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Prototype 001 – Last Night by Sarah Hadley
DIVING INTO: Desire, my own private deserted beach, the sacred sky above, classical Hollywood melodramas, constant craving, Jeremiah 29:13, Fassbinder, unbuttoned vestments, conditions of the spirit, longing to know the unknown. CURATOR’S NOTE: Made with actors Heather Mitchell and Ella Prince, Last Night is free of many of the assumptions about plot and genre that govern what we tend to watch in cinemas and on TV. I’ll say it’s an experimental short film of sexual and spiritual reconciliation, but I won’t define it beyond that. It’s a twist that keeps twisting, so here are a few things to keep at the back of your mind while you watch: Recall Judith Butler writing in her seminal 1990 book Gender Trouble that there are “so many styles of the flesh.” What if your style of flesh is poisonous to the ideas of your upbringing, your parents, their past, their traditions – their church? Consider Louise Bourgeois, who said that every day you must accept the past or abandon it. Think about the history of films in which people try to reconcile their queerness with their religions and spirituality (recently, Signature Move and Pariah), and the continuum of queer films that pay homage to the classical Hollywood melodramas of the 1950s (Todd Hayne’s Far From Heaven and Carol being the easiest to find). Think of Douglas Sirk’s 1955 melodrama, All That Heaven Allows (dwelling on class and conformity and excerpted like an apparition in Last Night) in which two lovers face social ostracism for their chasms in age and social ranking. Think of Eileen Myles, who wrote: “What would I like? I would like an entire upending of rules, an erasure of what’s polite… I’d like to be him, I’d like to be them, I’d frequently want to be left alone as a human…Not so much left alone as left alive.” Think of art and film as amazingly complex, not captive to explanations by people like me, and energised by an electricity that goes beyond words. I read Last Night as two women who seem awfully unhappy and inhibited, in search of lost time, reconciling their secret selves with their longing for one another. The filmmaker, Sarah Hadley, tells me that the bible verses quoted throughout are deeply seductive, alluring and rooted in a longing to know the unknown – which is precisely the feeling of being forgotten, forbidden and othered. Last Night is yours now – make of it what you will, in the context of your own life. Yours, Lauren Carroll Harris curator and editor of Prototype PS. Welcome to Prototype. It’s yours now, too :-) ABOUT THE ARTIST: With degrees in both cinema studies (UNSW) and theatre directing (NIDA), Sarah Hadley is a stage and screen director who makes experimental theatre and moving image works.
Dear Seattle - Cut You Deep (Unearthed NIDA winner 2017) - Music Video
Director: Director: Sarah Hadley Production Design: Christopher Baldwin Cinematographer: Laurie Zaffino Writer: Angela Collins Editor: James Cowie Gaffer: Tom Bryan Design Assistant: Lucy McCullough, Olivia Rowlands Construction Assistant: David Baldwin First Assistant Camera: Paul Hogan Second Assistant Camera: Meredith Williams Hair & Makeup: Emily Geyer, Emelie Woods First Assistant Director: Angela Collins Production Stills Photographer: Ella Prince Catering: Michele & Howard Hadley Post-Production Grade: Thaumaturgy Cobbity Location Sponsors: Susie & Ian McIntosh House Location Sponsors: ‘The Craic’ Workshop Sponsor: Mark Swartz Truck sponsor: Andy Lysle (Technical Event Services) Cast: Brae Fisher, Lachlan Simpson, Jeremy Baker, Josh McKay, Julia Robertson, Ella Prince, Georgina Adamson, Angela Collins, Emily Geyer, Emelie Woods, Chris Rowe, Aditeya Lochan Singh. Special Thanks: VA Hire Sydney, Jamie Hunt, Marty McGrath, Brad Smith, Felix Kulakowski, Ben Nicholson, Madeleine Humphreys, Constantine Costi, Egil Kipste, Michael Scott-Mitchell, Benjamin Schostakowski, Zoe Knight.
Australian Chamber Orchestra
2017 Emerging Artists Video Portrait: Rollin Zhao - Promo
Video Portrait created by students of the NIDA MFA (Directing) Program in association with ACO. Directed by: Sarah Hadley Featuring: Rollin Zhao Cinematographer: Dimitri Zaunders Editor: James Cowie Crew: Ella Prince Special Thanks: Phillippa Martin, Egil Kipste, Zoe Knight and Felix Kulakowski The ACO would like to acknowledge the Emerging Artists' & Education Patrons who generously contribute to our National Education Program, which focuses on the development of young Australian musicians.
CFA - Red - Music Video
'Red', the new single from Forster Anderson. Available to download from iTunes now: http://www.smarturl.it/forsteranderson Forster Anderson's Debut EP 'Banter' is available for Pre-Sale on iTunes now: http://www.smarturl.it/forsteranderson Music video for 'Red' Shot/Directed by Sarah Hadley Edited/Coloured by Forster Anderson at Banta Records Studios Follow Forster Anderson Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/forsteranderson Instagram: @forsteranderson or http://instagram.com/forsteranderson Twitter: http://twitter.com/forsteranderson Tumblr: http://forsteranderson.tumblr.com/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYrD... Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/forsteranderson Written/Produced by: Forster Anderson Mixed/Mastered by: Nick Franklin (www.nfaudio.com)
Sia - Chandelier (CFA Cover/Parody) - Music Video
Forster Anderson's debut EP is now available for pre-sale on iTunes with a free/instant download of his single "Red" http://www.smarturl.it/forsteranderson Stream Forster Anderson's songs here; https://soundcloud.com/forsteranderson Follow Forster Anderson Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/forsteranderson Instagram: @forsteranderson or http://instagram.com/forsteranderson Twitter: http://twitter.com/forsteranderson Tumblr: http://forsteranderson.tumblr.com/ Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYrD4lu0BQ1TwTOq3OyzdQg/videos Credits: Written by: Sia Furler and Jesse Shatkin Performed/Recorded/Produced by: Forster Anderson Mixed/Mastered by: Nick Franklin (www.nfaudio.com) at Sony Studios Director of Photography: Sarah Hadley
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