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Recorder Queen

Journey into the sensory world of a musician, as she explores what lies beyond becoming a virtuoso


Impact areas




  • DIRECTOR Sophie Raymond

  • PRODUCER Sophie Raymond / Clare Sawyer



A collaboration between filmmaker Sophie Raymond and recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey, RECORDER QUEEN uses dramatic reconstruction, animation, metaphor and live performance to give a visceral portrait of an artist’s life. Genevieve’s narration guides us through her journey. We witness formative moments as a child where she is forever changed by the power of music:
“I knew what had woken in me would be hard to silence”
Genevieve learns to navigate the dark tunnels of potential mental breakdown. She undertakes the rite of passage through her instrument’s old-world soundscapes that eventually lead her to the virtuosic high wire act on the concert stage. Genevieve defies what might traditionally be expected of a virtuoso recorder player by going in search of her own cultural voice, to give expression to her own time and her own place. RECORDER QUEEN shows that for a musician, a sound is not just a sound. It’s a world, a landscape, a place that you choose to live in.

Support this project

38.37% funded
  • $115,000.00

  • $44,125.00

  • 21

Minimum amount is $ Maximum amount is $





Judy Houston $50.00
Elizabeth Ward $125.00
Anonymous $50.00
Genevieve Lacey $1,600.00
Terence Sawyer $1,000.00
Ann Tregear $100.00
Judy Sawyer $100.00
Margaret Gaita $50.00
Alan Rumsey $100.00
Anonymous $100.00
Sophia Turkiewicz $200.00
Anonymous $50.00
Jo Dyer $50.00
Fiona Walters $100.00
Rimmelle Freedman $50.00
Nicole McKinnon $100.00
Rachel Snedden $100.00
Pia Loman $50.00
Williams Dovey Creative Fund $40,000.00
Anonymous $50.00
Meg Breidahl $100.00

Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

RECORDER QUEEN introduces a general audience to the life long, all consuming investment and commitment creative artists - in this case musicians - bring to their craft. It’s about finding your own voice, honouring and expressing your own cultural identity and in so doing enriching your society’s understanding of itself. Tapping into the life experience of Genevieve Lacey, the film celebrates the transformative power of music as a balm to the soul, as a healing force for reconciliation, as a sanctuary in times of grief and illness.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

RECORDER QUEEN looks into the soul of an Australian artist who mastered a quintessentially European instrument and made it her own. Apart from the delight in watching it, we’re hoping RECORDER QUEEN will inspire greater appreciation of and investment in Australian arts and culture; essential if Australian artists are to build sustainable careers within these shores. Essential also if Australia is to cultivate social cohesion and mental wellbeing.


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

That people will open themselves to the power of beauty as a positive change agent. That Australia learns to cherish and respect our artists more, understanding and valuing the important role they make in shaping how we understand ourselves and connect. The film will add to the fight to put Music strongly into the National curriculum.


How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

Any films success requires first and foremost that film be well made. This is the process we are in now and why we are asking for your help so we can employ other wonderful artists to complete our vision. We have a well thought out distribution strategy encompassing education seminars and classroom study guides, Arts and Film Festival screenings, television broadcast with media/social media exposure and on- demand events and streaming opportunities.


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

We are surrounded by dedicated story tellers and arts educators. From the script to the stage we are at now, with animation and post production, we have been receiving feedback and constantly refining the story so that it not only represents Genevieve's unique tale but speaks more broadly to what it feels like to chose a creative life.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

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

That people will be encouraged to take the path less travelled and find inner strength to do so.
That people will be inspired to respond to the stories emerging around them and give creative expression to them.
That policy makers will create greater incentives for Australian talent to have fulfilling careers based from home.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

This kind of film is crafted to inspire, and so it will be doing it's job if people simply want to see it. We can track the uptake of the film in the education market through Screen rights and ATOM. A hearty festival life, well rated T.V broadcast and media interest, followed by online engagement with our Vimeo on demand platform will also be key indicators. The long tail will be a positive increase of investment and engagement in the arts. This is reported on by Australia Council and Screen Australia.