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Draw Me Close

Written and directed by Jordan Tannahill.
A co-production between the National Film Board of Canada and the National Theatre.

2019
Virtual Reality Performance

Selections and Awards

  • Venice International Film Festival 2017Official Selection - Venice Virtual Reality

  • Tribeca Film Festival 2017Official Selection - Storyscapes

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Jordan Tannahill
Creator
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Jordan Tannahill

Jordan Tannahill is a playwright, author, and filmmaker. Tannahill’s plays have been produced across Canada and internationally, translated into multiple languages, and honoured with various prizes including two Governor General’s Literary Awards. Over the last year, Tannahill’s play Late Company transferred to London’s West End; his debut novel Liminal was published by House of Anansi; he premiered his play Declarations at Canadian Stage; and he collaborated with dancer-choreographer Akram Khan on Xenos, currently touring internationally.


Teva Harrison
Illustrator
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Teva Harrison

Teva Harrison is a critically acclaimed artist, writer, cartoonist and author who is based in Toronto. Her bestselling hybrid graphic memoir, In-Between Days: A Memoir About Living With Cancer, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction and named one of the best books of the year by The Globe and Mail, The National Post, CBC, iBooks, KOBO, Walrus Magazine and The Quill and Quire. Harrison’s comics, which have appeared regularly on The Walrus’s website, explore everything from her magic-filled hippie childhood to what it means to live with metastatic breast cancer. Harrison was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer at age 37 and has since been invited by numerous health organizations to speak publicly on behalf of the metastatic cancer community.


Ollie Lindsey
Creative Director (All Seeing Eye)
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Ollie Lindsey

Since graduating Graphic Design from Falmouth in 2004, Ollie Lindsey has worked as a founder, creative & technical director, running the creative technology studio Play Nicely. Mainly focussed on the Arts and Cultural sector, he designs experiences for installation, events, online and mobile. His work mixes the application of emerging technologies such as 360o Film, Virtual and Augmented Reality with more traditional settings, reaching audiences in new, exciting and unexpected ways. Most notably his recent VR work with the National Theatre has been selected to be represented at Sundance, Cannes, Seattle and Sydney Film Festival amongst others. Ollie will be leading the Production team over the course of the project.


David Oppenheim
Producer (NFB)
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David Oppenheim

David Oppenheim is a producer at the National Film Board of Canada’s Toronto Studio where his recent credits include Draw Me Close (Tribeca Storyscapes, Venice Film Festival), the Webby award-winning Universe Within, the final chapter of the NFB’s Highrise project, and the interactive documentary The Space We Hold which was awarded the Peabody-Facebook Futures of Media Award, the Best Original Interactive Production at the Canadian Screen Awards, and the Columbia University Digital Dozen Storytelling Award. David is currently producing a number of creative non-fiction film, interactive, and immersive projects and leading the studio’s immersive lab. He is a past resident at the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab.


Toby Coffey
Head of Digital Development (National Theatre)
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Toby Coffey

Toby Coffey has over 15 years of expertise in the digital arena, spanning creative, technical, production and social perspectives. As the head of digital development at the UK’s National Theatre, he focuses on developing forms of digital engagement and interaction around the NT and its repertoire of productions. Among his many credits, Coffey co-produced the documentary Making War Horse, a behind-the-scenes look at the groundbreaking techniques used in one of the most acclaimed productions in NT history. He was also executive producer on the award-winning Alan Bennett and the Habit of Art, and on Frankenstein: A Modern Myth, which explores the relevance of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to modern society using Danny Boyle’s NT production as a central reference point. Coffey is currently leading the National Theatre’s Immersive Storytelling initiative, which explores the use of 360 films, VR and installations in crafting compelling methods of storytelling.


Anita Lee
Executive Producer
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Anita Lee

Anita Lee is Executive Producer at the National Film Board of Canada and leads the development and production of projects produced solely by the NFB as well as domestic and international co-productions for the Ontario Studio. She is the executive producer of a slate of upcoming projects that includes Unarmed Verses and A Better Man.

As a producer for the NFB from 2005 to the present, Anita produced some of the most critically acclaimed works in recent NFB history, including Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, which garnered international recognition and was named Best Documentary Feature Film by National Board of Review, Los Angeles Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Circle, Canadian Screen Awards, and Best Canadian Film by the Toronto Film Critics Association.  Past productions include Tiger Spirit, Gemini Award winner for Best Social/Political Documentary, The Bodybuilder and I, Hot Docs Best Feature Documentary winner, and Flicker, Hot Docs Jury Prize winner, Best Canadian Feature Documentary.

Lee’s most recent credits include Highrise: Universe Within, winner of the 2016 Webby Award as well as Best Original Interactive Production Produced for Digital Media at the Canadian Screen Awards in 2015; The Deeper They Bury Me, which premiered at the New York Film Festival; and most recently, The Apology,runner up Audience Award at Hot Docs International Film Festival and the Cinephile Award for Best Documentary at Busan 2016. She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Credits

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY
Jordan Tannahill

PRODUCERS
Johanna Nicholls
David Oppenheim

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Toby Coffey
Anita Lee

SET DESIGN
Tom Paris

SOUND DESIGN
Gareth Fry

ILLUSTRATIONS
Teva Harrison

ADDITIONAL ILLUSTRATIONS
Ollie Kay

CREATIVE TECHNOLOGISTS
All Seeing Eye

MOTION CAPTURE LEAD
Aylwin Lo

SENIOR DEVELOPER, MOCAP
Lukasz Ruminsky

FOR THE NATIONAL THEATRE

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Rufus Norris

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Lisa Burger

SENIOR MARKETING MANAGER
Aurora Lewis

PRESS OFFICE
Emma Hardy

COMPANY ADMINISTRATION MANAGER
Mary Carter

LITERARY CONTRACTS MANAGER
Claire Sclater

SOLICITOR
Christine Murray

GENERAL COUNSEL
Rebecca Thompson

HEAD OF PRODUCTION
Paul Handley

SOUND AND VIDEO RESOURCES TECHNICIAN
Elena Chrysopoulou
Clark Henry-Brown 

PRODUCTION COORDINATORS
Myles Marshall
Sophie Swithinbank

Clarence Tan

Accenture are the proud supporters of the National Theatre’s Immersive Storytelling Studio

FOR THE NFB

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING
Michelle van Beusekom

PRODUCER, DEVELOPMENT
Justine Pimlott

MANAGER, STUDIO OPERATIONS
Mark Wilson

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Kate Vollum

PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR
Marcus Matyas

TECHNICAL COORDINATOR
Kevin Riley

DIGITAL PROJECT MANAGER
Jessica Parsons
Monica Blaylock

MARKETING MANAGER
Tammy Peddle

MARKETING COORDINATORS
Florent Prevelle
Stéphanie Quevillon

Sophie Thouin

PUBLICIST
Jennifer Mair

LEGAL COUNSEL
Peter Kallianiotis

DISTRIBUTION BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Mary Graziano

PRODUCTION COORDINATORS
Jennifer Bertling

France Nyarko-Mensah



Press Relations

  • About the National Film Board of Canada

    The NFB is Canada’s public producer of award-winning creative documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories and participatory experiences. NFB producers are embedded in communities across the country, from St. John’s to Vancouver, working with talented creators on innovative and socially relevant projects. The NFB is a leader in gender equity in film and digital media production, and is working to strengthen Indigenous-led production, guided by the recommendations of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. NFB productions have won over 7,000 awards, including 24 Canadian Screen Awards, 21 Webbys, 12 Oscars and more than 100 Genies. To access this award-winning content and discover the work of NFB creators, visit NFB.ca, download its apps for mobile devices or visit NFB Pause.

  • About the National Theatre

    The National Theatre make world-class theatre that is entertaining, challenging and inspiring, and they make it for everyone. The work the NT produces appeals to the widest possible audiences with new plays, musicals, re-imagined classics and new work for young audiences. The NT’s work is seen in the West End, on tour throughout the UK and internationally, and in collaborations and co-productions with partners across the country. Through NT Live, they broadcast some of the best of British theatre to over 2,000 venues in 60 countries around the world. The NT’s Immersive Storytelling Studio examines how Virtual Reality (VR), 360° film, augmented reality and other emerging technologies can widen and enhance the NT’s remit to be a pioneer of dramatic storytelling and to enable an audience to stand in the shoes of another. Accenture is the National Theatre’s ‘Partner for Innovation’ and supporter of the Immersive Storytelling Studio. They are providing both financial and in-kind support to enable digital innovation and will use their digital strategy and delivery expertise to help the Studio create unique, immersive theatrical experiences. nationaltheatre.org.uk