Nov
20

The Ballarat National Theatre

 

Entertaining Audiences Since 1938

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Client: Ballarat National Theatre Company

Produced: 2013

Length: 12.26 minutes

This short documentary explores the history of the Ballarat National Theatre through the eyes of past and present members and asks why community theatre is relevant today.

The Ballarat National Theatre (BNT) was founded in 1938 and has been putting on live performances continuously since then. This film reflects on the history of the company and the impetus given it by being the first regional branch of Gertrude Johnson’s famous Australian National Theatre Movement. Through the perspective of core members of the BNT community, past and present, we celebrate the significance of this unique company. We revisit the original location of the Little Theatre, a favourite venue from the 1950s to the 1980s, and take a look behind the scenes at the 2013 season of the company at the SMB Courthouse Theatre in Ballarat. As we witness the ongoing commitment of those involved, the film explores what makes community theatre special and makes a case for another 75 years of performances.

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Credits

Written and Produced by:
Jary Nemo and Lucinda Horrocks
Production Company:
Wind & Sky Productions
Directed and Edited by:
Jary Nemo
Music by:
Lucinda Horrocks
Executive Producers:
Julian R Oldfield, Wendy Hall and Brian McLelland
Players (in order of appearance):
Savannah Clark, Doug Sarah, Sonja Kinnersly, Julian R Oldfield, Mary-Rose McLaren, Hedley Thomson, Katrina Hill, Fergus McLaren, Linda Ogier, Alexandra Meerbach, Christine Holmes, John Daykin, Simon Carroll
Plays Mentioned or Featured (in order of appearance):
Mr Pim Passes By, 1940, The Barretts of Wimpole Street, 1938, Duet for Two Hands, 1948, The Crime at Blossoms, 1947, The Heiress, 1959, Look Back in Anger, 1959, Private Lives, 1959, Come Back Little Sheba, 1962, The Crucible, 1975, Summer of the 17th Doll, 1980, The Chiltern Hundreds, 1963, Long Day’s Journey into Night, 1972, One Boy’s War, 2013, Theft, 2013, Twelve Angry Men, 2013
Interviews and Research:
Lucinda Horrocks
Lighting, Camera and Sound:
Jary Nemo
Images courtesy of:
Gary Hunt, The Australian National Memorial Theatre, The Gold Museum
‘One Boy’s War’ excerpts courtesy of:
Matthew Heenan, Mary-Rose McLaren
SFX supplied by:
freesfx.co.uk
With thanks to:
David Battersby, Yvonne Downing, Peter Freund, Elizabeth Hardiman, Katrina Hill, Candice Holloway, Robert McVitty, Peter Nethercote, James McLaren, Claire Muir, Sally Read, Robert Taylor, Paul Tracy, Tim Tracy, Roger Trudgeon, Peter Tulloch, Frank Van Straten, the Australian National Memorial Theatre, Ballarat City Council, the Gold Museum and Federation University. A very special thanks to all members of the Ballarat National Theatre community, past and present.
Financed by:
The Ballarat National Theatre Company Inc.
Distribution License:
Free to distribute online under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND conditions, all other use requires permission.
Copyright with:
© Wind & Sky Productions Pty Ltd and Ballarat National Theatre Company 2013.
Dedicated to:
Julian Oldfield, celebrating his commitment to the Theatre as its longest serving President, from 1999-2013.

 

 

Aug
21

Saving St Brigid’s

St Brigid

 

Book Promo: A Memoir by Regina Lane

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Client: Regina Lane

Produced: 2014

Length: 2.40 minutes

St Brigid’s Church in Crossley, on the South West Coast of Victoria, was very nearly shut down until the local community made a stand to save it.

Regina Lane wrote a memoir about the community’s five year struggle to save the church and the hall their ancestors had built for them and their children a hundred years ago. She asked us to make a Pozible campaign video to help her publish the book, which could then be turned into a promotional film about the book once published. We said yes because we love Regina’s book, and we love this story of an Irish-Australian community that fought back. It’s an interesting example of how content can be re-used to meet different purposes. We hope you enjoy.

Regina’s book is out now. Details are available at savingstbrigids.com.au.

Credits

Creative Producers:
Jary Nemo and Lucinda Horrocks
Production Company:
Wind & Sky Productions
Directed and edited by:
Jary Nemo
Written by:
Regina Lane, Lucinda Horrocks and Jary Nemo
Executive Producer:
Regina Lane
Featuring:
Regina Lane
Camera and Sound:
Jary Nemo
Music:
‘Song of the Ghost of the Drowned Man’ by Shane Howard, courtesy of Mushroom Music. ‘The Love of Music’ by Shane Howard, courtesy of Mushroom Music.
Photographs:
Koroit Historical Society (Phyllis Lane collection) The Warrnambool Standard, Aaron Sawall and Rob Gunstone, photographers.
With thanks to:
Shane Howard, Mushroom Music Publishing, Koroit Historical Society, Michael Lane, Friends of St Brigid’s Association.
Copyright with:
© Wind & Sky Productions Pty Ltd Pty Ltd 2013.

Saving St Brigid’s Pozible Campaign Video

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Client: Regina Lane

Produced: 2013

Length: 2.50 minutes

This is Regina’s Pozible campaign video. Regina successfully raised her target of $15,000 to publish the book.

Credits

Creative Producers:
Jary Nemo and Lucinda Horrocks
Production Company:
Wind & Sky Productions
Directed and edited by:
Jary Nemo
Written by:
Regina Lane, Lucinda Horrocks and Jary Nemo
Executive Producer:
Regina Lane
Featuring:
Regina Lane
Camera and Sound:
Jary Nemo
Music:
‘Song of the Ghost of the Drowned Man’ by Shane Howard, courtesy of Mushroom Music. ‘The Love of Music’ by Shane Howard, courtesy of Mushroom Music.
Photographs:
Koroit Historical Society (Phyllis Lane collection) The Warrnambool Standard, Aaron Sawall and Rob Gunstone, photographers.
With thanks to:
Shane Howard, Mushroom Music Publishing, Koroit Historical Society, Michael Lane, Friends of St Brigid’s Association.
Copyright with:
© Wind & Sky Productions Pty Ltd Pty Ltd 2013.

Jul
28

The Making of ‘In Memory of Bull Allen’

The story behind the film ‘In Memory of Bull Allen’ produced by Jary Nemo and Lucinda Horrocks. Article by Lucinda Horrocks.

Our story begins after Kokoda.

For most of 1943, in a mountainous and jungled region of what is now Papua New Guinea, Australians and Americans (with the help of the New Guineans) fought a hard campaign against the Japanese. Battles took place on razorback hills and on muddy tracks as the Allies pushed the Japanese north towards the coastal base of Salamaua. This became known as the Wau-Salamaua campaign.

On the 30th July 1943, US forces attacked a knoll called Mount Tambu. It was a failed attempt to capture a Japanese-held strategic point. But it  resulted in one of the most extraordinary single acts of Australian bravery in World War 2. This story, Bull Allen’s story, is one of a number of forgotten tales about a forgotten aspect of Australia’s involvement in Papua New Guinea after Kokoda.

This article provides some context to the story of Bull Allen on Tambu, and explains how my production company Wind & Sky Productions came to make the short documentary ‘In Memory of Bull Allen’, and what I learnt through making it.

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Apr
22

‘Bull’ Allen Film – Media Release

22 April 2013

A documentary about World War II hero Leslie ‘Bull’ Allen has been released online.

This short film tells the little-known story of Leslie ‘Bull’ Allen, brought up in hardship in Ballarat, who become a war hero. Allen was a stretcher-bearer in the Middle East and New Guinea in the Second World War who displayed great bravery in rescuing the wounded. “It’s an amazing story, akin to Simpson and his Donkey”, says Lucinda Horrocks, the film’s producer. “It’s a surprise we don’t know more about it.”

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Jan
31

Reflections

The story behind ‘Reflections of Flood Recovery’ by Lucinda Horrocks.

When the 2010 floods hit the small Victorian towns of Clunes and Creswick Jary and I were living in Melbourne. Melbourne is not so far away, but, like many in Australia, it was the devastating, tragic floods in Queensland that year which captured our attention and empathy. The Clunes and Creswick floods became half-remembered headlines. So when we were engaged to document the story of residents who were afflicted by these local floods, I learnt a lot. I learned there is nothing ‘small’ about a flood. And I heard some remarkable stories of survival and resilience.

This is the story of how we put together the film ‘Reflections of Flood Recovery.’

Feature photo by Tim Burder.

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Jan
16

The Year That Was 2012

photo deloraine.

Reflecting on the achievements of a busy year.

2012 was an exciting year for us, where we turned a corner from working on the business to working in the business. The year saw us launch a series of collaborative films with new partners in Ballarat, Daylesford and Melbourne, views of our fledgling YouTube channel increased tenfold from 260 to 2600, and we moved offices from inner-urban Footscray to regional Ballarat.

 

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Jan
11

The Extraordinary Mr Dickens

The story behind the ‘About the Readings’ micro-documentary by Lucinda Horrocks.

The Reluctant Producer

I had never been much of a Dickens fan.

I found his writing convoluted and impenetrable. As I saw it, he sacrificed plot every time to indulge his detailed, unnecessary characterisations. I was a frustrated and impatient reader, skipping over paragraphs to get to the next part of the story. I often gave up early in a book attempt. Jary, on the other hand, is a huge admirer, and revisits at least one Dickens novel a year.

So I had mixed feelings when invited in 2009 to see a production of ‘Charles Dickens Performs A Christmas Carol’, with an eye to creating a video promotion. (Jary, needless to say, was delighted).

 

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