A portrait of Spanish-born choreographer Rafael Bonachela and Sydney Dance Company, Blank Canvas charts the creation of 'We Unfold'.
The film was made as Bonachela began his tenure at the helm of the company, after a period of instability due to the departure of the company's long time Artistic Director and the sudden death his initial successor. The film touches on this transitional period, but structures itself around the creation of 'We Unfold', and the musical composition by Italian composer Ezio Bosso, on which it is based
Bonachela's strong personality and dynamism is at the heart of the film; and his journey from a small Spanish town, through studies in Spain and London, working with Rambert Dance Company, the singer Kylie Minogue and finally as the leader of his own company is a story marked with conviction and dedication.
DOCUMENTARY, 52 MINS, 2009
DIRECTOR, PRODUCER · Tim Slade
FUNDING · Foxtel, Screen Australia, New South Wales Film and Television Office, Qantas.
SCREENINGS · Bio Channel Foxtel, Skyarts New Zealand, broadcasts in Europe, Asia, the UK, and educational release in the USA.
WORLD SALES · Vast Productions
TEAM · DP: Pieter de Vries ACS, Bonnie Elliott ACS. EDITOR: Lindi Harrison ACE. MUSIC: Ezio Bosso
'lyrical, intriguing and beautiful' The Sun-Herald
**** (four out of four stars) 'an exceptional documentary...a lovely, fluid structure that makes it both intriguing and beautiful to watch', Sunday Age
'a fascinating and inspiring documentary...the emotions and spectacular visions onscreen transcend prerequisite dance understanding' Spanish Film Festival program, Australia