Based in London, UK, Dancing Turtle incorporates a record label, film production company, creative agency and global news hub. The company was founded in 2005 by Dominic Brown, with the objective of shining a light on music, film and stories from all corners of the world.
Dancing Turtle Records produces music under the banner ‘music acts without prejudice’, with artists on the label’s roster coming from countries including Japan, West Papua, Brazil, Italy and the UK. The label’s first release, a compilation called Merdeka, saw musicians from 17 countries come together to raise awareness for West Papua’s independence struggle.
The digital arm of the business, Dancing Turtle Media, was set up in 2008, acting as a creative production and digital agency. We’ve worked with clients as varied as Mercury Music Prize nominees Asian Dub Foundation, the independent music festival Green Man, record labels including On-U Sound and Mais Um Discos, and a permaculture farm in Ethiopia.
In 2010, Dancing Turtle Films launched, exploring current affairs stories that are rarely reported by mainstream media. Our first production, an undercover documentary on West Papua’s independence struggle called Forgotten Bird of Paradise, was featured on BBC Newsnight. It also premiered at the Raindance Film Festival in London and was awarded Best Documentary at the 2011 Dam Short Film Festival in the USA. Other films we’ve made include Being King Arthur, a biopic on the self-proclaimed reincarnation of the legendary British leader. A feature length documentary about the Nobel Peace Prize nominated West Papua independence leader Benny Wenda, a short film on anti-government protests in Turkey, and an undercover report on the self-determination movement in Western Sahara are amongst our other releases.This website serves a hub for our work, and the Dancing Turtle online store contains releases from the label and film catalogue. You can also connect with us on Twitter and YouTube. If you’d like to discuss working together then please reach out through our contact page.