A stark and compelling view into the life and times of Peter Vanessa Troy Davies.
Ghost Pictures merged an outstanding collection of stills dating back 35 years, biographical and auto-biographical footage filmed over a 10 year period, interviews from some of the worlds great artists including U2’s Bono and Nick Cave and reenacted scenes from Troy’s past experiences in the hope of unravelling the dark side of this Chameleon who maintains a GLOBAL INFLUENCE.
A live satirical dadaist performance by artist Tim Mckew accompanied by pianist Peter DeRyk along with archival exhibitions from artists including Jenny Bannister, Julie Higginbotham, Henry Talbot, Rennie Ellis, Peter Haffenden and Ecco Homo’s Peter Vanessa Troy Davies, works that have not been seen for 36 years.
Come and relive some of the magic of ‘Those legendary Art Happenings’ those Dada Cabarets first staged at Galleries, Street St Kilda; with accompanying Exhibition including artwork by Peter Vanessa Troy Davies from 1979.
There will be four different shows / satires: Egypt Versus Berlin , The Harold Holt Show , House Hunting and The 1982 Stilleto Heel take it off [ a satire on Catholicism ] Starring Tim Mckew, original songs and parodies by Tim Mckew and David Evans with Peter De RyK on piano. Photographic light boxes by Peter Haffenden, photo collages and original cigarette girl by Vanessa Bianca Harrow, original usherette -Deborah Thomas, additional photos by Henry Talbot and Julie Higginbotham, original costumes were by Jenny Bannister, original hats were by Graeme Hare, original poster/ flyer art work and painting by Paul Cater, new hats by Carol Murphy, original shows documented by Henry Talbot and Rennie Ellis, website – www.timmckew.com
I had no idea what to expect from the premier screening of Ecco Homo at ACMI as part of the 2015 Melbourne International Film Festival.
Strongly feeling the six degrees of separation that bind us all, I was hooked from the very beginning of this touching, revealing, voyeuristic and transforming film.
Unlike many other viewers in that packed cinema, to my knowledge I had not personally encountered Peter Vanessa Troy Davies during his life, nor was I aware of being familiar with his work or influence. Yet, within minutes his direct influence on my life became clear, beaming into me from the screen.
Ecco Homo is a beautifully crafted collaborative work of cinematic art, lovingly pieced together and co-edited by filmmakers’ Lynn-Maree Milburn, Andrew de Groot and Richard Lowenstein from Ghost Pictures.
The film is a collage of interconnected stories and haunting myths reflecting the life and times of Peter Vanessa Troy Davies (1960 – 2007).
Through intimate interviews from family, friends and artists including Bono from U2, Nick Cave, Tim Mckew and Anne Harding to name a few. And through a collection of still photographs spanning over 30 years, along with biographical and auto biographical film footage shot by a variety of cameras and people over a period of ten years; Peter Vanessa Troy Davies came to life, piercing through time and space and permeating the theatre with a high voltage electric charge.
For a man who fell victim to a melting pot of addictions, in life as in death, Peter Vanessa Troy Davies, artist and provocateur has bequeathed to us a powerful message of love, art and transformation. An expansive creative mojo that continues to circle the globe.
You know her as the sassy lead singer of The Flying Saucer favourites, Jam The Funk, but now she is coming to the Saucer to present her own show “A Bridesmaid’s Journey”.
Nikki Nicholls is a singer-songwriter who began her singing career at a very early age on a weekly Australian children’s TV show called “Brian and the Juniors”.
After leaving school she performed throughout Australia and overseas with various bands including Australian Crawl, Suzie Quatro, Sharon O’Neil, Richard Clapton and the John Farnham Band where she was one of the original members providing support to artists such as Stevie Wonder, The Police, The Pretenders and Talking Heads.
In 1990 and 1991 she was Kylie Minogue’s backing vocalist whilst on tour throughout the U.K., Japan, Europe and Asia. She has also performed and toured for many corporate companies such as GMH, Ford, Jet Set and Honda to name but a few. Nikki has been one of Australia’s top session singers since the early 1980’s recording hundreds of commercials and backing vocals on albums such as Whispering Jack, John Farnham, Daryl Braithwaite, Colleen Hewitt, Indecent Obsession, Craig McLachlan, Nikki Webster and many more.
Currently she is performing on stage in the highly acclaimed show “Girls Girls Girls” with Wendy Stapleton and Debra Byrne.
This special performance will introduce songs from her most recent record Bridesmaid, her rock album Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood (featuring music of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Jimi Hendrix), a collection of songs from artists she has toured and sung with and ‘on the road’ stories of her journey thus far. You can expect a spectacular performance from this very talented songstress!
Flying Saucer Club
30 August 2015 PRICES: Reserved Seating: $25 + bf General Admission: $18 + bf Door (GA): $20 TIMES: Doors Open: 3pm Showtime: 3.30pm TIMES: