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Presidential Productions is a multi-platform production company based in Melbourne, Australia, founded by independent short film and fringe theatre maker James Cunningham,


Presidential Productions successfully staged live stage play THE SHEDS, about an openly gay Australian rules footballer, that debuted at Melbourne Fringe in 2013 and subsequently went on to tour Adelaide Fringe and Sydney Fringe in 2014. THE SHEDS played to sold-out audiences around the country. 


In 2014, Presidential Productions produced live political drama GOUGH, about the 1975 dismissal of Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, written and directed by Cunningham. GOUGH earned rave reviews for Cunningham and saw a sell-out season at Melbourne Fringe.


The company saw more success by reimagining Patrick Hamilton's 1929 play ROPE at Perth's Fringe World Festival in 2016, adapted and directed by James Cunningham at Murdoch University. The following year saw Cunningham present his original work THE WAR ROOM to Perth festival audiences and again to great reviews.

Short film BENEATH THE WAVES, about two brothers who embark on a surfing trip, was completed in early 2018 and was selected at multiple film festivals around the world including at 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 many others.

Also produced in 2018, FERNANDO'S RIDE is a documentary about a once homeless Brazilian man who rode 3,000km across the Australian outback to raise money and awareness for homeless youth.

And... coming in 2022 is Cunningham's latest short film THE ASSIGNMENT, a slick Hitchcock-inspired thriller set and filmed in Melbourne, Australia.


Presidential Productions has many projects, both film and theatre-based, currently in development.

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