SA Film Corporation

Made in SA Showcase

The Made in SA Showcase is an informative resource, detailing the variety of SAFC supported feature film, television, multi-media and documentary productions produced in SA since 2010. A selection of recent productions is shown below.  Choose a filter to see more.

For a quick look at SAFC productions since 1974,  view our 40th anniversary Showreel here.

 

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Prisoners and Pups

PRISONERS AND PUPS

2017

Producer: Shalom Almond
Director: Shalom Almond

Prisoners sign up to rehabilitate retired greyhound racing dogs to prepare them for life on the outside. The inmates have just a few weeks to learn how to train, socialise and transform the dogs into loving, family-friendly pets – and then face giving them up for adoption in the outside world. In turn, can the dogs help the inmates rebuild their lives? Can man and animal work together to create a better life for each other?


MAKING A MARK

2017
Southern Light Alliance
Producer: Anna Vincent
Director: Richard Jasek

Filmed during the inaugural year of the Ramsay Art Prize, Making a Mark chronicles a story of passion and creative trailblazing as a selection of finalists, all aged under 40, vie for the $100,000 prize. In a story that spans the globe from Europe to Outback Australia, we explore one of the most personally challenging and financially tenuous vocations, and find out just what it takes to live a life in the world of visual arts. 


Embrace

EMBRACE

2016

Producer: Anna Vincent, Taryn Brumfit
Director: Taryn Brumfit

At home in Adelaide, Taryn Brumfitt is a mother of three.  But internationally, she is a highly recognised positive body image activist and the creator behind documentary EMBRACE which endeavors to shift the way women think about their bodies, and in turn, feel about themselves. To date Taryn's powerful message has reached over 100 million people worldwide via social media. She has been interviewed by Good Morning America, USA's Today Show and 60 Minutes. Such is the strength of her international following, EMBRACE raised $350,000 through public pledges and has been supported by Rosie O’Donnell, Zooey Deschanel, Ashton Kutcher and Ricki Lake amongst others.

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The Panther Within

THE PANTHER WITHIN

2016

Producer: Tom Zubrycki
Director: Edoardo Crismani & Allan Collins

Joe Murray, a member of the stolen generation, was a chameleon. In his early years Joe was a part of a boxing tent troupe before he turned professional. He was known as the ‘Black Panther’ in the ring because of his incredible speed and lightning punches.  He and his wife Elizabeth, the daughter of South Australian German settlers, created a vaudeville troupe and travelled around the country performing and boxing.  Joe, however, left behind him unanswered questions about where he was born, where his country was, and what happened to him in his later years.  Joe’s daughter Barbara together with her son Edoardo hit the road to retrace Joe Murray’s history, hoping to find some of the missing pieces of his life

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Highly Strung

HIGHLY STRUNG

2015
Kino Films in association with Southern Light Alliance
Producer: Kerry Heysen
Director: Scott Hicks

Director Scott Hicks (SHINE and GLASS: A Portrait of Philip in 12 Parts)
continues his exploration of music-themed films with a new documentary project.  It is a story of passion… of obsession... and possession. A journey into a world of rarefied instruments and the dealers, philanthropists and musicians who seek them out. 

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Michelle's Story

MICHELLE'S STORY

2015
Hedone
Producer: Kate Croser
Director: Meryl Tankard

At the peak of her career, one of Australia’s most celebrated dancers, Michelle Ryan, is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Betrayed by her body, she loses her career, mobility and marriage. Despite her damaged confidence and disability, in a chance moment of opportunity she is eventually drawn back to dance, becoming an inspirational Artistic Director at Restless Dance Theatre, an Adelaide based dance company working with young disabled people. MICHELLE is a heart warming and uplifting story for a TV and film festival audience that offers an insight into the world of dance and disability and the liberating power of art.

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King's Seal

KING'S SEAL

2014
MAV Media
Producer: Kim Mavromatis and Quenten Agius
Director: Kim Mavromatis and Quenten Agius

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The Agony of Ecstasy

THE AGONY OF ECSTASY

2014
Budaya Productions
Producer:  Katrina Lucas, Lauren Drewery (Executive Producer), Juju Haifawi (Co-Producer)
Director: Katrina Lucas

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These Heathen Dreams

THESE HEATHEN DREAMS

2014
Film Projects, Les Films du Balibari, Shining Light Productions
Producer: Georgia Wallace-Crabbe, Emmanuelle Jacq, Anne Tsoulis
Director: Anne Tsoulis

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All This Mayhem

ALL THIS MAYHEM

2013
Pank & Martin, Playmaker Films, Vice Films
Producer: James Gay-Rees, George Pank, Eddie Martin
Director: Eddie Martin

Final Mix

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Jillaroo School

JILLAROO SCHOOL

2013
Triptych Pictures
Producer: Jennifer Jones, Kristian Moliere
Director: Colin Thrupp

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Ringbalin: River Stories

RINGBALIN: RIVER STORIES

2013
Goodmorningbeautiful Films
Producer: Julia de Roeper
Director: Ben Pederick

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Ringbalin:The Breaking Of The Drought

RINGBALIN:THE BREAKING OF THE DROUGHT

2013
Goodmorningbeautiful Films
Producer: Julia de Roeper, Jocelyn Pederick, Ali Sanderson, Ben Pederick, Sue Maslin
Director: Ben Pederick

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The Ride

THE RIDE

2013

Producer: Sandra Cook, Jim Cairns (Executive Producer), Susan MacKinnon (Executive Producer)
Director: Sandra Cook

Website


Croc College

CROC COLLEGE

2012
Travelling Tale Productions
Producer: Steven Geddes
Director: Colin Thrupp

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I Want To Dance Better At Parties

I WANT TO DANCE BETTER AT PARTIES

2012
Closer Productions
Producer: Rebecca Summerton
Director: Matthew Bate, Gideon Obarzanek

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Love Heart Baby

LOVE HEART BABY

2012
Secret Key Films
Producer: Katrina Lucas
Director: Shalom Almond

Website


Meatwork

MEATWORK

2012
Projector Films
Producer: Daniel Joyce
Director: Madeleine Parry

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Muriel Matters

MURIEL MATTERS

2012
Rivet Pictures Pty Ltd
Producer: Claire Harris, Julia de Roeper
Director: Sonia Bible

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Sam Klemke's Time Machine

SAM KLEMKE'S TIME MACHINE

2012

Producer: Rebecca Summerton, Sophie Hyde
Director: Matthew Bate

Website


Bikes And Broken Bones

BIKES AND BROKEN BONES

2011
Mavmedia
Producer: Ben Heidrich and Kim Mavromatis
Director: Ben Heidrich

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Happy Everyday : Park Life China

HAPPY EVERYDAY : PARK LIFE CHINA

2011
Park Life China Films
Producer: Peter O’Donoghue, Philippa Campey, Sarah Wishart
Director: Peter O’Donoghue

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My Long Neck

MY LONG NECK

2011
Secret Key Films Pty Ltd
Producer: Shalom Almond, Katrina Lucas
Director: Shalom Almond


Sons And Mothers

SONS AND MOTHERS

2011
POP Pictures
Producer: Louise Pascale
Director: Christopher Houghton


Barefoot In Ethopia

BAREFOOT IN ETHOPIA

2010

Producer: Jeni Lee
Director: Sieh Mchawala

Website


Chasing Shadows

CHASING SHADOWS

2010

Producer: Shalom Almond, Lauren Drewery
Director: Shalom Almond

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Dark To Light

DARK TO LIGHT

2010
Budaya Productions
Producer: Katrina Lucas
Director: Rachael Thompson

Website


Life In Movement

LIFE IN MOVEMENT

2010
Closer Productions
Producer: Sophie Hyde, Bryan Mason
Director: Sophie Hyde, Bryan Mason

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Magic Harvest

MAGIC HARVEST

2010
Carousel Media
Producer: Julia de Roeper
Director: Jeni Lee

Website


Politics, Power, Justice and the Media: Controversies Of The Stuart Case

POLITICS, POWER, JUSTICE AND THE MEDIA: CONTROVERSIES OF THE STUART CASE

2010

Producer: Helen Leake
Director: Craig Lahiff

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Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure

SHUT UP LITTLE MAN! AN AUDIO MISADVENTURE

2010
Closer Productions
Producer: Sophie Hyde, Matt Bate
Director: Matt Bate

Website


Stunt Love

STUNT LOVE

2010
Closer Productions
Producer: Caroline Man
Director: Matthew Bate

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Asylum FC

ASYLUM FC

2009

Producer: Lucy Maclaren, James Maiden
Director: Helen Gaynor, James Maiden

From the moment 9 young Zimbabwean soccer players took the momentous decision to seek escape from a homeland racked by hyperinflation, political murders, and cholera our cameras have followed the dramatic story of their encounter with Australia, as they attempt to gain Asylum and escape from the hell that their homeland has descended into. They are utterly unfamiliar with this country. They have no money, no jobs, no homes, and little education. They have left wives, girlfriends and children back in Africa. This is the story of their struggle to survive, seek Asylum and establish themselves. It is also story about soccer. Their team and the boys attempts to become professional players in the Australian League. Beyond this it is about how soccer means hope for these young men, and provides a vital focus for many African migrants in this country. The observational documentary follows their story from the homeless world cup in December 2008, through to a point in later 2009 when their Asylum is granted and they can be reunited with their loved ones in their new home.

SAFC Support: Documentary Production Investment, Disbursement Services


Destination Australia: Bittersweet Freedom

DESTINATION AUSTRALIA: BITTERSWEET FREEDOM

2009

Producer: Caroline Mann, Mike Piper
Director: Sophie Hyde

After Rashiq’s father fled Iran, to seek asylum elsewhere, Rashiq, being the oldest of four children bore much of the responsibility of raising the family during the nine years of separation from his father. Now as a teenager in Australia he is determined to define and live a freedom that he has been unable to experience before. Rashiq has been in Australia for nine months, and in the summer break before Year 12, he has chosen to challenge himself in many areas. His ambition to learn English is unwavering. Despite having driven since he was ten in his home country he needs to learn the Australian road rules and get used to driving on the opposite side of the road, so he can pass his provisional drivers license test. His siblings are struggling to find friends and his father is struggling to get a job. Rashiq, determined to help, also begins the job hunt. On top of all this and for his own emotional health, Rashiq wants to confront and understand his father’s experience in Australia - the reason why he was separated from his family for nine years. Mousa, Rashiq’s father was held in Curtin Detention Centre for three years, Baxter Detention Centre for three years and then it took another three years for the family to gain Australian visas. So the family decides to go on a road trip to Baxter Detention Centre, that is now deserted but still has many of the original buildings and Mousa takes the family on a whirlwind tour. Rashiq has an opportunity to see and experience the place where his father was incarcerated. Rashiq is adjusting to Australian life; however he still has a deep connection to his culture and his country. Leaving his home was a “bittersweet” moment for him, bitter to lose those he loves and the places and culture he knows, but sweet to be with his father again.

Screenings: SBS TV, SBS Refugee Week May 2010

SAFC Support: SBSi Documentary Initiative


Henry and Bee

HENRY AND BEE

2009

Producer: Rick Cavaggion, Martin Gordon
Director: Rick Cavaggion

Henry and Bee tells the story of Bee King, a young Aboriginal woman who was removed from her mother at birth. As a teenager, brought up in a white family, she began to feel isolated and out of place and set out to locate and reconnect with her birth parents. It was no easy search and eventually she tracked down her mother and father. After rejection was replaced by hope a whole new world opened for Bee when she re-established a relationship with her father, Henry. This is the story of Henry and Bee.

Screenings: ABC TV April 2009; SA Screen Awards 2010; FIFO Festival 2010

Awards: Bronze Award, National Awards for Cinematography (ACS)
SAFC Support: Documentary Production Investment


Love, Lust & Lies

LOVE, LUST & LIES

2009

Producer: Gillian Armstrong, Jenny Day
Director: Gillian Armstrong

Love, Lust & Lies is the fifth film in the documentary series Gillian Armstrong has been making about the lives, hopes and dreams of three lively, working class Adelaide girls since they were fourteen in 1976.

Official Selection: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, New Zealand International Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival

Screenings: ABC TV
SAFC Support: Documentary Production Investment 


The Love Market

THE LOVE MARKET

2009

Producer: Shalom Almond, Judi Oehme
Director: Shalom Almond

Like many young Australians, Shalom Almond has visited Vietnam and fallen in love with its landscapes and its people. In the northern highlands lies the remote town of Sapa which has been transformed by tourism in the last generation. Young girls from the Hmong minority have flocked into the city to sell embroideries and work as tour guides. Shalom befriends four girls aged 9 to 16, returning over the next three years to follow their stories. The girls are savvy and streetwise but painfully aware of their vulnerability and of the heavily restricted choices facing them. The filmmaker also emerges as a character who is aware of her position as a privileged outsider. The result is not so much a document as a dialogue between friends. Almond seeks to bridge the distances between young women, at the same time as she is painfully aware of the gulfs between tourist and local, west and east, observer and observed. 


12 Canoes

12 CANOES

2008

Producer: Molly Reynolds, Rolf de Heer
Director: Molly Reynolds, Rolf de Heer

Ten Canoes (2006) is one of the great achievements of recent Australian cinema. It was the outcome of a collaborative contract between Rolf de Heer’s team and the people of Ramingining, who wanted to see their stories told. This collaboration has been on-going with de Heer and Molly Reynolds working with the community to produce a range of works that explore the culture, history and belief systems of the Yolgnu people of the Arafura Swamp area in Arnhem Land.

12 Canoes is a re-working of the website developed by a Ramingining consultative committee consisting of Peter Minygululu, Richard Birrinbirrin, Philip Gudthaykudthay, Peter Djigirr and Bobby Bunungurr. It is structured in 12 parts dealing with dreamtime stories, contact history with Macassans and Europeans, the flora and fauna of the country as well as kinship systems, ceremonies and languages. This is a superb vehicle for learning about indigenous culture.

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RAMONES ARE NOT DEAD

2008

Producer: Andrew Bunney, Suzy Ramone
Director: Andrew Bunney, Suzy Ramone

Local band Rammonettes set out on a campaign of world domination, seeking to unite all the Ramones fans in the world. Then there will be a a golden age of peace and hard rocking.

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The Pinaroo Surfer

THE PINAROO SURFER

2008
The Hero Project a Tallstoreez Productionz Pty Ltd initiative
Producer: Carl Kuddell
Director: Jennifer Lyons-Reid

A 10-part mini youth doco broadcast on the ABC in January - February 2009. 

Hone your bush survival skills and explore Kade’s Pinnaroo: gigantic Big Things, secret fishing spots, time travel and other stories in this series brought to you by the Hero Project, a Tallstoreez Productionz Pty Ltd initiative. 

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A Fighting Chance

A FIGHTING CHANCE

2007

Producer: Tom Zubrycki
Director: Mark Andersson

At age 42, former Bosnian boxing champion Nermin Sabanovic is making a comeback and dreaming of fighting for a world title, despite the concerns of his wife and two daughters. 

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A Shift in Perception

A SHIFT IN PERCEPTION

2007
danimations
Producer: 
Director: Dan Monceaux

 A Shift in Perception' is a humanistic, informal examination of living with blindness. Taking an experimental approach to documentary making, conversations with three blind South Australian women are illustrated using a broad range of camera techniques on Super8 film (shot predominantly in black and white).

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Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts

GLASS: A PORTRAIT OF PHILIP IN TWELVE PARTS

2007

Producer: Scott Hicks, Susanne Preissler
Director: Scott Hicks

In July 2005, filmmaker Scott Hicks started shooting a documentary about the composer Philip Glass to celebrate his 70th anniversary in 2007. Over the next 18 months, Scott followed Philip across three continents - from his annual ride on the Coney Island ‘Cyclone’ roller coaster, to the world premiere of his new opera in Germany and in performance with a didgeridoo virtuoso in Australia. Allowed unprecedented access to Glass’ working process, family life, spiritual teachers and long time collaborators, Hicks gives us a unique glimpse behind the curtain into the life of a surprising and complex man. ‘GLASS: a portrait of Philip in twelve parts’ is a remarkable mosaic portrait of one of the greatest - and at times controversial - artists of this or any era.

 

Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival, Adelaide Bank Festival of Arts, San Francisco Film Festival, River Run International Film Festival, Biografilm Festival, ERA New Horizons Film Festival, Keswick Film Festival, Titanic International Filmpresence Festival

Awards: Best Feature Length Documentary AFI Awards 2009 
SAFC Support: Festival & Awards Grants

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Is Your House Killing You?

IS YOUR HOUSE KILLING YOU?

2007

Producer: Chris Hilton, Sonja Armstrong, Carl Kuddell
Director: Roger Power, Daniella Ortega, Jennifer Lyons-Reid

'Is Your House Killing You?' is a groundbreaking, on the pulse, scientific makeover series. Ordinary families are invited to take up the challenge to 'detox' their homes. From inner city apartments to country fibros, our expert team swarms, probes and strips back a diverse range of homes in a CSI-style investigation. Some homes sparkle innocently and others are environmental monsters, but they all harbour a parallel microscopic world of hidden dangers.


Sacred Ground

SACRED GROUND

2007
Mav Media Pty Ltd
Producer: Kim Mavromatis
Director: Kim Mavromatis

 Synopsis

Sacred Ground is an International multi award-winning documentary that tells the true story of Aboriginal people fighting to save what is left of their ancient heritage and culture. Land developments, greed and ignorance is destroying much of Australia's ancient heritage and cultural sites. Quenten Agius discovers his ancestor’s ancient skeletal remains in the middle of a multi-million dollar housing development. This life changing moment forms the central story of his emotional journey. When Quenten speaks we can see and feel his pain. Five years in the making, Quenten and his mob have the guts to stand up, to speak out and express their views, to fight for what they believe in - Sacred Ground is their story.

Awards

Special Jury Selection Award (Grand Prize) - 2008 Global Green Indigenous Film Festival (Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA).

Special Jury Prize - 2008 Pacific International Doco Film Festival (FIFO Tahiti).

WINNER Best Documentary – AVPA National Awards (Australian Video Producers Assoc) 2007.

Best Documentary - 2007 AVPA Australian Video Producers Assoc National Awards.

Best Broadcast TV Pgm - 2007 AVPA Aust Video Producers Assoc National Awards.

Nominations

Best International Documentary: International Film Festival England (June 2008).

Official Selection: Reel Earth Aotearoa Environmental Film Festival, (May 2008).

Official Selection: Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival (June 2008).

Official Selection: Globians World and Culture Documentary Film Festival (Germany August 2008).

Official Selection: Canada International Film Festival - Feb 2009.

Nominated for International Gold Panda Award - Best Photography in a Documentary (Anthropology): Sichuan TV Festival (China 2009

Nominated for Best International Documentary: Swansea Bay Film Festival (Wales) May 2009.

Official Selection: The Dreaming Festival (Australia) June 2009.

Official Selection: Two Fires Festival (Australia) March 2009

Official Selection: International Film Festival Egypt (Cairo) April 2009

Screenings:

ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) - July 2007.

EM TV Papua New Guinea - March 2008.

Press TV (Iranian Television) 2009

Maori TV New Zealand 2009.

NITV (National Indigenous TV Australia) 2009/10/11

Other screenings: NAIDOC Week - International Human Rights Day - Mabo Day: Adelaide, South Australia 2008/09 / State History Conference: South Australia, Aug 2009.

Educational Institutions: DVD purchased by over 80 educational institutions and libraries Australia wide.

Website


A Wire Through the Heart

A WIRE THROUGH THE HEART

2007
Piper Films
Producer: Corey Piper, Mike Piper
Director: Darcy Yuille

The story of overland telegraph from Adelaide to Darwin. The incredible story of the struggle to cross a vast continent and build the telegraph line that would bring Australia to the world and the world to Australia.


Casualties of War

CASUALTIES OF WAR

2007

Producer: Rebecca Summerton and Sarah Wishart
Director: Jeni Lee

Leigh served with the Australian Army in East Timor as a special forces soldier in a reconnaissance platoon. Casualties of War explores Leigh’s view that the hardest part of going to war is coming home. A year after Leigh returned from East Timor he reached breaking point and left the army. It is only now, 4 years later, he feels able to speak out about the stark realities of being a soldier.

Awards

Winner of Best Documentary Awards, short form, ATOM Awards, 2008. 


Forbidden Lie$

FORBIDDEN LIE$

2007
Liberty Productions
Producer: Sally Regan, Anna Broinowski
Director: Anna Broinowski


It's No Circus in Cambodia

IT'S NO CIRCUS IN CAMBODIA

2007

Producer: Rebecca Summerton and Jeni Lee
Director: Jeni Lee

Australia’s dodgiest circus attempts to drive from Singapore to Ireland in a double decker bus! What could possibly go wrong? On route the circus gets waylaid in the south of Cambodia where they teach circus skills to a very spirited group of streetkids…


Kalapaupa Heaven

KALAPAUPA HEAVEN

2007

Producer: Mark Patterson
Director: Paul Cox

20 minutes by plane from modern Honolulu, lies a tiny settlement forgotten by time. Kalaupapa, a peninsula on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, with its swaying palms, unspoiled beaches and stunning mountains, is a paradise on earth - but with a dark and dramatic history. Kalaupapa is a leprosy colony.

Festivals

World Premier – Adelaide Film Festival 2007 
Melbourne International Film Festival 2007 
Hawaii International Film Festival 2007 
London Australian Film Festival 2008 


Risking It All

RISKING IT ALL

2007

Producer: Alan Carter, Claire Harris
Director: Matt Bate, Sophie Hyde, Kath McIntyre and Shane McNeill

Risking it All is a roller-coaster ride following rookie entrepreneurs pursuing their passions to set up their own businesses. Series presenter and business expert, Shivani Gupta is on hand with her unique brand of “no-nonsense” business advice to guide them through the highs and lows of following the dream of being your own boss. With new business start-ups running at an all time high the reality is that three in every five new business are doomed to fail in the first three years. Risking It All shows the serious blood, sweat and tears involved in trying to keeping the dream alive. 


What the Future Sounded Like

WHAT THE FUTURE SOUNDED LIKE

2007

Producer: Claire Harris
Director: Matthew Bate

From Dr Who to The Dark Side of the Moon to modern day dance music, the pioneering members of the Electronic Music Studios radically changed the sound-scape of the 20th Century. What the Future Sounded Like tells this fascinating story of British electronic music. What The Future Sounded Like mixes experimental visual and sonic techniques with animation and never-seen-since archival footage. A sonic and visual collage, this documentary colors in a lost chapter in music history, uncovering a group of composers and music engineers who harnessed technology and new ideas to re-imagine the boundaries of music and sound.

 Festivals 

South by Southwest Music Festival 2008 
Sonar Music Festival 2008 (Sonar Cinema) 
ABC TV 
Adelaide Film Festival 2007 
Berkshire International Film festival 2007 
Melbourne International Film Festival 2007 
Sydney International Film Festival 2007 
Supersonic 2007 
Sheffield Doc Festival 2007 

Awards 

Nomination for Best documentary ATOM Awards 

Website


But We Are Strong (Faded Cotton)

BUT WE ARE STRONG (FADED COTTON)

2006

Producer: Sarah Wishart & Jennifer Lee
Director: Sarah Wishart & Jennifer Lee

SAFC Educational Content Fund

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The Amazing Adventures of Gavin A Leafy Seadragon

THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF GAVIN A LEAFY SEADRAGON

2006
Waterline Productions Pty Ltd
Producer: Judi Oehme
Director: Jessica Wallace & Greg Holfeld (Animation Director)

SAFC Educational Content Fund

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Blokes and Sheds

BLOKES AND SHEDS

2005

Producer: Sarah Wishart & Robi Watt
Director: Robi Watt


DIRECTING THE HERO WITHIN

2005
Tallstoreez Productionz
Producer: Jennifer Lyons-Reid & Carl Kuddell
Director: Jennifer Lyons-Reid & Carl Kuddell

SAFC Educational Fund


Hearing James

HEARING JAMES

2005

Producer: Claire Harris
Director: Cath Moore

Sophia’s world has been deaf for 35 years. Now she’s about to be switched on...

Synopsis

35 year-old Sophia has been profoundly deaf since she was a baby. After the birth of her son, James, she decides the time is right to explore a cochlear implant operation or ‘bionic ear’. Sophia straddles the hearing and the deaf world and communicates using sign, lip reading and speech. Because she has always been deaf, the operation is fraught with risk and uncertainty. She may not even qualify as a suitable candidate. But if she does, will this be a life changing operation? Will Sophia hear her baby James’ voice for the first time?


MY VOICE

2005
Q Productions Pty Ltd
Producer: Sarah Wishart
Director: Quentin Kenihan

SAFC Educational Content Fund


STORIES OF US 2

2005
Readymade Productions
Producer: Christopher Faull
Director: Christopher Faull

SAFC Educational Content Fund


Opal Fever

OPAL FEVER

2004
Piper Films
Producer: Mike Piper
Director: Corey Piper

OPAL FEVER … is a series about untold wealth waiting to be uncovered … and those possessed with the feverish hope of riches beyond imagination.

“Some people say Opal Fever is better than sex … ”, says former Sydney street-kid Mark Jackson in the first episode of OPAL FEVER, a television series set in the remote and bizarre opal-mining town of Coober Pedy in the vast South Australian Outback.

AFI Nomination for Cinematography

ACS Golden Tripod - Documentaries Cinema & TV

4 Gold ACS - Documentaries Cinema & TV

National Geographic - Best People & Places

ATOM Awards - Best Documentary

Melbourne DV Festival - Best Documentary


Paradise Bent

PARADISE BENT

2002
Re-Angle Pictures
Producer: Heather Croall and Alison Elder
Director: Heather Croall

Boys will be Girls in Samoa is a one hour documentary for television that explores the layers of conflict and contradiction in the fa'afafine culture of Samoa.


We Of Little Voice

WE OF LITTLE VOICE

2002
Re-Angle Pictures
Producer: Heather Croall
Director: Peter Hodgson

British atomic bombs in the 1950s decimated Aboriginal nations in central Australia, leaving survivors blind and their land poisoned. They remember and speak out against further desecration from uranium mining and nuclear waste dumping.


Paul Davies:  The Big Questions

PAUL DAVIES: THE BIG QUESTIONS

1995
Piper Films Pty Ltd
Producer: Piper Films in association with SBS Independent and The South Australian Film Corporation
Director: Mike Piper

1995 Templeton Prize Winner

 

For millennia people have wondered at their own existence and the mysteries of life. Powerful answers - and entirely new questions -have been provided by mathematics and science. In this series, crafty interrogator and sceptic Phillip Adams talks to acclaimed scientist and author Professor Paul Davies about the mysteries that have filled people with fascination and dread since the dawn of time.

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THE DESERT SURFERS

1993
Re-Angle Pictures
Producer: Heather Croall and Milo Hyde
Director: Heather Croall and Milo Hyde

'the desert surfers' explores the myths and legends of a hard core surfing community in the Australian outback.

The surfers discovered the isolated wave in the 1960's and have never left the place. The film has some brilliant super 8 footage of them driving to Cactus in the 60's. Stories about locals like "Moose the Mayor" and "Sharkbait" continue to reinforce the myths of this outback group of surfers and this documentary shows that out in the desert fact can indeed be stranger than fiction.

In the making of the 'the desert surfers', the violent reputation of the Cactus locals sends the cameraman into a state of paranoia. This documentary is as much about madness in the desert as it is about the surfie legends of Cactus Beach.


FACING THE WORLD

1990
Stella Productions
Producer: 
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GENOCIDE

1990
Lattimore
Producer: 
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IMPERIAL CROWNINGS


Re Angle Pictures
Producer: Heather Croall
Director: Heather Croall

This short documentary takes a look at what people think about the compulsory bicycle helmet law in Australia.