Director: Bryan Mason & Sophie Hyde
85 minutes

2011 | Feature Documentary | 85 mins

Director: Bryan Mason, Sophie Hyde

In 2007 the Sydney Dance Company appointed 29-year-old choreographer Tanja Liedtke as their first new artistic director in 30 years. However before she could take up the position, she was struck and killed by a truck in the middle of the night. Admired internationally as a dancer and celebrated for her fresh choreographic voice, she was a known as a dedicated artist, intelligent, dorky, funny and generous. 18 months after her death her collaborators embark on a world tour of her work, and in the process they must deal with their grief and explore the reasons for her death. Interspersed with intimate footage of her artistic process and previously unseen interviews, Life in Movement is a film about moving creatively through life and loss. Local filmmakers Bryan Mason and Sophie Hyde give us a powerfully rendered take on art and artists, creativity and our own mortality.

Festivals: Adelaide; Sheffield Docfest 2011; Edinburgh FF; Sydney FF; (Foxtel Australian Documentary Prize competition) Melbourne FF


  • SA Screen Awards: Best Feature
  • Sydney Cinedans Festival: Australian Documentary Prize
  • Australian Dance Awards: Best Work on Screen
  • Amsterdam: Jury Award, Joint Audience Award
  • ATOM: Best Art Film


  • AACTA AWARDS: Best documentary
Director Bryan Mason & Sophie Hyde