Autopsy on a Dream Premieres

Lost film opens celebrations at the Sydney Opera House and on ABC1

To launch their 40th Anniversary celebrations, the Opera House premiered Autopsy on a Dream, John Weiley’s long-lost 1968 film about the troubled birth of Danish architect Jørn Utzon’s masterpiece, to an audience including former Opera House construction workers on Thursday 17 October 2013.

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The film, narrated by Bob Ellis, was then screened for the first time on Australian television on Sunday 20 October on ABC1 and made available to watch on demand.

John Weiley’s mesmerising and still controversial film about the creation of the Sydney Opera House… beautiful to look at, often funny, frequently moving and occasionally shocking.

Graeme Blundell The Australian,  19 October 2013

The program is a valuable time capsule – far more than a simple retrospection. Its original character sustains, and its relevance is enhanced.

Doug Anderson, The Guardian, 21 October 2013

terrific in its own right… a wonderful document of Australian life and history

Melinda Houston, Sydney Morning Herald Critics Choice, 20 October 2013