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Film highlights 'enfant terrible' of Australian art world

Brett Whiteley film explores wild life of internationally acclaimed artist

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Brett Whiteley's painting "Opera House" is pictured after a Sotheby's media preview in Sydney in 2007.   © Reuters

SYDNEY -- Internationally acclaimed Australian artist Brett Whiteley died alone from an overdose of drugs, including heroin, in a seaside motel 70km south of Sydney in 1992. Coming to fame in the hedonistic 1960s, Whiteley painted Bob Dylan and shared a New York building with Janis Joplin. He lived and worked with fierce energy in wildly different parts of the world -- Italy, England, Fiji and Australia among them.

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