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Film Screening: "In The Footsteps of George Chinnery: An English Artist in Macau"

Campbell McLean (Main Producer), Terry O’Toole (Director) & Jill Rigg (Co-Producer)
Monday, 3 Sep 2018
6:30pm Drinks Reception, 7:30pm Introduction, 7:40pm Film followed by Q&A
Bonhams, Suite 2001, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
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The Royal Geographical Society is pleased to welcome Campbell McLean, Terry O’Toole and Jill Rigg to introduce a film screening of their documentary of the life and works of George Chinnery. George Chinnery was the first and most notable of all the 19th century European artists to live in Southern China prior to the arrival of photography. The documentary is presented and narrated by Dr Patrick Conner, a world-renowned expert on “China Trade” paintings. The screening is followed by a question and answer session.

In the film, Dr Conner arrives in Macau and retraces Chinnery's footsteps, visiting many of the artist’s favourite sketching locations, in order to give the audience an insight into this great artist’s lifestyle.  Dr Connor highlights the particular significance of the artist’s work on the study of Chinese culture as well as the impact of the European traders in Macau and China during the turbulent years surrounding the first Opium War.  

George Chinnery captured these vibrant scenes and more from around Macau during his years there and thanks to him those moments, at the height of China Trade, are encapsulated forever in his works.  His sketches, watercolours and oil paintings are held in museums and private collections worldwide.  

Campbell McLean has a long association with Hong Kong and has worked throughout the region as a writer, producer, director and creative production consultant.  His first project in Hong Kong was in 1985 with British independent filmmaker Hugh Gibb, filming The China Story in Guangzhou. 

Terry O’Toole has over 35 years of experience in TV and video production as award-winning editor and director.  He has directed commercials in the UK, Australia and Hong Kong, and numerous documentary projects for LUSA, Hong Kong Tourism Board, Macau Government Tourist Office and the Shanghai Tourist Board.

Jill Rigg is a pioneer of a number of commercial businesses in Hong Kong and China.  She was a founder member of HK Heritage Association as an activist for the preservation of buildings.  In The Footsteps of George Chinnery is her first television project and she was instrumental in linking the production with all of the major collectors of Chinnery’s works in Hong Kong.


Members, guests and others are most welcome to attend this talk, which is HK$150 for Members and HK$200 for guests and others including a glass of white wine. This event is free of charge for Student Members.

 The Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong wishes to express its thanks to Bonhams for its generous assistance with this talk. 

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