Wednesday, April 29, 2009


"A conceptual photographic appraisal of the worker's perception of self within their occupational environment..." or "Just Bloody Good Pictures" by Alex Weltlinger

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Balibo talk at AFTRS this Friday

ABC journalist Tony Maniaty talks about his consulting role for the movie Balibo, currently in production at this week's Friday on My Mind at AFTRS.

The Balibo Five were five Australian journalists that were slain by Indonesian military as they moved into East Timor in 1975. Many people will recall the forced annexure of East Timor by Indonesia which was ashamedly, sanctioned by our own government. One third of the East Timor population were wiped out by the Indonesian military, who were supplied with military aid by our government. This is guaranteed to be an interesting talk.

Balibo is directed by Robert Connelly (Three Dollars) and stars Anthony LaPaglia.

AFTRS Theatre, 5pm
130 Bent St
The Entertainment Quarter
Moore Park NSW 2021

Monday, April 20, 2009

Film Grants up for Grabs - Deadline May 1

Metro Screen are running a film competition and are offering prizes in equipment loans and facilities to a total of $7500. To enter, you need to submit a three minute film on DVD that has been made no earlier than 1 May 2008. And your film must contain the Metroscreen Signature Item. Just kidding. Films can be about anything and they don't require a signature item. Judges will pick a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Entry deadline: Fri, May 01, 2009
Length: Three minutes max including titles and credits
Entry fee: Free for Metro Screen members, $15 for non-members.
Submission: DVD only, plus completed and signed entry form.
Screening June 02, 7pm at Metro Screen Studio 1, Paddington Town Hall.

Metro Screen Production funds totaling $7,500 worth of equipment and facilities.
Magazine subscriptions to Film Ink.
12mth subscriptions to Screen Hub.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Green Lantern Casts a Green Light on NSW

Wonderful news for all you film people watching the days creep towards the mid year mark. The Green Lantern is going to be shot in Sydney. NSW and Victoria were competing for this Hollywood runaway production and it was announced this morning by NSW Premiere Nathan Rees that NSW won the project.

This is great news for Sydney film freelancers because it's been very quiet of late. (did someone mention downturn?) Preproduction is set to start in July and production in November, with production expected to run for about nine months. Rees announced today the Green Lantern will provide around 500 jobs during its course.

The Green Lantern is based on the superhero comic of the same name. Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) has been slated to direct, and the rumour is Chris Pine from the new Star Trek film will play the lead.

BooHoo Films Monday Night

This is a great filmie night at a beautiful venue, Madame Fling Flong's. BooHoo Films screen a selection of short films made by local filmmakers which will compete for a position in the Final in June. It's a fun night, with give aways and performances. So if you are a filmmaker or just love film check it out.

Also, if you have a film you would like to enter, you can contact BooHoo films by visiting their website

Madame Fling Flong’s

Level 1, 169 King Street
NEWTOWN (Above Soni’s Newtown)
Doors Open: 7.00pm
Entry: $5.00

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Habseligkeiten is a German word which is usually used in its plural form. It refers to the paltry belongings of an almost penniless person. "Habseligkeiten" was chosen as the most beautiful German word in October 2004 in a competition initiated by the Goethe Insitute. The nomination points out that the word combines two completely opposite areas of life: worldly belongings ("hab" from "haben", "to have") and the eternal search for happiness ("Seligkeit", a state of bliss or of being blessed). It argues that this tension causes the observer to feel sympathy towards the owner of such belongings.

Opening night drinks on Wednesday, 15th April, from 6pm – 8pm

Exhibition Dates 15th – 29th April, 2009

@ Horus & Deloris, Contemporary Art Space

Level 2, 102 Pyrmont Street,
New South Wales, 2009

Telephone/Facsimile +61 2 9660 6071

Caroline Wales
Gallery Director


Mobile 0411 431 924

Friday on my Mind

This Friday at AFTRS VFX Supervisor Dave Morely, Art Director Kurtis Richmond, and concept artist Grant Freckelton talk about approaches to visual effects in film. I went to Jan Chapman's talk two weeks ago and some people were turned away because it was too full. I had to sit on the steps. So get there a few minutes early. These talks are popular.

AFTRS Theatre at 5pm
130 Bent St
The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Tree houses in Hyde Park

The City of Sydney has approved the use of Hyde Park and Martin Place for a major month-long exhibition of cutting edge sustainable tree houses.

Treelife is organised by the Sydney-based culture and design web portal "The Cool Hunter"

The Cool Hunter is inviting some of the worlds leading architects, designers and artists to showcase the latest in eco-design principles and construction.

A board of curators will work to select the participating architects, designers and artists, both established stars and rising talent from across the globe as well as the event’s home city.

Up to 100 custom-designed temporary tree houses, made from recycled and sustainable materials will be built free-standing rather than "attached" to trees, so they do not negatively impact on the environment.

"Treelife will be a brand new free event, launched here in Sydney before going to London and New York," said Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP.

"This event will showcase innovative and creative sustainable architecture, and illustrate that green can co-exist with urban city life."

Council has also provided up to $130,000 value-in-kind support for the event.

Treelife is planned for early 2010.

Media Contacts:

City of Sydney: Leanne Lincoln 9265 9910 or

Cool Hunter: Laura Demasi 8086 1869 or

Saturday, April 11, 2009

TAP Gallery Seeking Art

The TAP Gallery in Darlinghurst is seeking art for its new online store. Artists will be able to showcase and sell their art via the TAP Gallery's website. The TAP Gallery website receives over 1000 visitors a week.

The TAP Gallery is an artist-run cooperative which has been running for 19 years.

Image Cat in the Moon by Lesley Dimmick, courtesy of TAP Gallery

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Grant Opportunity For Artists. Deadline Next Wednesday. Eek!

Is your Easter weekend looking a little empty? Not sure what you’re doing after June? How about using those spare hours applying for an artist grant? The Australia Council is offering grants of up to $30,000 for artists to initiate residencies with non-arts business and industries. Deadline is next Wednesday 15 April. Residencies start 1 July.

Web Address:

Photo by Jake Lloyd Jones

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Inner City Arts is a Sydney non-profit body which assists art practitioners both in accessing grants from funding bodies and in developing these projects with artists so that they become self-sufficient.
Past projects we have assisted:
Pics in the Park, annual film festival held in King's Cross
Woolloomooloo 16mm Film Society, monthly 16mm film screenings
• Ball Game, theatre production
• SLOT, art exhibition
Portraits in the Park, art exhibition
• Decadence, theatre production
Matchbox Projects, exhibition and Artist Run Initiative tours
Dogs in Redfern, film screening
Sydney Body Art Ride, Body painted charity bicycle ride