George Dreyfus: A Portrait| 6mins
Director: Jane Carnegie | Producer: Jane Carnegie
Focus Years: 1984 | Country: Australia
'Oh Paddy, have you heard it, the news that's goin' round, the Kellys' price is goin' up, they're worth eight thousand pound ...' George Dreyfus, Melbourne composer and bassonist (born Germany 1928), sings with vigour two verses from a version of 'Kellys, Byrne and Hart' on the Ned Kelly gang, accompanied by pianist Alison McAllister. Dreyfus opens the film on bassoon, and we learn that he researched Australian folk songs for inspiration before composing 'Rush' for the 1970s television series of that name set in the Victorian gold rush. A packed portrait, he also visits China and as the film closes, listens to his Jewish Mass.
Nascent filmmaker, Jane Carnegie produced this and three other shorts in the mid 1980s under the banner of her then business Anketell Productions. She holds copyright to the film and Dreyfus was paid a fee for his music. Carnegie has specialised in Asian art in Melbourne and her website is www.janecarnegie.com.