New Films With Local Connections premiering At The Orpheum on same evening - May 17th: Bonython's The Big Wave Project II + australian feature Little Tornadoes starring silvia colloca
Two films made by or with local involvement will premier at the historic Orpheum theatre at Mosman on May 17th within an hour of each other, offering a visual feast for locals and a way to celebrate new creations after a few years of everyone struggling to get much done at all.
The Big Wave Project II
The film explores cross-cultural connection, vulnerability, and the universality of such experiences as they relate to all of us – men and women. In its broadest sense, the story of LITTLE TORNADOES comments on the changing social and cultural landscape in rural Australia in 1971, in a small community still suffering the legacy of war.The film’s story reflects on how World War Two has a lasting impact on families across the generations, and on the greater society. It opens with a young father tasked with raising his two young children -- but he cannot do it alone. He must rely on support from new Italian immigrants in town (who represent change and a different perspective on the world), while trying to manage the confused connection with his war-affected father (a representation of the past informing the future). The film looks inward at one person's vulnerabilities in one small town, but it's this daily human struggle that is relevant to us all.The film is set in a period of great social upheaval in our country, and I feel it parallels what people are feeling today. Not just in Australia, but everywhere. It’s a very relevant and timeless story about despair, frustration and a feeling of helplessness in the face of change.The emotional isolation in the film allows me to explore the Australian culture of stoicism, and how this can be damaging when trying to establish one’s own masculinity and self-identity. This film is my way of trying to understand humanity and belonging, and how to recognise and cope with factors beyond our control that shape and affect our lives.
Canopy is one man’s journey, but told from a collection of true stories of isolation and loneliness in war. Stories that I heard growing up in a small town in rural Australia about far-away lands, and from war veterans and war survivors in Australian and Singapore.The film was first conceived at a filmmaking residency in Singapore in 2006. What drove me to create the film was hearing first-hand accounts of war in Southeast Asia during World War II. Personal stories revealing the vulnerability of young men—just boys, really—navigating life in between the sorts of battles we're accustomed to seeing in war films. Moments of being fearful, lonely, and isolated… emotions that I as a person who had never been to war could connect with. Canopy is about these spaces between battles, and the sorts of emotions and connections with other human beings that would stay with them for the rest of their lives.