Paul Winkler (born 22 June 1939) is a German-born Australian filmmaker who lives and works in Sydney. He was associated with Corinne and Arthur Cantrill, Albie Thoms and David Perry in pioneering local experimental film production in the 1960s.
Winkler characterises his films as "a synthesis of intellect and emotion, filtered through the plastic material of film". "I try to let 'imagines' flow freely to the surface". The ideas which he terms ‘imagines’ may reflect Australian icons like Bondi Beach, Ayers Rock/Uluru and the Sydney Harbour Bridge, or textures, as in Bark/Rind, Green Canopy, and the bush.
In 1973, Winkler's film Dark identified with the Aboriginal land rights movement, acquiring a spirituality which was also manifested in Chants and Red Church. Later films take contemporary society for their subject, as in Rotation, Time out for Sport and Long Shadows. His early apprenticeship is recalled in Brickwall, Backyard and Brick and Tile.
In 1995, the Museum of Contemporary Art and Sydney Intermedia Network mounted a retrospective screening of 30 of his films. The following year, the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, USA screened 30 films in a three-day retrospective.The Museum of Modern Art in New York, USA holds 15 of his films in their collection.
Films in the collection:
Films in Volume 1:
Mood (1964,8 mins), Isolated (1967,17 mins), Red & Green (1968, 15 mins), Requiem No.1 (1969, 8,30 mins), Neurosis (1970, 9 mins, Scars (1971, 15 mins), Dark (1973/74, 19 mins), Chants (1974/75, 15 mins), Brick Wall (1975, 22 mins)
Films in Volume 2:
Backyard (1976, 14 mins), Red Church (1976, 17 mins), Bark-Rind (1977, 30 mins), Sydney Harbour Bridge (1977, 13 mins), Window (1978/79, 3 mins) Bondi (1979, 15 mins), Cars (1979, 15 mins)
Films in Volume 3:
Taylor Square (1980, 19 mins), Sydney-Bush (1980, 14 mins), Urban Spaces (1980, 27 mins), Ayers Rock (1981, 21 mins), Brick & Tile (1983, 14 mins), Traces (1983, 29 mins)
Films in Volume 4:
Incongruous (1984, 19 mins), Australian Bush (1986, 24 mins), Facades (1987, 9,30 mins), Faint Echoes (1988, 17 mins), Glitter (1990, 24 mins), Long Shadows (1991, 17 mins)
Films in Volume 5:
Elevated Shores (1993, 20:48 mins), Green Canopy (1994, 22:43 mins), Time Out For Sport (1996, 18 mins), Capillary Action (1997, 16 mins), Rotation (1998, 17:26 mins), Turmoil (2000, 17:39 mins)
Films in Volume 6:
Fishtank (2004, 12:30 mins), Popkitsch (2006, 17 mins), Many Buddhas (2008, 15 mins),
Drums + Trains (2009, 12 mins), Shooting Arrows (2011, 15 mins)
Paul Winkler in work - short but interesting clip
See images from the films
“Filmmaking has always been a journey into the unknown for me. Each new film demands its own trajectory. I might start with a particuliar idea and than after the first 100 feet of exposed film comes back, the imagines tell me which way to go or not to go. There is always a kind of pull between me and the material photographed, something opens up. If everything works out fine and the imagines connect to me and i can almost hear the sound they want, it is one hell of elation running through jour body and mind, unbelievable. To sum up:my approach to filmmaking is primarily an organic one. The films are a synthesis of the intellect and emotion all filtered through the plastic material of film. I try to let imagines flow freely to the surface.” - Paul Winkler
Born in Hamburg, Germany Winkler underwent a bricklaying apprenticeship before migrating to Australia in 1959. His self-education in film and film history began in 1962, when he produced his first films in 8mm on Bell & Howell and Canon cameras. In 1967, he switched to 16mm and a Bolex camera which he has used ever since.
Turmoil - Finalist - Dendy Awards, Sydney Film Festival 2000 ·
Rotation - Directors Choice Award, Black Maria Film & Video Festival, Jersey City, USA 2000 & Best Experimental Film, Melbourne Film Festival 1999 & Finalist, Dendy Award, Sydney Film Festival 1998 & Honorable Mention, Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA 1999 ·
Capillary Action - Directors Choice Award, Black Maria Film & Video Festival, Jersey City, USA 2000 & Finalist - Dendy Award, Sydney Film Festival 1998 ·
Time out for Sport - Best Editing, Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA 1996 & Finalist - Dendy Awards Sydney Film Festival 1996 ·
Long Shadows - Erwin Rado Award, Best Australian Short Film, Melbourne Film Festival 1992
Brick & Tile - Best Experimental Film, Australian Film Institute Awards 1984 ·
Traces - Silver Boomerang, Melbourne Film Festival 1983 & Honorable Mention, Baltimore Film Festival USA 1984 ·
Ayers Rock - Price money, Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA 1983 ·
Urban Spaces - Second Price, Experimenatl, Baltimore Film Festival 1983 ·
Sydney-Bush - Silver Boomerang, Melbourne Film Festival 1981 & Price Winner, Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA 1981 ·
Bondi - Silver Award, Experimental, Australian Film Awards 1979 ·
Sydney Harbour Bridge - Gold Award – Best Experimental, Australian Film Awards 1979 ·
Bark Rind - Price Winner, Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA 1977 ·
Red Church - Greater Union Awards: 1st Price, Experimental, Sydney Film Festival 1976 ·
Chants - Greater Union Awards: Finalist, Experimental, Sydney Film Festival 1975 ·
Dark - Greater Union Awards: 1st Price, Experimental, Sydney Film Festival 1974 & Silver Award: Experimental Films, Chicago International Film Festival 1974 ·
Scars - Alan Stout Award 1st Price: Most Creative Entry, 1973 & Silver Award, Experimental Section, Australian Film Institute Awards 1973
Drums and Trains - 2nd Price Black Maria Film Festival,USA, 2011
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