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Illustration by Ellen Porteus.

Wed 16 Oct // 2019

After many months of hand-wringing I finally broke down and made a commitment to watch a new Netflix show. I know this may seem like a small thing, but I take these matters very seriously. If I'm going to throw down 20+ hours on some prestige entertainment, I need to ensure I spend at least half that time reading reviews and hot takes on twitter before taking the plunge. I'm still scarred from the first season of The OA. Don't @ me.

The show in question is 'Dark', and I'm here to give it my solid endorsement. It's really super good. It's also all spoken in German, which I did not realise until at least 12 hours in, as everyone was speaking French until that point. I even got sent into a 30 minute google wormhole trying to figure out if there was some sort of French-Canadian-like situation in Germany where a small subset of Germans only spoke French and the fictional town of Winden had some sort of Québécois thing happening.

The real explanation was pretty simple though, as for some reason Netflix set the default language to French, but it was impossible to realise because in a subtitled show you're reading the dialogue and not looking at their lips.

From there, I spent at least one episode just trying on all the other available languages, like Spanish (weird), Italian (weirder), English (TOO WEIRD), then finally to the original German. It was so strange though. Like the show was always good, but after a whole season of getting to know these characters as French, it got better on a much more subtle level when the actual voices of the characters was being heard. At the same time it did get a bit less sexy though, because lets face it, French just sounds a bit hotter.

Anyway, this is just a long way of saying that if you decide to take up my always amazing recommendations - check your language settings.

Here's another thing to check - the great work our artists have done in the last week. Go go gadget fingers and scroll away.

(Also! We've extended our job application deadline! If you want to get these real life recommendations from me in person, every day, whether you asked for it or not, head over to jwg.is/hiringinmelbourne for more info!)

— Jeremy Wortsman

Founder & Managing Director

The Week

Highlights from our Instagram

Georgia Perry worked with Flutter to create an animation for UNSW on Margaret Atwood.

Sophie Beer channels her inner child for Habitat Early Learning Centre via Theola.

We’re on the look out for a new agent/producer in our Melbourne office! Applications close October 28.

Kate Banazi is kicking goals with her latest mural for Collins Square.

Clara, Jes and Aja were repping Jacky Winter at RMIT pitch night!

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The Podcast

This week, it’s all about Producing Software, and we're over the moon to say that we’re joined by the fantastic Virginia Murdoch.

“Usually I find that the things that make delivering software complicated result from bad planning, or a lack of deep familiarity with the problem itself.”

// Virginia Murdoch

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Each week on our podcast we dissect three links we’ve come across our internet travels. These are jumping off points for what’s shaping issues, processes and happenings in the creative industries today. To find our more about our IRL open tabs events, visit opentabs.rodeo

Lara chats about her freelancing adventures with UpWork.

Jeremy shares a Jacky Winter joke for all the project managers out there, Obey Gantt.

And Virginia helps us keep up to date with all the latest in impeachment news.

Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down / Shaka

Thumbs up to YOU!

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Thumbs down to the little white lie we told last week about that being the last Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down / Shaka. But aren't you happy we've been resurrected?

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This Shaka's being thrown for all past Shaka's. Thanks for the memories.

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The Artists

New stuff from the JW roster

Ken Taylor had a perfectly crazy accident when his yurei poster was layered with Jessica Seamans’ touch of class print.

Weekends are better when you spend them with friends, and an Alice Lindstom collage.

James Boorman’s collection of animations put sentiment analysis under the magnifying glass for GumGum.

Domenic Bahmann’s chip ship is setting setting sail across deliciously salty seas.

Ilya Milstein’s been busy inventing fictional cultures for his secret upcoming personal project.

Timba Smits’ ‘SON GOKŪ’ is on show at ‘A League Of Their Own’ group show at Outre Gallery in Melbourne.

The hunt is on with Andrea Innocent’s latest illustration!

Angela Ho’s bringing us a particularly odd couple for October.

Ross Murray chats about his work and illustrator life in a new interview with Design Assembly New Zealand.

Ken Taylor had a perfectly crazy accident when his yurei poster was layered with Jessica Seamans’ touch of class print.

Weekends are better when you spend them with friends, and an Alice Lindstom collage.

James Boorman’s collection of animations put sentiment analysis under the magnifying glass for GumGum.

Domenic Bahmann’s chip ship is setting setting sail across deliciously salty seas.

Ilya Milstein’s been busy inventing fictional cultures for his secret upcoming personal project.

Timba Smits’ ‘SON GOKŪ’ is on show at ‘A League Of Their Own’ group show at Outre Gallery in Melbourne.

The hunt is on with Andrea Innocent’s latest illustration!

Angela Ho’s bringing us a particularly odd couple for October.

Ross Murray chats about his work and illustrator life in a new interview with Design Assembly New Zealand.

"I am an illustrator of information graphics because it combines my boundless curiosity with my love of visual communication. It also allows me to work in my pyjamas."

// Anthony Calvert

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The Gallery

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In between shows...


We’re having a little break at Lamington Drive at the moment to get ready for our upcoming group show 'Spring-Time'!

Spring-Time is an all womens exhibition in its fourth year, drawing from the broad and extensive theme of the season, Spring. Spring-Time 4 brings together emerging and established women artists, local and visiting, celebrating a broad spectrum of painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography and drawing. Curated by local Melbourne artist Melissa Grisancich, the show celebrates both women who came before and those who will come after.

Join us for the opening next Friday, October 25th from 6-9pm!

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The Gardens

Clear the mind. Feed the process. Jacky Winter Gardens is a creative retreat nestled in a half-acre of natural bushland only 45 minutes from Melbourne. It’s a perfect getaway for solo travellers, couples and small groups.

"Everything is made out of Magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us."



// Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

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