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Behind the scenes of our short film 'Milly'

We've just returned from 10 amazing days in North East Arnhem Land shooting our short film 'Milly'. The brief was to create two films to be used as resources in women's health education, primarily for the Yolngu women living in North East Arnhem Land. We're producing these films in partnership with ARDS Aboriginal Corporation and have been working closely with our lovely clients Bulkanhawuy and Emma Murphy for the last few months. Most of the time at Yarn we work in documentary so it's been a real thrill to work on a narrative client project and such a privilege and pleasure to help Bulkanhawuy realise her concept for this beautiful story. We're rapt to be working with Noni Eather as Co-Producer and Director of Photography Sky Davies, along with our fabulous cast of Yolngu women who delivered incredible performances over long days and absolutely mad end-of-wet-season-weather. A big thank you to everyone on the team - we're looking forward to getting into the edit! In the meantime, see below for some pics from the shoot.

- Bridget O'Shea | Producer, Yarn

Director of Photography Sky Davies

Director of Photography Sky Davies

Sky, Bridget O'Shea and cast member Caitlin

Sky, Bridget O'Shea and cast member Caitlin

Cast member Roberta, Katrina Channells and Latrell

Cast member Roberta, Katrina Channells and Latrell

Cast member Zowie with Co-Producer Noni Eather

Cast member Zowie with Co-Producer Noni Eather

Katrina Channells and Bridget O'Shea (Yarn)

Katrina Channells and Bridget O'Shea (Yarn)

Katrina Channells, Bulkanhawuy, Bridget O'Shea, Emma Murphy, Sky Davies

Katrina Channells, Bulkanhawuy, Bridget O'Shea, Emma Murphy, Sky Davies

Leaving Allen Street - still portraits

As part of our latest documentary Leaving Allen Street, we recently took some portraits of the residents in their lovely new homes. It was a really fun shoot and we're so pleased to share these beautiful photos with the residents, their families and staff members. All photos by our friend and colleague John O'Rourke.

ACCESS mentor program at AIDC

In March I was really thrilled to attend Australia's peak conference for documentary, the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) held here in Melbourne at Federation Square. I was selected as one of six for ACCESS @ AIDC, a mentor program for early career documentary filmmakers. The mentors were particularly good this year - John Battsek (UK), Amy Hobby (USA), Ezra Edelman (USA), Jen Peedom (AUS), Donovan Chan (SGP) and Kelrick Martin (AUS). As part of the program the mentees had one hour group sessions with each mentor over the course of the conference. Everyone was so generous with their time and it was great to connect with directors and producers who are really at the top of their game (the majority were Academy Award nominees or winners). The conference itself had really fascinating sessions with a lot of local and international delegates from the whole spectrum of documentary. I met some fantastic people - including my five fellow mentees - and it was a really productive time. Thanks for having me AIDC!

Bridget O'Shea | Producer, Yarn

Think West Festival - Yarn panel

For something a bit different, Yarn held a panel discussion recently at the inaugural ThinkWest Festival - a festival of philosophy and culture across Melbourne's inner west, which is where Yarn is based. Produced by the School of Life, the festival featured more than 40 workshops, tours, classes and special events.

We were chosen by the festival as one of the local grant recipients and our panel was titled "Storytelling: The Moving Image and Social Impact". Bridget moderated the conversation, and along with Katrina, we invited our friends and colleagues Producer Mary Minas and Editor Robert Fearon to join the panel. Held at Back Alley Sally's in Footscray we discussed how to tell challenging stories in film and documentary while also creating a sustainable career. Many thanks to program producer Anna Schoo - it was a really fun night. Onwards to ThinkWest 2017!

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Sarah Hopper - In the Making 2016

We are thrilled to continue to work with the Victorian College of the Arts on our series In The Making, profiling recent VCA graduates. The subject of the final video in the series is Sarah Hopper, a graduate of the Master of Production Design for Screen. Since graduating Sarah has been busy working on a number of fantastic productions here in Victoria - The Leftovers, Jack Irish, Lion and The Dressmaker. You can find the trailer for the video below.

Bridget O'Shea | Producer, Yarn