UWA New Fortune Theatre Documentary

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The Brief

Wild Vista was contracted by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Europe 1100-1800 to produce a short documentary on the cultural and historical significance of the New Fortune Theatre. The Centre for Emotions had worked with Wild Vista on another major filming project, and were keen to engage our services again after seeing the final product. Located at The University of Western Australia, the New Fortune Theatre is unique as an exact reconstruction of the Fortune Playhouse, built in London in 1600. It is therefore a significant resource for research, teaching, and performance.The aim of the documentary was to showcase the value of thisone-of-a-kind theatre. The subject matter was complex and involved eliciting interviews from a number of experts in the field. This required a carefully planned approach to all stages of production, skilful scriptwriting and interviewing, creative cinematography, and a sharp attention to detail.

The Result

The end result was an informative and moving documentary which received praise from academic establishments across Australia. It serves as an important means of promoting the theatre and the Centre for Emotions both locally and internationally.

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Wild Vista made two short films for the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions, one on the Zest Festival in Kalbarri WA (2012-16) and one on the history of the New Fortune Theatre at UWA and its use as a stage. Wild Vista developed a strong sense of what we wanted from the films by talking to us in detail and identifying core ideas. Their on-site work and interviews to elicit good footage and talent were unobtrusive and productive. With Zest, this resulted in the inclusion of a wide cross-section of the Kalbarri community, including children. They re-edited carefully in relation to our comments and incorporated historic footage well. They were friendly and professional at all times.
Andrew Lynch