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Presented by Brown’s Mart Productions & The Cicada Collective in association with SANGGAR PARIPURNA

Written and Directed by Timothy Parish
Directors of Puppetry Conor Fox and I Made Sidia
Starring: Tom Pauling, Kadek Hobman, Tony Rive & Ciella Williams
Animation by Timothy Parish

The Book of Shadows was an international theatrical production blending shadow puppetry, video projections and live performance to create an unique, evocative stage play, now beign adapted into a screenplay.

Set in the European dark ages as two gypsies escape the trials of the inquisition and the witch trials, the story revolves around the forbidden ‘book of shadows’ an ancient codex that has the power to adapt a new story for whomsoever reads it. The narrative expands in a portmaneau of stories adapted with new interpretations from traditional fairy tales, myths, legends, folk tales from across the world.

Situated in the worlds of fantasy and magic, shadow and light, myth, legend and fable, The Book of Shadows explores the power of story and imagination, taking it’s audience form the underworld to the afterlife and beyond.

Highlights from the BOOK OF SHADOWS theatrical production.

Written and directed by Darwin filmmaker and artist Timothy Parish with puppetry direction by Conor Fox, The Book of Shadows grew into an international collaboration with Balinese performing artists from the Sanggar Paripurna headed by the internationally renowned dalang Made Sidia.

Preview of the BOOK OF SHADOWS chapter ‘The Song of the Sky’ based on Greek mythology.

A short video following the creative development of The Book of Shadows with members of The Cicada Collective, during a three week artistic intensive in Ubud, Bali.

Big thanks to Browns Mart Theatre, Sean Pardy, Sanggar Paripurna and Made Sidia, Michi Arts Retreat, Odeck and Tara from Betelnut UBUD.

All videos filmed and edited by Timothy Parish – Verb Studios

For more about this unique theatrical project, check out:

GHOST STORY > the art of Aly De Groot

Ghost Story is an evocative and haunting documentary which follows the artistic process of textile artist Aly De Groot who reclaims ‘ghosts nets’ – fishing nets lost at sea – and transforms them into beautiful sculptures echoing marine life.

Directed by Timothy Parish – VERB STUDIOS
Produced by Shannon Swan – RESOLUTION MEDIA

Art X *North premiered on ABC iview on May 29 alongside a collection of short arts documentaries curated by ABC Arts Online. Follow @ABCArts #ArtxNorth or for more details. Visit to watch more short arts docs.


THE FREE WORLD > feature film screenplay


THE FREE WORLD (in development)

Written by Timothy Parish

THE FREE WORLD is based on the dramatic true story of a young man involved in the most unique prison breakout in Australia’s history. On Easter 2002, over a dozen refugees escaped the remote Woomera Detention Centre in the heart of the Australian desert.
The story follows one of these escapees, a young Iranian named AZIZ as he lives moment to moment as a fugitive in Australia, unable to plan for the future, isolated and alone. Although he has escaped prison, he is still not yet free. Only when he stops running, and confronts the forces that seek to imprison him does he find the freedom he has been seeking.

THE FREE WORLD is currently in development with the support of Screen Territory.



SLAM TV is a cutting edge multi-platform series featuring powerful, challenging and inspiring spoken word ‘slam’ poetry combined with inventive animations, video art and short mini-docs.

Hosted by award winning poet Luka Lesson, the series will showcase a new generation of Australian poets from diverse cultures, and gives an insight into contemporary slam poetry culture, rap and literature.

SLAM TV is a smart short form television in a format ideal for online sharing and social media.

Currently in development for ABC ARTS online.

HOST: Luka Lesson

CREATOR/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER: Timothy Parish (Verb Studios)
CO-DIRECTOR: Darius Devas (Being Films)
PRODUCER: Adam Farrington-Williams (Perseus Pictures)
PRODUCER: Shannon Swan (Resolution Media)

A STRAY ALIEN > feature film (in development)

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A UFO encounter in the Australian outback drives a young man to learn more about the alien contact only to discover that truth is stranger than science fiction.

One night in the bush outside of Darwin, a young man (Thomas White) witnesses an unexplained phenomena in the sky
while camping – which coincides with a sighting of a UFO in the local newspaper the following day. Thomas starts to
question the truth about extra terrestrial contact when a UFO convention is held in the city where he meets a multitude of characters whose wild theories cause him to question his grip on reality.

Screenplay by Timothy Parish

Currently in second draft phase.

Screenplay available upon request for interested Producers.



Pilot episode for a new online television show showcasing hiphop music, art and culture across Australia.

Episode 1 features an in depth interview with JIMBLAH (Elefant Traks) on the eve of releasing his second album “The Phoenix”

Hosted by Monk AKA Liam Monkhouse and produced by CICADA COLLECTIVE in association with VERB STUDIOS and UNDERGROWTH.ORG

E2NT (intro)



A short, fun documentary about the Top End Sustainability Festival & Tropical Garden Spectacular 2011 in Darwin. This fantastic event brought together local sustainability groups, community organisations and garden enthusiasts at the Royal Darwin Botanical Gardens for a weekend of art, music, cooking and more.

Produced and Directed by Timothy Parish
Edited by Timothy Parish and David Pollock

Music by Cumbia Cosmonauts & Alpha Channel

Verb Studios 2011

AYA AWAKENINGS feature documentary

AYA: Awakenings is a feature documentary exploring the the world and visions of ayahuasca shamanism.

Produced and Directed by Timothy Parish and Rak Razam,

ABOVE: A music video teaser for AYA:AWAKENINGS, the new feature documentary produced by Undergrowth in association with Verb Studios and Icaro Press.

Music: “Ever Decreasing Circles” by Tipper.


Adapted from the cult book ‘Aya: a Shamanic Odyssey’ by Rak Razam, the film blends video, photography and animation to document the booming business of Amazonian shamanism in the 21st century, where Razam quickly finds himself caught up in a culture clash between the old world and the new. Braving a gringo trail of the soul, he uncovers a movement of ‘spiritual tourists’ coming from the West for a direct experience of the multi-dimensional reality shamanism connects one to. Central to this is ayahuasca – the “vine of souls” – a legal South American entheogenic plant medicine that has been used by Amazonian people for millennia to heal physical ailments and to cleanse and purify the spirit, connecting it to the web of life.

In researching the mystery of ayahuasca, Razam undergoes his own shamanic initiation, undergoing numerous tests and trials in the jungle and the psychic landscapes the vine reveals. On the way he encounters a motley crew of characters, from rogue scientists that conduct DMT-brain scans on jungle psychonauts to indigenous and Western shamans that slowly unravel his cultured mind and reveal the magical landscape of the spirit world. The more he drinks this potent jungle medicine the deeper it leads him: from the wet jungle where the ayahuasca vine grows and on into the raging heart of consciousness itself. His journey culminates in the Sacred Valley of the Andes, where secrets of the ancient Incas are revealed to him and the true nature of the global resurgence in shamanism is brought to light.

Through mixing narration directly from the book with video footage, interviews with practicing curanderos, samples of traditional icaros or magic songs, photographs and cutting edge special effects, AYA: Awakenings reproduces the inner landscape of the visionary state in unprecedented detail, invoking the interior journey that ayahuasca creates within those who drink this sacred medicine.

Featuring the artwork of Pablo Amaringo, Andy Debrenardi and more; written by Rak Razam and directed by Tim Parish, video editing by Verb Studios, soundscapes by Lulu Madill and music by Shpongle, Tipper, Darpan, Lula Cruz, and curanderos Norma Panduro, Guillermo Aravelo, Percy Garcia Lozano, Ron Wheelock and Kevin Furnas, this documentary charts the Global Shamanic Resurgence born in the jungles of Peru and reaching out to embrace the world.


LOVE & LEARNING > Danila Dilba from Verb Studios on Vimeo.

LOVE & LEARNING is a short film developed with young people in the Northern Territory to raise awareness about sexual health and contraception with Danila Dilba Health Services.

The script was written through workshops with young people and Verb Studios, and filmed with non-actors in the Karama and Casuarina suburbs of Darwin in 2011.

The video will be distributed across the Northern Territory to Aboriginal communities and health clinics as a new way of sharing information about healthy relationships.

Directed and filmed by Timothy Parish
Sound Design: Lulu Madill

Damn Moroda
Terracotta Pigeons

For more information on this and other Danila Dilba projects go to:


A short video documenting an art installation at the Darwin Waterfront precinct by artist Elliat Rich


“Like a flash of lightning and in an instant the truth was revealed. I drew with a stick on the sand the diagrams of my motor. A thousand secrets of nature which I might have stumbled upon accidentally I would have given for that one which I had wrestled from her against all odds and at the peril of my existence.”

– Nikola Tesla

Music video for the Melbourne artist Matt Kelly inspired by the work of Nicola Tesla.

Music: Matt Kelly (with SOUP)
D.O.P: Jim Batt
Writer/Director/Editor: Timothy Parish
Thanks to Zac and Lulu for assistance.

Produced by Verb Studios 2010


A short video documentation following two weeks in Arnhem Land with Darwin band The Neo as they held a series of performances and workshops with local young musicians.

CLIENT: The NEO, Artback NT

Filming and edit: Timothy Parish

Verb Studios 2008


Telestreet is a short film documenting the vast network of close to 200 micro TV transmitters that have sprung from Italy’s vibrant political counter-culture. Telestreet has grown in opposition to media tycoon and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s control of close to 90% of the daily audience. But Telestreet also reaches far beyond this, linking up with video distribution on the net to create new forms of media production and social activism to challenge the media monopolies.

Filmed by Andrew Lowenthal

Editing by Tim Parish

Co-Produced by Verb Studios and Andrew Lowenthal


A streetside rambling cypher jam captured one drunken night under Melbourne’s bohemian belly with slam poet Si performing his infamous ode to the city of art and beatnik charm.
Featuring a smorgasbord of ghetto stars from the local music scene.

“The City Speaks” impromptu performance by SI

Video by Tim Parish

For more work by the slam poet SI check out:



“Hell doesn’t want me, and heaven is full…”
Nirvana; the bar at the end of the world and an offer that can’t be refused. Inspired by the lyrics of Tom Waits.

Written and Directed by Tim(e) Parish
Camera by Joshua Muirhead

Rob Hoad as Waits
Quito Washington as Diablo
Mim D’abbs as Angel

Best Screenplay & Best Actor
Fist Full of Films 2009



‘The Shape Of My Tongue’ is part of a series of contemporary poems inspired by the words of sufi poet Rumi and performed by Sydney artist Thomas, Jack of Hearts.​thomasjackofhearts

Music by Briztronix.

Filmed and directed by Tim Parish

Verb Studios 2007


A trailer for the forthcoming documentary Return to Gaza by One Planet Media.

Directed by Michael Weatherhead

Filmed by Adam Arkapaw (Animal Kingdom)

Edited by Timothy Parish Verb Studios


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A 30 second TV Commercial for the Northern Territory Film Festival “FIST FULL OF FILMS” 2010


8mm scratch videoclip for the song ‘Dogs of Rotterdam’ by Melbourne gypsy deathcore band The Barons of Tang.

Shot at the Northcote Social Club.

Produced and Edited by Tim Parish, Verb Studios.

For more information on The Barons of Tang:​thebaronsoftang

Natural Intelligence > Culture Connect

Music video for hiphop group Culture Connect.

Filmed in Darwin,  Australia

Verb Studios 2006

AFLOAT > theatre & documentary project

AFLOAT is a heartwarming documentary following the workshops and creative development of a theater project with special needs actors. Based on themes of memories and water, the final performance was performed at the Darwin Festival 2009.

Filmed, Directed and edited by Timothy Parish

Produced by Arts Access Darwin

Verb Studios 2010

AYA: A Shamanic Odyssey – preview


AYA – Coming in 2011

A preview from the forthcoming feature documentary based on the book AYA: A Shamanic Odyssey by Rak Razam, published by Icaro.

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