Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival 2018 begins in Launceston

 The sold-out crowd at the opening night of Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival in Launceston on Thursday. Picture: Scott Gelston
The sold-out crowd at the opening night of Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival in Launceston on Thursday. Picture: Scott Gelston

The wife and muse of the late iconic Australian artist Brett Whiteley was a special guest at the red carpet opening night of the 2018 Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival.

Wendy Whiteley was joined by festival program director Helen Tilbury in her red carpet arrival at the festival’s home base of Launceston Village Cinema, on Thursday night.

A capacity crowd saw the French romantic comedy Let The Sunshine In, and went on to the French-themed after party at Henry’s in Cameron Street.

On Friday night, Wendy Whiteley will attend the second BOFA red carpet event, the Tasmanian premiere of Whiteley, the award-winning documentary on the life of her late husband.

The film’s award-winning producer, Sue Clothier of Northern Pictures, will also be a guest at the premiere.

Whiteley is a visual journey into the private life and creative legacy of Australia’s most iconic artist, told “in his own words”

Wendy will also be the guest of honour at an earlier event at the Design Centre, Launceston, where she will speak about Brett Whiteley’s legacy and the current visual arts scene in Australia.

Both Whiteley events are sold out.

Wendy was the constant muse for Brett and a catalyst for his creative passions.

They met when she was a 15-year-old art student, and the teen sweethearts grew into international art rockstars, with Brett’s increasingly complex and contradictory persona swinging them constantly between triumph and disaster.

Wendy was the subject of some of his most famous and popular paintings, and was the mother of their only child, Arkie.

Festival program director Helen Tilbury and guest of honour Wendy Whiteley on the red carpet. Picture: Scott Gelston

Festival program director Helen Tilbury and guest of honour Wendy Whiteley on the red carpet. Picture: Scott Gelston

Whiteley is a visual journey into the private life and creative legacy of Australia’s most iconic artist, told “in his own words” using personal letters, notebooks and photographs, interwoven with reconstructions, animations, archival interviews and rare footage.

Wendy Whiteley is just one of many artists, writers, actors and directors in Launceston for the 2018 BOFA film festival, which continues at the Village Cinemas until Sunday.

The BOFA festival will screen 30 of the world’s best features and documentaries over four days at Village Cinema in Launceston.

For full details of the program, visit breath-of-fresh-air.com.au. Tickets can be bought online or at the Village Cinema.