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Call of the wild pays off for filmmaking pair

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Megan Doherty

Amanda Stuart working on the sculpture.

Amanda Stuart working on the sculpture. Photo: Andrew Sheargold

A documentary featuring one of Canberra's public artworks - bush pack-nil tenure - has been selected for the 2013 Flickerfest International Short Film Festival in Sydney.

The bronze sculpture, by Amanda Stuart, sits in City Walk between Garema Place and Petrie Plaza, a pack of seven bronze dogs that ''appear to be running down City Walk in the direction of the Civic carousel''.

Filmmakers Sami-Jo Adelman and Richard Mockler made the 22-minute documentary, Wild Things, as students, with their own money.

They began the project in 2010 after meeting Stuart and learning of the contentious relationship between wild dogs and rural communities, a dynamic that inspires her art.

Mockler said they made many trips to Canberra to film the making of bush pack-nil tenure , right to its unveiling in 2011.

The filmmakers also travelled to Bombala and Delegate, where they sought out images of the carcasses of wild dogs strung in trees in a ''macabre bush tradition''.

"Wild Things is about the clash of the wild with the domestic and how we cope when our lifestyles are challenged by our environment and others that share our world," Mockler said.

Flickerfest started on Friday at Bondi Beach. Wild Things will be screened on January 20, the last day of the festival. Tickets can be purchased through the website flickerfest.com.au.

 

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