Support pulled from ‘un-Australian’ work on eve of opening

One of the key partners of the third Ian Potter Moving Image Commission has pulled its support of the project days before the film's world premiere.

A still from Soda-Jerk’s TERROR NULLIUS; image via Facebook.

The new screen work by art collective Soda_Jerk, which will premiere this week at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) has lost the public support of one of its major backers.

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust has distanced itself from TERROR NULLIUS, describing the work as ‘very controversial’ and stating it does not wish to be associated with any marketing or publicity promoting the completed art work. It has not withdrawn funding from the project, however, stating that ‘All financial commitments … will be met in full.’

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts