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Creative Arts Forum | Briony Kidd


Arts Forum is a public program of the School of Creative Arts

Start Date

28 Jul 2017 12:30 pm

End Date

28 Jul 2017 1:30 pm


Dechaineux Lecture Theatre

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All current students and members of the public are welcome

Arts Forum - Briony Kidd. Image credit: The Hanniford Tapes. Oliver Berlin

Genre storytelling as a vehicle for activism, experimentation and self-expression

Briony Kidd is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Film School and lives in Hobart, where she works in film, theatre and events production and as a freelance writer. Her best known short film, the Gothic melodrama The Room at the Top of the Stairs (2010), recently debuted on the platform internationally and her latest short thriller, Watch Me (2016), written by Claire d’Este, is now on the festival circuit. In collaboration with producer Catherine Pettman, Briony is developing a feature film supported by Screen Australia, a post-apocalyptic thriller inspired by the ‘psycho-biddy’ films of the 1960s. Briony is also member of the Radio Gothic theatre collective, along with with composer/sound designer Heath Brown, playwright Alison Mann and playwright/performer Carrie McLean. Radio Gothic premiered two new radio plays for Dark Mofo audiences this year. Episodes 2: The Hanniford Tapes by Carrie McLean and Episode 3: The Illustrated Girl by Alison Mann, both of which were directed by Briony and sound designed by Heath Brown. Part of an ongoing series of creepy tales created through an experimental mix of text, foley and live sampling, Radio Gothic’s works are theatre in their current iteration but will later have a second life in podcast form. Briony is the director and programmer of the Stranger With My Face International Film Festival, which focuses on female perspectives in genre and highlights bold new work by independent filmmakers.

Since a childhood love of the ghost stories and weird tales, Briony has long been fascinated by the more extreme modes of storytelling. In developing her style as a filmmaker, she’s become increasingly interested in horror in particular, observing the genre’s rich traditions, its enthusiastic fan base, and the opportunities it provides to take artistic risks and introduce subversive ideas within the framework of ostensibly escapist entertainment. Most of her work explores these ideas in one way or another. The film festival, for example, is designed as a platform to bring new and/or marginalised voices to a broader audience, while challenging preconceptions around genre and what a ‘successful film director’ might look like. Radio Gothic, a theatre project that will evolve into the online space and find new audiences as it progresses, is similarly ambitious in its intention to disrupt convention forms and forge alternative pathways towards audiences.

Image credit: The Hanniford Tapes. Oliver Berlin

Arts Forum is a weekly series of free public lectures held at the School of Creative Arts, Hunter Street Campus, during the semester. The series provides a unique opportunity to hear local, national and international visiting artists, scholars and presenters from diverse sectors of the Creative Arts discuss their area of professional practice. All current students, prospective students, and members of the public are welcome.