Arts / Exhibition pays tribute to legendary Graham Kennedy

IN a new online exhibition the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia is paying tribute to the life and work of TV superstar, “The King” of Australian television, the late Graham Kennedy.

And it’s screening a couple of movies, too.

Graham Kennedy, left, in “Don’s Party”.

Kennedy, they say shot to fame in Australian living rooms with the TV show “In Melbourne Tonight” 60 years ago, on May 6, 1957, and went on to enjoy a hilarious partnership with Bert Newton staying there until 1969. “The Graham Kennedy Show” and game show “Blankety Blanks” were equally popular.

But as archive staff point out, Kennedy was also a serious screen actor, so to mark the launch of the online exhibition, the Arc cinema is hosting a mini-season of Kennedy on the big screen titled, “Graham Kennedy: The King’s Other side”.

“Don’s Party” and “The Club” will be screened at the Arc cinema, National Film & Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit. Friday, May 26, from 6.30pm. Bookings to nfsa.gov.au or tickets at the door

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