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Melbourne Documentary Film Festival Review – ‘Can Art Stop a Bullet’

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William Kelly, artist and peace activist, has been called the ‘moral conscience’ of Australian Art. For him there’s no line between life and art. Can Art Stop a Bullet is a documentary about the man himself and centered around an art piece he’s making for the State Library of Victoria. The film explores the connections between art and activism and how imagery in their own way can change people’s view on things happening in the world, their own lives and the lives of those around them.

Kelly’s art project will combine former pieces of his career and art that has inspired him throughout his life, in a collage of drawings that will tell a story of their own. He narrates the process of this important art piece, starting by taking us to his hometown in Buffalo, NY, where he explains how words and literature were his ways of escaping…

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