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  1. "Australia was a little isolated in the fifties, and modern jazz, that was something very different..." ZOOT FINSTER

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  2. A sumptuous & compelling adaptation of one of Australia's boldest operas.

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  3. A short video [13':21"] made by MusicArtsDance presenting the world premiere of Gary Daley's new composition "Sanctuary" that backgrounds the music, musicians and ideas behind the piece and follows its development through rehearsal to performance. The performance extracts were filmed during the World Premiere at Springwood in November 2011.

    "Sanctuary" is a 60min original musical work in six parts where Indian/African percussion meets Appalachian folk and Classical, underpinned by a strong jazz influence and inspired improvisations.

    As John Shand noted in his 7/11/11 SMH review of the November 2011 World Premiere: “Gary Daley’s Sanctuary is the latest in a rush of genre-hopping extended works, and one of the most ambitious...The need to realise the unexpected and the familiar was met not just by Daley’s chosen instrumentation but by the specific improvisers.”

    SANCTUARY BAND
    Gary Daley - Accordion, Piano & Loops
    Paul Cutlan - Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
    Tunji Beier - Percussion
    Brett Hirst – Double Bass
    Ollie Miller - Cello
    Mirabai Peart - Violin
    James Daley - Mandolin
    Jess Green - Guitar and Vocals
    Lucky Oceans - Pedal Steel Guitar

    "Sanctuary" was commissioned by Live at the Village, the music concert series in Springwood, Blue Mountains with support from Australia Council for Arts and APRA.

    Live at the Village Contacts:

    Live at the Village Inc.
    Mary Travers 0416 492952
    Gary Daley 0419275619

    livespringwood@gmail.com
    2a Koala Rd, Blaxland, NSW, Australia 2774
    liveatthevillage.com.au

    For more information about this Video please contact Kevin Lucas at MusicArtsDance Digital Media Services, info@musicartsdance.com. +61 2 9011 6682

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  4. IN DEVELOPMENT/PRODUCTION

    STORY ABOUT FEELING
    Indigenous Cultural & Environmental Cross-Platform Project

    DESCRIPTION
    Story About Feeling is a multi-dimensional performance-based installation combining an interactive multi-platform museum exhibit designed around Arnhem Land indigenous cultural practice and funerary rites that offers the viewer a multiple-sensory window into OAM Aboriginal elder Bill Neidjie’s funeral ceremony and his Bunitj country (world-heritage listed Kakadu National Park) which thematically links to a short dramatized feature film adapted from his words and story – Story About Feeling. The exhibit comprises commissioned Larrakitj memorial poles, a traditional funeral platform and a ceremonial bunggul pit transformed into high-tech viewing portals offering pre-recorded and live material that the viewer is encouraged to interact with. The interactive installation offers site-specific and customized options and has a live performance ceremonial element incorporated into its launch season.

    RATIONALE
    This multi-faceted project comprising film, installation and ceremony is inspired by the long-term collaborative efforts of three individuals Jonathan Nadji (Kakadu-Bunitj clan), Djakapurra Munyarryun (Dhalinybuy-Wangurri clan) and Kevin Lucas (MusicArtsDance films). representing two indigenous communities from Australia’s north and one of Australia’s leading film production companies specializing in cultural and indigenous collaborations. Each member of the team has in their own right established strong international ties through their existing cultural, environmental and tourism-related activities.

    The aim of this project is to expand on the shared experience and knowledge of this unique group by developing an umbrella production and distribution structure that enables the establishment of cultural and environmental preservation programs aimed at the promotion of authentic indigenous experience to the international marketplace through the creation and dissemination of high-end cultural product pitched to a sophisticated international market (e.g. international museums and major international events).

    OBJECTIVES
    1. To consolidate cultural and environmental preservation programs in two remote northern Australian indigenous communities
    2. To expand tourism-related opportunities by developing multi- dimensional performance-based media products that present this indigenous material in an authentic and culturally-sensitive manner promoting Australia’s living indigenous cultural heritage
    3. To facilitate international market opportunities in key Australian Tourism markets for the dissemination of this material
    4. To promote indigenous-owned and controlled cultural tourism.

    KEY PERSONNEL
    Jonathan Nadji (Kakadu) Bunitj elder, Jonathan is senior custodian for the Bunitj clan of northeast Kakadu. He has served as Chairperson of the Djabulugku Association and the Joint Board of Management of Kakadu National Park. He was a regional representative of ATSIC.

    Djakapurra Munyarryun (Dhalinybuy) Djakapurra, born in Yirrkala, is a member of the Munyarryun clan of northeast Arnhem Land. He was raised with traditional dance and ceremony as an integral part of his life and as a teenager toured Australia with elders from Yirrkala, teaching and conducting traditional dance and music workshops. Djakapurra, son of Wangurri clan leader Bawurr, is one of the talented and hardworking Munyarryun brothers. For over a decade he was lead dancer and cultural consultant for the internationally celebrated Bangarra Dance Theatre. In 1993 Munyarryun played the water spirit in Kevin Lucas' operatic film Black River and also appeared in the film Breaking Through. He performed with Yothu Yindi, Christine Anu and David Page in the ABC special Songlines, and was a featured performer in the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

    Kevin Lucas (MusicArtsDance films) Kevin is an innovative award-winning filmmaker whose genre-bending films have played in international festivals around the globe including Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, Moscow, London, Rome, Montreal, Toronto, New York, Sundance, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and more. In July 2005 Kevin co-directed with Djakapurra Munyarryun, the filming of the final funeral ceremony of Bunitj elder Bill Neidjie. He is a founding director of production company MusicArtsDance films and has worked as a writer, director, editor and producer on numerous projects, many of which are seen as Australian contemporary artistic film classics including The Widower (2004), Beyond El Rocco (1989); Black River (1992), Three Knocks on the Door (1996), One Night The Moon (2001) - Director Rachel Perkins; Fish - an Unborn Soul (1999) - Director Stephen Page; Urban Clan (1998) - Director Michelle Mahrer. Previously an executive board member of the IMZ, an international arts media alliance Kevin has also served as a Board member for the Australian Screen Director's Association (ASDA) along with the affiliated collection society ASDACS and is an inaugural member of the Music Council of Australia. He has served as a Juror for the International Emmy's on several occasions and is a card-carrying member of the Australian Writer's Guild and the Australian Screen Director's Association.

    FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT
    Kevin Lucas (MusicArtsDance films) email: kevin@musicartsdance.com PH: +61 2 9011 6682

    PROJECT SCOPE
     Cultural preservation program
    o Bunitj program
     Bill Neidjie Funeral
     Cultural site preservation
     Cultural centre development
    o Dhalinybuy program
     Ceremony program
     Product development
    o Customised museum exhibit o Story About Feeling (short-feature)
    o Community cultural resource o Kakadu-based SAF Tourism projects
     Market Development
     Djabaluka Association – Kakadu tourism
     Dhalinybuy – performance-based cultural tourism
     MAD films - International project development

    STRATEGIES
     identify key cultural events for inclusion in the program
     identify funding opportunities for realising the program
     identify resource and market opportunities with key groups (e.g. Tourism Australia. Kakadu National Park management, NT Government, Northern Lands Council, local Associations, relevant Corporate partners)
     develop joint project commissions with international events and institutions
     manage on-going production resource in coordination with local cultural advisors and partners
     develop international market opportunities through strategic alliances with Australian Embassies, Chambers of Commerce, Cultural Institutions, Business and Corporate groups.
     consolidate existing international relationships with cultural venues such as Lyon’s new Musée des Confluences (presently under construction) with a view to launch the project internationally in collaboration with this venue in 2013-14.

    BACKGROUND
    1987  Bill Neidjie “Story About Feeling” book published based on recordings by Keith Taylor (co-writer of SAF film project). On-going development on film adaptation.
    1997  Filming ceremony at Dhalinybuy
    2002  Bill Neidjie passes away (May 2002)
     Jonathon Nadji, Djakapurra Munyarryun, Kevin Lucas & Keith Taylor
    Establish “Story About Feeling” proposal 2003-2004
     Project plan developed

    2005  Bill Neidjie funeral ceremony filmed at Hawk Dreaming sponsored
    by Christenson Foundation, Djabulugku Association, NT Tourism, ERA, IATSIS, NY Parks Australia (Kakadu National Park), MAD films, IATSIS. Ceremony footage archived for community preservation program.

    2006  Funeral footage registered for World Heritage listing

    2007-11  Project developed for international market

    2012-13  Final production stage
     Design and implementation of film, exhibition and site specific installation tailored to venue specifications.

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  5. THE WIDOWER is an evocative tale of love and loss from the makers of the award-winning One Night The Moon. Developed as part of the mdTV initiative (1997) the project was a creative collaboration between Director Kevin Lucas, Writer Lyndon Terracini and Composer Elena Kats-Chernin. The film is centred around a collection of quintessential Les Murray poems and explores the themes of love, sexuality, ageing, isolation and loss in an Australian rural setting.

    THE WIDOWER was first premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2004, then went on to score a nomination for BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY at the 2005 AFI (Australian Film Institute) Awards. It was also nominated in the same category for the FCCA (Film Critics Circle) Awards, and Director of Photography, Kim Batterham ACS won the Golden Tripod Award at the 2005 National Australian Cinematography Awards for his work on the film.

    The Golden Tripod win, combined with the AFI and FCCA nominations, follow on from theatrical seasons of THE WIDOWER around the country, including the Valhalla and Chauvel cinemas in Sydney, the Nova in Melbourne, and Trak Cinema in Adelaide. The film also screened to great critical acclaim in many regional centres in Australia where it participated in the AFC's Big Screen Tour and the Sydney Travelling Film Festival.

    On the film festival circuit, in June 2005 THE WIDOWER was selected for the Perspectives Competition at the 2005 Moscow International Film Festival being one of only nine films selected worldwide. In October 2005, THE WIDOWER was also invited to the Gent International Film Festival in Belgium and took part in the Festival des Antipodes in St Tropez (2005), and again in Cannes (2006).

    The film is based on the poems of Les Murray, Australia's only Poet Laureate, whose work is distinguished by his ability to combine the high European artistic tradition with Australia's more vernacular culture. Murray's poetry has been translated into many languages and he has received prizes in various countries. His 1998 verse novel, Freddy Neptune, was hailed in Britain and America as a masterpiece of twentieth century literature. Murray's oeuvre reflects an intensely personal world from which he draws his poetry from. In 2002 he was a short-listed nominee for the Nobel Prize for Literature.

    “This gorgeous, poetic, simple and elegant music-drama about familial grief expands cinema's language in seemingly effortless, accessible fashion...its air of psychological insight is deft and haunting...the music is perfectly in synch with the project's desired mix of folkloricism, droll humor, poignancy, eroticism and domestic realism. ”
    - Dennis Harvey, VARIETY INTERNATIONAL (USA)

    : AWARDS & FESTIVALS

    WINNER: GOLDEN TRIPOD for Kim Batterham ACS
    2005 NATIONAL AUSTRALIAN CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARDS
    NOMINATION: 2005 AUSTRALIAN FILM INSTITUTE AWARDS
    Best Adapted Screenplay
    NOMINATION: 2005 FILM CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS
    Best Adapted Screenplay
    Festival des Antipodes - Cannes, France
    (May 2006)
    Culture Arte Societe - Montparnasse Paris France
    PROJECTION EXCEPTIONNELLE DE FILMS MUSICAUX AUSTRALIENS
    For 20 Year Retrospective (March 2006)
    Festival des Antipodes - St Tropez, France
    (October 2005)
    Gent International Film Festival - Belgium
    World Cinema - A Look Apart (October 2005)
    Vladivostok International Film Festival
    Special Vision (September 2005)
    Moscow International Film Festival
    Perspectives, IN COMPETITION (June 2005)
    Vancouver International Film Festival
    Cinema of our Time (September 2004)
    Montréal - Festival des filmsdu Monde
    Cinema of Oceania (September 2004)
    Brisbane International Film Festival
    Talking Australian (August 2004)
    Melbourne International Film Festival
    Australian Showcase (August 2004)

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