Due to a sellout of the 3rd October screening of this documentary, Pics and Flicks is presenting an encore performance of this wonderful film about the life of local boy, Orry Kelly, Oscar-winning Hollywood costume designer.
Orry-Kelly behind the scenes with Ava Gardner for One Touch of Venus, 1948
are $10 from Pics and Flicks at its screening on 2nd Oct, or at the door on the night, unless sold out.
Flicks supporters with annual memberships can attend this 9th Oct
screening at no extra cost - just bring your membership card. An extra film for your $60 annual price - how good is that!
Revered Australian filmmaker Gillian Armstrong
has unearthed a fascinating story with her profile of Orry-Kelly (Orry
George Kelly), costume designer to the stars during Hollywood’s golden
age. Australians love to claim a celebrity as their own, so
it’s intriguing that Kelly’s story has not been told before now.
A boy from Kiama, Kelly made the move first to New York and then Los
Angeles, trying his hand at acting before settling on costume design and
finding a home with Warner Bros. He dressed everyone from Katharine Hepburn to Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot, earning three Oscars in the process.
The film is worth it for the archival footage of gorgeous gowns
alone, but Armstrong makes it clear that Kelly’s talent was not just for
glitz. His long partnership with Bette Davis is a case in point – Kelly
worked with Davis to hold back the studio’s attempts to blandly
glamourise her. The outfits he designed both tailored to her body shape
and said something about her characters. Julia Scott-Stevenson SBS