Blue Skies to Black Umbrellas.
Twelve Driven Australians. One Big City.
Created by film-makers David McLagan and Brad Lawson, Blue Skies to Black Umbrellas examines the diverse experiences of twelve unique, highly driven Australians in pursuit of their dreams in London.
In a series of candid interviews conducted between 2007 and 2010, the film-makers explore the personal stories behind the diaspora and ask what it is about London that captures imaginations – and holds them – despite all the obvious difficulties. (To say nothing about the weather!)
The films also examine the notion of “Australianness” and ask how important this complex mindset has been in helping break down social barriers and achieve lofty goals.
Often surprising, sometimes controversial, Blue Skies to Black Umbrellas brings into focus a whole new breed of intelligent Australian, determined to reach the very top – in arguably the world’s toughest, most competitive city. And helps put to bed the stereotypical “Earls Court Aussie” once and for all.
The twelve films feature: Tim Minchin, Perrier Award Winning Comedian; Lyell Strambi, COO, Virgin Atlantic Airlines; Darren Lyons, “Mr Paparazzi”, Chairman, Big Pictures; Michael Lynch, CEO Southbank Centre, London; Meredith Hooper, Polar Scientist and Author; Ryan Heath, Social Commentator and Political Speechwriter; Kristina Dryza, Futurist; Nicki Gemmell, Broadcaster and Author; Eugenie Harvey, Social Campaigner; Paul O’Donnell, Entrepreneur; Brian Clarke, Founder, Aussie Rules UK and Lisbeth Savill, Entertainment Lawyer.
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