Getting Their Acts Together
Getting Their Acts Together
TWO ARTISTIC DIRECTORS FROM A WORLD-FAMOUS FESTIVAL FACE A CHALLENGING YEAR, SCOURING THE GLOBE FOR BEST IN LIVE PERFORMANCE ART
Since 2017, Adelaide Festival has been transformed by a remarkable team of two artistic directors: Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy. Both highly accomplished in their own fields and with a long history of working together, they have a unique relationship that combines mutual respect, razor-sharp judgement and hilarious bickering – an alchemy that has delivered the most successful run of Adelaide Festivals ever.
This timely, entertaining documentary takes us behind the scenes and around the world to lift the curtain on the little-known and intriguing art of festival curation and direction. In the lead up to the 2020 Festival, Neil and Rachel face their most challenging year yet as they struggle to find – and agree on – 76 acts for the Adelaide Festival’s 60th anniversary year.
Throughout this journey Neil and Rachel navigate artist egos, competing companies, multi-million dollar decisions along with challenges they could never plan for; injury, tragedy and a global pandemic.
From the South of France to Edinburgh, the Netherlands and beyond Getting Their Acts Together illuminates the hardest part of Festival direction - not just putting on the festival itself, but the all-important months in the lead up to program lock-off. As Rachel and Neil attempt to navigate mountainous seas and their own relationship, they open the doors of their homes, their workplaces, and, during bleakest hours, their hearts.
Featuring informative interviews with a host of prestigious, world-class festival Artistic Directors (including Fergus Linehan – Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland, Pierre Audi – Festival d’Aix-en-Provence in France, Mark Yeoman - Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen in The Netherlands) Getting Their Acts Together shines a light on the matchmaking process between artists and audiences, and, through the lens of two passionate true believers, opens a dialogue on the value and inherent purpose of the arts to society.
Narrated by much-loved, multi-award winning media personality and author Annabel Crabb.
ABOUT THE ADELAIDE FESTIVAL
The Adelaide Festival takes place in the South Australian capital in March each year. Beginning in 1960, it is considered one of the world's major celebrations of the arts, and a pre-eminent cultural event. With a program that regularly encompasses the best the world has to offer in opera, theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, cabaret, literature, visual art and new media, the Festival now includes a four-day world-music event, WOMADelaide, and the literary festival, Adelaide Writers' Week – together attracting millions of visitors from interstate and overseas.
‘More than any other Australian festival of its kind, it offers a place for cultural and intellectual nourishment, a sense of gathering and of community, led by the inspired programming of directors Neil Armfield and Rachel Healy’ – The Australian