Show Me The Magic - The Adventures of Don McAlpine

Show Me The Magic takes us on an enthralling journey into the life and work of legendary Australian cinematographer Don McAlpine. The filmmaker, Cathy Henkel, secured rare behind-the-scenes access to Don’s on-set world throughout his 50th film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine with Gavin Hood and Hugh Jackman, and to the set of Mental, directed by P.J. Hogan, (Peter Pan).

Mental is Don’s 52nd film and his first digital feature. His career includes such seminal movies as Patriot Games, Predator, Peter Pan, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge! and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

Show Me The Magic tells the story of Don's journey from a one-horse town in outback NSW to the heights of Hollywood, weaving historical archive with Don's own personal collection and on-location footage. Directors Bruce Beresford and Gillian Armstrong recall highlights from Don’s remarkable Australian career, including the iconic Breaker Morant and My Brilliant Career.

We meet Paul Mazursky, who enabled Don’s transition into Hollywood with Tempest and Down and Out in Beverly Hills. Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin take us behind the scenes of their two iconic films with Don, Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!

Show Me The Magic will engage and delight anyone who has ever been touched by the magic of movies.

The Director's Cut, exclusive to ABC Library Sales, features DVD extras including key Interviews with filmmakers Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin.

This program is released for non theatrical use within educational, government and business organisations. Additional payments under a Screenrights licence are not required. Please contact us for Exhibition or Streaming Licences.

Production Year: 
2012
Duration: 
72 mins
Show Me the Magic
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