13 years have passed since my last solo exhibition in Perth.
2-3 pieces are done for this one, with another dozen or so to be started, some returning to the underworld that I first explored via monoprints. More to come.
LAUNCH OF THE BASTARDY DVD!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
6:00pm – 8:00pm
THOUSAND POUND BEND
361 Little Lonsdale St
Featuring a live music set from the inimitable Jack Charles, just returned from the Sheffield International Documentary Festival where he was a special guest.
Also available is a 7″ with a recording of ‘Son of Mine’ on the A side, a Kath Walker poem that Jack put music to. On the B side is an old friend of Jack’s, Romantic poet Shelton Lea, reciting a poem about the boys home in Ballarat where they met.
Provocative, funny and profoundly moving, Bastardy is the inspirational story of a self proclaimed Robin Hood of the streets. For Forty years and with infectious humour and optimism, Jack Charles has juggled a life of crime with another successful career- acting.
Since founding the first Aboriginal theatre company in the 1970’s, Jack has performed with Australia’s most renowned actors (Geoffrey Rush, David Gulpilil, Bill Hunter) and directors in feature films (The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Bedevil) TV series and hundreds of plays.
Filmmaker Amiel Courtin-Wilson follows Jack over seven years- gradually blurring the line between director and accomplice as Jack continually traverses the criminal and acting worlds. However the law finally catches up with Jack and when he faces a jail sentence he might not survive, he is forced to decide if he can go straight for the first time in his life.
Bastardy is the story of one man’s journey into the light.
Film Critics Circle of Australia – Winner Jury Prize Best Documentary
Atom Awards – Winner Best Documentary Human Story
Nominated for three AFI Awards: Best Feature Length Documentary, Direction and Editing.
A New anthology Edited By Stephen studach & To be published By Paroxysm press Seeks The best flash fiction in THE WORLD
This will be a one hundred work anthology of some of the best new flash fiction from Australia and around the world.
Submitted pieces should be from 0 to 1000 words in length. Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dark Realism and anything in between. Award winners and reprints are welcome.
The anthology will be produced by iconic cult publishers Paroxysm Press.
The submission period is now open and will remain so until the editor has 100 brilliant works and that announcement is made.
When submitting; apply standard ms format. We prefer 12 pt Times New Roman font. Three character indent for paragraphs, including first paragraph. Underline for italics. Oxford English spellings (colour not color etc). Double quotation marks for dialogue. Single quotation marks for quotes and ‘stressed’ words. Otherwise, refer to the Oxford style manual. Please send stories as Word.doc or RTF files. Payment is in contributor’s copies.
Please send up to three flashes to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you think that you can hurl literary lightning bolts, we want to read you. One hundred writers, one hundred outstanding flashes of brilliant plasma – each captured in the mason jar of this volume.
From the editor: ‘I am the lightning collector. The lid is off the jar. Come thee and fork lightning…’
I’ve got two pieces in the show for the opening of a new gallery called The Owl and the Pussycat.
Sat 17 Oct
34 Swan Street, Richmond
“Opening in Richmond on Saturday 17 October, The Owl and the Pussycat Gallery will find its place in the busy commercial area of Richmond by offering a new, innovative and creative environment for non-mainstream and emerging artists to exhibit their work.
The Owl and The Pussycat seeks to support non-mainstream artists by offering a more commercial focus than what is currently available to them in the vast majority of artist-run spaces.
Hosting an array of different art forms; from visual to performance, the written and spoken word, a variety of classes, special events and more, the Gallery aims to represent ‘The art’s’ in all it’s forms.
The opening will feature a variety of activities, performances and presentations throughout the day.
Commencing at 1:00pm the day includes
·Talks and presentations from artists,·A live graffiti art demonstration,·Music from an array of artists,·Performances from a selection of theatre makers including the ever popular Red Cabbages,
·A Poetry Jam,·A body art fashion show,
·A live body suspension,·Art work from a number of artists exhibited in their own spaces
As well as a host of other activities
Jason Cavanagh, the owner operator of The Owl and The Pussycat Gallery was inspired to create a space for artists who struggle to find a way to practice their art.
“My vision is to assist artists in making a living out of what they do, what they love” he said. “As an artist myself, there is something special about providing this type of space and opportunity for others.”
The Owl and The Pussycat will ensure a lively, creative and fun environment by featuring a variety of activities and events each week along with some of Melbourne’s most exciting new art works on show.
The Owl and the Pussycat is situated at 34 Swan Street, directly opposite Richmond Station.LOOK FOR THE PEA GREEN DOOR!!!For further information contact: Jason Cavanagh – email@example.com”
Body Bag, the play I’ve been writing for ITCH Productions, is just about done. We’ve started taking if off the page and into rehearsal (my favourite bit).
Join us for opening night on Thursday the 4th of June!
In June 2009 ITCH Productions will premiere a brand new theatrical work ‘Bodybag’.
A man’s attempt to escape the reality of his life has a devastating effect on the veneer that holds his disjointed world together.
A talented artist, Monty, undergoes cocaine withdrawal following a serious car accident. As he floats in a hallucinatory state he endows his nearest and dearest with the characteristics of tragic movie stars.
He retreats into a fantasy world of celebrity, where he encounters three timeless icons of classic Hollywood – Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Elvis Presley who compete with Monty’s family for his love and his life.
Blame and recriminations begin to fly, exposing truths that have remained unspoken, until now…
A darkly funny tale about the effects of addiction on family, friends and lovers.
A collaboration from some of Melbourne’s most experienced independent artists. Alice Bishop (Green Room Award Nomination 2008 – Catalpa/ITCH Productions – Best Direction), writer Hop Dac, composer Biddy Connor and actors Des Fleming, Peter Stratford, Ngaire Dawn Fair and Carla McCallum with lighting design by Richard Vabre.
Based on an original idea by Alice Bishop and Des Fleming.
Tickets can be booked via the ITCH Productions site.
Sunday Drivers Press is a new Australian website launching later this year that will look at the work, processes, passions and issues that concern people engaged in creative practice. We’re not just talking about actors, writers and filmmakers here (although we’re interested in those guys too); we’re also talking about trapeze artists and toupee makers, bookbinders and bubbleologists (oh yes, they do exist.)
www.sundaydriverspress.com will include video, audio and text-based content, and we are currently accepting submissions in any of these forms.
Here’s a bit more about what we’re after:
SUBJECT AREAS: Creative activity in as broad a sense as you can imagine. We’ll look at all the obvious areas (film, theatre, literature, visual art, dance etc.) but are interested in anything that involves creativity, particularly that which is underrepresented in the mainstream media.
SUBJECT AREAS WE WILL NOT BE COVERING: Rock/pop music. Well, pretty much all music, unless you have a profile of a hurdy-gurdy player, then we’ll welcome you with open arms. The hurdy-gurdy will always have a home at Sunday Drivers Press.
WHY NOT MUSIC? It’s already being covered very well by people who know more about it than we do.
FORMS: Fiction, essays (both personal and the other kind), feature articles, reviews, profiles, interviews, humour, opinion, videos, audio recordings and podcasts.
FORMS WE WON’T BE PUBLISHING: Poetry
WHY NOT POETRY? Because we admit that its subtleties are beyond us. Please do not send us your spoken word recordings as they will leave us perplexed.
TONE: If it’s engaging, informed, well-written and relevant we’ll probably publish it. Both formal and informal tones are fine, as long as there is structure and the content is accessible to people other than yourself.
WHERE TO SEND IT: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please don’t email us any audio/video. If you have this type of content, email us about it first and we can chase it up later on, either on disk or through some form of interweb delivery.
PAYMENT: At this stage there is none. It sucks, we know. We are investigating a few options that may allow us to pay writers in future, but for now all we can give you is our great thanks for supporting us, a publication opportunity and a beer next time we see you out.
WHAT TO SEND: Feel free to send fiction pieces through in their entirety. Most of the fiction we publish will be 3000 words or (preferably) under, but if you have something longer please go ahead and send it in. Likewise, if you have any other kind of article already written up and ready to go, send it through in full and we’ll take a look. If you’re still at the idea stage, contact us with your concept first so we can tell you whether or not it is something that will fit in with what we have planned. We’re also looking for audio clips, podcasts and video clips.
ONE LAST THING: We’re currently working on an as-yet-untitled section of `in conversation’ pieces. These will involve an individual who works in a particular art form (eg. a painter), sitting down and having a chat with someone who works in a different art form (eg. a filmmaker). Obviously there would need to be an appreciation/admiration for each other’s work, or at least a degree of interest from one side. The idea would be to get two creative people talking about processes, ideas, inspirations and so forth, and record it all.
For this to work both people would need to be engaged in professional practice in their respective areas. In truth, nothing might be enough to make it work, but we’re going to give it a try. If you are interested in participating in this grand experiment, or know someone who might be, send us an email and we’ll talk.
If you have any ideas/proposals/submissions, then please email us.
Otherwise, feel free to let your thoughts ferment and contact us when you’re good and ready.
Sunday Drivers Press
Readings from Kami, Hop Dac, Shane Jesse Christmass, Kristy Love and maybe more…
Saturday, March 21, 2009
3:00pm – 6:00pm
Collected Works Bookshop level 1 Nicholas Building
37 Swanston Street
Re-launching THE Australian punk-rock novel:
Paroxysm Press is proud to relaunch the out of print and much requested first novella from Kami, S.F.&T* – Shotgun fiction for those who don’t have time for long drawn-out epics about lives we’ll never lead. And to spice it up even more it’ll be re-released as two novellas in one – also containing Kami’s second book, Bunk Beds & Chilli Vodka.
Launching in Melbourne Saturday afternoon 21st March Collected Works Bookshop level 1 Nicholas Building Swanston Street Melbourne with readings from Kami, Hop Dac, Shane Jesse Christmass, Kristy Love and maybe more… beer, words, books… what more could you need?
and for those who can’t make it but want a copy of the book:
ozmusicbooks is the place to go. he’s our man in cyberspace.
also paroxysm press for stockists around this fine country of ours!