After completing her BA (HONS) in Moving Image at Portsmouth University, England, Emma moved to Melbourne to be with her Australian partner, where she is building up her CV and experience working for Channel 31 and for local production companies. Emma has completed two entertaining and enlightening short documentary films about the fox hunting debate in the UK and a second, more light hearted and humourous film, William Creek Hotel, about a remote Aussie outback pub and the diverse people that frequent it and are its life blood. William Creek Hotel was the winner of this year's 2005 Reel Rural Film Festival, which won Emma a week shadowing a director on the award winning McLeod's Daughters drama series. Emma's experience in research and expertise in digital camera operation and editing (Adobe Premiere 6.0 and Final Cut Pro) and her willingness to help out wherever needed has made her a vital part of Pangari's Melbourne team. Emma co-edited footage from the June 2004 McColl Wirrpanda Cultural Exchange programme marking the first anniversary of the Wukidi Reconciliation Ceremony and put it to the music of the Salt Water Fresh Water Poetic Voices CD for the November 2004 launch event. Emma is also working closely with director, Fiona McColl, predominantly in the areas of camera operator, research assistant and editor and together they have produced the local advertisement for Red Angus cattle that screened on Prime Television, and recently completed the short promotional film Building Active Communities, a project for the Baw Baw Shire's Active Communities Committee of Warrigal, Gippsland. Emma has also recently completed a week of work experience at the BBC in London, UK
Co-creator of the MELON (MELbourne LONdon Cultural Exchange) experience. Raj B manages and hosts the UK events, in collaboration with Pangari's Fiona McColl, who looks after the OZ end of the MELON venture. Born in the heart of the southern most state in India, raised in Sydney Australia and now residing in London, Raj. B, has indeed travelled a long way. Raj B originally joined the Pangari team as a performer before taking on more and more responsibility, with particular expertise and interest in the area of marketing. In 2003 he was host/emcee for Pangari's final Poetry In Motion event in the UK. The places and venues Raj.B has performed in are almost as varied and colourful as the man himself. Some recent career highlights include winning the Farrago Fireworks Poetry Slam (Nov. 2002) and being selected to perform in the Pangari Poetry set at the Corroboree Red Cross Bali Benefit (Dec. 2002) at PoNaNa where he was priviledged to share the stage and perform with highly esteemed Australian guitarist, Tommy Emmanuel. He is also a keen member of Malika's Poetry kitchen.
Kasie is an accomplished Director of Photography who currently works for Tiger Aspect, one of the UK's most successful independent television producers, prolific across a broad range of programme genres including comedy, drama, entertainment, factual, animation, wildlife (Tigress) and feature films (Pictures). Kasie successfully completed a Bachelor of Arts (Film & Television Production) at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. She is familiar with a wide range of formats including Super 16, 16mm, BetaCam SP, DVCam, MiniDV, Hi-8, Super 8 and SVHS. Kasie has extensive experience in a variety of filming styles such as Multi camera, studio based current affairs, on-location documentary, experimental, interviews, steadicam, studio based and on-location drama. A small selection of her DOP credits include: Wings, Super 16mm short drama for which she received the Encouragement Award for Cinematography from the Australian Cinematography Society (Queensland New Filmmakers Awards, April 2001), Best Cinematography (Riverina Festival, Australia, April 2001), and the film also received the Highly Commended Best Tertiary Drama (Queensland New Filmmakers Awards, April 2001); Story of a Draft Resister documentary shot on DV and Super 8mm which received the Highly Commended Best Tertiary Documentary (Queensland New Filmmakers Awards, April 2001); Corroboree - Red Cross Bali Benefit shot on DV filmed with a steadicam; Love Me Tender…ish, DV short romantic comedy which was a finalist in the Los Angeles Short Film Festival 2003; and INHALE, DV short drama, finalist in the UpOverDown Under Festival, London, Sept. 2002 and selection at the PDGV Film Forum at Cinema Nova, Melbourne, Oct. 2003. In June 2004 Kasie, who is currently based in London, travelled to Australia to collaborate on the worthwhile Salt Water, Fresh Water Poetic Voices project in remote North East Arnhem Land. She volunteered her time and brought her wealth of education and experience in all areas of cinematography to the project. Her strong working relationship with director, Fiona McColl, on live performance based events and on-location dramas made her an invaluable member of the Pangari team for this challenging but highly rewarding project.
Originally from London, Matthew Harris has relocated to Australia and now he and his studio Audiostar Music Production are currently based in Yarraville, Melbourne. With over seven years experience working in the audio industry, Matthew is highly skilled in Pro Tools, Cubase, Audiofile and Soundscape operator. Having mixed BAFTA and Promax award winners and produced and reminxed music releases charting in the UK Top 40, he has brought his contemporary, innovative, London flavour to Australia's shores and is now working with Pangari as the Composer and Sound Recordist on the Salt Water Fresh Water Poetic Voices CD recorded on location in June 2004 in remote North East Arnhem Land. The CD is currently in post production and fuses his innovative UK style with traditional indigenous music and sentiments.
Beyonder - A Storyteller by nature
Recognised, as one of London’s most dynamic poets, Beyonder is a multiple-slam winner, Beyonder is volunteering his talents as a poet and workshop facilitator for the Salt Water Fresh Water Poetic Voices CD. Among Beyonder's many titles are the prestigious Urban Griots Poetry Slam Championship (in 2000 & 2001), the Lyrical Court All-Stars Grand Slam and the Born to Shine Poetry Slam. A naturally talented and gifted poet and writer (of short stories, short film scripts), Beyonder is published in X’ magazine and LOUNGIN’ – a visionary publication produced in collaboration with fellow creatives, Urbanspirit and Antony @ Juice. His work has been broadcast on cable TV, the Internet and on radio. His performances have taken him to Europe & across the United States, where he has been featured at Nuyorican Poets Café (New York) & the De Nacten Festival (Netherlands) & Belgium (Amsterdam & Antwerp).
Not short of creative credentials, as a filmmaker Beyonder has written, produced and starred in the much-lauded, revolutionary short “Digitalis” screened at The Raindance Film Festival (2002); The 4th BFM international Film Festival (2002); Portobello Film Festival (2002); Bradford Film Festival (2003); and most recently (Sept 2003) at the launch reception of the BFM’s 5th International Film Festival in London’s Living Room, City Hall (The Mayor of London’s office building).
In 2003, Artistic Director Kwesi Johnson’s, Kompany Malakhi, cast Beyonder in the lead role as ‘MC Sleazy’ in the physical theatre play “A Hip-Hop Story” which embarked on a UK national tour to much critical acclaim. Beyonder plays an active part in his community as a Poet/Educator and Facilitator. Beyonder also regularly works for Apples & Snakes – Poets in Education Scheme (PiES). Beyonder released his debut CD album at the end of 2003, titled ‘Who is the one-eyed king?’, comprising nine tracks – each one providing a lyrical adventure of its own and has also launched his own brand DCOSMIC
The second of our UK artists to travel to Australia for the Salt Water Fresh Water Poetic Voices CD is the incredibly talented Kat Francois. Kat also took on the role of workshop facilitator and poet, working closely with members of the remote indiginous community of Dhuruputjpi. A respected performance poet on the London scene with a strong reputation for packing a punch with her fearless delivery and upfront sassy style that both shocks and inspires. She has featured in numerous shows and events over the years, including the 1999 Labour party conference, Unison events, Farrago poetry, Pure poetry, Slam, Soul food, Express excess, Brotherman, It’sa London ‘ting, Organic essence, Pangari Poetry In Motion, Lewisham literary festival, and many more. Kat Francois’ solid reputation on the spoken word scene has earned her the respect & admiration of her peers and a faithful following. Kat is also the co-organiser and host of the successful monthly poetry slam, Lyrical Court . Kat Francois is also working on her first book of poetry to be published in early 2004. Kat is currently developing Word4word, a monthly poetry event held at the long running, much respected, Poetry Café, in Betterton Street, Covent Garden London. .
Kat Francois is also a highly sought after workshop facilitator and youth worker with over 10 years experience in working with young people from different backgrounds and ages (including children with disabilities as well as learning and behavioural problems). Kat is often employed by Apples & Snakes where she utilises her performance background to create stimulating, exciting interactive issue based workshops for young people in schools, colleges, youth clubs and young offender institutions.
Kat Francois started her performance career as a dancer with a BA Honours degree in dance and sociology and a part-time youth work qualification. She has travelled all over the country and beyond in dance based performances and as such she is a confident stage performer. Kat is also an independent short filmmaker and is currently putting the finishing touches on her 2nd short film. Her inspiration comes from her poetry whereby she uses her words and her writing to stimulate her visually. Kat is steadily building a strong portfolio of work and her impressive list of credits continues to grow.
Veronica who currently works for Tiger Aspect in London, UK. Her extensive contacts and previous experience on a number of short films and a low budget feature film, along with her administrative skills have made her an invaluable member of the Pangari team. Prior to working with Pangari, Veronica was the Casting Director for the digital feature film Goldfish Memoirs (formerly titled Lone Cub), 2001 (2nd Century Cinema, ref: www.2ccfilm.co.uk. Veronica was also a key collaborator on Pangari's first project, INHALE, recently selected for the Producers & Directors Guild of Victoria Film Forum, Cinema Nova, Melbourne, where she undertook the roles of Executive Producer, Casting Director and 1st AD. She was also the Assistant Director on the short digital film Double Event, and was also the Assistant Producer on the short digital film, Eros Adieu. More recently she has worked on two music film clips as 1st AD and Production Assistant. From August 2000 to August 2001 she completed the City and Islington College Screenwriting course and is currently writing her own scripts for production. Veronica was the Event Co-ordinator for the London based Poetry in Motion monthly screenings in 2002. In 2004 Veronica co-ordinated the UK portion of interviews for the Salt Water, Fresh Water Poetic Voices project and has assisted with the co-ordination of the MELON events. She continues to keep us on track and on time!
cane&able are Innes Johnston and Tom Kerwin. After discovering a mutual interest in music composition and production towards the end of university, Tom and Innes begain working together during the latter half of 1999. At first dance music production was the main focus, with a noticeable interest from the London drum'n'bass scene. Experience, tastes and professional networking has since expanded their stylistic intent. Since 2000 they have been involved in the London film production industry, producing soundtracks in diverse styles, providing accompaniment to vocal artists whilst continuing to develop their own production talents and compositional skills. They have collaborated with Pangari on a number of projects including composing music for Fiona McColl's debut CD compilation of her poetry, Pangari Poetess: Sounds Of Silence Echoing The Soul and Pangari's short film INHALE. Innes Johnston, one half of Cane&Able recently composed musical arrangements to compliment the spoken word/poetry on the recently completed Salt Water, Fresh Water Poetic Voices CD, a true fusion of Western poetry and literary concepts and spirituality alongside the Yolngu (aboriginal) music, song, language and spirituality of the North East Arnhem Land salt water people. www.caneable.com
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