Lismore film-makers Darmin Cameron (left) and David Tindale with the Spirit of Woodford Video Award they won with a 15-minute film on the festival’s iconic Chai Tent.
Lismore film-makers Darmin Cameron (left) and David Tindale with the Spirit of Woodford Video Award they won with a 15-minute film on the festival’s iconic Chai Tent. Jacklyn Wagner

Two film-makers annex top award

A SPIRITED effort has snagged local film-makers Darmin Cameron and David Tindale top honours at the Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland, held between Christmas and New Year.

The dynamic duo created a 15-minute film about the festival’s iconic Chai Tent, a place to relax among giant cushions and jamming musicians.

The film, Chai Tent at the End of the Universe, won them the Spirit of Woodford Video Award for 2009/2010.

“I was walking into the festival the year before last and decided to make a film about my adventures at Woodford,” Mr Cameron said.

As a member of the Woodford Archive Project, Mr Cameron set about documenting the Chai Tent’s 21st continuous appearance at the festival, gauging the impressions festival-goers had towards the stall.

“Some people loved it, others loathed it,” he said.

“One man said it was this encapsulated darkness in the middle of the light, and others didn’t like the all-night drumming.

“But there was a lot of love for the Chai Tent, and the love far outweighed the loathing.”

Mr Tindale, as editor, said he and director Mr Cameron made a ‘reasonable, collaborative team’.

“I haven’t been to the festival, so for me it’s just random, and I’m just looking for bits of gold, little gems, and then see what it evolves as,” he said.

“I turn it into a narrative, making it entertaining and engaging. There’s no winning formula.”

Mr Tindale said editing the four hours of footage took two months.

“It’s just as well I enjoyed doing it,” he laughed.

Mr Cameron didn’t set out to win The Spirit of Woodford, and was only convinced to enter by organisers.

“They showed all the films and I thought ‘I’m not going to win’,” he said.

“I’m amazed I won. I can’t imagine what it’s like to win an academy award, this one was just so much fun.

“And it was a gold for the North Coast too.”

But glass trophies and prize-winnings of $4500 aside, Mr Tindale said it was a ‘win just to be screened’ at the festival.

“It’s about finding an audience,” he said.

The creative duo is now working on a documentary on the Men and Family Centre in Lismore.



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