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The Mary Stuart Tapes
9 min video, stereo sound, 1999


John Gillies places Schiller’s Maria Stuart (1800) in a contemporary context. Stalking through inner Sydney streets, she is an interminably wandering, banished, displaced ghost, beamed mischievously down under – a ‘down under’ suggesting more Joyce’s use of the term. Stuart’s disembodied voice conjoins eerily with Sydney’s early colonial history and speaks to the peculiar Australian sense of belonging; of being out of place and out of voice.

programme note, International Short Film Awards, 49th Melbourne International Film Festival, 2000


performer: Clare Grant

translation: Helen Lutz

music: John Gillies



Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane

Exhibitions & Screenings

John Gillies Videoworks, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane 2006

John Gillies Videoworks, Performance Space, Sydney 2004
Fédéracion Internationale pour la Recherce Théâtrale conference, Sydney 2001

Short Film Awards, Melbourne International Film Festival 2000

Sydney Film Festival 2000


Live Art/Media Art: John Gillies and the Techno Live by Edward Scheer

John Gillies makes Video by Ruark Lewis

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