Re: [Frameworks] Avantgarde / "auteur" television - ?

From: Stephen Morgan (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Aug 13 2010 - 16:17:06 PDT

The deeply neglected Australian artist/filmmaker Tim Burns (not the
Tasmanian painter, or the actor who was in Mad Max, or the hundreds of other
creative types whom share that name), was quite interested in experimental
television, and had a US cable television show in the early '90s called 'The
Operators' (about out of work call centre operators) which was apparently
recorded live and with which audiences at home could interact by ringing the

After he returned to Australia, he did a few things on community television
in Perth, and attempted to set up a similar live/interactive show (which he
eventually achieved as a one-off in 2001) and faced a bunch of other
problems after receiving initial funding from the Australian Film Commission
to do a show in Melbourne.

More details of his television stuff here:

A general intro to his life/work here:


On Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 9:59 PM, Mads Mikkelsen <email suppressed>wrote:

> Hello everybody.
> I am working on a series on avantgarde / "auteur" television for a
> documentary film festival in November:
> The idea is to present programmes made for television (i.e. "inside the
> system") by creative/critical minds in various genres within the broad
> category of "non-fiction". Some key names would be Adam Curtis,
> Godard/Miéville, Ian Breakwell, Glenn O' Brien, Jaime Davidovich, Robert
> Gardner, et al.
> Any further suggestions are greatly appreciated - especially international
> programmes from beyond the US / UK, as restricted archival access and
> language barriers makes international research difficult.
> Thank you.
> Mads
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