A cinema length documentary about the life of radical artist Rosaleen Norton. Genius or crank?
The Witch of Kings Cross is a cinema length documentary set in the occult subculture of 1950's Sydney, exploring the life of the most persecuted, prosecuted and daring female artist in Australian history - Rosaleen Norton.
Director/Producer - Sonia Bible
Co-Producer - Peter Butt
Director of Photography - Eddy Gill
Production Designer - Eve Waugh
Choreographer - Maya Sheridan - Martinez
Rosaleen Norton - Kate Laxton
Pan - Damien Grima
Lilith - Karlee Misipeka
Lucifer - Lukas Rose
Journalist - Graham Yates
Costume Designer - Laura McGenniss
Hair & Makeup Designer - Boo Talbot
Makeup Artist - Romeo Angelo Recupido
Hair & Makeup Artist - Jean Louis De Lapanouse
Gaffer - Grahame Dickson
Camera Assistant - Christine Chahoud
Composer - Geri Green
Standby Props - Oliver Levi Malouf
Production Assistant - Andrew Hall
We started filming the interviews in mid 2013, when biographer Dr Nevill Drury mentioned that he was dying of cancer. He was very generous with his story and research and I got the sense that he was 'handing over the baton'. He passed away six week later.
Before long we filmed an interview with bohemian artist John Martinsen who was an old friend of Roie's and original occult member. He was 90 at the time and has since passed away as well. I found 100 year old dancer Eileen Kramer who shared a house with Roie and group of young women artists in the 1930's. I realized this story is on the edge of living memory.
We continued filming interviews with academics, eccentrics, artists, writers and witnesses over the last few years, in the belief that this is a story that needs to be documented for future generations.
We'll be filming a few final interviews after our drama shoot in September.
The late Dr Nevill Drury, biographer.
The late John Martensen, artist and good friend to Rosaleen.
Eileen Kramer, dancer and good friend to Rosaleen.
George Gittoes, artist and founder of The Yellow House.
Jack Seargent, writer.
Gretel Pinniger, former dominatrix 'Madam Lash'.
Keith Richmond, writer and publisher.
Robert Buratti, artist and art dealer.
Dr Marguerite Johnson, feminist historian, University of Newcastle.
Richard Kaczynski, author "Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley".
Professor Barbara Creed, author "The Monstrous Feminine" and "Phallic Panic".
Philip Luker, journalist.
Stephanie and Stephen Gabor, old friend of Rosaleen.
Richard (Dick) Hughes, old friend of Gavin Greenlees.