Meryl Tankard's engaging documentary about poet Sandy Jeffs and her
brilliant poems, which are the basis for a new work "MAD" which Meryl
is currently developing, won the award for best music at the 2011 Bondi
Short Film Festival.
The songs, written by Elena Kats-Chernin, are sung
mainly by Mara, with additional vocal performances by Celia Ireland,
Maeve Ireland-Jones and Elena. Accompanying these performances are the
composer on piano, Paul Cutlan on reeds, Cleis Pierce on viola, Llew on
guitar and gittern and Azo Bell on musical saw. The soundtrack was
produced by Llew at Electric Avenue studios with engineer Phil Punch.
Meryl's other screening at this year's WOW festival was her wonderful short
film "Moth" which also features performances by Mara and Llew. "Moth" was nominated for best sound track and design at this year's St Kilda Film Festival.
The new short film "Scenes from a Farmhouse" is the first from
Sydney UTS graduate director Miska Mandic. With fine dramatic
performances, this powerful and compelling vignette set in pre-war
eastern Europe examines grief, family and premonition. Featuring some
stunning bird sequences from Russell the Crow, and Luke Bacon's dark
soundscape, Mara's haunting vocal performances take us to a chilling
aural climax to match the stark visual finale.
Cast and Crew performance was at the Dendy Newton March 5, but we'll see this short at several film festivals this year.