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RAIN DANCE

This is a hybrid web series – the storyline is fictional but many of the character roles will be played by real people from the sticks who bring their unique selves to the film. No Hollywood airbrushing- just an authentic Australian story, with raw landscape and characters.

Rain Dance is about two best friends in a shearing team, set in regional WA. The series currently being developed by New Media Production Company Cockatoo Colab, in partnership with Rural Room, it will be filmed in late 2019.

Rain Dance will be launched online and will also be toured around shearing sheds in Australia at the end of 2020.

We’re sharing this early clip to share three things:

1. Highlight the fact Rain Dance will be filmed in regional Australia with a team of people who are strongly connected to the bush, people who genuinely understand and experience what life is like “outside the concrete jungle”.

2. Introduce a shearing team and people from regional WA to show the different people, faces, eyes and lives that are so interesting and so inspiring within regional Australia. These people have a stories to tell that are worth listening to. Rain Dance aspires to embody raw depth by ensuring that select lead roles will be played by regional people- incredible storytellers with no formal performance training but so much heart.

3. Give a very quick taste of the Rain Dance themes and ideas through a snapshot of the storyline at the very end of the clip. The narrative converges traditional story structure with digital user generated input by infusing genuine themes and ideas dominant in the Rural Room digital community.

Please feel free to drop us a note or post on the Rural Room Facebook Page if you have any thoughts or suggestions- this is your film so speak up and let us know so we can consider for inclusion!

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PRODUCTION

Director, Nadia Townsend
Producers, Bec Bignell & Nadia Townsend
Director of Photography, Patrick Harris
Writer, Bec Bignell
Sound Recordist & Boom operator, Ben Ohayon
Editor, Patrick Harris
Production Assistants, SallyAnne Stewart & James Martin

CAST

Brendon Boyle, Shearer
Damian Boyle, Shearer
Gavin Read, Shearer
Nigel Read Shearer
Tom Read, Shearer
James Read, Shearer
Danielle Maugher, Shearer/Rouseabout
Jody Lillyman, Rouseabout
Shane Marsh, Presser
Ian 'Squid' Meyer, Classer
Merle & Keith Bignell
Ned Capper
Helen and Paul Bignell

MUSIC

Original music by Ben Hauptmann
"Drive" - The Sunny Cowgirls, Written by Celeste Clabburn

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our INCREDIBLE CROWD FUND SUPPORTERS!

RAIN DANCE TEAM

Celeste Clabburn  - As one half of celebrated country music duo,   The Sunny Cowgirls  , Celeste Clabburn has, over the last 13 years, released 9 albums, 2 DVD’s and toured the nation covering every corner of the land she loves so much. With over 83,000 followers on Facebook and a string of Golden Guitar nominations there’s no slowing down for   The Sunny Cowgirls   with the girls about to hit the road with the iconic Sara Storer for the   Love & Land Tour 2018  .

Celeste Clabburn - As one half of celebrated country music duo, The Sunny Cowgirls, Celeste Clabburn has, over the last 13 years, released 9 albums, 2 DVD’s and toured the nation covering every corner of the land she loves so much. With over 83,000 followers on Facebook and a string of Golden Guitar nominations there’s no slowing down for The Sunny Cowgirls with the girls about to hit the road with the iconic Sara Storer for the Love & Land Tour 2018.

Bec Bignell - grew up on a farm in regional Western Australia and has worked in film and media for twelve years, most recently at the ABC (Sydney) as Partnership Executive. Bec developed  Rural Room  and co-founded the new Australian film and media startup-  Cockatoo CoLab . She produced the exciting, new female series   600 Bottles of Wine   and has multiple acting credits in stage, film and Television.

Bec Bignell- grew up on a farm in regional Western Australia and has worked in film and media for twelve years, most recently at the ABC (Sydney) as Partnership Executive. Bec developed Rural Room and co-founded the new Australian film and media startup- Cockatoo CoLab. She produced the exciting, new female series 600 Bottles of Wine and has multiple acting credits in stage, film and Television.

Nadia Townsend - is a Director, Dramaturg, Producer and writer renowned for her work with actors. Nadia is often brought onto International and local productions to work in collaboration with the Director and Producer to design and facilitate rehearsals for the project. Nadia’s credits include  Little Monsters ,  Blue Murder: Cop Killer ,  Secret Daughter,Brock,   Ready For This ,  Soulmates  and  Mad Max Fury Road .

Nadia Townsend- is a Director, Dramaturg, Producer and writer renowned for her work with actors. Nadia is often brought onto International and local productions to work in collaboration with the Director and Producer to design and facilitate rehearsals for the project. Nadia’s credits include Little Monsters, Blue Murder: Cop Killer, Secret Daughter,Brock, Ready For This, Soulmates and Mad Max Fury Road.

Pat Harris  -Over the past 15 years Patrick has worked as a Cinematographer and an Editor creating video stories for Splendour in the Grass, Oxfam, Merivale, MINI, TEDxSydney, Channel [V] and the Lifestyle Channels. These diverse projects have gifted Patrick with experience in multiple camera formats, lighting techniques and editing styles.

Pat Harris -Over the past 15 years Patrick has worked as a Cinematographer and an Editor creating video stories for Splendour in the Grass, Oxfam, Merivale, MINI, TEDxSydney, Channel [V] and the Lifestyle Channels. These diverse projects have gifted Patrick with experience in multiple camera formats, lighting techniques and editing styles.

Brendan Boyle - has been shearing for 24 years and contracting for 19 years. He has won a number of state titles in different divisions of competition show shearing and in 2004 was recognised as the Shear Outback shearers hall of fame Australian Speed Shear Champion. He represented Western Australia with brother Damien in Perth WA v Alexandria NZ and in 2007 he became a world record holder for shearing 973 sheep in 24 hours. He also has a background in country music and in 2008 released an album   Mallabee Dreams  . He lives on his farm in WA with this wife and three children.

Brendan Boyle- has been shearing for 24 years and contracting for 19 years. He has won a number of state titles in different divisions of competition show shearing and in 2004 was recognised as the Shear Outback shearers hall of fame Australian Speed Shear Champion. He represented Western Australia with brother Damien in Perth WA v Alexandria NZ and in 2007 he became a world record holder for shearing 973 sheep in 24 hours. He also has a background in country music and in 2008 released an album Mallabee Dreams. He lives on his farm in WA with this wife and three children.

Marius Foley  works in human centred design and teaches a Masters program that explores how this type of design can enhance the engagement of people with organistations from corporations through to cultural and social communities. Marius co-founded the new Australian film and media start up,  Cockatoo CoLab  and leads the  Agri Arts Activator

Marius Foley works in human centred design and teaches a Masters program that explores how this type of design can enhance the engagement of people with organistations from corporations through to cultural and social communities. Marius co-founded the new Australian film and media start up, Cockatoo CoLab and leads the Agri Arts Activator