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Shona McCullagh – Cinema of Dance

110’

Break

New Zeland 2005 / 14’

director:Shona McCullagh
screenplay:Shona McCullagh
cinematography:John Cavill
music:David Long
cast:Ursula Robb, Thomas Kiwi, Arlo Gibson
producer:Ashley Stuart Coupland
production:Human Garden Productions
awards:Dance on Camera Festival New York 2007 - główna nagroda / First Prize
language:no dialogue

Through the eyes of a boy and the language of dance, a mother struggles with a decision that will shatter her family. A long-term relationship is ending; set in rural New Zealand a depressed mother makes the difficult decision to leave her son and partner. The film explores the relationship a nine-year-old boy has with his mother and the ultimate loss of his trust.

Fly

New Zeland 2003 / 5’

director:Shona McCullagh
screenplay:Shona McCullagh
cinematography:Aaron Morton
music:David Long
cast:John Callen, Richard Cesan
producer:Margaret Slater
production:Slater Films, Human Garden Productions
language:no dialogue

A father struggles between his instinct to protect, the desire to see his creation take flight, and the need to set his deaf boy free

Haunting Douglas

New Zeland 2003 / 75’

director:Leanne Pooley
cinematography:John Cavill, Simon Raby, Leanne Pooley
music:David Long
cast:Douglas Wright, Paul Taylor, Kilda Northcott, Debra McCulloch, Shona McCullagh, Lloyd Newson, Malcolm Ross, Billie Farnell, Tobias Schneebaum
producer:Leanne Pooley, Shona McCullagh
production:Spacific Films
awards:Reel Dance Festival Sydney 2004 - najlepszy dokument / Best Documentary
language:English

Haunting Douglas is a portrait of modern dancer and choreographer Douglas Wright. He escaped small town in New Zealand by punishing his body with drugs, alcohol and eventually, extraordinary dance; but facing death, the world renowned choreographer struggles to exorcise demons, even he can't dance away.

Hurtle

New Zeland 1998 / 10’

director:Shona McCullagh
screenplay:Shona McCullagh
cinematography:J.B. Armstrong
music:David Long
cast:Taane Mete, Kelly Nash
producer:Margaret Slater
production:Human Garden Productions
awards:Golden Orange FF 1999 - główna nagroda dla filmu eksperymentalnego / First Prize for Experimental Film, Festival Cinema Tout Ecran Geneva 1999 - specjalne wyróżnienie / Special Mention
language:no dialogue

A surreal and comedic choreographic narrative which describes one day in the life of two extradordinary sisters of the cloth. Featuring choreography designed specifically for the camera, the movement is surging and humourous, compelling the characters to explore the live impossibilities of speed and motion. Driven by the strongest biological urge known to man, the sisters seek higher spiritual truth and sweet relief from mortal discomfort.

Mondo Nuovo

New Zeland 2007 / 6’

director:Shona McCullagh
cinematography:Shona McCullagh, Michael Hodgson, Chris Graves, Simon Raby
music:Michael Hodgson
cast:Sean MacDonald, William Barling, Lina Limosani
producer:Shona McCullagh
production:Human Garden Productions
language:no dialogue

Liquid segments of the human form emerge and recede, entwining, framing and dancing in the divide. The result of exploration of interactive software, a new kind of dance and film emerges. A new space is created, an inky void where limbs and floating heads emerge, merge and recede from and to. The kinaesthetic transition in and out of the other space intrigues and draws the viewer in.

Shona McCullagh - New Zealand artist, dancer, choreographer, director and film producer, as well as audiovisual arts pedagogue. She was the successful author of the choreography and stage motion for Limbs Dance Company, The Royal New Zealand Ballet and Auckland Theatre Company. She works as a choreographer for various TV series (including Xena - Warrior Princess) and feature films (including The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe). She cooperated with Peter Jackson, creating the choreography for his films The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and King Kong. Together with Michael Hodgson she created interactive installations, where dancers played with a computer-generated virtual reality. She is also interested in city space animation and the creation of installations and images transforming it.

Filmography (as a director):

1998 W biegu / Hurtle (kr.m. / short film)

2003 Lot / Fly (kr.m. / short film)

2005 Przerwa / Break (kr.m. / short film)

2007 Mondo Nuovo (kr.m. / short film)