Can Art Stop A Bullet?
Documentary Feature • 1h 33m
William Kelly, widely considered the social conscience of Australian art, once said “Art can’t stop a bullet, but it can stop a bullet from being fired.”
Filmed on five continents, with contributions from over 20 artists, thinkers and activists, this documentary explores the power of art to influence the violence in our world.
The film documents the creation of Kelly’s monumental artwork “Peace or War/The Big Picture”. It is a tapestry of history and art, drawn from major artworks and photos from the defining conflicts of their times. This immense visual collage allows the audience to navigate through time and place, meeting survivors of these horrific moments in history and the artists who have created work commenting on these periods, some of which have become iconic.
Through Kelly’s drawings, the audience is transported to the concentration camps of the Third Reich, the bombing of Hiroshima, “the troubles” in Ireland, the race riots in the US and Pol Pot’s Year Zero. Interwoven with archival footage of these cataclysmic events, the audience is invited to visit anti-war and anti-gun demonstrations today, events that call for similar injustices to be stopped. The film is a parallel work to Kelly’s enduring masterpiece, unfolding to create the ‘Big Picture’ in documentary form.
Filmed in Australia, France, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States.
Up Next in Documentary Feature
A Soul Journey
In the last 30 years, some of the greatest “legends” of Soul and R&B have performed at Porretta Soul in Italy, the greatest Soul music festival in the world. A Soul Journey is not just simply a music documentary, it is a film narrating many aspects of the intricate and delicate lives of these...
The Story of Special Woodstock
Inspired by Woodstock '69, the message of peace love and acceptance is encapsulated in the homegrown music festival, Special Woodstock. After 20 years, the festival is still going strong, breaking barriers and inspiring people from all walks of life.