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Dogs at Cactus, 1975

by John Witzig

Dogs at Cactus, 1975

Between 1967 and 1970 Paul Witzig made The Hot Generation, Evolution and Sea of Joy, documenting the brilliance of, among others, Bob McTavish, Russell Hughes, George Greenough, Nat Young, Ted Spencer and, notably, the young Wayne Lynch. An ensuing project was Rolling Home, an adventure-travel documentary featuring Hawaiian surfer Reno Abellira. That film took Witzig and his partner Marianne to Cactus, south of Penong in South Australia. The crew, including architect Judy Bray, built this house for three dollars and Paul and Marianne settled there in 1975. They made substantial improvements over the course of the next few years, before moving to northern New South Wales, where, in due course, Witzig completed his MA in architecture.