Hullo again from Japan! I thought I’d share a few pictures from my first day of exploring.

This is the area where I’m staying.

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On my first full day (Wednesday) I decided to catch the subway into the main city area. The subway was surprisingly easy to navigate! I got off here, on the hunt for something in particular…

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It was a cat cafe!! If you aren’t already aware, Japan has a number of these amazing things. It’s basically a room full of cats and cat things where you can have tea and coffee and play with cats. Pretty much the best.

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This one, Moka, has bad allergies so she has to wear clothes all the time.

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After I managed to tear myself away from the cats, I wandered down an interesting looking street and found an amazing network of alleys and arcades. This shop was particularly incredible. It was paper goods and art supplies. There was an entire wall of brushes!

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And all the cards, envelopes, papers, notebooks you could ever possibly want.

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There was also a lot of shrines which had their gates right in the arcades.

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After more wandering I found the river. A man was flying this beautiful kite in the evening light.

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I also saw this fantastic specimen. Maybe it’s from watching too much anime, but I always associate this kind of wire pole mess with Japan.

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More adventures soon!

– Em

Title: Songs From The Deep End

Type: Documentary

Running Time: 53 minutes

Trailer:

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

For all enquiries, email info@songsfromthedeepend.com

Title: Zyklus, A year in the life of Willunga Waldorf School

Type: Documentary

Running Time: 52 minutes

Screened at: Willunga Waldorf School, 2012, Willunga Spring fair, 2014

Trailer:

Full Film:

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.

 A film by Emily McAllan

 

This is another quick video I made for Julia Henning, this time it’s her cover of I’m Your Man, by Leonard Cohen. The footage is from the feature-length documentary that I am making about Julia’s Sydney Opera House show, and the few months leading up to it. The documentary will be released early to mid 2013.

In the meantime, check out julia’s music at http://www.triplejunearthed.com/Artists/View.aspx?artistid=39635