December 5, 1997 — “Good Will Hunting” premieres

“Good Will Hunting” was the first film written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Directed by Gus Van Sant, and starring Affleck, Damon, Robin Williams, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgård, the film was an immediate success both commercially and critically. It would go on to win two Oscars, one for Best Supporting Actor (Williams) and the other for Best Screenplay…

…which may account for why Damon is yet to write any other screenplays, and Affleck did not write another movie for a decade (and when he did, it was an adaptation): when you win the most coveted award in your profession the first time out, how do you top that the second time?

Photo of Robin Williams (right, name superimposed at top left) and a smiling Matt Damon (left, name superimposed at top right)
By Source, Fair use, Link

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Run This Town — Jay-Z

December 5, 1939 — Albert Namitjira’s first solo show opens

One of the greatest of Australian painters, Albert Namitjira was 36 when his first solo show opened. It ran for about a week, at a gallery in Melbourne – far away from the rugged landscapes of the Flinders Ranges that Namitjira loved to paint. It was the first solo show by a painter of indigenous origin in Australian history, and it was a harbinger of bigger and better things to come.

Namitjira’s work blended European painting styles with the artistic traditions of his people, in a harmonious blend that showed Australians of all kinds a new way to look at their country. (And its gum trees. Namitjira loved to paint gum trees.) He died in 1959, mourned by a nation and after a too-short career that changed Australian art like no painter before or since has done.

Albert Namatjira portrait.jpg
By Unknown author – Northern Territory Library, Public Domain, Link

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Native Born — Paul Kelly