For the last couple of years I’ve been working on a project called Kasey is Missing, an initiative of Information and Cultural Exchange (I.C.E) and Nepean Community Neighbourhood services – a project that has been an ongoing and long time engagement with the community has became a beautiful web series about a young girl who’s friend goes missing and no one seems to notice or care.
The series was created by bringing together a group of film makers and developing scripts with the community through workshops and improvisation. As we explore the possibility of a second series we made a trip to Wellington NSW – the second oldest settlement west of the Blue Mountains, Wiradjuri country. The home of Aunty Mary, who plays Aunty Mary in the series – a warm, strong and caring character, a rock for the community and the only person who seems to hear the concerns about Kasey’s absence. Following Aunty Mary’s lead we explored her home country and ran 3 days of workshops in association with Wellington Information and Neighbourhood services.
Meeting the youngsters of the region and working with Aunty Mary and Information and Cultural Exchange crew was a highlight of my year. Wellington is an enchanting place with a heavy history – We are currently seeking funding for the continued development of the series throughout 2017.
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 took home the AACTA Award for Best Children’s Television Series, (awarded to producers: Darren Dale, Miranda Dear and Joanna Werner) staving off competition from two past winners, THE NEW ADVENTURES OF FIGARO PHO and NOWHERE BOYS SERIES 2, along with fellow newcomer LITTLE LUNCH.
‘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
Grant Cartwright, Nadia Townsend, Stephen Carracher and Rosie Lourde head the ensemble cast in Restoration, a 3-part,
sci-fi series which is due to start shooting at Docklands Studios on August 4.
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.