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CuriousWorks enables communities to tell their own stories: powerfully and sustainably. Our ultimate goal is redundancy.
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CuriousWorks enables communities to tell their own stories: powerfully and sustainably.

We’re constantly innovating the connection between art, education and technology.

We’re steadily building a future where all Australians have regular access to self-directed, compelling stories from the margins of our society.

We do not document or represent those in the margins. We give them the tools and the training to speak for themselves.

We respectfully collaborate with communities to create innovative, acclaimed artistic product that celebrates their culture.

Step by step, we’re growing a new generation of storytellers by building cutting-edge arts and media capacity in the most under-resourced places in the country. Our process empowers – rather than exploits – those communities and brings long term, positive change to lives of our storytellers.

Our ultimate goal is redundancy. Learn more about our purpose and mission here.

So what does all that mean for you? It means that you have here a sea of fresh Australian stories to dive right in to; an array of folks fostering change in every corner of the continent to meet; and a spread of tricks and tips to become a new storyteller yourself.

[WATCH] Another Australia: To get started, dive into these beautiful bursts of cinema. This journey is a collection of our favourite CuriousWorks stories.

[MEET] Another Australia: Or dig deeper and browse stories from a particular person or group – check out Curtis Taylor, Matta Media and Matt Sutton to get started!

[BUILD] Another Australia: Ready to tell stories yourself? CuriousWorks provides training and production services in filmmaking, creative online media and innovative art events for your community. Our passion is to build your capacity to tell your own story in your own way. We’ve worked with schools, councils, non-profits, businesses and individuals of every age and background, throughout the country. Click here to learn more and start building the capacity of your community to fuse the ancient power of storytelling with the contemporary power of new technologies.

Website Credits:
Build and Architecture: the Interaction Consortium
Key Assets Design: Cecelia Charlesworth
Design and Architecture: Shakthi Sivanathan

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Riz: Music from the Motion Picture explores the nature of friendship, betrayal and forgiveness through a series of songs built upon the music in the film’s soundtrack.

The album features the gorgeous vocal harmonies of Aimée Falzon, soaring over a bed of infused indie pop, electronica and rock. Listen to and download the entire album now for just $7.

Kurinji will be playing live ahead of Sunday night’s Riz screening at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
Book your tickets now.
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Our debut feature film Riz, premiering at Sydney Film Festival this weekend, contains a soundtrack of completely original music by Kurinji.

Riz: Music from the Motion Picture explores the nature of friendship, betrayal and forgiveness through a series of songs built upon the music in the film’s soundtrack.

Right Right celebrates the strength of community; Maybe the Medicine proclaims to need to fight back; and How they Break Apart mourns the loss of friendship stronger than family.

The album features the gorgeous vocal harmonies of Aimée Falzon, soaring over a bed of infused indie pop, electronica and rock.

Listen to and download the entire album now for just $7.

About Kurinji
Shakthi grew up in cities, with classical Indian music, curries and traffic jams. Aimée grew up in the bush with madrigals, chickens and riverbeds. As a teenager, Shakthi fell in love with Nirvana and now listens obsessively to indie dance and electronica. As a teenager, Aimée fell in love with Angelique Kidjo and now listens obsessively to Beyonce. Kurinji effortlessly blends these influences into their own distinctive sound.

Kurinji will be playing live ahead of Sunday night’s Riz screening at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. CDs on sale on the night for $7 or special offer of $10 for two.

Riz Sydney Film Festival screenings
Sat 6 June 8pm Dendy Opera Quays Cinema
Sun 7 June 7pm Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
Mon 8 June 8pm Dendy Newtown Cinema
Book your tickets now. #RizFilm

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As somebody, like us, who has been curious about the untold stories of Australia’s multicultural communities, we hope you have been intrigued, moved, inspired and entertained by our films, theatre and other arts projects.

As the end of financial year approaches, are you able to help us take the next step on our mission to show ‘another Australia’ and create the next generation of storytellers?

Your generosity is (almost) as important as your curiosity to this mission.

CuriousWorks is a registered Australian charity so your donations are tax deductible, while adding social, cultural and economic value to the communities we work with.

You can support this unique journey of artistic and cultural discovery by donating online, or email us via contact@curiousworks.com.au to arrange an alternate source of payment. We thank you from the bottom of our curious hearts for whatever you can offer.

Read the full story.

As somebody, like us, who has been curious about the untold stories of Australia’s multicultural communities, we hope you have been intrigued, moved, inspired and entertained by our films, theatre and other arts projects.

As the end of financial year approaches, are you able to help us take the next step on our mission to show ‘another Australia’ and create the next generation of storytellers?

Your generosity is (almost) as important as your curiosity to this mission.

CuriousWorks is a registered Australian charity so your donations are tax deductible, while adding social, cultural and economic value to the communities we work with.

We are grateful for the government and private funding that in the past year has enabled such highlights as:

  • Riz, our first feature film, which was accepted for the 2015 Sydney Film Festival – a coming-of-age drama that sheds light on the city’s cultural and demographic divisions
  • A Counting & Cracking of Heads – a play, tracking a family’s four-generation journey from Sri Lanka to western Sydney, in development with the Melbourne Theatre Company and Belvoir
  • The Other Journey – an acclaimed multi-media art installation telling personal migration stories through video, audio recordings, music and animated light projections
  • Mamu – our short mysterious film drama with a backdrop of ancient Aboriginal customs, that has screened at a Canadian film festival and been broadcast nationally on SBS and NITV
  • Meet+Eat series 2 – people from different cultural communities come together to share their food and stories in six short documentaries seen by thousands of online viewers
  • Our ‘Curious Creators’ group expanding from six to 20 – these are the most talented and motivated graduates from our training programs for Western Sydney youth who gained feature film experience with crew roles on Riz
  • Numerous other community film projects with asylum seekers, the NSW Aboriginal Legal Service, Child Abuse Prevention Services and kids’ arts festivals in Sydney’s western suburbs

Over the next three years, CuriousWorks will embark on an even more ambitious program of high-profile artistic projects, create exciting new opportunities for our ‘Curious Creators’ and start fresh grassroots programs in schools to discover and encourage western Sydney’s next generation of story-tellers and cultural leaders.

You can support this unique journey of artistic and cultural discovery by donating online, or email us via contact@curiousworks.com.au to arrange an alternate source of payment. We thank you from the bottom of our curious hearts for whatever you can offer.

S. Shakthidharan (Shakthi)
Founding and Artistic Director

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How did an enthusiastic, but inexperienced, gang of aspiring film-makers end up with a debut feature at this year’s Sydney Film Festival?

Go behind the scenes with our trainee ‘Curious Creators’ in this four-minute video to learn about the amazing achievement our first feature film, Riz, and the young talent that made it possible.

On the Riz Set with our Curious Creators from CuriousWorks on Vimeo.

It’s just days until Riz hits the film festival screens. Book your tickets now for this great western Sydney coming-of-age story.

Riz Sydney Film Festival screenings
Sat 6 June 8pm Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 
Sun 7 June 7pm Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
Mon 8 June 8pm Dendy Newtown Cinema

We’ve got some extra entertainment planned for the Casula screening. Come early and hear Kurinji playing live music from the Riz soundtrack, and stick around afterwards to meet and question the directors and cast.

How did an enthusiastic, but inexperienced, gang of aspiring film-makers end up with a debut feature at this year’s Sydney Film Festival?

Go behind the scenes with our trainee ‘Curious Creators’ in this four-minute video to learn about the amazing achievement our first feature film, Riz, and the young talent that made it possible.

On the Riz Set with our Curious Creators from CuriousWorks on Vimeo.

It’s just days until Riz hits the film festival screens. Book your tickets now for this great western Sydney coming-of-age story.

Riz Sydney Film Festival screenings
Sat 6 June 8pm Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 
Sun 7 June 7pm Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
Mon 8 June 8pm Dendy Newtown Cinema

We’ve got some extra entertainment planned for the Casula screening. Come early and hear Kurinji playing live music from the Riz soundtrack, and stick around afterwards to meet and question the directors and cast.

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Cast and crew shed light on why they think our first feature film, Riz, makes an important contribution to modern Australian cinema in this three-minute video.

We also believe it’s making a significant contribution to the Sydney Film Festival. It’s only two weeks until our screenings, and festival events often sell out beforehand, so secure your seats now if you haven’t already booked.

Riz Sydney Film Festival screenings
Sat 6 June 8pm Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 
Sun 7 June 7pm Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
Mon 8 June 8pm Dendy Newtown Cinema

We’ve got some extra entertainment planned for the Casula screening. Come early and hear Kurinji playing live music from the Riz soundtrack, and stick around afterwards to meet and question the directors and cast.

Cast and crew shed light on why they think our first feature film, Riz, makes an important contribution to modern Australian cinema in this three-minute video.

We also believe it’s making a significant contribution to the Sydney Film Festival. It’s only two weeks until our screenings, and festival events often sell out beforehand, so secure your seats now if you haven’t already booked.

Riz Sydney Film Festival screenings
Sat 6 June 8pm Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 
Sun 7 June 7pm Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
Mon 8 June 8pm Dendy Newtown Cinema

We’ve got some extra entertainment planned for the Casula screening. Come early and hear Kurinji playing live music from the Riz soundtrack, and stick around afterwards to meet and question the directors and cast.