rudolf fitzgerald leonard • film • editorial • documentation
Rudolf Fitzgerald Leonard is a director, screenwriter and producer, based in Berlin.
Graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts School of Film & Television, Fitzgerald Leonard’s work has premiered in competition at numerous international festivals, including the Melbourne Int. Film Festival (where in 2012 he attended the Accelerator Program and was awarded the Swinburne Award for Emerging Australian Filmmaker), the London Short Film Festival, Slamdance Int. Film Festival, Dresden Int. Film Festival and Molodist Kiev Int. Film Festival.
In 2015, Fitzgerald Leonard relocated from Melbourne to Berlin, where he would work as an assistant director on feature films, including Cate Shortland’s Berlin Syndrome (2016) and Oliver Kienle’s Die Vierhändige (2016). In January 2016, Fitzgerald Leonard was selected to attend the Taller de Autores: Filmando en Cuba con Abbas Kiarostami, directing the film Aranay under the tutelage of the late master.
His current project Dox (produced by Annika Birgel and financed in part by the Schleswig-Holstein Film Förderung) is to begin production in late 2019. Fitzgerald Leonard is also a contributing editor to the contemporary art journal *DOCUMENTOR, and regularly works in the casting and directorial departments of various German film, television and commercial productions.
annika birgel • film • casting • documentation
Annika Birgel is a German director and producer, based in Berlin. Since graduating in 2011 with a degree in film & theatre studies from P.H Ludwigsburg University, Birgel has worked in the directorial and casting departments of numerous award-winning shorts and features, both at home and internationally.
As an assistant director and casting director, she has worked for some of Germany’s leading production companies ( Pallas Film, UFA Fiction, Carte Blanche, Producers at Work) and alongside accomplished directors, including Cate Shortland, Stephan Wagner, Daphne Charizani, Oliver Kienle and Martin Schreier.
In 2016, Birgel produced the short film ‘Aranay’ (2016), as part of Abbas Kiarostami’s ‘Taller de Autores’ workshop in San Antonio, Cuba. Her short film 023_GRETA_S is her directorial debut, inspired by her own experiences working within the German film industry.
kerry leonard • art • editorial • documentation
Kerry Leonard is a multi-disciplinary artist and researcher, living and working in Melbourne.
Beginning his academic career studying sculpture at the Victorian college of the Arts in 1983, Leonard would go on to embark on a career as a special effects and props sculptor for film, television and theatre. In this time, he worked for The Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC); the Victorian State Opera (VSO); and various film & tv production companies. In his late twenties, Leonard transitioned towards a career in commercial and editorial photography, where he would find himself working for the likes of L’Oréal, Gruppo GFT, and Lamborghini. In 2012, Leonard returned to his academic pursuits, when he completed consecutive masters degrees in Contemporary Art and Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts (University of Melbourne). In his practice, he explores current and future modes of self perception, the ways in which we define consciousness and how these serve to dictate our experiential understanding of reality. His multimedia installations have been exhibited in various galleries, and in 2016 was a finalist in the inaugural Tom Bass Prize for Figurative Sculpture.
Concurrent to his own artistic output is Leonard’s work exploring the methodology and practice of documenting and archiving contemporary art. In 2015 Leonard began practice led research which, presented as an online magazine *documentor, set out to document the installed presence of art, and over the first 12 months captured more than 250 exhibitions, installs, performances, and academic presentations in Australia and Europe. This work has led to ongoing collaborative projects with fellow artists and cohort, as well as being regularly engaged by both gallerists and artists alike.