Homo Novus


Movie 'Shadow'

Back to Back Theatre (Australia)
04.09. 20:00, Cinema 'Splendid Palace' | 5 / 8 EUR

Over the last thirty years, Back to Back Theatre has made a body of work that questions the assumptions of what is possible in theatre, but also the assumptions we hold about ourselves and others. “As an ongoing dialogue with our audience, each new project is an investigation seeking answers to questions raised in previous works. Our attention lies with design, light, and sound. The stories we pursue weave the personal, the political and the cosmic. We work to provoke curiosity towards, and interest in the live moment, to what sits within and between.” Seeking to make a body of work that exists in repertoire across time, the company tours extensively – locally, nationally and internationally to the world’s leading festivals and cultural institutions. Over the last decade, Back to Back Theatre has received 18 national and international awards including Performance Studies International’s Artist- Scholar-Activist Award, a Helpmann Award for Best Australian Work, an Edinburgh International Festival Herald Angel Critics’ Award and a Green Room Award for Best Ensemble.

Accessible for audiences with mobility impairment. Subtitles in Latvian and English.

About artists

Australia’s internationally acclaimed Back to Back Theatre, a professional theatre company with an ensemble of actors with disabilities at its core, has produced its debut feature-length film, SHADOW.
Directed by Bruce Gladwin, SHADOW is a darkly humorous 56-minute film based on Back to Back Theatre’s award-winning stage play THE SHADOW WHOSE PREY THE HUNTER BECOMES (2019), which was developed, in part, at the 2019 Sundance Theatre Lab at MASS MoCA, and was described by The New York Times as “extraordinary”.
THE SHADOW WHOSE PREY THE HUNTER BECOMES was co-conceived and co-authored by Back to Back Theatre’s professional ensemble: Michael Chan, Mark Deans, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price, Simon Laherty and Sonia Teuben, together with Gladwin.
The piece was adapted for film by the cast and director with script consultants Madeline Stuart, Louise Gough and Melissa Reeves. SHADOW was co-funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services, and the City of Greater Geelong through the Arts & Culture Department’s Arts Industry Commissions Program in partnership with UNESCO Creative City of Design.
SHADOW stars Back to Back’s professional ensemble, with Scott Price, Simon Laherty and Sarah Mainwaring in lead roles. The film also features new emsemble member Breanna Deleo, theatre veteran Brian Lipson as The Reporter and Belinda McClory (THE DOCTOR BLAKE MYSTERIES) as the voice of the sinister A.I.


A Back to Back Pictures Production

SHADOW was funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services, the City of Greater Geelong through the Arts & Culture Department’s Arts Industry Commissions Program in partnership with UNESCO Creative City of Design, with additional support from Give Where You Live and the Une Parkinson Foundation. SHADOW was supported by Screen Australia through the COVID-19 Budget Support Fund Program.

Director: Bruce Gladwin
Screenplay: Michael Chan, Mark Deans, Bruce Gladwin, Simon Laherty, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price, Sonia Teuben
Based on the Back to Back Theatre stage production
Producer: Alice Fleming
Director of Photography and Editor: Rhian Hinkley
Musical Composition: Luke Howard Trio (Luke Howard, Daniel Farrugia, Jonathan Zion)
Art Director:* Tao Weis
Costume Designer: Shio Otani
Associate Producer: Meret Hassanen
Assistant Producer: Pippa Wright
Executive Producers: Bruce Gladwin, Tim Stitz

Mark: Mark Deans
Sarah: Simon Laherty
Sarah: Sarah Mainwaring
Scott: Scott Price
A.I.: Belinda McClory
Reporter: Brian Lipson
Documentary Director: Breanna Deleo
Life Drawing Teacher: Iris Walshe-Howling
Life Drawing Model: Phillip Besancon
Set Dresser: Anthony Hamilton-Smith
Art Department Illustrator: Eden Menta
Art Department Runner: Eza Bakker-Graham
Art Department Runner: Kate Mulqueen
Construction: Mark Cuthbertson
Wardrobe Supervisor: Elysa McInnes
Costume Design Assistant: Anna Pontelandolfo
Wardrobe Assistant: Aaron Lucas
Head of Hair & Makeup: Mandi Dempster
Makeup Artist: Lauren Wynd
Makeup Artist: Eden Menta
Head of Sound: Manel Lopez
Boom Operator: Lloyd Pratt
Sound Assistant: Timothy Smith
Lighting Technicians: Wilson Huang, Stephen
Loats, Tamika Simpson
1st Assistant Director: Chris Odgers
2nd AD & Safety Officer: Dans Sheehan
3rd Assistant Directors: Tamara Searle,
Ingrid Vorrendt
AI Operator/Filming Assistant: Alana Hoggart
Production Manager: Bao Ngouansavanh
Production Supervisor: John Cumming
Unit Nurse: Nikki Watson
Artist Support: Kirston Honey
Camera Intern Mentor: John Cumming
Continuity: Annelise Farrer
Covid Safety Officer: Lisa Couper
Covid Safety Support: Debbie Balfour
Gaffer: George Husband




Cinema 'Splendid Palace'

5 / 8 EUR

In English (with Latvian and English subtitles), followed by Q&A with the producers of the film (in English)

60 min

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