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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.




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)


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.


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


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 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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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