Filmed across one extraordinary year in New York City’s Westbeth Artists Housing, video artist Edith Stephen hopes to complete an experimental documentary film for her 95th birthday; revered contemporary dancer Dudley Williams (75) rehearses for an electrifying return to the stage; and published poet Ilsa Gilbert (82) faces her impending mortality with revealingly candid poetry.
An inspirational story about community, ageing and the need to keep creating.
80 mins, Colour.
Featuring Ilsa Gilbert, Edith Stephen and Dudley Williams. With Frederick Earl Mosley, Edwin Rodriguez, Deidre Britter and Mimi Stern-Wolfe.
WORLD PREMIERE SCREENING 63rd SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL JUNE 2016
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE DOC NYC NOV 2016 SPECIAL JURY MENTION
AUSTRALIAN SHOWCASE 65th MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT US LIBRARY OF CONGRESS NOV 2016
PREMIERE MELBOURNE SEASON ACMI OCT 8-18th 2016
Writer/ Director / DOP Rohan Spong Produced by Lizzette Atkins and Adam Farrington-Williams Production Company Unicorn Films In Association with Screen Australia, Film Victoria and DDP Studio (Deluxe Heartbeat Fund) Editors Peter Carrodus ASE and Cindy Clarkson Original Score Georgia Fields Sound Supervisor Paul Pirolla Colourist Deidre McClellan Sound Designer Craig Carter Featuring Music performed by Little Annie, Baby Dee and Donny Hathaway.
“Spending four seasons roaming this retired artists’ complex is such a delight that viewers will find themselves yearning for future instalments” – Sarah Ward, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL
“Winter at Westbeth speaks the language of the community it celebrates. Through its intimate conversations we are reminded once more of power of art to express joy and pain, to celebrate those no longer with us, to encompass a life and to consolidate the impact of the intangible” (★ ★ ★ ★) – Michael Scott, CUE DOT CONFESSIONS