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AUSTRALIA DAY is on Saturday, 26 January 2019 although, as is usual when it falls on Saturday or Sunday, the public holiday will be celebrated on Monday, 28 January 2019. There are eight citizenship ceremonies each year at Brisbane City Hall, with Australia Day being the most popular. At these events, thousands of New Australians are welcomed as full members of the community, giving them the right to vote, stand for public office and travel on an Australian passport… and hang out at the beach as long as they want. (Photo by L.J. May)

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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 FRIDAY, 18 JANUARY 2019!

 

 

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

 HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY!

‘WE, the people of a free nation of blokes, sheilas and the occasional wanker, come from many lands (although a few too many of us come from New Zealand), and although we live in the best country in the world, we reserve the right to bitch and moan about it whenever we bloody like.’

On AUSTRALIA DAY, the SUGGESTED PREAMBLE TO THE AUSTRALIAN CONSTITUTION lands in thousands of email boxes both in Australia and throughout the world. But who wrote it? If you’ve always wondered, or have never received a copy, you can find the answers to this burning question under HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY on the menu at left, or click here HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY!

Yes, 26 JANUARY 2019 is AUSTRALIA DAY and a time for Australians to celebrate living in one of the luckiest and safest countries in the world. So what’s happening in Queensland around the country on Australia Day? A list of official celebrations can be found on the Australia Day website. For more details about what’s happening on Australia Day in Brisbane, see the WHAT’S ON NOW? pages on the Watchwords menu at left.

We are A COUNTRY OF IMMIGRANTS, from the original inhabitants who migrated here some 60,000 years ago, to the latest arrivals from Africa, the Middle East and Asia. We manage to get along pretty well together for the most part, and on Australia Day even more people from diverse countries officially become Australian Citizens.

ACROSS BRISBANE, the Brisbane City Council encourages people to get outdoors and enjoy the FREE BARBECUE FACILITIES IN PARKS across the city. Visit the website at http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and search ‘parks with barbecues’ for locations.

Or you can do what thousands of Brisbanites do and CELEBRATE ALL THINGS AUSTRALIA on Australia Day at South Bank! THE SOUTH BANK PARKLANDS will be open as normal on Australia Day, so if it’s really hot you’ll look forward to cooling off with a dip at Streets Beach, the Boat Pool or Aquativity. The Parklands’ free barbeques will also be operating at Riverside Green and Picnic Island Green if you’re keen to cook up some steak and snags on the day.

Bring the family and friends, pack a picnic, grab some space on the grass and enjoy the dazzling AUSTRALIA DAY FIREWORKS display on the banks of the Brisbane River starting at 7.30 p.m. NOTE: Remember to leave your alcoholic beverages at home as the Parklands will be a strictly no-alcohol zone for the day, except at River Quay where alcoholic beverages are available for purchase as part of GREAT AUSTRALIAN BITES.

THE QUEEN OF BRITISH CRIME IS VISITING BRISBANE!

Yes, LYNDA LA PLANTE ofPrime Suspect fame is on her way and will take part in the TALKING IDEAS program at the State Library of Queensland on 13 February 2019. If you would like to spend AN EVENING WITH LYNDA LA PLANTE, go to NEWS PAGE 2 for more details – and book in quick before you get knocked over in the rush.

 VALE ELEANOR WITCOMBE (1923–2018) – PLAYWRIGHT, SCREENWRITER, AND LIFE MEMBER OF THE AWG

She was unpredictable, eccentric, lovable, annoying, and quite possibly a genius. In 1957, Australian performance writer ELEANOR WITCOMBE wrote for radio, co-wrote two stage shows, and in 1963 adapted Smugglers Beware (1963) for television. This was followed by a long spell with The Mavis Bramston Show and its sequels.

Other television credits include her adaptation of Seven Little Australians (1973) and writing for Number 96. One of her first film scripts was The Getting of Wisdom (1977), followed by the adaptation of My Brilliant Career (1979).

Eleanor was an early member of the Australian Writers’ Guild (having joined in 1966), where she fought for writers’ rights, fees and royalties in the newly resurgent Australian film and TV industry.

Eleanor Witcombe died on 21 October 2018 (aged 95) in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Go to NEWS PAGE 2 to read tributes by ANGELA WALES KIRGO, former Executive director of the Australian Writers' Guild, and film director GILLIAN ARMSTRONG.

  AN AUSTRALIAN WRITERS’ GUILD (AWG) WARNING TO SCREENWRITERS ABOUT DODGY WRITING COMPETITIONS AND INITIATIVES

The role of the AWG is to protect and promote writers’ rights on screen, stage, and on air. Recently, a number of screenwriting initiatives have come to the Guild’s attention due to their opaque and/or unfair terms. Such terms often fall short of AWG minimums, contain exploitative conditions of entry, or require writers to assign rights in their work to a production company.

The AWG says: ‘The terms of trade of screen funding agencies require their funding recipients to act fairly and reasonably to any third parties involved in their project, including by ‘paying at least award minimum rates or, where applicable, any minimum agreed between the relevant Guilds’. However, an initiative may have unfair terms even when it is supported by a screen funding agency.

‘When an initiative like this comes to the Guild’s attention, we alert the relevant agency supporting the initiative and advise them that the initiative’s terms are contrary to the fair and reasonable industry standards which they themselves insist on.

‘We are pleased to have had some very good results in the past and we’ve seen immediate positive responses from some funding agencies who are committed to transparent, fair and equitable terms and conditions for writers. However, this is not always the case and we encourage you to be vigilant and contact the Guild before signing anything.

‘Be sure to ask for industrial advice if you have concerns or would like to better understand the implications of the terms and conditions of a writing competition or initiative.’

If you are serious about a screenwriting career, it will pay you to become a member of the AWG to ensure that you are getting a fair deal. You are entitled to free industrial advice as a member of the Guild (unlimited for full members / up to six hours for associate members). 

If you or your agent have any questions about the entry conditions for a competition or initiative, please contact the AWG at industrial@awg.com.au or write to them at Australian Writers' Guild, Level 4, 70 Pitt Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia.

IN OUR PHOTO ESSAY THIS MONTH!

Find information and pictures of events happening around Brisbane and Queensland on EVENT QUICKLISTS! and EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2. See NEWS PAGE 2 for details of AN EVENING WITH LYNDA LA PLANTE (Prime Suspect), and a tribute to veteran screenwriter ELEANOR WITCOMBE (The Mavis Bramston Show, The Getting of Wisdom, and My Brilliant Career). Get ready for AUSTRALIA DAY 2019 at the top and bottom of this page and WHERE IS BRISBANE? Check out the top and bottom of WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (4 pages) and COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages) for who won what at the 2018 AACTA Awards. And remember your New Year’s resolutions with wise words and pics on WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages). 

   A NEW $150 MILLION STATE OF THE ART THEATRE FOR BRISBANE

The Queensland Government will deliver a new $150 million state of the art theatre for Brisbane. In 2018 the Premier announced that there would be an investment of $125 million toward its construction on the Playhouse Green site at the Queensland Performing Arts centre (QPAC).

QPAC is one of the busiest theatre complexes in Australia and is nearing capacity in all theatres with a strong program of bookings to 2022 and beyond. With the addition of the new 1,500–1,700 seat theatre, QPAC will become Australia’s largest performing arts centre, with the potential to welcome an additional 300,000 visitors each year when fully operational from 2022.

 INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL PROFILES FROM SCREEN AUSTRALIA

SCREEN AUSTRALIA has PROFILES OF OVER 50 INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS. Read about the festivals and find out what Australian films have screened at these festivals over the last 10 years. Discover deadline and screening information, and links to each festival's official website to start entering your film. Find an opportunity for you at https://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/festivals-and-markets/festival-profiles.

You can sort by name, location, genre of films accepted and deadline month by clicking on the column headings. Where the exact date is not given, the festival has yet to finalise precise deadline. Meanwhile, check out the competitions listed on this website at THEATRE, FILM & TV for FILM FESTIVALS IN AUSTRALIA into which you can enter your masterpiece right now!

  THE AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF CINEMA AND TELEVISION ARTS (AACTA) AWARDS

 THE AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF CINEMA AND TELEVISION ARTS (AACTA) AWARDS are a continuum of the AFI Awards, and are Australia's equivalent of the Oscars® and the British Academy Film and Television Academy Awards (BAFTAs). The Awards recognise film, television and documentary screen craft excellence – including directing, producing and acting, through to cinematography, composition, and costume design.

The 2018 AACTA Awards Ceremony and Official After Party was held on Wednesday, 5 December 2018 at The Star Event Centre in Sydney, and televised on Channel 7 for the fourth consecutive year. Check out the top and bottom of WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (4 pages) and COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages) for who won what at the 2018 AACTA Awards.  Want to know more? Go to the website https://www.aacta.org/AACTA-awards/news/winners-announced-at-2018-AACTA-awards-ceremony-in-sydney for details.

PREPARE FOR SEVERE WEATHER IN BRISBANE AND SURROUNDS

Brisbane’s subtropical climate makes us prone to some pretty weird weather at times, and this year has been no exception. We have had heavy rainfall, severe storms with hail and damaging winds, and flash flooding. Are you prepared? The Brisbane City Council has a number of tools and services available to help you to reduce the impacts of severe weather on you and your home.

Visit the BCC website at http://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/beprepared or call Council on (07) 3403 8888 to register for storm alerts, understand your property’s flood risk, make a household emergency plan with your family or housemates, and find out how to take care of your family, pets and property by undertaking a few simple actions.

Securing loose items in your backyard or on your balcony, cleaning gutters, checking the condition of your roof and preparing an emergency kit are all easy ways to make sure you’re ready. You can also check out the storm information on this website by going to the tab on the menu at left. 

AND THAT REALLY WILL BE THE END OF THE NEWS! 


See NEWS PAGE 2 for details of AN EVENING WITH LYNDA LA PLANTE (Prime Suspect), and a tribute to veteran screenwriter ELEANOR WITCOMBE (The Mavis Bramston Show, The Getting of Wisdom, and My Brilliant Career).

UPDATES

18. Jan, 2019
See THE NEWS above for the exciting events happening in Brisbane and around Queensland. As usual, during January 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.
AUSTRALIA DAY is on Saturday, 26 January 2019, with the public holiday celebrated on Monday, 28 January 2019. It’s the perfect opportunity to get together with family and friends at the many events being held across Queensland. In Brisbane, nothing says ‘Aussie’ like a Barbie and there are plenty of parks in Brisbane’s great outdoors to choose from, with facilities including BBQs, basketball courts, BMX tracks, dog off-leash areas and water-play activities. Given the current heat wave, you’ll be happy to know that Council pools will be open across the long weekend for you to take a dip. (Photo by L.J. May S/S)