On July 4, 1975, the crusading journalist and Mark Foys heiress Juanita Nielsen, a prime mover in the campaign to preserve Kings Cross and Potts Point from high-rise apartment developers, went to a meeting at a local underworld hang-out, the Carousel Club.
She was never seen again.
In an innovative video work, artist Zanny Begg explores the riddle of Nielsen’s fate, one that echoes through the urban tensions and the struggle for housing justice we experience today.
Written and directed by Begg, The Beehive weaves the tropes of true crime and cold case stories with themes of gentrification, corruption and non-conformity in a film compiled from scripted fiction (featuring actors including Pamela Rabe, Emma Jackson, Ivy D’Orsogna, Maria Tran, Ebube Uba, Koco Carey and Megan Drury), documentary interviews with Nielsen’s contemporaries and choreographed sequences.
Algorithmic editing allows The Beehive to morph and evolve with each viewing, offering different glimpses into a mystery that is embedded in an ever-changing city’s psyche. You won’t see the same story twice.