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
- Berlin Station (Olen Steinhauer 2016) 22 January 2018It took a while for this to become more than a generic spy thriller, but it does get there.
- Rita, Season 4 (Christian Torpe 2017) 22 January 2018A welcome return of this Danish series about a schoolteaher whose personal life is dependably chaotic even while she is brilliantly effective with her young students. In this series she comes back from the cold, and we also have her origin story. Mille Dinesen and Tessa Hoder are brilliantly paired as old and yung Rita.
- The Curious Noise of History and other poems (B R Dionysius 2011) 22 January 2018A poetry chapbook from a long lived but now defunct series, which I took from a Street Library in Erskineville.
- Barber Shop Chronicles (Inua Ellams 2017) 20 January 2018A theatre guru once said, 'An audience want a body.' This play gave us 12 vigorous an d sonorous bodies of African and African-heritage men, in a number of interwoven scenes set in barber shops in Britain, Lagos, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and South Africa. 'A barber shop lights up like a beacon for a community where Black men can come, to be men. […]
- Taboo (Kim Scott 2-17) 17 January 2018For the Book Group.
- Berlin Station (Olen Steinhauer 2016) 22 January 2018
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- Fiona Wright’s Domestic Interior
- Ed Brubaker’s Fatale
- Jennifer Maiden’s Appalachian Fall
- Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko
- Year’s end lists 2017
- AWW 2017 challenge completed
- Overland 227 & 228
- Andrew McDonald’s Night Music
- The Book Group and James Rebanks’ Shepherd’s Life
- November verse 14
- November verse 13
- Adam Aitken’s Archipelago
- November verse 12: from Twitter
- November verse 11: Kurnell
- November verse 10: Dear Tony