Historical focus    
Director Rohan Spong  


Rohan Spong is an Australian born independent filmmaker passionate about telling unfamiliar stories across a variety of film mediums and genres. His work spans film, video, photography and animation. He has made numerous music videos, contributed projections to theatre, exhibited photographs and has made a handful of short films.

He is perhaps best known for his acclaimed feature documentaries.

Rohan studied film theory and practice at the University of Melbourne. Whilst living in Los Angeles in 2008, Rohan began to assemble his first feature length documentary T Is For Teacher (2009), about the experiences of four transgendered school teachers in American schools. The film went on to screen at a number of prestigious international festivals, alongside Oscar contenders. It was named by two Australian reviewers as amongst the best films to screen in Australian cinemas in 2009.

All The Way Through Evening (2011) is a musical documentary which considers the early era of HIV/AIDS in New York City. It premiered in the East Village on World AIDS Day (Dec 1) 2011, was requested for the NYC Downtown Film Festival (where it won the Jury Prize) and screened at Dublin's GAZE Film Festival.

All The Way Through Evening had a series of worldwide World AIDS Day (Dec 1) screenings in 2012 in order to raise money for different local HIV/AIDS organisations. The film also had a limited theatrical season in Australian cinemas.

The Songs They Sang (2011) tells the forgotten story of the Vilna Ghetto theatre, where the imprisoned Lithuanian Jews created evocative music in the face of death during the Holocaust. Rohan's film pieces together the story with interviews from the surviving theatre patrons and the families of those who wrote these startling works. The film is part musical, intercutting recollections of the Holocaust with a number of moving musical sequences.