Monthly Archives: March 2011

Show 1.4, “The Clare Valley Film Festival Festa”

In preperation for our super exciting three hour live broadcast from Blyth, this week’s show is all about the Clare Valley Film Festival. Let’s get down to business!

Sylvia Syms has been in the film and acting world since the 50s, working on critically acclaimed films such as Ice Cold in Alex (1958) and The Queen (2006). Outside of acting she is also involved in judging panels for film festivals – one of them being the CVFF – and I was lucky enough to catch her at midnight for an interview. She was all the way on the other side of the world in London but it felt like we were having a lovely chat over tea and scones. She talks about her involvement in festivals and her long and varied career. And a great anecdote about the worst film she worked on. She’s a great storyteller.
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Carolyn Choa as had a colourful career as a dancer, choreographer, producer and script translator. She joins the CVFF as the program coordinator, responsible for scheduling the myriad of films on offer. It was another midnight chat for her in England as I spoke to her over the phone about her work in films and the differences between East and West filmmaking.


Matthew Jenkin is one of the creative heads behind Ninja Milk, a media content provider. That’s his day job – in his spare time he makes movies! His new film Family Values will be screening at the CVFF and I spoke to him about how it developed and being a Jack of all media trades.
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Our “Rant of the Week” (TM) goes to Michael Facey who we interviewed last week about the film he produced, Kanowna. He took a more positive spin on “The Rant” which is all about letting industry peeps give their opinon on the state of Australian film.


Download Show 1.4 (March 26)

“The People’s Princess” – Alexandre Desplat, from The Queen (2006)
“White Rabbit” – Emiliana Torrini, from Sucker Punch (2011)
“Yearning for Peace” – Tan Dun, from Hero (2001)
“Hanna’s Theme (Vocal Mix)” – The Chemical Brothers, from Hanna (2011)

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Show 1.3, “Blyth, Kanowna and Beyond”

Get your calendars out, folks. Adelaide is host to some amazing world films coming up in the next few weeks.

March 22 to March 27: Indian Film Festival – “Bollywood and Beyond” (IFF). The actual festival isn’t coming to Adelaide but The Mercury Cinema will be screening a selection of the films. The opening night gala features I Am, an exploration of some of the thornier issues facing modern Indian society. Director Inirban Dhar and producer/actress Juhi Chawla will lead a Q&A session after the screening.
March 23 to April 10: Alliance Française French Film Festival (AF FFF). The opening night gala features Potiche, directed by François Ozon.
April 13 to April 18: Audi Festival of German Films. In it’s 10th year, Palace Nova is hosting this festival celebrating all things Deutsch. Opening night is a screening of Goethe!.
June 30 to July 30: Arab Film Festival. Just the dates have been announced so far so keep an eye on that link for more updates.

Raw Nerve 2011 applications are open! If you’re a writer, director, producer, or would just like to make films please follow the link and check out this amazing opportunity.

Kanowna is a short film written and directed by Chris Richards-Scully set in the Western Australian goldfields in 1901. Based on true events it follows the story of an Australian lawman who fathers a child to a Japanese prostitute and the fall out that follows. Producer Michael Facey studied at the Central Institute of Technology in Perth and I interviewed him about why he chose film as a career and the lack of multi cultural Australia in period films.
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The second half of the interview focuses on the film development process and making movies on the west coast.
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Ian Roberts had a fantastic brain wave in 2004 after seeing a film in Adelaide. That idea was to turn the Blyth Masonic lodge into a cinema. It’s been running since 2005 and last year it hosted the first Clare Valley Film Festival. He spoke to us about how he got the cinema up and running and the impact that it’s had in the region.
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Ian got the cinema up off the ground and now Festival Director, Chris Bishop, is helping to put Blyth on the film festival map. He called in and updated us on what he was up to and to talk a little bit about the filmmaking workshops featured in the festival.
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“The Flowers” – Mountbatten
“Kaawa Ka” – Aj Meera Jee Kanda, from Indian Monsoon
“Bigger Than Tina” – The Fauves, from Bigger Than Tina
“Stand On The Word (Mima Version)” – Keedz, from Underbelly: The Golden Mile
“Mambo Italiano” – Christa Hughes, from Wog Boy 2: The Kings of Mykonos
“Vivire para Ti” – Los Amigos Invicibles

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What’s On This Week..

The Film & TV Department of Adelaide College of the ARTS is seeking short film scripts for production by mid 2011, by third year students. This is a great chance to see your script actually make it to the screen. Writers whose scripts get chosen are invited to attend set and the screenings. Script submission is due via email on Tuesday March 15 .

Clare Valley Film Festival are running “low-to-no budget short film” workshops led by local experts, Chris Bishop and Dan Bradley. Wednesday 16 is for beginners and Thursday 17 is for more advanced skills. These workshops are a bargain at only $25 per session and go from 9pm at Clare High School. Register now.

Even more goodies at CVFF – Clewers 24 Hour Film Challenge! You have 24 hours to shoot and edit a 3 minute film based on a theme given on the day. All films received will be screened at the festival. First prize is $500 and a Sony HDRCX110 Camcorder and second prize is a Sony DSCW320 Camera. Your 24 hours start on Friday 18! Follow the links for more info.

Want to get a helping hand to make your first short film? Media Resource Centre are holding an information session about the Raw Nerve initiative at Mercury Cinema at 5.30pm Friday 18. Now in its ninth year, Raw Nerve is a joint initiative of Screen Australia and Screen Development Australia (SDA) to showcase the nation’s emerging filmmaking talent. It provides training and mentorship through the whole filmmaking process.

MRC are also holding Final Cut Pro workshops for beginner and intermediate editors. Held over the weekend (Saturday 19 and Sunday 20), Adelaide editor Carly Turner runs through the basics of video editing on industry quality Apple software, Final Cut Pro. The weekend course is $290 for MRC members and $350 non-members (Fee includes a copy of Final Cut Pro 7, Professional Video Editing by Dianna Weynand). Follow the above link for more info and to register!

If you think we’ve missed something or you have a film related event coming up please let us know!