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Carriageworks and CuriousWorks presents Rizzy’s 18th Birthday Party, a new work born from the streets of Western Sydney.

Rizzy’s 18th Birthday Party
8pm, 1-4 October, Carriageworks
Click here to book your tickets.

Both a live music performance and multi-channel film screening, Rizzy’s 18th Birthday Party follows the story of Rizwan Kumar as he faces the daunting expectations of adulthood. Caught between his personal ambition and supporting his family and friends, Rizzy loses sight of his own values. His lies are catching up to him, but at what price?

Inspired by real life events and featuring an ensemble cast of young Western Sydney artists, this is a story about the fragility of friendship and the difficulty of forgiveness in the face of betrayal. It’s a story about the pressure we place on our leaders and the unease that follows when we must acknowledge their weaknesses.

The film component is co-written and co-directed by S. Shakthidharan and Guido Gonzalez and has emerged from a long-term collaboration between communities in South-Western Sydney and CuriousWorks.

The film stars Varun Fernando, Firdaws Adelpour, Henry Vo, Jamie Meyer-Williams, Patrick Uy, Sophie Hawkshaw, Anandavalli and Christobal Olguin.

The music is composed and performed by Kurinji, a collaboration between Aimée Falzon and S. Shakthidharan that kicked off with CuriousWorks’ acclaimed live art show “The Other Journey” in 2011.

Carriageworks and CuriousWorks presents Rizzy’s 18th Birthday Party, a new work born from the streets of South Western Sydney.

Rizzy’s 18th Birthday Party
8pm, 1-4 October, Carriageworks
Click here to book your tickets.

Both a live music performance and multi-channel film screening, Rizzy’s 18th Birthday Party follows the story of Rizwan Kumar as he faces the daunting expectations of adulthood. Caught between his personal ambition and supporting his family and friends, Rizzy loses sight of his own values. His lies are catching up to him, but at what price?

Inspired by real life events and featuring an ensemble cast of young Western Sydney artists, this is a story about the fragility of friendship and the difficulty of forgiveness in the face of betrayal. It’s a story about the pressure we place on our leaders and the unease that follows when we must acknowledge their weaknesses.

The film is co-written and co-directed by S. Shakthidharan and Guido Gonzalez and has emerged from a long-term collaboration between communities in South-Western Sydney and CuriousWorks. It stars Varun Fernando, Firdaws Adelpour, Henry Vo, Jamie Meyer-Williams, Patrick Uy, Sophie Hawkshaw, Anandavalli and Christobal Olguin.

The music is composed and performed by Kurinji, a collaboration between Aimée Falzon and S. Shakthidharan that kicked off with CuriousWorks’ acclaimed live art show “The Other Journey” in 2011.

Rizzy’s 18th Birthday Party is the first in a series of unique and interwoven works by Shakthidharan entitled Colony; a transmedia project connecting ancient and modern Australian migration stories.

Please note this work contains adult themes and frequent strong language, recommended for ages 15+.

Seating is limited so please book tickets to ensure a place!

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Helen’s family came from Greece in the 1960′s, fleeing the occupation of their island village by the Italian army; Maria, a Samoan Princess, was sent away from her tribe as ...

The Princess and the Bird explores heartfelt comparisons of the immigration experience through the narrative of Maria and Helen.

Helen’s family came from Greece in the 1960′s, fleeing the occupation of their island village by the Italian army; Maria, a Samoan Princess, was sent away from her tribe as a child to find a better life.

Meet Helen and Maria.

Meet+Eat is an online documentary series in which people from very different backgrounds, sit down, share a meal and have a yarn. Meet+Eat explores the charming and compelling stories of people from two of Australia’s most culturally rich and diverse regions of Australia: Hume in Victoria and South Western Sydney – where you can walk down the street and meet the world.

At its core, Meet+Eat is about celebrating diversity. Meet the truck drivers, musicians, comedians, teachers and grandmothers of these places. Over the series, you hear their stories of immigration, identity, personal challenges and personal victories.

Meet+Eat is an initiative of CuriousWorks, with the generous support of VicHealth, Scanlon Foundation, Arts NSW, Australia Council and Hume City Council’s Community Grants Program.

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A celebration of food, culture and family.http://meeteat.com.au

A celebration of food, culture and family.http://meeteat.com.au

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Aimee Falzon and S. Shakthidharan recently spent two weeks at Carriageworks in a musical development period for Rizzy’s 18th Birthday Party (book your tickets here).

Here are some images taken by the artists from their time there.

Aimee Falzon and S. Shakthidharan recently spent two weeks at Carriageworks in a musical development period for Rizzy’s 18th Birthday Party (book your tickets here).

Here are some images taken by the artists from their time there.

Riz is borne from a long-term collaboration between communities in South Western Sydney and CuriousWorks.

Set in Western Sydney in 2001, the story is about friendship, betrayal and forgiveness between a group of close friends who’ve just finished high school.

Images from night shoot of Riz - CuriousWorks’ first feature film
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These photos are from the final night of shooting on Riz – CuriousWorks’ first feature film. Riz is borne from a long-term collaboration between communities in South Western Sydney and ...

These photos are from the final night of shooting on Riz – CuriousWorks’ first feature film.

Riz is borne from a long-term collaboration between communities in South Western Sydney and CuriousWorks.
Inspired by real events, the story centres around a group of South Western Sydney boys navigating their way into adulthood.

The work will premiere as a live audiovisual show this October at Carriageworks. Book your tickets now!

Photographs by Kristina Savic.
http://kristinashootspeople.tumblr.com


Camera Station


Costumes and Catering Station


Aimee Falzon, Production Designer (foreground) and S. Shakthidharan, Co-Writer and Director (background)


Guido Gonzalez, Co-Writer and Director


Vincent Tay, Cinematographer


Our second camera being manned by Adam Mcphilbin, a young filmmaker from our CuriousCreators community group


Rehearsal


Shooting


Shooting


Shooting


Shooting


Cast and Crew