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Workshop

Orizzonti

Director:
Judah Finnigan
Production:
Congratulations Films (Olivia Shanks, Judah Finnigan)
Running Time:
16’
Language:
English
Country:
New Zealand
Main Cast:
Elizabeth Winders, TJ Snow, Richard Crouchley, Danielle Meldrum, Rasmus Wessman, Lydia Bensky, Zechariah Julius-Donnelly, Gabe McDonnell, Tina Cleary, Richard Chapman, Claire Waldron, Leah Jeffries, Grant Beban
Screenplay:
Judah Finnigan
Cinematographer:
Matt Henley
Editor:
Paul Wedel
Production Designer:
Gabriela Seager
Music:
Gabriela Rocha, Sheena Stanger
Sound:
Chris Ward, Lachlan Crane

Synopsis

Seven young adults arrive at a rundown conference facility to participate in an unconventional new group workshop. The subject: learning how to stand up to their parents. Run by a domineering amateur psychologist named Jo Pressburger, the participants undergo a series of increasingly bizarre exercises, designed to empower them in challenging the authority figures around them. But when Jo pushes her teaching a step too far, the group are forced to put their new-found liberation to the test.

Director's statement

This is an attempt to capture what my years in psychotherapy felt like. I was finally tapping into the rage I felt toward my parents, figuring out who I wanted to be... but then feeling hysterical, childish and silly as I tried to express it. We like to think of self-actualisation as empowering. Workshop is about how messy it can prove to be.

PRODUCERS/DISTRIBUTORS

PRODUCTION: Olivia Shanks,Judah Finnigan - Congratulations Films
2/11 Sherbourne Road, Mt Eden
1024 – Auckland, New Zealand
Tel. +64 2040801180
olivia.shanks@gmail.com
http://www.judahfinnigan.com


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