ACMI, The Australian Centre for the Moving Image will host the opening of the world premiere of the inaugural Artbank + ACMI Commission, The Beehive by artist Zanny Begg on Tuesday 31 July.

Based on the unsolved murder of famous Sydney anti-development campaigner Juanita Nielsen in 1975, Zanny Begg’s The Beehive examines themes of gentrification, corruption, sex-work, feminism and non-conformist lifestyles in the work.

"Juanita walked into The Carousel nightclub in July 1975 and disappeared. This void forms the core of The Beehive, a gap that is filled with a multitude of contemporary actors and activists who all in their own unique way reflect aspects of Juanita. There are twelve people cast as Juanita allowing multiple readings of her story and its significance for Sydney. I am very thankful to ACMI and Artbank for this opportunity to bring such an important story to the screen," says Artist Zanny Begg.

ACMI Director and CEO Katrina Sedgwick is excited about the artwork. “Zanny Begg’s The Beehive is a shifting and dynamic examination of an unsolved mystery, a cinematic hybrid of historical and contemporary issues. We’re thrilled that the inaugural Artbank + ACMI Commission is such a genre-defying and multi-layered work featuring screen industry icons such as Pamela Rabe and Nicolas Hope. Our commissioning program seeks to support artists working at the juncture of art and technology and The Beehive is a fantastic example.


This three-year commissioning program is the first of its kind in Australia and will support Australian artists and filmmakers working at the edge of film and art enabling them to make a new, ambitious and experimental screen based work, and to explore new forms in their practice.

Offering a unique, one-of-a-kind artwork in film and multimedia, see The Beehive: Who Killed Juanita Neilsen by Zanny Begg at ACMI.


Dates: Tuesday 31 July - 4 November 2018

Location: ACMI - Federation Square, Crn of Swanston and Flinders Street, Melbourne

Times: Open daily, 10am

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