted artist of singular vision and ingenuity.

- Erik Jensen Editor, Saturday Paper

 

An artist whose work is defined by creative risk taking and governed by an insatiable appetite to push boundaries, Amiel Courtin-Wilson is one of the hardest working, courageous, and prolific filmmaker / artists of his generation in Australia.

- Katrina Sedgwick CEO, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

Amiel is one of the most distinctive and interesting Australian filmmakers and in my capacity as Senior Curator at the MCA I have followed his work for many years.

- Natasha Bullock Senior Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney)

 

Amiel’s expansive, exhilarating practice is unfailingly courageous, riveting, and visceral in its impact. His humanistic, character-centric works reinvent the relationship between anthropology and cinema, taking his audience on meditative, trance-like journeys into unseen and alien aspects of our environments, and ourselves.

- Ulanda Blair Curator Moving Image M+ Museum (Hong Kong)

 




FILMOGRAPHY:

 
 
THE SILENT EYE

2018

'EXQUISITE CORPSE', VR work co-writer / co-director / co-editor Production Collective: BADFAITH Producer: Leo Faber

OFFICIAL SELECTION Melbourne International Film Festival 2016

 

'THE SILENT EYE', single channel video installation, writer / director / producer / editor Starring Cecil Taylor & Min Tanaka Curators: Jay Sanders, Lawrence Kumpf

Commissioned by the Whitney Museum - WORLD PREMIERE 2016 WINNER BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM Harlem International Film Festival 2018

Official Selection Rotterdam International Film Festival 2017

Official Selection Melbourne International Film Festival 2017

Official Selection Cork International Film Festival 2017

Official Selection Antenna International Film Festival 2017

Official Selection St Tropez International Film Festival 2017

Official Selection Dark MOFO Festival, MONA 2017 NGV Screening “MOMA at NGV” Exhibition 2018 Australian Gallery of NSW Screening 2018

 

2015

'THE NERVE METER', single channel video installation, writer / director / producer Commissioned by the Adelaide International Film Festival Official Selection 9:16 Film Festival 2015

 

 
 
RUIN

2013

'RUIN', feature drama, co-writer / co-director / producer / additional editor

WINNER SPECIAL JURY PRIZE Official Competition Venice International Film Festival (Orrizonti) 2013 WINNER BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Official Competition Moscow Tomorrow International Film Festival 2013

WINNER Best Editing Asia Pacific Film Festival 2013

WINNER BEST DIRECTION Fantaspoa International Film Festival 2014

Official Competition Sydney International Film Festival 2014

Official Selection Rotterdam International Film Festival 2014

Official Selection Goteborg International Film Festival 2014

Official Selection Valdivia International Film Festival 2013

Official Selection Cork International Film Festival 2013

Official Selection Sofia International Film Festival 2014

Official Selection Fantaspoa International Film Festival 2014

Official Selection Asian Deauville International Film Festival 2014

Official Selection Munich International Film Festival 2014

Official Selection Sitges International Film Festival 2014

Official Selection Transylvania International Film Festival 2014

Official Selection Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2014

Official Selection Syros International Film Festival 2014

Official Selection Dark Mofo MONA Film Program 2014

Official Selection Melbourne International Film Festival 2014

Official Selection Brisbane International Film Festival 2014

Official Selection Cologne International Film Festival 2014

 

'CARSON', short film writer / director / editor
Commissioned as part of the Venice 70 Future Reloaded Project celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the oldest film festival in the world.

Official Selection Venice International Film Festival 2013

 

'DOKU RAI' Theatre Production, director, cinematographer & editor film sequences for projection (In collaboration with Black Lung Theatre Company)

Adelaide Arts Festival 2013

Brisbane Arts Festival 2013

Darwin Arts Festival 2012

 

 
 
HAIL

2011

HAIL’, feature drama, writer / director / producer / co-editor

Official Competition Venice International Film Festival (Orrizonti) 2011

WINNER SEQUENCE JURY PRIZE BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FANTASIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2012

WINNER AGE CRITICS AWARD BEST AUSTRALIAN FEATURE MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2012

WINNER BEST FILM PANORAMA SECTION FANTASPOA FESTIVAL BRAZIL 2013

NOMINATED BEST FILM, BEST DIRECTOR, BEST ACTOR, BEST EDITING, BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER, BEST SCORE AUSTRALIAN FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION (AFCA 2013)

Official Selection Rotterdam International Film Festival 2012

Official Selection Adelaide International Film Festival 2011

Official Selection Sydney International Film Festival 2011

Official Selection Istanbul International Film Festival 2012

Official Selection Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2012

Official Selection Munich International Film Festival 2012

Official Selection Seattle International Film Festival 2012

Official Selection Edinburgh International Film Festival 2012

Official Selection Melbourne International Film Festival 2012

Official Selection Cork International Film Festival 2012

Official Selection Fantasia International Film Festival 2012

Official Selection Message to Man International Film Festival 2012

Official Selection Transylvania International Film Festival 2012

Official Selection Fantastic International Film Festival 2012

Official Selection Around the World in 14 Films (Berlin) 2012

Official Selection Slash International Film Festival Austria 2013


CATCH MY DISEASE’, feature documentary, 86 mins, director / co-producer / co-editor


Official Selection Melbourne International Film Festival 2011

 

2010

TAG’, short, director / editor / producer – 6 min

 

2009

'CICADA', short documentary, director / editor / producer - 8 min

Official Selection Directors’ Fortnight Cannes Film Festival 2009

Official Selection Clermont Ferrand International Film Festival 2010

Official Selection Sheffield International Documentary Festival 2009

Official Selection Melbourne International Film Festival 2008

WINNER SBS Television Award St Kilda Film Festival 2009

Special Mention Krakow International Film Festival 2010

Special Mention Il Janela International De Cinema Do Recife 2009

Highly commended Best Documentary Flickerfest 2010

Nominated Best Documentary Australian Directors Guild Awards 2009

Nominated Best Documentary Sydney Film Festival 2009

Nominated Best Short Form Documentary ATOM Awards 2009

 

 
 
BASTARDY

2008

BASTARDY’, documentary, writer / director / producer / cinematographer – 84 min

Winner Grand Jury Prize FIFO International Documentary Film Festival 2010

Winner Australian Film Critics Circle Best Documentary Jury Prize 2009

Winner Best Documentary Human Story ATOM Awards 2009

Nominated Best Documentary, Best Direction, Best Editing Australian Film Institute Awards 2009

Nominated Best Documentary Sydney Film Festival 2009

Nominated Best Documentary Asia Pacific Awards 2009

Official Selection Aboriginal Australian Film Festival Paris 2016

Official Selection Melbourne International Film Festival 2008

Official Selection Singapore International Film Festival 2009

Official Selection Sheffield International Film Festival 2009

Official Selection Mexico International Film Festival 2010

Official Selection Kiev International Film Festival 2010

Official Selection International RADO Film Festival Cameroon 2010

Official Selection London Australian International Film Festival 2010

Screened National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Timeline Exhibition

 

2006

ON THE OTHER OCEAN’, writer/ director/ editor – 8 min

Official Selection Melbourne International Film Festival 2006

Official Selection Sydney International Film Festival 2007

Official Selection Adelaide International Film Festival 2007

Official Selection “Pulse” American Director’s Guild screening 2008

 

2003

ADOLESCENT’ - short, director / producer / writer / editor – 6 min

Official Selection Melbourne International Film Festival 2003 Official Selection RESFEST 2003


2002

PERSONA IN THE HOME’ – documentary, writer / director - 7 min

Official Selection St Kilda Film Festival 2002


ARCADE’ – documentary in collaboration with Chunky Move dance company, director/ editor/ cinematographer - 24 min

'STRANGLEFILM' Short film Writer, Director, Editor, Cinematographer: Amiel Courtin Wilson 2 min
Official Selection St Kilda Film Festival 2002

 

2001

'MELBOURNE 2:36AM' - short film

'& Itís POLITIkAL' - short documentary


 

2000

ISLANDS’ - SBS documentary, co-writer / director / cinematographer - 26 mins

Official Selection Margaret Mead Documentary Festival 2001

Official Selection Hawaii International Film Festival 2001

WINNER Documentary Excellence Award, Real Life On Film Int’l Festival

2001 WINNER Best Short Form Documentary Atom Awards 2001

'RE:CONSTITUTION' Short documentary
Co-Writer, Director, Editor: Amiel Courtin-Wilson
Co-Writer, Director, Editor: Vincent Heimann 6 min

OFFICIAL SELECTION St Kilda Film Festival 2000

 

 
 
CHASING BUDDHA

1999

CHASING BUDDHA’ - SBS documentary, writer / director / producer - 60 mins

Official Selection Sundance International Film Festival 2000

WINNER Rouben Mamoulian Award Sydney Film Festival 2000

WINNER Dendy Award Best Documentary Sydney Film Festival 2000

WINNER Best Documentary Australian If Awards 2000

Nominated Best Director AFI Awards 2000

Nominated Best Documentary Critics Circle Of Australia 2001 Gallery Of NSW

Asia Pacific Documentary Focus Screenings Official Selection Singapore International Film Festival


1998


'COSMONAUT' 6 min
ABC & Australian Opera Company
Director, Editor, Cinematographer: Amiel Courtin-Wilson

'LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS' short film


1997

'BUBBLE CHOKE SQUEAK' short film


1995


'CHARLIE’S TOY MEETS MADELINE MORITZ' 6 min
Writer, Director, Editor, Producer: Amiel Courtin-Wilson
Cinematographer: Vincent Heimann
Music By: Ween

WINNER Longford Nova Award
St Kilda Film Festival 1996
SCREENED on SBS ‘Eat Carpet’ 2001

'NUMB' 3 min
Writer, Director, Editor: Amiel Courtin-Wilson
Cinematographer: Vincent Heimann
DISTINCTION National Panasonic Video Awards 1996
BEST Student Short Nomination
Atom Awards 1996

 

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

 

2016

 

CHARLES

The National Portrait Gallery canberra single channel video installation

WINNER DIGITAL PORTRAITURE PRIZE

 

RUIN “LIVE AT GOMA”

GOMA

Single Channel Video installation live musical performance by Oren Ambarchi Curator: Jose De Silva

 

SOVEREIGNTY

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA)

Single Channel BASTARDY screening  Curated by Max Delany

 

UNDER THE WIRE

MUMA (Monash University Museum of Art)

THREE CHANNEL VIDEO INSTALLATION GROUP EXHIBITION 

CURATOR JAMES HEWISON Commissioned as part of the Melbourne Arts Festival

 

BREAKING WAVES

Ian Potter Museum

2 CHANNEL VIDEO INSTALLATION

Commissioned as part of the Melbourne Arts Festival

 

CECIL TAYLOR: OPEN PLAN

The Whitney Museum Single Channel Video installation “THE SILENT EYE” Curated by Jay Sanders

 

2015

THE AMERICAN EXPERIMENT

GERTRUDE CONTEMPORARY ART SPACE, SOLO EXHIBITION (TWO CHANNEL VIDEO INSTALLATION, PHOTOGRAPHY, SOUND INSTALLATIONS, DRAWINGS) Curator: Emma Crimmings


2014

DEATH OF A KING

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART (MCA) SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA YOKO ONO RETROSPECTIVE “Experimental Universe” SINGLE SCREEN INSTALLATION Curated by Joel Stern for Other Cinema


2009

TRYING TO COAX A LION OUT OF MY CHEST

UTOPIAN SLUMPS GALLERY SOLO EXHIBITION- DRAWINGS & MIXED MEDIA. CURATED BY MELISSA LOUGHNAN.

 

2005

I THOUGHT I KNEW BUT I WAS WRONG

ACMI / ASIALINK AUSTRALIAN VIDEO ART TOURING THROUGHOUT ASIA

16MM SINGLE SCREEN PROJECTION “PASH” 2004-2005.

CURATED BY ALEXIE GLASS

 

2004

TAG, PASH, THE EFFECTS OF FIRE

ACMI AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR THE MOVING IMAGE

SINGLE CHANNEL VIDEO INSTALLATIONS 2004 AUSTRALIAN CULTURE NOW (PUBLIC IMAGING SCREENS)

CURATOR: RHYS GRAHAM



PUBLICATIONS

 

'LUMINA'

'THE INTERVIEW ISSUE' Australian Film Television and Radio School First Printing 2015

 

UTOPIAN SLUMPS: THE COLLINGWOOD YEARS‘

A publication documenting exhibitions and events that took place during Melbourne Gallery Utopian Slumps from 2007 to 2009. Publisher: Utopian Slumps 224 pages, 25 x 17.5 x 2.5cm, colour, hard cover cloth bound

Edition of 2000 First printing 2011

 

TEN YEARS OF THINGS THAT DIDN’T KILL US’

Short story anthology First Printing, 2008 Paroxysm Press

 

THE ART OF REBELLION’

Worldwide survey of street art including Melbourne “OXO OVO” aerosol installations. First Printing 2003 Gingko Press Inc (Germany)

 

 

SELECTED LECTURES / WORKSHOPS

 

HARVARD UNIVERSITY (2019)

SENSORY ETHNOGRAPHY LAB PHD STUDENT SCREENING AND LECTURE ABOUT HYBRID FILMMAKING METHODOLOGIES

 

MOMA at National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Chunky Move Presents panel discussion Australian Artists working in New York (2018)

 

WHITNEY MUSEUM Panel discussion with Min Tanaka about collaborating with Cecil Taylor (2016)

 

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY (BALTIMORE) Industry Mentor for the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund (2016)

 

YALE UNIVERSITY Film Presentation of HAIL (2016)

 

EXPERIMENTAL CONGRESS (Gertrude Contemporary Art Space) Curated by Joel Stern & Other Film (2013)

 

NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA Special Guest Artist Lecture “Portraiture and Documentary” (2010)

 

U.C.L.A. (University of California, Los Angeles) ‘Art as Moral Action’ invited by Professor Peter Sellars (2000)

 

A.F.T.R.S. (Australian Film Television & Radio School) ‘DIRECTING & PRODUCING DOCUMENTARY & DRAMA SEMINARS’ (2000, 2011, 2012, 2013)

 

NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA Special Guest Artist Lecture “Portraiture and Documentary” (2010)

 

SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL industry lecture series “From Shorts to Features” (2011)

 

A.I.D.C. (Australian International Documentary Conference) “The Next Wave” (2003) “The Visual Language of Documentary” (2006) “This is not a documentary” 2017

 

 

FREELANCE JOURNALISM

 

AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA PROGRAM

“WORKING IN THE COMPANY OF ARVO PART” ESSAY (2019)

 

THE SATURDAY PAPER FEATURE ARTICLE CHRISTIAN MARCLAY'S “THE CLOCK” (2019)

 

THE MONTHLY MAGAZINE FEATURE ARTICLE “Cecil Taylor” (2015)

 

SBS ONLINE (PHOTO ESSAY: MODESTO CALIFORNIA, 2015)

 

MONSTER CHILDREN “Influences and seminal cinema memories” (2012)

 

SESAME MAGAZINE “Jack Charles: A Diary” (2005, 2007)

 

WORLD SIGNS “OXO OVO Graffiti profile” (2003)

 

METRO MAGAZINE “Director’s impressions” (2003)

 

IF MAGAZINE “Margaret Mead Documentary Festival Profile” (2002)

 

STU MAGAZINE (2002)

 

 

CURATORIAL PROJECTS

 

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART (SYDNEY) GUEST FILM CURATOR For the Contemporary Film Program (MAY 2016)

 

 

CAREER AWARDS

 

AACTA BYRON KENNEDY AWARD (2015)

Awarded for a body of work in Australian film that has continually pushed boundaries with innovative form and stories.

 


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