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From 2011 to 2017 Peter Long was the Senior Designer at Black Inc. Books, a division of Schwartz Media. In this time he designed hundreds of book covers, building a distinctive style for the organisation and achieving several nominations and design awards from the Australian Publishers Association and the Australian Book Designers Association. At the same time he was the Art Director of the Schwartz Media publication The Monthly, designed the new periodical Australian Foreign Affairs and oversaw the design of websites for Black Inc. and Quarterly Essay. He initiated the design process for The Saturday Paper and supervised the design of the company’s electronic newsletters and marketing. He is currently a committee member of ABDA.
Peter studied Graphic Design at Swinburne Institute of Technology in the early 1980s and returned to Swinburne to study Filmmaking in 1987. Before Black Inc. he had a long career as a freelance Graphic Design practitioner specialising in design for film and the performing arts. He has designed for many of Melbourne’s arts organizations including the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne Chorale, Playbox, Next Wave Festival, Anthill, Melbourne Workers Theatre, NYID, Ranters, Theatreworks, St.Martins, Hungry Ghost, Melbourne Autumn Music Festival, La Mama, Whistling In The Theatre, Chamber Made Opera, Hildegard, The Church Theatre, and Danceworks.
Peter has designed books for Random House, Allen & Unwin, HarperCollins, Pan Macmillan, Text Publishing, Hardie Grant Books, UNSW Press, UWA Press and Melbourne University Press, redesigned the foreign affairs magazine The Diplomat, lectured in Publication Design at RMIT University, and worked as a designer and illustrator for The Age. In film he has designed titles or posters or other graphics material for many Australian and international film productions including The Tracker, Sweetie, The Piano, The Portrait of a Lady, Muriel’s Wedding, Lantana, Holy Smoke, Soft Fruit, Taking Sides, The Interview, In a Savage Land and Love Serenade.
Peter wrote and directed the 22 minute black and white short film A Telephone Call for Genevieve Snow which won the prestigious Silver Lion for Best Short Film at the 2000 Venice International Film Festival. It subsequently screened at a number of international festivals including Edinburgh, Oberhausen, Clermont-Ferrand, Barcelona, the Hollywood Film Festival, Aspen, Sao Paolo, Palm Springs, the Worldwide Short Film Festival in Toronto, and Siena, where it won the award for Best Fiction Film in 2001.
With Kate Ellis, he directed and produced Portrait, a 50 minute television documentary about Jane Campion and the filming of The Portrait of a Lady, shot over six months in England and Italy. It was broadcast on the ABC and around the world.
Peter’s stage design work includes the sets and/or costumes for Cosi Fan Tutte for the Victoria State Opera, Don Pasquale for the WA Opera, No Sugar for the WATC and Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney, The Tempest at Belvoir Street, Ship of Fools for Whistling In The Theatre, The Wedding, Three Sisters and Al-Andalus for Hildegard. He was awarded a Green Room Award for design in 1995 for his work on Mariage Blanc, Al-Andalus and The Sandman.
Peter was a founding member of Hungry Ghost, a theatre company which produced a trilogy of gothic fairy tales late at night in atmospheric city locations. He co-wrote, co-directed and designed The Goose-Girl; wrote and designed The Blue Beard, and adapted The Sandman from The Tales of Hoffmann and designed.