Film Commissions

Film Commissions

Australian Environments on Screen presents a collection of non-fiction smartphone films commissioned in 2023 in collaboration with the Mobile Innovation Network and Association (MINA) – the longest-running film festival in the Southern hemisphere dedicated to celebrating mobile and smartphone filmmaking.

We invited filmmakers to explore how the unique affordances of mobile phones can allow new and ancient ways of interacting with Australian environments. The works cover a wide range of Australian environments from the dark sky to inland flood plains to the ancient Gondwana rainforest, and urban backyards. They draw close attention to issues of environmental change through novel applications of mobile technologies, experimental approaches to vision and sound, and Indigenous Traditional Knowledge. Each work is accompanied by the filmmaker’s reflection on their creative process.

Australian Environments on Screen presents a collection of non-fiction smartphone films commissioned in 2023 in collaboration with the Mobile Innovation Network and Association (MINA) – the longest-running film festival in the Southern hemisphere dedicated to celebrating mobile and smartphone filmmaking.
We invited filmmakers to explore how the unique affordances of mobile phones can allow new and ancient ways of interacting with Australian environments. The works cover a wide range of Australian environments from the dark sky to inland flood plains to the ancient Gondwana rainforest, and urban backyards. They draw close attention to issues of environmental change through novel applications of mobile technologies, experimental approaches to vision and sound, and Indigenous Traditional Knowledge. Each work is accompanied by the filmmaker’s reflection on their creative process.

MINA FILMS

MINA Films

City’s New Malls

Kim Munro

In 2011, Burnside Shopping Village in the leafy eastern suburbs of Adelaide completed its upgrade and opened to the public. At the centre of the mall was a 100-year-old protected river red gum that couldn’t be removed. Watch here.

Dirty/Queer/Green/City

Patrick Kelly and Stayci Taylor

This film examines how queer smartphone practices can be used to explore notions of the ‘dirty green city’; forging new relationships between queer people and the environment. Watch here.

DURANGEN 

Multiple artists, curated by Jenny Fraser

Our new documentary featuring Bundjalung Women Artists was commissioned after proposing our work to share Traditional Indigenous Knowledges and plant love from the ancient Gondwana Rainforest Region of Australia’s far East Coast. Coming Soon.

 

The Details I Remember

Todd Anderson-Kunert

This film investigates presence and absence within the Australian landscape, through the use of Light, Shadow, and Minimalist Electronic Music Composition. Watch here. 

 Searching Dark Skies

Lucas Licata

The Australian dark night sky not only offers breath-taking views of our galaxy it is also the home to our unique native animals. Searching Dark Skies is an astrophotography mobile phone film.
Watch here.

 

 

Surface Levels

Hannah Brasier

Surface Levels is a five-minute experimental nonfiction smartphone film shot in Kinchega National Park and the surrounding Menindee Lakes, in south-west New South Wales, in so-called Australia. Watch here.