NINA BUCHANAN

THE SECOND WOMAN

  The Second Woman  (video stills), Dark Mofo, 2017, images courtesy the artists

The Second Woman (video stills), Dark Mofo, 2017, images courtesy the artists

NEXT APPEARING AT PERTH FESTIVAL, 2018

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The Second Woman, by Nat Randall

In an epic feat of endurance, Nat Randall performs a single scene inspired by John Cassavetes’ 1977 film Opening Night, on repeat for 24 continuous hours. Starring opposite Randall are 100 different men who range in age, background and acting ability. Each scene is captured on camera and projected live alongside the staged performance. Through the repetition of this intimate encounter, The Second Woman explores the complex interplay between identity, performance, gender, emotion, cinema and reality.

Premiering at Melbourne’s Next Wave Festival 2016, The Second Woman was named as one of Guardian Australia’s “10 most groundbreaking shows by women” in 2016. In 2017 it has travelled to Dark Mofo in Hobart and Liveworks Festival in Sydney, receiving 5 star reviews from publications such as The Guardian.

Concept and Performance
Nat Randall

Script and Direction
Anna Breckon & Nat Randall

Video Direction
E.O. Gill & Anna Breckon

Lighting Design
Amber Silk

Sound Composition
Nina Buchanan

Set Design
FUTURE METHOD STUDIO

Hair and Makeup
Sophie Roberts

Camera Operation
E.O. Gill

Participant Coordination
Jade Muratore

Performances:

LIVEWORKS FESTIVAL 2017, SYDNEY

DARK MOFO 2017,  HOBART

NEXT WAVE 2016, MELBOURNE

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  The Second Woman  (video still), Dark Mofo, 2017, image courtesy the artists

The Second Woman (video still), Dark Mofo, 2017, image courtesy the artists

 Image: Holly Childs

Image: Holly Childs

REVIEWS

The Guardian, The Second Woman Review – stunning endurance theatre takes aim at patriarchy, Stephanie Convery

Worm Hole, The Sloppy Dance, Vincent Silk

Realtime, The Third Second Woman, Lauren Carroll Harris

Kill Your Darlings, Radical Capability: Endurance and mutation in The Second Woman, Jane Howard

ABC RN, The Second Woman, Teresa Tan

Q&A at Liveworks Festival, Sydney 2017

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MyMy

Original score composed for short film MyMy, directed by Anna Helme.

MyMy (14 mins, 2014)

FEATURING: Jackson Stacy, Justin Shoulder & Vincent Silk

WRITER/DIRECTOR: Anna Helme
PRODUCER: Christina Radburn
DOP: Ryan Alexander Lloyd
VIDEO ART/ANIMATION: Lachlan Conn
VISUAL FX: Rebecca Stegh
EDITOR: Anna Helme
COSTUME: Justin Shoulder (with Vincent Silk & Matthew Stegh)
ORIGINAL SCORE: Nina Buchanan

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS: Frameline 2014, Outfest LA 2014, BFI Flare 2015, Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival 2014, Translations Seattle Transgender Film Festival 2014, Fresno Reel Pride 2014, QueerScreen Film Festival 2014, My Queer Career Mardi Gras Film Festival 2015, Brisbane Queer Film Festival 2015, San Francisco Transgender Film Festival 2015, Xposed Berlin 2015, Transcreen Amsterdam 2015, Dublin GAZE 2015, Scottish International Queer Film Festival 2015, El Sugar Sin Limites Ecuador 2015, Queer Streifen Germany 2015, Tilde Transgender & Gender Diverse Film Festival Melbourne 2015

AWARDS: Best Short Film Queer Streifen Film Festival, Renegade Films “Most Daring and Innovative Film” Award VCA Graduate Awards
NOMINATED: Best Australian Queer Short MQFF, My Queer Career Best Australian Short Mardi Gras Film Festival

www.mymyfilm.com

 

 

 

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MOTHER'S NOT HERSELF TODAY

Anna Helme, Rebecca Stegh and Nina Buchanan have been developing this work as part of a collaboration for Island Salon, a big show of feminist video work during the Underbelly arts festival in Sydney, Australia, held on Cockatoo Island, including the work of 50 feminist artists.

The moving image component is a short dance film evoking the monstrous feminine. The video is shot on a circuit-bent Pixelvision camera (the 1980s Pxl2000 toy video camera made famous by queer video artist Sadie Benning). It features a series of queer and feminist female performance artists, including Latai Taumpoepeau, a celebrated Tongan body-centred artist (whose work featured this month in Performance Space’s 24 Frames exhibition of dance film), Anastasia Zavarinos (a featured dancer in award-winning contemporary dance company Force Majeure’s Sydney Festival premiere Nothing to Lose), and several other cisgender, transgender and genderqueer female-identifying performers.

It has also been exhibited as an installation piece at MIXNYC Queer Experimental Film Festival in New York, November 2015.

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