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Closer attends Good Pitch 2016 at the Sydney Opera House!

This week, Closer Productions attended the 2017 Goodpitch event at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney. Good Pitch provides filmmakers with the opportunity to present feature documentaries with a strong focus on social issues to NGOs, philanthropists, and other potential partners, to help foster profile and outreach funding for the work.


Closer attended as producers of filmmaker Maya Newell’s (GAYBY BABY) new project,  KIDS, which examines the ways indigenous families and communities, often under extreme circumstances, are striving to pass on cultural knowledge – as presented through the eyes of children living in the Northern Territory. Maya has been developing her relationship with the Arrernte Elders in Alice Springs for seven years. KIDS is produced by Closer’s Sophie Hyde alongside Maya and Rachel Edwardson. 


Closer’s Matthew Bate is also a writer for another Goodpitch project, GUILTY, directed by visual artist Matthew Sleeth. GUILTY is a documentary / drama hybrid that provides an intimate portrait of Myuran Sukumaran, one of the “Bali Nine”, who was executed by firing squad alongside fellow Australian Andrew Chan in April 2015.


Sophie is seen above working hard at the event – which successfully raised over $6.6m for the six projects included! Unreal!



This is a huge step forward for KIDS - such a fantastic response to a project we’re really excited about. A huge thanks to the entire Goodpitch team and Shark Institute, the Arrente community and the partners on the day for such a thrilling opportunity. And now, time to get to work!


Very excited to announce that our own Sophie Hyde has been nominated for the National Portrait Gallery's Digital Portraiture Award for 2016, amongst a group of 7 of Australia's finest artists.
The nomination is for one of the video portraits that formed a part of TO LOOK AWAY, a commission of 5 moving portraits by Carriageworks in Sydney. The work drew inspiration from 19th century European art, and was produced with partners Restless Dance Theatre, and supported by Arts SA.
Sophie has been nominated for the award for her piece featuring 52 TUESDAYS star, Tilda Cobham-Hervey. Congrats to Soph, Til, and all the other finalists!
The prize will be announced on the 2nd of December. The winner receives $10,000 and a residency at The Edge, the State Library of Queensland’s digital culture centre for experimentation in science, art, technology and enterprise. All of the finalists work will be exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, and will also be available to view online from the 2nd.


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