CONTINENTAL DRIFT: Music from three continents collides

Michael McLaughlin Cultural Programs Officer Moonah Arts Centre 23- 27 Albert Road, Moonah
25.11.15 4:06 pm



In a Tasmanian first, twenty five musicians from three continents come together in Continental Drift to bridge cultures, push boundaries and showcase the diverse talents of Tasmania’s multicultural community. Continental Drift invite everyone to join them at the Moonah Arts Centre for an explosive performance of music and dance to launch their debut album on Sunday, 6 December, from 2pm.

Rap smuggled out of Tehran, where Hip Hop is a crime. A mash up of star-crossed love from a Chinese singer and an Ethiopian rapper. Beats that sample the street guitars of Soweto to fight the futility of war in South Sudan.  Ancient poems side by side with exhilarating songs from Pakistan and India. Traditional Sudanese harps breathing contemporary life into Ugandan love songs. These are songs of hearts beating, broken, breathing, dancing, waiting. This is humanity on a turntable.  This is the sound of contemporary Hobart, drawn from all corners of the world. This is music to dance all day to. This is Continental Drift.

Continental Drift is a community based music project that brings together young Tasmanians from diverse backgrounds to highlight the outstanding musical talents of the local multicultural community. Continental Drift crosses borders of language and location. It seamlessly marries traditional and contemporary styles to create unique dance music, the likes of which have never been heard before. Music producer and curator Matthew Fargher first brought some of these musicians together to perform as part of Moonah Arts Centres’ Moonah Nights back in 2012 Since then, Continental Drift has become a crowd favourite with headline performances at the Moonah Taste of the World festival, sell-out concerts around Hobart and a coveted slot at The Falls Festival later this year. Most recently, Continental Drift were artists in residence at the new Moonah Arts Centre, where they recorded their debut album.

Speaking of the twenty five musicians that make up the ensemble, local music producer Matthew Fargher of Bedlam Music Tasmania said:

“Nothing quite like this, on this scale, has ever happened in Tasmania. Continental Drift is the hidden music of Hobart. We are privileged to have so many musicians whose talents are widely known and respected in their own communities living and performing here in Hobart. There are members of Continental Drift driving taxis or running fruit shops and kebab stores in town when really, they’re stars! There’s a hidden world of talent bubbling away just under the surface of Hobart. From underground Hip Hop maestros to contestants on Afghanistan’s answer to Australian Idol - Afghan Star; these are passionate and powerful performers who have made Tasmania their home.

The album launch will be energetic and exciting and we strongly encourage everyone to join in the celebration. If you believe refugees are welcome on our shores, if you believe in the future of live music, if you love to meet new cultures and if you love to listen, dream and dance then this event is for you!”

Featuring local artists Big Money, Madi Adungu Band, Madi Young Boys, Milad Vaezi, Saeid Tatality, Lady Bella, Khaled Zerro, Favad Hassani and AF Shin,  Shuangshuang, Sameer Khan and Dave Apoorv, NR Productions and more.

Continental Drift is presented by Moonah Arts Centre, Bedlam Music Tasmania and Pulse Studios Youth Productions.


• Continental Drift album launch and concert
• Sunday, 6 December, from 2pm
• Moonah Arts Centre, 23-27 Albert Road, Moonah
• All ages event. Family groups are encouraged to attend
• Tickets: Adult $15, Concession $10, Children under 12 $5, Family $25 (2+2)
• Tickets available online or at the door
• Persian and other great Food and beverages will be on sale.
• Alcohol-free event
• Continental Drift on Facebook
• Continental Drift on Youtube
• Moonah Arts Centre
• Bedlam Music Tasmania

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Degas: A New Vision – Voyeuristic Glamour at NGV in 2016

Carolyn McDowall, Muse News, The Culture Concept Circle
25.11.15 11:30 am


Australian and American art lovers can be assured Xmas treats are ongoing with a trip to Melbourne in Victoria or Houston in Texas in 2016.  Degas: A New Vision, starts June 2016 at the National Gallery of Victoria and in October at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. More than 200 of French artist Edgar Degas (1834-1917) works have been assembled from institutions in 41 cities and 13 countries around the globe.

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Satanic Panic Talk and Clip Show:  Examination of a Unique 80s phenomenon

Briony Kidd, Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival
25.11.15 4:35 am


HOBART—25 November. Canadian cultural critic and writer Kier-La Janisse* will host a unique clip show and talk on the subject of the “Satanic Panic” phenomenon of the 1980s.

It will be the first event presented by Tasmania’s acclaimed Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival after a hiatus for most of 2015.

The event, next Tuesday 1 December at the Pop-up Theatre in Macquarie Point, is part of Loud Mouth Theatre Company’s Dark Nights program. The Dark Nights are events programmed around its current production, Fingean Kruckemeyer’s Those Who Fall in Love Like Anchors Dropped Upon The Ocean Floor.

The one-hour Satanic Panic event doubles as the Hobart launch of the book Janisse has edited on the subject (along with co-editor Paul Corupe).

Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s, is a book of essays with contributors from Australia, the UK and North America.

“The Satanic Panic was a collective nightmare that interacted hugely with all facets of pop culture in North America,” says Janisse. “Although there are humorous elements to it now – the Christian scare videos that proliferated, for example, or the fact that parents were so threatened by harmless hair metal bands – a lot of the history is pretty grim, with young kids and teenagers often used as pawns for the agendas of self-described ‘occult experts’.”

Event trailer:

Date: 1 December 2015

Time: 8 pm – 9 pm (doors open at 7.30 pm)

Cost: $10 at the door or pre-purchase via:

Venue: Pop-Up Theatre No. 5, Macquarie Point

A limited number of copies of the book will be available to purchase on the night.



In the 1980s, everywhere you turned there were warnings about a widespread evil conspiracy to indoctrinate the vulnerable through the media they consumed. This percolating cultural hysteria, now known as the “Satanic Panic,” was both illuminated and propagated through almost every pop culture pathway in the 1980s, from heavy metal music to Dungeons & Dragons role playing games, Christian comics, direct-to-VHS scare films, pulp paperbacks, Saturday morning cartoons and TV talk shows.

Relive the era with the book’s co-editor Kier-La Janisse, who will present a talk and clip show based on Spectacular Optical’s newest book.

About *Kier-La Janisse:

Kier-La Janisse is a film writer and programmer, the founder of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and Owner/Editor-in-Chief of Spectacular Optical. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, co-founded Montreal microcinema Blue Sunshine, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival in Vancouver (1999-2005) and was the subject of the documentary Celluloid Horror (2005). She has written for Filmmaker, Shindig!, Incite: Journal of Experimental Media, Rue Morgue and Fangoria magazines, has contributed to Destroy All Movies!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film (Fantagraphics, 2011) and Recovering 1940s Horror Cinema: Traces of a Lost Decade (Lexington Books, 2015) and is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012). She co-edited Kid Power! and Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s with Paul Corupe, and is currently writing A Song From the Heart Beats the Devil Every Time, about children’s programming from 1965-1985.

About Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival

Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival is based in Hobart, Tasmania, founded by filmmakers Briony Kidd and Rebecca Thomson. Deriving its name from the young adult novel by Lois Duncan, it explores the idea of ‘the horror within’ and promotes discussion around genre and gender, from ghost stories to gore, from art house to exploitation. SWMF has a focus on female directors working in horror and related genres and aims to highlight bold new work by independent filmmakers. It was voted in the Top 5 Coolest Women’s Film Festivals in the world by Movie Maker Magazine in 2013 and guest filmmaker Jennifer Lynch (Chained, The Walking Dead) described it as follows;

“Nothing short of magical. It was transformative for me. I think what is being done there, and celebrated there and made possible as a result, is the best I have seen at any fest… I want to be there every year.”

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Theatre Royal: Season 2016 launched ...

Theatre Royal
24.11.15 12:20 pm


Season 2016 launched ...


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QV Gallery: Matthew Newton & Richard Wastell, on Albatross Island

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
24.11.15 11:53 am

Matthew Newton North Colony 2, On Albatross Island 2014, pigment print 100 x 120cm

Richard Wastell, North Colony Charcoals, On Albatross Island XII 2015 charcoal on paper, framed 58 x 56cm



RSVP essential by Monday 30 November 2015
T: 03 6323 3798
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To be opened by Philip Wolfhagen, Tasmanian artist and one of Australia’s leading contemporary landscape painters

Floor talk by Mathew Newton at the Queen Victoria Art Gallery on Saturday 5 December, 11am-12pm.

Exhibition on display from 5 December 2015 to 3 April 2016</b>

In 2014, artists Richard Wastell and Matthew Newton accompanied a team of scientists to remote Albatross Island, Bass Strait, home to over 5,000 breeding pairs of Tasmania’s endemic Shy Albatross. The exhibition On Albatross Island showcases their individual artistic responses to this unique environment.

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The Pastor-al Shepherd’s Travels in Tassie

Paula Xiberras
24.11.15 4:35 am


I recently spoke to Father Rob Galea, parish priest of Bendigo in Victoria and internationally known singer songwriter, as he waited at Melbourne airport on his way to Tassie. Father Rob is a regular visit to Tasmania for his youth work and tells me he is hoping to further establish his youth ministry ‘Stronger’ Youth in Tasmania.

The city of Father Rob’s ministry, Bendigo, derives its name from the nickname of a shepherd who lived in a Bendigo hut in the 1840’s. The Shepherd was also a former sailor that took his nickname from that of Bendigo boxer, William Abednego (Bendigo) Thompson.

Today’s Bendigo has a modern day shepherd with Father Rob Galea, who like that Shepherd of long ago, made his way across the sea from his native Malta to his own little hut or rather the church of ‘Killian’, which translates as ‘little church’.  Father Rob is a metaphorical fighter in that he is striving to engage troubled young people through music.

Father Rob established his ongoing youth ministry ‘Stronger’ Youth with another Maltese priest, the late Bishop Grech. Father Rob believes that youth that are disengaged need to feel a sense of belonging. With the help of good role models and the sense of community that ‘Stronger ’Youth provides, they can find ‘hope, support and be energised by music.’

Father Rob says of his recent time on the X-Factor was a ‘wonderful, exciting experience’ and hopes it may have inspired people but believes it wasn’t for him as he is already content, he has a record deal and is able to preach around the world through his music including Nadur in Gozo, Malta a place this reporter knows well!

Father Rob’s latest album ‘Something About You” is our now.

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New Year’s Day at MONA

23.11.15 1:10 pm


$55/$65 + BF
All the details, MONA Website HERE

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Backspace: 30th Anniversary of Theatresports(TM) in Australia

John Cuthbertson
23.11.15 11:48 am

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We would like to register an event to be run this Sunday 29th November 2015 at 6.30pm (that’s this coming Sunday).

It is being held at the Backspace to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Theatresports(TM) in Australia.

Full event details can be found here:

Tickets can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office or online at: 2015/events

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Tasmanian Designer to Exhibit at Largest Lighting Trade Fair Globally
21.11.15 12:00 pm

Jan Dallas Photography

Tasmanian-based lighting and furniture designer Duncan Meerding has been selected to participate in the Biennial Messe Frankfurt Light + Building Trade Show in March 2016. Having achieved widespread recognition within Australia over the past 6 years with his work featured on shows such as the ABC’s New Inventors and Channel 9’s The Block.

Duncan has recently been catapulted onto the international stage. The past 2 years has seen his work short-listed for design awards in Europe and North America, including gaining second place at the Vancouver based LAMP award. He has also seen a significant increase in international sales. Duncan hopes that attending Messe Frankfurt, the largest lighting trade fair globally will expand the market for his unique products.

In order to realize this goal, Duncan has been awarded the highly competitive AMP Tomorrow Fund grant from a pool of over 2,300 applicants. This $1 million grants program supports Australians of all ages, abilities and interests who are doing great things to benefit the community.

Having lost his vision at age 18 to a genetic condition, with less than 5% sight remaining, Duncan’s work reflects the alternate sensory world in which he presides. Rather than hone in on intricate details, Duncan’s objects explore form, the relationship between light and shadow and the natural texture of the materials he uses. In short, Duncan’s designs give us insight into the way in which he experiences the world.

“The fact that my visual fields can influence my work in such a positive way is especially important. It is important to show that someone with severely impaired vision can succeed in the visual arts and more generally create a career for themselves.”

Duncan is determined to help break down the barriers in attitude regarding the capabilities of the legally blind in Australia and aims to lead by example. He is also passionate about the impact of his practice on the environment. Duncan’s designs centre on sustainability, with many of his materials salvaged from so-called waste product once destined to be burnt. Other objects are shaped from robust locally sourced faster-growing timbers, such as Tasmanian Eucalypt and Queensland Hoop Pine.

“The process of designing with the environment and longevity in mind should happen at the beginning of the design process rather than being tacked on at the end as an afterthought,” explains the 29 year old.

Duncan hopes that by expanding his customer base internationally, he will be able to further raise awareness about the importance of small-scale, ethically made products that are built to last. Some Items exhibited will include flat-packable Propeller Pendant Lights , the Spirals 180 Pendant lights and a selection of designs from his much coveted Cracked Log Light Range.

Duncan Meerding
Furniture and Lighting Design

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TRAK, Sheffield: Tara Felts Art Exhibition

Tara Felts
20.11.15 1:35 pm




Tara Felts
Art Exhibition

Title: Temporary Canvas

Location: TRAK, The Working Art Space, 2 Albert Street, Sheffield

Opening: Sunday, December 6th, 4pm

Exhibition Dates: December 4th, 2015 – January 1st, 2016

Gallery Hours: 10am - 4pm every day

Guest speaker: Bill Flowers

I remember going into a tattoo shop when I was only fifteen. I didn’t really plan it because I thought they’d ask me for the I.D. I didn’t have. My friends got piercings and I came out with my first tattoo.

I wasn’t prepared for the reactions of other people. Positive or negative, it seems like getting ink is an invitation for people to tell you what they think. I let the opinions of other people prevent me from going back for more.

Four years later I started studying Visual Arts and I became friends with a tattoo artist in my class. My second tattoo was drawn by me and tattooed by my friend, Lou Shaw. Since then I haven’t looked back.

I don’t mind if people don’t like my tattoos; there will always be prejudice, especially with the older generations, but I don’t feel like there are any situations where I should be asked to cover the art on my skin.

My images are inspired by my love of tattoos and my thoughts about life being temporary. Some say tattoos are permanent, but I find them to be an ephemeral art form. Life is short and skin is a temporary canvas. Clothing prints are also an art form with a limited life span. This exhibition will showcase screen prints on clothing and other textiles.

I use white ink on black textiles to create unique, bold prints. I have also introduced phosphorescence green ink (glow-in-the-dark) to my work and created images that change in the dark or under UV black light. I’ve worn my prints while working in a nightclub and they glow really well there.

I have continued to study art and acquire tattoos. I still get a lot of comments, even from my family members. People make such a fuss about tattoos being permanent but I don’t see it like that. Life is short and I want to live colourful and creatively. Tattoos are a form of self-expression, like fashion, they are a reflection of personality and personal choice.

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Bett Gallery: Patrick Grieve

Emma Bett, Bett Gallery
20.11.15 12:02 pm


the epic secret life of the mundane




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20.11.15 11:53 am


I’m writing to you about my latest music video “Hoyts” from my debut album BYMYSELF.


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Rebecca Fitzgibbon, Megan Reeder Hope
20.11.15 11:34 am



Dust off your purple sneakers for New Year’s Day at Mona with Australian alt-rock royalty You Am I, the first lady of rock Adalita (of Magic Dirt fame), Abbe May’s dark pop, and the Cairo bazaar-inspired orchestrations of Joseph Tawadros, taking to the Main Stage at Mona in Hobart, Tasmania, on 1 January 2016.

You Am I has been treading the boards for 25 years, lead by indomitable frontman Tim Rogers (recently named Double J’s Australian Artist of The Year). Having released 10 studio albums, won a ton of awards and played hundreds of live shows, You Am I return with new album Porridge & Hotsauce sitting in the Top 20 of the ARIA charts, a massive national tour underway, and a singer with more swagger than Mick Jagger. You Am I offer the best hangover cure for 2016.

Having fronted ‘90s cult rock act Magic Dirt for more than 20 years, Adalita emerged as a formidable solo artist in 2010. After digging deep emotionally on her eponymous first album, Adalita’s second album, All Day Venus was a coming of age for the musician. Traversing the rainbow of rock, this guitar-slinger is just as comfortable with subtle strings and piano as she is with killer riffs.

Abbe May’s unmistakable voice has soared above the pop pack, with dark synth undertones, blues-tinged guitar and power riffs defining her own electronic doom-pop genre. She’s been up for multiple gongs, including ARIA’s Best Female Artist (2013) and shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize. She brings her intense, witty, and electric performance to Mona to bring in the New Year.

Joseph Tawadros is keeping the art of the mystical lute—the oud—alive in mainstream culture. Having collaborated with Neil Finn, Lior and Katie Noonan, as well as traditional Middle Eastern performances throughout Europe, Damascus and Istanbul, Joseph kicks off proceedings at Mona on New Year’s Day.

Pull up a pink beanbag, settle in for sunset and get your rock on in 2016 at the Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania.

You Am I
& Adalita
& Abbe May
& Joseph Tawadros

$55/$65 + BF

Tickets on sale Monday 23 November at 10am AEDT’s-on/events

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DESPARD: The Old Ordinance Store - Wednesday 25, 6pm

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
19.11.15 6:08 pm


Despard Gallery HERE:

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It’s the Big Quiz

Moya Duigan TCT
19.11.15 1:43 pm


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Faux Mo lineup announced - Mona Foma 2016

Rebecca Fitzgibbon, MONA
19.11.15 11:53 am


Mofo is the Museum of Old and New Art’s Festival of Music and Art in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
Throughout Mofo’s weekend at Mona, the MR-1 Fast Ferry will be transporting Mofos down river to Brooke St Pier to kick on in the city at Faux Mo after the museum site closes.

Faux Mo is Mofo’s late-night riot, taking over a disused, ex-government office space (12 Murray St, Hobart) from Friday 15 – Sunday 17 January 2016, 9pm till late.

The building will become a debauched disco lair for summer Mofos before its planned demolition next year, making way for Hobart’s forthcoming Parliament Square development.

Curated by Hobart locals James Walsh, Aedan Howlett and Jamin, in collaboration with Mofo Curator Brian Ritchie, Faux Mo highlights include the Jedi of turntablism, DJ Yoda (UK), bringing his cut-up cartoon beats to Friday night; New York purveyors of no-wave, James Chance and The Contortions (USA) bringing their jazz-inflected, punk-fuelled funk for some Saturday night fever; and Japan’s godfather of atmospheric hip-hop, DJ Krush, rounding off Sunday’s celebrations with his mad jazz and soul sampling sounds.

These total Mofos will be joined by a slew of national and local favourites amidst environs borne of electric dreams; created by artists including Jamin, Aedan Howlett, Lucy Benson, Scot Cotterell, Selena de Carvalho, Michaela Gleave, Joe Hamilton, Sean Healy, Jason James, Kit Wise, and 313RGB.

Faux Mo
Fri 15 – Sun 17 Jan, 2016, 9pm – late
12 Murray Street (ex-Government Offices), Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Tickets $30 + BF (18+)
Door sales $35 (if available)
#mofo2016 #fauxmo



Friday 15 January 2016
DJ Yoda (UK)
Okmalumkoolkat feat. Cid Rim & The Clonious (ZAF/AUT)
Akouo & Dameza
DJ Flagrant
Fraksha & Alaska
Funk Nukl
Sexy Lucy
Vibrant Matters

Saturday 16 January 2016
James Chance & the Contortions (USA)
Tom Thum & Guests
Bronze Savage
Close Counters
Dameza & Alf Jackson
Hobart Funk Collective
Lawless DJ
Sexy Lucy

Sunday 17 January 2016
DJ Krush (JPN)
4 Letter Fish
Bronze Savage
Funk Nukl
The Harrison Forward
Lawless DJ
Out of Context
Royal B
Sexy Lucy
Vibrant Matters
Yesterday’s Gentlemen

Visuals by:
Lucy Benson, Scot Cotterell, Selena de Carvalho, Michaela Gleave, Joe Hamilton, Sean Healy, Jason James, Kit Wise, 313RGB

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Cradle Mountain Film Fest

Mountainfilm on Tour Manager, Cara Bunch
19.11.15 8:11 am


One of the world’s best known adventure film festivals, the Telluride Mountainfilm Festival, is on its way to Cradle Mountain this weekend. The exciting films are being hand delivered by Telluride local and Mountainfilm on Tour Manager, Cara Bunch.

Mountainfilm attracts leading documentary filmmakers, artists, photographers, conservationists, mountaineers, scientists, journalists and explorers from around the world to engage in the festival’s tag line of “celebrating indomitable spirit.”

Cradle Mountain Canyons, in partnership with the Cradle Mountain Hotel, have teamed up to bring the festival to Cradle Mountain. Anna Paice, of Cradle Mountain Canyons, volunteered at the festival in Colorado in 2003 and had always thought it would be great match with audiences in Tasmania. By happy coincidence, festival organisers were looking for Southern Hemisphere locations to screen the festival and were excited at the prospect of returning to Tasmania.

“It was fantastic timing,” Ms Paice said. “We approached Events Tasmania and RACT and together we’ve managed to get some of the world’s best adventure films screening at Cradle Mountain.”
Ms Bunch landed in Hobart on Wednesday and is keen to experience Tasmania before heading to Port Sorell Primary School for a special screening of Mountainfilm in Schools and then to Cradle Mountain to present the films this Saturday.

“We’re showing students and younger audiences films selected by kids from schools in Telluride, so they really engage students and bring out some challenging questions and comments. We’ve had a great response through taking Mountainfilm on Tour to schools and there have been amazing stories of kids taking action to make changes in their communities for the better,” said Ms Bunch.

“We’ll be showing a special family-friendly program of films on Saturday afternoon from 1-3PM at the Ranger’s Station at Cradle Mountain. Then we’ll move up to the Cradle Mountain Hotel for the One Month in Tasmania film competition screening from 4:30-6PM, followed by the main Mountainfilm on Tour event from 8-10:30PM, featuring a program of 14 films from all over the world focusing on adventure and the environment. We aim to get people thinking, to challenge their everyday lives and to make some small changes to make the world a better place,” said Ms Bunch.

Ms Bunch’s film knowledge and expertise will be put to use as one of the judges of the One Month in Tasmania Adventure Film Competition, where entrants have had one month to shoot and edit a maximum five minute film showcasing adventures in Tasmania, and including the secret prop, a map of Tasmania.

“Since arriving in Tasmania, I’ve been wishing I had more time here. We’ve been out to the Tasman Peninsula and I felt like those sea cliffs on Cape Pillar are like something from a movie - they are so dramatic. Even though I only have a short time here, I’m looking forward to seeing what entrants in the One Month in Tasmania film comp have put together in the past month, it’ll be a way for me to see parts of Tasmania I just can’t reach this time,” said Ms Bunch.

Prizes will be awarded on Saturday evening at Cradle Mountain, and films will be posted to a YouTube channel where they can be viewed and voted on for the People’s Choice award.

Tickets and detailed programs for the event are available at

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MyState General Manager Product and Marketing, Chris Thornton
19.11.15 8:08 am

Voting closes this Monday in the 2015 MyState Student Film Festival People’s Choice Award, with
Tasmania’s most talented student film makers competing for over $10 000 in cash and prizes.

A total of 138 short films have been submitted this year from schools and students across Tasmania,
and all the entries are available to view at the MyState Student Film Festival YouTube channel.

To vote in the People’s Choice Awards, viewers simply need to give their favourite short films a
‘thumbs up’ on the MyState Student Film Festival YouTube page, before entries close at 12 noon this
Monday, 23 November.

The People’s Choice Award will be announced as a part of the MyState Student Film Festival red
carpet event, on Thursday, 3 December at the Theatre Royal – where our state’s budding film talent
will have their work screened to fellow film makers, parents, teachers and industry figures, including
the Festival’s judges.

Head Judge Graham Gates, one of Tasmania’s best-known screen industry figures, former Screen
Tasmania board member and former chair of Wide Angle Tasmania, said the Festival played a vital
role for Tasmania’s screen industry.

“The MyState Student Film Festival has been one of the best things to have ever happened in the
film industry in Tasmania,” Mr Gates said.

“As students develop their craft through school and college, there are very limited opportunities to
show their work to the public, which is why the Festival is such a wonderful platform for our
emerging film makers to be seen.

“Because the MyState Student Film Festival is offered across all levels of education, some of our
entrants have been making films since 2003, which is just amazing.

“With Tropfest facing an uncertain future, the role of the MyState Student Film Festival is more
important than ever.”

MyState General Manager Product and Marketing, Chris Thornton, said the festival is part of
MyState’s commitment to nurturing the talent of Tasmania’s youth.

“The MyState Student Film Festival has grown from strength to strength over the past 13 years and
we’re amazed at the quality of the films that continues to strengthen each year,” Mr Thornton said.

“We’re aware that the Festival is integrated into many school curriculums and learning programs, teaching students important skills in creative writing, communications, teamwork and time management.
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Amber Forrest-Bisley, Publicity Manager, Sydney Film Festival
17.11.15 6:19 am


Lexus Australia and Sydney Film Festival today announce Australian director and actor, Damian Walshe-Howling, has been named one of four winners of the international Lexus Short Films series.

Announced at the Nappa Valley Film Festival, Walshe-Howling was selected from over 4,400 filmmakers, from over 100 countries, by the Producers at The Weinstein Company. 

He will now go on to write and direct a short film to the theme of the series, “Anticipation”, to be produced by The Weinstein Company. The four winners will tour top film festivals around the world to promote their films, including Sydney Film Festival.

The international series received 355 Australian entries; second in number only to United States; with 50 more entries than the United Kingdom. 

The high volume of entries from Australia were supported by the new Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship, the largest short film cash prize in Australia at $200,000; or $50,000 for four fellowship winners in 2016.

Sydney Film Festival’s Festival Director Nashen Moodley said, “The high quality of entries coming from Australia is a true testament to the exceptional filmmaking talent being nurtured here.  We congratulate Damian Walshe-Howling on this fantastic achievement.”

“The Festival is also delighted American filmmaker Pippa Bianco has been selected among the four international winners.  Her film SHARE was screened at the Festival this year.”

“We are proud to continue to support the future generations of emerging filmmakers, both in Australia and internationally,” said Moodley.

Adrian Weimers, Corporate Manager, Lexus Australia said, “Lexus is absolutely thrilled with this result.  We had hoped the only recently launched Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship would provide a pathway for emerging Australian filmmakers to win the international prize.  It’s amazing this has happened in just months.”

Best known as a home grown small screen star, most recently for his role in Australian underworld drama Underbelly, Walshe-Howling has made a number of short films including his latest, Suspended, which screened at international film festivals St Kilda, Flickerfest, Nashville and Locarno in Switzerland.  Walshe-Howling has also been awarded an AFI in 2008.

The other winners joining Walshe-Howling and Bianco are Alexis Michalik, from France, and Byoung-Gon Moon, from South Korea.

The 355 Australian entrants into the international competition are also eligible for the Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship. A shortlist will be curated by Producers at The Weinstein Company and provided to the Sydney Film Festival and Lexus Australia. 

Of these, four fellows will be selected for the inaugural Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship cash prize of $50,000 each. The four will produce their next short film in 2016, to premiere at Sydney Film Festival in 2017.

For more information on the Lexus Short Film Series, visit

For more information on the Lexus Australia Short Film Fellowship, visit

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PORTAL, a unique community photography project presented by Devonport Regional Gallery

Devonport Regional Gallery
16.11.15 8:27 am


Residents of North West Tasmania are invited to take part in PORTAL, a unique community photography project presented by Devonport Regional Gallery.

Now in its second year, PORTAL enters us into the many moments that make up our lives on the North West coast of Tasmania, through your lens.

Participants agree to take and share one photograph from their day in the North West of Tasmania on Saturday 2 January 2016 with the Gallery. Each photograph will be used in a public exhibition between 22 – 31 January 2016, capturing 24 hours of life on the coast by the people in the community.

PORTAL was launched in November 2014, capturing life in North West Tasmania on Saturday 3 January 2015. The exhibition included 52 photographs from residents and visitors to the area, and was hailed as a huge success by organisers, Devonport Regional Gallery.

“Photography is so accessible nowadays, with many of us using our smartphones to capture and share photos from our day to day activities with friends and networks online throughout the world. PORTAL celebrates this practice, but in a unique way that showcases the many experiences we have living in this small part of the world.” – Dianne Sheehan, Education & Public Programs Officer, Devonport Regional Gallery

Registrations open Monday 16 November, 9am and everyone in the community, no matter what their age, is eligible to participate. Register online at or phone the Gallery on 6424 8296.

View PORTAL details, including FAQs online here:

PORTAL is supported by SeaFM and Harvey Norman Devonport.

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Despard Gallery’s New Vision ...

Steven Joyce Director Despard Gallery
14.11.15 11:25 am

Small Worlds, Anne Morrison

Scale, Matthew Harding

Despard Gallery HERE:

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Attirely Not ‘Suit’-able for this Muso

Paula Xiberras
13.11.15 5:56 pm


There is a song on Garrett Kato’s new album ‘That Low and Lonesome Sound’ called ‘UFO’, ‘the story of a chance meeting of a human with an extra-terrestrial fits nicely into our discussion as Canadian born, and now Byron Bay based musician Garrett Kato explains, the experience of relocating to Australia has been something akin to like the extra-terrestrial entering a new world, a substantial ‘adjustment’.

Garrett did however, know that relocating was the ‘right thing to do’ as he sets up home with his partner and 1 year old youngster in a country he loves. He sees Australia as having a similar culture to Canada but also sees it as totally’ unique’!

Garrett is familiar with Tassie having his partner’s sister living here and of course he has explored MONA which he calls ‘weird’ but ‘wonderful’ and Tasmania itself ‘cute’ and ‘honestly’ his ‘favourite place in Australia’.

Garrett says whatever you do in life you should have a passion for it, that it is a ‘necessity’ to follow your passion. Garrett doesn’t wear a suit on stage so working in a retail clothing shop is most certainly not ‘suit-able’ as a career choice but for a while Garrett was working in such a shop and was offered to become a partner in his own retail business but he declined. It is in music that Garrett finds his creative outlet and so he was delighted to take up another offer, that from his friend Pete Murray, to accompany him on his national tour which will see Garrett perform in Tasmania this weekend.

With the name Garrett meaning ‘strength’ and the name ‘Kato’ from the Latin meaning ‘all knowing’, we know that Garrett will maintain a strong passion for music.

You can see Garrett perform with Pete Murray:

Friday 13 November 2015 Country Club Show Room 8pm

Saturday 14 November 2015 Wrest Point Showroom 8pm

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Young artists Make Their Mark at TMAG

Elise Archer, Speaker of the House of Assembly Liberal Member for Denison
13.11.15 6:53 am

I was invited today to represent the Minister for Arts, Vanessa Goodwin, to open an exhibition of works by young artists from around the State at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) as part of the second Make Your Mark youth art project.

Make Your Mark is a youth art initiative of TMAG, made possible with funding from Detached Cultural Organisation, and delivered this year in partnership with five local councils: Huon Valley, Hobart, Waratah-Wynyard, Central Coast and West Tamar.

As part of the project, TMAG has supported the councils to deliver an art program in the community for youth aged 13 to 23, outside of a formal education setting or school environment.

This year the project has focused on the theme of ‘Respect’ and the young artists have used the medium of electronic art to explore the issues most important to them.

They have been working in their local areas over the past few months alongside professional artists in order to develop their technical skills and professional awareness, and to create the selection of works now on show at TMAG.

In their works, the young artists have explored topics as diverse as environmental values, self-identity in the online realm, and domestic violence, while using analogue and digital technologies as their creative medium.

An exhibition of their works at the TMAG is fantastic recognition and a celebration of the achievement and effort by all of the project participants.

TMAG is to be congratulated for leading the way in innovative art education, both at the museum and out in the community through initiatives such as Make Your Mark.

This year’s exhibition follows on from the first successful iteration of the project last year, Make Your Mark: Freedom. A third project is also underway, Make Your Mark: Death, which will culminate in an exhibition at TMAG in March 2016.

Make Your Mark: Respect is on show in the Bond Store Basement at TMAG from Friday, 13 November until Sunday, 29 November 2015. The exhibition is open Tuesday to Sunday between 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

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Investing in Tasmania’s unique cultural heritage

Vanessa Goodwin, Minister for the Arts
12.11.15 7:25 pm

The Hodgman Liberal Government is a strong supporter of arts and cultural organisations in Tasmania and we recognise the important role that our community museums play as custodians of our state’s unique cultural heritage.

Recipients of the 2016 Arts Tasmania’s Small Museums and Collections grants program have been announced today.

The Small Museums and Collections program provides financial support to the sector as well as the opportunity for staff and volunteers to work with professional Roving Curators to develop their skills and support their curatorial and collection management practices.

A total of 14 collections will receive investment funding of $38,500 and 120 days of Roving Curator time towards the important task of preserving Tasmania’s unique movable cultural heritage.

The funding also includes an allocation to continue the Making Museums Work workshop program that is offered to staff and volunteers of small museums and collections across the state.  In 2016 there will be a particular focus on disaster preparedness.

Organisations receiving investment through the Small Museums and Collections program include:

• The Friends of Melaleuca, Wildcare Inc: a grant of $9,217 and 8 days of Roving Curator assistance for the development of an interpretation plan and interpretation materials for the Deny King Heritage Museum.
• Avoca Museum and Information Centre: a grant of $2,788 towards the purchase of preservation materials and production of interpretation material for their exhibition The Sporting History of Avoca, as well as 5 days of Roving Curator assistance.
• Wynyard RSL: a grant of $746 towards the purchase of preservation materials and 8 days of Roving Curator assistance for the collection management of the Wynyard RSL Museum.

The full list of 2016 Small Museums and Collections program recipients can be found at:

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Dumb Criminals Film To Release Special One Night Only Screening In Cinemas

12.11.15 5:36 pm


This November, Australian leading independent film distributor, Transmission Films is excited to announce a special one night only screening of the brand new feature film, DUMB CRIMINALS.

Taking place on 24th November at Village Cinemas Glenorchy, the film will feature a live introduction by cult comedy heroes and the stars of the film, Paul Fenech and Kevin Taumata. This will be a rare opportunity to meet and party with the cast of the film.

DUMB CRIMINALS follows Rabbit, Rongo and a group of fictional dim-witted crooks and their dirty dumb deeds as they hope to help a young girl get the medical treatment she needs. Inspired by true crimes around the world, they attempt to raise money plundering their way through an array of poorly planned, stupidly executed and downright silly crimes.

Based on the popular web series of the same name, the film features some familiar faces including Fenech as ‘Rabbit’, Taumata as ‘Rongo’, Alex Romano as ‘Jimmy the Junkie’, and Benny Maclean as ‘Pothead’. The film also features cameos from Angry Anderson, Greg King, Brendan ‘Jonesy’ Jones, and Andy McPhee.

Brilliantly offensive, the film features Fenech’s trademark no-holds-barred and irreverent comedy as it follows the hilariously inept crooks in the style of series such as HOUSOS and BOGAN HUNTERS.


Where: Village Cinemas Glenorchy, TAS

Location: Cnr Cooper St & Eady Street, Glenorchy TAS 7010

Time: 6:30 pm

Tickets: $12


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Burlesk as You Like It: Last chance for pre-sale tickets
12.11.15 11:40 am

Evie Red (WA)

Saturday 14 November 2014

Playhouse Theatre @ 8pm

Burlesk as You Like It opens at the Playhouse Theatre on Saturday the 14th of November at 8pm.

Pre sale tickets for Saturday’s event close midnight Friday 13th November.

Pre sale tickets are $30 Concession or $35 Adult

You can pick up door sales for $40 (cash only).

For your last chance to purchase pre sale tickets at the best prices - $30 Concession or $35 Adult - Head to on the events page or CLICK HERE:

Burlesk as You Like it is Tasmania’s biggest burlesque event for 2015, featuring performers from across Australia. The burlesque lovelies will be dancing and teasing to the tunes of the Hobart Jazz Quartet (led by Aly Patmore). Don’t miss out!

For all inquiries contact Grace Cherry at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or leave a message on our Facebook page

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Spring and Autumn, Seasons for Remembrance and Reflection

Carolyn McDowall, Muse News, The Culture Concept Circle
11.11.15 11:38 am


November is Spring in the southern hemisphere and autumn in the northern hemisphere, traditionally seasons of reflection.  Lest we forget.

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Studio Karma, Nov 13-22: One, The Watercolours of Terry Tonga Choi-Lundberg

Caroline Miller
10.11.15 6:36 am




“One”: The Watercolours of Terry Tonga Choi-Lundberg

Friday November 13th – Sunday November 22nd, 2015

Studio Karma, 847 Glen Huon Road, Glen Huon, Tasmania

Opening hours – 10 am - 4 pm

One: The Watercolours of Terry Tonga Choi-Lundberg

Celebrated Tasmanian watercolourist Terry Tonga Choi-Lundberg presents a rare exhibition and sale of her paintings, at her home Studio Karma, 13-22 November, 2015.

On offer are original paintings and limited digital reproductions, representing the creative output and diverse styles of the artist. Many of these works have never been released before and the artist is honoured to present them to the public now.

Born in the USA in 1971, Terry’s parents were new migrants from Hong Kong. Terry began painting in watercolour as a young child alongside her artist father, the late Tak Chuen Choi. After becoming a medical doctor, life’s journey brought Terry and her husband to Tasmania in 1999. Nurtured by the island’s peaceful, life-affirming natural environment, she rediscovered her first love and passion, watercolour painting. “Being able to paint again and feeling the creative spirit flow freely is a gift, and I look upon every day as a blank piece of paper, a new beginning. This promise of hope and renewal is echoed in nature, and like so many artists who call Tasmania home, I draw endless inspiration from the beauty and purity of this island’s majestic landscape.”

Terry has decided to release a significant selection of works from her artistic reawakening period of 2001-2011 which can be explored on the website and at Studio Karma in Glen Huon from November 13-22nd inclusive.

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Playhouse Theatre, Nov 4: Burlesk as You Like It
09.11.15 8:57 am


Burlesk as You Like It
Saturday 14 November at the Playhouse Theatre
Doors open 8pm for 8.30pm start
Tickets $30 - $35 pre sale / $40 on the door

Get set for a night of serious glitz and glamour, as Tasmania’s biggest burlesque event hits the stage of the Playhouse Theatre.

Burlesk as You Like It promises an evening of classic burlesque inspired by burlesque shows of the 1940s and 1950s. The event features glamorous performances set to the sultry tunes of the Hobart Jazz Quartet (led by Aly Patmore).

“Burlesk As You Like It has been a great experience for Tasmanian audiences. We had packed crowds at the event last year, and the audience loved the format of the show”

“We will have music playing across the evening and performances set to the live band - with some beautifully arranged Duke Ellington pieces and classic burlesque tunes”, said producer Grace Cherry

“The show will definitely appeal to lovers of jazz, burlesque and retro glamour. We really encourage the audience to dress up in vintage inspired outfits. It adds to the atmosphere of the night, and really involves the audience in the show.” she said.

Canberra’s tassel twirling sensation Deb Delicious and samba sensational showgirl, Evie Red (WA) will appear.

“Our audiences always want new and exciting performances,so we have worked hard to bring some really amazing acts to Tassie”, said co-producer Oopsy Daisy.

“We also are really proud to support our local artists, all of whom are doing sensational work nationally and internationally in the burlesque scene.”

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09.11.15 7:23 am


2015 Festival hailed a success!

Tasmania’s Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival once again ignited Launceston over the weekend with glamorous red carpet events, impassioned discussions for social change and of course, incredible films.

This year marked the sixth annual BOFA Festival, which kicked off on Wednesday November 4 and finished up for another year last night.

The continually increasing popularity of the Festival was clear, with this year’s BOFA showing a 20% box office growth compared to 2014. There were a total of 12 sold out screenings and strong attendance from interstate groups from NSW and VIC who travelled into Launceston to enjoy the festival and then to tour further to MONA and around the state.

Festival Director Owen Tilbury said: “BOFA 2015 was the year of What’s Your BOFA? as a way of describing the many different aspects to BOFA. The success of the red carpet and major features, the more offbeat films like Tehran Taxi and the drawing power of the short films all indicate a broadly appealing programme that saw the audiences laughing and crying and packing the festival lounge to chat.”

BOFA 2015 opened with the inspiring Aussie doco, Frackman.  The film follows ordinary Australians caught up in a multinational ‘gas rush.’ Its central character, Dayne Pratzky, who has become a media superstar, was a guest of the Festival and led a discussion on the role of film as a vehicle for change.

Other red carpet moments during the Festival included the hotly anticipated world festival premiere of Tassie film, Death or Liberty. But it wasn’t just the cinema screenings that sold well, BOFA’s inaugural drive-in screenings saw a whole lot of families and friends roll up in everything from hot-rods, vans and sedans.

BOFA is certainly a festival that is about so much more than just enjoying the great films, and inspires tangible social change in our world. Following the captivating action sessions on Creating Community Change, Creating Innovative Regions and Maximising Impact and Money for Indie Film, lead to huge statewide attendance and agreement on actions for 2016 onwards with key film industry contacts agreeing on film projects progressing to the next stage.

The BOFA Devil Awards held on the Saturday of the Festival attracted filmmakers from all around the world. The Awards honoured short films, scripts, the display of entrepreneurial spirit, and an award for a BOFA champion. Launceston script writer Vince Bailey whose script Iceman was read in front on appreciative audience of film lovers, film makers and judges. Sydney based Erin Good won the best short film award and the team at Roar Film of Hobart took out the Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, whilst Sue and Tony Walker were honoured with the BOFA Champion Award for their unstinting support since 2010.

The inaugural Innovative Tasmania Awards held during BOFA saw the general public, innovators and interested Tasmanians rate the most innovative idea in the five categories including: Food and Beverage Production; Science, Technology and Transport; Sport, Leisure and The Arts; Politics, Governance and Security and Community and Environment. A total of 32 nominations were received across the five categories with almost 2,000 votes cast online by the general public. Full winner details can be found at

In a first for Australian Film Festivals, BOFA launched a series of specialised tours that meant interstate travelers to the Festival could book themselves into a tour of the region so when not watching world class films, hungry culture lovers could get outside and experience everything that Tassie has to offer.

Festival Director, Owen Tilbury said the tours were a popular addition to the Festival “Our inaugural Behind the Bubble and Taste of the Tamar tours were a great success and build on the reputation of Tasmania and the Tamar Valley as a region of great produce and fine wines, beers and ciders. Roll on BOFA 2016!”

BOFA 2015 sped by with four jam-packed days of great films, lively discussion, delicious food and wine, and of course, wonderful company. Judging by this year’s successes, BOFA 2016 is sure to be even bigger and better. See you there!

Keep updated with news and updates on BOFA via social media:

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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