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Finding Paradise

A washed-up musician chases after the new sound in a post-apocalyptic wilderness.

Finding Paradise is a film in the spirit of diesel-punk, made on a junkyard budget and set to the music of EWAH & The Vision of Paradise’ sophomore album, The Warning Birds.

Lost in a barren place equipped with only arcane tools and a wardrobe scrounged from the scrap heap, a lone musician tries to make sense of this inhospitable wilderness, in search of drinkable water and a safe haven – paradise - to start new life.
At odds with the extreme landscape and weather, the lone explorer reflects on their life in the old world. She wrestles with anxieties about an unborn child, the horrors of the old world and the alien nature of this new world.
She finds purpose in seeking to understand this place with hand-built gadgets and makeshift testing equipment. A deeper quest, her ongoing search for the “new sound” hangs over from her old life. It both drives her onward and drives her into desperation. She is visited by ghosts, played by The Vision of Paradise who silently guide in times of crisis.
Yet the further she travels into the strange wild land, the more hopeless the search becomes. To truly find paradise, she must reconcile with this strange place on its own terms.
Shot during winter in remote locations of lutruwita/Tasmania, Australia, the feature was made on a micro-budget with a micro-crew of four, including lead actor EWAH, who co-directed, scripted and produced the film. Co-directors and writers Joseph Shrimpton and Tess Campbell also took this all hands on deck approach. Elements such as technical props were made by Shrimpton with the assistance of tech wiz Dylan Sheridan. Campbell also plays the role of the dream baby, a liminal body, floating in darkness that preoccupies the explorer’s thoughts and dreams.
Like making this ambitious project, the explorer’s mission seems an impossible task beset with obstacles. But perhaps, as she chases after the new sound she might at least come close to finding paradise.

The Warning Birds is released by Part Time Records and music publishing through Gaga Music.
This project was assisted through Arts Tasmania and Screen Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.

Filmed on location in lutruwita/Tasmania.
And at Moonah Arts Centre studio on muwinina country.

  • Emma Waters
  • Tess Campbell
  • Joseph Shrimpton
  • Emma Waters
  • Tess Campbell
  • Joseph Shrimpton
  • Emma Waters
  • Emma Waters
    Key Cast
    "The Explorer"
  • Tess Campbell
    Key Cast
    "Dream Baby"
  • Enid Hollingsworth Waters
    Key Cast
  • Paul Brooks
    Key Cast
    "Ghost I"
  • Charles Donnelly
    Key Cast
    "Ghost II"
  • Stuart Hollingsworth
    Key Cast
    "Ghost III"
  • Peter McGeachy
  • Joseph Shrimpton
    Technical Props
  • Dylan Sheridan
    Technical Props
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Feature, Music Video
  • Genres:
    sci-fi, musical, drama, punk, experimental
  • Runtime:
    50 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 AUD
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Director Biography - Emma Waters, Tess Campbell, Joseph Shrimpton

Finding Paradise is a collaborative work made by multi-disciplinary artists EWAH, Tess Campbell and Joseph Shrimpton.

EWAH/Emma Waters
Best known for her work with noir post punk band, EWAH & The Vision of Paradise, EWAH is a published writer, award winning musician and sometime actor. Her music is often cited as cinematic. Influenced heavily by film, it was only a matter of time before she ventured into filmmaking after collaborations in music video making.

Tess Campbell
An award winning artist, and active proponent of her local arts scene, Campbell has exhibited at festivals, ARIs and notable galleries in Hobart and Melbourne, Australia.

Joseph Shrimpton
A tech creative and uber film boffin, Shrimpton’s main game is videography, but he’s also a dab hand at kinetics and electronics, creating installations for indoor and outdoor exhibitions.

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Director Statement

Creativity is an act of sustained madness.