Our first ‘house visit’ was to Bev and Chas Cornell. We filmed their first hand dance in their lounge. It’s a kind of deadpan formal shot of Chas standing and Bev sitting in front of these full body length paintings painted by Bev.Our second shot was of the two of them sitting opposite each other by their large window doing a hand mirror dance to Cry Me a River sung by Julie London. It was sooooo romantic!
Bev and Chas are an amazing couple who are truly adventurous. They have travelled all over the shop, often in the outback, camping out for months on end. Bev is a prolific and beautiful visual artist and Chas is a accomplished poet. They have combined their art practices for various projects, including producing a booklet of drawings and poetry of the Great Camel Race for the Bicentenary in 1988 as well as a permanent collection of the combined work at the War Museum commemorating the Korean war. Of all the participants, Bev and Chas are the only ones who haven’t lived ‘a long time’ in Narrandera, but they’ve always lived southern NSW or Northern Victoria, except when they’re travelling on one of their sojourns!
In the afternoon, we met as a whole group down at the wetlands where we filmed quite a number of shots. Alas! we were so focussed on the task(s) at hand; from managing everybody’s energy levels, to setting up the shots with both cameras, rehearsing little bits of dance – that we didn’t take any photos! except this one…