December 1972 – January 1973

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  • 25/05/2010 NEWS: 28/11/1972. Gough Whitlam with dancers Rudolf Nureyev and Sir Robert Helpman. Neg: EL24044
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  • Don Quixote film set. Centre left Robert Helpmann with Rudolf Nureyev. Photography Paul Cox
  • Don Quixote film set. Rudolf Nureyev checks the camera angle. Photography Paul Cox
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  • Don Quixote film set. Jose Perez checks Lucette Aldous\' makeup. Robert Helpmann and Geoffrey Unsworth (back right). Photography Paul Cox.
  • Don Quixote film set, centre Bryan Ashbridge (TAB Associate Artistic Director, Robert Helpmann (Artistic Director), Geoffrey Unsworth (Cinematographer). Photography Paul Cox.
  • Don Quixote film set. LtoR: Bryan Ashbridge (TAB Associate Artistic Director), Rudolf Nureyev, Robert Helpmann (Artistic Director). Photography Paul Cox.
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Robert Helpmann and Rudolf Nureyev make Nureyev’s production of Don Quixote into a film starring The Australian Ballet. The shoot takes place over a steamy Melbourne summer in an Essendon Airport hangar; the perfectionist Nureyev often keeps the dancers till midnight until the perfect shot is in the can.