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Multi-Award Winning Australian Documentary
Receives Top Award in Tenerife And Sells to ABC TV

SYDNEY, 28th April, 2008:

The Music In Me - the debut documentary feature by Sydney filmmakers, Nigel Traill and Anne Kenyon has continued its scintillating run of success on the world festival circuit with another win at the Tenerife International Film Festival and a sale to ABC Television.

At a glittering awards ceremony in Tenerife in the Canary Islands last week, the deeply engaging Australian film received the Best Documentary Award bringing to five the number of awards garnered by The Music In Me.

            Winner Best Documentary Tenerife Int. Film Festival
            Most Inspiring Documentary Sedona Int. Film Festival
            Winner Best Documentary Monaco Int. Film Festival
            Winner Humanitarian Angel Film Award Monaco Int. Film Festival
            Winner Best Documentary Avignon Film Festival

Described as ‘One of the most inspiring documentaries you’ll ever see!’, now Australian audiences will get the chance to view The Music In Me.  ABC Television has bought the documentary and will be screening it as a special on Enough Rope with Andrew Denton on Monday 9th June at 9.35pm on ABC1.

At its world premiere in June, The Music In Me was awarded the prestigious Prix Pierre Salinger for Best Documentary at the 24th Annual Avignon Film Festival - the first time an Australian film had been screened in the history of the event.

Lisa Nesselson, European film critic for Variety has called the The Music In Me “A portrait of sheer human decency in the face of adversity… it’s hard to imagine a halfway thoughtful TV programmer – or audience – that wouldn’t warm to the heartache and triumph captured here.”

The Music in Me tells the profoundly moving story of the Merry Makers - a unique dance troupe based in Sydney comprising 70 dancers with some intellectual or physical disability who dance their way into the hearts and minds of all who see them perform. During the 63-minute documentary feature, the dancers and their families are filmed with engaging tenderness, empathy and candour as they prepare for the biggest show of their lives – a sell-out concert at Sydney’s Entertainment Centre.

To date, the documentary has been screened in Avignon (France), Montreal (Canada), Os (Norway), Texas (USA), New York (USA), Monaco, Calcutta (India), Sedona (USA), Milan (Italy) and will be screened in the UK in June 2008.



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Australian Film wins at Monaco

SYDNEY, 14th December, 2007:

The Music In Me - the debut documentary feature by Sydney filmmakers, Nigel Traill and Anne Kenyon has won two Angel Film Awards at the influential Monaco International Film Festival.

At this prestigious film festival which celebrates non violent films, the moving Australian film won The Angel Humanitarian Award and as well as the Best Documentary film, sharing this award with Dalai Lama Renaissance which was narrated by Harrison Ford.

This is the third award for The Music In Me, at its world premiere in June, The Music In Me was awarded the prestigious Prix Pierre Salinger for Best Documentary at the 24th Annual Avignon Film Festival - the first time an Australian film had been screened in the history of the event.

Lisa Nesselson, European film critic for Variety has called the The Music In Me “A portrait of sheer human decency in the face of adversity… it’s hard to imagine a halfway thoughtful TV programmer – or audience – that wouldn’t warm to the heartache and triumph captured here.”

The Music in Me tells the profoundly moving story of the Merry Makers - a unique dance troupe based in Sydney comprising 70 dancers with some intellectual or physical disability who dance their way into the hearts and minds of all who see them perform. During the 63-minute documentary feature, the dancers and their families are filmed with engaging tenderness, empathy and candour as they prepare for the biggest show of their lives – a sell-out concert at Sydney’s Entertainment Centre.

Film producer Anne Kenyon and Merry Makers’ Artistic Director Lucinda Bryant travelled from Australia to Monaco to attend the film’s screening in Monte Carlo on Saturday 8th December.

Speaking from Sydney upon her return, Lucinda said: “We were thrilled with the audience’s overwhelming response - at the end of the film they just stood and cheered.  It was amazing!”

During 2007 the documentary has been screened at international film festivals in Avignon (France), Montreal, Os (Norway), Texas, New York, and Monaco.

2008 promises to be an equally busy year with official film festival selections and screening invitations already confirmed in the USA (Sedona International Film Festival), Italy (Cinema Senza Barrier, Milan) and UK (Swansea Film Festival Wales).

 


 
Australian Documentary Scoops top award in France

AVIGNON, June 24, 2007: The Music in Me - the debut documentary feature by Sydney filmmakers, Nigel Traill and Anne Kenyon were awarded the prestigious Prix Pierre Salinger at the 24th Annual Avignon Film Festival that concluded today in the South of France

The Music in Me tells the profoundly moving story of “The Merry Makers” - a unique dance troupe in Sydney -- the majority of whom have physical or intellectual disabilities. During the 63-minute documentary, the dancers and their families are filmed with engaging tenderness, empathy and candour as they prepare for the biggest show of their lives – a sell-out concert at Sydney’s Entertainment Centre.

Speaking from the filmmakers’ hotel in France, director, Nigel Traill said:

“As makers of the first Australian film to be screened in the quarter-century history of the Avignon Film Festival, Anne and I are already deeply honoured to be here.” “Then, to actually win this prestigious prize in the presence of so many other wonderful filmmakers -- many of whom we’ve come to know over the last few days, is beyond a dream.”

“Seeing people with tears in their eyes after the screening showed us how much our film had the power to touch people in ways that we could not have imagined.”

Producer, Anne Kenyon added:

“There will be huge celebrations in Sydney when the Merry Makers hear about this fantastic award. They are such an amazing group of people and it has been a privilege to be allowed into their lives.”


The Music In Me has been chosen as an Official Festival Selection

at Avignon Film Festival in France . 

This is the first time an Australian film has been chosen in the 24 year history of the festival.

The film's director Nigel Traill & producer Anne Kenyon

will be attending the festival in Provence in June 2007.

They gratefully acknowledge the generous support of leading fund managers DDH Graham Ltd.