Ettore Siracusa's short films and
videos are inspired and informed by a tradition of visionary or
extra-realist cinema keen to bear witness to the more perplexing
and strange in the everyday. His relatively small output of films
include Natura Morta (1979), "one of the most evocative
yet concise statements - and powerfully inventive metaphors -
of the migrant experience" (Quentin Turnour) (1)
and Italians at Home (1991), "this film lovingly
witnesses the kind of collage experience that millions of Australians
enact everyday as they attempt to make sense of a world composed
of infinitely fragmented traditions and languages" (Ross
In his latter
work Ettore has sought to extend his documentary fictions about
migration and the depiction of urban environments to exploring
ideas on 'migrant' remembering and baroque architectural forms.
The video essay The House of Doctor Duende (1997), made
in collaboration with Paul Carter, and based on his novel, Baroque
Memories (1992), presents a fictional portrait of a baroque
city, Lecce, in a collage of voices, fragmented remembrances and
overlays of interpretations, to dramatise ways in which migrants
make sense of their new environment by improvising new, forward-looking
points of reference.
recent work is a documentary multi-screen video installation at
ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne.
Private corrrespondence to Ettore Siracusa, July 2000.
(2) See Bibliography below.
(1969, 5 mins, 16mm, b&w)
Story (1970, 8 mins, 16mm, b&w)
5 mins, 16mm, b&w)
Morta (1980, 14 mins, 16mm, col.)
(1984, 25 mins, 16mm, col.)
co-directed with Peter Lyssiotis and Michael
at Home (1991, 29 mins, 16mm, col.)
of Doctor Duende (1997, 28 mins, Video)
locations for unmade film (1997, 25 mins, Video)
Jadian (1998, 50 mins, Video for stage projection)
Daily (2001, 20 mins, Video documentary)
Palaces (2003, Video multi-screen installation at ACMI, Federation
House of Doctor Duende
Catalogue, The First Australian Filmmakers' Festival, 23 August
dei settant'anni", Antonio Di Pierro, Il Messagero,
page 17, March 1979.
Occupant", Interview with Peter Lyssiotis, Cantrills Filmnotes,
No. 49/50, April 1986
Cultural Diversity in Australian Independent Film", Bill
Mousoulis, Art Link, Vol 11, No. 1, Autumn 1991.
Home with Ettore Siracusa", Steven Ball, Cantrills Filmnotes
No. 65/66, October 1991. p38
Julie Rigg and Adrian Martin, ABC Radio 3NR, 25 April 1991.
End. The ways of irony", Gabrielle Finnane, Catalogue, Museum
Contemporary Art, Sydney, May, 1993.
Vikki Riley, ABC Radio 3NR, 13 May 1993.
New Breed of Ethnic Filmmakers", Pat Gillespie, Cinema
Papers, No. 90, October, 1992.
Difference and Ethnicity in the Australian Cinema", John
Conomos, Cinema Papers, No. 90, October 1992.
and Drives: Australian Experimental Cinema", Adrian Martin,
Catalogue, Australian Focus - Week of Experimental Cinema,
Strange Disturbing Us Everyday Day", Ross Gibson, Catalogue,
Australian Experimental Cinema, Madrid, November,
Ettore Siracusa, May 2003
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