Twilight Time explores the life and work of ‘insurgent Intellectual’ Desmond Ball (1947-2016). This ‘barefooted academic’ from a minor defence partner ‘down under’ was hailed by Jimmy Carter as “the man who saved the world” as he proved the fallacy of the doctrine of limited nuclear war. His study of Pine Gap – in the heart of Australia’s central desert – infuriated Australia’s defence establishment. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Des could be found trekking deep into the sensitive borderlands of Burma and Thailand advising persecuted minorities on signals intelligence. His work on Australian signals intelligence in Timor-Leste informed Australian citizens on issues governments prefer remain secret. The work and life of Des Ball – his curiosity and commitments – offers a window on Australia’s involvement in nuclear war fighting, mass surveillance, global strategy and defence policy. Des Ball made a difference; his insights are everyday more urgent.
John Hughes’ projects as a director cross boundaries of film, television and media art practice and include video, gallery installation and essay documentary for festivals and broadcast. Presented nationally and internationally, his projects explore Australian film, Indigenous rights and political and cultural activism and histories. Most recent films: SENSES OF CINEMA (2022) Cinema Feature MIFF Premiere screening 2022, Critics Circle of Australia Award ‘Best Documentary’. PEACE PILGRIMS (2021) ABC TV, Finalist Australian Writers Guid ‘Best Broadcast Documentary’, Finalist ATOM Awards ‘History’ International festivals invitations:, including Docs Without Borders ‘Excellence’ Award. Moving image works acquired and presented at the ICA London, the Tate Gallery London, ARC Art Museum Paris, Biennale of Sydney, Ewing Gallery, University of Melbourne, MCA Sydney, NSW Art Gallery, Griffiths University, University of Queensland Art Museum and ACMI Melbourne.