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Exclusive Masterclass with acclaimed filmmaker Ivan Sen. Far North Queensland | Cairns

Exclusive Masterclass with acclaimed filmmaker Ivan Sen.
Far North Queensland | Cairns

– for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners who have commenced their careers as a director/writer and want to take the next step

Thursday 14 June 2018
10.00am – 4.00pm
Tanks Arts Centre
Cairns Botanic Gardens
46 Collins Avenue, Edge Hill Q 4870

This exclusive opportunity is for a one-day Masterclass with acclaimed Australian filmmaker Ivan Sen. Ivan will cover topics such as script breakdown and developing a visual approach encompassing editing, design and sound.

Do not miss your opportunity to learn from the award-winning filmmaker behind Mystery RoadGoldstone and Beneath Clouds.

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Ivan Sen made his breakthrough feature-length debut in 2002 with the semi-autobiographical Beneath Clouds. The film was made with a mixed crew, including an Aboriginal director of photography, non-Indigenous producer and several Indigenous secondary crew members.  The film, produced on a $2.5 million budget, won him global acclaim, screening at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and winning the Premiere First Movie Award at the 2002 Berlin Film Festival and the 2002 Best Director Award at the Australian Film Institute Awards.

During the 2000s he produced many documentaries, mostly for the ABC. In 2005, his SBS documentary Yellow Fella was screened in the section Un Certain Regard at the Cannes International Festival. In 2009, the Message Sticks Indigenous Film Festival held at the Sydney Opera House saw the world premiere of Sen’s Fire Talker, a documentary biopic about political activist, Aboriginal footballer, and statesman Charlie Perkins. Ivan used the revenue from these works to help finance the production of his second feature-length film, Dreamland which screened at the 2010 Busan International Film Festival and Melbourne International Film Festival.

His third feature Toomelah (2011), received a prolonged standing ovation from the audience as it screened in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival.

Ivan’s fourth feature-length film Mystery Road premiered at the Sydney Film Festival in June 2013 and features many well-known Australian actors such as Aaron Pedersen, Hugo Weaving, Jack Thompson, Ryan Kwanten and Tasma Walton. The film screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.

His fifth feature, Goldstone, a sequel to Mystery Road, opened the Sydney Film Festival in June 2016 and opened in cinemas on 7 July 2016.  It features actors Aaron Pedersen, Jacki Weaver, Alex Russell, David Gulpilil, David Wenham and Tom E. Lewis.