About the Film

Eternity Film

The story of ETERNITY provides a unique perspective on our national identity.  This one word features in key moments and at major turning points in Australia's recent history dating back over 85 years ... and is set to continue well into the future.

City of Sydney Archives
City of Sydney Archives
photo Richard Attieh
photo Richard Attieh
photo Murray Harris
photo Murray Harris
source Sydney Dictionary
source Sydney Dictionary
Richard Attieh
Richard Attieh Producer

ETERNITY has influenced Australia and parts of the world in the most diverse and unusual of ways since appearing on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and in the 2000 Olympic Games.

Many public works featuring ETERNITY have been created over the past 20 years adding to our national story and continuing to shape our identity today.

We go back to 1932 and revisit major historical events of the 20th Century, and look forward to the future of ETERNITY across Australia. 

Why was ETERNITY embraced?  How did it stand the test of time? What did it represent to an emerging international city? What does it tell us about our past, present and future? And what does this say about us?

Ignatius Jones (Millennium Fireworks)
• Ric Birch (Sydney Olympic Games)

Amylia Harris & Glenn Terry (Darlinghurst Theatre Company)
Peter Tonkin (Architect of Eternity Playhouse Theatre)
Remo Giuffre (Founder, Remo Store)
 Frank Sartor (Sydney Lord Mayor, 1991-2003)
Matthew Peet 'Mistery' (Australian Hip Hop & Graffiti Artist)
Ruth Ridley (daughter of John Ridley - who inspired Mr Eternity)
Steve Bartlett (Baptist Church)
Elizabeth Meyers (daughter of the man who discovered Mr Eternity)


• Eddie McGuire (Host of Channel 9 Millennium Fireworks program)
Colin Buchanan (Country Musician)
Russell Morris (Rock Musician)
George Semaan (Eternity Cafe)
• Shirley Fitzgerald (Sydney Dictionary)


This one word written on the streets by Arthur Stace for over 35 years has etched its way into Sydney's DNA, and is the inspiration for hundreds of books, magazines, articles, graffiti artworks, songs, poems, paintings, cafes and restaurants across Australia and around the world.

In New South Wales, Sydney has the Eternity Playhouse Theatre, Eternity Restaurant at Central Train Station, Eternity Cafe at Town Hall, and many plaques, paintings and signs that echo ETERNITY across the city.  And Griffith, an outback town, is the home of the Eternity Wine label.

Canberra has Eternity House and the National Museum of Australia was the home of a permanent Eternity Gallery (2001-2017) which told the stories of over 130 people who captured the emotional heart of Australia.

Victoria is the home of the Eternity Tapestry designed by Martin Sharp and woven by the Victorian Tapestry Association.

Queensland is the headquarters of the Eternity Truck - which is used by Australian Country Musicians as they take their music to the outback.

Around the world, Moldova has an Eternity Cafe, and Queens, New York is the home of the Eternity Banksy painting.

Eternity Playhouse Theatre
Eternity Playhouse Theatre
photo Richard Attieh
photo Richard Attieh
source Steve Grace
source Steve Grace
Banksy, New York.
Banksy, New York.

Why does ETERNITY continue to be a phenomenon in Australia and around the world?
What does ETERNITY represent to humanity?
And what does this say about us?


Richard Attieh
Executive Producer
02 9966 9596
0407 708 466

Josh Reid

Business Development
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0434 841 234

Males and Females 55 years + who remember Eternity written on the street 
• Males and Females 35-55 years who remember Eternity on the Sydney Harbour Bridge
• 12-16yr old School Students in grades 6-10