Blame the Shadows Collective practices are founded in filmmaking and extend to inter-disciplinary projects.


Blame the Shadows Collective practices are founded in filmmaking and extend to inter-disciplinary projects. Together they have written, produced and directed short films and moving-image pieces (Lil, Before Daybreak, The Universe), screening at Australian and International festivals. They have also worked as production crew on a number of award-winning television shows and feature films such as Please Like Me, Little Lunch, Nowhere Boys, Healing, Patrick and Predestination.

The Project

Blame the Shadows Collective's four-month project will involve intensive research into the lives of Iran's LGBTQIA+ diaspora communities. They will then work with choreographer Tara Jade Samaya and mentors Amiel Courtin-Wilson (filmmaker and artist) and Roslyn Oades (theatre maker) to explore new ways of retelling the collected narratives.

What does being awarded a Creators Fund grant mean to you?

The Creators Fund grant will allow us an incredible opportunity to deeply explore our idea to retell stories through abstract visuals, potent audio and the visceral nature of the human body dancing. Without this support we would have never been able to dedicate an extensive period to purely research our ambitious concept.

This period of intensive creative research and experimentation affords us an invaluable opportunity with manifold profound and ongoing ramifications and expansions. It will allow us to enhance the breadth of our skills and knowledge as interdisciplinary artists and dramatically extend our career networks.

The Creators Fund is also making it possible for us to work closely with award-winning artists and have our creative process and formalistic innovations guided by their extensive experience. 

How important is 'time' to you, as an artist/creative professional?

As freelance filmmakers, majority of our time is spent working long hours on other productions, leaving very little time to dedicate to our own project. To have the time to dissect, experiment and explore our ambitious creative concept, without having to worry about other commitments will immeasurably extend our skills as hybrid storytellers, hence significantly enriching the calibre of our practice. 

What are you most looking forward to over the months ahead?

We are looking forward to integrating our knowledge in writing, directing, cinematography and editing, traverse across new territories in order to explore and develop new exciting skills in storytelling forms through visual arts and dance, using a real synthesis of approaches. 

Where would like to see yourself at the end of this process? How do you anticipate your career will develop as a result?

This period of exploration/research will have a profound impact on our creative practice and push us beyond anything we have done to-date. We hope to discover experimental storytelling approaches that act to merge the need for sensitive storytelling with innovative and dramatic extensions of form. We anticipate that this period of skills development will serve as the foundation for future undertakings, pushing formal innovation and offer percipient social/political commentary.