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Presidential Productions is a boutique production company headquartered in Australia. It was established independent filmmaker and fringe theatre practitioner James Cunningham. James studied filmmaking in Queensland while working on Australian film and television productions. His work often explores themes of masculinity, identity and self-expression. James and Presidential Productions have produced films and theatre productions in Melbourne, Perth, the Gold Coast and remotely around the world. James along with all of Presidential Productions' collaborators are deeply honoured to have received a modest yet significant number of selections, screenings and accolades in recognition of their productions.

WINNER - Best Thriller 'The Assignment', Chicago Cinema Awards 2022

WINNER - Best Director, James Cunningham 'The Assignment', Chicago Cinema Awards 2022

WINNER - James Cunningham, Ron Windon ACS Award, Australian Cinematographers Society 2023

Notably, Presidential Productions staged the critically acclaimed live stage play, THE SHEDS, which premiered at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2013 and subsequently toured the Adelaide and Sydney Fringe Festivals in 2014. The play follows the story of an openly gay Australian rules football player and was met with resounding success.

In 2014, Presidential Productions produced the political drama, GOUGH, which explores the 1975 dismissal of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. Written and directed by Cunningham, GOUGH was a sell-out success at the Melbourne Fringe Festival and received rave reviews.

The company's reimagining of Patrick Hamilton's 1929 play, ROPE, at Perth's Fringe World Festival in 2016 was another triumph. Cunningham's adaptation and direction received widespread acclaim. The following year, Cunningham presented his original work, THE WAR ROOM, to Perth festival audiences to great reviews.

 

Presidential Productions has also made a name for itself in the film industry. In early 2018, the company completed the short film, BENEATH THE WAVES, which chronicles two brothers on a surfing trip. The film was selected for multiple film festivals across the globe, including the Sicily International Film Festival in Italy, Rebel Minded Film Festival in New York, Voices from the Waters Film Festival in India, and Oz International Film Festival, among others.

In the same year, the company produced FERNANDO'S RIDE, a documentary about a once homeless Brazilian man who rode 3,000km across the Australian outback to raise money and awareness for homeless youth.

 

James Cunningham's latest short film, THE ASSIGNMENT, is a thrilling Hitchcock-inspired production set and filmed in Melbourne, Australia. It has screened at festivals worldwide and received two awards for Cunningham and Presidential Productions at the 2022 Chicago Cinema Awards.

With many exciting projects in development, Presidential Productions continues to showcase its exceptional talent in both film and theatre.

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