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Love and Devotion:

from Persia and Beyond

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28 min documentary, produced, written, directed and filmed by Philippe Charluet (developed with the assistance of Film Victoria),  made in collaboration with Stella Motion Pictures and the State Library of Victoria. Filmed in Melbourne, Oxford, Cambridge and Canberra (ANU)

The long tradition of Persian literature, poetry and arts of the book is showcased in an international exhibition, Love and Devotion: From Persia and Beyond, an exclusive collaboration between two of the oldest institutions of their kind in their respective countries, the State Library of Victoria and the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford (the exhibition was also shown in Oxford, UK).

Traveling across the world for the first time, many rare manuscripts dating from the 13th to 18th centuries are put on display for us to experience the detail and beauty of Persian illumination, calligraphy and poetic stories that date back to antiquity, yet transcend time and place. Within this setting, a precious window is opened – and this documentary offers a unique opportunity to explore this extraordinarily rich cultural past and its dialogue with Western literature.

We have also produced cinema commercials (screened at Palace Cinemas), as well as a 10 min film that was projected on a loop within the exhibition, showcasing Persian poetry, music and the beautiful illuminated manuscripts to over 120,000 visitors during its 3 month duration.

TAASA Review (see Philippe Charluet’s article DISCOVERING PERSIAN MUSIC, page 17)

Featured Video (previous page): documentary trailer – also used as SLV online promotion as well as screened on STUDIO arts channel (Foxtel Australia)

Videos Tab above:

1) Cinema commercial (30 sec)

2) Exhibition Film (10 min) – projected within

3) Extended section: the arrival of a a precious Persian book at a Melbourne book dealer

4) Documentary trailer with Farsi voice-over (as seen on BBC Persia)

 

  • Love & Devotion - Mini Poster
  • Detail from a Mughal Manuscript: Bahram Gur listens as Dilaram enchants the animals (from Amir Khusrau, Khamsa, 1599-1600)
  • The mystic, Ahmad al-Ghazali, conversing with a young man (work attributed to Gazurgahi, Majalis al-‘Ushshaq, 1552)
  • The marriage of Yusuf and Zulaykha (from Jami, Yusuf u Zulaykha, 1595)
  • Conference of the birds (from ‘Attar, Mantiq al-Tayr, 1493)
  • Majnun among the animals (from Nizami, Layla u Majnun, Mughal, early 17th century)
  • Jules Laurens, ‘Cour du Palais de la Mission Française à Téhéran en 1848’ (from Xavier Hommaire de Hell, Voyage en Turquie et en Perse)
  • The Bodleian Library, Oxford (photo Philippe Charluet)

Producer/Writer/Director
Philippe CHARLUET

In order of appearance
Susan SCOLLAY - Art Historian & Guest Exhibition Co-Curator
Shane CARMODY - State Library of Victoria
Richard OVENDEN - Bodleian Libraries, Oxford
Claire WILLIAMSON - Exhibition Co-Curator - State Library of Victoria
Dr Zahra TAHERI - Australian National University
Prof Amin SAIKAL - Australia National University
Dr Mammad AIDANI - University of Melbourne
Dr Firuza MELVILLE - University of Cambridge
Prof Charles MELVILLE - University of Cambridge
Dr Gillian EVISON - Bodleian Libraries, Oxford

MANUSCRIPTS COURTESY OF
The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford
The State Library of Victoria

PERSIAN POETRY READING
Mehdi MIRZAEI

SPECIAL THANKS TO
All the people appearing and
Anne-Marie SCHWIRTLICH
The Honourable John CAIN
Robert HEATHER
Fiona WILSON
Jean HOLLAND
Ian COX
Sarah HASELTON
Margot JONES
Caroline PAUSCH
Alasdair WATSON
Steve WARNE

and all the staff of
The State Library of Victoria
& the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford

MUSIC & SONGS
'Les Chants Brûlés' (album)
Ney o Avaze e Bayat (song)
Dar Acheghi (song)
by Alireza GHORBANI
Label, production, édition:
ACCORDS CROISÉS
accords-croises.com

MEHR ENSEMBLE
Daf Solos
Ney Solos
Shahnameh (song)
Conference of the Birds
The Reed (song)
Submission (song)
Ederlezi in Dashti (song)
'Love and Devotion' (album)
Mehdi MIRZAEI - Singer
Samira KARIMI - Singer
Pooya MEHMANPAZIR - Setar/ Tar
Toofan TOGHYANI - Daf/ Ney

NEFES ENSEMBLE
Rachel ATKINSON - Cello Solo

Arya BASTANINEZHAD
Ney solo

PERSIAN TEXT ADVISOR
Dr Zahra Taheri
Australian National University

MAP - CARTOGRAPHY
Chandra JAYASURIYA
Dpt of Resource Management
and Geography
School of Land & Environment
The University of Melbourne

MINIATURE PORTRAIT
of Edward FITZGERALD
by Eva RIVETT-CARNAC
after a photograph of 1873;
National Portrait Gallery, London

DERVISH FOOTAGE
Courtesy of the Turkish Consulate, Melbourne

PHOTOGRAPHS of FIRDAUSI STATUE
Courtesy of Dr Mario CASARI, Rome

For STELLA MOTION PICTURES

Cinematography
Philippe CHARLUET

Sound
Mark TARPEY
Chris IZZARD
Jerry LEEPER

Grip
Richard TURTON

Gaffer
Peter RYAN

Camera Assistant
Daris LAURINS

Editor/ Music Director/ Sound Mix
Philippe CHARLUET

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