Filming on Endemol Shine’s production for Network Ten – Brock has wrapped. A bio pic about racing car champion Peter Brock – king of the mountain. I was brought on to the project as Dramaturg, working with the marvellous director Geoff Bennet (Power Games, Love Child) and a tremendous cast of favourites Matthew Le Nevez as Brock, Ella Scott Lynch as Bev Brock, Natalie Bassingthwaite as Julie Bamford and Kirsty Lee Allen as Michelled Downs, Brocks 2nd wife.
We spent a couple of weeks in the rehearsal room sweating it out, the shoot was as fun as it was difficult – the cars were antique originals and although beautifully restored often had their own agenda, choosing when to move and how.
I also had the joy of donning a wig and playing Pauline Moffat, the wife of Brocks arch rival Allan Moffat played by Brendan Cowell.
Out west with the steam rising off the ashfelt and the gut rumbling rev of a V8 engine, it was hard to deny how much I heart muscle cars.
In 2013 I teamed up with my old pal director Eddy Bell working as Dramaturg on his short film Grey Bull. I travelled out to rural Victoria and spent two weeks freezing my ass off, eating way too many vanilla slices and making a film with the enthusiastic community of Nathalia, a South Sudanese family who were at the centre of the story, a great crew of seasoned professionals and a few moody bulls (like real bulls with horns). The film went on to win ADG Best Short, FLICKERFEST Best Short, MIFF Best Short, St Kilda and Sydney Film Festival to name a few.
The Director/Dramaturg team are back together and we’re about to head into our next adventure which may have a cow in it just for old times sake – I’M RAYMOND begins filming this week. With Leon Ford, Alison Bell, Geraldine Hakewill and introducing young Frederick Holahan-Cantwell.
Director Eddy Bell
Kasey Is Missing a community engagement project I worked on in association with ICE (Information & Cultural Exchange) a happening organisation that funds, supports and connects various emerging and professional artists from a spectrum of disciplines. Situated in the heart of Parramatta.
This 5 part web series is the result of several years of collaboration with Nepean Community and Neighbourhood Services (NCNS). From story development to performance workshops to several weeks of shooting and hours of editing, this process allowed us to collect local stories over several years and developed them with the community into a narrative.
While it is fiction, the story and performances align themselves closely to the truth. The performer’s are not acting, they are being. Very little dialogue was written and this keeps the verbal exchanges honest and more authentic. The result is a beautiful observational piece exploring the joys and pains of being young.
And heres a review from Margaret Pomeranz movie review show Screen….
READY FOR THIS completed filming this week. It’s the latest from Blackfella Films (Redfern Now) & Werner Film Productions (Dance Academy).
Set in inner city Sydney, it follows five Indigenous teens who have come to the city to explore their dreams.
I had the great privilege of working on Ready For This as Dramaturg. I got to work with the ensemble of young actors for a 4 week intensive prior to the shoot with continued rehearsals throughout.
Directors: Daina Reid, Adrian Wills and Tony Krawits.
Will be aired on ABC3 later this year.
‘Nadia Townsend as Dr. Charlotte Wallace gives a stand out performance that gets funnier as she moves through her word association analysis of the world around her. She benefits enormously from the best written lines of the show, and takes full advantage of the opportunity Durang has given her’ – Lisa Thatcher
By Don Groves – IF Magazine
Grant Cartwright, Nadia Townsend, Stephen Carracher and Rosie Lourde head the ensemble cast in Restoration, a 3-part,
Cartwright (whose credits include MTC’s The Crucible and web series Death Star PR) will play Oliver Klein, who awakes to find his memories restored into a body that is not his own.
Townsend (City Homicide, Knowing) is cast as Emma Laws, a technician who works at Restoration Life Services, the facility which enables people to have their memories downloaded for back-up so when death happens, those memories can uploaded into a new body.