Starting the conversation around death as means to shift our relationship with fear, a line-up of local and international artists led by Stefan Hunt will bring the 'We’re All Going To Die Festival' to life. Set in COMMUNE'S large labyrinth warehouse the festival will be an amusement park for your soul. Combining world premiere films, official book launch, art installations, music, performance, talks and immersive experiences we ask you, the audience, to fear less and live more. The festival premiered 17 November 2017 in Sydney, Australia at COMMUNE, Waterloo.
THE LINE UP
Shying away from the 'life's short' cliches, we ask you stand in the presence of the rainbow hearse and listen to what your own soul is telling you.
Created by Stefan Hunt
WHAT WOULD YOUR TOMBSTONE SAY?
We asked 20 international and local artists to reflect upon what it means to leave a legacy on your own terms.
Artists - Ozzie Wright, Mia Taninaka, Land Boys, Otis Carey, Nadia Hernandez, Ben Brown, Georgia Hill, Nathanial Russell, Rad Dan, Simon Perini, Jake Donlen, Jim Mitchell, Chris Hope, Shaun Gonzalez, Matt Waters, Vinnie Valdez, Ornamental Confider, Hugo Mecke, Holly Greenwood, Jody Barton
In response to VR, Stefan Hunt has created groundbreaking technology - The Reality Headset. We go off-screen and step out of the fantastical digital universe and hit the R-Headset's mindreader button, which has the power to delve deep into your internal monologue.
Writers: Danny Johnson, Emele Ugavule, Vaughan Blakey, Elfy Scott
Designed by Stefan Hunt & Ruby Mathers
WHAT DO YOU FEAR MOST?
Want to part of the first ever WAGTD Festival? Share your fears here anonymously and see them come to life as part of an installation.
Artists - You
Animator / Designer - Ralph Matthews
Would you show the world your bedroom moves? Groove Therapy, in partnership with Retrosweat, explores our fear of judgement and the solace we seek within the privacy of our bedrooms. This series of short five minute performance works invites you to connect with childhood nostalgia in a bedroom installation whilst performers rotate through the space. Weird? We don’t care what you think.
Groove Therapy X Retrosweat
TELL YOUR FRIENDS YOU LOVE THEM
Have you ever experienced the loss of a loved one? The TYFYLT is a riotous movement in Melbourne that was born from the heartbreaking and sudden loss of a mate within a friendship group. The premise is a simple one - to encourage gratitude and empathy for our friends while we’re here on earth. Look out for their photo booth installation within the labyrinth of warehouse spaces and laneways at COMMUNE.
Created by Sarah O-Brien and Matt O-Brien
This 30 minute mini-film festival that will screen the world-premiers of nine short films, by an award-winning list of international directors. Each director has been assigned a word around which their story, in no longer than two minutes, will unfold.
The final short is Stefan Hunt’s film We’re All Going To Die the adaptation from the illustrated book of the same name in which a man has a conversation with death, pondering the what ifs and oh wells of life.
- Failure Directed by Smirit Keshari, New York
- Judgement Directed by Lincoln Caplice, Sydney
- Fear Directed by Genevieve Bailey
- Unknown Directed by Meredith, Los Angeles
- Doubt Directed by Cate Stewart, Sydney
- Embarrassment Directed by Samuel Kristofski, New Zealand
- Rejection Directed by Claire Littler, London
- Life Directed by Russell Brownley, San Diego
- We’re all Going To Die Directed by Stefan Hunt, Byron Bay
What do we do when we think the end is coming? It’s not as apocalyptic as you might think. The truth is, when people know they are going to die, they spend their last year in the most loving, conscious and caring way. So don’t wait until you die to die. Start practicing now.
Created by The Indigo Project
How do you feel about being asked to stare at a stranger straight in the eyes? We're here to change the way people interact with each other. This initiative is about binding people together so that we can collectively co-create a new reality where authenticity and vulnerability is at the essence of each interaction
Created by The Human Connection Movement
Panel Discussion, hosted by Tom Tilley
What fear can teach us; Recognising the role fear plays in our lives and changing how we interact with it.
Panelists - Mary Hoang, Robyn Wilson, John Grayson
Rest in peace: What death can teach us about life.
Panelists - Kerrie Noonan, Amy Sagar, Emele Ugavule