Documentaries & Interviews

Documentaries & Interviews

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Documentaries & Interviews
  • Whispers / Megan Cope (2023)

    On Tubowgule, now called Bennelong Point, Quandamooka artist Megan Cope introduces 'Whispers', a melding of First Nations history and environmental consciousness. In this artwork, commissioned for our 50th anniversary, more than 85,000 oyster shells are positioned across the Sydney Opera House pr...

  • Stepping Out (1980)

    Available worldwide until 20th March 2024.
    Winner of the 1981 AFI Award for Best Documentary, 'Stepping Out' explores the lives of a theatre group of people with disability as they prepare for their first public performance, to be held at the Sydney Opera House.

    The film follows this event from ...

  • The Takeover (2023)

    What happens when you suspend the school timetable for 3 weeks and give students full creative control? Follow the journey of teachers and students of Liverpool Boys High School in Western Sydney, as the traditional school structure is turned on its head and creativity takes the reins.

    The Takeo...

  • Meet ballet superstar Natalia Osipova (2019)

    Few dancers boast a career as stellar as Natalia Osipova. In this interview, Osipova unpacks the moments that made her — from a mentorship with Alexei Ratmansky, to becoming principal artist at The Royal Ballet. Her new work, Pure Dance, balances the classical and contemporary disciplines, reflec...

  • The Gauntlet - Sxip Shirey & Coco Karol (2020)

    Performed as part of Antidote in 2018, The Gauntlet is a genre-bending performance work, which combines choirs and vocal ensembles, contemporary choreography and site-specific storytelling. In this newly commissioned documentary film, composer Sxip Shirey and choreographer Coco Karol discuss what...

  • Discovery Project - London Symphony Orchestra (2023)

    Go behind the scenes on a special project, which sees musicians from London Symphony Orchestra working with Sydney and Regional NSW Youth Orchestras on a unique performance.

    The LSO returned to the Sydney Opera House in May 2023 and, alongside their three monumental performances, they worked wit...

  • A Stroke of Genius (1983)

    Created in 1983 to celebrate the 10th birthday of Sydney Opera House, 'A Stroke of Genius' uses contemporary interviews and archival footage to retell the story of the House and its impact on the social fabric of the city. Opening with a dramatic sequence of the House sculpted in ice, the documen...

  • On The Level (2022-2023)

    1 season

    Candid, in-depth, and always revealing, On The Level catches up with artists during their visit to the Sydney Opera House, discussing their careers, inspirations, and preparations for their performance.

  • Legs On The Wall: THAW – No Time To Waste (2022)

    In January 2022, Sydney-siders were treated to an unusual spectacle: one brave woman perched atop a giant ice cube, suspended high above the city’s harbour at the peak of summer. THAW marked a dramatic return for renowned local company Legs on the Wall, who delivered an art installation as metaph...

  • DANCERITES Deadly Moments (2021)

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that the following content may contain images and voices of deceased persons.

    For almost 10 years, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have travelled to Sydney to take part in Sydney Opera House’s various First Nations Festivals ...

  • Opera Australia: Staging an Opera (2016)

    Ever wondered just how much work goes into an opera production? How does it all begin? Who does it involve? 'Staging an Opera' delves into how resident company Opera Australia brings their productions to life. Enter the world of Bizet's iconic opera 'The Pearlfishers' and find out what it takes f...

  • Firestarter - Bangarra Dance Theatre (2020)

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    Firestarter marks Bangarra Dance Theatre’s 30th anniversary. Taking us through Bangarra’s birth and spectacular growth, the film recognises Bangarra’s founders and tells the story of how three young Aboriginal brothers — Stephen, David and Russell Page — turned the newly born dance group into a F...

  • Side By Side (2021-2022)

    1 season

    An eclectic line-up of collaborative duos turn the tables and interview one another.

  • Talking Music (2013-2019)

    1 season

    Some of the world's greatest musicians have graced the stage at Sydney Opera House. In 'Talking Music', they share their reflections on their work, their influences and their greatest passions.

  • A Night To Shine! - Behind The Scenes (2022)

    Go backstage at the Sydney Opera House as students from the Australian World Orchestra education programme prepare to take the recently re-opened Concert Hall stage for A Night To Shine!

    Students also share their experiences of the Australian World Orchestra’s programme for young regional and m...