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King Carl the Cool

King Carl the Cool is the pursuit of a unique dream and a meeting between Royalty and Rock n Roll.

Max is a young, neuro-diverse man from Melbourne, an expert on Royal families and a lover of rock n roll.

Over the last five years he has written and received over 150 letters from Royal families across the world.

The Royal who has particularly captured his interest over time has been King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. To honour King Carl, Max wrote him a rock song (in the chords of C and G) and called it KING CARL the COOL.

Max and his family planned to visit Stockholm in May 2018, to see the Royal Palace, accompanied with a bold dream of meeting the King.

This feature documentary captures the journey of this dream whilst simultaneously revealing the gifts of someone who views the world through a unique perspective.

At the core of this film is the ethos of neurodiversity; an approach or paradigm that emerged in the late 1990s and brings forward the idea that neurological differences such as autism, dyslexia, ADHD and other neurological conditions are a result of normal variations of the human genome rather than a medical disorder. Steve Silberman's book Neurotribes suggests that we need to ultimately recognise, celebrate and work with the strengths of those who have neurological differences in order to progress as a society.

  • Amelia Ducker
  • Jo Leishman
  • Amelia Ducker
  • Jo Leishman
  • Max Beale
    Key Cast
  • Madeline Beale
    Key Cast
  • Chris Beale
    Key Cast
  • Amelia Ducker
    Key Cast
  • Jo Leishman
    Key Cast
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    51 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 21, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    18,000 AUD
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    Australia, Sweden
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Director Biography - Amelia Ducker , Jo Leishman

Amelia Ducker and Jo Leishman are emerging filmmakers from Melbourne, Australia.

Amelia is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator with her work spanning Live Art, Theatre and Film. She holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts, (Monash), a Postgraduate Diploma of Performance Creation, (VCA) and a Graduate Certificate of Art & Community Engagement (VCA). Most recently she completed the Future Makers Fellowship at the Centre for Sustainability and Leadership (CSL). She has undertaken local and international residencies and her latest Production 'Genius', was directed for the Festival of Live Art, 2016, with a re-imagining in 2017 at the Abbotsford Convent.

Jo Leishman is a collaborative artist with a background in producing and project managing events, festivals, theatre and dance. She has toured nationally and internationally with companies including Back to Back (Small Metal Objects, Food Court, Ganesh Vs the Third Reich) and Windmill Theatre Company. She has worked for Dark Mofo (Hobart’s winter festival) for consecutive years, acting as Head of Stage Management for their late night event: Night Mass. Jo works inclusively, most notably with companies such as Rawcus and St Martins Youth Arts Centre. She was Production Manager for the production of Genius in both 2016 and 2017

Her artist practice evolves around writing, physical theatre, collaboration & story-telling. Currently, she is the Associate Producer at Abbotsford Convent.

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We are interested in processes that help nurture connections between people, their communities and the environment and committed to finding ways that help uncover new perspectives.