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Best of the world’s film festivals at BOFA 2014

Matt Fraser | Communications Manager
16.09.14 12:52 pm


From the glitz and glamour of Cannes to world-firsts at Warsaw to the homegrown heroes in Sydney, the Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival has scoured the world’s film festivals throughout the year to bring the best films of 2014 to Tasmania.

BOFA (sited in Launceston, Tasmania ) is proud to announce the full program of diverse and powerful films for its fifth annual festival, which will take place this year from Thursday November 6 to Sunday November 9, 2014. This year there is a strong focus on documentary films as well as the best of the best features from around the world.

“BOFA has always been about documentaries and features with inspiring stories of challenge and achievement,” said Festival Director Owen Tilbury. “2014 is different only in that we have found an even more-amazing-than-normal range of powerful documentaries for the program. So our opening night film, Desert Runners,  is unusually a documentary.”

Desert Runners tells the extraordinary story of the 4 Desert Ultra-Marathon Series, in which competitors run 4 grueling 250km races in the space of a year across some of the world’s most inhospitable terrains – the Gobi, the Atacama, the Sahara and Antarctica. BOFA is proud to show this dramatic documentary film on opening night, Thursday November 6, for its Australian film festival premiere.

Samantha Gash, whose journey is captured in Desert Runners, is a special guest of this year’s opening night as well as throughout the festival. Gash is the youngest person and the only Australian female to complete the 4 Desert Grand Slam and is a co-founder of Freedom Runners. Ticket holders have the chance to meet this inspiring woman at the glamorous opening night party, as well as mixing with other visiting actors and filmmakers. Guests can party the night away enjoying fine Tasmanian food and wine prepared by Don Cameron, one of the state’s finest chefs.

BOFA is thrilled to be screening this year’s winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Winter Sleep. This Turkish film tells the story of Mr Aydin, who presides over a hotel on the Anatolian steppe. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animositie. It has been described as “near perfect film making.”

Other Cannes prize-winners screening at BOFA include Force Majeure, winner of the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section. This simultaneously hilarious and disturbing film, , from Swedish writer-director Ruben Östlund, investigates what happens to a man who instinctively abandons his family when a threatening avalanche turns out to be a false alarm.

In a proud moment for Australians at Cannes this year, veteran actor David Gulpilil won the Best Actor Un Certain Regard after receiving a long standing ovation for his captivating performance in Rolf de Heer’s Charlie’s Country. Thanks to the support of Tasmanians for Recognition, a FREE screening of Charlie’s Country will take place on the Saturday of the Festival.

Winner of Best Film at the Sydney Film Festival, Two Days, One Night bears witness to a tour de force performance by Marion Cotillard, playing Sandra, who has a weekend to convince her co-workers at a solar-panel factory to forego their yearly bonus in order for Sandra to keep her job.

Another festival winner is Tangerines, which took out the Grand Prix at the Warsaw Film Festival earlier this year. Directed by Zaza Urushadze, this wonderful film manages to insert humour and humanity into the Georgia/Russia conflict of 1992.

Other highlights of the festival include Advanced Style, which documents New York photographer Ari Seth Cohen as he photographs New York fashionistas ranging in age from 60-90 years old for his street-style blog. These ladies (and gentlemen) prove that age is no limit to being fabulous. 

Another documentary, Finding Fela tackles the astonishing life of Nigerian musical pioneer, political maverick and global superstar Fela Kuti, whose biography inspired the Broadway smash hit musical, FELA!

A good laugh is had from The Trip to Italy with Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan, the follow-up to the hilarious hit comedy The Trip. The Trip to Italy sees Coogan and Brydon team up once more to go on a driving tour of Italy, visiting charming restaurants and hotels inspiring discussions between the two friends about life, relationships and careers.

There’s also horror genre bender The Babadook directed by Jennifer Kent and starring Tasmanian-born Essie Davis and Noah Winspear.  This is preceded by the winner of the Stranger with My Face Short film Tasploitation Challenge competition, Bring in the Cat.

Another Tasmanian talent, filmmaker Niall Doran will be in attendance for a Q&A session after an exclusive screening of excerpts from his film (still in post-production), Sixteen Legs, which captures the never-before filmed kinky sexual behaviour of Tasmanian Cave Spiders. Witness the significant challenges for the film crew as they attempt to shoot these dinner-plate sized arachnids who don’t like light or heat in their completely dark and hostile environment.

The Sound of One Hand Clapping is this year’s retrospective classic, telling the story of a post war migrant mother who leaves her three-year old daughter in a hut at a remote Tasmanian construction camp. Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan, who also directed the film and has just recently been shortlisted for this year’s Mann Booker Prize, will host the Q&A session.

BOFA is also about action. Films on innovation and community development are used to prompt an audience of opinion leaders from around Tasmania to make plans for creating state growth and effective collaboration . Action Sessions include ‘Regional Innovation, State Growth’ lead by Dr Anton Kritz, developer of the Regional Innovation Model (RIM), which is transforming the Central Coast of NSW, looking at how this model could be applied to Tasmania. Also, ‘Collaborating for Collective Impact’ will feature John Dengate, the Director of Twyfords, leading community groups like Anglicare Tasmania in a discussion on how Collective Impact can achieve significant and lasting social change in Tasmania.

Sponsored by Screen Tasmania is the industry master-class, ‘Making Documentaries and Factual Content Films that Make a Difference.’ Leading industry professionals such as Trish Lake from Freshwater Pictures, John Godfrey from SBS, Phil Craig of ABC; Susan Mackinnon, Documentary Australia Foundation; and many others discuss how to choose, develop, fund, make and distribute documentaries.

The Big Picture Debate is a free event tackling the topic of ‘Fracking in Tasmania:  Good or Bad?’ Fracking conjures images of flammable water gushing from faucets in films like Gaslands whilst USA experts estimate that domestic shale sites hold an additional 24 billion barrels of recoverable oil and natural gas and claim it is safe. So who is right? Speakers from both sides of the argument will debate the pros and cons aided by footage from films on the subject, including the soon to be released The Frackman.
The Festival Lounge and Wine Bar will be open all throughout the festival from 11am until late in The Annexe, providing the perfect place to meet up with friends before or after a film and enjoy fine Tasmanian wine and beer, gourmet food and coffee. The Festival Lounge also provides a great environment for all festival-goers to mingle and meet on a level playing field, be they film fans or directors, festival guests or first-timers. Everyone is welcome.

BOFA 2014 is set to be a jam-packed four days of the world’s best films, insightful discussions, and wonderful food and wine. Immerse yourself for the whole four days or dip into BOFA this November in Tasmania’s beautiful Tamar Valley . It will no doubt be the ‘breath of fresh air’ you’ve been craving!

For more information and full program and ticketing details, visit

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The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival is supported by the Tasmanian Government through Events Tasmania and Screen Tasmania. Federal Government assistance is provided by Screen Australia

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Bandwagon campaign hits the halfway mark!

Rina Ferris / Kristyn Brennan - Ferris Davies PRM Media Release
16.09.14 7:59 am


New rewards now available from Megan Washington and Tim Finn

Set to be the largest ever crowd funding campaign for an Australian charity!

Jump on the Bandwagon at:

For release: Monday, 15 September, 2014:  A little over a week ago music industry charity, Support Act, launched their ambitious, crowd funded fundraising appeal and today they’re thrilled to announce that they have reached almost 60% of their goal of raising $100,000 to help provide financial relief to music professionals facing illness, injury or some other life crisis.

The campaign was kicked off in style when the ultimate reward for the campaign, The Golden Nugget, consisting of a brand new Hyundai i20 Active, automatic 5 door Phantom Black hatchback (supported by Melbourne City Hyundai) and a $10,000 voucher redeemable for instruments from Allans Billy Hyde was purchased by new Sydney broadcast and creative facility for the entertainment industry, The X Studio within minutes of the campaign going live.

Since the launch, eleven lucky fans will be receiving birthday messages from some of Australia’s most well loved artists including Guy Sebastian, Ian Moss, John Butler, John Williamson, Josh Pyke, Paul Dempsey, Seth Sentry, The Potbelleez and Tina Arena. Six music professionals have also supported the Bandwagon campaign with mentoring sessions from industry professionals including Bernard Zuel (SMH), Hilltop Hoods, Kirk Pengilly (INXS), Michael Chugg (Chugg Entertainment) and Something for Kate’s Paul Dempsey.

We have also been able to assist some live music fans with ticket rewards thanks to The Dainty Group, A Day On The Green, Frontier Touring and Oztix and one lucky Eskimo Joe fan, and eleven of his closest friends, will be dining at Friends restaurant in Perth followed by an exclusive, live and acoustic performance from the band.

Three Songs for the Road production rewards have also been purchased in our first week with Universal Music Australia being the first record company to jump on the Bandwagon purchasing producer reward with Eric J. A second Songs for the Road reward with Dennis Dowlut was also sold to Sydney songstress, Sera Rose and the third, with producer Robert Conley, has been purchased by APRA |AMCOS and will be donated as an additional prize component to the Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition which is currently underway ( 

Support Act would also like to take this opportunity to thank some new supporters to the campaign including Megan Washington and Tim Finn who have both generously donated their talent and time with Feast with Friends rewards at Sydney’s Rockpool and Longrain respectively.

Chief Executive of Support Act, Joanna Cave, said today: “We are delighted that 50% of our target has been pledged so far. But of course we cannot afford to relax just yet - crowd funding works by delivering the money pledged only once the target is reached by the deadline of 30 September. There are 17 days remaining to get on Bandwagon and snap up one of the amazing experiences we have available - for example, just imagine celebrating a special occasion in a private dining room at Rockpool with 11 of your of friends, listening to a private performance from Megan Washington? Such opportunities don’t come around too often!”

Bandwagon is a crowd funding appeal via the platform Pozible, with the aim of raising $100,000 for Australia’s music industry charity. If we successfully reach our target, the crowd-funded campaign will be the biggest of its kind for an Australian charity.

Support Act is a charity, unique in Australia, providing financial relief to music professionals facing illness, injury or some other life crisis. Support Act helps music professionals in all fields of the industry including singers, songwriters, composers, musicians, roadies, techies, managers, lighting techs and everyone in between.

Sadly, with so few safety nets available to people working in the music industry, demand for Support Act’s services is rising dramatically and has increased by 500% in the last year alone. Support Act receives no money from the government and must raise every dollar it needs to run its vital services.

Support Act have collaborated with a broad range of music stars, music industry personalities and venues on Bandwagon to offer one-off ‘money can’t buy’ experiences and ‘limited edition’ products. 

The unique rewards on offer have been designed to provide extraordinary experiences for music fans and career development opportunities for those seeking a career in music. Money simply cannot buy a phone call on your birthday from your favourite artist, or an opportunity to have your song professionally produced and reviewed by the hottest names in the industry.

With rewards starting as low as $5.00 (Because You Care reward) comprising a download of Cut Copy’s Where I’m Going and a shout out to each supporter in a specially produced lyrical video, everyone and anyone, from music lovers to musicians to millionaires can get behind this very worthy cause.

Terms and conditions apply to each reward and can be found at

Alan Crabbe, Co-Founder and Director of Pozible, said today ““It’s exciting to see the Australian community get together and support this project, as well as the high calibre of musicians and industry experts donating their skills for this campaign, which shows just how important this initiative is.”

All the money raised from the campaign will be used by Support Act to help people in crisis.

See attached for a full list of campaign rewards and terms and conditions. 

Artists featured in the full campaign video (see include Support Act service users Neill Duncan and Peter Black, alongside Sheppard, Urthboy, The Potbelleez, Marcia Hines, Jimmy Barnes, Kav Temperley and Support Act’s Lindy Morrison.

Jump on the Bandwagon at           

Support Act:

Support Act is a charity, unique in Australia, helping music professionals who are facing hardship due to illness, injury or some other crisis that impacts on their ability to work in music.
Support Act. The heart and hand of Australian music.


Pozible is a crowdfunding platform and community-building tool for creative projects and ideas. The company provides an online platform for musicians, artists and other creatives and makers to connect to a worldwide audience and receive financial pledges towards a preset funding target in return for various rewards.  Pozible has gone on to become the largest crowdfunding platform in the Asia-Pacific Region and has received more than AUD $25.5 million dollars in pledges towards more than 7,000 campaigns. Pozible recently opened up for business in China where it has already broken records for the fastest-ever fully funded campaign, the Gyenno One, which reached its target within a minute of launching and the Star.21 fitness band, which is the second largest project to ever run on Pozible. In 2013, Rick Chen was selected by The Australian newspaper as one of the top 20 Australians to watch of the year.


Because You Care
($5.00 reward)
Cut Copy

Get On Board
($25.00 reward)
Cut Copy
Steve Kilbey

Bandwagon Showbag
($50.00 reward)
Cut Copy
Steve Kilbey

Heart of the Wagon
($100.00 reward)
Cut Copy
Steve Kilbey

The Birthday Wagon
($250.00 reward)
Clare Bowditch
Eddie Perfect
Felix Riebl (Cat Empire)
Guy Sebastian
Ian Moss
John Butler
John Williamson
Josh Pyke
Katie Noonan
Mahalia Barnes
Paul Dempsey
The Potbelleez
Prinnie Stevens
Reece Mastin
Richard Clapton
San Cisco
Seth Sentry
Tina Arena
Violent Soho

Fireside Chat
($500.00 reward)
Bernard Zuel (Sydney Morning Herald)
Bill Cullen (One Louder Management)
Brett Cottle (APRA | AMCOS)
Cameron Adams (Herald Sun)
Harry James Angus (Cat Empire)
Ian Kenny (Birds of Tokyo)
Michael Chugg (Chugg Entertainment)
Dan Rosen (ARIA)
Hilltop Hoods
John Watson (Eleven: A Music Company)
Kirk Pengilly (INXS)
Matt Coyte (Rolling Stone)
Noel Mengel (Courier Mail)
Paul Dempsey (Something for Kate)
Simon Collins (The West Australian)

Bumper Entertainment Wagon
($1,000.00 reward)
A Day On The Green
Allianz Stadium (SCG Trust)
Frontier Touring
Nine Live
The Dainty Group

Season Seats
($2,500.00 reward)
Etihad Stadium

Songs for the Road
($3,500.00 reward)
Dennis Dowlut (SA)
Eric J (NSW)
Joel Quartermain (WA)
Louis Schoorl (NSW)
Magoo (QLD)
Michael Szumowski (NSW)
Mitch Kenny (NSW)
Robert Conley (NSW)
Scott Horscroft (NSW)
Tony Buchen (NSW)

A Feast with Friends
($10,000.00 reward)
Eskimo Joe
Hoodoo Gurus
Kasey Chambers
Marcia Hines
Megan Washington
The Church
Tim Finn
The Preatures

The Golden Nugget
($25,000.00 reward)
Allans Billy Hyde

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Despard: Peter Poulet reminder

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
16.09.14 7:04 am


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Hamlet: Heads or Tails: Something is Rotten in the State of Denmark

Bronwyn Williams. Pub: Sept 14
15.09.14 4:10 am


Loud Mouth Theatre Company’s latest production is a novel take on the story of perhaps the most dysfunctional family in the history of theatre.  Hamlet is playing at Pop-Up Theatre 1 in Murray Street, Hobart – a properly grungy, but intriguing and atmospheric space entirely in sync with the character of the fledging company. 

The fun starts with the players tossing coins in pairs to decide who will take each part.  On Friday, our Hamlet was Loud Mouth co-artistic director, Campbell McKenzie, with his thespian partner, Maeve MacGregor taking the part of Laertes.

This is warts and all Shakespeare – slightly abbreviated but replete with ponderous 17th century language.  Like many, I studied Hamlet in high school and I must confess, its point escaped me entirely.  Having never seen it performed, except perhaps for a school excursion to see a film version, the details of which have long since evaporated from my conscious memory, I was a genuine Hamlet virgin.

A few minutes in, to my genuine wonderment, the dialogue began to make sense.  Who would have thought it – but give a bunch of talented, intelligent actors a dense, impenetrable, ancient script, and miraculously, they bring its themes and emotions to dazzling life.  With casual, eclectic costuming and an up-close, theatre in the round style, this is Shakespeare at its most accessible.

And I recognised a heap of fabulous lines – like ‘this above all, to thine own self be true’ and ‘brevity is the soul of wit’ and ‘sweets to the sweet’.  Who knew they came from Hamlet?  I do now!

The performances are uniformly assured, as is the production, but the standouts are McKenzie’s mentally and emotionally disintegrating Hamlet, and Sara Pensalfini’s brilliant Polonius.  Mr McKenzie delivers a nuanced interpretation of a man – a son, a nephew, a lover and a friend - falling inexorably into a solitary madness.  And, Ms Pensalfini has a facility with the Shakespearean dialect that is utterly breathtaking - Polonius’ complex part is delivered, rapid-fire, with perfect clarity and intonation.  Fantastic!

Ms Macgregor’s blood-soaked Laertes, and Mr Bannister’s dry, understated, psychopathic uber-villian – the murderous Claudius - are both confident and appropriate, as are the remainder of the performances.  The enthusiastic audience applause at the play’s close was thoroughly deserved.

With an onsite bar, and some tasty treats after the show, Hamlet is a top night out.  It may be clichéd to say the Loud Mouth Theatre Company is going places, but what the heck – they surely are.

Hamlet: Heads or Tails is playing at the Pop-Up Theatre One, 130 Murray Street, Hobart from September 12 to 20.  See

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Reviewed! Hamlet Heads or Tails ...

Amber Wilson. Pub: Sept 13
15.09.14 4:00 am

No doubt you’ve chanced upon quite a few Hamlets in your time. There was the Mel version, with a face dramatically etched in pain by the surrounds of a craggy Scottish castle; there was the blondie Kenneth version, daggers-a-ready in the sumptuous palatial surrounds of Blenheim; and we’ve even seen Doctor Who himself give the vengeful prince a stab in the dark.

Luckily, Loud Mouth Theatre isn’t about to let you go to sleep, perchance to dream, in this here stage version. The arrant knaves themselves open the show by flipping a coin, with expressions on their faces so mad and passionate they look like they’re determining a matter of life or death.

They shout out the familiar names – Ophelia, Horatio, Claudius, Guildenstern – as they flip heads or tails. They waste no time – after all, brevity is the soul of wit – in taking on their new persona for the next two and a half hours.

It seems like madness, but there’s a method in it: each actor learns two roles and flips a coin each night to determine who they’ll play. With 12 actors, that means there are 64 potential combinations. It’s a spicy way of ensuring each performance is fresh and off-the-cuff.

Loud Mouth itself is younger than one year-old, pretty remarkable when you consider Hamlet is now approaching his 415th birthday. So it makes sense they’ll be wanting to give the old bloke a more modern look.

The stage can be described as nothing other than young and funky, with a smashed-up sedan, graffiti walls and kingly propaganda posters stuck up that beseech thou to seriously question this “incestuous” Claudius chap. It makes for a marvellous atmosphere when Hamlet’s Ghost dad comes a-wandering.

With the cast delivering strong performances, particularly from Maeve Mhairi Macgregor, who flips between Hamlet and Laertes, it’s enough to keep you intrigued until the bloody finale and you take your leave.

And that brings us to the topic of the theatre itself. Things that pop-up are cool. The element of surprise and whimsy is unbeatable with the supremely fashionable jack-in-a-box pop-up movement at the moment. Trendy boutiques and avant-garde bars are that much funkier when they take over an empty and unused space and live there for only a few days, weeks or months.

Pop-Up Theatre No. 1 is perfectly utilised for Hamlet Heads or Tails. As you walk into the foyer, you are treated to angry red spray-paint shouting “to be or not to be” off the walls, a shabby chic bar area complete with sumptuous red lounges, Persian rugs and chandeliers, and a floor lamp with discarded parking tickets used as a lampshade.
A sumptuous three-piece jazz trio fronted by a young Ella Fitzgerald type croon into the night, while whisky tastings get everyone into the mood.

The signage around the joint is brilliant. VIP seats are cordoned off with: “if you’re not very important, please don’t sit here” and the bathrooms are flagged with a: “your instincts are correct” sign. It’s a marvellous location for a pre-theatre drink or five. But be quick if you want to check it out – after Hamlet is done, so too is the pop-up, never to be seen again.

Hamlet Heads or Tails is showing at Pop-Up Theatre No.1 until Saturday, September 20. All performances at 7.30pm. Tickets $20/$25. Buy online at or at Centertainment.

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Writers | Amber Wilson | Arts | What's On

Ryan Rules

Paula Xiberras
15.09.14 3:39 am


The name Derek is from the German ‘Theodoric’ meaning ‘people, ruler’ and the name ‘Ryan’ meaning ‘king’ or ‘water’

It would seem that these definitions are very meaningful in the case of Derek Ryan, the Irish musician who is the people’s choice as ‘ruler’ or ‘King’ of country music and he has just made the trip across the ‘water’ to, he hopes, establish his reign over Australia also!

It’s Derek’s first time in Australia and I’m speaking to him from Sydney, where he is enjoying the Sydney sunshine. Not for him the late night partying, it’s early nights instead,  to keep in top shape for the 7 concerts of this tour around Australia.

Derek says he and his band have already created an impression of Australians as ‘friendly and very much like the Irish’. Derek says he has ‘so many friends in Australia’ that he feels as though he has visited before! Anyway, as the tour won’t allow him a great deal of time for sightseeing he hopes to return next year for a holiday.

Derek grew up in a musical family with his Dad an experienced singer and performer of 30 years, active in the social dancing scene in Ireland. His Dad’s music was a mixture of traditional and Irish country and Derek himself became experienced in that unique instrument the bodhran, or Irish drum.

When he grew a little older Derek decided on what he calls a little ‘diversion’ from the family music trend and became part of a pop band called’ D-Side’ that had a number one single in Japan.

It was inevitable that Derek would return to the traditional/country scene, but make no mistake, Derek is not fenced in by strict borders. He mentions the diversity in country music and how he is not afraid to go outside the square to take some risks with his particular brand of country music, and true to his word he has traversed the borders of country pop.

One of the unique things about Derek is that he is one of the first Irish country musicians that employs mostly his own original material, rather than record his own versions of well-known songs as many other artists do although he is not averse to recording his own unique versions of some of these great songs. Derek gets his inspiration for his original songs from the ordinary stories of fans at his meet and greets, from driving along and hearing a phrase on the radio, or from seeing something in a movie.

His creativity and ability with words has also been deeply ingrained in him from school days when he was particularly good at English and poetry. He humbly tells me song writing is a continuing learning process but as the country music scene in Ireland knows he is already quite an accomplished writer, admired and sought out by other recording artists, including Ireland’s best known musical export Daniel O’Donnell, who happened to be on a Caribbean cruise Derek was also performing on and approached him that he might record Derek’s song ‘God’s Plan’.

One of Derek’s songs that is ‘special to a lot of people’ and Derek says he leans to as his favourite of his original compositions for this reason is ‘Life is a river’.

Of his writing process Derek says he might leave a song to settle for a while after the initial writing and go back to it with a fresh perspective. He tends to know when a song is complete and might ask advice from a few people who he respects however it doesn’t mean, he tells me that he will necessarily take it!

Once he gets into the studio it’s the magic moment when he records and hears back his song for the first time that he relishes.

Like many creative artists Derek started his working life studying accounting. Unlike many other creative people I have interviewed who swear they would never return to that previous career, Derek says if he weren’t in music perhaps he would be an accountant. Like many musician’s he is aware of the special relationship between numbers and music. He tells me too, it’s a very useful background to have for the’ business’ part of show business!

You can see Derek at the Celtic Club, Melbourne 17th September, Bendigo Club 18th September, Cock’N Bull, Bondi, Sydney 19th September, Queensland Irish Club 20th September and Rockhampton Leagues Club 21st September.

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Daily Review: This Weekend

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13.09.14 10:10 am


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13.09.14 5:49 am


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Lauren’s living laurel

Paula Xiberras
13.09.14 5:47 am


The name Lauren is the Latin for the laurel plant. In mythology the laurel plant was sacred to Apollo and his priestesses chewed its leaves to become oracles and of course the ancient Greeks rewarded those that were successful in various endeavours were awarded with laurel leaves.

True to her name,musicianLaurenGlezer is something of an oracle in her music and a champion at that!

LaurenGlezer is soon to launch her first EP.  When I speak to her she is at her day job working as a waitress but takes the time to sit on a box at the restaurant and chat with me. Lauren tells me she has never been to Tasmania as yet but is keen to visit and is looking around for a possible gig….perhaps MONA might like to consider inviting her?

Lauren’s musical epiphany occurred in India when she was down with a’ tummy bug’ and as a self-confessed hypochondriac thought if she did recover she would stop wasting time and find a way to share her music with the world.

This desire became clearer to her in studying her dad’s life and the song’This living’ is a tribute to him. Her dad is a lawyer and ‘an incredible man, talented in many areas’ but devoted to his corporate work. One day she managed to drag him away from this work and they attended a movie together. It was the movie’s quote ‘it will be alright in the end and if isn’t then it’s not the end (John Lennon quoted in ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’).Lauren found this quite profound and turned to her father to discuss it, only to find him asleep, exhausted from work. This was another message to Lauren not to miss any of those profound moments.

In Lauren’s video clip to ‘This Living’ you will see a little girl enjoying every moment and with her ‘chalks’ bringing’ a breath of colour to the world’. Which is just what Lauren is doing in her music.

HerEP launch will be with her band and support acts that’inspire her’ and Lauren’s search for meaning continues in the title of her EP ‘Searching for Tall’ which is all about finding the ‘tall’ in yourself.

Lauren will be launching her single ‘This Living’ on 12 September and her EP ‘Searching for Tall’ on September 20 at the Wesley Anne at 250 High St, Northcote, Melbourne.

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Hobart to experience a more creative world 10 minutes at a time!

Ros Peck Festival Director Short + Sweet Theatre Hobart
12.09.14 3:29 pm


Short+Sweet Hobart OPENING Sept 30 will include something for everyone - comedy, drama, romance and thrillers – and all in just 10 minutes!

Short + Sweet Hobart 2014 began in May with writing workshops with Australia’s world famous 10 minute play writer Alex Broun and then the offered director and acting workshops.

Three of the plays in the S+S festival are from the writing workshop. “Tumbling Down” by Ingrid Ganley finds that over a game of Jenga a few home truths come out, director Julie Waddington** said “she’s delighted to be directing this local piece. The opportunity to further develop the script with the writer is an experience not often offered in Tasmania.”

“The family that prays together stays together”, says Thomas, the father in “A Good Catholic Family”. Written and directed by James McDonald we see if faith and prayer unite the family and protect it from the past when new priest, Anthony, returns home to celebrate.

The third play to come from the Alex Broun workshop is “Placement” by Louise Love directed by Informal, which sends the message… “You are not the only one. You need to take a number.”

Plays presented in the festival will include the best 10-minute plays from around the world as well as scripts by some of Hobart’s top playwrights, brought to life by Hobart’s top actors and directors.

With 10 out of 30 plays being Tasmanian new works this festival is the best single showcase of our writers, performers and directors.

S+S Hobart 2014 has three programs of 10 plays. 

Program 1 Tues 30 Sep-Fri 3 Oct 7.30pm
Program 2 Sat 4 Oct 2.30pm/7.30pm
Program 3 Tues 7-Fri 10 Oct 7.30pm
Gala Preview and Showcase Sat 11 Oct 2.30pm/7.30pm

Audiences and judges vote for their favourite plays to be in the Gala Preview (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) and celebrate the best at the awards presentation at the Gala Showcase on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Venue: The Playhouse Theatre 106 Bathurst St, Hobart
Tickets: or at the door $20/25
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The Rundown ...

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12.09.14 2:40 pm


Disaster porn, says film critic Luke Buckmaster of the new release Into the Storm. “Porn or art?” we ask organisers of a new exhibition of “beautiful filth” in Melbourne. The federal government is killing community TV but handing out cash for a sweep of Anzac anniversary arts events.

Superheroes are back on the small screen, and if the musical The King and I is racist, does it really matter? Former Los Trios Ringbarkus member Neill Gladwin tells us about directing a few thousand school students at once—but assures us he’s no Mr G. And we review Lally Katz’s new adaptation of A Doll’s House in Brisbane.

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Reviewed! Tell Tails

Amber Wilson. Pub: Sept 11
12.09.14 8:35 am


A young, voluptuous, red velvet leotard-clad woman clowns and mimes her way across an intimate stage, the scene lit-up with a scarlet glow.

She opens a tan leather satchel, and out of it flows a stream of chaotic sounds and memories, seemingly referring to Pandora’s Box releasing its torrent of horrors before collapsing into the last rays of hope.

It’s evident early on that we’re at the seaside – the stage is decorated with broken bottles, smashed glass and sand – much like a beach at Byron Bay once the schoolies have hit town.

From there, the audience is privy to this circus-like, bawdry feast of movement and a type of gorgeousness reminiscent of Beryl Cook’s seaside beauties.

Tell Tails was inspired by Hobart’s Bridget Nickalson-King’s (aka Bridget Bridge) Oma, and if that’s the case, Bridget’s Oma must have been a cool lady.

Even if you’re not particularly into mime (not a word is uttered during the entire performance), you’d have to agree this solo performance is clever and funny, with most of the audience giggling throughout.

Bridget says her granny lived an “extraordinary life” and had a “legendary” ability to tell amazing stories to her grandkids.Tell Tails is based on the questions Bridget would ask her Oma in response to these often outrageous stories like: “if you could give the person you most love one message, what would it be?” and “what’s it like to go on a romantic date?”

The results are quirky and hilarious. It’s a touching ode, and it’s sweet to see Bridget’s Oma living on through her granddaughter’s circus and burlesque.

Set and lighting designer Jason James has meticulously created a replica of Melbourne’s legendary cabaret venue, The Butterfly Club, inside Salamanca’s own Peacock Theatre.
The theatre is roped off to make it smaller, and the audience is invited to sit as near to Bridget as possible.

The lighting is scorching red, and it’s a pretty good match. Before the show, the audience is invited to sip on some wine or buy some popcorn at the carnival-style bar – a pretty cute touch.

Tell Tails isn’t around for long though – it’s heading off to be one of the headlining acts at the Butterfly Club for the Fringe Festival after its three-nights-only stint in Hobart.

Tell Tails is showing at The Peacock Theatre September 11, 12 and 13. Shows start at 8pm, with all tickets $15. Tickets are available at Frankies Empire, 129 Elizabeth Street or online at


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Junction Arts: Children playing life-sized snakes and ladders

Timothy Jones Publicist
12.09.14 8:32 am


Junction Arts Festival turns Civic Square into a Junc Yard of activity this weekend 13 – 14 September, 2014

LAUNCESTON, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE— Junction Arts Festival turns Launceston’s Civic Square into a Junc Yard of family friendly entertainment this weekend 13 – 14 September, 2014. 

Media are invited to capture 60 local primary school students playing with life-sized board games, including Snakes and Ladders and Twister at 12:45pm today Friday 12 September, 2014 at Civic Square, 53-59 St John St.

Designed by Junction Arts Festival’s coporate partner Think Big, these are super-sized board games where people are the pieces.  Children can wriggle as man-sized snakes in Snakes and Ladders or twist on an impossibly large-scale Twister board.

The Junc Yard at Civic Square is Junction Arts Festival’s dedicated family zone and officially kicks on this weekend from Saturday 11 – Sunday 14 September, 2014.  Free and ticketed events run all day, including DJ Grinning Cat spinning toe-tapping child-friendly tunes from 12pm – 3pm daily, striking graffiti art created by Launceston street artist Ben Miller in collaboration with students from Queechy High School and Scotch Oakburn College, and the Children’s Book Exchange.

Performance highlights Multi-lingual Rock & Rhyme in which nursery rhymes will be retold in the wonderfully diverse languages of Launceston’s vibrant migrant communities, a five metre model train and township I Think I Can.

Cabaret artist Anthony Crowley will also present a series of family-friendly cabaret and musical works, including One Tacky Tree, in which he will perform alongside his daughter Ella, My Other Life as a Fish, which has been co-created by grade 3/4 from Lilydale Primary School, and Ordinary Moments of Extraordinary Bliss, in which local families will collaborate with Crowley to create a performance that will be performed on Sunday at 3pm.

Junction Arts Festival returns to energise Launceston, Tasmania from Wednesday 10 – Sunday 14 September, 2014 with five days of unexpected art adventures weaving through the city.  From a lightning-fast birthday party, to bands playing in suburban backyards and bicycle-powered karaoke machines, Junction Arts Festival offers intimate one-on-one encounters, high energy spectacles and an all manner of things in-between.

For more information and tickets visit or call 03 6331 1309.

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Mozart’s Magic and Soprano Stacey

Paula Xiberras
12.09.14 7:13 am


Stacey Alleaume will be in Tasmania next week performing with Opera Australia’s production of ‘The Magic Flute’. Stacey has only been to Tasmania once before when she performed in the Baroque festival.

The origin of the name Alleaume is French, which in turn originated in the German name ‘Adalhelm’ made up of the words ‘adal’ meaning’ noble’ and ‘helm’ meaning ‘helmet’ or ‘protection’. It would seem the ideal name for someone who is playing the noble princess Pamina, in need of being protected by the hero Tamino. Set in Egypt this production is updated to the 1930s taking inspiration from the world of ‘adventurous archaeologist’ movies like’The Mummy’ and the ‘Indiana Jones’ franchise.

Stacey tells me opera is her passion and profession and music has been her life from very early on, starting in a choir as a young girl, Stacy continued to develop her musical talent,culminating in completing a Bachelor of Music at Melbourne Uni.

The production of ‘The Magic Flute’, like many operas, includes ‘spinspeil’ both music and dialogue and this production has performed 27 shows around Australia already and received a great reception in both states visited (NSW and the ACT) so far.

A lovely touch in this production is giving local children from each place they tour the chance to perform in the production. It’s a way of introducing young people to Opera and hopefully recruiting some future opera stars. The children taken from a variety of schools will get to wear costume and see the mechanics behind the stage including the fast costume changes!

The Magic Flute will be performing at the Princess Theatre, Launceston on September 17th and at The Theatre Royal, Hobart on Friday 19th and Saturday the 20th September.

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Bourne to Play Roy

Paula Xiberras
11.09.14 7:40 am


This year is the 50th anniversary of the classic song ‘Pretty Woman’ and I am talking to perhaps the world’s greatest Roy Orbison tribute artist, Australia’s own Dean Bourne, about the special anniversary and his celebrating, by taking his tribute show around Australia including Tasmania.

Dean agrees that the song, with its 12 bar riffs that catch you at the start is ‘timeless’ and is still as ‘fresh’ as it was 50 years ago but that freshness could be attributed to much of Roy’s music. Roy had ‘an incredible voice that delivered something different from mainstream’ says Deane and Roy could easily blend into pop, rock and opera. He was also one of the first artists who used a big string section.

Dean has been performing his Roy Orbison tribute show for over 17 years and there is not much he doesn’t know about the enigmatic star. Dean’s dad was also a singer and would often play Roys music so Dean became a fan while growing up.

Such is Roy’s enduring popularity and the popularity of Dean’s tribute show that it is the fifth year in a row that Dean has brought the show to Tasmania.

Dean says ‘Tasmania is a beautiful part of the world’ but that’ unfortunately’ on tour he does not see a lot of the state, although a few years ago he was able to spend some time travelling around and recalls’ the beauty of the coast, Strahan, Hobart, it’s harbour and the climate’.

On his first performance in Tasmania, 5 years ago Dean couldn’t believe ‘the wonderful support’ he received here and of course he loves playing at The Theatre Royal. This time he will also play at The Tram Shed Function Centre in Launceston, a venue he has not played at as yet.

In last year’s show Dean was joined by a Johnny Cash tribute artist and the show concentrated on Roy’s relationship with Johnny. Roy and Johnny were very close friends even being close neighbours at one time.  This year Dean as Roy teams up with Del Shannon (Fallon) again Roy and Del were friends, Roy admired the recordings Del did of his songs and the two did a UK tour together.  One thing Dean didn’t know until recently was that was in the late 80s after Roy had passed away’TheTraveling Willbury’s’ Jeff Lynne wanted Del Shannon to join the band (perhaps evidence of that is the fact was that ‘Runaway’ was the only song by The Wilburys that they didn’t write themselves), unfortunately, due to Del himself passing away, this was never realised.

Dean brings an authenticity to his performance as Roy with the costumes and hair (which his wife helps with!) and the same sunglasses as Roy. The guitars too, are authentic, as Dean Plays ‘The Gibson 335’ that Roy himself used. Dean tells me that he had the chance to purchase a pair of Roy’s own sunglasses when the offer was made to him by Roys brother Sam, which he declined at the time although he says, in hindsight they would have been ‘a nice investment’.

Dean gets special satisfaction when after each show there are always a few people who have actually seen Roy Orbison in concert and tell Dean, with his performance, they ‘had seen him(Roy) again’.

Dean’s successful tour started back in February and is being well received all around Australia.

You can see ‘50th anniversary- Roy Orbison and Del Shannon Together in Concert’ at The Tram shed Function Centre on Fri 12 September and at The Theatre Royal on Sat 13th September.

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A Fine Possession: Jewellery and Identity at the Powerhouse

Carolyn McDowall, Muse News, thecultureconcept circle
10.09.14 12:31 pm


An landmark exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney from September 27th, will showcase creative jewellery from international and national institutions, as well as private collectors. Catherine Martin, production designer for the film Moulin Rouge (2001), has lent her stunning ring c1770, while the stunt double replica of Satine’s stunning necklace, superbly worn by actor Nicole Kidman in the movie, will also be a highlight of the show.

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Premier Artists hit the ARIA Trifecta!

Premier Artists
10.09.14 7:55 am

Jimmy Barnes, Kasey Chambers and Hilltop Hoods hold 1st, 2nd and 3rd on the ARIA Albums Chart

It’s not often that Australian artists hold the Top 3 places as they have on the ARIA Albums Chart this week and legendary booking agency, Premier Artists, are honoured to represent each of them as prepare to embark on tours across the country.

Celebrating 30 years as a solo artist, Jimmy Barnes, this week scored his 10th No. 1 album debut with 30:30 Hindsight, with a month to spare before he heads off on the 30:30 Hindsight national tour from 1 October.  The 30:30 Hindsight album and tour revisit Jimmy’s biggest hits with the tour including shows at the Deni Ute Muster, various A Day on the Greens around the country as well as special, intimate acoustic shows in regional areas.
(For full tour dates and information, please go to:

Having just completed a short run of shows, including the Gympie Muster, Kasey Chambers, has today taken out the No. 2 spot on the ARIA Album Chart today with her 10th studio album, Bittersweet.  Bittersweet showcases Kasey at her storytelling best and to celebrate the album’s debut today, Kasey has announced she will be taking those stories on the road with her Bittersweet national tour in commencing in November and December.
(For full tour dates and information, please go to:

It’s been four weeks since South Australia’s Hilltop Hoods released their Walking Under Stars album and there’s no hint of it slowing down as it holds on to the No. 3 slot on the ARIA Album Chart this week.  Walking Under Stars is the ARIA Award winning “Hoods’” 7th studio album and sees the band once again hit the road with their Cosby Sweater Tour commencing in Alice Springs on 8 October through to mid December.

(For full tour dates and information, please go to:

Don’t miss your chance to see these exceptional Australian artists when they head your way over Spring and Summer 2014!  For show dates and ticketing information, please click the links above.

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B-Boys break it down in Brisbane St

Timothy Jones Publicist
10.09.14 6:27 am


Junction Arts Festival’s Cypher: a hip-hop and urban dance spectacle at 10am Wed 10 Sept

LAUNCESTON, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE— Australia’s best break dancers and b-boys will showcase their stuff as they break it down at Brisbane Street Mall at 10am tomorrow Wednesday 10 September, 2014. 

Led by Nick Power (Sydney) his crew will come together and showcase a sample of the gravity-defying tricks synonymous with break dancing: handstands, backflips, headstands and more!

Its namesake – cypher – refers to the circle or ring that is formed during dance battles.  Creating a makeshift stage, those who dare to, can enter the centre of the ring and strut their stuff.

During the Festival, Cypher will be held at Launceston College Dance Studio from Thursday 11 – Sunday 14 September, 2014.

Junction Arts Festival returns to energise Launceston, Tasmania from Wednesday 10 – Sunday 14 September, 2014 with five days of unexpected art adventures weaving through the city.  From a lightning-fast birthday party, to bands playing in suburban backyards and bicycle-powered karaoke machines, Junction Arts Festival offers intimate one-on-one encounters, high energy spectacles and an all manner of things in-between.

Nick Power and his crew of seven back-flipping b-boys

Nick Power, dancer and choreographer

Arrive 10am sharp Wednesday 10 September, 2014

Brisbane Street Mall, Launceston

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Peacock Theatre: You’re a good man, Charlie Brown

Carmen Stephens
09.09.14 3:36 pm





Mainstage Theatre Company announces principal cast for their new production of
multi-award winning Broadway musical YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, at
Hobart’s Peacock Theatre this October.

The story, based on Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip
follows Charlie Brown and his friends Lucy, Linus, Schroeder,
Sally and Snoopy through a day in their lives.

After delighting audiences around the world for nearly 50 years,
it’s now Tasmania’s turn to be charmed. Whether you are 8 or
80 years old, there is something special, funny and sincere in
this infectious musical for everyone.

Expect to leave with a smile on your face and a song in your heart.

Director DON GAY and Musical Director, AMANDA HARPER have assembled the very best
singers, dancers and actors in the state to bring this beautiful, bright story to life. The cast
were carefully selected and invited to audition. Don said, “They were selected for their uncanny
ability to play the stereotyped comic strip characters. The essence of playing this show is to
let the inner child do the acting.”

Destined for great careers, the bright lights of Broadway and the West End beckon this
young group of Tasmanians.

Leading the all-star Tasmanian cast is ANNA KIDD as the crabby, cynical Lucy. Tasmanian
theatre goers know her as a driving force and personality behind some of the state’s most
successful shows such as Les Miserables. Working semiprofessionally since she was ten,
Anna holds a Bachelor of Musical Theatre, and won the Conservatorium of Music’s Directors
Prize. Also known for her leading roles in short films, standup comedy, a feminist radio show,
you can hear her voice in Blue Rocket’s Buzz Bumble show every Saturday morning at 11am
on Go!

ANDREW JOHN will play kind-hearted Charlie Brown who we know and love for his infinite
hope and determination. Playing music since he was ten and performing in musical theatre
for just three years, Andrew is best known for his role as Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ
Superstar with the Old Nick Theatre Summer School. This show is different to anything else
he has worked on. “My stage career has been primarily focused on singing. This is the first
time I’ve ever had to perform dialogue on stage! It’s also a very different experience, portraying
the life of a 5/6 year old boy, this has been a real test of my acting ability and I’m loving it!” he

Venue: Peacock Theatre, 77 Salamanca Place, Hobart

Dates and times: Thurs Oct 23, 8.00pm // Fri Oct 24, 8.00pm // Sat Oct 25, 3.00pm // Sat Oct 25, 8.00pm Tues Oct 28, 8.00pm // Wed Oct 29, 8.00pm // Thurs Oct 30, 8.00pm // Fri Oct 31, 8.00pm Sat Nov 1, 8.00pm // Sun Nov 2, 3.00pm

Tickets on sale now at or from Centertainment, Elizabeth Mall, Hobart // 03 6234 5998.


BODANE HATTEN plays Schroeder – the piano playing, classical music lover and object of Lucy’s unrequited love. What makes this character different to others he has played, is that “Schroeder requires a lot of thought and understanding. I saw it as a challenge to portray a character that is so different to all the other characters in the show”, he said. His dream of an international career performing magic is taking shape. Momentous news last week will see him play at Adelaide Fringe Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015.

JEREMY PYEFINCH brings to life Linus Van Pelt, the blanket holding, thumb sucking best friend of Charlie Brown and little brother of Lucy. “Any theatre aimed at children is always fun and challenging, but this show has a really great adult sense of humour as well which makes it even more fun,” Jeremy said. Busy studying for a Bachelor of Music at the Conservatorium of Music (UTAS) in Classical Voice, Jeremy is also in rehearsals for the Music Theatre Crew’s upcoming production of Anything Goes.

Lovable Snoopy will be played by CHRISTOPHER FORBES who describes himself as a performing arts jack-of-all-trades. Currently trying to gain as much experience in theatre, film, music and writing as he can, a move to London to chase his dream of a stage career is next for Chris. “It’s an honour to be thought of and then cast in a role like Snoopy. I have a lot of affection for the character from the comics and the cartoons. To state the obvious, he represents an interesting challenge for me because he’s a dog!” Chris said.

MELANIE BROWN, known for her work in 8 Women and Soulmates, will play Sally, Charlie Brown’s sweet younger sister.

With a toe-tapping score, memorable characters and poignant lessons, Hobart audiences young and old will be delighted. Light-hearted and sweet, this show ticks all the boxes.
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Leave that street alone ...

Emily Cheung
09.09.14 1:48 pm



Gritty Melbourne alt-rocker, George Kalpa has announced the release of his new single, Leave That Street Alone and debut album, MODE alongside a show at Revolver (Melbourne) on October 11.

With Kalpa’s smooth, deep vocal, a seductive saxophone that drawls through the song’s entirety and expertly looped backing vocals, lead single, Leave That Street Alone commands attention and wows with its undeniable sense of cool.  “For me the song is about a young man having a bad time. He deals with his situation in the only way that he can.  He overshoots a realisation and just goes for it,” explains Kalpa.  “But it can mean anything to anyone, it’s all about connecting with art in your own way.”

A distinguished filmmaker with awards under his belt for a number of internationally acclaimed short films, there’s no wonder Kalpa has taken to the task of creating the video.  The clip for Leave That Street alone is a true masterpiece with an intensely creative and poignant storyline and striking camera work that melds sophistication, beauty and cool.  “The idea for the video came to me when I was driving late one night and noticed a Launderette that had been there forever. The moment I looked at it and really paid attention to it, I felt a sense of endlessness fill me and just went with that,” Kalpa explains.  “Something about getting used to an unbreakable routine over a period of time that starts to scare the shit out of you.  You start thinking, will this go on forever?”

Kalpa has an obsession with transferring sounds and images that are stuck in his head to the mediums of music and film and it is this unconventional approach to writing and recording music that has resulted in his debut solo album, MODE.  Following themes of regret and heartbreak, the release has a generous mix of dark, brooding melodies and minimalist percussion creating an atmosphere that embodies Kalpa’s unique mindset and psyche.  Recorded with analogue Soviet synths and vintage tape machines, the album sees Kalpa collaborate with local underground talent such as vocalist May Johnston and saxophonist Ben Harrison.  Taking a modern approach to the DIY ethic that many of his underground influences adhere to, the album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Kalpa’s Studio 11.

Pumped to launch his new record with a gig at Revolver on October 11, Kalpa says it feels “fucking fantastic” to be setting his new material on the world!

View the clip for new single Leave That Street Alone:

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MONA: Na Na Na Come On

09.09.14 12:51 pm


A live soul extravaganza, supported by The Bombay Royale and Saun & Starr.
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Peacock Theatre: Tell Tails ...

Bridget Nicklason-King
09.09.14 5:29 am


Tell Tails is a solo theatre show created and performed by Bridget Nicklason-King. The show is inspired by Bridget’s Granny who lead an extraordinary life, her knack for telling the most wild tales to her grandchildren was legendary.

“Tell Tails is my first ever full length solo show, it’s a wild ride of adventure, danger and love. I am working with a fantastic team which includes, Kelly Drummond Cawthon who is my mentor and Heath Brown who has created an outstanding original soundtrack” - Creator, Bridget Nicklason-King.

After 5 years in the making, Tell Tails will premier this week in Hobart before going straight on tour! The first stop is headlining at The Butterfly Club in the Melbourne Fringe Festival!

In preparation for touring, set and lighting designer Jason James has spent days recreating The Butterfly Club inside The Peacock Theatre. He has created a theatre within a theatre by meticulously matching the stage, lighting and audience experience for both the Hobart and Melbourne crowds! Doors will be open from 7.30pm each night, where you’ll find a luscious bar and resident circus star Penelope Popcorn awaiting your arrival!

Tell Tails
The Peacock Theatre
8pm – all tickets $15
11th, 12th + 13th of September

Bookings are strongly advised as seating has been restricted to match The Butterfly Club.

Tickets are available at Frankies Empire, 129 Elisabeth St

or online at:

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Junction Arts Festival Starts With Bang and Extraordinary Opening Night Fanfare ...

Junction Arts Festival
07.09.14 6:59 pm


Join us to celebrate the Opening Night of Junction Arts Festival 2014.

The Junc Room - Old Launceston Salvage Centre, 93 Cimitiere St

Wednesday 10 September 6pm-11pm

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Reviewed! What We Do in the Shadows ...

Amber Wilson. Pub: Sept 5
06.09.14 5:35 am


Being undead doesn’t exempt you from the mundane realities of life, especially when mealtimes are such an unholy mess. Stock up on plenty of paper towel, ensure you put down newspaper to prevent carpet stains, and employ a garden hose if necessary. After all, you might find yourself living in your apartment for the next few hundred years, so you’ll be wanting to keep things nice.

Mockumentaries are done to death (pardon the pun) and vampire films are starting to really suck (couldn’t help myself), and yet Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) and Taika Waititi (Boy) have codirected what can only be described as an incredibly fresh and amusing take on some trite old tropes of the vampire genre in What We Do in the Shadows. The film manages to pack as much hilarity and absurdity into its 87 minutes as inhumanly possible. That’s not even enough time to bleed out, really.

We’re presented with four vampire stereotypes– the traditional Bram Stoker variety encapsulated by Vladislav (Clement), the demon-from-hell ancient Nosferatu-type in Petyr (Ben Fransham), the 19th century lovelorn and tragic figure Viago (Waititi), and Lost Boys bad boy Deacon (Jonathon Brugh). (At one point Deacon serves up cold spaghetti-in-a-tin to his victims, replicating the “you’re eating maggots, Michael” moment.)

The four vamps have somehow found themselves in Wellington, New Zealand, and are managing daily domestic issues like washing up endless piles of “bloody dishes”, trying to get into nightclubs by convincing security staff to “invite” them in, and keeping up with fashion (“I go for a look I call ‘dead but delicious’” – Vladislav).

The result is clever, subtle, utterly Kiwi and utterly self-effacing. The chaps are constantly running into strife – like choosing questionable victims as progeny, haplessly lusting after love affairs gone wrong, accidentally hitting the carotid artery and causing a terrible mess, or losing friends in unfortunate run-ins with arch nemesis werewolves.

And unlike the ubiquitous, seemingly all-powerful creatures we’re usually faced with, these guys are more likely to trip over discarded spinal columns and projectile vomit after indulging in hot chips than fight for vampire supremacy True Blood style. We’re not in Romania or London here – bloody hell, we’re not even in Brooklyn – we’re in local and low-key New Zealand, and the results of placing these archetypal characters here are as incongruous as Paris Hilton working on a farm in her dubious TV show The Simple Life.

It all culminates in the annual undead gala ball – the Unholy Masquerade – at the Mt Victoria Bowls Club. What ensues is a bloody fantastic showdown sure to leave Buffy’s boyfriend turning in his coffin.

4 stars

What We Do in the Shadows is currently showing at the State Cinema, Hobart.

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Junction Arts: Five For Fathers Day: Gift Him Show Tickets

Junction Arts Festival
06.09.14 4:16 am


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Stranger: Post fest wrap-up & Friday giveaway

Briony Kidd Festival Director
05.09.14 3:16 pm


It’s hard to believe it’s already two weeks since Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival 2014! The weekend passed in a blur of activity…. with so many great people to chat to, films to see and fascinating ideas to consider. Oh yes, and there was popcorn, choc tops and a pop-up cafe run by the excellent Pa’s Pantry, so there was no excuse to even leave for food!

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Steve Smyth releases Exits today ... and starts 50-date Exists tour

Annette Gevert Publicity & Artist Relations Manager Mushroom Promotions
05.09.14 2:53 pm



Ivy League is proud to release singer-songwriter STEVE SMYTH’S stunning album EXITS today! Having debuted this morning in the top 40 of iTunes’ Album Chart, Exits is Steve’s Ivy League Records debut record. 

With the Sydney Morning Herald likening Steve Smyth to Royal Blood and Benjamin Booker, who as a trio are responsible for some of the most exciting and refreshing rock records right now “there’s more at play here than rasp and rock, there’s country gentleness to be found underneath, too”. Exits has already made its mark on critics and fans alike, receiving the Feature Album slot at Double J with the station gushing “There’s no doubting he is one of the most talented singers we have right now”, as well as Album Of The Week status from ABC Newcastle and Darwin, a 4/5 review in The Music and Rolling Stone calling Smyth “an undeniable talent”.

Steve has already set out on his mammoth 50-date national Exits Tour, selling out his Darwin Festival show weeks ahead of album release. Tonight Steve and band celebrate Exits by, quite fittingly, playing Brisbane’s The Bearded Lady and stay in town to play Bigsound next week. Steve will be touring Exits right through until December so there’s plenty of opportunity to catch this inherent wanderer in a venue closer to home.

Exits was recorded in Echo Park, in the shadow of the Hollywood Hills drawing upon the services of Joey Waronker on drums (Atoms For Peace, Thom Yorke, Beck) and Gus Seyffert on Bass (The Black Keys, Norah Jones). Timelessness is a difficult quality to pin down, but Steve Smyth has it in spades. Hailing from the New South Wales south coast, Smyth’s hazy, itinerant life continuingly sees him travel across North America, Europe and through Asia. Never pausing long enough to take root, all the time registering experiences in his songs.

From the streets of Barcelona to touring alongside the likes of The Killers, Angus
and Julia Stone, Lanie Lane and Kim Churchill, Smyth has proven time and time again to be devastating in the live setting. A voice churned up in Bourbon soaked
Louisiana gravel that soars to the heavens at times with its sweetness…after
experiencing Steve Smyth, it’s tempting to compare him with some of the great
vocalists of the past few decades.

Tickets on sale NOW via

Fri 5 Sep               Brisbane, QLD | The Bearded Lady               (18+)

Sat 6 Sep             Mooloolaba, QLD | Taps                             (18+)

Tue 9 Sep             Brisbane, QLD | BIGSOUND
Mushroom x Sonos Party                           (18+)

Wed 10 Sep           Brisbane, QLD | BIGSOUND The Zoo             (18+)

Thu 11 Sep           Brisbane, QLD | Brisbane Festival QLD           (18+)

Fri 12 Sep             Pt. Macquarie, NSW |The Pier                       (18+)

Sat 13 Sep             Newcastle, NSW |The Lass O’Gowrie             (18+)

Sun 14 Sep           Maitland, NSW | Grand Junction Hotel             (18+)

Thu 18 Sep           Canberra, ACT | The Front Gallery & café        (18+)

Fri 19 Sep             Wollongong, NSW | Howlin Wolf                   (18+)

Sat 20 Sep             Marrickville, NSW | Small World Block Party     (18+)

Thu 25 Sep           Cronulla, NSW | Brass Monkey                     (18+)

Fri 26 Sep             Katoomba, NSW | Baroque Bar                     (18+)

Sun 28 Sep           Central Coast, NSW | The Rhythm Hut             (18+)

Fri 03 Oct             Bendigo, VIC | The Golden Vine Hotel             (18+)

Sat 04 Oct             San Remo, VIC | Westernpoint Hotel               (18+)

Sun 05 Oct           Traralgon, VIC | Spirit Bar                           (18+)

Thu 09 Oct           Geelong, VIC | Beav’s Bar                           (18+) 

Fri 10 Oct             Kyneton, VIC | Major Tom’s                         (18+)

Sat 11 Oct             Melbourne, VIC | Shebeen                           (18+)

Sun 12 Oct           Wagga Wagga, VIC | Birdhouse Bar               (18+)

Thu 16 Oct           Warrnambool, VIC | The Loft                       (18+)

Fri 17 Oct             Ballarat, VIC | The Eastern                         (18+)

Sat 18 Oct             Adelaide, SA | Exeter Hotel                         (18+)

Sun 19 Oct           Broken Hill, NSW | The Palace Hotel               (18+)

Sun 26 Oct           Wollombi, NSW | The Wollombi Tavern           (18+)

Fri 31 Oct             Sydney, NSW | Newtown Social Club             (18+)

Sun 02 Nov           Brisbane, QLD | Black Bear Lodge                 (18+)

Fri 07 Nov             Canberra, ACT | Smith’s Alternative               (18+)

Sat 08 Nov           Springwood, NSW | Royal Hotel                   (18+)

Sun 09 Nov           Maitland, NSW | The Grand Junction Hotel       (18+)

Fri 14 Nov             Bellingen, NSW | No.5 Church St                   (18+)

Sat 15 Nov           Taree, NSW | The Bean Bar Cafe                   (18+)

Wed 19 Nov           Perth, WA | Four5Nine                               (18+)

Thu 20 Nov           Bunbury, WA | Prince Of Wales Hotel             (18+)

Fri 21 Nov             Pinjarra, WA | Redcliffe On The Murray           (18+)

Sat 22 Nov           Fremantle, WA | Mojo’s Bar                         (18+)

Sun 23 Nov           Scarborough, WA | Indi Bar                         (18+)

Wed 26 Nov           Hobart, TAS | Brisbane Hotel                       (18+)

Thu 27 Nov           Launceston, TAS | Royal Oak Hotel               (18+)

Fri 28 Nov             Devonport, TAS | Red Hot Music                   (18+)

Sat 29 Nov           Queenscliff, QLD | Queenscliff Music Festival   (All Ages)

Sun 30 Nov           Queenscliff, QLD | Queenscliff Music Festival   (All Ages)

Thu 04 Dec           Thirroul, NSW | Anita’s Theatre                   (18+)

Fri 05 Dec             Windsor, VIC | Fitzroy Hotel                         (18+)

Sat 06 Dec             Coogee, NSW | The Bunker, Coogee Diggers     (18+)

Sat 13 Dec             Port Macquarie, NSW | Festival of the Sun         (18+)  |
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Wolfe Brothers’ Nothin’ But Trouble’ album released today

Nicole Stringer
05.09.14 2:43 pm




Tasmanian four-piece The Wolfe Brothers today announce the first dates of their national ‘NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE’ Tour, in celebration of the new album of the same name which is released today! The tour will kick off in the band’s hometown of Hobart on Friday 31 October, before heading through Launceston and Burnie.

Last month, The Wolfe Brothers launched their #1FORWOLFEBROTHERS campaign, in a bid to make history as the first Tasmanian band to reach #1 on the ARIA chart with their new album. Tasmania’s Premier Will Hodgman has thrown his support behind the band, along with Hobart’s 7HOFM and Cascade Draught.

‘It’s On’, the debut album from The Wolfe Brothers achieved a #18 ARIA Album Chart and #2 Country Chart debut in early-2013; the highest ever debut for a Tasmanian band.

Says Tom Wolfe, “Our band is so excited to be releasing our new album ‘Nothin But Trouble’. We are proud Tassie boys who love to wave the flag of our beautiful state as we travel around the country. We are overwhelmed that Cascade has got together with 7HO and the other Grant Broadcasting stations around the state to launch the #1forwolfebrothers competition. It was pure Tassie support power that got us into the finals of Australia’s Got Talent and it would be amazing if that same Tassie power gives us a #1 album on the ARIA chart. If we achieve this we will be the first Tasmanian act to achieve an ARIA #1 position. Thanks for the support! The best is yet to come!”

As of this morning, ‘Nothin’ But Trouble’ was sitting at No.1 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart. All Tasmanians have until next Thursday to join the campaign to make The Wolfe Brothers the first Tasmanian music act to debut at #1 on the ARIA charts. All you have to do is purchase a copy of the new album online or at your local music store by 5pm next Thursday. LET’S GET TOGETHER AND DO IT TASSIE!!


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Saturday 20 September           Sorell Hall, Sorell TAS
                                          A Dodges Ferry Football Club Event
                                          + 2 support bands + BBQ

Friday 26 September               Jupiters Casino, Townsville QLD
Friday 31 October                   Wrestpoint Showroom, Hobart TAS
                                          Nothin’ But Trouble Tour + Special Guest

Saturday 1 November             Mud Bulls & Music Jimna QLD

Friday 7 November                 Country Club Showroom, Launceston TAS
                                          Nothin’ But Trouble Tour + Special Guest

Friday 14 November               The Butter Factory, Burnie TAS
                                          Nothin’ But Trouble Tour + Special Guest




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Junction Arts: Empty shopfronts and businesses revitalised through art

Timothy Jones Publicist
05.09.14 2:19 pm

Confetti by Big One Little One. Picture: Tom L. Griffiths




Closed business spaces to be reinvigorated with artworks next week during

Junction Arts Festival, 10 – 14 September, 2014

LAUNCESTON, FRIDAY 5 SEPTEMBER, 2014— Empty shopfronts, retail spaces and other spaces formerly used by foreclosed businesses will be reinvigorated with colourful, bright and innovative artworks as part of Launceston’s Junction Arts Festival from 10 – 14 September, 2014.

From an installation combining the unlikely subjects of climate change and karaoke, to a jewellery workshop using old clocks and watches, to an all-night live music venue dubbed The Junc Room are among the artistic ventures taking place in abandoned business and retail spaces during the Festival. In recent years, Tasmania’s economy has seen a decline resulting in many businesses folding. In particular, retail spaces have been hardest hit when coupled with Tasmania’s remoteness from industry centres and the increase in online shopping.

“Tasmania is facing some challenges at the moment and what that means is that we have to work even harder to ensure that economic engine drivers like our CBD remain viable,” said Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten. “One of the ways the Council is doing that is through its City Heart project, which is essentially about revitalising infrastructure but also about finding creative uses for underutilised public spaces.

“Every year Junction Arts Festival brings a selection of these spaces to life; makes them places that attract people, where there’s noise and colour and movement. We want to see if we can do that all the time. The most obvious example is Civic Square, but there are other. Junction uses art and performance to change a space. As a Council, we’ll use infrastructure. But infrastructure doesn’t have to be boring – it has colours, textures, patterns, and design elements as well.”

Junction Arts Festival Director Natalie De Vito said: “For decades, developing cultural capital has supported regional development and rejuvenated cities in economic decline – like with Bilbao’s Guggenheim or, more locally, like Hobart’s MONA helping foster stronger economies.

“In New South Wales, Renew Newcastle spawned a nation-wide reconsideration of alternative modes of reactivating city centres through temporary pop-up spaces. In a similar way, Junction Arts Festival’s pop-up art works and installations revitalise our cities unused business spaces and contributes to rejuvenating Launceston’s CBD, supporting liveability, economic growth and community development,” she said.

During the Festival, artist and photographer Kim Lehman will reflect on Launceston’s tough economic climate in photographic exhibition half empty, half full. A series of photo-journalistic images of empty retail spaces that make up the current landscape of Launceston’s CBD will be presented digitally and looped on large monitors and installed in three empty shopfronts. The project highlights the concentration of empty tenancies, reinforcing the need to activate disused spaces and engage in discussion about alternate uses for empty buildings.

“City centres the world over are currently experiencing a period of rapid change, primarily due IT-enabled de-centralisation,” said Andrew Pitt, Manager of Neil Pitt’s Menswear, a retail store that has been established in Launceston for 65 years and will house Junction Arts Festival’s designer-in-residence Isis St Pierre’s project Rogue Tailor of Neil Pitt’s.

“It’s possible that the adverse effects of this are being felt most acutely by regional cities. We’d encourage businesses like ours to explore the potential benefits of thinking laterally to engage a new audience through arts-focused partnerships,” he said.

“Junction is very much a community-first arts festival that partners with different sectors to explore possibilities. We have traditionally been a traditional retailer, but this year, through our partnership with Junction and our artist-in-residence Isis St Pierre, it feels like we’ve expanded our horizons as a business into a more creative space. This in turn will help us to engage new customers,” he said.

Junction Arts Festival will energise Launceston, Tasmania from Wednesday 10 – Sunday 14 September, 2014 with five days of unexpected art adventures weaving through the city. From a lightning fast birthday party, to bands playing in household backyards, to 7 metre-tall inflatable bunnies and bicycle-powered karaoke machines, Junction Arts Festival offers intimate one-on-one encounters, high energy spectacles and an all manner of things in-between.

Providing a completely unique event in Tasmania, Junction Arts Festival proves that art doesn’t begin and end at theatres, museums and galleries. Featuring a bold program of engaging performances by local Tasmanian, national and international artists and musicians, Junction Arts Festival aims to highlight, celebrate and redefine the way people see the city of Launceston, creating site-specific works for seldom used spaces and interactive works, in which anyone can get involved and help create the art.

Junction Arts Festival runs 10 – 14 September, 2014 in sites all over Launceston, Tasmania. For more information and tickets visit or call 03 6331 1309.

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