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Welcome to Screenworks April 2011 e news.
Last week I was in Sydney meeting with other regional screen officers,  making connections with a range of industry practitioners and organisations.  There are now seven regional screen offices across NSW, Screenworks, ScreenLinks (mid north coast) Screen Hunter & Central Coast, Screen Illawarra and South East, Central West and Film Broken Hill.   Film Broken Hill has just launched a new film studio, this is an amazing facility created out of one of the old power stations used for mining, the studio will be extensively used by the next Mad Max shoot- Fury Road.  All the regions offer so much diversity of locations, however, the Northern Rivers region is still top of the list for offering extensive crew and services support.  Which reminds me, if you are a member of Screenworks and your listing on the website database is incomplete or out of date, then it's time to do something about it, and what better way to encourage you than an incentive!  Read on!
All the best

A final word from Screenworks office, as much as we love the internet and all the great opportunities associated with it, keep in mind that 'what goes on the net, stays on the net'.
Lisa and Susie

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Screenworks Events

Film, Q&A with writer/director, live performance with Alex Lloyd and the Pigrams
Dendy Byron Bay Cinemas
Mon 25th Apr

Following on from it's "...rapturous reception from critics" and "winning hearts" at the Sundance Film Festival and prior to it's national release MAD BASTARDS will be screening at the Dendy Byron Bay Cinemas at 6pm on April 25th. 

In a special treat for the Byron audience, writer/director Brendan Fletcher will be doing a Q&A, then following on, multi-ARIA Award winner Alex Lloyd plays LIVE with the award-winning Pigram Brothers, whose "lilting ukulele and mandolin melodies weave like a dream through the central story in the film."

MAD BASTARDS tells the story of TJ, who is a mad bastard and his estranged 13-year-old son Bullet who is on the fast track to becoming one.  TJ is sick of scraping out an existence in the city and travels to the tiny frontier town of Five Rivers in search of his son more

We expect this to be a sell out so don't miss out, contact Dendy Byron Cinemas and get your ticket now.


Screenworks Office
Deacon St Bangalow
Tues 3rd May

We are taking bookings now for one on one meetings with screen producer Lois Randall on Tuesday 3rd May in a Screenworks Development Clinic.  If you have a production that you want to progress, consider a confidential meeting with an industry professional.  Lois Randall is a Screen Producer with extensive experience in documentary and drama production, policy, development, management and funding.

To book please email

Screenworks News


Screenworks welcomes Susie Forster as the newly appointed Administration Assistant.  Susie joined Screenworks as an emerging professional in 2007 and is known to many of our members through her volunteer work in the region's film community as coordinator of FAC (Film Artists Co operative) as well as through her active involvement and the volunteer work with Screenworks.  Susie was the winner of Life's A Pitch in 2008 with her documentary True Crimes of The Lone Avenger and winner of the 2011 Byron All Shorts with her documentary The Joy is Real.  Susie brings a strong range of administration skills and industry experience to the role of Screenworks Administration Assistant.  Susie will be working one day a week for the first few weeks and then once a fortnight or as required up until December 15th.

Screenworks Members News


Congratulations to Belinda Chayko and the team from LOU. The film won two prizes at the Créteil International Women's Film Festival. The Prix Graine de Cinephage for best feature chosen by the young jury, and the Prix du Public, the audience award for best feature.  This french film festival showcases the directing talents of female filmmakers from around the globe.


We are delighted to have 12 new members join Screenworks in the first quarter of 2011. Weclome to:
Jennifer Elais of Subject Matters, producer, director, camera.  Website
Sharon Shostak, writer, director, editor.  Linked In
Grayson Cooke, Senior Lecturer, School of Art and Social Sciences, Southern Cross University
Jennifer Des Champs, production coordinator, art department coordinator
Barry Eaton of Eaton Enterprise, acting, voicer overs and writing.  Website
Andrew Herden of Enviro Survial Pty Ltd, camera editor & producer. Website
Wendy Powitt of WP Creative Design, set design, costume design and animation.  Linked In
Roe Ritchie Producer for The Grimstones.  Website
Joanne Taylor, Taylors Props and costume hire ph 6684 2978 
Susan Ward, Southern Cross University
Geof Webb of the eco - brandits, brand development and sustainable merchandise & licensing.  Website //

Update your Screenworks Directory Listing and WIN a hardcopy of THE PRODUCTION BOOK 2011

We are constantly approached by local and visiting producers who are using our website to find cast, crew, locations and film services. Screenworks staff also use and continually direct enquiries to the website. Make sure your Screenworks listing is promoting you and your business. How does your listing look? Check it out in the Screenworks directory.  Not happy with how it looks?  Update it, it is simple to do and you could win a 2011 The Production book, for details on how click here   

Check out a good example of a Screenworks Directory listing Harriet Clutterbuck


Peter Westheimer has just released Tranzworld Express, an album that defines its own category: world electro-orchestral dance.  On the Tranzworld Express musical ‘trip’, listeners are invited onto an imaginary train that seamlessly travels around the globe. Celebrating a vast diversity of musical genre, it moves though a soundscape of global rhythms and ethnic melodies. In fact, Peter’s original creative writing sessions were on train journeys through Europe on his laptop. 

To hear his music visit his website


Mac Pro, 2.8ghz dual quad core (8core), 1.8TB storage over 3 drives ( slot spare), 10GB RAM, Nvidea 8800GT with 512MB video RAM, Airport Extreme, original box & discs, Snow Leopard, warranty until July 29th 2011, $3000 ono.
Final Cut Studio 3 boxed as new $1000.
Sony HVR-Z1, Low hours, inc bag, good batteries, original cables, manual, rode shotgun mic, great wide angle lens, polarising filter, lens cleaner and warranty until Jan, 2013. Very good condition. $3500 ono
Manfrotto Tripod, three stage legs, great 503 fluid head, good condition $500 ono
3x Jet Creative Gear redheads in bag, including handheld reflector, some gels, scrim and spare bulbs. great condition $350 ono

ph Nick: 0435 032 372
Cinema News

Britain's National Theatre Production of
Dendy Byron Bay Cinemas
1pm, April 9 and 10

The Academy Award winning director of the films Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours returns to the stage to direct acclaimed actors Johnny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch in Frankenstein

Exclusive offer to Screenworks Members
Dendy Byron Bay Cinemas is offering one FREE ticket to a Screenworks member.  To go in the draw to WIN THE FREE TICKET email your name, phone number,  membership number and the session you would like to attend to by 12 noon Friday 8th April.  The winner will be notified by email and phone before 5pm on Friday 8th April.

Mullum Flicks present

April, Sat. 16th & Sun. 17th

Winner Golden Globe Awards 2011. Paul Giamatti, Best Actor (comedy)
**** At the movies - Margaret and David both gave this 4 stars
***** SMH - Giles Hardy gave this 5 stars

BARNEY'S VERSION tells a story of Barney Panofsky, a seemingly ordinary man with an extraordinary life. We follow him through 3 marriages spanning across 4 decades and discover that the key to Barney's charm lies in the friendship with his father, played by Dustin Hoffman.

Drill Hall Cinema, Mullumbimby
Sat 16th 6.30pm Delicious Dinner & Desserts 7.30pm Film
Sun 17th 6.30pm Sensational Soups 7.30pm Film

Film tickets $12 Prebook at Mullumbimby Bookshop. Dinner is optional, purchase at the venue.
enquries: or phone 66874424

Industry News

Crew, equipment, location at your fingertips.  The Production Book iPhone app has the ability to dial straight through, email from your phone and save your favourites.  Go to the iTunes store and look up The Production Book 2011 and install. Only $19.99

Industry & Professional Development

Taking enrolments for next term

Screenworks member and long standing industry professional Mark Piper is having success with his recently established Byron Bay Film and Television School.  Mark is offering a range of courses in film and television and his more popular courses include Acting and Directing.  For more information go to


Funding & Employment

Green Screen Collaborator

Metro Screen is seeking a collaborator to develop and deliver short training courses that educate the screen industry about environmental sustainability. The first part of this project is the development of a training course, which will focus on the sustainability challenges screen industry practitioners face.  The second part of the project is to deliver the training courses. It is anticipated that Metro Screen will offer the course approximately three times a year but this will be guided by screen community demand. The usual class size is 15 students and will generally be delivered at our facility in Paddington, Sydney. For more information click here


Shine Australia is excited to open its doors to Australia’s creative community and invite program ideas from individuals outside the company. "We believe great ideas can come from anyone from anywhere and we’re excited at the opportunity to view your submissions."  To find out more click here

NSW VFX PLACEMENT SCHEME - Advance your career now

Calling for Applications: Deadline 2 May 2011

6 months paid work as a trainee with a high-profile digital visual effects company
Hands-on experience in a production pipeline
Mentoring from the top VFX artists in the industry
The opportunity to work with Academy Award winning visual effects and animation teams

Through the Scheme, Screen NSW provides subsidies to leading NSW companies to employee digital artists for six-month traineeships.
There is one application deadline per year, with up to 5 trainees placed annually.  For more information click here

Deadline May 20

The Screen NSW Board will be considering production finance applications at its Board meeting on July the 21st. In order to guarantee a place at this meeting, producers will need to submit completed application materials by Friday May the 20th. For more information visit their website

Industry and Investment NSW Digital Media Initiative
The Digital Media Initiative, a key element in the NSW Government’s Digital Economy Strategy, will provide $1.5 million a year for three years to support digital content.  The Initiative is designed for commercially oriented projects that are destined for distribution on internet, wireless, mobile, other emerging platforms or devices.

The full guidelines for funding under the Digital Media Initiative, including application forms, are available for download on Industry and Investment NSW website.

Call for entries

Calling all Film Makers, Animators and Media Creatives… It’s time to put yourself in the picture…

Entries are now officially open for the 2011 ATOM awards – Australia and New Zealand's most prestigious awards for achievements in Film, Television, Animation and Educational Content.

This year, the ATOM Awards program will recognise and celebrate excellence, featuring thirty four awards across three categories - Student, Educational / Vocational and General.

Entries for the 2011 ATOM Awards will close at 5pm (AEST) on Monday 13 June, 2011.

For more information or to enter the 2011 ATOM Awards please visit
Enquiries Sil-Nyin Cameron, Festival Director or m 0402 246 601

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,  Industry and Investment NSW and members.

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