Tell us about you and your creative work.
I’m a Victorian actor/director with over 20 years experience in the Australian film, TV and theatre industry. I’m currently completing a feature length documentary called The Healing, about a life-saving equine welfare program that brings together traumatised ex-racehorses and traumatised military veterans to help heal each other. We’ve been filming the journey of the horses and veterans for four years, and we’re now in the process of completing the edit. The goal is to have the film finished in the next four-to-six months, and ready for release in early 2021.
How has coronavirus impacted on your life and work?
As soon as the virus hit, we had a significant amount of private investment in the film fall through. This meant pausing the editing process until we could find the funds to continue. Thankfully we’ve managed to do that, but it’s taken five weeks to get back on our feet and hasn’t been easy. I work from home, so to be honest the virus hasn’t impacted the way I work much at all. Weirdly, it’s made me focus more intently on what I need to achieve, and has allowed me to attend to things I’d been putting off or neglecting.
How are you coping or responding at this time?
The virus has sharpened my sense of what’s important in life, and has increased my appreciation of family, friends and the country I live in. I think it’s the first time I’ve really contemplated my own mortality, and it’s strengthened my resolve to positively make a difference in the world through my work. On a daily level, I’m making sure I exercise, eat well and treat the isolation as an opportunity to spend as much quality time with my wife as possible.
Do you envisage new creative sector opportunities emerging from this crisis?
Good question. Yes, I do, but I don’t know what they are. I’ll say this – I think artists are some of the most resilient and resourceful people we have in society. They’re inherently bold and courageous, possessing a massive internal life. And they will come out of this bursting with incredible ideas and stories to tell. I think great art will come from this period, as it often does after periods of sustained and intense hardship.
In three words, offer your fellow creatives some encouragement or advice.
Courage. Resilience. Empathy.
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