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SHOCK ELECTION RESULT. LYNNE POSTLETHWAITE fails to win a seat! We say, ‘Love, we say Pet, we say Electorate… What were you thinking?’ Little Aussie battler Lynne, although a late contender for Keilor, is the embodiment of everything you want to see in an Independent – no policies but plenty of grievances – and still you rejected her. But maybe not! Lynne refuses to accept that you did not vote for her and believes she was interfered with by a Russian. For more on this story visit ‘The Project’ website for insightful (and worrying) interviews with Lynne. (Photo by L.J. May S/S via Channel 10’s ‘The Project’)

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This is Brisbane! Queensland, Australia

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 PARTIALLY UPDATED ON FRIDAY, 24 MAY 2019!

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COMPETITIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES UPDATE

Author Alert for more Competitions closing in May!

THE AAWP SC CREATIVE NONFICTION PRIZE

In 2019 the Australasian Association of Writing Programs and the Slow Canoe Live Journal are partnering to present the inaugural AAWP SC CREATIVE NONFICTION PRIZE. They want to see the best unpublished narrative-driven nonfiction up to 3,000 words, whether it be essay, profile, memoir, article or hybrid form, and entries may address any theme. This competition is open to emerging writers across Australasia and entries close on Friday, 31 May 2019.

Creative nonfiction grapples with the problems of experiential and factual accuracy. It depicts occurrences, people and places in a way that is accurate while also employing literary techniques such as switches in point of view, shifts in tone, fragmentation, and experimental representations of time. 

Visit https://slowcanoe.com/Creative-Nonfiction-Prize for more information about the prize. Go to http://www.aawp.org.au to learn about AAWP. To submit, go to https://meniscusliteraryjournal.submittable.com/submit/129613/the-inaugural-aawp-slow-canoe-creative-nonfiction-prize.

THE ANGELO NATOLI AWARD FOR A SHORT STORY

Entries are open for the ANGELO NATOLI AWARD FOR A SHORT STORY. This national award honours the late Angelo B Natoli who served as the Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) Vic. honorary solicitor and supported FAW over many years. The Award is for a short story of up to 3,000 words, and there is no particular theme. Entries are open to all and close on Friday, 31 May 2019.

NOTE that previously entered manuscripts are eligible with the exception of prize-winning stories. Go to http://www.fawvic.com.au/national-literary-awards for information about the awards, and here for Entry Conditions: FAW Angelo Natoli Award Entry Conditions. Find the entry form here http://www.fawvic.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/FAW-Angelo-Natoli-Award-Entry-Form.pdf.

Talent Camp for emerging storytellers and screen content creatives – diverse backgrounds wanted!

TALENT CAMP IS NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS

AWG and AFTRS are excited to announce that TALENT CAMP is now open for submissions. Talent Camp is a national workshop program designed to provide skills development opportunities for emerging storytellers and screen content creatives from diverse backgrounds across the country.

The week long workshops are free, and regional participants will receive financial support for travel and accommodation. For more information and to apply, click HERE. Please note that applications close on Friday, 31 May 2019.

The 2019 Talent Camp focuses on episodic narrative, both short and long form, with pathways for emerging talent to develop their own web series, find employment in television series and further their education and experience in screen. AWG is a key project partner of Talent Camp 2019, through the Scripted Ink program.

Organisers are seeking applications from creatives from under-represented communities with reference to cultural background, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, geographic and/ or socio-economic circumstance. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives are strongly encouraged to apply.

Talent Camp is a multi-partner screen industry initiative made possible with the support of leading community cultural organisations: AFTRS, Screen Australia, AWG, Screen Queensland, Create NSW, Screen Canberra, Film Victoria, Screen Tas, South Australian Film Corp, ScreenWest and Screen Territory.

The last edition of Talent Camp was incredibly successful. Here is a clip of two Victorian participants talking about their Talent Camp experience (courtesy of Film Victoria). Got a question?  Contact them at talentcamp@aftrs.edu.au or phone (02) 9805 6486.

Performance Writers and Filmmakers!

THE AACTA FEATURE FILM AND FEATURE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS

Entries for the AACTA FEATURE FILM AND FEATURE DOCUMENTARY AWARDS are now open. Please refer to the 2019 AACTA Awards Rule Book for details on eligibility. For information on the 2019 Feature Film (Feature Film), Feature Documentary category (Feature Documentary) entries, please visit https://www.aacta.org/aacta-awards/entries.

Check the website for closing dates in the different categories. As a guide, closing soon are Feature Documentary Entries closing 27 May 2019, Short Documentary Entries closing 27 May 2019, Feature film Entries closing 1 July 2019, and Television Entries, closing 22 July 2019.

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (BIFF) INVITES SHORT FILM SUBMISSIONS

THE BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (BIFF) invites short film submissions for consideration for screening in the Festival, with all selected films also considered for the BIFF 2019 short film competition. BIFF 2019 is accepting short films only.

Films must be no longer than 40 minutes, and must have been completed after 1 January 2018. There are some excellent Awards and Prizes on offer. Regular submissions close 24 May 2019, and late submissions on 15 June 2019. Submissions are accepted via FilmFreeway. Please review the terms and conditions below before submitting at https://biff.com.au/submissions.

12TH CINEFEST OZ FEATURE FILM FESTIVAL

Feature Film and Short Film submissions are now open for the 12TH CINEFEST OZ FEATURE FILM FESTIVAL, Australia’s greatest film prize. The $100,000 Film Prize will be awarded to an Australian feature film for excellence in filmmaking, during the CinefestOZ Film Festival to be held 28 August to 1 September 2019 in the Margaret River region of Western Australia. Entries close on Monday, 3 June 2019.

Shortlisted films vying for the Film Prize will premiere in Western Australia at CinefestOZ Film Festival. Submissions for official selection and short film for the 2019 festival are also invited. Selection categories for Australian films and Australian co-productions are: Film Prize: Official Selection – for narrative and documentary feature length films and Short Film. Indigenous films are encouraged to enter all appropriate categories.

For all submission documentation for all categories, visit the website at https://cinefestoz.com/festival-program/submissions and get in touch with any enquiries regarding the submission of VR and AR content to film@cinefestoz.com.

THE KATE CHALLIS RAKA AWARD FOR INDIGENOUS CREATIVE ARTISTS

The KATE CHALLIS RAKA AWARD for Indigenous creative artists has been made available through the generosity of Professor Emeritus Bernard Smith, eminent art and cultural historian. The prize was established to honour the memory of his late wife, Kate Challis, who was known in her youth as Ruth Adeney (RAKA is an acronym for the Ruth Adeney Koori Award).

The area of creative arts for 2019 is: ‘the best script for film or television screened in the preceding five years.’ Applicants must be an Australian / domestic student. Applications close on Monday, 10 June 2019. The shortlist will be announced in early August 2019 and the winner announced at the Australian Centre and Faculty of Arts Literary Awards event at the Melbourne Writers Festival on Saturday, 7 September 2019.

The Award is a single payment of up to $20,000. Full benefit details. For more information about the award and how to apply, please visit the website at https://scholarships.unimelb.edu.au/awards/kate-challis-award.

THE BRISBANE ART DESIGN (BAD) FESTIVAL

THE BRISBANE ART DESIGN (BAD) FESTIVAL features 150+ artists and designers! 25 venues! 17 days! Equals 1 hot city! Art, design, and the City of Brisbane will collide over a 17-day festival. It's ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 26 May 2019. Dynamic exhibitions, performances, talks, art tours, workshops and open studios will showcase over 150 Brisbane creatives – from emerging artists making a name for themselves locally, to trailblazers who are redefining creativity on the international stage

The Museum of Brisbane (MoB) will function as the official BADhub, with plans to spread across 25 venues, including the CBD, West End, Fortitude Valley, Highgate Hill, South Brisbane, Woolloongabba, Bowen Hills, to name just a few. At the heart of the program is a signature exhibition at the MoB which profiles Brisbane’s brightest names in art and design. The exhibition is ON NOW and will run until Sunday, 11 August 2019.

Visit the website at http://www.brisbaneartdesign.com.au for the full festival program and enjoy. Sometimes it’s good to be BAD. The wider BAD@MoB program offers a range of workshops, talks, performances and tours amplifying the creative mavericks and diverse voices of Brisbane art and design. This is what makes them BAD.

THE DESIGN CONFERENCE (TDC)

THE DESIGN CONFERENCE (TDC), to be held at the Brisbane Powerhouse from Wednesday, 29 May to Saturday, 1 June 2019 is unlike any event you’ve ever been to. TDC discusses more than the future direction of design, but also what design means in the hearts and minds of the world’s favourite creative leaders.

The conference will feature 18 keynotes from critically acclaimed creatives, including Adam J. Kurts, Tea Uglow (Google Creative Labs) and Chris Do (The Futur) as well as a wide range of breakout workshops. TDC is a fun and exciting way to experience the business of design alongside a warm and highly engaged audience. Plus there will be parties, curated side events, music and culture experiences along the way. Be a part of it! Book your tickets at https://thedesignconference.com.au.

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 political jokes (who will you elect?) and a rundown of where you can find some sensible information about the issues. Check out the top and bottom of the WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (4 pages) for BRISBANE STREET ART FESTIVAL (BSAF) photos. Go to the top and bottom of COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages) for EUROVISION pictures, and for information about the RSPCA MILLION PAWS WALK and pictures of our furry friends visit WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages)

EUROVISION HAS COME AND GONE!

Eurovision mania once again grabbed audiences around the globe – a gravy train to somewhere for some performers and a train wreck for others, in THE EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2019, which was held in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The 64th Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast live and in prime time, exclusive to SBS, from Wednesday, 15 May to Sunday, 19 May 2019. Unfortunately it was rudely interrupted by Australia's Federal Election on 18 May, but that didn't stop aficionados from partying.  

Award-winning singer-songwriter KATE MILLER-HEIDKE represented Australia with her operatic pop song ‘Zero Gravity’ after being selected by the Australian public and a jury of industry experts at the first national selection show ‘Eurovision – Australia Decides’ on the Gold Coast, Queensland, in February.

Kate made it through to the grand final after bringing glamour, spectacle and a great deal of courage to the stage in Tel Aviv. Kate’s performance gave a whole new meaning to pole dancing as she swung across the stage on top of a moving pole some five metres above the stage while singing ‘Zero Gravity’, a ballad about emerging from depression.

Half of the votes were cast by a professional jury and the other half remotely by viewers. To see an uninterrupted (and ad free) video of Kate’s performance, go to the ABC News website at https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-15/eurovision-2019-kate-miller-heidke-australia-tel-aviv/11108502. On the same web page you can watch a video showing how on earth the staging crew got Kate on top of that pole.

Although she dazzled audiences around the world, wearing her now iconic crown and singing her heart out against an intergalactic backdrop, Kate didn’t win this year, but she did finish in the Top Ten, in ninth place. Kate and her staging team did, however, win the 2019 Marcel Berzençon Artistic Award, which is presented to the best artist as voted for by the commentators of all countries.

And the Winner was... Duncan Laurence of The Netherlands’ took home of the Eurovision crown with a massive 492 points. Italy came second with 465 points, followed by Russia on 369 points.

Music buff (and former star of Spicks and Specks) MYF WARHURST and comedian JOEL CREASEY hosted SBS’s Eurovision coverage, on the ground from Expo Tel Aviv in Israel. They brought Australians every angle of the contest as they explored the razzmatazz, kitsch, political voting, showbiz, cultural displays and heart of Eurovision – the artists and songs. For more about what happened, go to https://www.sbs.com.au/programs/eurovision.

THE MELT PORTRAIT PRIZE

THE MELT PORTRAIT PRIZE gives visual artists the creative license to celebrate heroes in the LGBTIQ+ Community, whether it be a local icon or an internationally acclaimed personality.

Having developed a reputation for attracting exceptional works of art from across Australia, this highly anticipated portrait prize offers a Judge’s Choice and a People’s Choice Prize. The result is a stunning FREE exhibition, which will be on display throughout the Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm. It's ON NOW and runs until Sunday, 7 July 2019.

The Brisbane Powerhouse has previously featured a variety of mediums from painting to photography, drawing and digital illustration. The Judge’s Choice recipient was announced on Friday, 17 May 2019. The People’s Choice recipient will be announced during MELT: Festival of Queer Arts and Culture to be held from Thursday, 27 June until Sunday, 7 July 2019.

NEWS FROM THE AWG 

Will writers be better off after the senate inquiry?

Our industry feels like it’s in a constant state of flux as the media landscape continues to change, with added ferocity over the last two decades as screening models make the leap from free-to-air television to online streaming services. 

The Senate Inquiry into Australian Content and Broadcast, Radio and Streaming Services has sought to explore these changing times for the industry and come up with recommendations for its healthy future. Since last year, the Senate Inquiry into Australian Content and Broadcast, Radio and Streaming Services has heard over forty submissions from various stakeholders in the industry, including the Australian Writers’ Guild.

The Australian Greens have since handed down their recommendations, which are very closely aligned to the AWG’s submission, including a recommendation to introduce quotas for Streaming Videos and On Demand services. 

While the AWG supports the recommendations made, both sides of Government have been making motherhood statements and conducting consultations for a decade. What the industry needs is action. WITH THE FEDERAL ELECTION SO CLOSE and no active commitment from the ALP, these recommendations are likely to remain in limbo. Read the full AWG summary here.

Mindframe for Stage and Screen 

AWG members are encouraged to check out the new Mindframe website. Mindframe supports safe media reporting, portrayal and communication about suicide, mental ill-health, alcohol and other drugs, including resources for stage and screen writers. 

The updated Mindframe site aims to provide visitors and diverse sector stakeholders with an easier navigation experience to ensure quick access to the information they are seeking.   

Some of the other changes to the site include: 

  • Specialised content areas 
  • Improved search filtering and functionality
  • Designated areas for news and media alerts. 

The site now contains an ‘events’ section which encompasses both key events and team activities in one place. This will allow members to stay up-to-date on where the Mindframe team will be and at what events the team will be presenting.

AND THAT REALLY IS THE END OF THE NEWS! 


See NEWS PAGE 2 for POLITICAL JOKES, politicians (but I repeat myself), and how to make sense of the gobbledegook that passes for political debate these days. Think about the issues that mean something to you, find the closest match, and vote early (no, you can't vote often). 

‘Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.’ 
― Mark Twain. 

UPDATES

24. May, 2019
See THE NEWS above for the exciting events happening in Brisbane and around Queensland. As usual, during May 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.
Fans of US singer, actress, and animal activist DORIS DAY were sad to hear of her death at the age of 97, on 13 May 2019 in California. Born on 3 April 1922 as Doris Kappelhof (try getting that on a marquee), her career began as a big band singer in 1939 and her recordings sold millions in the 1940s and 1950s, particularly those recorded with Les Brown & His Band of Renown. Her enormous hits include ‘Sentimental Journey’ (1945), ‘Secret Love’ (1954) and ‘Getting Better All the Time’. Doris’s fresh-faced ebullience and flair for comedy enhanced such films as ‘Calamity Jane’ (1953 – her favourite), ‘Pajama Game’ (1957), and umpteem romantic comedies, many of them with Rock Hudson. Doris’s acting talent stretched to drama in the 1956 American suspense thriller film 'The Man Who Knew Too Much', which was directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock, and co-starred James Stewart. They still managed to squeeze in the song which became her signature song ‘Que Será Será (whatever will be will be)’ – see picture at bottom right. DORIS DAY’S NOTABLE QUOTES include: ‘Any girl can look glamorous... just stand there and look stupid’, ‘If it's true that men are such beasts, this must account for the fact that most women are animal lovers’, and ‘Wrinkles are hereditary – parents get them from their children.’ (Doris Day Montage by L.J. May)