Suddenly: A Short New Musical, a brand new innovative short film production, developed entirely by young industry professionals during the second COVID-19 lockdown in Australia, has just been released on YouTube.
The film premiered with a sold-out screening in Melbourne, and now, Suddenly has been watched over 2.5k times – and counting – all around Australia, the US and UK! The brand new 30 minute musical film brings theatrical innovation to the next level in a production performed on stage that is entirely designed for camera.
Suddenly boasts an original pop/rock contemporary theatre score by local singer/songwriter Jordie Race-Coldrey, and a world-class cast of Melbourne’s most exciting professional and forthcoming talent.
What makes this production, helmed by creative producer Dean Gild, so unique, is that it embraces the digital renaissance of live theatre through filmed media, unifying the scale and electricity of live performance, with the nuance and intimacy of film.
Suddenly reveals the story of a stretched relationship between a mother and daughter, and how they are forced to confront the issues causing their rift, by reflecting on their past, their innate insecurities, and personal struggles. The musical foregrounds the importance of strong familial relationships, the power of confronting your past, and acts as a reminder to appreciate what, and who, you have.
“This is a story about the importance of family relationships and learning that we are all just a work in progress, and learning how to be vulnerable enough to open up and let people in, even when it feels like the walls are up too high.” – Jordie Race-Coldrey (Director, Composer, Co-Writer)
For the entire creative team, Suddenly is their very first musical production. On top of this, COVID-19 had just shifted the industry like never before, so the young team were able to draw from a completely blank slate of traditions and standards and create something completely original. It’s incredible what can be achieved with a room (or zoom) full of passionate young creatives.