Workshops and Conferences
Covering everything from the latest in the Fibre Art
world to music and film workshops.
AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKERS AT THE 2006 DARWIN FESTIVAL 19
& 20 August
DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING - FINDING YOUR STYLE: 10am Sat
Bob Connolly is a giant of Australian documentary-making
with a rich body of work, created in collaboration with his late wife
and professional colleague, Robin Anderson. Their early work includes
three films shot in the PNG Highlands, First Contact, Joe Leahy’s
Neighbours and Black Harvest which won 30 national and international awards,
including an Academy Award nomination (First Contact). All three won the
Grand Prix at France’s prestigious Festival Cinema du Reel, and
AFI awards for Best Documentary. Through a fascinating overview of his
work,Connolly will illustrate how filmmakers can develop their own personal
style of documentary story-telling
MAKING THE SHORT DOCUMENTARY: 11.45am Sat
Christine Olsen, writer/producer of Rabbit-Proof
Fence, which won the AFI Award for Best Feature Film in 2002, made her
short documentary The Big Day for a short film festival held in her street.
The cost of this initial mini DVD was less than $500 to cover the use
of camera and one tape. With subsequent funding, The Big Day was accepted
into the 2004 Montreal Film Festival and the 2005 Melbourne Film Festival.
The film originated with a great idea and a small budget - an ideal case
study for the workshops.
DIRECTING DOCUMENTARY BIOGRAPHIES: 1.45pm Sat
The documentaries by independent filmmaker, Curtis
Levy, have won many international awards. In 2004 Curtis Levy completed
The President versus David Hicks, which won an AFI Award for Best Documentary
Film and was in Official selection at the Hot Docs International Film
Festival in Canada and Full Frame Film Festival in the U.S.Levy
has made several films about Australian Aborigines, including Sons of
Namatjira, about a group of Aboriginal artists living in a camp outside
Alice Springs, and their relationship with the outside world.Curtis Levy's
workshop will cover a variety of approaches to directing documentary biographies.
It will look at some of the techniques that can help filmmakers in revealing
the essence of their subject and will cover issues such as building trust
between the filmmaker and subject, and the ethics of the filmmaker’s
involvement. During the workshop Curtis will show some film clips which
illustrate innovative approaches to documentary filmmaking.
SCREENING: GLOBAL HAYWIRE (2006): 10am Sun
Written, directed and animated by Oscar-winning
filmmaker and cartoonist Bruce Petty, Global Haywire is a documentary
fable, threading live action and animation with stunning dynamism and
originality to tell a tale of how East and West has reached the present
crisis point. The most recent version of this film will be screened -
not the final cut. It is still being edited.
THE ANIMATED DOCUMENTARY: 11.45am Sun
Bruce Petty, writer/director/animator, is Australia's
only Academy Award winner for animation. A critically acclaimed cartoonist
and inspired social commentator, he is best known as one of Australia's
most influential political cartoonists. Petty has extensive experience
creating documentaries with social comment. There is a strong tradition
of claymation and animation in short films made by Territory filmmakers
and Petty's workshop will build on these skills, and assist others to
enter the area.
Q & A SESSION: 1.45pm Sun
One of the most successful workshops in the past
has been a Q&A session, allowing filmmakers to ask questions about
issues most relevant to them. This session would be attended by all speakers
– Bob Connolly, Curtis Levy, Christine Olsen and Bruce Petty.
Saturday, 19 August 2006
10.00am – 11.30am Workshop 1:
Finding your style
with Bob Connolly
11.30am-11.45am Morning Tea
11.45am-1.15pm Workshop 2:
Making the Short Documentary
with Christine Olsen
1.45pm-3.15pm Workshop 3:
Directing Documentary Biographies
with Curtis Levy
Sunday, 20 August 2006
10.00am – 11.30am Session 4:
Screening: Global Haywire
11.30am-11.45am Morning Tea
11.45am-1.15pm Workshop 5:
The Animated Documentary
with Bruce Petty
1.45pm-3.15pm Workshop 6:
Q & A Session with
Bob Connolly, Curtis Levy, Christine Olsen, Bruce Petty
Saturday 19 August 2006 + Sunday 20 August 2006
registration each day: 9.45am
Charles Darwin University, Casuarina Campus, Building 22, Room 1.
Free parking on campus.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION & Pre-Registration
Pre-registration preferred but not essential
Jo Smith - mobile: 0411 888 664, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Frances McDonald - tel: 02 9315 7308, email: email@example.com
made possible with the support of Perpetual Trustees, the Australian Film
Commission, the Northern Territory Film Office and ABC TV.
Music NT workshops
Music NT presents a series of
professional skills development workshops as part of the NT Music Festival
program. Workshops are designed to empower and enable contemporary original
musicians to obtain knowledge of where the music industry is heading and
to make valuable contacts with music industry professionals.
For more information please visit www.musicnt.com.au
or call 8981 1995
Selling Yarns Conference
Australian Indigenous textiles and good business in the 21st
century conference investigates best practice and sustainability in the
Indigenous textile industry.
International and national perspectives on the making of textile
An overview of current business and marketing practice in the production
and promotion of work.
Business opportunities and examples. Australia wide speakers,
government support and funding, copyright issues, small business endeavours,
partnerships, export opportunities and options for a more sustainable
Keynote speakers include Dr W. Richard West Jnr, National Museum
of the American Indian, Washington DC, USA and Mr Ron Morony, General
Manager, Indigenous Business Australia.
Pre-conference events on 12 August include the Makers Forum and
Selling Yarns Conference
Date: 13-14 Aug
Venue: Museum and Art Gallery of NT
Price: $150 incl gst
For more information visit www.sellingyarns.com
Hosted by: ANU in association with Craft Australia and Territory