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 Welcome to Screenworks August e news.  This month you can read about the great line up of contestants in 2011's Life's A Pitch and you're invited to pitch training day.  There is a fabulous line of film events at the Byron Bay Writers Festival and a FREE TICKET offer.  Check out the global adventures and activities of Screenworks members and we have included important industry news and opportunities.  We look forward to seeing you round the traps....
All the best
Lisa and Jill

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Screenworks Events
Newrybar  Hall
Sun Aug 28th
9.30 am - 5pm

8 contestants have been selected for Screenworks 2011 Life's A Pitch but only 5 can go through to the finals! At the end of the day of pitch training the contestants will front up for an Elimination Pitch.  There is room for a small audience to watch and learn from the pitch development process and then see the contestants battle it out in the Elimination Pitch. more
Tickets $15

Screenworks members FREE
Available via email
Bookings essential

Screenworks Life's a Pitch Finals will be at the Byron Bay Community Centre from 6.30pm on Thursday Sept 8th.   The 5 finalists will present their pitch in front of a public audience to key industry decision makers, including executives from broadcasters and industry funding bodies. More details will be available but make sure you put this date in your diary.

Screenworks Members News


It is with much sadness that we report the passing away of Screenworks member Philip Witts who died suddenly on Saturday 30th July.  Philip was a professional writer for more than 20 years.  He wrote for stage, radio, film, television and corporate clients.    Philip's play Lovelines was nominated for a Wal Cherry Award in 1998 and was produced in Melbourne in 2000.  His radio plays for the ABC included Fear of Jogging, Saturday Night with the Mixmaster, Final Flings and The Real World.  Philip had been a member of Screenworks for 4 years.

with Cathy Henkel
Mullumbimby Civic Hall
Fri Aug 26th
Doors open 6pm, film 7pm
Delicious Santos food will be on sale

One of Screenworks original members, Cathy Henkel is embarking on a major new project and will be in the region to show her much loved documentary film The Burning Season and talk about her new film Project Borneo, 100 Days in The Jungle.

19 year old Byron Bay resident Kodi Twiner has been selected from over 250 entries to be a part of the Project Borneo team, Kodi spoke to Screenworks about her selection:

"I submitted my video in February this year, and since then have gone through the cuts to make Top 50, Top 25 and finally, the final team that go to Borneo! I am stoked to be part of this project and feel very priveledged to be working with a team of such talented people. The rest of the team come from places like France, Canada, Kenya, Egypt, the US and even Holland. Being the only Australian girl selected in such an honour and I realise what I will be representing." more


Its amazing how random a chance meeting in Tweed Heads can end you up in a 5 star hotel in Egypt on the banks of the Nile.. you can follow Trevor Advedissian's adventures as he treks around Egypt with Egyptian born comedian Akmal Saleh filming for a documentary about the revolution occurring in Egypt. 

Instead of what they had hoped would be a doco about the revolution in Egypt, it might turn out to be an undercover assessment of how old school power is clinging on with a military government. This has made bringing out a camera somewhat more of a tricky process.... more info on Trevor's blog


Every Cloud Productions have gone into production in Melbourne on the Phryne Fisher series for ABC TV.  The series, now called Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries will feature Essie Davis (Cloudstreet, The Slap), Nathan Page (Underbelly, All Saints), Miriam Margoyles (Babe, Harry Potter) and Hugo Johnstone-Burt (Cloudstreet).

Carole Sklan, Head of ABC TV Fiction said “Every Cloud Productions are bringing tremendous creative flair to the adaptation of the novels to the screen.." For more details check out the article in TVTonight


Jane Hanckel's Book Launch
11am Sat August 6th

Screenworks member Jane Hanckel will launch her Eco Parenting book series at the Byron Bay Writers Festival.  The books will be launched by Ray Moynihan in converstation with Jane, environmental scientist Jo Immig and Aboriginal early childhood support coordinator Delta Kay.  For more information visit Jane's website

Cate McQuillan
11am Sun August 7th

Screenworks member Cate McQuillan will present The Dirtgirl Phenomenon to young audiences in the ABC 3 Marquee.

Tristan Bancks

Screenworks member Tristan Bancks will present My Life and Other Stuff I Made up in the ABC 3 Marquee.
For more details visit

Industry News


The PJ Hogan’s feature Mental, starring Toni Collette, has commenced filming on the Gold Coast and in the Northern Rivers.

Toni Collette plays Shaz, a charismatic, crazy, hotheaded hitchhiker, who transforms the Moochmore family when she becomes the nanny to its five girls. Shaz joins the family after Shirley Moochmore (Rebecca Gibney), unable to cope with her demanding daughters and without the support of her philandering politician husband Barry (Anthony LaPaglia), is committed to a mental hospital. 

The film is written and directed by PJ Hogan, who has based the film on personal experience, and produced by Jerry Zucker, Janet Zucker, Todd Fellman and Jocelyn Moorhouse.  For more details check out the article in IF

Congratulations to Grace Bolt who was selected as an attachment for the production.

Byron Bay’s iconic Pighouse Flicks Cinema has finally reopened after an extensive overhaul. A lush interior coupled with all new audio/visual equipment ensures a quality cinema experience.   Great line up of films over the few weeks including: The critically acclaimed romantic comedy ‘I love you Phillip Morris, starring Jim Carey and Ewan McGregor and the laugh out loud Alien-roadtrip movie ‘Paul’, starring Simon Pegg are just two of the wonderful films screening at the Pighouse over the next three weeks.  For more details check the website 

Industry Events & Professional Development

Screenworks members can purchase tickets at members prices

ABC 3 are a principal sponsor of the Byron Bay Writers Festival.  Executives from ABC 3 will be at the Byron Bay Writers Festival, if you are interested in children's television this is a good opportunity to come along and see what is happening at ABC 3.  Session presenters include Screenworks members Cate McQullian and Tristan Bancks.

Special screening with film maker Paul Cox in attendence for discussion
Dendy Byron Bay Cinemas
5pm Thur August 4th

This multi award winning film won the hearts of festival audiences world wide.  Don't miss this rare opportunity to see an Australian gem on the big screen and speak with Paul Cox, one of Australia's most respected filmmakers.
The film stars Bud Tingwell as Andreas who embarks on a reckless and intense affair with Clarie, his old lover from more than 40 years ago. 

Tickets $18 available Dendy Byron Cinemas
To purchase tickets visit or call 1300 368 552.

Email with your Screenworks membership number and go in the draw to win a double pass to Innocence.  Entries need to be in by 9am Wednesday August 3rd. Winner will notified by email and/or phone on Wednesday August 3rd.
Writing for the Stage: How to Get Started – Ned Manning

Wed August 3rd
1.30 - 4.30 pm

Learn about writing a short play with playwright and actor, Ned Manning.  He will cover the importance of dialogue. Who is that? - Learning about character. Where the hell are we? - Learning about setting. Putting it together. - Learning about creating a scene. What’s it about? - Learning about finding subject matter.

Tickets $60/$50
To purchase tickets visit or call 1300 368 552.

With writer Louis De Bernières
Dendy Byron Bay Cinema
Fri August 5th

Based on Louis De Bernières legendary true story of the Red Dog who united a disparate local community while roaming the Australian outback in search of his long lost master.   Louis De Bernières will be on hand after the film to explore further the story of the charismatic, hitch-hiking kelpie from the 70’s.  Red Dog is for lovers of dogs and the Australian outback or just those who enjoy a good Aussie yarn.

Tickets $18
To purchase tickets visit or call 1300 368 552.


Actors who write show us how to deliver words
3pm - 4pm Friday August 5th

Brendan Cowell, Bella Vendramini and Katie Wall talk with Simon Marnie

If a picture paints a thousand words
11.45am - 12.45pm

Gillian Armstrong and Paul Cox in conversation with Liz Porter

Screen and Heard
3.45pm - 4.45pm Saturday August 6th

Gillian Armstrong, Greg Haddrick, Tristram Miall and David Williamson talk with Ross Grayson Bell

For more details and tickets visit

A soundscape performance including live music, spoken work and visual imagery

Fri August 5th at Byron Bay Writers Festival
Thu August 11th at Bangalow Music Festival
Fri August 12th at NORPA Experiments in the Dark

Co.sonance presents The Ice Suite. Local composers Karena Wynn-Moylan, Ken Naughton and Cye Wood together with digital artist Grayson Cooke will take the audience into the heart of whiteness as they explore the tragic death of Scott of the Antarctic.  With sequenced and live musical performance, spoken word and keyed and live mix visual imagery , they create a soundscape that takes the listener/viewer on a deeper journey than just musical performance allows as they imaginee the emotional journey of the doomed expedition.

Currently in production, it is intended to debut this work on the 100th anniversary of Scott’s death on March 29, 2012 in Hobart where co.sonance have accepted an invitation to be part of the Antarctic Centenary Celebrations. more


Over 700 Australian and international delegates will gather at the Hilton, Sydney this year to attend the 26th SPAA Conference. Convergence, as the central theme, encourages a domestic look at what we have achieved, where we are at and what the future holds. Join the industry for three days of politics, business and creativity via keynote presentations, panel sessions, networking parties, screenings, pitching opportunities, markets and one on one sessions.

Click here for more information or to register for the 2011 SPAA Conference


Some of the country’s best known contemporary art practitioners and festival representatives will meet in Lismore on August 4 & 5 to participate in the Splendid Think Tank. This is an innovative two-day event that will explore the risks and rewards of embracing new art, ideas and experience in the festival context.  For more details

Star Court Theatre
Fri 12th & Sat 13th Aug

Coming to Lismore for the first time, Little Big Shots is a short film festival for kids, featuring the best local and international children’s shorts, animations, documentaries and child produced films. There are educational resources available at

Funding & Employment


Updated guidelines and application forms for Screen NSW's Emerging Filmmakers (EFF) Fund are now available.
The Emerging Filmmakers Fund provides career development pathways, and the opportunity for the advancement, in the film and television industry. In each round, a maximum of four successful projects receive grants of up to $30,000 for production and/or post-production.

Application closing date: 5 September 2011

For more details visit ScreenNSW website



The ABC’s Heywire competition gives people aged 16–22 in rural and regional Australia a chance to ‘tell it like it is’ on the ABC. All they have to do is submit a story to the Heywire website about life in their neck of the woods, or an issue in their community. Stories can be in text, audio, photo or video formats.

Entries close 19 September 2011. Find more information and upload stories at

21st International Short Film Festival January 2012
Flickerfest, Australia’s only Academy® Award accredited and BAFTA recognised Short Film festival, and its largest short film competition, is accepting entries from Australia and around the world, from JULY 1st, for our 2012 Festival. Flickerfest will screen for 10 days at Bondi Beach in January 2012 before heading off on a 30 venue national tour.

Australian entries must be received by 5pm, FRIDAY 16th SEPTEMBER 2011
Entry is ONLY available online at our website

For more information:
Email: or
Phone: 61 2 9365 6888

LOCAL FOOD FILM FESTIVAL $1,000 in prize money

The Local Food Film Festival 2011 is calling for entries into its first short film competition. With $1,000 in prize money, the winning film will be screened at the annual Festival in October and published online.

This years’ theme is ‘Growing and eating for the future’ with each film showing or having a connection to locally grown and produced food.

Films can be up to 8 minutes, there is no entry fee and submissions will be accepted until Friday 30th September 2011.

All people are invited to enter the short film competition, regardless of background or level of experience- primary/high school, local community groups, established filmmakers or anyone passionate about local food.

For entry guidelines please visit

Screenworks aims to foster, drive and promote the development of an innovative, sustainable and vibrant screen industry in the Northern Rivers.  Screenworks is funded by Screen Australia, Screen NSW,  Trade and Investment NSW and members.

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