The On Being Project

Maia Tarrell
Maia Tarrell

Originally from Aberdeen, Scotland, Maia and her family shipped out to Western Australia when she was six. Back then, she liked to make fun of her Dad for listening to ABC’s Radio National because it sounded like “old dudes going on about castles and stuff.” As she grew older (and marginally wiser) she had to eat her words when she, too, became obsessed with radio, especially the shows about castles and stuff.

Maia’s first career incarnation was in documentary film and animation, which gave her a fairly valid excuse to live in Melbourne, Sydney, London, and Berkeley, California. She studied at the British National Film and Television School, and learnt sound design from industry greats, Mark Berger and Walter Murch. Her work has screened at film festivals around the world and even on Swedish television (the holy grail of TV markets.) Maia spent many years making memoirs about wiser people than her and working with local Australian communities to record and shape their own stories. She has since completed a postgraduate degree in decision neuroscience because she is also very curious about brains.

Proving that no experience is ever wasted, Maia is returning to the joy and art of movies as the lead producer of This Movie Changed Me. She also loves to walk & talk, freestyle dance, eat cookies, and is currently training to become a Certified Tea Master.

An Antidote for Longing

Home, connection, people, familiarity: we all yearn for something. Our producer Maia Tarrell shares a song by Indigenous Australian artist Geoffrey ‘Gurrumul’ Yunupingu that evokes that essential yearning for connection and disconnection all at once.

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An Antidote for Longing