Kurt is a multi-passionate artist living with the hidden disability of mental illness. Digging for discarded pottery relics and reimagining them into modern day treasures are at the centre of his ongoing mental health journey.
'A Spiral MInd' was commissioned by ABC and Screenworks as part of their 2017 Createability series.
Ripple Effect - Domestic Violence in Australia
It was an honour to have been invited to film the stories of domestic violence survivors. Three powerful, determined and beautiful women who each had the strength to say "Enough!" to their abusers. Love and respect to each one of you.
In Australia an average of one woman a week is murdered by her partner or ex-partner following a history of domestic violence. The forces preventing a woman from leaving a violent relationship are complex and directly contribute to the abuse, control and deaths of many women each year. This film looks at those forces and how we can collectively support a woman needing to escape a violent relationship.
Nomad Films has teamed up with Sydney based virtual reality production company, The Pulse, to film a short virtual reality documentary featuring the river stories of Aunty Nancy Rooke. The 360 footage was shot on location at various sites in and around Wonga Wetlands. Currently being edited to proof of concept stage the completed film, titled ‘Connections’, will eventually be housed as part of the revised Crossing Place exhibition space at Albury Library Museum.
'Cambodia's Daughters' is a short documentary exploring the complex and virtually inescapable word of sex slavery in Cambodia. Completed in 2016 the film travels into the back streets and brothels of Phnom Penh to offer a glimpse into the forces at play in a country whose brutal history under the Pol Pot regime has shaped the sex industry into one of the most violent in existence today. Underpinned by the voices of sex workers and those who are dedicated to helping them 'Cambodia's Daughters' is both a cry for change and a message of hope from those who have been given a chance to escape the industry.
We are super excited to announce that Nomad Films' short documentary, 'A Spiral Mind' is one of 8 films to be commissioned by Screenworks for ABC broadcast later this year. The documentary follows the story of Kurt, a multi-passionate artist living with the hidden disability of mental illness. Describing his mind like an un-tuned radio Kurt negotiates his ‘mental health adventure’ through his art.
A wonderful First Nations cultural summit and creation lab happening in Melbourne from May 8-12, 2017. Thanks British Council for inviting Nomad Films to create the TVCs and social clips for the event For more info: http://www.biik.org.au/
I recently had the pleasure of creating a short promotional video for the LEAP centre - an Early Childhood Intervention Service based in Albury Wodonga. The heart, knowledge and experience the worker brought to their work with young children was beautiful to see.
Two short human rights films produced by Nomad Films will be screening as part of the 'Films That Matter' screenings at The Cube, Wodonga followed by Q&A by filmmaker Helen Newman. Cambodia's Daughters and Apna Ghar (My Home) explore the illicit sex trafficking of young girls to Cambodia's brother and the lives of India's vulnerable "Railway Children".
Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Time: 6pm Cost: Free.
For bookings or further information contact the Cube on: (02) 6022 9311 or firstname.lastname@example.org
It was an absolute pleasure to produce this promo featuring the core business of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus. The company is unique in it's creative learning environment consistently turning out some of the best circus performers ready for the world stage.
I'm so delighted to announce that "Cambodia's Daughters" has been selected to screen at the 4th Nepal International Human Rights Film Festival, 2016.
Filmed while I was working with Connecting Hands in Phnom Penh, the short documentary delves into the cruel world of sex trafficking in Cambodia exploring the forces that make escape from the industry virtually impossible.
Recently completed this promotional video for Upper Murray Family Care's Foster programme. Much respect to the work these people do.
For the next 5 days I will immerse myself in the world of projection with 6 other creatives and the wonderful mistress of light and movement, Yandell Walton. What a wonderful treat to explore this medium with so many diverse and talented people. Happy times indeed!
Have you ever wanted to join the Circus? As the Flying Fruit Fly Circus prepare to head out on their 2016 National tour we wanted to share with you a little clip we made about their 'Inside the Circus" program. Such fun!
The old railway line in Phnom Penh is home to hundreds of sex workers who earn anywhere from $1-$5 from each 'client'. The rent for their homes (a spartan room on stilts above open sewerage) is around $20-$25 a month. This lady, once she gives birth to her child will most likely return to the trade within 2-5 days. If she and her child are to eat and have a place to live there is no option.
Connecting Hands is working to break this cycle. Please check out their page.
This is a short excerpt from the feature film in post-production - Apna Ghar. We plan to have the completed film ready for screening in the next couple of months but in the meantime wanted to share a little taster of the project.
The film charts the work of Ravi Rai Manas and his organisation, Children of Mother Earth. CoME works with destitute children and families living in abject poverty along the vast network of railway lines in northern India. Many of the children in this film have been forced to beg, steal or been sold as slaves to survive in a country that boasts a strong economy and rapidly growing middle class but still has little ability to care for its most vulnerable.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of hanging out on the Murray Arts Inspiring Science project, 'From The Ground UP'. Exploring the interplay between cutting edge science and art the project began in the gentle world of botany and ended in the tech world of 3D printing. Another successful, fun, inspiring Murray Arts project laced with beautiful images.
An excerpt from feature documentary, ANTHEM. This is an age old story of two people in love. Dallas, an Australian law student married Zabi, an Afghan refugee in the backyard of Kate Durham and Julian Burnside QC. Just months before Julian had been in the High Court fighting for Zabi's right to seek asylum in Australia during the infamous Tampa court hearings. At the same time Zabi was being held, with hundreds of others, on a freighter at sea. Innocent victims of domestic politics.
This simple moment of two people declaring their love for one another sweeps aside all the fear mongering and falsehoods. This is what is actually possible.
Over the years of filming Anthem we were invited us into so many heart-filled, private moments - it was humbling to take the journey with so many heroic people.
WARNING: Distressing images
I have filmed much sadness and desperation, I have interviewed many broken, hurt people but I still believe the toughest interview I ever conducted was with SIEV X survivor Sondus. Asking this gentle mother to describe her loss and grief over the drowning of her 3 little girls while I filmed her was one of the hardest things I've done.
This excerpt is from feature documentary ANTHEM. It tells the story of the infamous SIEV X, a refugee boat that sank off the coast of Australia drowning 353 men women and children. This clip contains footage of survivors describing that fatal boat journey and analysis of what went on behind the scenes.
Filmed 14 years ago the stories contained in this clip are now being repeated across the globe as Europe struggles with unprecedented numbers of desperate refugees arriving on its shores.
A century has passed since Australia entered World War 1 as a young nation still forging its identity. Wodonga, like many rural communities, sacrificed hundreds of young men to a war whose toll was to be beyond what anyone had imagined.
In Homefront Stories community members and local historians share stories of both the men who left to fight in the 'Great War' and the families who waited for them on the Homefront.
Click on the image above, or this link to watch the film