As an actor and producer, Rachel Blackman has a love for devising creative ways to turn chaos into art. Art, she believes, can help in the world’s yearning for what is honest and direct. Having starred in The Matrix, it’s unsurprising that Rachel is drawn to exploring human truths, notions of freedom and experiences of connection through her creative outlets – between Morpheus’ red and blue pills, she clearly would have chosen the red pill. But when it comes to her chill pill, for this Australian living in the UK, being in the sun is her chosen escape from the artistic chaos.
Actor, Writer, Theater Producer
Founder & Artistic Director, Stillpoint
Location: Brighton, U.K.
Performance has always been a part of actress Rachel Blackman’s life. Trained in Australia, where she began her acting career, she now pursues her passion in the U.K. While she’s been in such pop-cultural phenomenons as The Matrix and Weeds, for the actress, there’s nothing like the communal experience of live performance.
Rachel produces her own original performance work through Stillpoint, the theater production company she founded. As the award-winning company’s artistic director, she brings together artists to collaborate on projects that explore and embrace human realities, connection and freedom.
“Slow down and dance with me” are not just famous lyrics Emiliana Torrini composed for Kylie Minogue’s chart topping album. For the singer, songwriter and record producer, there’s actually nothing like slowing down and slow dancing.
Creating her own life’s soundtrack, Emiliana has sworn to sing and play with anyone who calls on her to perform. Her self-made vow has led her to amazing adventures including gigs in Cordoba with gypsies, living room concert tours in Canada, and if only she could have it her way, singing (and dancing) in the rain with Gene Kelly.
Singer, Songwriter & Record Producer
Location: Reykjavík, Iceland
Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and record producer Emiliana Torrini has worked with a wide range of artists from Kylie Minogue, to Thievery Corporation, to Gollum. You read that right, Gollum. The singer performed Gollum’s Song for Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – just one of the countless collaborations she’s done throughout her incredible 20 plus year career.
Emiliana is one of the rare unicorns in the music industry – attaining commercial success as an artist yet still able to enjoy the freedom of anonymity, walking down the street without much fanfare and she’s more than happy to keep it that way. While producing, singing and touring extensively throughout her early career, Emiliana has slowed down and made the conscious effort to balance her personal life with the high notes of her professional life. Yet that doesn’t mean she’s taking any extended intermissions. This December, Emiliana is releasing a new album together with The Colorist Orchestra, with a number of live records lined up along the way.