Once Upon a Time in the Western Suburbs Unclassified 18+
South Australian Premiere
Following on from their previous VR dance work STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU (SFF 2016) – Matthew Bate and Rebecca Summerton once again team with Gideon Obarzanek and Jumpgate VR in the creation of a hybrid docu-dance film that puts the viewer in the middle of an epic street dance battle with four crews who represent the culturally and sexually diverse communities of Western Sydney.
Director Matthew Bate, Gideon Obarzanek | Producer Matthew Bate, Rebecca Summerton | Co-Producer: Anton Andreacchio | Composer DJ Atro | Editor Raynor Pettge
Gideon Obarzanek is a director, choreographer and performing arts curator. He is currently Artistic Associate with the Melbourne Festival, co-curator for the inaugural Asian Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts (Asia TOPA) and Chair of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Gideon founded dance company Chunky Move in 1995 and was CEO and Artistic Director until 2012. His works for Chunky Move have been diverse in form and content including stage productions, installations, site-specific works, participatory events and film.
In 2013 Gideon was a resident artist at the Sydney Theatre Company where he wrote and directed his first play I Want to Dance Better at Parties. He later co-wrote and directed a documentary screen version with Mathew Bate winning the 2014 Sydney Film Festival Dendy Award.
Matt’s films unearth lost cultural treasures and champion characters existing on the fringes of the norm. Using collage, motion graphics and visual and sonic arcana his films search for meaning in the white noise of pop-culture. Matt’s work includes 2010 short film The Mystery of Flying Kicks, Official Selection SXSW, Winner Best Short Documentary MIFF 2010, 2011 debut feature documentary Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure, In Competition Sundance ’11, 40th New Directors/New Films MOMA NYC, released in theatrically in US by Tribeca Films, and 2014 hybrid drama-doc I Want to Dance Better at Parties, Winner Dendy Award for Best Short Film. Most recently Matt's feature doc Sam Klemke’s Time Machine premiered at the 2015 Sundance New Frontiers section and was in selection at HotDocs & Rotterdam. The film won the 2015 documentary feature AWGIE award and DocAviv Artistic Spirit Award. In 2016 Matt completed his first VR work in collaboration with the Australia Centre for the Moving Image and Sydney Dance Company.