Producing

Bondi Dreaming 2011

Very pleased to report that Bondi Dreaming will be having its third season in Sydney, and how very apt for it to be in its spiritual home of Bondi. Waverly Council have invested in the theatre at The Bondi Pavilion, and appointed the Tamarama Rock Surfers to run the place. We were asked to pitch for a run in the first season May-November 2011 and were successful.
Bondi Dreaming runs from November 7th – December 4th.
Writer/Director Sam Atwell and I are in pre-production at present, and for two local Bondi boys, we couldn’t be happier having our show run on home soil.

Sidekick 2011

Sidekick

A 14minute short film, written by Jim Shomos and Brendan Luno, and produced by Clare Jones and myself.
Jim and I met at MIPCOM in Cannes where i interviewed him for Reed Elsevier, and we became good friends. During my year in Melbourne we tried to get various projects up via the funding route, and as my return to Sydney beckoned decided to do something ourselves.
I am very proud of Sidekick as the timeline from Concept to Production was a mere 3 weeks. We persuaded the cast and crew to join us with only a treatment, the prodcution went off without a hitch, and it just goes to show what you are capable off when there is no time to pontificate.
Join the Sidekick Facebook group to keep updated on the Film Festival circuit.

Bondi Dreaming 2009

Flyer for Bondi Dreaming 2009

Written and Directed by Sam Atwell
The BITE series (Best in Independent Theatre) run by the Arts Council NSW is made up by a committee of media critics, theatre owners and industry commentators. In December each year they nominate the best independent theatre shows they had seen. A shortlist of ten are then asked to pitch to win one of 3 x $15,000 grants and to win a season at The Seymour Centre. We were honoured to be nomainted and as you can imagine thrilled to win

“a raw and involving piece of theatre…fierce and focused” Sun Herald 8/10

Three young Australian men have made one big mistake. Now they sit in jail, about to pay the ultimate price.
As they face death, they explore their pasts and what may have been their future.
Inspired by the Bali Nine and similar cases, Bondi Dreaming provides a touching and thought provoking insight
into male bonding and mateship, and forces us all to consider the issues around the death penalty.

Starring Greg Hatton, Toby Levins, Marcel Bracks
Music: Alon Ilsar
Producer: Nick Bolton
Assistant Producer: Albany Dighton
Set: Tom Bannerman
Lighting: Chris Snape
Dramaturg: Becky Chapman
Dates: 17 September – 10 October 2009

Crime Scenes 2009

Witness 4 Australian True Crime Cases
Season: Wednesday 27th May to Saturday 20th June 2009, 8pm Tuesday to Saturday evenings and 3pm Matinees on Saturday 6th, 13th & 20th June.
Venue: The FuseBox Theatre @ The Factory, 105 Victoria Road, Marrickville, Sydney.

The Australian public’s appetite for true crime is voracious and this original production transports four renowned Australian crime stories into the medium of theatre.
Four writers have dramatised four Australian true crime cases and created four 30 minute plays which will be produced on stage at The Fusebox Theatre @ The Factory by our cast of 21 actors over four weeks from Wednesday May 27th to Saturday June 20th 2009.
Crew: Produced by Stephen Carnell & Nick Bolton. Production Designers: Inneke Smit & Roger Wong. Lighting Designer: Larry Kelly. Costume Designer: Claire Moloney. Sound Designer: Kathryn Rees. Stage Manager: Melinda Frank
The play:
Housebound by Iain Triffitt and Brett Danalake. Directed by John Derum. Starring: Donna Brooks, Jonathon Lane, Andy Leonard, Jess Norman, Jessica Saras
The Blood on Helmut Lange: Written by Gerry Greenland, Directed by Alexandra Byron. Starring: Vanessa Coffey, Scott Grimley, Lynden Jones, Leof Kingsford-Smith & Brendan Miles

Bondi Dreaming 2008

Flyer for Bondi Dreaming 2008

Written and Directed by Sam Atwell
Bad decision? Bad luck? Bad person?
Three mates, one drug run, one jail, for life.
Starring Toby Levins, Greg Hatton, Danny Green
Live soundtrack by Josh Green
Produced by Nick Bolton
Season: Tuesday to Saturday, 8pm, 30th September – 25th October. Newtown Theatre, Cnr King and Bray Street, Newtown
Reviews
This is a raw and involving piece of theatre. Played in a simple and effective sandbox, the acting is fierce and focused. Any tendency towards generic death-cell grimness is held in check by a live score (a mix of sound effects and improvised percussion – played by Josh Green) that echoes the use of Balinese shadow puppetry, 7/10 Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald
Bondi Dreaming is one of the best shows i have seen in years, Sam Atwells’s haunting script…dreams harden into reality. The set design of sand, wire and mock brick is a masterpiece of evocative minimalism. The relationship between the three men is surpisingly tender, highly nuanced and often confronting
Gareth Beal, ArtsHub

The Postcard

Format: Short film
Duration: 7minutes
Written by Kate Toon
Directed by Nick Bolton
Starring Deborah Bradshaw, Paul Miskimmon, Simon Dooley
Produced by Kate Toon, Nick Bolton, Steve Fanale and Scott Grimley
DOP Jonathan Adams
Edited by Carlo Ledesma and Jonathan Adams
Music by Francis

The Journey into Sin

The Journey Into Sin Poster

Format: 4 x 30minute original plays based on the theme of The Seven Deadly Sins
Season: Tuesday 21st August to Saturday 15th September 2008,
Venue: The Newtown Theatre, King street, Newtown, Sydney.
Glutton for Punishment by Scott McAteer.
Directed by Alex Byron.
Cast: Georgii Speakman, Helen Sutermeister, Stef Dawson, and Maurizio Degliesposti

Just Another Tuesday Night by Natalie Lopes.
Directed by Victor Kline and assisted by Susannah Russell.
Cast: Angus McGruther, Belinda Marques, Gary Woods, Sarah Herlihy, Leo Donigan, Sylvia Allewelt, Pearl Tan, Chaan Wadley.

Australian Faust by Conan Elphicke.
Directed by Malcolm Frawley.
Cast: David Richards, Nina Pearce, Nicola Furst, Kurtis Gee, Brenton Amies

Waiting on Jamie Oliver by Gerry Greenland.
Directed by Sam Atwell, assisted by Toby Levins
Cast: Bruce Glen, Alex Greathead, Leah Pappin

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