Museo Italiano - Identity

The Museo Italiano is a new cultural centre for Melbourne's Italo-Australian community that chronicles - through moving image, object based and interactive exhibitions and installations - the history of migration of Italians to Victoria and Melbourne since the mid 1800s.

Daybreak Films was commissioned by the Museo Italiano to create several different moving image installations for permanent exhibition. 

The first element 'Identity' involves a 4 screen installation consisting of 16 lyrical and evocative documentaries exploring different facets of the hybrid identities of Italian Australians. With cinematography by Katie Milwright, Stefan Duscio and Rhys Graham and a score by Canberra based composer Flynn Wheeler, these intimate films feature over 20 subjects ranging from a young Milanese 'migrant for love', to kickboxing champion Sam Greco, a family who make hundreds of kilos of prosciutti and salami for themselves each winter, and a woman who collects and performs the early folk songs of migrant women.

The museum curated and produced by Deborah Rechter and Jennifer Klempfner will be a permanent place for the community to celebrate it's divergent history. It is located at 179 Faraday St, Carlton. More info can be found here.



16 x 4 mins, 2010, Colour

  • 16 x 4min documentary exhibited as continuous loop over 4 screens, colour, stereo sound
  • Produced by Andrea Distefano & Rhys Graham
  • Directed by Rhys Graham & Natasha Gadd
  • Cinematography by Katie Milwright, Stefan Duscio, Rhys Graham
  • Edited by Tim Mummery, Natasha Gadd, Rhys Graham
  • Score by Flynn Wheeler