Screen Australia and Sydney Film Festival are pleased to present Think Big at the Festival, an industry workshop with Academy Award-winning director Ross Kauffman, and visual artists/filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. This one-day workshop will be held on Friday 6 June at the Festival Hub, Lower Town Hall.
Ross Kauffman, co-director of E-Team, will discuss his approach to documentary filmmaking, including the fundamentals of character, funding, marketing and driving his films to the best possible audience. “I want to tell a great story with great characters,” said Kauffman. “It’s all about connecting with people. Whether it’s children in the brothels of India, or human rights investigators on the front lines of history. For me, the key is forming a connection. Once we can relate to our characters, anything is possible.”
Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, directors of the Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days on Earth, will discuss weaving fact and fiction to create a cinematic portrait. “We have no interest or trust in fly-on-the-wall style music documentaries – the sort that suggest they somehow get ‘behind the mask’ of the rock star. Our background is in art, and for many years we’ve explored the belief that artifice can be used as a device to reveal a greater truth,” said Forsyth.
This special workshop is for documentary directors, producers and associated industry colleagues only. Entry is free, but you are required to register for the event. Once registered, you will be able to access a special concession rate for the E-Team screening on Thursday 5 June 6pm.
For tickets, schedule and information phone: 1300 733 733 or visit: www.sff.org.au/public/think-big-at-the-festival/