UNDER THE LINO – The Life & Art of Bruce Goold


UNDER THE LINO film is an exciting look at 50 years of Bruce’s Art and Life.  The film was produced and directed by Bill Leimbach, with a music score by Australian group LIME CORDIALE.   


The film takes us from the Bohemian days in the infamous YELLOW HOUSE to grand hotel renovations on Lord Howe Island, to the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House, to Sydney Lady Mayor’s own collection in her town hall office.


UNDER THE LINO incorporates Bruce at work, terrific archival film and photos of some exotic times and  people – with wonderful conversations that will help weave a path through his dynamic and colourful career in the 60, 70′ 80’s 90’ 00’s and still going today – 50 years of Australian art.


Some of the contributors to the colourful discussions are: Dare Jennings, Rachel Ward & Bryan Brown, Hayley Baillie, David Elfick, Ian Kiernan, Cressida Campbell, George Gittoes, Greg Weight, Jeremy Thomas, Nancy Goold and Wendy Whiteley.


With 34 interviews that needed to be edited, alas there were many sequences that did not make the final cut. Therefore a DVD has been created to go along with the film, to add substance to the characters we meet in the movie itself.  Bruce’s imagery and the film’s computer graphic work are melded by the clever musical score. This is truly an innovative and educational one hour Arts Programme for both Australian and international art and historian interests.


Having produced film and television for over 25 years, Bill Leimbach knew that any film about such a colourful character as Bruce would be alive with good yarns and exotic people. His idea was to try to tell Bruce’ story from the people who have acquired his pieces over the span of his creativity – fabrics, sculptures, lino-prints, paintings and interior designs, works that are pride of place in homes around Australia, and most recently, the world.  


Bill’s last film was a comedy, DEPARTURE LOUNGE:  A Bollywood Affair”, selected as AACTA’s Best ‘Social Short’ Comedy of 2015.      Before that he produced the critically acclaimed box office hit, BENEATH HILL 60, a World War I epic for which he received 12 AFI nominations including Best Film, Best Director and Best Script.


After University in California, Bill trained at Film School in London, later working with the BBC, and the UK film industry for ten years, before moving his production company to Australia in the 1980s. From Sydney he has produced over 25 films – features, documentary and arts programs – for National Geographic, Discovery, PBS, BBC, ABC and SBS and Australian commercial TV networks 7, 9 and 10.


UNDER THE LINO was very much a family affair. Bill shot the doco, after which his oldest son, Oliver, edited into an hour over the course of a year. His second son, Louis created the music and together with their band LIME CORDIALE they produced exciting sequences that drive Bruce from his early days growing up in Newcastle, to his work on the Opera House, his collection in the Sydney Lord Mayor’s office to designs for grand hotels on Lord Howe Island.  Another family friend, Joe Brown, contributed the  graphic design throughout including the poster and DVD.

 Bill said, ‘I always wanted it to be as entertaining as it is entertaining.  I saw it as an important film that needed to be told, about a great Australian artist that most Australians know nothing about”




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Selection of Bruce Goold’s Work

To contact the artist please visit www.brucegoold.com

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Bruce’s father’s furniture store in Newcastle, where Bruce first learned design and fabric in the 1960s.

Bruce’s fabric workspace

Surf Life Saver Association

One of Bruce’s many birds

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