REFRACTED

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Season 2

GORDI

Phoenix X Subversus

Directed by VERSUS

‘Refracted’ centres around haunting, stripped back performances of ‘Extraordinary Life’ & ‘Volcanic’. Gordi finds herself within confounding spaces of the Phoenix which act as a conduit for self-observation, in this suspense filled live performance film. 

‘We filmed ‘Refracted’ on what can only be described as an emotionally charged day. We were mid swing in tackling a very ambitious shooting schedule when Sophie and her team received the devastating news that Michael Gudinski had passed. Sophie was justifiably shattered. She took some time to mourn and reflect and like the absolute mega star she is, decided to press on. She proceeded to channel everything she was thinking and feeling in to her performance. It was electrifying. Hearing her sing ‘Extraordinary Life’ with fresh grief was so bittersweet. I hope that we have done our job in capturing the essence of this very special moment in time on film. Put your headphones on and turn this one up real loud.’

Tanya Babic, VERSUS  – Director

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On Set | Behind the Scenes

The challenge for us as filmmakers was to not overplay our hand. The vulnerability of Gordi’s music- the intimacy of Extraordinary Life and the intense self-examination of Volcanic, perfectly laid the platform to explore the way Phoenix’s architecture can provoke introspection. We wanted to take some subtle cues from the Giallo films of the 70s to evoke an inner turmoil, but the key was putting Sophie’s incredible performances on a pedestal and letting them always be the absolute focus.”

Jason Sukadana, VERSUS - Director

 

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Gordi  Credits:

Directed by VERSUS
 
Performed by Gordi
 
Commissioned by Phoenix Central Park
A Subversus Original
 
Director: Tanya Babic
Director: Jason Sukadana
Production Company: Vs. Studio
Cinematography: Brad Jarrett
Editor: Sean McDermott 
 
Phoenix Executive Producer: Judith Neilson AM
Phoenix Producer and Creative Director: Beau Nielson
Phoenix Creative and Technical Director: Angus Hunt
Artistic Director: Nena Beretin
 
Gordi Management: Adrian McGruther @ su:ku:ya
 
Post Production: Vs. Studio
Colour Grade: Matt Fezz
Production Stills: Jess Gleeson & Teresa Tan 
Title Design: Russell Fitzgibbon
 
Production Manager: Justine Moyle
1st AC: Steivan Hasler
Gaffer: Lee Burling
Best Boy: Simon Lowerson
Steadicam: Julius Koivistoinen
Styling: Monique Moynihan
Hair and Makeup: Stephanie Cainero
Runner: James Berry
 
Sound Design and Mix: Joshua Craig
Sound Recording: Joshua Craig
Sound record assistant: Dorny Mayes
 
Music written by Sophie Payten (Gordi)
Music published by Mushroom Music 
 
Gordi Apparition 1: Tatjana Appleford
Gordi Apparition 2: Bridget Heazlewood
Gordi Appartition 3: Niki Hrstic
 
Subversus Executive Producer: Tanya Babic
Subversus Creative Director: Jason Sukadana
Copyright Subversus 2021 

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