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UnWrappedShortwaveNew Screen Commissions

8 September 2024

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A playful and provocative showcase of new Sydney Opera House short film commissions. Australian interdisciplinary artists explore their relationship with the screen, through themes of resistance, reclamation and renewal.

A playful and provocative short film showcase

Shortwave is a commissioning program from Sydney Opera House that invites interdisciplinary artists to explore their relationship with the screen. This playful and provocative screening will premiere six short film commissions that highlight interconnectedness across communities and generations, through themes of resistance, reclamation and renewal.

Shortwave’s 2024 program of new Australian voices includes choreographer and dancer Trà Mi Dinh (Winner of 2022 Keir Choreographic Award); a collaboration between interdisciplinary artist and vocalist Maissa Alameddine and artist and academic Narjis Mirza; and a new work from Blak Social, an Indigenous arts company dreamed into existence by Kabi Kabi / Gubbi Gubbi and Wiradjuri artist and producer Alethea Beetson. 

Commissioned artists also include Tahlia Palmer, an artist of Murri and mixed settler descent, working across music, sound art and video; Blue Mountains based dancer and physical performer Em Yali; and Melbourne artists Harrison Hall and Mat Spisbah in collaboration with Taiwanese video performance artist Li Yi Fan.

This special Unwrapped screening also features short films from previous Shortwave programs by Jazz Money, Feras Shaheen, Riana Head-Toussaint and JD Reforma.


Trà Mi Dinh Nhang Trầm Hương, 2024

Maissa Alameddine & Narjis Mirza Mohabat, a Lullaby for a Rising  تهليلة محبة, 2024

Tahila Palmer Look Intruder, 2024

Mat Spisbah, Harrison Hall, Li Yi Fan If you cant Larp, You'll cry, 2024

Em Yali Planetether Kin, 2024

Blak Social Gatekeepers, 2024

Shortwave is made in collaboration with organisations across the sector. Mohabat, a Lullaby for a Rising تهليلة محبة was curated, produced and supported by Blacktown Arts. Planetether Kin was produced by the Cultural Development Team at Blue Mountains City Council. The Bop was supported by Sydney Opera House & Parramatta Artists’ Studios. Animate Loading: 3 was facilitated through Critical Path’s digital and choreographic exchange program.

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