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Hybrid non-fiction, audio visual community engagement, sound and music design by creative producer, filmmaker and musician, Andrew Garton.

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Documentaries

 

Peer to Peer

PEER TO PEER

What can we learn from the poets, dreamers and coders that engineered a parallel internet that, by 1992, had email servers running in 72 countries? Peer to Peer takes a snapshot view of decentralised data flows as described by two generations of information communication rights peers.

Director – ANDREW GARTON
Producer – KING KATOY (EngageMedia)

Duration: 19:03 | Completed: 2021

Watch: Available on Cinemata mid-late November 2021

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FORGED FROM FIRE

Produced on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, a story of devotion and recovery as artists and blacksmiths the world over responded to the Black Saturday fires that devastated townships north-east of Melbourne in February 2009.

Director – ANDREW GARTON
DOP – MICHAEL WILKINS

Duration: 58:00 | Completed: 2019

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OCEAN IN A DROP

India’s invisible majority are poor yet literate in their own traditions and increasingly online. Ocean in a Drop is a film about these emergent online populations told by rural women and children, artisans and entrepreneurs.

Director – ANDREW GARTON
DOPs – JARY NEMO, ROHIT DHALL

Duration: 75:00 | Completed: 2017

Watch: Vimeo On Demand | GuideDoc | Cinemata

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THIS CHOIR SINGS CAROLS

Once a year, in early October, around 60 people gather at the City of Whittlesea’s Fountain View Room in the northern fringes of Melbourne to begin 10 weeks of rehearsal for a single concert.

Director – ANDREW GARTON
Mentors – KATHERINE O’DONNELL, MATTHEW BERKA

Duration: 25:00 | Completed: 2019

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RAMESHWAR’S SOOCHNA SEVA

In Bihar, on India’s border with Nepal, thousands of tribal villagers are unaware of the Government benefits they are entitled to. Rameshwar Prasad is on an information crusade to make sure they are.

Director – ANDREW GARTON
DOP – ROHIT DHALL

Duration: | Completed: 2018

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RAGHAV AND KIREN

An illiterate but self-taught radio technician accidentally turned a wireless microphone into a transmitter. He began a pirate radio station in his village in Mansoorpur, India. Kiran received a university education and learned how to build solar panels and the circuits to power them. She fell in love with the Raghav, also known as the barefoot engineer.

Director – ANDREW GARTON
DOP – ROHIT DHALL

Duration: | Completed: 2018

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A CHALLENGE IS A JOY

By August 2016 more than 170, Community Information Resource Centres were operating in 80 districts within 22 states in India. They provide Internet access where only radio has ever reached. Some of these centres are reaching beyond caste in spite of geographical and cultural challenges.

Director – ANDREW GARTON
DOP – JARY NEMO

Duration: 39:32 | Completed: 2018

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WEAVING A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE

The ancient city of Chanderi, India, is home to four and a half-thousand cloth weavers. The city is consumed by the sound of looms. In a 15th century palace, a small group of weavers are breaking from tradition.

Director – ANDREW GARTON
DOP – JARY NEMO

Duration: 27:44 | Completed: 2018

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THE SMART VILLAGE OF CHANDAULI

In 2014 Facebook’s Mark Zuckerburg visited the village of Chandauli. It was said to be the first digitally literate village in India. What does a digitally literate village look like and what do digitally literate villagers do there?

Director – ANDREW GARTON
DOP – JARY NEMO

Duration: 11:00 | Completed: 2018

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WIRELESS IN GUNA

Where once bandits roamed a one-eyed man maintains dizzying communication towers and women climb over walls to reach a computer class. Guna is home to an expansive wireless broadband network reaching communities in spite of considerable geographical challenges.

Director – ANDREW GARTON
DOP – JARY NEMO

Duration: 16:18 | Completed: 2018

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THE MIGHTY WOMEN OF MUZAFFARPUR

If your village is suffering from domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse, corruption what good can a single laptop do? With access to the National Rural Employment Guarantee website and a place to work it’s all Sanjay Sahni needs to mobilise the mighty women of Muzaffarpur.

Director – ANDREW GARTON
DOP – ROHIT DHALL

Duration: 07:27 | Completed: 2018

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A TALKING DRUM FINDS REFUGE ON THE INTERNET

Twenty generations of the Khan family have played the Bhapang or ‘talking drum’, but their music and poetry are in decline. The rapid urbanisation of their village has seen a decline in their music and poetry. Few remain who can transfer the songs of their ancestors to forthcoming generations. But they have found refuge for the culture on the Internet.

Director – ANDREW GARTON
DOP – JARY NEMO

Duration: 13:25 | Completed: 2018

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Music Videos

 

RAT KANGAROO – THE DOWNFALL

The Downfall is available on EP02 on ratkangaroo.bandcamp.com

Director – ANDREW GARTON
ProducerRAT KANGAROO

Duration: 05:33 | Completed: 2020

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RAT KANGAROO – SO & SO

Australian post-punk fusion trio Rat Kangaroo releases their fourth music video SO AND SO.

Director – ANDREW GARTON
Producer RAT KANGAROO

Duration: 02:00 | Completed: 2019

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RAT KANGAROO – WEIGHT OF THE HEAD

Filmed by members of the audience with mobiles and videotape at Red Betty, a bar just off Melbourne’s Sydney Road in fabulous Brunswick in 2018.

Director – ANDREW GARTON
Producer RAT KANGAROO

Duration: | Completed: 2018

 

EMPTY

Filmed in India whilst on location for Ocean in a Drop, Empty appears on the Smitten Bridge album ‘Alone in Space‘.

Director, Composer – ANDREW GARTON

Duration: 06:30 | Completed: 2018

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SMUG

SMUG by Andrew Garton & The Smitten Bridge from the album ALONE IN SPACE.

Director – ANDREW GARTON

Duration: 03:59 | Completed: 2018

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CHASING THE SUN

‘Chasing the Sun’ by Andrew Garton and Roy MacGregor. Includes 8mm footage shot in South Africa by Joe MacGregor in 1965.

Director – ANDREW GARTON

Duration: 05:55 | Completed:

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CHIP WARDALE – ENDURANCE

This music video celebrates the work of early 20th century ethnographic filmmakers documenting the earliest impacts of industrialization, a kind of mechanomorphism entirely new to the human body, mind and spirit.

Director – ANDREW GARTON
MusicCHIP WARDALE

Duration: 05:53 | Completed: 2020

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BROWN AND BULPIN – AFGHANISTAN

Charles Brown and Randy Bulpin’s ‘Afghanistan’ is a song drawing attention to the high suicide rates in Australia’s servicemen and women.

Director – ANDREW GARTON
Music – CHARLES BROWN, RANDY BULPIN

Duration: 08:02 | Completed: 2019

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INTRODUCING ‘PREFERRED KOALA’

Trailer for Preferred Koala, a cinematic audio-visual ensemble from Australia.

Director – ANDREW GARTON
Music – CHIP WARDALE, ANDREW GARTON

Duration: 01:00 | Completed: 2019

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Non-fiction

ERIN TAPPE STUDY

A study of Australian artist Erin Tappe’s Monsalvat exhibition piece circa 2016.

Camera, Music – ANDREW GARTON

Duration: 01:19 | Completed: 2016

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KALUA SARAI

An ambient film captured from a roof-top apartment in Kalau Sarai, New Delhi, India.

Director – ANDREW GARTON
DOP – JARY NEMO

Duration: 08:03 | Completed: 2015

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TOKYO HAIKU

A snapshot of impressions and inspirations from a three-week stay in Tokyo in 2009 whilst the earth rumbled below and the night sky lit, at that time, by a mostly nuclear-powered city.

Director, Camera – ANDREW GARTON

Duration: 05:33 | Completed: 2014

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Community

THE POWER OF US

The culmination of 33 interviews with community leaders from Melbourne’s north eastern suburbs interspersed with videos responding to a callout for self-produced shorts. Produced for the City of Whittlesea’s Refugee Week 2020 programme, regional Victoria, Australia.

Director – ANDREW GARTON

Duration: 11:41 | Completed: 2020

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THE ARCHIVISTS

The Archivists was created in collaboration with a local community and the stories that they shared with choreographers Katrina Rank and Sasha Leong.

Director – KATRINA RANK
DOP, Editor – ANDREW GARTON
Music – KERRY CLARKE, ANDREW GARTON

Duration: 12:33 | Completed: 2019

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STUPENDOUS

Stupendous describes through movement and observation a group of dancers who ready themselves for a thirty-second performance they will make within, what appears to be an empty theatre. Each of the dancers lives with Parkinson’s Disease.

Director – ANDREW GARTON, KATRINA RANK, PARIS WAGES
Producer – KATRINA RANK, PARIS WAGES

Duration: 07:49 | Completed: 2019

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REFUGEE WEEK – PORTRAITS

Produced for Refugee Week 2019, commissioned by City of Whittlesea.

Director – ANDREW GARTON

Duration: 03:13 | Completed: 2019

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STOP THE POPS

An animated educational film for Pacific Islander school children. The film describes the toxins that are inhaled when non-degradable rubbish such as plastics are burnt. The film was a co-production between Mirranda Burton Animation and Secession/Films for the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

Writer/Producer – Amber Carvan (SPREP)
Animation, Character Design – Mirranda Burton
Sound Design, Music Edit – ANDREW GARTO
Voiceover – Filomena Va’asili

Duration: 03:13 | Completed: 2016

KNOWING YOU KNOWING ME – PARENTS AND BUBS

Come Dance with Us, community dance workshops delivered by Ausdance Victoria supported by the City of Whittlesea.

Director, Camera, Composer – ANDREW GARTON

Duration: 03:22 | Completed: 2017

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KNOWING YOU KNOWING ME, DOREEN ADULTS

Come Dance with Us, community dance workshops delivered by Ausdance Victoria supported by the City of Whittlesea.

Director, Camera, Music – ANDREW GARTON

Duration: 04:34 | Completed: 2017

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HOME MOVIES #1

Home Movies was an audio/visual story-gathering and story-telling installation for communities eager to bridge present generations with their past and rekindling a sense of place inclusive of cultural origins.

Director, Music – ANDREW GARTON

Duration: 09:30 | Completed: 2014

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THE SUPER HEROS OF BARRY ROAD

An audio-visual sampling of stories, family photos and Super 8 film shared by people who lived full, hard-working lives at a time when most families had a piano and others spent their weekends in the bush, at picture theatres and dance halls. Produced with the support of the Barry Road Community Activity Centre and the Community Cultural Development Department, City of Whittlesea.

Director, Composer – ANDREW GARTON

Duration: 03:22 | Completed: 2014

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WELL BREAD

On a cheerful August day in 2014, around 150 people from the City of Whittlesea’s multicultural community gathered at the Barry Road Community Activity Centre in Lalor. They came to share culinary skills, stories and revel in the distinctive aroma of freshly made bread. Presented by the City of Whittlesea in partnership with the Whittlesea Community Leadership Network, supported by the Victorian Multicultural Commission.

Director – ANDREW GARTON
DOP – MICHAEL WILKINS

Duration: 14:31 | Completed: 2014

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