My name is Paul W. Rankin. I'm a filmmaker currently based in Brisbane, Australia. Some of my past work is below. Here is my professional bio.

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Still from Retrograde


“Once in a Lifetime” sequence for ABC TV show Retrograde. Full episode available on ABC iView.

Still from Standing Wave

Standing Wave

Documentation video of Lawrence English site installation on board HMAS Ovens class submarine for Fremantle Biennale.

Still from Heart and Brain

Heart and Brain

Music video in support of Big Dead album Bone White Branches. Animation by Declan East.

Still from Seirá


Documentation videos of Lawrence English AxS Incubator Residency for Los Angeles citywide installation work Seirá.

A series of three videos for the project:

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Still from Open Frame 2019

Open Frame 2019

Promotional videos (various social media formats) for Open Frame at Carriageworks in Sydney.

Still from MONOAkuma


Promotional video for Merzbow 40th anniversary album MONOAkuma and performances at The Substation.

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Still from Float Beneath the Sun

Float Beneath the Sun

Music video in support of Jon Vayla album Float Beneath the Sun. Created with all practical effects.

Alternate seamless-loop version created for live performance projection. Album cover artwork created from extracted video still.

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Still from Variations on Leonard French

Variations on Leonard French

Abstract film commissioned for La Trobe University’s 50th anniversary, with 29-piece live orchestral score, composed by Tamil Rogeon and performed by the Australian Youth Orchestra.

Visuals created entirely from macro footage of Leonard French’s “The Four Seasons”.

Commissioned and produced by Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney, Creative Production Services.

World premiere on 18 November 2017 at soundvision, La Trobe University, Melbourne.

“Variations on Leonard French” was originally commissioned as a live film and music performance, in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of La Trobe University in 2017. The work is based on the sculptural piece by noted Australian artist Leonard French the “The Four Seasons”, acquired by the University in 1978 in recognition of the contribution of David Myers, inaugural Vice Chancellor. This contemporary reimagining of French’s vision, created for the explicit purpose of acknowledging the visual fabric of the University, should be preserved within the cultural collections of the institution for posterity.

– La Trobe University Art Collection

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Watch the full film on FilmFreeway.

Still from Infinity


Live visual performance with Viney-Grinberg Piano Duo at the Queensland Art Gallery.

An improvised 60-minute set in the Watermall, featuring Yayoi Kusama’s installation Narcissus garden using video created with all practical effects.

Still from The Visitors

The Visitors

Video projection for Lawrence English live performance work The Visitors.

Rework of various segments of Night of the Living Dead (1968) combined and manipulated at various speeds to appear like a single original scene slowed 100 times its original speed.

Concept by Lawrence English.

The Visitors is a 50 minute audio visual homage to Romero’s remarkable film. It is a mediation on the zombie as cultural phenomena. Using one of the iconic zombie montages from the original film, which is drawn out from a few seconds to 50 minutes; the images on screen shift from objects of horror to a dreamlike light play. The faces and bodies of the undead become a focus of attention, something to be explored rather than shunned. Their on screen presence shifts from fear and disgust to a kind of glacial beauty. Matched with an embodied soundtrack of low frequency vibration and harmonic echoes, The Visitors is a work that celebrates Romero’s criticisms of modern systems of economy and power and recognises the role and value of the body as more than just flesh for consumption.


Past screenings:

Still from Sonic State 2016

Sonic State 2016

Live visual performance with Heinz Riegler at Metro Arts in Brisbane.

An improvised 40-minute set on the theme of creation and collapse. All video created with practical effects, layered and mixed live.

Still from Bunny Bill

Bunny Bill

Music video in support of Norman Westberg (Swans) solo album 13.

45 min extended version screened for Norman Westberg live performances at MONO 21 and at Milton Art Bank.

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Still from Wilderness of Mirrors

Wilderness of Mirrors

Single-channel video loop in support of Lawrence English album Wilderness of Mirrors.

Alternate version used for Dark Mofo 2017 midnight lineup reveal.

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Still from Clara


Narrative short film (15 min).

When Clara mistakenly receives a collection of photographs of another woman’s entire life, she leaves her husband and life of luxury and heads west. As she indulges in a self-constructed narrative of the lost girl searching for answers, the further Clara travels the less meaning she finds.

A moving, engaging film whose strength lies in the questions that remain unanswered. A very impressive piece of work.

– Mark Overett, Producer (Iron Sky, Unfinished Sky)