New Studio

1 February 2008

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Daybreak Films, after 12 hectic months of working on projects between Arnhem Land, Broome, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and Tokyo, is now resettled in Melbourne in a new studio. We can be found at Studio 6, 236-248 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, Melbourne.

Words from the City - after playing around the country, topping the most popular Australian doco list at the Melbourne Film Festival, and being honoured with 5 AFI nominations (for Best Direction, Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Sound and Best Editing) – is now available to buy or borrow. Check out www.wordsfromthecity.com or www.madman.com.au for more information.

Currently, we are in production on Murundak – Songs of Freedom, a feature documentary that celebrates the Black Arm Band – a gathering of the country’s finest Aboriginal protest singers - as they take to the road with their anthemic songs of struggle, resistance and freedom.

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Natasha Gadd has just finished directing the half hour documentary Muscle for the documentary series Anatomy, produced by Michael McMahon and Tony Ayres of Big & Little Films. Muscle is a verite documentary about a troupe of itinerant acrobats whose performances – often nude – explore the limits of the body’s capabilities. Also for the Anatomy series, Rhys Graham has directed Skin. Filmed by Katie Milwright, Skin is an unsettling meditation on mortality that follows a man who wishes to have his heavily tattooed skin preserved after his death.

In late January, Daybreak Films attended the Rotterdam Market Place in development for the feature drama Galore, to be directed by Rhys Graham with Philippa Campey producing. Raucous and fragile, Galore tells the story of a group of 16 year old friends who, in the face of death, encounter sex, betrayal and the intimacy of first love.

In other projects, Daybreak Films was recently commissioned by Museum Victoria to create a fluid and poetic documentary of the last several decades of Melbourne’s history. Presented over three screens in the Melbourne Museum, the film installation has been created with elegant motion graphics and editing by XYZ Studios. This work can now be seen as part of the permanent exhibition at The Melbourne Story at Melbourne Museum.

Additionally, Daybreak Films acted as a consultant in the early development of SlowTV, an online video site connected to The Monthly magazine that is dedicated to broadcasting conversations, lectures and forums that feature Australia’s leading minds and conversationalists.