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Screen Australia Enterprise Program

31.05.2017

We’re thrilled to announce the funding of our art+film initiative, thanks to the Screen Australia Enterprise Program. With the support of the grant, John Maynard and Bridget Ikin will continue to nurture talent, supporting innovative artists and filmmakers.Read the Screen Australia press release here

Image: Still from The Glass Bedroom Episode 6: Giselle Stanborough

Citizens Band at Palais de Tokyo in Paris

12.05.2016

Citizens Band, by Angelica Mesiti, will be playing at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, on May 13, as a special presentation.
This well-travelled work finally screens in Paris, where two of the virtuoso musicians live and work, and where they were filmed.

Image: Stills from Citizens Band

The Glass Bedroom– Kate Blackmore x Felix Media

12.05.2016

We’re very excited to start work with artist Kate Blackmore on The Glass Bedroom, thanks to Screen Australia and the ABC. The Art Bites web series will profile six Australian artists who use Instagram to create bold new works to share with their thousands of followers. The series will take viewers inside the ‘glass bedrooms’ of these Instagram artists, to explore the relationship between authenticity, identity, and social media in their work.
Producer: Bethany Bruce
Executive Producer: Bridget Ikin
Director: Kate Blackmore

Char Soo presented at Carriageworks in 2016

12.11.2015

We’re thrilled to announce that Hossein Valamanesh’s exquisite 4-screen work will have its Sydney premiere at Carriageworks next June, in collaboration with the Sydney Film Festival. CHAR SOO will be our first presentation at Carriageworks.
Megan Anderson at artshub, attributes the success the Carriageworks 2016 program to collaboration, between institutions and artists, read the full article here.

Sherpa wins Grierson Award at the BFI London Film Festival

17.10.2015

Sherpa has won The Grierson Award for the Documentary Competition at the BFI London Film Festival. The award, in partnership with The Grierson Trust recognises cinematic documentaries with integrity, originality, and social or cultural significance. It was presented to director Jennifer Peedom and producer John Smithson at the BFI London Film Festival’s annual Awards Ceremony.Read the full press release here.
Visit the official Sherpa website.
Follow Sherpa on Facebook.

The Rehearsal – Shoot Starts

30.08.2015

Felix Media’s Bridget Ikin is over in New Zealand for the next two months as production starts on The Rehearsal. The feature film is an adaptation of Booker Award winner Eleanor Catton’s debut novel. The Rehearsal marks the return to New Zealand of expatriate director Alison Maclean, who has been based in New York for many years. Bridget is producing alongside Trevor Haysom. See the full press release here.Follow The Rehearsal on instagram.

Sherpa – First reviews

16/06/15

Sherpa played recently to two full houses at the magnificent State Theatre at the Sydney Film Festival. It’s had an incredibly positive response. Here are the first reviews:
POWERFULLY POLEMIC…JAW-GAPINGLY SPECTACULAR– The Hollywood Reporter [read full review]

“GRIPPINGLY HUMAN AND POLITICAL…VISUALLY SPECTACULAR”
– Screen Daily [read full review]

“LARGE, BEAUTIFUL, CAPTIVATING”
– The Guardian [read full review]

“ABSORBING”
– Sydney Morning Herald [read full review]

(L-R Jennifer Peedom, John Smithson, Bridget Ikin, Norbu Tenzing)

Sherpa world premiere

07.05.2015

We’re thrilled to announce that Sherpa will have its world premiere at the Sydney Film Festival 2015, in the Official Competition, on Sunday 7 June @ 2.05pm, at the State Theatre.Tickets are on sale now via the Sydney Film Festival website.If you’re in Sydney, we hope to see you there, and if not, watch this space…

William Yang: Blood Links Sydney and Melbourne premieres

12/02/15

SYDNEY
Friday 27th February 2015 – 6:30PM
Event Cinemas George Street
Tickets $15
Blood Links will appropriately have it’s SYDNEY PREMIERE as part of the City of Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival. The screening of the film will be followed by a Q&A with William, hosted by artist, actress and creative anne
tte Shun Wah
.Sydney-siders head over to Eventbrite for tickets.

MELBOURNE

Tuesday 24th February 2015 – 6:15PM
ACMI Federation Square
Tickets $16

ACMI will host the Melbourne Premiere of Blood Links as part of the their China Up Close talk + film series. After the screening, William, writer Benjamin Law and cultural critic Juliana Qian will all participate in a panel discussion on Growing up Chinese in Australia.
Tickets are available via ACMI.

William Yang: Blood Links premieres at BAPFF

06.01.15

The last in the William Yang trilogy, Blood Links, is to have its world premiere at the Brisbane Asia-Pacific Film Festival (BAPFF).Executive Chairman of BAPFF, Michael Hawkins said in a press release “BAPFF will host the world premiere of a great Australian documentary William Yang: Blood Links. It traces renowned Australian artist William Yang as he explores his Chinese roots, and how his genealogy unites him with scores of relatives from local and abroad.”

Gala screening: Gallery of Modern Art, 6:30pm Tuesday 2nd December
2nd screening: Palace Barracks, 1pm Saturday 6th December

Synopsis: Photographer William Yang traces the labyrinthine web of his family history in this adaptation of his iconic live performance piece. William was born and raised in North Queensland, his grandparents having migrated from the south of China in the 1880s to dig for gold. Yet it was not until mid-life that he claimed his Chinese heritage. William’s transatlantic exploration of his genealogy unites him with scores of relatives from all walks of life, some rich, but most ordinary folk with menial jobs, and most cannot speak a word of Chinese. A visual feast, Blood Links examines how the Chinese diaspora establish roots in foreign soil, and how over the generations, through intermarriage, blood is mixed; yet the intricate bonds of family remain.

Farewell Donna Chang

01.12.14

Sadly, we have said goodbye to Donna Chang, who’s worked with us as an intrepid producer for more than 2 years. She’s been an incredibly important part of our Felix team, and we were really sad to say goodbye. She produced the William Yang trilogy, and supported all our productions over the time she was with us. She’s now working with Scott Free Productions in London, thanks to the Screen Australia Talent Escalator program.Bethany Bruce has replaced her, and thanks to Screen Australia’s Enterprise People Scheme, she’ll be working with us for two years as an emerging producer.

Donna Chang, Bridget Ikin, William Yang and Martin Fox at the William Yang: My Generation Premiere at Sydney Film Festival 2013

Felix relocates to Carriageworks

17.10.14

Carriageworks announced today that Felix Media, has been selected as one of three new resident companies to base themselves at the Redfern-based multi-arts precinct from November.The other two companies are the Sydney Chamber Opera, and leading Aboriginal theatre company Moogahlin. Carriageworks Director Lisa Havilah: “Carriageworks is dedicated to championing ambitious and risk-taking, artist-led programming, and the works presented by Sydney Chamber Opera, Moogahlin and the Felix Media/Foundation are a perfect fit for our vision. Our new resident companies each have an existing history with Carriageworks, having presented and co-produced works with us in recent years. We look forward to integrating them further into our Artistic Program in 2015.” Bridget Ikin: “Over the past three years we have supported the development, creation and presentation of significant new moving image projects by artists. Our presence at Carriageworks cements this new direction.” John Maynard: “It’s a natural direction, to continue our work with artists in innovative multi- screen productions, exploring new ideas and new audiences.”

Recent works include CORAL, a work for the fulldome screen, by Lynette Wallworth; four multi- screen works CITIZEN’S BAND, THE CALLING, THE BEGIN-AGAIN and IN THE EAR OF THE TYRANT by Angelica Mesiti; director John Weiley’s documentary about the Opera House for its 40th anniversary THE DREAM OF PERFECTION / AUTOPSY ON A DREAM; and the trilogy of adaptations by William Yang: FRIENDS OF DOROTHY, MY GENERATION, and BLOODLINKS. Maynard and Ikin are in post-production on the feature documentary SHERPA (dir. Jennifer Peedom), preparing FELL (dir. Kasimir Burgess) for Australian distribution, and financing THE REHEARSAL (dir. Alison Maclean).Also upcoming is the 4-screen video work CHAR SOO, by artist Hossein Valamanesh, in partnership with the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund, Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia, Carrriageworks and The University of Western Australia through the Cultural Precinct commission. Carriageworks press release ” here

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Hossein Valamanesh wins Art and Moving Image Commission

15.09.14

Hossein Valamanesh’s work, CHAR SOO, has been selected as the recipient of the Adelaide Film Festival’s 2015 Art and the Moving Image commission, in partnership with the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund, Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia, Carrriageworks and The University of Western Australia through the Cultural Precinct commission.The work sees Hossein Valamanesh drawing on his Iranian heritage, with filming to take place in Iran. Hossein has said he is “thrilled to be given this opportunity to work with the moving image and I am looking forward to working with Nassiem Valamanesh, and Bridget Ikin in Australia, and M. Reza Jahanpanah & his crew in Iran”.CHAR SOO will be produced by Bridget Ikin. The Australian newspaper article covered the announcement, article here –‘Now For Some Reel Money’

Coral Rekindling Venus at World Economic Forum

12.09.13

With marvellous serendipity, CORAL is screening during the days of the World Economic Forum in Tianjin, China, this week – as the centrepiece of the cultural program.Lynette Wallworth and Confocal Microscopist Dr. Anja Salih are introducing each screening with producer John Maynard overseeing the construction of the dome and the complexities of the event. Every screening has been full, with queues forming from early in the day. All delegates to the forum are welcome audience members. Alarmingly, in Australia this week, PM Tony Abbott has announced that Australia’s long-fought-for marine sanctuaries are to be ‘reviewed’.In an article for the WEF website, Lynette discusses the need for art and it’s ability to not only raise awareness but also to make people care about serious issues such as climate change. It’s well worth a read.

FELL at MIFF

11.06.14

Fell is stoked to be included in the Melbourne International Film Festival for 2014. Tickets are on sale now for the two screenings; Friday 15th August 6:30pm @ACMI Saturday 16th August 4pm @HOYTS 11 Grab your tickets now! Our Fell Facebook has plenty of juicy goodies like interviews with the director and cast, reviews and lots more. Don’t be a stranger, be our friend!

Watch the FELL trailer

05.06.14

Visit the Official Website for more information.

FELL in Competition at Sydney Film Festival

12.05.14

Kasimir Burgess’s debut feature film FELL, produced by John Maynard and Mary Minas, will be premiering in Competition at Sydney Film Festival 2014. Grab your tickets now!

From the Sydney Film Festival website:
“A stunning debut by Australian director Kasimir Burgess, Fell is an entrancing and enigmatic drama – a dreamlike, visually resplendent tale of nature, revenge and redemption. While on a camping trip, Thomas’ only daughter, Lara, is killed by a logging truck in a hit-and-run accident for which the driver, Luke, serves a prison sentence. Stricken with grief, Thomas sheds his urban life and his identity, and moves to the remote town where Lara was killed. There he takes on a new name, Chris, and finds work as a logger. When Luke is released from prison and returns to work, Chris connives to work as his partner in dangerously high tree-logging work. Every time Luke climbs, Chris holds his life in his hands. Burgess has an expert handle on the proceedings, ratcheting up the tension as the two men, both damaged, grow closer through their affinity for nature. The forest, with its beautiful tall trees, is as important a character, seemingly exerting a strange power over the men. Matthew Nable and Daniel Henshall are superb as the protagonists, delicately conveying a range of emotions and subtly embodying the unsettling atmosphere the film creates. Fell marks the emergence of a distinctive new voice on the Australian film scene.”

Angelica Mesiti’s In the Ear of the Tyrant at the 19th Biennale of Sydney.

12.04.14

The 19th BOS features Angelica Mesiti’s most recent work In the Ear of the Tyrant.  In collaboration with Italian vocalist Enza Pagliara, Mesiti re-imagines the grieving ritual, depicting a vocal performance on location at the Ear of Dionysius, an ancient limestone cave carved out of the Temenites Hill in the Sicilian city of Syracuse.In the Ear of the Tyrant was singled out in by critic Andrew Frost’s review of the BOS in the Guardian. Frost praises the work, stating:”Its precision, brief running time and gorgeous cinematography mark it out as one of the most successful pieces in the entire Biennale.”

The 19th Biennale of Sydney
21st of March – 9th June
In the Ear of the Tyrant @ the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

William Yang: Friends of Dorothy At Melbourne Queer Film Festival – SOLD OUT!

12.03.14

The screening of William Yang: Friends of Dorothy has sold out at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival. William Yang and our director/editor Martin Fox will be in attendance. If you missed out on the Melbourne screening, the documentary is online and free to view for another few days (until Sunday night) on ABC iView.

William Yang: Friends of Dorothy on ABC1

24.02.14

The William Yang: Friends of Dorothy premiere at the Mardi Gras Film Festival was a great success. The response from the audience was very positive with reports of lots of laughs and a few tears.
William commented on the experience of the screening on his facebook page :

“What a wonderful, wonderful night this was. Great reaction to the piece. Perhaps the most satisfying feeling I have is leaving a legacy of GLBTQI documentation for future generations. Thank you, thank you to all of you who have supported this project”

If you missed the screening, or if you just want to relive it all again, Friends of Dorothy will be broadcast on ABC1 This Sunday the 2nd of March at 10:40pm – a fabulous way to finish off the Mardi Gras Parade weekend!

Coming out at the Mardi Gras Film Festival 2014 – William Yang: Friends of Dorothy

12.02.14

William Yang: Friends of Dorothy will premiere at the 2014 Mardi Gras Film Festival next Thursday 19th February 2014. Friends of Dorothy is the second in the William Yang Trilogy, following on from the success of William Yang: My Generation.Friends of Dorothy brings us stories of the Sydney queer community. Wild, brave, compassionate and cheeky stories. William Yang saw it all, he came out in Sydney in the early 70s, a period of great social change. “I never consciously came out as a gay man, I was swept out by events at the time.” He saw the formation of a gay activist culture in the 70s, the commercialisation of the gay scene in the 80s, and he lived through the devastating effects of AIDS, in the early 90s, losing dear friends including the artists Peter Tully and David McDiarmid.Friends of Dorothy sparkles against a backdrop of the Mardi Gras. What began as a protest march in 1978 is now famous around the world, now bringing together different generations and continuing to change social attitudes in Australia.Tickets to the World Premiere screening, a fundraiser for ACON include, an after party and a double pass to Bingay available through the Mardi Gras Film Festival website

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Angelica Mesiti: The Calling

29.01.14

We are excited to announce that Angelica Mesiti’s new work The Calling opens on the 4th February at ACMI. The Calling is a poignant exploration of whistling languages, an ancient human tradition which is evolving and adapting to the modern world. The work was filmed in Kuskoy in Northern Turkey, the island of La Gomera in The Canary Islands and the Island of Evia in Greece, where whistling languages are still in use.This work is the inaugural recipient of the Ian Potter Moving Image Commission. It was produced by Jodie Passmore and executive produced by Bridget Ikin.

ACMI, Melbourne
Tuesday 4 February 2014 – Sunday 13 July 2014
Open daily 10am-5pm
Free entry

Citizens Band screening at GOMA

29.10.13

Angelica Mesiti’s Citizens band is now screening at GOMA as part of their new Everyday Magic exhibition. Running from 7 September 2013 – 16 March 2014, the exhibition focuses on the way the beauty in everyday can be transformed into art.

Autopsy on a Dream / The Dream of Perfection screens on ABC1

19.10.13

Thought to have been destroyed, John Weiley’s controversial documentary Autopsy on a Dream, has been resurrected 45 years later, and is accompanied by a prologue about its making and destruction. Autopsy on a Dream is as extraordinary as its provocative subject matter, the dramatic story of the building of the Sydney Opera House culminating in Jorn Utzon’s departure from the project. John Weiley was commissioned in 1968 by BBC2 controller David Attenborough to direct and produce Autopsy on a Dream, and following its only screening on the BBC, it was destroyed – literally chopped to pieces on the BBC chopping block. Miraculously a mute print of the film was rediscovered in a BBC vault this year, and has now been restored with sound saved by Weiley, and with a new prologue, The Dream of Perfection.It premieres on ABC1, 9:25pm, Sunday 20th October. The Dream of Perfection is produced by Felix Media’s John Maynard, and co-produced by Donna Chang.

William Yang’s ‘Blood Links’ Pozible campaign

15.09.13

We are embarking on a journey to adapt one of William Yang’s iconic slideshow performance pieces, BLOOD LINKS, to the screen. You may have seen our previous production WILLIAM YANG: MY GENERATION on ABC TV or at Sydney Film Festival this year. BLOOD LINKS is a story about the Chinese Diaspora, how Chinese migrants put down roots in foreign soil, and how over the generations, through intermarriage, blood is mixed, yet the intricate bonds of family tie people together.We need your support to bring this work to life again, and to also preserve these performances so that future generations can enjoy them.We’re at the fine cut stage of production and through a online Pozible campaign, we are trying to raise the money to finish post-production. We are offering a limited number of rewards at varying levels of donation, including prints by William Yang, and invitations to the premiere.Tax deductions are also available for donations over $500.If you’d like to donate please click here. Any support – big or small – is greatly appreciated!

Citizens Band at the Istanbul Biennale 2013 & Angelica Mesiti’s upcoming work

13.09.13

Continuing its winning way round the globe, Angelica Mesiti’s CITIZENS BAND is now about to open at the Istanbul Biennale. Angelica is there to install – and – very excitingly – also to start filming her new work (in Turkey, Greece and the Canary Islands). It’s a major 3-channel work entitled THE CALLING, commissioned by ACMI for presentation there early in 2014.

The Rocket wins MIFF Audience Award 2013

15.08.13

Not only has The Rocket been voted the Audience Favourite award at the Sydney Film Festival last month – it has now won the same award at the Melbourne International Film Festival too! Brilliant news for the film and Kim and Sylvia. Watch out for the general cinema release, from August 29.

Citizens Band at Aichi Triennale 2013

10.08.13

Citizens Band will be presented at the Aichi Triennale Saturday August 10 to Sunday October 27 in Nagoya (Aichi Prefecture). Citizens Band is a four-screen video installation by Angelica Mesiti and produced by Felix Media.

ABC Big Ideas broadcast – Vivid: William Yang in Conversation

17.07.13

In conjunction with the documentary WILLIAM YANG: MY GENERATION, Vivid Sydney hosted a talk with William Yang. Interviewer Jim Sharman was there to ask William about his colourful and extraordinary life.ABC Big Ideas was there to capture it all, and the interview will be broadcast this week on 11.30pm Friday 19th July on ABCNEWS24, and on 6am Sunday 21st July on ABCNEWS24.If you would like to view the full web version of the session it is available here.

01.07.13

John McDonald review: Citizens Band

Sydney Morning Herald’s John McDonald reviewed the Anne Landa Award exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW, describing it as a “deserving winner of this year’s award. Her 21-minute video, Citizens Band, is a cut above everything else in the show. It owes much of its appeal to a very simple structure that features four unusual musical performances, one after another, in the manner of an intimate concert. A woman from Cameroon makes a drumming sound in a swimming pool; a Mongolian throat singer performs in the streets of Paris; a Sudanese taxi driver whistles a plaintive tune while sitting in his cab. In the fourth segment, an Algerian man, who looks as if he is blind, sings a song with bittersweet tone in a carriage in the Paris metro, accompanying himself on an aged portable keyboard. These pieces of music and the circumstances in which they are performed make us aware that each of these figures is living in exile, dreaming of the place where he or she was born. We don’t know whether they have moved by choice or compulsion, but their music is a way of forming a bridge between past and present, perhaps easing the pain of separation. Citizens Band is full of nostalgia and sadness but also suggests the resilience of these people. In this sympathetic, non-ideological portrait of four cultural refugees, Mesiti makes us see that one of the ways to survive in a big city such as Paris is to be able to travel home at will on the wings of music.” The original article can be read here.

Angelica Mesiti wins 2013 Anne Landa Award for Citizens Band

20.06.13

We are very honoured and excited to announce that Angelica Mesiti has won the Art Gallery of NSW’s Anne Landa Award 2013 for her work Citizens Band. Citizens Band was created by Angelica Mesiti, executive produced by Bridget Ikin, and produced by Jodie Passmore.The Anne Landa Award was the first biennial exhibition in Australia for moving image and new media work with an acquisitive award of $25,000. The award was established in honour of Anne Landa, a trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW. Artshub have also written a fantastic article on the win. Angelica Mesiti and Felix Media are working together on their next video work, THE CALLING. Take a look at this video of Angelica discussing Citizens Band with the exhibition curator of the Anne Landa Award, Charlotte Day.

THE ROCKET wins Audience Award at SFF 2013

20.06.13

The people have spoken! THE ROCKET has won the Audience Award at this year’s Sydney Film Festival, an award that encompasses the audience votes for all features in the festival. Bridget Ikin is executive producer on THE ROCKET. We also wanted to share with you Kim Mordaunt’s interview (director), on SBS where he explains the inspiration behind his Laos-set debut feature, how he found the young lead actors and the response to film since its premiere in Berlin. Curious Distribution will release the film nationally on August 29.

FELL casting announced

20.06.13

We are very excited to announce that the two leads for FELL have been cast, with Matt Nable and Dan Henshall playing the title roles.Matt Nable is a former professional rugby league player, turned writer and actor. He has upcoming roles in Son of a Gun, and Riddick, has acted in the Killer Elite, Around the Block, East West 101, and wrote and starred in the feature The Final Winter.Dan Henshall is best known for his role as John Bunting in the feature Snowtown, which he won a Best Actor award at the AACTAs and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor. He has an upcoming role in the feature Babadook, and has been cast in the 2013 US show, Turn (on AMC).The news of the casting was released in IF Magazine.FELL is a feature film, directed by Kasimir Burgess, produced by John Maynard and Mary Minas, and written by Natasha Pincus. Shooting is slated to start in late July 2013.

William Yang: My Generation on ABC1

13.06.13

We had a fantastic screening of William Yang: My Generation at Sydney Film Festival on Saturday 8th June, with a packed, full house screening. We were very honoured to have attend Her Excellency the Governor of NSW Marie Bashir, Kate Fitzpatrick, Jenny Kee, Jim Sharman, Joe Fitzpatrick, Fran Moore, and Stephen Little. The screening was followed by drinks at the MCA, and an In Conversation with William Yang event, hosted by Jim Sharman, as part of Vivid Sydney. During the In Conversation talk, it was wonderful to hear from both Kate Fitzpatrick and Jenny Kee, who captivated the audience with their personal insight into “their generation”.In all, it was an incredible night, and the whole team continued the celebrations into the wee hours of the morning!Don’t miss the broadcast, 10:25 pm Sunday 16th June, as part of Sunday Arts Up Late.Photo: L-R Donna Chang, Bridget Ikin, William Yang, and Martin Fox at the Sydney Film Festival launch of William Yang: My Generation.

Angelica Mesiti’s CITIZENS BAND selected for AGNSW Anne Landa Award

15.05.13

Angelica’s wonderful 4-screen work will screen at the AGNSW, as part of the Anne Landa Award selection, opening May 15. Other artists selected include Christian Thompson and Lauren Brincat.From the AGNSW catalogue: The four-screen video of Paris-based Angelica Mesiti records diverse performers who in the Western cities they now live in each maintain ties with their birthplace through rhythm, sounds and music. This ambitious video project reflects on deep and powerful memories of the performers and how experience may flow from the inner body into the social space of the community.

Angelica Mesiti in Auckland Triennal

09.05.13

Two video works by Angelica Mesiti feature in the 5th Auckland Triennal, which opens 10 May.CITIZENS BAND – the 4 screen work produced by Felix Media – will screen at Artspace and a new work, PREPARED PIANO FOR MOVERS (HAUSSMAN) will screen at the Auckland City Gallery.This continues on from recent presentations of CITIZENS BAND at the Kochi Biennale in India, and the Sharjah Biennale in UAE.

THE ROCKET selected In Competition at Sydney Film Festival

08.05.13

Executive produced by Bridget Ikin, this beautiful feature film has been selected for the competition at the Sydney Film Festival.Director Kim Mordaunt; producer Sylvia Wilczynski; shot in Laos, telling the powerful story of a family displaced, with grace and humour.

THE ROCKET wins 3 major awards at Tribeca

29.04.13

THE ROCKET was a big success at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, winning the following major awards:

  • The Founders Award for Best Narrative Feature
  • Best Actor in a Narrative Feature Film – for Sitthiphon Disamoe in the role of Ahlo
  • Heinekin Audience Award for Narrative Feature

The jury had high praise for the film: “The Rocket is a spectacular achievement that is powerful and delightful in equal measures. Artfully structured and gorgeously shot, it chronicles the struggles of a displaced family while steering well clear of either sentimentality or despair. … And yet, while never losing sight of those grim realities, it also offers us a transcendent tale of hope and perseverance in a world that few Westerners ever have the chance to see.” THE ROCKET was directed by Kim Mordaunt, produced by Sylvia Wilczynski, and executive produced by Bridget Ikin.

William Yang: My Generation

13.04.13

In the 70s and 80s, photographer William Yang captured Sydney’s emerging artistic, literary, theatrical and queer circles, as well as his friendships with artists, filmmakers, writers and fashion designers such as Brett Whiteley, Patrick White, Jim Sharman, Linda Jackson and Jenny Kee.Produced by Felix Media, William presents My Generation, an autobiographical one-hour documentary. In his frank, humorously deadpan performance style, William tells the stories behind his fly-on-the-wall photographs, narrating a slideshow of his photographs. William depicts an era that was “especially decadent… there were many colourful characters and parties were so much fun. It was in the days following women’s liberation, sexual liberation and gay and lesbian liberation so it was a time of great change”.Through the lens of his dynamic friendships, William documents the impact of the AIDS crisis, the outrageous fashion, the drug and party culture, and the bohemian social scene.Nothing was off limits; William was always where the action was.William Yang: My Generation will be premiering Saturday the 8th of June 7pm as part of the Sydney Film Festival at the Dendy Opera Quays cinemas. The film will be followed by an in conversation event, as part of Vivid Sydney 2013  at the MCA. Tickets to the individual events are available at their respective websites, and the Sydney Film Festival website also provides the option of both events as a package.William Yang: My Generation will then screen the following evening on Sunday the 16th of June 10:30pm as part of the Sunday Arts Up Late series on ABC.

Introducing: Fell

12.04.13

In keeping with our commitment to unconventional and risk taking work, feature film FELL is due to begin shooting mid year.

Fell will be the first feature for director Kasimir Burgess who, since graduating from VCA School of Film and Television in 2003, has cut his teeth on shorts and music videos. Most notably, Kas’s 2010 short film Lily won the Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival 2011. More of Kas’s work, including other short films and music videos, can be found here.

The script was written by Natasha Pincus who has a number of short films and music videos under her belt, the most notorious being the music video for 2012’s #1 ear worm Somebody I used to know by Gotye.

The producers are John Maynard and Mary Minas.

Fell is scheduled to shoot late July in Victoria.

Coral: Rekindling Venus at BAFICI 2013

Lynette Wallworth’s Coral: Rekindling Venus will be screening at the 15th Buenos Aires Festival Internacional De Cine Independente (The Buenos Aires Festival of International independent cinema). There will be 6 screenings for the festival at the futuristic Planetario De La Ciudad de Buenos Aires. The 360° Planetarium will host a number of other international films that, like Coral, specifically work to expand the potential and possibilities that the full dome experience has to offer for the spectator. Since its inception in 1999, BAFICI has prided itself on sharing the most innovative and risk-taking films of acclaimed and emerging directors from both Latin America and Internationally.

If you’re lucky enough to be in Buenos Aires for the Festival tickets and more information are available at the festival’s website

THE ROCKET takes out top prizes at Berlin Film Festival

16.02.12

We are very excited to announce that THE ROCKET (dir. Kim Mordaunt, prod. Sylvia Wilczynski) has won the Best First Feature Award, Best Feature in the Generation K+ program, and the Amnesty International Film Prize. Bridget Ikin is an executive producer on the film.

THE ROCKET follows the story of a boy Ahlo who is believed to bring bad luck. When his family loses their home and are forced to move, Ahlo meets the spirited orphan Kia and her eccentric uncle Purple. Struggling to hang on to his father’s trust, Ahlo leads his family, Purple and Kia through a land scarred by war in search of a new home. But bad luck seems to follow Ahlo, and in a last plea to prove he’s not cursed, Ahlo builds a giant explosive rocket to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: The Rocket Festival. As the most bombed country in the world shoots back at the sky, a boy will reach to the heavens for forgiveness.
Here is the Screen Australia press release.
The Rocket> website.

CORAL amazes audiences across the US

25.01.13

Coral is “going off” in Park City. The show is booked solid until the festival’s end and there has not been an empty square inch of bean bag since it opened. This fantastic Indiewire article sums the experience up. Everyone is, to say the least, ecstatic! Chicago had 3 screenings with 1 sold out, and two other very healthy sessions (120 & 150 seats) with very positive response.

07.01.13

Sundance Institute Announces National Screenings for 2013

Sundance Film Festival New Frontier Project, Coral: Rekindling Venus
Albuquerque, NM | Anchorage, AK | Arlington, TX | Baltimore, MD | Bradenton, FL | Chicago, IL | Hilo, HI | Honolulu, HI | Houston, TX | Killeen, TX | New York, NY | Park City, UT | Portsmouth, OH | Salt Lake City, UT | Washington, DC — Sundance Institute today announced that Coral: Rekindling Venus, a full-dome film and augmented reality presentation featured in the 2013 edition of New Frontier at the Sundance Film Festival, will screen at 14 full-dome planetariums throughout the United States during the Festival, January 17-27. Created and directed by Australian media artist Lynette Wallworth, Coral: Rekindling Venus is an immersive film experience that takes viewers underwater through the mysterious realm of fluorescent coral reefs in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

In addition to multiple daily screenings in a specially designed dome at the New Frontier exhibition in Park City, Utah, the 45-minute film will also screen January 19th, 22nd and 26th at Salt Lake City’s Clark Planetarium. Between January 19-26 a 22-minute version of the work will screen in the following cities: Albuquerque, NM; Anchorage, AK; Arlington, TX; Baltimore, MD; Bradenton, FL; Chicago, IL; Hilo, HI; Honolulu, HI; Houston, TX; Killeen, TX; New York, NY;; Portsmouth, OH; and Washington, DC. Select planetariums will feature a live Skype post-screening Q&A with director Lynette Wallworth.

Wallworth’s visually stunning Coral: Rekindling Venus is designed to immerse viewers in the complex world of rare marine life with the hope of creating an emotional connection between a global audience and the planet’s endangered coral reefs. This epic project features original deep-sea photography from Emmy Award-winning cinematographer David Hannan, and music by Antony and the Johnsons, renowned Australian Indigenous artist Gurumul and German composer Max Richter. An augmented-reality companion artwork, Rekindling Venus: In Plain Sight will also be featured, allowing audiences to explore deep sea coral reefs around the world through their smartphones.

Wallworth said, “My intent with Coral: Rekindling Venus is to leave the audience with a sense of wonder for the complexity and beauty of coral reefs and a stronger understanding of our connection to it. In that vein, this tour is built on community, reaching audiences where they live, and with their friends and neighbors as fellow participants.”

The Festival’s New Frontier section showcases films, media installations, multimedia performances, trans-media experiences and panel discussions that explore the convergence of film, art, new media technology and storytelling. Coral is the first full-dome work to be featured in New Frontier, and the planetarium and full-dome tour is also a first for the Festival.

Shari Frilot, Senior Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival and Curator of the New Frontier exhibition, said, “The scope and ambition of Lynette Wallworth’s Coral: Rekindling Venus is an example of just how powerful the convergence of art world imagination, cinematic storytelling and new media technology, can be, which is the focus of our New Frontier initiative. With Coral, audiences across the country will be able to engage in and contribute to a dialogue around the endangered coral reefs as well as the value of expanding cinema culture beyond the traditional movie theater.”

Coral producer John Maynard of Felix Media adds, “Lynette’s work, beyond its beauty and visionary scope has created a benchmark in full-dome work and is quickly enlivening the market with the potential of new content. Inclusion in the prestigious Sundance Film Festival New Frontier exhibition will help Coral find wider audiences and help to spread support for our endangered coral reefs”.

Tickets for the Park City and Salt Lake City screenings will be available through the Festival Box Office: http://www.sundance.org/tickets Tickets for screenings outside of Utah will be available through each planetarium.

Albuquerque, NM: New Mexico Museum of Natural History http://www.NMnaturalhistory.org

Anchorage, AK: Planetarium & Visualization Theatre, University of Alaska, Anchorage. Planetarium schedule: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/planetarium/shows/. Tickets available here: http://uaatix.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event_listings.asp

Arlington, TX: Arlington Planetarium, University of Texas http://www.uta.edu/planetarium/

Baltimore, MD: Maryland Science Center – Davis Planetarium http://www.mdsci.org/events-calendar/index.html?eventtype=families. Planetarium schedule: http://www.mdsci.org/planetarium/Coral.html

Bradenton, FL: Bishop Planetarium, South Florida Museum http://www.southfloridamuseum.org/ThePlanetarium. Planetarium program: http://www.southfloridamuseum.org/ThePlanetarium/ShowDescriptions.aspx

Chicago IL: Adler Planetarium http://www.adlerplaanterium.org/

Honolulu, HI: Bishop Museum http://www.bishopmuseum.org/planetarium/. Planetarium schedule: http://www.bishopmuseum.org/calendar/

Houston, TX: Burke Baker Planetarium http://www.hmns.org/

Hilo, HI: Imiloa Astronomy Centre http://www.imiloahawaii.org

Killeen, TX: Mayborn Planetarium and Space Theatre, Central Texas College http://www.starsatnight.org/

New York, NY: Hayden Planetarium http://www.haydenplanetarium.org Schedule and buy tickets here: http://www.amnh.org/calendar/coral-rekindling-venus4

Portsmouth, OH: Clark Planetarium, Shawnee State University http://planetarium.shawnee.edu

Salt Lake City, UT: Sheila M. Clark Planetarium, Hansen Dome Theater for information: http://clarkplanetarium.org; for tickets: http://www.sundance.org/tickets

Washington, DC: Albert Einstein Planetarium Smithsonian Institute http://airandspace.si.edu/visit/theaters/planetarium/

Over the past five months Coral: Rekindling Venus has screened in 24 cities across six continents and been featured in five major festivals including the London Cultural Olympiad and the World Science Festival in New York. For more information please visit www.coralrekindlingvenus.com.

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Angelica Mesiti awarded 2012 Ian Potter Moving Image Commission

18.12.12

We are pleased to announce that Angelica Mesiti is the recipient of the inaugural Ian Potter Moving Image Commission, an initiative from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust and ACMI. The commission awards $100,000 + support for the production of an ambitious, innovative moving image art work. Angelica’s project, THE CALLING, is a multi-screen video installation.

Bridget Ikin will produce the project, the third collaboration between Felix Media and Angelica.

The official announcement can be read here.

New York Times interview with Angelica Mesiti

17.12.12

The Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India’s first Biennale of international contemporary art, was launched this week. Angelica is presenting her multi-screen video work CITIZEN’S BAND.

The New York Times blog recently published an interview with Angelica, which can be read here.

CITIZEN’S BAND at Sharjah Biennale

11.12.12

Angelica Mesiti’s CITIZEN’S BAND has been selected for the 11th Sharjah Biennale 2013, amongst artists such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Yang Fudong, and Francis Alys. Australia is well-represented in the Biennale with those invited artists including Hossein Valamanesh, Marco Fusinato, Ariel Hassan and Dylan Martorell. The full announcement can be read here.

CITIZEN’S BAND is also opening at the inaugural Kochi Muziris Biennale this week.

We Don’t Need a Map

26.11.12

Invited by Martu artists, Lynette Wallworth and collaborator Pete Brundle spent time in country living with and learning from the Martu. The subsequent multi-screen video work Still Walking Country delves into the Martu and country as seen through the eyes of a newcomer.

We Don’t Need a Map is currently exhibiting at Fremantle Arts Centre until the 20th January 2013. ABC Arts recently reviewed the exhibition, and for the podcast-savvy, check out the Radio National special on the exhibition.

Filmmakers and artists cross-pollinate at the HIVE Lab

26.10.12

The HIVE Lab is a unique workshop for fostering unique art and film projects.Recently held in Melbourne, both Bridget Ikin and Lynette Wallworth were mentors.

Lynette spoke about the Lab’s impact on its participants “I do think the result, the impact of it, the seeds of it, the ripples of it, some of them we’ll see quickly but I actually think we’ll still be seeing the results of this lab in five or ten years time”.

Artshub have written a great article on this year’s HIVE Lab and how it has sown the seeds for future collaboration. Thanks to partners: Adelaide Film Festival, the Australia Council, the ABC, and Screen Australia.

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CITIZEN’S BAND at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012

27.08.12

Angelica Mesiti’s CITIZEN’S BAND has been selected to exhibit at the inaugural Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India. Produced by Felix Media, CITIZEN’S BAND is one of only seven Australian artists’ works selected. The Biennale, an international exhibition celebrating contemporary art, will be held in Kochi, Kerala in December 2012.

Angelica Mesiti’s new video work at TarraWarra Museum of Art Biennial in Victoria

02.08.12

Angelica Mesiti’s mesmerising new video work Some Dance to Remember, Some Dance to Forget (2012) is now screening at the TarraWarra Museum of Art Biennial Sonic Spheres, curated by Victoria Lynn.

The work features partially-blind Algerian-born street musician Mohammed Lamourie who lives in Paris (and who featured in Angelica’s previous work Citizens Band). The Biennial is on until 9 December.

The show also presents shimmering new work by two Western Desert/ Papunya Tula artists we featured in art + soul: Yukultji Napangati and Ray James Tjangala.

Natasha Pincus’ Somebody That I Used to Know clip nominated for MTV Awards

10.08.12

Natasha Pincus’ phenomenally successful music clip Somebody That I Used to Know (Gotye, featuring Kimbra) has been nominated for Video of the Year and Best Editing at the MTV Awards. The clip has now almost reached 300 million views on YouTube, and is the most viewed Australian clip ever. The Video of the Year award is decided by public vote, and you can vote here (if you’re in the USA!)

Coral Rekindling Venus wins at 2012 DomeFest Awards

02.08.12

We are very excited and honoured to announce that Coral Rekindling Venus has won a Domie Award in the Art Category at the 2012 DomeFest Awards.

DomeFest is one of the most significant festivals worldwide for fulldome works, the “Oscars of fulldome”, and is an annual event that celebrates innovation and excellence in the dome community.

The juried reel was screened in glorious 8K on the night, and our thanks to David Beining (founder and director of DomeFest) for putting on such an amazing festival.

Lynette Wallworth extended her thanks towards the fulldome community and the DomeFest jury “I am thrilled to have the recognition of the fulldome community for the film and grateful that the jurors chose to recognise the work for its art as well as honouring the urgency of its message.”

Kerry Fox at the STC

24.07.12

We are excited to share the news that our dear friend Kerry Fox will be making her STC debut in the psychological thriller Face to Face (from Ingmar Bergman’s script; adapted and directed by Simon Stone). The STC have written a feature on Kerry’s brilliant career, from her beginnings as Janet Frame in An Angel At My Table to her recent appearance on Cloudstreet. Face to Face begins its season on the 7th August.

Sold-out screening of Coral Rekindling Venus at Meltdown Festival 2012

23.07.12

Coral has been handpicked by Antony Hegarty to play as part of London’s Meltdown Festival 2012 and the screening has sold out in a matter of days! Since 1993, some of the world’s most distinguished musicians including Nick Cave, John Peel, Laurie Anderson, Patti Smith, and David Bowie have directed Meltdown, curating their ideal festival by inviting their favourite artists to play, perform and exhibit their work.

The HIVE returns

16.07.12

The second HIVE lab will be taking place at the Melbourne Festival in October this year, as a platform for artists across varying artistic media to explore collaborations and develop new work.

The Adelaide Film Festival, in conjunction with the ABC, last year brought together 20 talented artists across various art forms.

Bridget was a mentor at this inaugural HIVE lab, and has been invited again this year.

24 Frames Per Second

21.06.12

We are excited to see that this major new artistic project has received funding from the Australia Council for the Arts. The project, produced by Carriageworks, will commission 18 Australian and 6 international artists to create 24 new works exploring the fields of choreography, visual arts and film.

This ambitious cross-cultural, cross-disciplinary initiative will span three years, and will result in a major exhibition in 2015 hosted by Carriageworks, which will later tour internationally.

“Just as visual artists and filmmakers are increasingly incorporating choreography and gesture into their work – choreographers are looking towards bringing visual arts and film into dance” Lisa Havilah, Carriageworks’ Director.

Bridget Ikin and John Maynard have been invited to be part of the curatorium to help deliver the project

Coral Rekindling Venus continues to astound audiences

21.06.12

The Transit of Venus has passed. World Environment Day is over for another year, as are World Oceans Day and Coral Triangle day, but Coral Rekindling Venus plays on. After launching in 24 planetariums and full dome venues on 5 continents for the Transit event Lynette Wallworth’s amazing ode to coral life has been celebrated around the world by audiences, the media and planetarium directors alike.

From the intimate and very personal revelations of Francoise Cezanne of Montpellier “If I was to die now I would want to die watching this film. With it’s colors, emotions, sensations I feel I could make a seamless transition from the beauty of the earth to the beauty of the infinite” to high praise from Buenos Aires “Lynette has made an exquisite piece of art” and New York “A masterpiece”, the film has certainly captured the imaginations everywhere. [more reviews]

Whilst some locations simply celebrated the astronomical event by screening Coral, others like Belgrade, Manila Delhi and Mumbai created special events for local school kids with a strong focus of the environment and conservation. You can see the snaps in our Facebook photo galleries .

The film is still screening around the globe and you can find all the venue details on the website. Coral RKV will open next week in Surat, India and is coming to Athens and Brussels later in the 2012 year. You can also still donate and download “Rise” from Antony and the Johnsons and the very beautiful wallpapers are also available by liking us on Facebook.

Coral Rekindling Venus opens in New York

31.05.12

On the Thursday 31 May at 7pm at the Hayden Planetarium, CORAL will be premiering internationally as part of the World Science Festival

Seats filling fast for Wollongong Coral Rekindling Venus screening

28.05.12

Don’t miss out on seeing Coral Rekindling Venus Tuesday 5 June, 7pm at the Wollongong Science Centre. Book tickets at (02) 4286 5000.

Lynette Wallworth speaking at TEDx Sydney, Saturday 26 May

21.05.12

All are welcome to sit in the Carriageworks foyer, and view the event via live feed. We will be uploading a video of her talk, so please check back soon.

Angelica Mesiti’s 4-screen installation Citizens Band at ACCA

07/05/12

Last weekend! Angelica Mesiti’s Citizens Band 4-screen installation at NEW12 closes on Sunday. Check out a video interview with Angelica here.

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