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In 2007 the Sydney Dance Company appointed 29-year-old choreographer Tanja Liedtke as their first new artistic director in 30 years. However before she could take up the position, she was struck and killed by a truck in the middle of the night. Admired internationally as a dancer and celebrated for her fresh choreographic voice, she was known as a dedicated artist, intelligent, dorky, funny and generous.

18 months after her death her collaborators embark on a world tour of her work, and in the process they must deal with their grief and explore the reasons for her death. Interspersed with intimate footage of her artistic process and previously unseen interviews, Life in Movement is a film about moving creatively through life and loss. Filmmakers Bryan Mason and Sophie Hyde give us a powerfully rendered take on art and artists, creativity and our own mortality.

Technical Information

Running time: 79 mins and 56 mins
Format: HDCAM , HDCAM-SR, DigiBeta, Blu-Ray and DVD (PAL & NTSC)
Ratio: 1.78 (16:9)
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo and 5.1 on selected formats
Language: ENGLISH

Tanja Liedtke

German born Tanja Liedtke began her dance and theatre studies in Madrid. She pursued further training at Elmhurst Ballet School, and graduated from the Ballet Rambert School before taking up residence in Sydney in 1996. Tanja was a member of Australian Dance Theatre (ADT) under the directorship of Garry Stewart for four years, touring across Australia, Asia, UK and North America. She joined Lloyd Newson's DV8 Physical Theatre in 2003 for the award winning Channel Four film and European tour of The Cost of Living and the 2005 creation and international tour of Just for Show. Tanja also pursued her distinctive choreographic voice and was commissioned to create works across 4 continents. She choreographed for ADT's Ignition seasons (receiving Dance Australia Critic's Choice for most promising choreography in 1999 and 2000), Tasdance, De Anima Ballet Contemporaneo (Brazil), Akademie des Tanzes (Germany) Taipei Idea (Taiwan) and David Hughes Dance Company (Scotland) among others. She was also recognised by a Fellowship from The Australian Choreographic Centre. In 2006 Tanja received the Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography for her work Twelfth Floor which toured nationally through Mobile States. She created her final work construct in 2007. Tanja was the newly appointed Artistic Director of Sydney Dance Company at the time of her accidental death in August.

The Tanja Liedtke Foundation website has more information about Tanja and her work.

Bryan Mason

Bryan Mason is a multi-skilled director of Closer Productions, a film production company based in Adelaide, South Australia. An award winning editor and DOP, Bryan shot, edited and co-produced Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure, feature documentary which premiered at Sundance 2011. Working closely with his partner Sophie Hyde, Bryan has shot and edited a number of short films including Ok, Let's Talk About Me (2005), My Last Ten Hours With You (2007), Elephantiasis (2010) - which premiered at the 2010 Melbourne Int'l Film Festival - and Necessary Games (Winner Best Experimental at 2009 Melbourne Int'l Film Festival & Brooklyn Int'l Film Festival 2010) and was awarded Best Work at ReelDance Awards 2010.

In 2009 Bryan edited the feature film My Tehran for Sale (TIFF and Pusan film festivals in 2009). He was also Second Unit DP on the feature film Broken Hill (2009). In 2011 Bryan will shoot, edit and produce the drama 52 Tuesdays, with director Sophie Hyde, another SAFC FilmLab feature, which will begin shooting in 2011 and continue for 52 weeks.

Sophie Hyde

Australian filmmaker Sophie Hyde is one of the founders and co-directors of Closer Productions, based in Adelaide, South Australia. She works as a director and Producer making provocative and intimate drama and documentary work.

Her work has been shown in numerous compilations and screened on TV, in galleries and festivals around the world, including Sundance, Museum of Modern Art, NY, The National Portrait Gallery, Australia, Uppsala, Cork Film Festival, Palm Springs, Torino, Frameline, Cinedans, Montreal and Melbourne International Film Festival.

Her documentaries include Bittersweet Freedom (Director), Ok, Let's Talk About Me, Beyond Beliefs (Writer/Director/Producer), winner of IQ One World Award 2009, Risking It All: Initial D (Director), Stunt Love (Executive Producer) and Shut Up Little Man! An Ausio Misadventure (Producer), which premiered at Sundance 2011 and will be released theatrically in the USA, Canada and Australia in 2011/2012.

She has won numerous awards for her short films including Sydney Mardi Gras Best Short Film and the Melbourne Queer Film Festival's Emerging Filmmaker Award and Audience Choice Award for My Last Ten Hours With You (Director), Best Experimental Short at the 2009 Melbourne International Film Festival, the Australian Teacher Of Media awards 2009 and the Brooklyn Film Festival 2010, Best Work at the Reeldance awards 2010 for the short dance triptych Necessary Games (Director/Producer), with Restless Dance Theatre and Best Director award at the World of Women Film Festival for Elephantiasis written by Vogel winning novelist Danielle Wood.

Sophie is in development on a feature, the drama 52 Tuesdays, as director and producer, which will begin shooting in 2011 and continue for 52 weeks.

Susan MacKinnon

Susan MacKinnon has worked as an independent producer for more than 20 years, winning multiple awards and international acclaim for her films. Susan is a passionate champion of new and innovative filmmaking, and has many credits including 4, Global Haywire, Honeybee Blues, The Oasis, Over My Dead Body, In The Company of Actors, Hungry For Freedom, Fetch, Eternity, Loaded - The Gun Lovers and Men And Their Sheds.

Susan is Executive Director of the Documentary Australia Foundation and a Board Director of the South Australian Film Corporation. From 1997 - 2005 Susan was the documentary Investment Manager at the Film Finance Corporation where she assisted filmmakers in financing their documentaries. While being a tireless advocate for Australian documentaries, she helped finance over 400 films which included Donkey In Lahore, Wedding In Ramallah, The Inheritance - A Fisherman's Story, Land Mines - A Love Story and Much Ado About Something.

DJ Tr!p

DJ TR!P is a multi-award winning producer, composer & performer of electronic music. Over the past 10 years he has built an impressive repertoire of live compositions for his club sets, a variety of high profile contemporary theatre, dance & film productions, as well as for festival openings, launches & major cultural events. As a Live Performing Act & DJ he has played at numerous national & international venues, festivals & events including The Tank (New York), Super Deluxe (Tokyo), Game On (from the Barbican Art Gallery), The Famous Spielgeltent, Ten Days On The Island, Mona Foma, Sydney Opera House, Adelaide Festival, Big Day Out, Brisbane Powerhouse, Falls Festival, Brisbane Festival, Next Wave, This Is Not Art, Electro Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Cabaret Festival & the Australasian Computer Music Conference. As a composer he has written for companies including the ABC, Tanja Liedtke, State Theatre of SA, Vitalstatistix, Federation Square, Insite Arts, The Australian Choreographic Centre, Brink Productions, Australian Dance Theatre, Windmill, Adelaide Fringe, Come Out, Tasdance & Restless Dance Theatre. Recent scores include the multi-award winning dance film Necessary Games (Restless Dance Theatre & Closer Productions) & Life In Movement (Closer Productions). He loves collaboration, working with directors and adapting to different art forms.


Sol is a performer, choreographer, teacher and arts manager and long term Artistic Associate with Tanja Liedtke. Sol’s performance career features engagements with Australian Dance Theatre, and Ricochet Dance Productions (UK). He is the recipient of a Choreographic Fellowship from the Australian Choreographic Centre, and the short film Restoration which he co-choreographed and performed with Narelle Benjamin won the National Dance Award 1999 for best dance on film.


Paul White is one of Australia's most highly regarded dance artists. His career as a performer and artistic collaborator has included working with some of the art form’s most renowned choreographers and directors such as Meryl Tankard, Lloyd Newson (DV8 Physical Theatre) and Garry Stewart (Australian Dance Theatre).  Paul won the 2008 Helpmann Award for the Best Male dancer in a dance or theatre production, the 2010 Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography and has twice won the Australian Dance Award for the Most Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer (2008, 2010).


Over the past 11 years Kristina has performed throughout Australia, Canada, UK, USA, Asia, Israel and Europe. She has worked with numerous Australian companies, choreographers and directors including Australian Dance Theatre, Chunky Move, Sydney Theatre Company, and Tasdance, Stalker Theatre Company, Michelle Mahrer, Stephanie Lake, Bernadette Walong, Narelle Benjamin, Tanja Liedtke. Kristina has taught for Australian and international dance companies, universities, dance institutions and secondary schools around Australia, such as Bangarra Dance Theatre, Australian Dance Theatre, and Sydney Dance Company. Kristina has been awarded two Australian Dance Awards for "Outstanding Performance by a Female Dancer" for both of Tanja Liedtke's full length works: 2006 for Twelfth Floor and 2008 for Construct.


Anton graduated from QUT in 1996 with an Associate Degree in Dance. He has had engagements with DarcSwan, Dance North, Australian Dance Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, The Australian Opera, Legs on the Wall, Kim Carpenter's Theatre Of Image and independent artists Troy Mundy, Shaun Parker, Meryl Tankard, Rowan Marchingo and Tanja Liedtke. His choreographic credits include works created for Tasdance, The Sydney Opera House, ADT, Dance North, numerous tertiary institutions, film, TV, arts festivals, commercials and music videos.


Julian's work centres around the performing arts. As a performer: Superheroes Stone/Castro 2010, Black Marrow Chunky Move 2009, Tanja Liedtke's Twelfth Floor 2006/2010, Jet of Blood Ignite 2006. As an artist his original concepts drive theatrical works that seek to communicate in a common language our current condition (Tom the Loneliest No Strings Attached 2009, I'm Still Here, Parts I-V Country Arts SA 2010, Put the Light on Me or The Trickle Down Economy Lisbon 2010). He has worked as a writer, filmmaker, teacher and photographer and has been an Associate Artist with No String Attached Theatre of Disability since 2004.


Amelia McQueen graduated from Adelaide College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Dance Performance in 2000. In 2004 Amelia began developing a role under the direction of Tanja Liedtke for Twelfth Floor that she has since performed in Australia, the United Kingdom and Germany 2006-2009. She has been a member for performance companies such as Tanz Atelier Wien (Vienna), Tasdance (Launceston), Stalker Theatre Company (Sydney) and physical theatre company Strange Fruit (Melbourne). Amelia has presented her own choreography in Adelaide, Melbourne and Amsterdam and her recent dance and sound performance collaboration Soft Targets with Jade Dewi Tyas Tunggal and Bilwa won the "Outstanding Choreography" Award at Short and Sweet Dance Festival in Canberra shortly afterward.


Joshua Tyler is a writer/director and one of Australia's leading dance dramaturges. In various roles including actor and dramaturge Joshua has worked for Tanja Liedtke, Kate Champion, Australian Dance Theatre, Sydney Dance Company and Company B Belvoir. Joshua was dramaturge on Tanja Liedtke's two major works Twelfth Floor and Construct and performed in Twelfth Floor. His short films have screened at a number of international festivals, Flipsical (Susie Porter, Aden Young) screened at Interfilm Berlin, Flickerfest Sydney, Sci-Fi Film Festival London and Clermont-Ferrand France. Joshua has an Advanced Diploma in Acting from ACArts and a MA in Screenwriting from AFTRS. He is the winner of the ‘Jill Blewitt Playwrights Award' and currently has three feature films in development, a TV series and a comic book series.

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