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Who’s Who at Halloween! Pictured is BORIS KARLOFF AS FRANKENSTEIN'S MONSTER in the classic 1931 film version of Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel ‘Frankenstein: or The Modern Prometheus’. His role as the monster, with assistance from makeup artist Jack B. Pierce, made Karloff a star. After making ‘Frankenstein’, Karloff went on to star in roles such as Imhotep in ‘The Mummy’ and ‘The Mask of Fu Manchu’. His many lauded performances in Universal’s horror films made Boris Karloff one of the most popular actors ever to frighten the wits out of audiences. (Photo published in 1935 by Universal Studios. PD)

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Greetings and welcome to Watchwords. This site is about writers, readers, artists, filmmakers and our beautiful City of Brisbane.

WHAT'S ON IN BRISBANE RIGHT NOW?

QUICKLISTS FOR 'WHAT'S ON AUTHORS?', WHICH COVERS AUTHOR, ILLUSTRATOR AND FILMMAKER EVENTS, AS WELL AS WRITING AND FILMMAKER COMPETITIONS FOR THE CURRENT UPDATE, ARE UNDER THE TAB ON THE MENU AT LEFT - OR CLICK HERE EVENT QUICKLISTS! 

DUE TO THE LARGE NUMBER OF GENERAL EVENTS, THERE IS A SECOND PAGE FOR 'WHAT'S ON NOW?' AT EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2.

THIS WEBSITE WAS UPDATED ON SUNDAY, 13 OCTOBER 2019!

 

WHAT'S THE NEWS? TELL US WHAT'S HAPPENING!

BIG SCREEN – SMALL SCREEN!

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (BIFF)

The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), through its Australian Cinémathèque, was excited to present its second year of the long-running and much-loved BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. BIFF ran until Sunday, 13 October 2019: for more about BIFF and what you missed, go to https://biff.com.au, and on this website at NEWS PAGE 2. Feeling film deprived? Luckily the Italian Film festival has much more to offer – see below.

ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL BRISBANE

In Brisbane, the ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL celebrates 20 years and is ON NOW and runs until 16 October 2019. The Festival Director, Elysia Seccola says: ‘For 20 years we have shared our love of cinema and Italian culture striving to present the best new films from Italy for film lovers, young and old. Critically acclaimed and award-winning films share the spotlight with the biggest box office hits, creating an entertaining line-up for audiences around the country.’

Pick up a hard copy of the program at your local library or visit the website at https://www.italianfilmfestival.com.au and go to Brisbane on the menu for the Brisbane schedule and ticket information.

Venues for the film festival are the Palace Barracks, 61 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane (07) 3367 1356, and the Palace James Street, 39 James Street, Fortitude Valley (07) 3852 4488. General admission prices are: Palace Golden Movie Club $12.50, Palace Movie Club $14.00, Concessions $15.50, Adult admission $19.50. Go to the website above, and NEWS PAGE 2 for more information.

Aussie Winners are Grinners!

THE #EMMY FOR OUTSTANDING WRITING FOR A VARIETY SPECIAL GOES TO @HANNAHGADSBY FOR HANNAH GADSBY: NANETTE! (@Netflix) #Emmys. Hannah’s stand-up performances address small town life, art history, dysfunctional parents (we hear you), homosexuality, homophobia, mental illness and trauma. 

In response to the win, Hannah tweeted: ‘My gratitude to the Television Academy for recognizing my work, to Netflix for the embrace of my vision & to my team for their humbling faith in me. If you found strength in Nanette, know that our stories matter; our humanity matters. Go to https://twitter.com/Hannahgadsby for Hannah’s latest adventures, and NEWS PAGE 2 for more.

HUGH JACKMAN RECEIVES ORDER OF AUSTRALIA MEDAL. In September 2019, Hugh Jackman received his medal as a Companion of the Order of Australia (the highest of the four levels of the Order of Australia) from Governor-General David Hurley at an investiture ceremony at Government House.

Hugh was recognised in June's Queen's Birthday honours for his contributions to the performing arts and his efforts in advocating the ending of poverty. His iconic portrayal of Wolverine in the X-Men films was among the many on-screen performances lauded in the honours list and his stage career has also been celebrated. Hugh’s philanthropic endeavours also include work with the Fight Cancer Foundation and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

OKTOBERFEST BRISBANE 2019

Don your Dirndl or Lederhosen and get ready to feast your eyes on all things German at OKTOBERFEST BRISBANE – Australia’s largest German festival. Connect with fellow culture-seeking enthusiasts over the second of two big weekends, from Friday, 18 October to Sunday, 20 October 2019, as the Brisbane Showgrounds come to life with Oktoberfest Brisbane’s famous Bavarian flair.

From schnitzels to pretzels, you will love the authentic flavours and treats the festival has to offer. There will also be a spectacular line-up of live entertainment with music by the Bavarian Oompah band ‘Münchner Buam’, Heidi the Yodeller, and Alpenrosen Dance Group. Go to https://oktoberfestbrisbane.com.au for more information, pics, program, and a map. Go to WHAT'S ON NOW? on this website for more details and for parking information, click here.

4MBS BRISBANE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL 2019 – HAMLET IN THE PARK

Welcome to the 13TH ANNUAL 4MBS BRISBANE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL! The beloved bard will return for three days of Shakespearean festivities in SANDGATE (Einbunpin Lagoon Park, on Sunday, 20 October), the ROMA STREET PARKLAND AMPHITHEATRE (1 Parkland Blvd, Brisbane City – the first time for the festival – on Saturday, 26 October), and THE GASWORKS PLAZA (69 Skyring Terrace, Newstead, on Saturday, 2 November 2019).

Each day features FREE, fully staged, professional outdoor performances of Shakespeare’s greatest play, his tragedy HAMLET, directed by Tama Matheson and featuring an outstanding professional cast, including Eugene Gilfedder as King Claudius, plus music, swordplay demonstrations, food and more family fun. For more information, phone (07) 3847 1717, visit https://www.4mbs.com.au, or go to WHAT'S ON NOW? on this website.

For children, there also will be KIDS’ CLASSIC SHAKESPEARE (recommended for kids aged 3 to 12 years) at the New Farm Library and the Sandgate Library. Children will love taking part in this interactive story presented by Nadine Kelly and Maxine Mellor from Core Creative Education. Get thee hence and join fellow enthusiasts at the cauldron to explore the creepy world of Shakespeare’s wicked witches from the famous play, Macbeth.

BRISBANE OPEN HOUSE 2019

People love BRISBANE OPEN HOUSE! 119 buildings, the most ever, unlocked their doors to locals and tourists alike on Saturday, 12 October and Sunday, 13 October 2019. There was also a children’s program, speaker series, and a photography competition. 

Celebrating its 10th birthday, this mainly FREE event gave visitors a rare opportunity to peer behind the door of many prominent structures, including high-rise buildings private homes and Council spaces such as City Hall and The Old Windmill Tower. 

As well as showcasing innovative architecture and interesting design, this year’s program was packed with something for everyone, including walking and cycling guided tours, design workshops, presentations from key industry speakers and a ‘design your own city rooftop workshop’ at The Capital.

With more than 70,000 attendees last year, 2019 was another must-see event. If you missed it, see some of the places you could have visited in pics and stories at the top and bottom of the WHAT'S ON NOW? pages, and make plans for next year. The good news for enthusiasts is that the annual GOLD COAST OPEN HOUSE is coming up next weekend – see below.

GOLD COAST OPEN HOUSE 2019

The fifth annual GOLD COAST OPEN HOUSE unlocks buildings, places and spaces right across the city, from heritage gems to sports venues and inspiring buildings, homes, churches, schools, universities, museums, art galleries, TV and radio stations, and public utilities. Snoop around them for FREE on Saturday, 19 October 2019 from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Go to WHAT'S ON NOW? for more detailed information.

SURFERS PARADISE FEST-EVIL – IT’LL BE SPOOKTALCULAR!

Calling all frightening creatures of the night! Join this year’s spooktacular Halloween-inspired weekend event, SURFERS PARADISE FEST-EVIL, from Thursday, 31 October to Saturday, 2 November 2019. It will be filled with all things freaky and fun, and will be sure to give you goosebumps! This is a FREE 3-day event like no other. Experience the frightful fun of zombies, ghosts, vampire-themed acrobats, stilt walkers staggering through Surfers Paradise, and so much more.

The spookish fun begins on All Hallows’ eve, a night where the kids can learn the ghoulish ways of a zombie, bust a move to Thriller, play games and participate in the official Costume Character Competition at the child-friendly show at the official Fest-Evil stage in Cavill Mall. Of course, there will be trick or treating too! Come if you dare in your favourite Halloween wear. This is a friendly opportunity for families to see their children bring their wildest dreams to fruition by coming along in their most gruesome costume.

There will be a graveyard full of FREE entertainment, hair-raising activities and in-venue events taking place, from face-painting to makeup workshops, spontaneous ‘freak show’ acts, Cosplay and Costume Competitions, trick or treat offerings, games and a frightful array of 18+ Halloween parties across the precinct, including the after dark offerings of Infectious Halloween. 

This safe and family-friendly event offers something for all ages. To see what’s on and where, go to the website at http://www.surfersparadise.com/whats-on/annual-events/surfers-paradise-fest-evil.

Featured within Fest-Evil is the Surfers Paradise Zombie Walk which attracted more than 1,000 participants last year, and showcases a parade of Zombie Walk enthusiasts. All zombie walkers will have a chance to be crowned King or Queen in the annual Costume Competition as well as dancing the night away in the Post Parade Street Party.

HALLOWEEN EVENTS FOR KIDS IN BRISBANE

Once more, BRISBANE KIDS has done the heavy lifting for you by listing FAMILY FRIENDLY HALLOWEEN EVENTS FOR KIDS right across Brisbane in 2019. The Brisbane Kids website at https://www.brisbanekids.com.au/halloween-events-kids-brisbane has a run-down on what’s happening in Brisbane for kids this Halloween – just about every suburb is covered.

They say: ‘At Brisbane Kids we are very aware that lots of families not only enjoy Halloween, but would like ideas on how to celebrate it. To us it’s just another excuse to have fun and be silly! We will continue to add to this list right up to and including Halloween so make sure you keep checking this website so you don’t miss out on any of the spooky fun!’

IN OUR PHOTO ESSAY THIS MONTH!

Find information and pictures of EVENTS HAPPENING AROUND BRISBANE AND QUEENSLAND on EVENT QUICKLISTS!, EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2, and WHERE IS BRISBANE? See NEWS PAGE 2 for information and events happening during the BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (BIFF) and the ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL. Go to the top and bottom of this pageWHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (4 pages), and COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages) for Halloween pictures and stories. Visit the top and bottom of the WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages) for pics and information on where you can snoop during BRISBANE OPEN HOUSE.

UPDATED PENSIONERS AND SENIORS KIT

The updated PENSIONERS AND SENIORS KIT is full of useful information and contact numbers, written in no-nonsense, plain English information for people aged 65+. Download your copy here Download your copy. This information kit contains helpful information about local services and pension entitlements, available to our older Australians, and how to access them.

Seniors play crucial roles in our communities, families and civic life. They have made a tremendous contribution to the life and prosperity we enjoy today. We owe a duty as a nation to ensure that every older Australian in our community can age well – with the respect, support and opportunities they deserve.

FREE OFF-PEAK TRAVEL FOR SENIORS IN BRISBANE!

The Brisbane City Council plans to get residents home quicker and safer by providing FREE OFF-PEAK TRAVEL FOR SENIORS, which will create more opportunities for older residents to move around the city and connect with family and friends.

The free off-peak travel for eligible Senior go card holders applied from Tuesday, 1 October 2019 on Brisbane buses, CityCats and ferries from 8.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m., and from 7.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. Monday to Friday, and also on buses all day and night on weekends. Go here to Read More.

SCREEN CREATIVES ON BOTH SIDES OF CAMERA CALL FOR ACTION ON LOCAL CONTENT

Leading Australian actors, directors, crew, writers and producers recently went to Canberra in a united push to convince Parliament to introduce local content requirements for booming digital viewing platforms. They were part of the MAKE IT AUSTRALIAN campaign backed by the Australian Directors' Guild, Australian Writers' Guild, Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance, and Screen Producers Australia.

With a growing consensus that Australian content rules must keep up with the growing appetite for on-demand and streaming media, a star-studded delegation including actors MARTA DUSSELDORP, HUGO WEAVING, LEAH VANDENBERG and RHYS MULDOON, director GILLIAN ARMSTRONG, screenwriters SHANE BRENNAN and ELLIE BEAUMONT, cinematographer ANDREW CONDER, and producers BARBARA STEPHEN and KEVIN WHYTE met with politicians from all parties to call for obligations to make original Australian stories for all media platforms.

During the two-day visit, the delegation argued for the retention of Australian and children's content rules for commercial free-to-air and pay television, competitive incentives to support film and television production in a global market, and sustainable funding for public broadcasters and Screen Australia.

They explained that Australia's screen industry delivers enormous cultural and economic value to our nation, generating about $3 billion in economic activity each year and employing about 20,000 people, but this cannot be taken for granted.

This is particularly the case for rapidly changing viewing habits which have seen vast audiences migrate from traditional terrestrial television to digital services like Netflix, YouTube, Apple TV, Amazon Prime and Stan.

‘In a time of great challenge and change, telling our own Australian stories to each other and the world has never been more important,’ said Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance chief executive Paul Murphy. ‘We will be urging federal politicians to not only keep in place Australian and children's content rules for commercial television, but to extend them to the digital realm.’

‘These rules ensure that a diverse array of Australian stories is shown on Australian screens, and without them we would be flooded with content that speaks with a British or American accent,’ said Matthew Deaner, CEO of Screen Producers Australia. It is time that content regulation evolved to keep pace with changing audience and viewing habits so streaming services, ISPs and telcos also have obligations to invest in original local programming.’

Politicians were also told how Australia's screen industry is being held back by our tax system. The Make It Australian campaign has been calling for the producer offset for Australian TV, which is currently 20%, to be brought into line with the 40% offset for feature films.

The important role of public broadcasters and Screen Australia in the film and television ecosystem was also raised with politicians. Since 2014, almost $350m has been cut from the ABC. Over this same period, the ABC's commissioning budgets for adult drama and children's content each dropped by 20%.

‘The ABC and SBS commission more local content than any other broadcaster, but they need to be properly funded,’ said Jacqueline Elaine, executive director of the Australian Writers' Guild. ‘It is time for our federal politicians to ensure funding of the ABC, SBS and Screen Australia is prioritised and returned to levels that enable them to adequately invest in the creation and development of Australian scripted and children's content.’

While in Canberra, the Make It Australian delegation met with representatives of the Liberal, National, Labor, Green and Centre Alliance parties. An open letter to New Communications Minister Paul Fletcher, signed by over 200 of the industry's most accomplished writers, directors, producers, actors, creatives and crews, was published in The Canberra Times.  Paul Fletcher recently indicated that the government was considering some form of local content requirement for streaming video services.

For more information on the Make It Australian campaign, go to the website at https://makeitaustralian.com/home. Performers, producers, writers, directors and crew are joining forces to campaign for the future of the screen industry. Interested people can sign up for news and updates at https://makeitaustralian.com/take-action.

(Thank you to the AWG for this information)

AND THAT REALLY IS THE END OF THE NEWS! 


See NEWS PAGE 2 for more information on BIG SCREEN – SMALL SCREEN! BIFF and the Italian Film Festival.

UPDATES

9. Oct, 2019
See THE NEWS above for the exciting events happening in Brisbane and around Queensland. As usual, during October 2019, there are COMPETITIONS to enter and OPPORTUNITIES for creators, as well as AUTHORS to meet, WORKSHOPS to attend, and GENERAL EVENTS to go to – most events are FREE or LOW COST.
‘COME UP TO THE LAB AND SEE WHAT’S ON THE SLAB!’ – THE MUSICAL PLAY: When actor Richard O’Brien was out of work in London in the early 1970s, he wrote the ‘ROCKY HORROR SHOW’ (one part horror, one part camp musical) to keep himself busy on cold winter evenings, and as a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1940s–1970s. Produced and directed by Australia’s very own Jim Sharman, the original London production, with music, lyrics and a book by Richard O’Brien, premiered at the Royal Court Theatre on 19 June 1973, and began a peripatetic journey around other London theatres before closing on 13 September 1980 after a run of 2,960 performances and winning the 1973 Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Musical. The stage musical has since travelled across six continents as well as popping up in numerous West End and Broadway revivals and touring across the UK eight times. It was only a matter of time before Rocky was adapted for the large screen. – THE FILM ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ (1975): When their car breaks down on an isolated road, newly engaged couple, Brad and Janet, are forced to take shelter in the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter, otherworldly scientist and sweet transvestite, from Transsexual Transylvania – probably not one of their better ideas. While everyone else is busy doing the Time Warp, our lunatic scientist is busy creating Rocky, the perfect man, complete with blond hair, muscles, little clothing and an all-over tan. The film was directed by Jim Sharman and written by Richard O’Brien (original musical play) and Jim Sharman (screenplay). The film was originally panned by many critics, but acquired a cult following, and has since become the longest-running release in film history. In October 2015, Barry Bostwick (Brad), Susan Sarandon (Janet) and Tim Curry (Dr Frank-N-Furter) reunited with ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ cast for the iconic film's 40th anniversary. LET’S DO THE TIMEWARP AGAIN! (Photo by L.J. May S/S)