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David's lifelong interest in the arts started with his childhood ambition to be a painter. As a teenage art school student, he also started playing the clarinet in local jazz bands. Studying photography at night led him to gain a coveted job as assistant and printer for internationally renowned industrial photographer Wolfgang Sievers, before he left Melbourne for Sydney to gain a foothold in the then tiny Australian film industry. David only ceased painting years later, after it became obvious that his talents would better be employed in filmmaking.

David Muir's previous arts film successes include Portrait of an Australian, Francis Bacon Paintings, J M W Turner, and The Pre-Raphaelite Revolt.

All the arts were covered in films David shot on the first Adelaide Arts Festival and the initial Hong Kong Arts festival, and particularly in Opus – some aspects of art and culture in Britain today, which earned him major international awards.

After his return to Australia, his film festival and TV successes continued with The Rough and the Smooth, a TV-hour documentary on Australian impressionists Tom Roberts and Charles Conder, shown on ABC TV's "Australian Impact" series and nominated for the Australian Film Institute's "Best Non-fiction Screenplay" Award.

This film was produced by Film Australia as a result of the success (shown repeatedly by ABC TV and widely used in schools) of David's 41 films in the Australian Eye series about key Australian visual artists – past and present – made for Film Australia in collaboration with major galleries.

"Some fascinating insights and the visual interest never flags." – The Australian

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Culinary arts

Dance arts


Stage arts

Visual arts