Category Archives: What’s On

Show 1.5, “French Chic and Austalian ‘Porkies'”

Still so many film festivals happening. It’s an endless fiesta of excitement. Right now both the Alliance Française French Film Festival and Windows on Europe Film Festival are screening AND the Shorts Film Festival opens on April 9.

If all these films are making you itchy with desire (I heard it’s a thing) to make your own there are some helpful workshops coming up. In a joined venture by the Shorts Film Festival and the Australian Writers’ Guild, a writers masterclass presented by Karel Segers on April 16. One of the biggest issues that gets raised on our show is that Australia has so much talent but is maybe not marketing our films the right way. This workshop is all about learning to sell your screen concept and connecting with audiences. Crucial for any film.

MRC are holding a FREE seminar on April 13 all about the fundamentals of animation production in support of their animation initiative that will be running again this year. Also a great chance to talk to some like-minded people and make connections. Follow the links for more information.

The Alliance Française French Film Festival opened at Palace Nova Cinemas on March 23. The festival – now in its 22nd year, is bigger than ever, running for 19 days. This is the largest foreign film festival in Australia, and the main French cultural event in Australia. Catherine Zengerer, from Breakfast, spoke to Director of the Alliance Française French Film Festival, Philippe Marsé, and he gave the low down of the festival and some of the great films that will be screening (including some ‘orror). You can download and stream the audio at the Radio Adelaide Breakfast wordpress.

Our weekly rant segment called “Rant of the Week” (we stretched ourselves coming up with that title) goes to writer/director Matt Jenkin. Matt was on the show last week talking about his latest short film, Family Values, and while I had him on the phone I asked him for his take on the rant and if he could break down some of the issues for us. He brought up some interesting points involving distribution and how sometimes films are perceived as unsuccessful when that may not be the case.
Rant of the Week – Matt Jenkin

Philip Elms has done a little bit of everything in his life. Starting out making home movies, he’s written and directed his own short films, worked in TV (with a tense first gig involving Bob Hawke), was production manager on darling of the local film industry 2:37 and now teachers video production while having his own commercial video business. He spoke to Chrissy and me on air about his long and varied career and gave some advice to those starting out. (The second half of this entry title can be explained in the interview..)
Philip Elms

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“La valse des Monstres” – Yann Tiersen, from Amelie (2001)
“Ta Dolouer” – Camille
“Let Go” – Frou Frou, from Garden State (2004)
“Society” – Eddie Vedder, from Into the Wild (2007)
“Throw Your Arms Around Me” – Neil Finn
“Search and Destroy” – Skunk Anansie, from Sucker Punch (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!