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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

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Bruce Beresford at home in Birchgrove, 2018

Zoe Young

Darling Portrait Prize Finalist

Having studied New Wave cinema at art school and read The Best Film I Never Made, I began my journey to persuade Bruce Beresford to sit for a portrait. After a year of emails, including enthusing his producer Sue Milliken, he rather reluctantly accepted. At our first meeting I asked him how I should paint the portrait, and he answered with a laugh: ‘You're the artist – however you want!’ Overwhelmed to be holding the creative reins at first, I managed to calm down and get on with the job. This is one of my many paintings of the director, now a mentor and friend.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.