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A documentary featuring the professional child performers of Opera Australia's Children's Chorus

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Impact areas

ARTS

HEALTH & WELLBEING

YOUTH & EDUCATION

Crew

  • DIRECTOR Dion Condack & Ben Hasic

  • PRODUCER Dion Condack

Synopsis

DURATION: 90 MINUTES

From rehearsal studio to a Sydney Opera House stage, Opera Australia's Children's Chorus features as an example of music, culture and learning, and the lived experiences should it be at the forefront of all that we do. Dion Condack, a young music educator and former member of Opera Australia's Children's Chorus (2004 - 2006) offers his lens from which to explore - how does a professionally structured musical environment effect the emotional and analytical development of boys?

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

The arts is a notoriously undervalued and undernourished part of Australian communities and culture in a time where creativity should be at the forefront of all that we do.

Australia's education system continues to lag into the 21st century.

The world is continuing to wrestle with higher rates of mental illnesses.

Should extensive professionally lead access to the arts be a human right? Is deliberate practice a fundamental skill to be celebrated? How do we best approach education in this highly technological world? Can creativity, resilience in individuals and the community, be developed concurrently?

Impact

What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

The documentary's message is to celebrate and encourage the profound value of the arts on community and culture, explore the universal experiences of youth development and education and view the real social benefits of music, music education, group singing and the voice. Specifically, it looks at the impact of a professionally structured music environment on the emotional and analytical development of boys.

Outcomes

What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

We hope to stimulate discussion and long-form action, in recognition of the intrinsic values the arts pose for society when fully embraced.
To celebrate the artistry produced and nourished in Sydney, Australia.
To celebrate the continued leadership of venues such as the Sydney Opera House and friends.
To encourage revolutionary innovation at the cross section of arts and education.
To see growth in individuals listing the arts as a hobby or profession.

Stakeholders

How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

Wide ranging permissions and filming have been discussed, decided and coordinated with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Opera Australia and The Sydney Opera House; as a director/producer, Dion has been provided extensive access to auditions through to closing night, the associated creatives, and the children themselves, to document and discuss.
The remaining historic material to be filmed is yet to be confirmed, though engages strong existing relationships.
Dion has received encouragement at every step of the road.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

An intense curiosity for all things music, applying themselves to the discipline required to thrive as a musician or creative person. To discuss the documentary and things they discovered with family and friends, so that they too ponder the benefits of participating and associating themselves with the arts.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

Through direct acknowledgement of the documentary's title in discourse.
Through accolade.
Through direct conversation.
Through passing conversation.
Through inclusion in the national music syllabus.
Through revolutionary investment in robust creative and educative initiatives.
Through initiatives targeting specialisations that stimulate excellence in education outcomes.

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