Createability: short films showcasing Northern Rivers artists with disability, News
Createability: short films showcasing Northern Rivers artists with disability, News

Createability: short films showcasing Northern Rivers artists with disability

For the past six months, Screenworks staff have been working with some of the Northern Rivers’ finest producer / director teams to produce three minute short films that profile artists with a disability working and living locally in the region as a part of its Createability program.

General Manager, Ken Crouch is delighted with the outcomes of the project “there were so many professional artists with disability working in the region, with so many unique stories, that just deciding who to profile was the biggest challenge! All three artists profiled in the films have been living and working in the Northern Rivers their entire lives and work in different artistic fields, which have made for a wonderfully diverse set of films.”

Working with Screenworks on the Createability project were three local filmmakers/production teams, all with extensive experience in producing broadcast quality films.

Sebastian and Jonatan Lundmark from Rest Your Eyes Production produced the film ‘Lydian’s Space’, which provides a wonderful insight into the busy, creative and emotional life of Bangalow artist and musician Lydian Dunbar. Lydian’s fabulous ability as a professional musician and his all round sunny disposition shines through in this upbeat short film which showcases Lydian’s musical journey as a member of esteemed electronic band Tralala Blip.

In Your Face Productions’ Andy Bambach produced the film ‘Peta Puppets’ that profiles Ballina artist and puppeteer Peta Lipski. It is colourful, frenetic and leaves us wanting to know more about Peta’s amazing life. With over 500 handmade puppets in her collection, all with their own voice and character, and her dance performance and drawing talents, Peta certainly has an interesting story to tell.

Poppy Walker and Sophie Hexter’s short film ‘The Battle’ is a visual delight. The early morning shots filmed on a deserted airport runway are atmospheric, emotive and powerful. The stylistic depiction of Murwillumbah dancer Kayah Guenther shows a young man of strength who has a passion and love for his chosen creative field of dance. Working alongside esteemed Gold Coast based choreographer, Gavin Webber, the film explores themes of identity, vulnerability and power through collaboration and movement.

On Tuesday September 8, Northern Rivers Screenworks will present an invitation-only cast and crew screening of the completed short films.

Screen NSW’s Manager Development and Production, Mark Hamlyn will travel to Byron Bay to speak at the event, which will be the first time the films will be shown on the big screen.

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