When director and cinematographer Michael Joy isn’t traveling the world making advertisements for the likes of Nivea, Dove, and Jacob’s Creek, he works from his home base in Leura on personal and experimental projects. One such venture is his television series, cul_de_sac. A truly local project, cul_de_sac is entirely produced and shot in the Blue Mountains,…

PROFILE — PERFORMANCE When Rachel Gordon found herself spending another hour in gridlocked traffic taking her young child to a park to play, she knew something had to change. As a highly sought after actress working on stage and screen, Rachel’s work and home were based in Sydney, but increasingly she found herself longing for…

Damion Hunter’s journey to the Blue Mountains began 5049 kilometres away on the other side of the country. Born in Karratha in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, it was his profession as an actor that brought him to Sydney, but love and family that drew him to his current home in Katoomba.

To be an internationally distributed feature filmmaker, you might think that you need to decamp and work the system in downtown L.A. Not so for Katoomba-based director Matt Drummond, whose debut feature Dinosaur Island has now sold to more than fifty countries worldwide.

A series of chance encounters brought Caitlin Shearer, Eloise Maree Crossman, and Georgia Blackie together from different parts of Sydney and the Central Coast. Yet despite their diverse personal styles and professions, the Blue Mountains provides a common ground as the three young women share a love of Norman Lindsay, Eleanor Dark, and both the…