Joe’s Masterclass at METRO SCREEN, Sydney

As one half of the filmmaking partnership desperate optimists, over the last 7 years Joe Lawlor has co-directed a series of beautiful, critically acclaimed films, shot on 35mm widescreen, which explore the relationship between community, belonging and a sense of place. Called CIVIC LIFE, the narratives of the films are developed through a process of consultation with communities about the places that matter to them, and volunteers drawn from the communities go on to star in the films. Joe’s much-praised debut feature film HELEN (co-directed with Christine Molloy) played at films festival around the world, while the latest CIVIC LIFE film, TIONG BAHRU, has just been shot in Singapore.

In this masterclass, Joe will be sharing with you his experience and process of working with communities and discuss with you the challenges and important issues to consider when working in this area; he will be talking about how to find funds from non-screen agencies; working with non-professional performers; the move from making to shorts to features; the festival circuit and working on international co-productions. He will also be workshopping with you approaches and ideas for micro-short films inspired by ideas of place, community and identity, and you will have the opportunity to have your film featured on this website.

The masterclass is a great opportunity to pick the brains of the co-director of “one of the most impressive feature debuts of the past couple of years” The Observer

This masterclass is a collaboration between METRO SCREEN and Balcony Productions, with support from British Council.

Date & Time: Tuesday, 7th June 2011, 6.30 pm – 9.00 pm
Venue: METRO SCREEN, Paddington Town Hall, Cnr Oatley Rd and Oxford St
Maximum number of participants: 15

Workshop fee: $25 METRO SCREEN Members; $30 Non-members
Registration at the METRO SCREEN site here.

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