Nominee Category – Film & Video
Collaborative Music Video Project
‘Budyarimaba’ is a collaborative music video project, which demonstrates the power of creative arts leadership. It utilised working artists Johanna Clancy, Chris Tobin, Jacinta Tobin and Sean O’Keeffe, together with a team of over Katoomba High School students who were mentored to create the film, as well as develop their cultural, creative and collaborative practices.
Director, producer and cinematographer
As a Blue Mountains director and cinematographer, Michael Joy has not only set his stories in the Blue Mountains but has drawn on the talents of the local artistic community. His artistic leadership is reflected in his highly collaborative style of directing, derived from the Mike Leigh approach to storytelling, where actors are involved from the outset in the creation of their own characters. Michael’s work is diverse and seeks inspiration through the ever-changing human experience. He is constantly finding new techniques to develop his craft in order to create compelling cinematic pieces.
Visual artist and teacher
Sean O’Keeffe is a practising artist and visual arts teacher at Katoomba High School who has demonstrated strong leadership skills in working with the community and young people. He recently collaborated with students and local artists Chris Tobin, Jacinta Tobin and Jo Clancy, on the video work ‘Budyarimaba – Make Good Future’. Another recent project, Urban Screens Residency, was for Liverpool City Council, where he collaborated with over 32 different seniors’ groups to produce a moving image artwork, which was installed on a large screen in the Liverpool CBD. In 2011, Sean was the recipient of the NSW Premiers Scholarship, which enabled him to visit education programs at art galleries in Europe, UK and USA.
Director and producer
Colm O’Murchu is the Director of International Film Base, creator and host of Indie Filmmaking Passion blog and podcast. His goal is to provide leadership by demystifying the filmmaking process and show how to make a film on a micro budget, and get it sold and seen by a worldwide audience. He runs workshops on film production and online courses. His most recent work Tabernacle 101, is a feature supernatural feature film, which was filmed in the Blue Mountains with local actors, was released in August 2019.