With director Susan McMillan and editor Mark Fox in Britain, the producer Tina Dalton in Sydney, the sound designer Michael Gissing in Tassie and me in Melbourne we finally got there! It’s a great score too this one. A mixture of grand orchestral and intimate moments reflective of our dramatic landscape and the small peaceful moments in our pelican’s journey. Have a listen
Looks like we might be getting a few extra sales too, perhaps into France and the US.
On Wednesday this week the AFI Awards nominations for 2010 were announced and our documentary A Thousand Encores: The Ballets Russes in Australia was nominated in four categories, the most for any documentary this year!
The nominations are…
Best Documentary under one hour – Sharyn Prentice, Marianne Latham, Lavinia Riachi.
Best Direction in a Documentary – Mandy Chang
Best Editing in a Documentary – Karin Steininger
Best Sound in a Documentary – Brett Aplin, Andrew McGrath, Erin McKimm, Terry Chadwick
Congratulations to all involved, it’s a wonderful documentary. For those of you that missed it I’ll keep an eye on the TV schedules and in the meantime it’s available on DVD!
Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens in Australia has picked up an Australian Writers Guild AWGIE Award for Best Documentary for Public Broadcast, and is nominated for an Australian Directors Guild (ADG) Award for Best Documentary Feature! Congratulations to John, Andrea, Uri and the team.
The final installment of The Making of Modern Australia, The Australian Soul, airs this Thursday 19th August at 8.30pm on ABC. The series has been well received and has spawned a book by narrator and actor William McInnes. The 2-disc DVD of the series is also now available to purchase.
Finally, A Thousand Encores: The Ballets Russes in Australia is being re-screened on ABC2 this Sunday night the 22nd August at 8.30pm. If you missed this one first time around it’s definately worth a look.
The Making of Modern Australia begins tonight at 8.30pm on ABC1 and airs for 4 weeks kicking off with the Australian Child then following with The Australian Dream (home ownership), The Australian Heart (relationships) and The Australian Soul (religion). Tune in. Great article on the series in todays Age/Sydney Morning Herald titled ‘Harsh and Ignorant’: Australia’s Wonder Years myth‘ and an Age online video review also posted today.
John Hughes’ exceptional feature documentary Indonesia Calling: Joris Ivens in Australia has been selected to screen in official competition at the Sydney Film Festival. It screens June 3 at 6.30pm, details below. Not everything I’ve been a part of will stand the test of time but this one certainly will. This is a part of Australian history that should be revisited.