Season Greetings to Curious Folk everywhere!


CuriousWorks have had a massive year of production and post production in 2017!

We are in the final stages of post with large screen AV artwork, Laka which will tour in 2018, alongside our new VR work - Colony: Creations, also produced this year.

And our emerging artists, the Curious Creators have stepped up to the challenging and rewarding journey of writing, directing and producing their own original web-series - Las Rosas, also due for release in 2018.

We said a fond farewell to creative comrade, Guido Gonzalez after seven years of inspiration and leadership in the community program. We wish Guido all the best on his next adventure.

So stay tuned - We've got some exciting new works and programs launching next year and some wonderful things planned in the Community Arts space... Bring on 2018! 

Budding Roses with Las Rosas

 
Las Rosas is in post-production. After ten months of story development, creative production skills development, community partnerships and team building the Curious Creators have shot their first web-series. Supported by community, family and industry mentorship the Curious Creators have stretched their skill base across the whole gamut of storytelling for the pocket screen.

Las Rosas is an original Latino-Australian web-series, shot over 11 days, in 3 locations, and involving 55 cast and crew on set. It is directed by Daisy Montalvo, an emerging artist who is 21 years old. The work was co-written in an inspired collaborative process between Daisy Montalvo, Miranda Aguilar, Samia Halabi, Shawn Spina, Cristobal Hernandez Olguin and Thomas Barrell with each writer contributing a character or two from their own evolving stories.

This web-series showcases themes of sisterhood, growing pains, and how the Latin and Australian lifestyles clash and converge in Western Sydney. It marries contemporary, coming-of-age Australian drama with Telenovela to showcase a unique Latin Australian outlook not often represented in Australian media with a host of wild, local Western Sydney friends to reflect the spirit of our community. Las Rosas will be released in Sept 2018 as a six episode web-series.

Breakthrough! Success


With the support of Screen Australia and Create NSW, CuriousWorks kicked off its Breakthrough! Development Program in the second half of this year.

The program is all about bringing new voices and untold stories to the screen sector by placing community partnerships at the heart of the process and building upon that with high-level industry support.

Eight talented writers from across Western Sydney each brought a fresh and exciting screen concept to put on the table. Our first get-together as a group was in November when we held a two-day workshop about the different ways we can tell our stories and how we might realise it. Guest speakers included industry specialists Leah Purcell, Liz Doran, Julie Kalceff and the amazing Mike Jones!

The program runs until June 2018. Between now and then, our writers will be busy working away at honing their pitch documents. We will then hold a second workshop, pair the participants with a mentor, organise an industry placement for each of them and make introductions to producers.
Find out more about Breakthrough! and its first group of writers.

A Counting & Cracking! Fundraising & Auditions

 


Recently The Macquarie Group, together with Sam Meers, generously hosted a dinner to raise funds to support CuriousWorks’ co-production with Belvoir St Theatre, A Counting and Cracking. A number of distinguished guests attended the fundraiser, generating profile for this important project as well as funding.

CuriousWorks has been developing this ambitious, large-scale piece of theatre for several years. Script development is now at polish stage with rehearsals scheduled for 2018. The work is set to premiere on the main-stage in early 2019.

While the majority of the cast will be from Australia, creator S. Shakthidharan and director Eamon Flack are currently Singapore and Sri Lanka to secure some exciting new talent from these countries.

Find out more about Auditioning for A Counting & Cracking.

Are you our new junior Communications & Social Media Officer?

 


CuriousWorks is looking for a junior Communications & Social Media Officer who is passionate about cultivating, maintaining and engaging audiences, both in the digital and real world. The right candidate will be able to proactively generate and deliver content across CuriousWorks communication channels and build & promote the CuriousWorks brand. They will have excellent digital knowledge and written communication skills and will work with our small team to implement communication campaigns that build audience engagement and promote our unique artistic practice. Click here to download the Communications & Social Media Officer position description.

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CuriousWorks is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to nurturing a new generation of storytellers. Through collaboration with individuals and communities, we enable stories, empower storytellers and build cultural leadership capacity. While we are lucky to receive funding from the state and federal government, the funding we receive does not cover all of our costs ever year. If you have any spare change, please consider making a donation to help us continue our work. All donations $2 and over are tax deductible and can be made through our secure online payment system.
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