A Feature Film Inspired by True Stories
The story of a group of holocaust survivors who drink hard, argue with gusto and simply refuse to fade away.
“As long as we’re alive we’ll keep dancing.”
The Buchenwald Boys is a feature film proposal inspired by the lives of the Buchenwald Boys in Melbourne Australia. A number of the ‘Boys’ participated in the documentary, The Buchenwald Ball that was produced and directed by Danny Ben-Moshe and Andrew Wiseman in 2005.
Sixty years after their liberation from the Buchenwald concentration camp at the end of World War II, three Jewish survivors of the Holocaust who now live in Melbourne Australia, are still going strong. Only technically inretirement, they remain actively engaged in their local community and the world at large. They love to argue, dance, sing and above all raise a toast in hard liquor to their long lives at the annual Buchenwald Ball.
Immensely proud of their children, grandchildren and with a few great grandchildren on the way, it’s as if there’s nothing these three unstoppable forces of nature have neglected to do with their lives. Except for one thing. To honour the promise they made to each other at the moment of liberation from captivity by the Nazi war machine: to return to the camp where they first met but this time as free men.
The Buchenwald Boys is the story of their remarkable and delightfully unruly journey through Poland to each oftheir own birthplaces before circling back to the terrible circumstance of their meeting. A place, like several others throughout Germany, where so many were destined to die, but where these three, in their separate ways, discovered what it takes to not just survive but to live.
When sisters sing together their voices blend – that’s what gives us our power.
This is a story of song and exile and the West Papuan struggle and cool, funky music.
David Bridie - Composer/Musician
Filmed across a full year, The Black Sistaz is an observational documentary with a pumping musical beat, revealing how three Australian women from West Papua launch their first album in Australia and Vanuatu. And while they’re at it they’re going to laugh a lot, eat a lot and revel in the support from their West Papuan community.
The West Papuan population is a largely hidden culture in Australia but its voice, its energy and its exuberance for life is huge…
If life’s against you girl, pick yourself up baby, readjust your crown.
You got to stand up and rise up, Mama Pacifica, you got to stand tall…
Lyrics from Mama Pacifica by Lea Rumwaropen
So you think the Art World is an ivory tower peopled by an elite of spiritually enlightened, morally impeccable and highly discerning intelligentsia?
Well possibly. A few. But when a Cezanne sells today for $250million expect to also find yourself rubbing shoulders with the bottom feeders.
Thieves, swindlers, fakes and forgers abound in a world where art and crime are seldom far removed.
But whether it’s the high life, or the low life, the ebullient figure of
EMERITUS PROFESSOR (ART) JULIUS BEAUMONT is entirely at home in both.
You can find him …
mixing with the upper 2% at a National Gallery fundraiser
hob-nobbing over a beer with the FEDPOL Art Crime Squad, celebrating the retrieval of a stolen artwork he’s helped recover in a renowned auction house in London, helping unravel a ‘switch and bait’ swindle, that began with a Perth art dealer lecturing his rapt students on the noble art of forgery at Melbourne University at Port Phillip goal seeking the help of the forger he put away, and whose work he much admires with a shady antique dealer in Sydney, in the guise of a buyer who’s in the market for plundered antiquities from the Iraqi war
or in Paris with the Holocaust Art Restitution Project, battling impossible odds to have a Nazi plundered artwork returned to its rightful Melbourne owner
or the St Kilda Marina, on a cruiser, with flowing champagne and bikini clad girls, selling a stolen masterpiece to a well known gangland figure – in a FEDPOL sting operation
and you will certainly find him at times down at the world leading Synchrotron in Melbourne, watching in triumph as space age technology peels away the forger’s over-painting to reveal the old master beneath. As he suspected.
The Prof is a man of many parts – and he embraces them all with enthusiasm.
Which is probably why he’s a much sought after Gatekeeper …