SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY 2017

STC 2017 Launch
The Sydney Theatre Company has announced  it’s 2017 season.
“Our 2017 Season is full of diverse stories that are passionate, smart, fun and at times, controversial. It’s for you… it’s every bit Sydney.” Check it out HERE.
Kenneth Moraleda will appear in 2 productions for the company, both Australian plays having World Premiers, Talk and Australian Graffiti.
In Talk, writer and director Jonathan Biggins sets his eyes squarely on modern journalism, social media and the 24-hour news cycle. When everyone has a megaphone, who’s listening?
STC audiences know Jonathan Biggins  best  for the Wharf Revues and the STC commissioned comedy Australia Day which Kenneth toured nationally in 2015-16.
Talk plays from 3 April – 20 May 2017 at the Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House.
CLICK HERE for more details

Australian Graffiti marks the debut of a remarkable young voice. Disapol Savetsila’s play is an investigation of the migrant experience from the inside out. Teasing out the complexities of identity and belonging, his writing – both wryly humorous and deeply affecting – offers an insight into Australian lives often overlooked.

Developed by STC in partnership with Asian Australian arts company Performance 4a and Playwriting Australia, Australian Graffiti is an STC commission directed by Paige Rattray, who has been part of the play’s evolution since its STC Rough Draft workshop in 2015.

Australian Graffiti will play from 7 July – 12 August 2017 at Wharf 2 Theatre

CLICK HERE for more details

 
 

REVIEWS: THREE SISTERS Sport For Jove

Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov- translated by Karen Vickery L-R Justin Stewart-Cotta (Vershinin) Paige Gardner (Masha) and Kenneth Moraleda (Kulyghin)

Sport for Jove’s Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov- translated by Karen Vickery L-R Justin Stewart-Cotta (Vershinin) Paige Gardner (Masha) and Kenneth Moraleda (Kulyghin) Phot0 by Marnya Rothe 2016

 

Sport for Jove’s production of Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov with a new translation by Karen Vickery opened on the 30 July at the Seymour Centre to rave reviews.

“…the hysterical Kenneth Moraleda (Kulyghin), who steals every one of his scenes with his elegant physical comedy and immaculate timing.

“…there is not a single weak link in the cast.”

The AU Review – Emily Saint-Smith FULL REVIEW

“Justin Stewart-Cotta as the ennui-drenched and thoughtless romantic is the production’s yin to pompous klutzy cuckold Kenneth Moraleda’s yang and both are riveting to watch.”

“uniform excellence of the performances make for a remarkable experience”

“…the company and director Kevin Jackson have conjured a rich, funny, poignant and fresh theatrical experience out of this 100+ year-old favourite. Its exceptional clarity lies partly in the staging and partly in the performances and either way, rarely will three-and-some hours pass as quickly or as pleasurably as these. Recommended.”

Diana Simmonds – Stage Noise  FULL REVIEW

“Noel Hodda is also inventive as the old doctor with a conscience lost to drink, as is Kenneth Moraleda as the cuckolded teacher.”

“Sport for Jove has hit another six.”

Martin Portus -Stage Whispers FULL REVIEW

“The delightful ensemble of twenty diverse actors (resplendent in costumes by Emma Vine) is teeming with vigour, and evenly impressive.”

Suzy Wrong –  Suzy Goes See FULL REVIEW
Jade Kops – BWW Review FULL REVIEW
Jason Blake – Sydney Morning Herald FULL REVIEW
Chris Hook – The Daily Telegraph FULL REVIEW
Kenneth Moraleda in Three Sister by Anton Chekhov translated by Karen Vickery Directed by Kevin Jackson for Sport For Jove

L-R Dorje Swallow, Graeme McLean, Kenneth Moraleda, Zoe Jensen, Paige Gardner and Noel Hodda in Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov translated by Karen Vickery Directed by Kevin Jackson for Sport For Jove – Photo by Isabella Andronos 2016

 

IN REHEARSAL : THREE SISTERS for SPORT FOR JOVE

In Rehearsal : Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov , a new adaptation by Karen Vickery, Directed by Kevin Jackson for Sport for Jove. Photo by Marnya Rothe

In Rehearsal : Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov , a new adaptation by Karen Vickery, Directed by Kevin Jackson for Sport for Jove. Photo by Marnya Rothe

Kenneth Moraleda is currently in rehearsals for Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters as Fyodor Ilyich Kulighin. This new Australian translation by Karen Vickery  will have a season from the 28th of July till August 13 at The Reginald, Seymour Centre.

Kevin Jackson directs an outstanding cast that include Janine Watson, Paige Gardiner, Zoe Jensen, Tom Campbell, Lauren Richardson, Graeme McRae, Dorje Swallow, Michael McStay, Shane Russon, Noel Hodda, Justin Stewart-Cotta, Lyn Pierse and John Grinston.

For more information:

http://www.sportforjove.com.au/theatre-play/three-sisters

For tickets:

http://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/the-three-sisters/

From the Sport for Jove website:

Sport For Jove is thrilled to present a brand new Australian translation of one of theatre’s defining works, Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, written by the extraordinary Karen Vickery. Her inspired recreation of Chekhov’s vision for the Prozorov family is a brilliant, surprising, atmospheric and very complete portrait of the ordinary/extraordinary flux of human life and ebbing dreams that Chekhov brought to the theatre in 1900.

 

Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov in Rehearsal. L-R Dorje Swallow, Graeme McRae, Lauren Richardson, Zoe Jensen, Paige Gardner, Kenneth Moraleda. Photo by Marnya Rothe

Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov in Rehearsal. L-R Dorje Swallow, Graeme McRae, Lauren Richardson, Zoe Jensen, Paige Gardner, Kenneth Moraleda. Photo by Marnya Rothe

Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov in Rehearsal. L-R Richard Cotter, Justin Stewart-Cotta,  Zoe Jensen, Kenneth Moraleda. Photo by Marnya Rothe

Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov in Rehearsal. L-R John Grinston, Richard Cotter, Noel Hodda, Justin Stewart-Cotta, Zoe Jensen, Kenneth Moraleda. Photo by Marnya Rothe

The Three Sisters Company with Kevin Jackson in Rehearsal. Photo by Marnya Rothe

The Three Sisters Company with Kevin Jackson in Rehearsal. Photo by Marnya Rothe

In Rehearsal: AUSTRALIA DAY by Jonathan Biggins

L-R Geoff Kelso as Brian Harrigan, David James as Robert Wilson, Robyn Arthur as Marie Bucknell and Kenneth Moraleda as Chester Lee reheasing a scene fro Australia Day a play written and directed by Jonathan Biggins

L-R Geoff Kelso as Brian Harrigan, David James as Robert Wilson, Robyn Arthur as Marie Bucknell and Kenneth Moraleda as Chester Lee reheasing a scene fro Australia Day a play written and directed by Jonathan Biggins

Kenneth Moraleda is currently in rehearsal for Australia Day in Melbourne. The HIT productions show will be touring regionally all around the country in 2015 and 2016.
The play is written and directed by Jonathan Biggins. In the cast are Robyn Arthur, Dennis Coard, Geoff Kelso, David James, Sharon Davis and Kenneth Moraleda.
Kenneth plays a second generation Vietnamese Australian school teacher recently moved to the fictional town of Coriole and joins the committee for the Australia Day celebrations.

Interview: SBS Radio

Kenneth Moraleda Interview with Annalyn Violata from SBS Radio Filipino

Kenneth Moraleda Interview with Annalyn Violata from SBS Radio Filipino

Kenneth Moraleda talks with Annalyn Violata from SBS Radio Filipino about his start as an actor, career highlights and advice to other Australian Filipinos thinking of a career in the entertainment industry. The interview is part of a series called “Galing ng Pinoy-Aussie” highlighting Filipinos in Australia who are hitting benchmarks in their chose career.
 
To listen to the full interview CLICK HERE
 
From the SBS Filipino Landing page:
 
He has performed several distinct roles in films, television and stage, ranging from drama, comedy and even action, In the Philippines, he was even awarded recognition as best actor for his first leading role as a refugee in the Australian film ‘The Lucky Mile’. Filipino-Australian actor Kenneth Moraleda continues on developing his acting, and as mentor he shares his skills to other aspiring actors through Playwriting Australia.  Know more about Kenneth Moraleda, his beginning, films or television shows he’s been part of and his successes in our segment Galing ng Pinoy-Aussie.  

Isang Galing Pinoy-Aussie na maaari na namang ipagmalaki…http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/filipino/en/content/walking-beyond-his-lucky-mile

Posted by SBS Filipino on Wednesday, April 1, 2015

FILMING: BANANA BOY

Kenneth Moraleda on the set of Banana Boy written and directed by Steven Woodburn

Kenneth Moraleda on the set of Banana Boy written and directed by Steven Woodburn

 

Principal photography has started for Banana Boy a short written and directed by Steven Woodburn and produced by Sam Smith.

Banana Boy is inspired by the true story of 12-year-old Afghan refugee, Omid Jafary. After surviving a ship wreck that saw members of his family drown, Omid is now one of over 2000 children stranded in Indonesia, unsure of what the future holds, in a system where children are both witness to and victim of shocking violence, abuse and neglect.

This is an incredibly complicated and polarising issue both for Indonesia and Australia.

For more details of the film visit the official WEBSITE HERE

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In Rehearsal: Cyrano De Bergerac

In Rehearsal: Cyrano De Bergerac for The Sydney Theatre Company (pictured L-R George Kemp, Alan Dukes, Kenneth Moraleda, Richard Roxburgh, Gabriel Gilbert-Dey

In Rehearsal: Cyrano De Bergerac for The Sydney Theatre Company (pictured L-R George Kemp, Alan Dukes, Kenneth Moraleda, Richard Roxburgh, Gabriel Gilbert-Dey) Photo by Grant Sparkes Carroll

 

Cyrano De Bergerac is in the final weeks of rehearsal at the Sydney Theatre. Kenneth is part of a 16 strong ensemble of actors bringing this timeless classic to life.

From the Sydney Theatre Company WEBSITE

Sydney Theatre Company presents
CYRANO DE BERGERAC
By Edmond Rostand
Adapted by Andrew Upton
Original translation by Marion Potts

A heart as big as his nose.

A lover and a fighter, Cyrano de Bergerac is a man’s man. Peerless in battle and heroically eloquent in love, what he lacks in physical allure he makes up for in swordplay and wordplay.

In this lavish production, Richard Roxburgh dons the nose that launched a thousand quips. With the irresistible panache that Australian audiences have fallen in love with time and again, Roxburgh proves that the brain can be the greatest erogenous zone.

Joining him in one of literature’s great love triangles, are the irresistible Eryn Jean Norvill (Romeo and Juliet) and Chris Ryan (Children of the Sun).

Cyrano de Bergerac is a significant work in the life of STC. This will be our third new production, joining Richard Wherrett’s record-setting 1980 season that starred John Bell and Marion Potts’ riproaring version from 1999 starring Jeremy Sims.

An erudite, swashbuckling romance, Cyrano de Bergerac is a classic tale of true love and heroic deeds with a healthy dose of nose jokes.

Duration: 2 hours 50 mins (including interval)

Director Andrew Upton
Associate Director Kip Williams
Designer Alice Babidge
Associate Designer Renee Mulder
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Composer and Sound Designer Paul Charlier
Fight Director Nigel Poulton
With
Alan Dukes, Gabriel Gilbert-Dey, George Kemp, Dale March, Josh McConville, Kenneth Moraleda, Eryn Jean Norvill, Yalin Ozucelik, Michael Pigott, Richard Roxburgh, Chris Ryan, Bruce Spence, Emily Tomlins, Aaron Tsindos, David Whitney, Julia Zemiro

THE RAINBOW TROOPS – Audiobook Narration

Kenneth Moraleda narrates The Rainbow Troops Audiobook by Andrea Hirata

Kenneth Moraleda narrates The Rainbow Troops Audiobook by Andrea Hirata

Kenneth Moraleda’s narration of the best selling novel The Rainbow Troops is now available for purchase.

Published in Indonesia in 2005, The Rainbow Troops, Andrea Hirata’s closely autobiographical debut novel, sold more than five million copies, shattering records.

Bolinda Audio produced the audiobook and is available on their website www.bolinda.com

Also available on Amazon.com through Audible Audio – CLICK HERE and iTunes

 

LEGACY – short by Josh Mawer

Josh Mawer directing Kenneth Moraleda and Drew Wilson in Legacy

Josh Mawer directing Kenneth Moraleda and Drew Wilson in Legacy

Kenneth is currently filming Legacy, a short directed and co- Written by AFTRS (Australian Film Television and Radio School) student Josh Mawer

The film is a science fiction exploration of the human urge for immortality and the questions of Science vs Ethics.
The films stars Drew Wilson, Anita Hegh, Richard Healy and Kenneth Moraleda as Richmond, a pragmatic scientist involved in groundbreaking reseach into memory transfer.

Directing: They Say She’s Different

CECILIA LOW as Betty D in "They Say She's Different"

CECILIA LOW as Betty D in “They Say She’s Different”

Kenneth Moraleda is directing They Say She’s Different – a show produced, written and starring Cecilia Low.
From the Official WEBSITE:
They Say She’s Different  is a sonic, visual feast for the senses. Driven by the music of Betty Davis we drop you deep in the early 70’s immersing you in those explosive, hard hitting times. Through the use of film, spoken word, emotive light design, and live music  we bring to life our version of a raw creative soul that is Betty and the times she lived.
This piece is about kinship and its loss, of choices, mistakes, and of death. This piece is about a society’s right to change attitudes towards women, music, sex, life.  This piece is about being heard and having a good time despite it all!
First show is on at the DING DONG LOUNGE  in Market Lane, Melbourne before heading over to the ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL  with shows on the 19-20 June 2014. Other cities to follow.
THEY SAY SHE’S DIFFERENT
World Premiere
JUNE 1, 2014
Doors 7pm,  Show 7:30pm
Ding Dong Lounge, Market Lane,
Melbourne CBD
Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2014
June 19 @ 9:30pm
June 20 @ 7:30pm
The Space Theatre,
Adelaide Festival Centre

Cruise Control Reviews

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Cruise Control by David Williamson at the Ensemble is up and running. The reviews have been great and the Ensemble Theatre Season (25 April – 14 June 2013) is SOLD OUT – Extra performances are now available for sale at The Concourse Theatre in Chatswood (24-25 June 2014) after the play does a short transfer to Merrigong Theatre Company in Wollongong (18 – 21 June 2014)

More details of the play on THE ENSEMBLE THEATRE WEBSITE
To book for the Concourse Theatre season CLICK HERE
To book for the Merrigon Theatre Company season CLICK HERE

Some of the mentions of Kenneth Moraleda as Charlie …

Kenneth Moraleda charms as Charlie, the Filipino waiter
-Jason Blake
SYDNEY MORNNG HERALD – Full review HERE

Kenneth Moraleda as Charlie, who has a beautiful singing voice, provided a softness in his linking role which I’m not sure I’ve seen in any of Williamson’s earlier plays. I generally have doubts about a writer directing his own work, but I sense that Moraleda’s gentle singing which opens the action became a point for Williamson as director to return to for each character, and each actor – Helen Dallimore as Imogen Brodie, Peter Phelps as Darren Brodie, Kate Fitzpatrick as Silky Wasserman, Henri Szeps as Sol Wasserman, and Michelle Doake as Fiona Manton – knew they could trust Williamson the writer to give them the opportunity for those softer moments which brought their characters to life; and each made the most of their opportunities.
-Frank McKone
CANBERRA CRITICS CIRCLE – Full review HERE

Moraleda has been beautifully cast in this role.
-Ron Lee
SYDNEY CHIC -Full review HERE

Kenneth Moraleda provides welcome warmth of heart as Charlie, pining for his family back home in the village.
-Martin Portus
CRICKEY BLOG -Full review
HERE

…we have a near-perfect cast to lead us onboard (and off), with marital struggles, cavorting and cajoling in the best Williamson way. The lovely foil of Kenneth Moraleda as Charlie to the haughty Richard, the crass Darren and suffering Sol make the week that was plausible.
-Ben Oxley
WHAT’S ON SYDNEY-Full review HERE

The play is well performed by the strong cast. Felix Williamson gives a darkly entertaining performance as the irredeemably unlikeable Richard, Phelps brings just the right swagger to the tough, tattooed Darren, Dallimore shines as the voluptuous Imogen who is frustrated by her husband’s lack of attention, Doake is also very good as the put-upon, kindly Fiona, Fitzpatrick nails many of the biggest laughs as the elegant, bored Silky, Szeps is touching as Sol (though he was a little hesitant with some of his lines on opening night), and Moraleda injects some welcome heart as Charlie.
-Jo Litson
JOLITSON.COM -Full review HERE

All steam ahead for culture clashes and a big splash of sexual intrigue, leavened with some gentle social commentary occasioned by the presence of warm and wise steward Charlie (Kenneth Moraleda).
-Deborah Jones
DEBORAHJONES.ME – Full Review HERE

Newcomer Kenneth Moraleda breaks up the tension beautifully as Filipino waiter Charlie, whose own humility and good grace puts the arguments on board into perspective.
-Diana Simmonds
STAGE NOISE- Full Review HERE

Other REVIEWS:

SIMONE WHETTON BLOG

ALT MEDIA

TIME OUT

SYDNEY ARTS GUIDE

SOYP BLOG

SUZY GOES SEE

IN REHEARSAL: CRUISE CONTROL by DAVID WILLIAMSON

Kenneth Moraleda in rehearsals for Cruise Control - a new play by David Williamson

The world premier of David Williamson’s new play Cruise Control is the last week of rehearsals at the Ensemble Theatre in Kiribilli, Sydney, Australia.
Kenneth is creating the role of Charlie – an ever positive Filipino waiter serving three couples in the top fine dining restaurant on board a luxury cruise ship. Cruise Control boasts a cast of theatre luminaries: Henri Szeps, Kate Fitzpatrick, Felix Williamson, Michelle Doake, Peter Phelps and Helen Dallimore.
The play is also directed by David Williamson with Jo-Anne Cahill assisting. Designed by Marissa Dale-Johnson, Lighting Design by Ross Graham, Stage Managed by Danielle Ironside.

For more details and for ticket bookings CLICK HERE to jump to the Ensemble website.

Kenneth Moraleda as Winata on “Schapelle”

Kenneth Moraleda as Nyoman Winata in the Television Event - "Schapelle" on Channel 9

In October 2004, Gold Coast woman Schapelle Corby was arrested in Bali with 4.2kg of marijuana in her boogie board bag. Her arrest and trial become a real-life soap opera that shocked and divided the nation. A decade later the question remains, did she really do it?

Kenneth Moraleda portrays the Balinese Customs officer Nyoman Winata, the officer on duty on that day of her arrest.

Schapelle Corby is played by Krew Boylan  Jacinta Stapleton as Mercedes Corby, Colin Friels as Mick Corby and Denise Roberts plays the matriarch Roseleigh Rose Corby. Other cast include Les Chantery (Ron Bakir) Waseem Kahn (Vasu) Ngoc Phan (Lily) and Vince Collosimo (Robin Tampoe)

Produced by Fremantle Media and Channel 9 and directed by Khoa Do (Better Man-SBS)

IMDB link here

 

Trailer for SCHAPELLE-THE MOVIE a movie event screening of Channel 9. 

Kenneth to play Bill Fordham in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY for Repertory Philippines

Kenneth Moraleda joins a stellar cast in AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY as Bill Fordham.

Kenneth Moraleda as Bill Fordham with Pinky Amador as Barbara Weston-Fordham and Thea Gloria as Jean Fordham

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is set on the plains of modern day, middle-class Oklahoma. The Weston family members are all intelligent, sensitive creatures who have the uncanny ability of making each other absolutely miserable. When the patriarch of the household mysteriously vanishes, the Weston clan gathers together to simultaneously support and attack one another.

Written with a strong sense of humor, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY tells the meltdown of the Weston family as each member has personal difficulties that are unresolved.

Theater stalwart Chris Millado, who is currently the Vice-President and Artistic Director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, will direct the cast spearheaded by Baby Barredo and Pinky Amador.

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY will run from Friday, February 21 to Sunday, March 16, 2014 at Onstage Theatre (2/F Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas corner Legazpi St., Makati City)

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY received the Jeff Award (Chicago – 2007) for Best New Work and Best Production. These two awards were closely followed in 2008 by other six awards: The Drama Desk for Best New Play; the Drama League for Distinguished Production of a Play; the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play and Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Play.

Most especially, it was also in 2008 when the play received the biggest awards in the industry, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play.

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY was originally produced in 2007 by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company at the Downstairs Theatre in Chicago. After conquering Broadway from October 2007 until June 2009, it made its UK debut at London’s National Theatre in November 2008. Consequently, many other international productions were produced in Israel, Tel Aviv, Puerto Rico, Australia, Germany, Austria, Argentina, Sweden, Peru, Spain, New Zealand, Holland, India, Poland, and the Netherlands. The movie version, starring Meryl Streep, Ewan McGregor and Julia Roberts, opened late 2013.

For tickets, call Ticketworld at (632) 891-9999,or visit ticketworld.com.ph.

The Fence – World Premiere @ Busan International Film Festival

The Fence World Premieres at Busan International Film Festival

Screening as part of Wide Angle is The Fence, a short film by writer/director Lucy Gaffy. The film tells the story of an asylum seeker Virak, played by Kenneth Moraleda,  dealing with the introduction of detention centres in Australia in 1992.

For the Screen Australia Press Release CLICK HERE

To go to the Busan International Film Festival listing click HERE

KENNETH JOINS THE CAST OF WAR HORSE AUSTRALIA

Kenneth Moraleda joins the cast of War Horse as rehearsals commence in Sydney, Australia.

Kenneth will be joining a 33 strong ensemble playing the role of Veterinary Officer Martin.

WAR HORSE CAST CREDITS

THE PEOPLE

James Bell                                     Billy / Ludwig

Nicholas Bell                                 Arthur / Sgt Thunder

Ian Bliss                                          Ted /Strauss

Adam Booth                                   Stewart /Heine

Mark Constable                            Carter / Klebb / Manfred

Andre de Vanny                            David

Mischana Dellora-Cornish     Ensemble Girl / Baby Joey / Annie Gilbert

Dave Evans                                       Songman

Cody Fern                                         Albert

Natasha Herbert                          Rose

Anna Houston                               Ensemble Woman / Matron Callaghan

Belinda Jombwe                          Emilie

Rory Kelly                                        Ensemble Boy / Baby Joey 

Drew Livingston                          Acting Ensemble Swing

Dale March                                     Nicholls / Paddy/ Dr Schweyk / Heine

Kenneth Moraleda                      Ensemble Man / Vet Martin

Emma Palmer                                Paulette / Baby Joey

Gareth Reeves                                Klausen / Allan

John Thompson                          Songman

Andrew Tighe                                Priest / Friedrich

Karlis Zaid                                      Bone / Fine / Schnabel

THE HORSES

Nick Barlow                                  Joey – Head

Kailah Cabanas                           Joey/Topthorn - Head

Michael Cullen                             Topthorn – Heart

Nick Eaton                                      Joey – Heart

Grant Foulkes                               Joey/Topthorn - Heart 

Lincoln Hall                                   Topthorn – Hind

Kiera Lyons                                  Joey/Topthorn – Hind

Ben McIvor                                   Joey/Topthorn – Hind

Sarah Nelson                              Joey – Hind

John Shearman                          Joey/Topthorn  Head

Michael Wahr                              Joey/Topthorn – Head

Drew Wilson                                Joey/Topthorn  Heart  

Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris, War Horse is designed by Rae Smith, with puppet design and fabrication by Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler for Handspring Puppet Company, lighting by Paule Constable, and movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick; the puppetry directors are Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler, with video design by Leo Warner and Mark Grimmer, songmaker John Tams, music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher Shutt.

War Horse will hold its Australian premiere in Melbourne onNew Year’s Eve at Arts Centre Melbourne’s State Theatre. After the Melbourne season War Horse will travel to Sydney for a season at the Lyric Theatre from Saturday 16 March and to Brisbane for a season at Lyric Theatre from Saturday 6 July.

MELBOURNE – ARTS CENTRE STATE THEATRE

Bookings: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au or 1300 182 183

Previews: Sunday, 23 December to Sunday, 30 December 2012

Opening Performance: Monday, 31 December 2012

Season: Wednesday 2 January, 2013 – March 3, 2013

SYDNEY – THE LYRIC THEATRE

Bookings: www.ticketmaster.com.au or 1300 795 267

Previews: Saturday 16th March to Wednesday 20th 2013

Opening Performance: Thursday 21st March 2013

Season: Friday 22nd March – Sunday 30th June 2013

BRISBANE – THE LYRIC THEATRE

Bookings:  www.qpac.com.au or 136 246

Previews:  Saturday 6th July – Wednesday 10th July 2013

Opening Performance: Thursday 11th July 2013

Season: Friday 12th July– Sunday 4th August 2013


Filming: “THE FENCE” by Lucy Gaffy

Photo by James Brown 2012

Principal photography has wrapped up for The Fence, a film written and directed by Lucy Gaffy starring Kenneth Moraleda.

Produced by AFTRS (Australian Film Television and Radio School), Kiki Dillon and Lyn Norfor of Emerald Productions Set in Villawood Detention Centre in 1992, it is a story of Virak (played by Moraleda) a Cambodia Refugee making a new life Australia. The film explores fatherhood and how our choices past and present affects the lives of people we love.

The Fence writer and director Lucy Gaffy is a graduate of the AFTRS Graduate Diploma Directing 2009 and also a current AFTRS Master of Screen Arts (MSA) student. Her recent film The Love Song of Iskra Prufrock screened at Cinema des Antipodes programme in Cannes 2012.

The Love Song of Iskra Prufrock  won 12 international and domestic awards, screened at over 60 international film festivals and was nominated for an Australian Film Institute award for Best Short Film. Lyn Nonfor and Lucy Gaffy are recipients of Screen NSW’s Emerging Filmmakers Fund for their next short film.

Director of Photography is James Brown www.jameslbrown.com.au who has collaborated with Lucy Gaffy in The Love Song of Isra Prufrock among other projects.

Kenneth Moraleda leads the cast with Filipino actor Felino Dolloso, Ben Wood, John Harding and Tony Cogin. After an extensive casting call to the Sydney Cambodian community they were joined by Vongsa Kong, Vibol Him, Nareth Sinh, Trai Ly and Em Puth.

The film is currently in post production and will premiere early next year.

PERFECTION @ The 2012 Palms Springs International Shortfest

‘Perfection’ receives its world premier at Palm Springs International Shortfest. The short film, directed by Australian director Jane Eakin and starring Kenneth Moraleda in the lead role of Mr. Smith will premiere on 20 June 2012 at the prestigious short film festival and film market.

‘Perfection’ is part of the 2012 Palm Springs International ShortFest & Film Market roster of 323 films, selected from more than 3,000 worldwide entries.  Now in its 18th year, ShortFest will showcase 50 World Premieres, 63 North American Premieres and 21 U.S. Premieres.  The selection of films for screening and competition features star-studded casts and award-winning films from 52 countries around the world.  All selections are structured into 53 themed programs, which will screen June 19-25, at the Camelot Theatres in Palm Springs; with all Festival submissions available in the ShortFest Market.

‘Perfection’ is screened as part of the package ‘Art Attack’, From the Palm Springs International ShortFest website:

“The world of art provides a multitude of opportunities to explore different genres, and this package of engrossing short stories explores the act of creation while celebrating the work of artists around the world.”

 

Perfection
Australia, 2011, 7 Minute Running Time
World Premiere
Topic: Drama
Language: English

On this day, the color is blue. A man’s connection to the chalk and the art he creates provides refuge, redemption and purification all at the same time.

DIRECTOR: Jane Eakin
Producer: Donna Svanberg
Editor: Jane Eakin
Screenwriter: Jane Eakin
Cinematographer: Murray Stillman
Music: Rosie Chase
Principal Cast: Kenneth Moraleda

THE WHITE DIVERS OF BROOME – REVIEWS

Kenneth Moraleda as Bin Mahomet in Hilary Bell's "The White Divers of Broome" directed by Kate Cherry. Presented by Black Swan State Theatre Company and Perth International Arts Festival

Kenneth Moraleda as Bin Mahomet in Hilary Bell's "The White Divers of Broome" directed by Kate Cherry. Presented by Black Swan State Theatre Company and Perth International Arts Festival - Photo by Gary Marsh and Fiona Hoy, Gary Marsh Photography 2012

The world premiere of Hilary Bell’s “The White Divers of Broome” opened at The State Theatre Centre of Western Australia. The event was graced with the attendance of Ernie Dingo, Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest, Premier Colin Barnett and wife Lynn, renowned New York-based photographer Russell James in the packed Heath Ledger Theatre.

Reviews have been favourable towards Kenneth Moraleda’s performance:

“Kenneth Moraleda gives the most engaging performance in the minor part of a crippled Malay diver. Of all Bell’s colourful characters, Bin Mahomet seems the best drawn: he is as droll and perceptive as a tragic court jester.”
Victoria Laurie – The Australian

Yutaka Izumihara and Kenneth Moraleda - Photo by Gary Marsh and Fiona Hoy Gary Marsh Photography © 2012

Kenneth Moraleda as the amusing tender Bin, Jo Morris as plucky Regina the Melbourne reporter, and Kylie Farmer as sweet Daisy, gave particularly exceptional performances.
Courtney J. Pascoe – Aussie Theatre

Sean Hawkins and Kenneth Moraleda - Photo by Gary Marsh and Fiona Hoy Gary Marsh Photography © 2012

“Particularly enjoyable were the performances of the larger-than-life Pearl King Piggott, played by Ian Toyne, and Malay diver Bin Mahomet played by Kenneth Moraleda, who’s cheekiness and irreverence provided much needed comic relief.”
Maria Noakes – Perth Now/Sunday Times

Kenneth Moraleda and Yutaka Izumihara - Photo by Gary Marsh and Fiona Hoy Gary Marsh Photography © 2012

“-though I must say that Kenneth Moraleda’s Bin Mahomet, while a disgraceful cliche, was a widely entertaining one.”
David Zampatti – The West Australian

The White Divers of Broome — Rich and Compelling

Courtney J. Pascoe / AussieTheatre

Visually spectacular and elaborate, the Black Swan State Theatre Company presents Hilary Bell’s newly commissioned The White Divers of Broome as part of the Perth International Arts Festival 2012. Fiercely exotic and populated with greed, loyalty, betrayal and the controversial history surrounding the White Australia Policy, this world premiere play is rich and compelling.

Boom-time Broome in 1912 provides a series of sweltering and beautiful scenes. The Pearl King, Pigott, contracts the cream of the British Navy — Webber, Sanders and Beasily — as part of the White Experiment to discover if white men can collect oyster shells as efficiently as cheap foreign labour. Portrayed vehemently by Yutaka Izumihara and Miyuki Lotz respectively, superstitious Nishi and desperate Yukiko threaten the project’s success.

While the time period may not appeal to everyone, the flood of character interaction through convoluted power plays and racial tension was enough to maintain audience interest. Kenneth Moraleda as the amusing tender Bin, Jo Morris as plucky Regina the Melbourne reporter, and Kylie Farmer as sweet Daisy, gave particularly exceptional performances.

Although Sean Hawkins as young diver Beasily blossomed during the second act, the brimming energy of the first act began to peter off towards the end of the performance. Ian Toyne as Pigott and Tom O’Sullivan as Sanders dominated and drove much of the first act, but their passions and those of the rest of the cast eased somewhat as the play drew to a close.

Bruce McKinven’s intricate set design and the movable stage is overwhelming; constructed as the inside of a ship’s hull, the stage changed hugely to represent everywhere from brothels and jetties to the ocean floor. Alicia Clements’ period appropriate costume design and the constant movement choreographed impeccably by Claudia Alessi both added to the already impressive visual.

Married harmoniously with Trent Suidgeest’s lighting design, the sand-covered set magically emanated rippling ocean water. Manoeuvrable hanging lights and fairy-lights gave the impression of stars, evening lights and phosphorescence in the unique underwater sequences. A more intense orange light echoed the blistering Broome sunlight. Electronic subtitles were used effectively against a dark background during exchanges between the Japanese couple.

During the aesthetically astounding diving scenes was when Ben Collins’ sound design stood out the most, with ominous, ethereal music and eerie internal breathing sound effects. Dialogue was intensely natural, as were the foreign accents coached by Jenny Davis. Infrequent coarse language was sparing and characteristic, with colloquial language and pearling terminology freely utilised to enhance the atmosphere.

Director Kate Cherry and Black Swan State Theatre Company have produced an enthralling and timeless show with The White Divers of Broome. The controversial history entices the audience, while the revolutionary set design and powerful character development bring a thrilling new dimension to the stage.

The White Divers of Broome by Hilary Bell plays until the 16th of February 2012 as part of the Perth International Arts Festival.

IN REHEARSAL: THE WHITE DIVERS OF BROOME

In rehearsal: The White Divers of Broome. L-R Tom O'Sullivan, Kenneth Moraleda, Director Kate Cherry, Playwright Hilary Bell, Ian Toyne. Image by Gary Marsh Photography 2012

Rehearsals are in full swing for Black Swan State Theatre Company’s production of The White Divers of Broome. This is the world premier of this epic work by acclaimed writer Hilary Bell.

Award winning director Kate Cherry leads the cast that includes Miyuki Lotz, Kylie Farmer, Yutaka Izumihara and Ian Toyne.

Kenneth Moraleda plays Bin Mahomet, and ageing Malay ex-diver turned tender facing a series events that challenges his norm. As White English divers threaten to replace Asiatic pearl diving crews and workers, Bin Mahomet is faced with a proposition that will test a new found unlikely friendship.

The White Divers of Broome in rehearsal. L-R Ian Toyne, Tom O'Sullivan, Kenneth Moraleda, Nick Candy, Sean Hawinks. Image by Gary Marsh Photography 2012

Below is a behind the scenes video from Black Swan State Theatre Company. Director Kate Cherry and playwright Hilary Bell are interviewed as well as actors Kylie Farmer, Miyuki Lotz, Jo Morris, Tom O’Sullivan, Stuart Halusz, and Sean Hawkins.

Below is an interview with playwright Hilary Bell talking about the genesis of the play.

Book tickets through the BOCS website: http://www.bocsticketing.com.au/whats-on/686/white-divers-of-broome/

The White Divers of Broome was commissioned by Black Swan State Theatre Company as part of the Rio Tinto Black Swan Commissions.

By Hilary Bell. Inspired by The White Divers of Broome by John Bailey.

Cast Includes: Caitlin Beresford-Ord, Nick Candy, Adriane Daff, Kylie Farmer [Kaarljilba Kaardn], Michelle Fornasier, Stuart Halusz, Sean Hawkins, Yutaka Izumihara, Miyuki Lotz, Greg McNeill, Kenneth Moraleda, Jo Morris, Tom O’Sullivan, Ian Toyne

Director: Kate Cherry

Designers: Set Designer Bruce McKinven, Costume Designer Alicia Clements, Lighting Designer Trent Suidgeest, Sound Designer Ben Collins, Movement Director Claudia Alessi, Assistant Director Damon Lockwood

28 January – 16 February 2012
Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA

Duration: Approx. 2 hrs 30 mins [incl. interval]
Warning: Some coarse language and adult themes

A Perth International Arts Festival event.

The White Divers of Broome

 

Kenneth Moraleda has been cast in the world premier of The White Divers of Broome, a Black Swan State Theatre Company production in conjunction with the Perth International Arts Festival. It will run from January 28 to February 16  2012 at the Heath Ledger Theatre.

The White Divers of Broome is a new work by prolific playwright Hilary Bell inspired but the book of the same name written by John Bailey.

The play is a fast-paced representation of boom-time Broome before World War II and celebrates the region’s exotic mix of cultures and the harsh, relentless environment. These so-called “fat years” of Broome’s pearl-shell industry coincided with the national call to promote a white Australia.

Broome owed its wealth to the cheap “coloured” labour that collected mother-of-pearl from the seas, and when the Australian Government discovered this one remaining pocket of racial diversity they demanded that all Asian labour be replaced with British navy divers.

The White Divers of Broome follows how master pearlers opposed having to employ white divers and entered into alliances with the Asian crews to resist the newcomers in a story of survival.

Kenneth will play the role of Bin Mahomet, a Malay ex-diver turned tender crippled from diver’s paralysis.

The cast includes Caitlin Beresford-Ord, Kylie Farmer [Kaarljilba Kaardn], Michelle Fornasier, Stuart Halusz, Sean Hawkins, Yutaka Izumihara, Miyuki Lotz, Greg McNeill, Jo Morris, Tom O’Sullivan and Ian Toyne.

The production will be directed by acclaimed theatre director, committed  performing arts educator and Artistic Director of Black Swan State Theatre Company,  Kate Cherry.

Kate Cherry has worked in every capital city in Australia, New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Colorado, Massachusetts and Hong Kong. As Associate Director for MTC, Kate directed over twenty productions. She has also staged work for Playbox Theatre (where she was Artistic Associate), Sydney Theatre Company, Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival, Glenn Street Theatre, Oz Opera, Hit Productions, Ensemble Theatre NYC, Shakespeare and Company, (Massachusetts), American Conservatory Theatre and California Shakespeare Festival, (San Francisco).

Kate’s critical successes have included Helpmann and Green Room Nominations and Awards and a Gielgud Award for Best Emerging Director of the Classics in the USA. She has been the recipient of an NYC Drama League Fellowship and a Williamson Leadership Program Fellowship.

As both Director and Educator, Kate Cherry has had a longstanding commitment to the theatre industry in Perth, having taught and directed for the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts on an ongoing basis for the past nine years. She has also provided her skills as a dramaturg and conducted master classes for WA Stages and the WA Writers Guild. (source:Wikipedia)

The White Divers of Broome was commissioned by Black Swan State Theatre Company as part of the Rio Tinto Black Swan Commissions.

Image by Robert Firth featuring Yutaka Izumihara and Tom O’Sullivan

 

DEAD EUROPE FEATURE FILM

Kenneth Moraleda is set to appear in the feature film DEAD EUROPE playing Heng, a friend of the film’s protagonist Isaac played by Ewen Leslie. Other notable actors include William Zappa, Elena Carapetis, Marton Csokas and Olivia Stambouliah. Principal photography started on September 19, 2011 in Sydney and continued on location to cities in Europe including Prague and Athens.

CLICK HERE for the IMDB listing

Dead Europe is a feature film adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas novel of the same name.

A synopsis of the book from the Borders website

‘Dead Europe sets sharp realism against folk tale and fable, a world of hauntings and curses against a fiercely political portrait of a society. The energy in the writing, the pure fire in the narrative voice and the fearlessness of the tone make the novel immensely readable, as well as fascinating and original, and establish Christos Tsiolkas in the first rank of contemporary novelists.’ Colm Toibin Isaac is a photographer in his mid-thirties, travelling through Europe. It is the post-Cold War Europe of a united currency, illegal immigration and of a globalised homogenous culture. In his mother’s mountain village he encounters a Balkan vampire. Subsequently, as his journey continues across Italy, Eastern Europe and Britain he discovers that ghosts keep appearing in the photographs he takes, providing clues to a family secret and tragedy. Parallel to Isaac’s story we are in the Greece of World War II. A peasant family is asked to provide protection to a Jewish boy fleeing the Germans. It is this boy who will become the vampire. From the mountains of Greece to the inner-city streets of 1960s Melbourne, we trace the journey of this malevolent force as it feeds on generation after generation of Isaac’s family, seeking revenge and justice.’

The feature is directed by AFI Award winning director Tony Krawitz whose short feature film Jewboy premiered at Cannes and won 3 AFI Awards. His most recent film is the documentary feature film The Tall Man, which premiered as an official selection at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, is nominated for the AACTA Award for Best Feature Length Documentary.

More on Tony Krawitz on the AFI Blog http://blogafi.org/2011/10/27/a-new-kind-of-intimacy-tony-krawitz-director-of-the-tall-man/

The screenplay was adapted by Louise Fox and produced by Iain Canning, Emile Sherman and Liz Watts fro See Saw Films and Porchlight Films.

PlayWriting Australia – 200 Stories High

Kenneth Moraleda continues work with Playwriting Australia facilitating/teaching an Intro to Playwriting course.

“200 Stories High” is an initiative to introduce the craft of playwriting and the providing the neccesary tools to create plays. The focus is on creating characters, exploring storytelling structures and learning the basics of constructing a play.

One of the main aims of the course is to see on theatre stages more stories that reflect the diversity of the Australian people.

Kenneth Moraleda with other facilitators Latai Taumoepeau and Morganics led by Susanna Dowling with the participants of one of the first Intro To Playwriting Workshops at Blacktown Arts Centre

The workshops are structured in two tiers – Introduction and Intermediate. The workshops were formulated by Susanna Dowling, an associate director of PlayWriting Australia and a theatre maker. Other facilitators that deliver the workshops include Latai Taumoepeau- a performance artist/dancer, Hazem Shammas, Katherine Beckett,  John Shrimpton, Catherine Davis, Nelio Sam and Candy Bowers.

The program was piloted with the students of the IEC class at Fairfield High School, NSW,  then a mixed age group of participants at Blacktown Arts Centre. Since then the course has be facilitated in High Schools in Mount Druitt, Canley Vale, Asquith as well as the SydWest Multicultural Services in Blacktown, NSW.

Scripts created by the participants of these workshops were presented at the National Play Festival that was held in March at  Parammatta, NSW  this year.

Kenneth Moraleda travelled to Broome, Western Australia  to conduct the workshops in 2 local high schools, as well a training session for new  facilitators in the Broome community to continue workshops locally.

Kenneth Moraleda playing a theatre game with Broome Senior High School student participants of PlayWriting Australia's Intro To Playwriting Workshops

Recently, in partnership with the Arts NSW Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Strategy and PlayWriting Australia, Kenneth facilitated workshops with the participants comprised of theatre practitioners, Arts Workers, actors and musicians from the Indigenous community both at Butacarbin Centre in Hebersham and Redfern Community Centre. He also facilitated workshops with the Drama students at  Eora TAFE in Redfern, NSW.

General Manager of PlayWriting Australia Amanda Macri and her team are planning future workshops at Refern Community Center for the Intermediate Course and Introduction courses in Melbourrne, Victoria.

200 Stories High 2010 from PlayWriting Australia on Vimeo.

If you are interested in the workshop running in your community or area  contact PlayWriting Australia at  info@pwa.org.au

OTHER USEFUL LINKS

PlayWriting Australia’s Official Website www.pwa.org.au

SydWest Multicultural Services www.sydwestmsi.org.au

Redfern Community Centre http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/residents/RecreationAndLearningCentres/RedfernCommunityCentre.asp

WITHIN AND WITHOUT PRESS

With Kenneth Moraleda as a guest artist, “Within and Without” by Paschal Daantos Berry, Deborah Pollard, Anino Shadowplay Collective and Valerie Berry finished a successful season at Blacktown Arts Center to critical acclaim. The season enjoyed good reviews, fantastic audience response with packed houses for every show and an unfulfilled waiting list worthy of another season.

The unique blend art performance, multimedia installation, promenade theatre and guided tourism was featured in a segment of SBS World News. Video below:


From Das 500 – an online platform for the presentation and generation of new ideas and dialogues within the arts: new critical arts writing space.

The Fabric of a City

GISELLE STANBOROUGH 16 JULY 2011

It is no easy task to evoke the essence of place for an audience who is physically removed from it. In Within & Without, a portrait of the city of Manila, Paschal Daantos Berry, Deborah Pollard and their collaborators, Valerie Berry and Anino Shadowplay Collective, evoke aspects of the city that Google Maps cannot: the smell of wood and incense, the quiet scraping of ‘walis tambos’, and the complex combination of sweet and salty flavours in ‘adobo’. To borrow a phrase from the ever-erudite Joseph Rykwert, it is the sensual ‘fabric of the city’[1] that forms the conceptual basis of the entire production.

What aspects of Manila that Berry, Pollard and their collaborators cannot replicate with verisimilitude they treat with pronounced theatricality. The work occurs within an installation/set made from miniature cardboard replicas of the city’s architectural icons. Clearly crafted by hand, these models combine a makeshift chaos with an attention to detail that lends an air of poetic fragility. Similarly, the use of shadow puppetry has a stylized tactility and ‘real time’ aspect that complements the episodic structure of the performance, while also being the most sophisticated way in which the performance unifies its ‘contemporary’ form with the conventions of an underlying ‘folk art’.

Throughout the performance the audience is divided into smaller groups that are lead on a pseudo ‘tour’ of a small part of ‘mini-Manila’. These moments were for me the most affecting, having both a sense of authenticity and intimacy. My particular tour was based around the derelict Monument to Boy Scouts. Originally erected as a memorial to 24 boy scouts who died in a plain crash en-route to a World Jamboree, the dilapidated memorial is now encircled by trendy cafes, retailers and other hallmarks of bourgeois consumption. The story lacks the internecine conflict of the War years, and the ostentatious tyranny that typified the Marcos era, but was delivered by such an earnest raconteur that I found it a very moving example of Manila’s apparent habit of subsuming the tragedies of history into an environment of aspirational urban chic.

It is an emphasis on sensual engagement with space that distinguishes Within & Without as an immersive experience, and takes the project beyond an exercise in mapping to one that is able to fully illustrate the tenacious connections between culture and place. The smells, tastes, sounds and stories of Manila are not merely an accoutrement of place; it is the articulation of the inhabitants and the means by which the artists express the tension of a city caught between the tumults of its history and its grandiose aspirations.

Within & Without was a collaboration between Performance Space and Blacktown Arts Centre.

——–[1] Joseph Rykwert, The Seduction of Place: The History and Future of The City. New York: Vintage, 2002.


From Australian Filipina Business & Lifestyle Magazine, the first and only woman’s lifestyle and business publication with the Australian-Filipino community in mind.

From cardboard cut-outs, Manila comes to life

Michelle Baltazar

Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is brassy and unapologetic. Repulsive yet compelling. Dirty yet clean. And for nine days only, a team of artists brings the sights, sounds and even the taste and smell of the city to Sydney in a rare display of ingenuity.

For a limited time, Blacktown Arts Centre will be showing a highly engaging ‘performance and installation’ about Manila, the capital of the Philippines.

Called ‘Within & Without: Portrait of a City’, the title refers to, at first, the historic walled city of Intramuros, a name that literally means “within the walls” in Spanish.

But sometime during the creative process, the initial concept took a more ambitious turn. Paschal Daantos Berry and Deborah Pollard, the duo behind the project, decided not to limit themselves to Intramuros, which was ‘old’ Manila, but instead recreate modern Manila and its surrounds.

To get the project to its final format, Berry and Pollard collaborated with actor Valerie Berry and the Anino Shadowplay Collective (Manila-based multi-skilled artists Datu Arellano, Andrew Cruz and Don Maralit Salubayba).

Three other artists who rounded up the talented cast during the performance last night were David Buckley, Melanie Palomares and award-winning Australia-based actor, Kenneth Moraleda.

It is hard to describe this performance-and-art show in detail without spoiling it for those keen to attend. At the very least, expect an ingenious art installation where the production team used cardboard, junk, toys, knick-knacks, and paper to recreate Manila, including the exclusive district of Makati to the ‘colourful’ districts of Ermita and Malate, down to Quiapo, Binondo (Chinatown) and even Quezon City.

There was also some singing, some dancing and a lot of audience participation – keeping the show engaging throughout. Special mention goes to Melanie, David and Kenneth, who all gave star performances last night.

To those who have never been to Manila, ‘Within & Without’ might be an eye-opener, even disconcerting. As Berry and Pollard wrote in the show’s program, they wanted to show Manila as a rambling, chaotic and somewhat schizophrenic city that is never silent. They wanted to show a city with scars, with character and with untamed beauty.

To those who know Manila, ‘Within & Without’ will make you want to buy a ticket and jump on the next plane to the Philippines. The endearing cardboard cut-outs of Quiapo Church, of the cafes and bars in Manila and the  signs pointing to SM and Jollibee are enough to make you nostalgic, homesick or both.

There was even a segment during the show where I thought I was in Manila.

It is a shame that it will only run for less than two weeks (final night is on July 2).  An extended period would have allowed Filipino-Australians from other states to experience this unusual show.

But credit goes to Performance Space, Blacktown Arts Centre, Blacktown City Council and Arts NSW for supporting ‘Within & Without’.  It would have taken generous funding and resources support to get a project as ambitious and left-of-field as ‘Within & Without’ off the ground.

It is a cliché but you just have to be part of the audience, limited to 40 per showing, to understand why it’s an artistic endeavour that all Filipino-Australians will be proud of. It is not just a feast for the eyes but brings the sounds, smell and even taste of Manila to you – so much so that you forget where you are for a moment and think you are standing in the middle of a street somewhere in a city more than 6,000km away.


WITHIN AND WITHOUT

Kenneth Moraleda is a guest artist in “Within and Without”- a collaborative performance installation by Paschal Berry, Valerie Berry, Deborah Pollard and acclaimed Philippines based Anino Shadowplay Collective presented by Performance Space and Blacktown Arts Centre. Rehearsals have been in progress for the last 4 weeks. Preview is on Wednesday 22 June and opens on Thursday 23 June followed by a 2 week season.

23 June – 2 July
Wed – Fri 8pm, Sat 3pm & 8pm

Within & Without is a new performance and installation that examines a capital city through its physical and psychological landscape. Audiences are immersed in a reproduction of the city of Manila, made entirely out of recycled cardboard boxes, shadowplay and surround-sound environments.

Navigate your way through a city constantly under construction. Be engulfed in representations of history, rituals and pageantry and hear stories that construct the city’s identity. Within & Without is an exploration on how capital cities – through their architecture, mythologies and histories – represent and personify the cultural identity of a nation.

Following the successful national tour of their production The Folding WifeWithin & Without is the second major collaboration between Sydney artists Paschal Daantos Berry, Deborah Pollard and Valerie Berry with celebrated Filipino artist group, Anino Shadowplay Collective.

Outside of the performance times the Manila city installation can be visited from 24 June during Blacktown Arts Centre opening hours: 10am – 5pm, Tues – Sat.

Within & Without is a WALK project. WALK is a season of walks, promenades, marches and strolls in and around Sydney taking Performance Space’s program onto the streets and into the venues of partner organisations, opening up opportunities for artists to engage with new sites and audiences.

Blacktown Arts Centre
78 Flushcombe Rd, Blacktown NSW 2148

Artists: Paschal Daantos Berry, Deborah Pollard, Valerie Berry, Anino Shadowplay Collective (Datu Arellano, Andrew Cruz and Don Maralit Salubayba), David Buckley, Kenneth Moraleda, Melanie Palomares


Audiences are advised that the show is not suitable for young audiences under 15 years of age.

PERFECTION

Kenneth Moraleda leads the short film Perfection as Mr Smith. The film, directed by Jane Eakin who previously worked with Kenneth on Catherine Zimdahl’s  HERENOWTHENTHERE,  is currently in post production.

Perfection is produced by Capitol Productions‘ Donna Svanberg. Original music is composed by Rosie Chase.

Caramello Koala Stick Up @ SHORT+SWEET Sydney

Kenneth Moraleda will be appearing as Dewayne in The Caramelo Koala Stick-Up a short play written by young playwright Fleur Beaupert.  Directed by Liam Burgess with Matt Hopkins and Alice Kay in the roles of Oliver and Charlotte.

The play is in the first week of the Top110 plays at The Parade Playhouse at NIDA(NAtional Institute of Dramatic Art) in Sydney.

THE CARAMELLO KOALA STICK UP
written by; Fleur Beaupert
Directed by Liam Burgess
With: Kenneth Moraleda, Alice Kay and Matt Hopkins

in the Top 110 NIDA Parade Playhouse Week 1
Tuesday February 8th to Saturday February 12th
Tues to Sat at 8pm

click HERE to book tickets

From the SHORT+SWEET Website:

Now entering its tenth year, Short+Sweet Theatre is the biggest festival of ten minute theatre in the world!

Held annually at the Newtown Theatre and NIDA Parade Theatres in Sydney, Chapel Off Chapel in Melbourne, Lasalle and The Esplanade Theatre Centre in Singapore,KLPAC in Malaysia, as well as Brisbane, Canberra and the Central Coast of NSW - and from January 2010 at the Herald Theatre at THE EDGE in Auckland – the festival has already helped launch the careers of countless theatre professionals.

Each year Short+Sweet Theatre presents over 300 of the best ten minute plays from local and international writers in our festivals worldwide, utilizing the talents of the best young and established directors, actors and technical personnel to create some of the best theatre on the planet.
Details are on the SHORT+SWEET Website

East West 101-Men Of Conscience on SBS

Kenneth Moraleda as Zachariah Noor in East West 101 - Men of Conscience on SBS

A  repeat of  East West 101 screens tonight 8:30pm on SBS with Kenneth Moraleda guest starring as Zachariah Noor in the episode Men of Conscience. The episode is directed by Peter Andrikidis and written by Vanessa Bates. Produced by Steven Knapman and Kris Wyld whose credits include White Collar Blue and Wildside both of which Kenneth Moraleda appeared in.

From the SBS website:

Men of Conscience – When Akmal is killed in prison, Malik is determined to find out the truth behind his murder and the murder of the NSO agent. Going to Canberra with the NSO agent’s widow leads Malik to an old foe, but his absence causes problems when the squad investigates a mysterious crossbow killing. Stars Don Hany and Susie Porter. (Commissioned by SBS) (Crime Series) (Rpt) M (V) CC

From Wikipedia:

East West 101 is a critically acclaimed and award winning drama series airing on the SBS network. The series was produced and created by Steven Knapman & Kris Wyld, the team behind other drama series such as Wildside and White Collar Blue.

East West 101 is set around the Major Crime Squad in metropolitan Sydney. It is based upon the experiences of actual detectives in a crime unit in Sydney’s western suburbs. It is filmed on location, in Sydney suburbs such as Auburn, Lidcombe, Redfern, Chinatown and Sefton.

The series was made by SBS with the Film Finance Corporation of Australia and the New South Wales Film and Television Office. It has been sold to Israel and other countries in the Middle East. The second season finished airing on November 24, 2009, and a third season has been announced, it will air on SBS One in 2011.

HereNowThereThen for Brand Spanking New

Kenneth Moraleda and Matt Young in Catherine Zimdahl's HereNowThenThere, part of Brand Spanking New 2010 at the New Theatre

Kenneth Moraleda is performing in the premiere of Catherine Zimdahl’s HereNowThereThen at the New Theatre as part of Brand Spanking New 2010, a showcase of established and emerging Australian playwrights.

The play explores the territory of torture and persecution and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder suffered by Rodrigo(played by Moraleda).

HereNowThereThen is directed by Jane Eakin and stars Kenneth Moraleda and Matt Young. Original music created by Rosie Chase. Brand Spanking New is curated by Augusta Supple.

Matt Young and Kenneth Moraleda in Catherine Zimdahl's HereNowThenThere, part of Brand Spanking New 2010 at the New Theatre

Details from the New Theatre Website:

27 October – 6 November

Returning for its third exciting season, New Theatre’s Brand Spanking New aims to encourage Australian writing for theatre by providing a collaborative environment to showcase the work of both emerging and established writers.

Over two weeks, this curated season explores monologues, short plays, sketches and excerpts from longer pieces, penned by some of the country’s most innovative and imaginative writers and interpreted by a dedicated team of directors, designers and actors.

Brand Spanking New is a not-to-be missed celebration of the best of contemporary Australian playwriting. It’s bold, it’s fearless and it’s fun!

Performance Times

Wed- Sat @ 8pm

Ticket Prices

Full $22
(Note: There are no Pay-What-You-Can performances for the Brand Spanking New Season)

Creative Team

Season Artistic Director Augusta Supple
Designer  Paul Matthews
Lighting Designer  Miles Thomas
Choreographer  Sam Chester
Composer/Sound Design  Rosie Chase
Stage Manager Alexander Hayden
Assistant Stage Manager   Alison Murphy-Oates
Production Coordinator   Julia Lenton
Partnerships Coordinator   Leigh Russell
Assistant Designer Bri Small

GUEST STAR ON CITY HOMICIDE

Kenneth Moraleda guest stars in City Homicide

City Homicide Episode 70 -Undercover (Series 4 ep 15) airs on Network 7 on the 20th October 2010.

Kenneth Moraleda guest stars as Muhammad Hartono, leader of a terrorist organization.

The episode can be viewed online till the 26ht of October on the Channel 7 website LINK HERE.

GREAT REVIEWS! YELLOW MOON @ BELVOIR ST

The reviews are in for “Yellow Moon – The Ballad of Leila and Lee” and they are fantastic!

“The actors are bloody well incredible. Compelling. Even thrilling. Danielle Cormack Ken Moraleda and John Shrimpton, especially.”

“His would-be stepdad, Billy (Moraleda), is an amateur boxing bastard. His real father, Frank (intriguingly, also played, to captivating effect, by Moraleda)”

-Lloyd Bradford Syke (Curtain Call – Crickey Blog)

Read the full Curtain Call review HERE

(L-R) Danielle Cormack, Layla Estasy, John Shrimpton and Kenneth Moraleda (Photo by Patrick Boland)

“The cast is quite strong with the two young leads in Estasy and Shrimpton finding a beautiful chemistry together, brewing with hormonal desire. Their older counterparts in Danielle Cormack (who I can’t help but mention used to be in Xena) and Kenneth Moraleda bring an equally playful energy to the small stage.”

“Kenneth Moraleda’s heatfelt rendition of “Take On Me” was truly a highlight”

- Simon Binns (The Perf)

Read the full The Perf review HERE

(L-R) Kenneth Moraleda, Layla Estasy and John Shrimpton (Photo by Patrick Boland)

**** (Four Stars)

“You’ll rarely find the lyrical and the physical meeting each other halfway as well as in Yellow Moon. It’s an energetic, energising piece of theatre”

-Darryn King (Time Out Sydney)

Read the full Time Out Sydney review HERE

“Vigorous central performances (supported by Kenneth Moraleda and Danielle Cormack, who multitask very capably) “

-Jason Blake (Sydney Morning Herald, Eight Nights a Week)

Read the full Sydney Morning Herald/Eight Nights a Week review HERE

“Danielle Cormack and Kenneth Moraleda are also very good in the many tasks the writer has given them….

It is also refreshing to observe the non-racial casting of Mr Shrimpton and Mr Moraleda in this work and white blackboard (the production company) ought to be congratulated and be remarked upon in this interesting choice. It augers well, I hope, that more of this will happen in Sydney and Australia. Many, many talented actors of racial differentiation have found the opportunity to use their gifts and their drama school training, talents, thwarted by antiquated myopia in the casting of performance in this country. More power to the vision and talents of a company such as this. Congratulations. Attention must be paid and changes applied.”

for Kevin Jackson’s full review CLICK HERE

YELLOW MOON – THE BALLAD OF LEILA & LEE

Kenneth is in rehearsals for Yellow Moon- The Ballad of Leila and Lee  by Scottish playwright David Greig, with Layla Estasy, John Shrimpton and Danielle Cormack.

The production is directed by Susannah Dowling and produced by whiteblackbird with B Sharp.  Performances start on the 2nd of September 2010 for a four week season at Belvoir Street Theatre Downstairs. More details below:

YELLOW MOON – THE BALLAD OF LEILA AND LEE
by DAVID GREIG

It’s Friday night. Stag Lee is 17, bored and figuring out how to make fast money from a life of crime. Silent Leila is at the all-night superstore feeling stupid and ugly, wishing she lived inside the pages of a celebrity magazine. A chance meeting. A life-changing event. In a heartbeat the duo are headed north in search of refuge. Marooned in an unforgiving landscape, this unlikely Bonnie and Clyde are forced to hunker down and confront who they really are.

Brought to life by white blackbird’s physical approach to storytelling, Yellow Moon seamlessly flows from narration to poetry, from imagination to reality, from brutality to hope. A captivating journey of self-discovery with a dark heart that promises a night of fast-paced adventure and touching humanity.

PLAYS 2 – 26 September
Book tickets here: http://bit.ly/aJpWqR

Written by David Greig
Directed by Susanna Dowling
Choreographer Johanna Puglisi
Set & Costume Designer Irma Calabrese
Lighting Designer Teegan Lee
Composer Ekrem Mulayim
With Danielle Cormack, Layla Estasy, Kenneth Moraleda & John Shrimpton
Produced by Mark Lowrey

LOLA AT THE SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL

(L-R) 'Lola' Actor Raymund Nullan, Actor Kenneth Moraleda

Kenneth Moraleda attended the Australian Premiere of ‘Lola” a film by the prolific award winning director Brillante Mendoza. ‘Lola’ (Tagalog for Grandmother) is about two elderly women that bear the consequences of a crime involving their respective grandsons. One is the victim, the other one the suspect. The film is in competition at the Sydney Film Festival.


For more details on ‘Lola’ at the Sydney Film Festival CLICK HERE

‘Lola’ was promoted by Sinta and the Sydney Film Festival in a function at The Marble Bar at the Sydney Hilton.

Sinta is a group that features Filipino Arts, Music, Literature, Film and Fashion, founded by Michael Moraleda, Michelle Balthazar and Natalie Palomo. For more information on Sinta visit www.sinta.com.au.

Kenneth Moraleda at the 'Lola' launch at Marble Bar, Sydney Hilton Hotel. Pictured (L-R) Clare Stewart - SFF Festival Director, Brillante Mendoza - 'Lola' Director, Raymund Nullan-'Lola' actor, Kenneth Moraleda

CITY HOMICIDE GUEST STAR

Kenneth Moraleda is currently filming a guest appearance on City Homicide produced by Seven Network Australia. The series is created by John Hugginson and John Banas.

Set in the homicide squad of a large metropolitan city, this is a punchy one hour drama series about murder mystery and a group of young committed cops, focused on justice for the deceased.

Main cast include Aaron Pederson, John Adam, Nadine Gardner, David Field and Noni Hazelhurst. Kenneth plays  Muhamad Hartono in a double episode directed by Karl Zwicky, written by Kelly Lefever ans John Hugginson.

For the official website for City Homicide CLICK HERE

Lucky Miles screens on ABC1

Lucky Miles’ Free-To-Air debut will be on Sunday 24th January 2010 on ABC1 nationwide, to coincide with Australia Day Celebrations.

For programming details CLICK HERE

HSBC COMMERCIAL

Kenneth Moraleda has just finished shooting an international commercial for HSBC in Mumbai, India. The spot was directed by acclaimed film director Gregor Jordan whose credits include Two Hands (with Heath Ledger) The Informers (Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke, Billy Bob Thornton) and Buffalo Soldiers (Joaquin Phoenix)

 

UPDATE: Video below of the commercial aired internationally.

EAST WEST 101 GUEST STAR

Don Hany and Kenneth Moraleda in a scene from EAST WEST 101

Kenneth Moraleda will appear on East West 101, SBS Television’s award winning crime drama.

East West 101 Season 2 Episode 5: Men of Conscience  airs on SBS ONE and SBS HD on Tuesday 10 November 2009, 8:30PM. This episode and previous episode of Season 2 can also be viewed online after the broadcast on theSBS website

The series stars Susie Porter and Don Hany and directed by Peter Andrikidis. Produced by Knapman Wyld Television whose previous award winning productions include Wildside, White Collar Blue and Bordertown.

Season 1 is available on DVD from the SBS shop Online and Retail outlets.

Kenneth appears as Zachariah Noor, a Muslim mechanic and  young father of a 7 year old girl, acused of the murder of his wife. For more information on the episode CLICK HERE

Diasporas of Australian Cinema

Diasporas of Australian Cinema is the first volume to focus exclusively on diasporic hybridity and cultural diversity in Australian filmmaking over the past century.

Edited by Catherine Simpson and Renata Murawska and Anthony Lambert

Topics include post-war documentaries and migration, Asian-Australian subjectivity, cross-cultural romance, “wogsploitation” comedy, and post-ethnic cinema. This collection also provides a useful reference text for scholars of Australian film and cultural studies, with material on contemporary film-making and pre-WorldWar II cinema. Containing previously unpublished articles by some the most recognised experts on Australian cinema, the book is a vital contribution to the burgeoning international interest in diasporic cinemas.

Chapter titles

Chapter 1: ‘Introduction: Rethinking Diasporas- Australian Cinema, History and Society’ – Catherine Simpson, Renata Murawska and Anthoy Lambert
Chapter 2: ‘Tinkering at the Borders: Lucky Miles and the Diasporic (no) Road Movie’ – Catherine Simpson

Chapter 3: ‘Ethics and Risk in Asian – Australian Cinema: The Last Chip’ – Audrey Yue

Chapter 4: ‘I’m Falling in Your Love’: Cross-cultural Romance and the Refugee Film’ – Sonia Magdelena Tascon

Chapter 5: ‘White Aborigines: Women, Space, Mimicry and Mobility’ – Anthony Lambert

Chapter 6: ‘Wogboy Comedies and the Australian National Type’ – Felicity Collins

Chapter 7: ‘Excess in Oz: The Crazy Russian and the Quiet Australian’ – Greg Dolgopolov

Chapter 8: ‘Anzac’s ‘Others’: Cruel Huns’ and ‘Noble Turks’ – Antje Gnida and Catherine Simpson

Chapter 9: ‘Now You Blokes Own the Place’: Representations of Japanese Culture in Recent Australian Cinema’ – Rebecca Coyle

Chapter 10: ‘Other Shorelines, or the Greek – Australian Cinema’ – John Conomos

Chapter 11: ‘A European Heart’: Exile, Isolation and Interiority in the Life and Films of Paul Cox’ – Marek Haltof

Chapter 12: ‘Sophia Turkiewicz: Australianizing Poles, or ‘Bloody Nuts and Bolts’ in Silver City’ – Renata Murawska

Chapter 13: ‘Lebanese Muslims Speak Back: Two Films by Tom Zubrycki’ – Susie Khamis

Chapter 14: ‘Sejong Park’s Birthday Boy and Korean – Australian Encounters’ – Ben Goldsmith and Anthony Lambert

Click HERE for the Intellect Ltd. Website

KENNETH MORALEDA WINS BEST ACTOR @ CINEMANILA 2008

Actress Ana Capri and Kenneth Moraleda after being awarded Best Actor at Cinemanila 2008

Kenneth Moraleda was awarded The Vic Silayan Best Actor Award at the the 10th 2008 Cinemanila International Film Festival.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo handed “The Bulol” for Best Actor in the Main (International) Comepetition for his portrayal of Cambodian refugeee Arun in Lucky Miles at Malacañang Palace’s Kalayaan Hall.

Except from GMANews.TV website:

“In 2001, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo graced our awarding ceremony in Makati and for the last three years, she has been hosting the awarding ceremony in Malacañang. And that’s a statement—it’s telling everyone that there is support for the young filmmakers. Our objective is really to help young filmmakers and create an environment so they can grow and fulfill their destiny of reviving the stature of the Philippines as the center of Southeast Asian cinema.”

The Cinemanila 2008 Award winners with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Festival Director Amable "Tikoy" Aguiliz VI at Malacanang Palace Kalayaan Hall

Most of the winners were unable to personally receive their awards. Among those who attended were Kenneth Moraleda, winner of Vic Silayan Best Actor award for Lucky Miles and Sherad Anthony Sanchez, recipient of the Lino Brocka Grand Prize for his film Imburnal.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL ARTICLE

KENNETH IN JURY SE ASIAN SECTION – CINEMANILA

South East Asian Section Jurors Kenneth Moraleda, Ana Capri and Wong Tuck Cheong at Cinemanila International Film Festival

 

From the Official Program of Cinemanila International Film Festival 2008

SEA FILM COMETITON JURORS

WONG TUCK CHEONG (CHAIR)

Won Tuck Cheong is the president of the Malaysian Film Club (Kelab Seni Filem Malaysia) based in Kuala Lumpur. He is also a board member of NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema), after serving a term as NETPAC’s general manager. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Finas, the National Development Corporation of Malaysia, and has contributed to the film publication Cinemaya. Currently he works as a senior editor at a private university.

KENNETH MORALEDA

An Actor of Filipino descent, Australian based Kenneth started training at the Australian Theatre for Young People before being accepted into the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) graduating with a Bachelor Of Acting in 1995. Kenneth’s first lead in a feature film is the role of Arun in the Australian film Lucky Miles directed by Michael James Rowland. Other film roles include Monsod in Miramax’s The Great Raid directed by John Dahl and Tony in the short film Sweet and Sour.

ANA CAPRI

No stranger to Cinemanila, Filipina actress Anna Capri won the Best Actress award for her role in Jeffery Jeturian’s Pila Balde at the first edition of the festival in 1999. In 2005, she snagged the same award for her role in the film Ala Verde, Ala Pobre, a entry to the 2005 Cinemanila Digital Lokal category.

Lucky Miles in Competition @ Cinemanila 2008

Official Poster of the 10th Cinemanila International Film Festival

Director Michael James Rowland and lead actor Kenneth Moraleda will be representing Lucky Miles which is in main competition at Dekada Cinemanila the 10th Cinemanila International Film Festival to be held at the Gateway Complex in Cubao, Philippines in October. For more details visit the festival’s official www.cinemanila.org.ph

MJR WINS BEST DIRECTOR – MEIFF

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Actor Sri Sacdpraseuth receives the Black Pearl for Best Director on behalf of Michael James Rowland - MEIFF

The Middle East International Film Festival – Abu Dhabi (MEIFF) announced the winners of the Black Pearl Awards at the Closing Night Ceremony held at the Emirates Palace.

Michael James Rowland of LUCKY MILES wins Black Pearl Jury Prize for Best New Director (Feature Film). The film was represented by one of the film’s actors Sri Sacdpraseuth.

LUCKY MILES nominated for 5 @ IF AWARDS

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Lucky Miles Producer Jo Dyer with the other nominees at the IF Awards Announcement at W - Wooloomooloo

From If Awards Website: A host of the industry’s brightest came together this morning to hear Pia Miranda announce the nominees for the 2007 Inside Film Awards. MCs Lisa Hensley and Michael Adams welcomed the guests, including Brenda Blethyn, Brendan Cowell, Veronica Sywak, Jack Thompson, Kenneth Moraleda, Sam Worthington, and actors and filmmakers from throughout the film industry, waiting breathlessly for Pia to utter the words ‘And the nominees are:’…

LUCKY MILES is nominated for:
The SHOWTIME IF Award for Best Feature Film
The Australian Film Commission IF Award for Best Script- Michael James Rowland and Helen Barnes
The Kodak IF Award for Best Cinematography
-  Geoff Burton, ASC.
The Production Book IF Award for Best Production Design -Pete Baxter
The Cutting Edge IF Award for Best Editing – Henry Dangar, ASE

12th PUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST

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Kenneth Moraleda with Filipino Director Brillante Mendoza, Filmmaker Kan Lume and Producer Carolyn Johnson at Pusan International Film Festival

From Hollywood Reporter:

The six features that will screen in the coming days at Pusan include Kriv Stenders’ real-time urban drama, “Boxing Day,” about a former prisoner having his family around for a visit that goes dangerously wrong; Peter Carstairs’ “September,” a look at the breakdown of a relationship between an aboriginal youth and his childhood friend, who’s the son of his station boss; and “Lucky Miles,” a gentle comedy that follows the plight of Iraqi and Cambodian refugees who are abandoned in remote western Australia.

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The appreciative crowd at the Lucky Miles Screening - Pusan International Film Festival

They are part of a raft of films this year that have found critical acclaim and favor with festival audiences worldwide, as well as at Australia’s own festivals. “Lucky Miles” for one, this year received the audience awards as best film at the Sydney Film Festival and a special jury prize at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

LUCKY MILES WINS BEST SCREENPLAY @ VLADIVOSTOK FF

Olympia Dukakis and Kenneth Moraleda @ Vladivostok Film Festival

Olympia Dukakis and Kenneth Moraleda @ Vladivostok Film Festival

Lucky Miles has scored again – this time at the Pacific Meridien festival in Vladivostok where Lucky Miles won the Best Script Award for writers Michael James Rowland and Helen Barnes. Screened alongside 166 films from 36 countries, Lucky Miles won the Scripts Magazine Editorial Award for Best Script and will now be translated into Russian and published by Scripts Magazine. Kenneth Moraleda and Michael James Rowland represented the film at Vladisvostok.

Jo Dyer, producer of Lucky Miles, said; ‘This is a fantastic achievement for debut screenwriters Michael James Rowland and Helen Barnes. And it means Lucky Miles has now been awarded on three separate continents.’  Lucky Milesalso won the Audience Award for Best Film at the Sydney Film Festival and the Special Jury Prize at the Czech Republic‘s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

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Michael James Rowland on the Blue Carpet at Pacific Meridian Vladivostok International Film Festival

It has also been selected for the Chicago, Pusan and Tokyo Film Festivals as well as screening at the AFI in Los Angeles during the American Film Market.

More details on VARIETY

LUCKY MILES WINS BEST FILM @ SYDNEY FILM FEST

Lucky Miles at the 54th Sydney Film Festival

Dendy Films is delighted to announce that LUCKY MILES has won the Audience Award for Best Feature Film (at the State Theatre), at this year’s Sydney Film Festival.

The accolade came as a pleasant surprise to first time feature film Director Michael James Rowland, who received the award at the closing gala ceremony.

 To receive the people’s choice award is a real honour for me especially considering the high calibre of films featured in this year’s festival. I am so appreciative that people are able to resonate with the humour and pace of the film he said.

Releasing in cinemas nationally on July 19, LUCKY MILES is a bittersweet comedy based on a collection of true stories. The film is set in 1990 when an Indonesian fishing boat abandons Iraqi and Cambodian refugees in a remote part of the Western Australia. Whilst most are quickly caught by officials, three men with nothing in common but their misfortune and determination escape arrest and begin an epic journey into the heart of Australia. Pursued by an army reservist unit, our three heroes wander deeper into the desert, desperately searching for civilisation amongst the stones of the Pilbara.

Dendy Films joint General Manager, Richard Payten congratulated Rowland on his success: ” Michael James Rowland has delivered a stunning first feature film and Dendy Films is delighted to be distributing it. We pride ourselves on releasing entertaining, challenging and thought-provoking films from Australia and around the world and LUCKY MILES definitely fits that criteria.”

Kenneth Moraleda, Arif Hidayat, Michael James Rowland, Sri Sacpraseuth, Jo Dyer and Don Hany

”It is a bold move to tackle one of Australia’s hottest subjects at all, and to pull it off with such a lightness of touch is a credit to first- time feature director Michael James Rowland” says Clare Stewart, Executive Director of The Sydney Film Festival.

LUCKY MILES WINS SPECIAL JURY @ KARLOVY VARY

Michael James Rowland with the Crystal Globe for Special Jury Prize at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Lucky Miles, the Australian comedy which won the Audience Award for Best Film at the 2007 Sydney Film Festival (State Theatre program) has been awarded the prestigious Special Jury Prize at the Czech Republic’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Based on a collection of true stories, and directed by first time filmmaker, Michael James Rowland, Lucky Miles is a bittersweet comedy about a group of asylum seekers being abandoned on the West Australian coast by people smugglers and their struggle to find the paradise they expected. Sneak previews of Lucky Miles will preceed this weekend, before it releases nationally on July 19

LUCKY MILES SOLD OUT @ KARLOVY VARY

Michael James Rowland, Jo Dyer and Lesley Dyer at Karlovy Vary for Lucky Miles

Lucky Miles played to sold out sessions this week at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Click here for Karlovy Website)

Lucky Miles is part of the Official Selection – Competition section of the festival.

LUCKY MILES OPENS NATIONWIDE

Lucky Miles Poster fro Australian Theatrical Release

Lucky Miles opens in Australia nationwide on the 19th of July 2007.
Visit www.luckymiles.com.au for more details.