Title: Á hvaða tungumáli dreymir þig? (What language do you dream in?)
Type: Experimental/Performative Documentary
Running Time: 21 mins 31 seconds
Screened at: The Weight of Mountains Film Festival Skagastrond, 2014, The Weight of Mountains Film Festival Sauðárkrókur, 2014, The Weight of Mountains Film Festival Reykjavik, 2014
Synopsis: Emily, a young Australian filmmaker travels to remote northern Iceland to experience the visceral purity of a harsh winter. Her hunt for a reconnection with nature and her own childhood identity leads her to candid discussions with other filmmakers, local residents and at least one soothsayer. Told through the filmmaker’s eyes, this film explores the concept of humanity’s relationship to place and landscape.
From the filmmaker: “I spent three months in a small fishing town on the north coast of Iceland, during their Winter, 2013-2014. This project was part of a filmmaking residency called The Weight Of Mountains, hosted by Nes Artists Residency, Skagastrond. There were 9 other filmmakers taking part and each of us produced a short film on the theme of “the relationship between landscape and humanity.” The finished piece is part documentary, part dreamscape. It is a record of my time in this magical place, and the inner landscapes I traversed while being buffeted by the Icelandic winter. My heartfelt thanks to all who donated to my crowd-funding campaign, and to Carclew Youth Arts for their generous support. Without you I couldn’t have made this journey at all.”
“[The film] expresses the reality of everyday life among the wonders of the awe-inducing Icelandic environment, which is beautifully described as a life where you dream more than you sleep.” – Ben Smick, Reykjavik Grapevine.
What is it that keeps you from chasing your wildest dreams?
Songs From The Deep End is a documentary which follows 13 weeks in the life of Julia Henning, a young South Australian singer/songwriter, as she and her new band prepare for the gig of a lifetime. On September 10th 2012 they make their debut at the Sydney Opera House, one of the most famous performing arts centres in the world. They have just 3 months to write and prepare a whole new set, worthy of this iconic Australian venue. The preparation proves to be an emotional ride, and a poignant reminder of the ups and downs of being a self-employed creative. This is a film about pushing your limits and striving for what you desire, despite the obstacles.
A film by Emily McAllan
Produced by Imagenel in association with Blackwoolholiday Films
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Title: Zyklus, A year in the life of Willunga Waldorf School
Running Time: 52 minutes
Screened at: Willunga Waldorf School, 2012, Willunga Spring fair, 2014
Zyklus, A Year In The Life Of Willunga Waldorf School
This is my first feature-length documentary. In 2010, I spent a year filming the slow turn of the seasons at Willunga Waldorf School. I hope that this film will show you what I experienced during that year, and the people I met and the feeling of this place. It is an experimental documentary showing a year in the life of Willunga Waldorf School. It is not intended to be an analysis of Steiner Education, but simply a celebration of a space and its people.
This project was a bit of an experiment for me, and was completely self-funded. I approached the school and asked permission to film for the year, because I felt that the unique culture would be a good topic for my debut project. I had a wonderful year, and spent time with so many fantastic people. A huge thankyou to everyone who helped me, put up with me and encouraged me.
Because it was self-funded, it has repeatedly had to take back seat, and has subsequently taken me three years in total to complete. I wish it had come together sooner, and there are many things I would do differently now, but I am happy with the result.