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WATER FEATURES documentary project

Added on by Kenta McGrath.

For the past few months I've been working as mentor and producer on Water Features, an extension of UK artist Amy Sharrocks' Museum of Water project. The Perth Festival and Screenwest commissioned four short documentaries to be made by high school students from around Western Australia, responding to the theme "water that is important to you". 

  The Source

The Source

The finished films will be screened as part of the larger Museum of Water exhibition which runs at the Fremantle Arts Centre 7 February – 23 March, and before the main feature as part of Season Two of the LotteryWest Film Program, the details of which are below:

The Source (Karratha Senior High School)
Devised and Created by Ryley Hinchcliffe & William Graham with Kenta McGrath
Screens before Gururumul (dir. Paul Damien Williams)
12 – 18 Feb (UWA Somerville)
19 – 25 Feb (ECU Joondalup Pines)
 
Small Flowers are Better for this Occasion (John Curtin College of the Arts)
Devised and Created by Charlie Morgan, Caleb Herbert, Jamie Luff, Hugh Paterson & Samuel Warnes with Kenta McGrath
Screens before Lean on Pete (dir. Andrew Haigh)
19 – 25 Feb (UWA Somerville)
26 Feb – 4 Mar (ECU Joondalup Pines)
 
Water Odyssey (Governor Stirling Senior High School)
Devised and Created by Eliza Boyle, Kaira Nissen-Tekani & Olivia Boyle with Kenta McGrath
Screens before Let the Sunshine in (dir. Claire Denis)
26 Feb – 4 Mar (UWA Somerville)
5 – 11 Mar (ECU Joondalup Pines)
 
Air Bersih (Cyril Jackson Senior Campus)
Devised and Created by Alexander Andrew Mhawira & Harper Tabb with Kenta McGrath
Screens before Foxtrot (dir. Samuel Maoz)
5 – 11 Mar (UWA Somerville)
12 – 18 Mar (ECU Joondalup Pines)

Book chapter in kaiju essay collection

Added on by Kenta McGrath.

I contributed a chapter about Hitoshi Matsumoto's Big Man Japan for Giant Creatures in Our World: Essays on Kaiju and American Popular Culture, a new collection edited by Camille D.G. Mustachio and Jason Barr, and out now on McFarland.

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I also participated in a "What Is Kaiju?" discussion with some of the authors, which has been published in a section of the book's introduction – most of which you can read here.

STUFF AND DOUGH Melbourne Cinémathèque annotation

Added on by Kenta McGrath.

I wrote an annotation for Cristi Puiu's Stuff and Dough for the new issue of Senses of Cinema and the Melbourne Cinémathèque's season of the director's films, titled "Stories From the Outskirts of Bucharest: The Dark Realism of Cristi Puiu", which runs October 18 – November 1.

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You can read the annotation here, see the contents of the new Senses here, and read more about the Puiu season here.

New article in Alphaville Journal

Added on by Kenta McGrath.

I contributed an article about the Cronulla riot and Abe Forsythe's Down Under, the recent Australian film about it, for the new issue of the open-access journal Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media.

The issue is themed "Screening Race: Constructions and Reconstructions in Twenty-first Century Media" and is guest edited by Loretta Goff and Caroline Schroeter. Access the article directly here and the table of contents here

NOBODY KNOWS Melbourne Cinémathèque annotation

Added on by Kenta McGrath.

I wrote an annotation for Hirokazu Koreeda's Nobody Knows, for a season of the director's films screening at The Melbourne Cinémathèque titled "Dreams of Everyday Life: The Quixotic Cinema of Hirokazu Koreeda". The annotation has been published as part of the new issue of Senses of Cinema

The season runs from July 5–19 at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. Nobody Knows screens (on 35mm) on July 19 alongside Koreeda's 1996 documentary, Without Memory. See the program here