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Celluloid Immigrant
Author: Gaetano Rando

ISBN: 9781876467210
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 145
Published: 7 December 2011
Country of Publication: AU
Giorgio Mangiamele is one of the most under-estimated figures in Australian cinema history. Soon after his arrival in Australia in 1952 as a migrant from Italy, he began making films at a time when feature film production in Australia was almost non-existent. His films were seldom seen in Australia, although one - Clay (1965) - was applauded overseas as an official selection in the Cannes Film Festival.
Displaying almost quixotic ambition, Mangiamele???s first venture into production was a feature film, IL CONTRATTO (1953), which he began within a year of arriving in Australia. This drama about the isolation and alienation of Italian migrants was never completed, but what remains is a remarkably powerful portrait of a neglected segment of Australian society. The following three films in this collection also express the anguish of the migrant experience: the two radically different versions of a short drama THE SPAG (c.1960-2), and a robust comedy, NINETY NINE PER CENT (1963). All of these films reveal Mangiamele???s keen eye for visual poetry and the strong humanism of his concern for his characters.
These qualities are amplified in his first completed feature film, CLAY, which explores t...

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