I’m getting up scarily early tomorrow to catch a plane, but I couldn’t go to bed without a quick note about this evening. Penny and I and quite a few other people were extras in the film Alex is making as part of his year-long director’s course at AFTRS. That’s the Australian Film Television and Radio School. We spent hours standing around being bored, and minutes sitting in front of the camera – at least I was sitting, pretending to eat disgusting noodles, while Penny had a more upright role, wearing an anti-infection mask. I loved seeing – and being a small part of – the well-oiled machinery of a film shoot in action, and I especially loved seeing the way the two actors, in the midst of so much noise and busyness, managed to make something happen between them. All this happened beneath the roar of the Expressway in Pyrmont, close to the city. I took a number of blurry photos with my phone camera. No time for more – here is Alex with actor Richard Green (of Boxing Day fame), a masked Penny, Alex in a variety of directorial moments (including one with Anna Lise Phillips with an umbrella – did I mention it rained a fair bit? Anna Lise lent me her hoodie), and the disgusting noodles.
WP Bookblog Listing
- Overland 230 (Jacinda Woodhead 2018) 8 November 2018In days when the most of the media is adjusting to a world in which Trump and Scott Morrison are normal,, and even Mark Latham joining Pauline Hanson's party seems almost reasonable, cracking open an Overland is a blessed relief.
- Faahrenheit 11/9 (Michael Moore 2018) 7 November 2018I guess it was good to see this as the results of the 2018 midterm elections were coming thorough. It's much less smart-alecky than the poster's image of a big-bottomed golfer Trump setting off a nuclear explosion suggests. I found its coverage of resistance to Trumpism, especially among working people, unionists and young people, reassuring. I […]
- The Missing, Season 2 (Harry Williams & Jack WIlliams 2016) 2 November 2018The first season dealt with a little boy who went missing. This time a girl who was abducted years ago turns up, having escaped from her abductor. It's very creepy, as doubts arise about whether she is who she says she is.
- Pine Gap (Greg Haddrick et al 2018) 28 October 2018This looked so dreadful from the trailer that we wouldn't have watched it except that our internet was down. We missed the first episode, so had a bit of trouble finding our bearings, and by the end of the third ep still aren't sure what's going on. It plods along, but the characters are a lot more complex than CSI, which we also watched in th […]
- Belvoir: random (debbie tucker green 2008) 28 October 2018First performed at London's Royal Court Theatre in 2008, this one-hander had an Australian life as a play for young people a couple of years ago, and now we can be very glad it's being staged for a general audience. Directed by Leticia Cáceres it's a marvellous 45 minutes in the theatre. Zahra Newman is stunning as a multitude of characters, m […]
- Overland 230 (Jacinda Woodhead 2018) 8 November 2018
TagsABC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Alison Croggon art Australian Women Writers Challenge children's literature comics David Brooks David Malouf doggerel editing Gleebooks history Jeff Sparrow Jennifer Maiden journals memoir non-fiction Novel NSWPLA Overland Pam Brown phone photo poetry Quarterly Essay science fiction/fantasy Sydney Writers' Festival The School Magazine translation Turkey
- Emma and the Book Group
- November verse 5: To be done
- November verse 4: Our new home, soon
- Moreno Giovannoni’s Fireflies of Autumn and November verse 3
- November verse 2: Time’s arrow
- November Verse 1: The Second of November
- Judith Beveridge’s Sun Music
- Laura Tingle’s Follow the Leader
- Richard Denniss’s Dead Right
- History repeating
- Alice Walker’s Chicken Chronicles
- Sarah Winman’s Tin Man
- Marija Peričić’s Lost Pages
- Sue Lawson’s Freedom Ride
- Olga Tokarczuk’s Flights and the Book Group