Orry-Kelly tribute night

2015-10-03 21.58.01It was the night that Kiama finally came together to honour its famous son – the extraordinarily talented Orry-Kelly who against all odds became the toast of Hollywood as a costume designer.

The film, Women He’s Undressed, was premiered at the Sydney Film Festival earlier in the year but has only just been approved for a screening (or two) here by Pics and Flicks and the Kiama & District Historical Society.

The Society’s Sue Eggins, who provided valuable background history to the producers, introduced the film and the audience was charmed to see her credited at the film’s end, above Angela Lansbury. The story is told with a great focus on Kiama, with womenhesundressedconsistent references in the storytelling and through the repeated use of a boat called Kiama as a narrative tool.

A exhibition featuring Orry-Kelly’s designs and ten of his costumes is on display at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne until early January 2016, after which it is hoped that it will move to Wollongong.



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