Twirl de Lux

When women dance it is a revolutionary act. She thinks of herself, of her body, as she twirls. She puts her self first.

When my mother died I couldn’t breath. I spent days digging though film and photos to curate a moving-image adoration for her Irish wake. I watched her life rush back and forth beneath my fingertips.

Tears blurred detail allowing a panorama that revealed she had stopped dancing. We struggle to put ourselves first. We don’t feel safe. She had meant for her daughters to keep dancing.

The world needs saving. We are pushed to bend convention, yet frowned on when we do. Freedom is fragile. Our bodies are the front line. Our daughters are watching.

  • Erin M McCuskey
  • Erin M McCuskey
  • Erin M McCuskey
  • Yum Studio
  • Christine Tammer
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Art, Artist
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 3, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    1,500 USD
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  • Yum Studio
    Country: Australia
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Erin M McCuskey

Erin grew up in a large Irish immigrant family in regional Victoria. Her love of the moving image grew from family films and transparencies created by her father, and the gatherings to view them. Her focus is stories with heart through mediums of film, photography and word.

In 1989 she established Yum Studio a creative media company engaging with audiences through story and cinematic stylings. She works to produce projects with human rights at their core, creating media that is thought provoking and engages the heart.

Her short films, installations and commissions have screened at White Night Ballarat, Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (MADE), Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), Flickerfest, Indiefest, Gertrude St Projection Festival, Ballarat International Foto Biennale, along with international screenings of her work/s.

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Director Statement

I work with still images, moving images, word and projections. Mixing portrait images and heritage footage allows me to make heartfelt motion images. Layers of mesmeric motion creating portraits on heritage, feminisms, human rights, concepts of time and breaths of memory.