April 07

THE RENNIE ELLIS SHOW

Rennie's kids, Josh and Sylvie Ellis

Rennie’s kids, Josh and Sylvie Ellis

 You don’t have to have met Rennie Ellis to gather that he was a larrikin. A real Aussie larrikin, not a faux Hollywood one. It’s all there in his raucous photo’s, in his choice of venue, of subject, of dance floor, beach or market. You feel his delight in seeing what he was seeing. There’s knicker flashing and other easily recognisable free, rule defyingly experimental behaviour. A Mum succumbs to her kids constant nagging after partaking in more than a couple of medicinal Cinzano Bianco and Dries. ‘Sure go ahead and try it, have a quick puff on my fag, you won’t like it.’ Hell raisers on every wall, unabashedly playing up. It’s not like the camera’s presence is reigning in the antics. Maybe it’s even amping them up.

Thank heavens Rennie and his camera were there. So we can all look on and join in the magic. There’s a volume of work from the 70’s, another from the 80’s, both page turners. The books launched, the show opened. Friends, family and industry stalwarts all turned out to celebrate The Rennie Ellis Show. He would have loved it.

 Natalie Thomas

The Rennie Ellis Show continues at the Monash Gallery of Art , the home of Australian Photography, till 8th June

Shaune Lakin, Manuela Furci and William Yang

Shaune Lakin, Manuela Furci and William Yang

Jenny Bannister

Jenny Bannister

Stephen Dupont

Stephen Dupont

 

Sonya Governor and Victoria Taylor

Sonya Governor and Victoria Taylor

Smash Sexist Movies

Smash Sexist Movies

Talking about Rennie

Talking about Rennie

Catherine Bell and Glen Sloggett

Natascha Stellmach, Peta Clancy and Mish Pulling

Natascha Stellmach, Peta Clancy and Mish Pulling

Phoebe Negara, Jacinta O'Leary and Kerry Negara

Phoebe Negara, Jacinta O’Leary and Kerry Negara

Rebecca and Jean McLean

Rebecca and Jean McLean

Robert McFarlane

Robert McFarlane

Rennie's camera and books of his work

Rennie’s camera and books of his work

bum shot

bum shot

Baby Josh in a pic by his Dad

Baby Josh in a pic by his Dad

Bay City Rollers

Bay City Rollers

Kylie Wilkinson

Kylie Wilkinson