Music Film Unites Artists

We Don't Dream Anymore Music Film
Behind the scenes on We Don't Dream Anymore IMAGE: Elijah Clarke

A 50-minute live music film is one of the latest Regional Arts Development Fund projects successfully completed in Townsville.

We Don’t Dream Anymore, directed and edited by Robert Crispe and produced by Anna Wright-Hands, involved collaboration with roughly 30 local creatives.

“There were about 15 essential crew and 15 artists performing,” Anna said.

“Neighbourhood Productions organised all of the sound, lighting, rigging, and comms; we had costume designers, makeup artists, wardrobe, photographers, and cinematographers.

“We had an incredible three-day shoot in the old Queens Hotel and filmed all throughout the abandoned Channel Ten Studios that were sitting in darkness, unused.”

Robert said the opportunities provided by the Regional Arts Development Fund were invaluable.

“In a regional setting such as Townsville, this project generates so much confidence in who we are as creatives,” said Robert.  “It’s easy to compare opportunities here to those you might find in larger cities, we might feel we miss out on a lot, but in my opinion that’s a good thing: we have to create our own opportunities and have to keep pushing our capabilities.

“You also realise that most creatives face similar hurdles and have the same insecurities about their work. Being regional based, we need to use that to our advantage. A project like this brought so many talented people together, it instilled trust in their capability and – I hope, by putting a few people out of their comfort zones – pushed them to learn something new and experienced something that will inspire them for whatever project comes next.”


We Don’t Dream Anymore will premiere late 2019. The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and the Townsville City Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland

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