Six-part series begins Monday 17 November @ 8.00pm
Produced by Endemol Southern Star for ABC TV 6 x 30”
Face Painting with Bill Leak is a six-part series
which will take viewers on an amazing journey as
renowned cartoonist and portrait painter Bill Leak
paints six well-known Australians.
Most people know Bill Leak as one of Australia's
leading satirists via his day job as The Australian’s
daily editorial cartoonist. But he is also a highly
respected portrait painter, who equally divides
his time between ridiculing his subjects
mercilessly in his cartoons and immortalising
them in oils.
As with any portrait, the first thing an artist must do is find the soul of the subject. Face
Painting follows Bill on this journey of discovery each week as he attempts to find the
real person he’s about to commit to canvas.
Over each episode Bill will build a very personal picture of the subject he’s trying to
capture on canvas and give us an insight into the detailed process of portraiture - just
how difficult it is to ‘capture’ that essence on canvas. He will also share his ups and
downs on how it feels when he thinks he’s got someone just right, or not quite right.
In Face Painting this process is even harder for Bill as his subjects are no longer with us.
The six Australian legends he will paint are Pro Hart, June Salter, Bon Scott, Charlie
Perkins, Tilly Devine and Boy Charlton. Just who were these identities? What would they
have been like if they had actually been sitting for the portrait?
Using archival vision and photos, interviews with friends and family, Bill will immerse
himself in his subject’s world. He’ll visit their favourite places, participate in their
favourite pastimes. He wants to understand the essence of his subject.
At the end of the show, Bill will reveal to the TV audience and the subject’s family and
friends his portrait. Will they like it or hate it?
After each episode the final portrait will also be revealed the next day on
Ep 1: Monday November 17 @ 8.00pm
PRO HART: “The painter paints the painter…”
Ep 2: Monday November 24 @ 8.00pm
JUNE SALTER: “The portrait that pushes Bill to the limit…”
Ep 3: Monday December 1 @ 8.00pm
BON SCOTT: “The littlest, larger than life man of rock and roll…”
This emotional episode features an exclusive
interview with his ex-wife, Irene who has
never fronted a television camera before.
She was married to Bon when he was
unknown. They separated before he hit the
heights with AC/DC but maintained a close
relationship up until his death in 1980. Irene
agreed to talk to Bill to explain the story
behind an intimate personal collection of
photos, cards and letters which she sold two
years ago. Other interviews include devoted
fan Doug Thorncroft, close friend Graham
“Buzz” Bidstrup and respected rock
photographer Graham Webber.
Ep 4: Monday December 8 @ 8.00pm
DR CHARLES PERKINS AO: “The man of so many firsts…”
Ep 5: Monday December 15 @ 8.00pm
TILLY DEVINE: “The woman who makes grown men cry…”
Ep 6: Monday December 22 @ 8.00pm
BOY CHARLTON: “The legend who turned his back on stardom…”