Music Video – SO AND SO

Music Video – SO AND SO


Australian post-punk fusion trio Rat Kangaroo releases their fourth music video SO AND SO.

Rat Kangaroo is Mark Tallon (vocal), Chip Wardale (bass, electronic percussion), Andrew Garton (guitar, keyboards).

Recorded and filmed at Chip’s Place, Coburg. Post-production at Andrew’s Place, Hurstbridge.

For all things Rat Kangaroo –

Forged from Fire

Forged from Fire

Forged from Fire

Forged from Fire tells the story of how an Australian and international community of blacksmiths, welders, artists and volunteers responded to the devastating Black Saturday bush-fires by creating perhaps the most ambitious public artwork and memorial in Australia – a three tonne, 9.8 meter tall stainless steel and copper gum tree – The Blacksmiths’ Tree.


On Black Saturday, 7 February 2009, townships north-east of Melbourne were threatened by firestorms. Considered Australia’s worst ever natural disaster it resulted in the highest loss of life and injuries from a bushfire in Australia. The conditions in which the fires were ignited and burnt were extreme. After the horror of immediate losses, people had naturally embarked on various journeys of repair and recovery. The Blacksmiths’ Tree was one of them.

A selection of screenshots from Forged from Fire.

Media coverage, reviews and interviews

Publication: Screen Space

Interview – Andrew Garton, Director, Forged from Fire
Publication: We Are Moving Stories

Docs Factor reviews Forged from Fire
Publication: The Docs Factor Podcast

Publication: Switch

Cinema Australia Podcast Episode #36 | Andrew Garton
Publication: Cinema Australia

Top 5 films to see at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
Publication: Follow Magazine



  • Writer / Director – Andrew Garton
  • Director of Photography – Mike Wilkin
  • Music – Invention in Time, Charles Brown, Ron McIntyre, Andrew Garton
  • Aerial footage courtesy of I-Drone, Brett Chilton and Michael Prinzi
  • Videography courtesy of Warwick Page
  • Time-lapse footage courtesy of Barry Thomas



For decades I believed I had come from the stars. What I believed to be memories waned in my 30’s, re-surfaced in my early 50’s and came to a necessary halt around the time I turned 56. But it was that first decade when the backyard walks of my childhood fired my imagination so much that Zandor’s adventures across the cosmos lived both in me and the stories I would share with my younger brother and sister. Our mother would have us bed down early — as children we slept in the same room as our parents — and I would recount my outer space memories.

Published on Medium – I AM NOT AN ALIEN

When Copyright Stymied Christmas

When Copyright Stymied Christmas

Synchronisation rights and its impact on community filmmaking

Once a year on the northern fringes of Melbourne 60 singers from multilingual, multi-faith and inter-generational backgrounds gather for 10 weeks of rehearsals to perform a single concert. In 2015 I was invited to mentor a youth theatre group with whom we made a film about this unique choir, a choir that only sings songs about Christmas. This Choir Sings Carols is a moving story about a community that came together through song, embracing young and old, new arrivals and those with disabilities. However, when the film was completed we were unable to screen it. Anywhere. This article describes why.

Published on Medium – When Copyright Stymied Christmas

Thanks to Dr Rebecca Giblin, ARC Future Fellow, Law Resources, Monash University and media and entertainment lawyer Shaun Miller for their comments on earlier drafts.

This article and the final edit of This Choir Sings Carols was financed through an Australia Cultural Fund initiative with special thanks for their generous contributions to Pepper Pearce, Mirranda Burton, Kitt Loughman, Carmela Baranowska, Elliott Bledsoe, Robyn Becker, Robert A Garnsey, Jessica Coates, Patricia A Aufderheide, Peter Martin, Kylie Pappalardo, Kimberlee Weatherall, Rebecca K Giblin and the City of Whittlesea.