Cordelia Beresford - Cinematography
Based in the UK since high school, Cordelia worked in the TV industry, in arts documentaries, for three years first as a Researcher then Associate Producer, Director and Cinematographer. Starting on children’s programmes with the South Bank Show, where she directed a highly popular documentary on Tintin and Herge’s artwork, she also worked at BBC2, made an independent documentary for Channel 4 on a woman artist with Down’s Syndrome and Camera Assisted on and shot various short films. Returning to Australia she did the MA Honours course in Cinematography at the AFTRS film school, graduating with four awards including the overall cinematography prize. For her Honours project she conceived and directed a 12 minute dance film, Restoration that has won numerous awards both in Australia and overseas: including a Dendy award in 2000, Best Film at the National Dance Awards and a Silver from the ACS. Following AFTRS she directed a ten minute thriller, Look for Film Four in the UK which was recently screened on Channel 4 and was a finalist at the Manhattan International Short Film Competition.
She has continued to focus on her cinematography, shooting two documentaries for SBS last year and numerous short films, one (Blood & Ash) winning the second cinematography prize at St Kilda Film Festival 2001 and one (Lamb) winning Tropfest 2002. She also directed a half-hour documentary about Chunky Move and later collaborated with Choreographer Gideon Obarzanek on his interactive dance piece Biopsy. At the end of 2001 she shot a longer-form, low budget drama with the director Rachel Ward whose cast was a group of teenagers in foster care. She has also branched into advertising and pop promos and hopes to keep exploring and extending her skills in that area, multi-media forms and drama. Cordelia was the Cinematographer on Chunky Move's short film Dance Like Your Old Man.