Eternity

Directed by Lawrence Johnston
1994
Australia
55 minutes
G
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The story of Arthur Stace, who famously chalked the word 'Eternity' on Sydney's streets. A brand-new restoration, courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive, of Lawrence Johnston's award-winning documentary.

A brand-new restoration, courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive's digital restoration program - NFSA Restores, of filmmaker Lawrence Johnston's stunning documentary, Eternity. Johnston's 1994 award winning film tells the story of Sydneysider Arthur Stace, who famously chalked the word 'Eternity' in elegant copperplate handwriting on the streets of his hometown. Stace had a hard life, growing up in inner-city poverty, working as a stretcher bearer in World War I, returning to Sydney a chronic alcoholic. In 1930, however, he embraced Christianity, sobered up, and started his life's work - going out each night to write his anonymous message on Sydney's pavements. Today, his message is a Sydney icon, referenced by artists like Martin Sharp, and emblazoned across Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of the 2000 New Year's Eve celebrations. 

The film, using interviews, and with haunting images of the city's once grand architecture (vividly filmed in black and white by Oscar-winning cinematographer Dion Beebe), recreates Stace's extraordinary story.

Presented by the National Film and Sound Archive’s digital restoration program – NFSA Restores – reviving our cinema icons.

Eternity screens as part of the Daytime Subscription.

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ATOM Study Guides for this film can be downloaded here.

 

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State Theatre
Thu 13 June
10am—10:55am
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Year
1994
Classification
G
Country
Australia
Language
In English
Director
Lawrence Johnston
Producer
Susan MacKinnon
Cinematographer
Dion Beebe
Program Strand
Screen Day Out
Company Credits
Rights Holder: Susan MacKinnon
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