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With a highly successful career in film making, writing and moving image practice, I am experienced in crafting powerful stories across dramatic, factual and experimental screen media formats. This includes experience directing and editing narrative, commercial, documentary, dance and multi-channel video works in the UK and overseas. A strong aesthetic vision and interdisciplinary technical skills allow me to deliver high quality multi-platform screen media outcomes: accurately translating creative briefs within challenging environments. With the ability to realise powerful, concept-driven stories, I combine emotional and entertaining narrative devices to fuse together factual, real and symbolic worlds. Not only do I think holistically to conceptualise and deliver ambitious screen media projects, I am able to successfully develop, build and maintain effective relationships with actors, directors and producers, creating high-quality creative outcomes across a variety of different genres. My creative and conceptual skills have been officially recognised through numerous awards including: The Reel Walthamstow Scene Moving Image Commission, Kickoff Commission for Sport and Art and an ArtsHub Critics Choice Award. In addition to filmmaking, I have experience as a workshop facilitator, mentor, and sessional lecturer. My critical and creative writing has been published in various books and journals and transformed into short films, commercials and corporate videos. Key areas of expertise include: • Story, concept and treatment development • Creative and contextual research • Hybrid and emerging screen formats • Character development and directing talent • Multi-channel video installation • Editing and VFX • Script writing • Creative producing and directing • Structure, rhythm, performance and gesture • Client liaison and relationship building • Collaboratively evolving ideas with cast and crew • Community engagement INTERDISCIPLINARY IS THE NEW BLACKLocked Pro Plan feature
Beginning from an interest in the neurological function of perception, my work explores the affect that consciousness – be it personal or collective – has on the construction of subjectivity, and our understanding of time, space and our place within it. SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS AND SCREENINGS 2015 Swallow (Prelude). à l’Œil de Poisson. Quebec, Canada. 2014 Public Art Screens: Vitenfabrikken, Gosen Skole, Tou Scene, Kinokino – Norway. 2013 Sounds from the Emergent State. State Library of QLD. 2012 Moving over the Shoreline. QLD Multicultural Centre 2012 Drafting Season. Metricon Stadium - home of the Gold Coast Suns 2011 Recasting Unfinished Selves. Performance Studies International. Centre for Visual Arts, Utrecht. 2009 Feeling at the Edge of Something. Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Gold Coast. 2008 Swimming Animistic. Portside Wharf (Brisbane), QLD. (public art) 2007 (Colour Shade) I can be everything to everyone. Dubbo Regional Art Gallery. 2007 Where Whispers Walk. Interactive public video work, with Svenja Kratz and Archie Moore. State Library of QLD. SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND SCREENINGS 2016 Mondo Ghillies: Art Bermondsey Project Space, London 2016 Trans-Ideology: Nostalgia. Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei (exhibition) 2015 Dream Drafters. Underwire Film Festival, Hackney Picturehouse, London 2015 Drama Screening. The Smalls. Hoxton Arches, London (screening). 2015 Kick Off – Boundaries Between Art and Sport. Kickarts, Cairns, Australia 2014 Mondo Ghillies. Friday Night Shorts. Temporary Arts Project. Southend on Sea. 2013 Mondo Ghillies. Transart festival, Supermarkt, Berlin, Germany. August 5-9 2012 Span. Stockroom, Kyneton, Victoria. (exhibition). 2012 Brain Art Project. Verge Gallery, Sydney (exhibition) 2012 Keys to Your Heart. International Short Film Festival, Detmold, Germany. 2011 Rebel Wessex. International Short Film Festival, Detmold, Germany. (screening) 2010 Mondo Ghillies. Private Dances, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne. (screening) 2009 Rebel Wessex. Chauvel Cinema Paddington, Sydney. (screening) 2007 Diorama: Constructing a Virtual Memory. Electro-online. Electrofringe festival,
Drawing on my theoretical, technical and creative knowledge I facilitate interactive learning situations that provide students with strategies for investigating, analysing and producing work across a range of textual, visual and performative practices. 2016: Workshop Facilitator: By Ourselves: Walthamstow School for Girls 2014: Workshop Facilitator: Video & Performance Lab, Division of Fine Art, Northampton University 2013: Guest Lecturer in Professional Studies: The Division of Fine Art, Northampton University 2011: Tutor. Advanced Media Issues, New Media, Cultural & Social Change. UNSW. 2010: Tutor. Media Literacy’s: School of Arts & Media, University of New South Wales 2010: Tutor. Design Futures & Creative Technologies: University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). 2007: Tutor. Media Audiences & Public Opinion: Charles Sturt University 2007: Tutor. Rethinking Cultures: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UTS. 2004: Associate Lecturer. Cyborgs & Shopping Malls: Griffith University, Gold Coast 2004: Tutor. Contemporary Visual Arts, Griffith University, Gold Coast 2004: Tutor. The Arts in Perspective 1 & 2: Griffith University, Gold Coast
Intersect strong conceptual knowledge with interdisciplinary creative skills to conceptualise site specific moving image projects that involve community participation. 2015 Everyday Stories of Colossal Importance. The Reel Walthamstow: Scene Moving Image Commission, London. 2013 Sounds from the Emergent State. Commissioned for State Library of QLD for Live! Queensland Band Culture. 2012 Drafting Season. Commissioned for Kick Off Contemporary Video Art. Metricon Stadium/ Gold Coast Suns. 2012 Moving over the Shoreline. Commissioned for the new QLD Multicultural Centre. 2010 Mondo Ghillies. Dance film commissioned by NextWave festival for Private Dances. 2007 Where Whispers Walk. Commissioned for Infozone: State Library of QLD 2008 Swimming Animistic. Temporary Public Art Commission (video) Portside Wharf. 2005 Secrets of the City: Gumbramorra Swamp Thing! Public Art in the Park Event Marrickville City Council, Artist in Residence Program.
Using interdisciplinary conceptual knowledge and innovative language skills, I develop texts, copy and written arguments that succeed in telling powerful stories across screen, print and multi-disciplinary formats. SCREEN WRITING - Student Journey Film. Promo (2016) Jon Stubbs/ Gateshead. - Everyday Stories of Colossal Importance. Short film (2015). - Being Sixty Five. Promo. (2014). - Change a life that Will Change the World. Online Commercial. (2011). - Keys to Your Heart. Short Film. (2010). - Rebel Wessex. Short Film. (2009). JOURNAL ARTICLES 2006 ‘Inward, In-ward: Madness and its Ghostly Echo.’ Published in TEXT: The Journal of Australian Postgraduate Writing Programs. http://www.textjournal.com.au/oct05/dennis.htm ISSN: 1327-9556 BOOK REVIEWS 2017: Book review of Media Archaeologies, Micro-Archives and Storytelling: Re-Presencing the Past, Martin Pogacar. Palgrave MacMillan Memory Studies. Published in Emotion, Space and Society. Volume 23, May 2017, Pages 42–43 BOOK CHAPTERS 2016 ‘Resounding Neurological Ecologies: choreographing the body’s lost interactions with the world,’ in Manley, P and Evans, M (eds) Movies, Moves and Music, the Sonic World of Dance Films. CRITICISM 2012 ‘More than a shadowy imposter.’ Published in Real Time: online e-dition, August 21. http://www.realtimearts.net/article/110/10777 2013 Through the Microscope Glass: Reimagining the Affect of Forgotten Bodies’ Commissioned review for Svenja Kratz. http://www.svenjakratz.com/projects/the-absence-of-alice/through-the-microscope-glass/ 2006 Seeing in the Dark: The Photomedia work of Judy Anderson. Monash Gallery of Art: Melbourne. EDITED BOOKS Dennis, Sarah-Mace, McMahon, Katrina and Wechter, Aleksei (eds) (2002) Ideation. Independent Publication: Brisbane. ISBN: 095806010X CREATIVE WRITING 2005 ‘The River Looks Like the Sky Looks Like the Road’ in Paper Wake. Vanguard, Issue 1 2005. ISBN: 0-9756043-3-3 HYPERMEDIA Dennis, Sarah-Mace and Kratz, Svenja (2007) Diorama: Constructing a Virtual Memory. Online writing project funded by a Write in Your Face grant from the Australia Council for the Arts: http://www.sarahmacedennis.com/diorama/index.html
As freelance multiplatform filmmaker and moving image artist I collaborate with agencies, producers, talent and crew in the creation of powerful narratives for Online, site specific and commercial screen contexts. Credits include: SHORT FILMS 2015 WRITER, DIRECTOR, EDITOR (Premier) Everyday Stories of Colossal Importance Scene Cinema, Walthamstow 2011 WRITER, DIRECTOR. Keys to Your Heart. Rebel Spirit Productions, Australia 2009 WRITER, DIRECTOR Rebel Wessex Metro Screen and Screen Australia COMMERCIALS/ CAMPAIGNS 2016 DIRECTOR, EDITOR (Premier Pro CC) My Best Me. (Online commercial - unreleased) Media Bounty (London) 2015 DIRECTOR, EDITOR (Premier Pro CC) Right to Choose Raindown (London) for UK Government. 2012 DIRECTOR, EDITOR (Final Cut Pro) Change a Life that Will Change the World. Rebel Spirit/ Edmen Staffing Solutions 2014 DIRECTOR, EDITOR (Premier Pro CC) Being 65 Mofilm/ CocaCola DOCUMENTARY/ COMMUNITY STORIES 2016 DIRECTOR. Patient Stories. Canada, Italy, France, UK and Germany (5 films per country) Inspired films 2015 PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, EDITOR Harvey. Waltham Forest Council/ Scene Cinema 2015 PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, EDITOR Nigel Waltham Forest Council/ Scene Cinema 2014 DIRECTOR, EDITOR (Premier Pro CC) Tally Ho! A Place to Meet Artsdepot 2015 DIRECTOR, EDITOR (Premier Pro CC). Silvana. Waltham Forest Council/ Scene Cinema, London. CORPORATE 2012 DIRECTOR, EDITOR (Final Cut Pro) Help us to Paint a World of Independence Rebel Spirit/ Edmen Staffing Solutions 2015 SELF SHOOTING DIRECTOR, EDITOR Uncovered: Story of the Almassy League Newham Partnership, East London 2015 SELF SHOOTING DIRECTOR, EDITOR Beegu - Promotional Trailer. artsdepot/ Dotted Line Theatre, North London. 2015 SELF SHOOTING DIRECTOR, EDITOR An Introduction to artsdepot artsdepot, North London. MUSIC VIDEO 2012 DIRECTOR, EDITOR (Final Cut Pro). Relapse Rebel Spirit Productions/ Pixelframe
Practice based research degree
Majors: Creative Writing, Contemporary Visual Arts, Cultural Theory Awards: First Class Honours, University Medal, Creative Arts Medal