Thought to have been destroyed, John Weiley’s controversial documentary Autopsy on a Dream, has been resurrected 45 years later, and is accompanied by a prologue about its making and destruction.
Autopsy on a Dream is as extraordinary as its provocative subject matter, the dramatic story of the building of the Sydney Opera House culminating in Jorn Utzon’s departure from the project. John Weiley was commissioned in 1968 by BBC2 controller David Attenborough to direct and produce Autopsy on a Dream, and following its only screening on the BBC, it was destroyed – literally chopped to pieces on the BBC chopping block. Miraculously a mute print of the film was rediscovered in a BBC vault this year, and has now been restored with sound saved by Weiley, and with a new prologue, The Dream of Perfection.
It premieres on ABC1, 9:25pm, Sunday 20th October. The Dream of Perfection is produced by Felix Media’s John Maynard, and co-produced by Donna Chang.