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VALE TONY MORPHETT, screenwriter, novelist, playwright, and arts commentator. Tony was born Anthony David Morphett in Granville NSW on 10 March 1938. He wrote or co-wrote seven feature films, ten telemovies, twelve mini-series, and hundreds of episodes of television drama, including ‘Dynasty’, ‘Certain Women’. ‘Sky Trackers’, ‘Blue Heelers’, ‘Water Rats’, ‘Above the Law’ and ‘Rain Shadow’, and won 14 industry awards for TV screenwriting. On 2 June 2018, after a brief period of hospitalisation, and surrounded by his family, Tony died from heart failure at Katoomba Hospital. We will miss him. (Photo of Tony Morphett in 2011. CC 3.0 PD)

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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 UPDATED ON FRIDAY, 12 JULY 2018!

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

 

THE AWGIE AWARDS ARE NIGH!

An outstanding field of Australian film, television and theatre is set to shine at the 51ST ANNUAL AWGIE AWARDS, showcasing a wealth of unique Australian voices at a time when our stories have never been more important. Awards will be presented across 18 individual categories including feature film, television, documentary, theatre, radio, animation and interactive media, with a new theatre-style format promising a shorter, sharper and more spectacular evening.

Since 1968 the Australian Writers’ Guild has presented the AWGIE Awards to recognise and reward the talents, triumphs and unique contributions of Australian screen and stage writers to the Australian arts. The AWGIE Awards are the only writers’ awards judged solely by writers, based on the written script – the writer’s intention rather than the finished product. Find the full list of nominees for the 51st Annual AWGIE Awards here.

The Awards will be announced on Thursday, 30 August 2018 at the City Recital Hall, Sydney. Organisers are taking the night back to the theatre and putting the writers on centre stage. During the awards, seating will not be allocated but there will be plenty of time during the two-hour cocktail reception to catch up with friends and colleagues. Tickets are on sale now if you want to go. (Thanks to the AWG for this information). 

LONGLIST FOR THE NED KELLY AWARDS ANNOUNCED

This year’s LONGLIST FOR THE NED KELLY AWARDS has been announced by the Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) and celebrates the novels of both well-established crime writers and talented newcomers. The majority of those longlisted for Best Crime are former Ned Kelly Award winners.

‘This year’s Best Crime longlist highlights the diversity and consistency of the Australian crime writing scene,’ says ACWA chairperson Rochelle Jackson. ‘Crime Fiction is one of the most popular genres in the world and Australian authors have a strong and distinctive voice.’

The 2018 longlist includes well-known names such as Alan Carter, Candice Fox, Garry Disher, Dave Warner and former ACWA President Michael Robotham, as well as rising stars such as Sulari Gentill, Iain Ryan and Anna George.

The longlist for the Best First Crime category reflects an exciting array of talented new writers, two of whom, Sarah Bailey and Megan Goldin, are already experiencing success with their second novels. ‘The strength of these novels and the continuing success of the authors on this list is evidence of a healthy and growing Australian crime scene,’ says Rochelle.

As per usual, the True Crime selection courts controversy with the longlisting of infamous Sydney nightclub owner, John Ibrahim, and his book, Last King of the Cross. Other longlisted books cover the life and times of former policeman, Brian ‘Skull’ Murphy, John Killick’s retelling of his escape from prison via a helicopter, and art fraud.

Award winners will be announced at the Ned Kelly Awards to be held during the Melbourne Writers Festival. Media people can contact Rochelle Jackson 0419 872 538 if they have any questions. See more about the Ned Kelly awards on this website by clicking the tab on the menu at left or NED KELLY AWARDS. Those who can’t wait to start reading the exciting books on the longlist, can check them out on the ACWA website at https://www.austcrimewriters.com/2018-submissions/longlist.  

IN MEMORIAM

We lost many good writers and filmmakers this year, including three of Australia’s greatest, all of whom changed the landscape, not only of Australian writing, but the society in which we live. Read more about TONY MORPHETT, screenwriter, novelist, playwright, and arts commentator (see photograph above), who contributed enormously to Australian television and the arts in general.

We remember LIZ JACKSON (see photo below), a giant of FOUR CORNERS and one of the best journalists of her generation. In 2016, Liz turned the camera on herself to tell the story of her progressive Parkinson's disease for an episode of FOUR CORNERS. This video will be available on iview at https://iview.abc.net.au/show/four-corners/series/2016/video/NC1604H043S00 until 11.00 a.m. on Saturday, 28 Jul 2018.

Not to mention the wonderful HUGH STUCKEY (we said not to mention him!) The name may not be familiar but the shows he wrote for certainly are – and that’s no joke, Joyce. Go to NEWS PAGE 2 to learn more about Hugh and his prodigious (and for the most part funny) output, in a fond and witty tribute by PATRICK EDGEWORTH. 

THE LOGIES CAME TO THE GOLD COAST IN 2018

For those of you who don’t know, the LOGIE AWARDS are awarded each year for excellence in Australian Television. The organisers very sensibly brought the 60TH LOGIE AWARDS to the the GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND this year.

The awards have been sponsored since 1959 by TV Week, a weekly Australian magazine that provides a television program guide with highlights and listings for streaming services, as well as television and film news, and celebrity interviews.

To be eligible to receive a Logie, a program must be Australian-produced, set in Australia and have a predominantly Australian cast. For people to be eligible they must have appeared on an Australian-produced show that was broadcast on Australian television in the previous year.

Awards are presented in public and industry voted categories, with the highest and most widely publicised honour being the GOLD LOGIE STATUETTE, which is won by the Most Popular Personality on Australian Television for the previous year, as voted by the Australian viewing public.

This year’s GOLD LOGIE NOMINEES were AMANDA KELLER (The Living Room), GRANT DENYER (Family Feud), JESSICA MARAIS (Love Child and The Wrong Girl), ANDREW WINTER (Love It or List It Australia and Selling Houses Australia), RODGER CORSER (Doctor Doctor) and TRACY GRIMSHAW (A Current Affair).

Australians glued themselves to the set to watch the coverage on Sunday, 1 July 2018, live from The Star Gold Coast on Channel 9. Comedian DAVE HUGHES roasted the audience in his opening routine and put his foot in it a couple of times, but it’s the Logies – who doesn’t? Check out the stories at the OFFICIAL LOGIE WEBSITE at https://www.nowtolove.com.au/tvweek.

In case you didn’t know, comedian TOM GLEESON (Hard Chat segment on the ABC’s The Weekly and Hard Quiz), campaigned furiously for GRANT DENYER to win the Gold Logie, just to highlight the irony of Grant’s popular show Family Feud being axed from Channel 10 (due to poor ratings they said), but its host going on to win the greatest popularity vote. People around the nation voted HARD and Grant did, indeed, take out the gold. Take that Channel 10!  

 IN OUR PHOTO ESSAY THIS MONTH!

Find information and pictures of events happening around Brisbane and Queensland on EVENT QUICKLISTS! and EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2., check out the the tribute to HUGH STUCKEY on NEWS PAGE 2, and Emily Brontë's 200th birthday is celebrated on WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (4 pages). Pics and what happened at the Logies at the top and bottom of COMPETITIONS ETC. pages (4 pages), WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages) and WHERE IS BRISBANE?

THE BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL

Don’t forget that the BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL kicks off on Thursday, 6 September 2018 and runs until Sunday, 9 September 2018. The BWF program launched on Thursday, 5 July 2018 and tickets are now on sale. Check the website at https://bwf.org.au for details and follow everything that’s happening on Word Play and the BWF on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for festival updates and writing news. See the program online, and watch out for a print copy at your local BCC library.

BWF Special Events

Discover the special events program featuring intimate dinners with authors, cosplay events, and more. Tickets are sure to sell out fast. Head for the BWF website to ensure you grab your spot at one of these special events by booking online at https://bwf.org.au. 

THE GARDEN CITY LIBRARY AT UPPER MT GRAVATT IN BRISBANE IS MOVING!

The very popular and well patronised GARDEN CITY LIBRARY at Upper Mount Gravatt has closed for two weeks. Don’t panic! It’s moving upstairs to another location within the Westfield Garden City Shopping Centre, so it’s not going far. The new, you beaut library will re-open at 9.00 a.m. on Wednesday, 25 July 2018 to great fanfare and a party to which you are all invited. Keep an eye out for posters around the libraries to tell you what’s happening. 

Where can you find it, you ask? Start at the old library location on Level 2, and head down the corridor towards the hub and the Concierge Desk. The Food Court is on your right, and opposite that, to your left, at the end of the branch where Bupa Dental lives, you will see a huge bank of escalators. At the top of those is your new library. 

During the temporary closure you can visit the pop-up library at shop number 2065A in the same corridor, where you can pick up holds and renew your items. You can also return items but the librarians would rather you didn’t because they are going to have to hold onto them until the new library opens and there’s not much space.  

You can retain your loans until Saturday, 28 July until after the library opens – you won’t be charged overdue fees – or drop them off at a library near you. The closest ones to Garden City are the Mt Gravatt, Holland Park, Stones Corner, and Carina libraries, or you can trek out to Carindale Library, or into the city to the Brisbane Square Library.   

NOMINATE NOW FOR THE 2019 AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS

THE NATIONAL AUSTRALIA DAY COUNCIL is now accepting public nominations for the 2019 Australian of the Year Awards. They’re seeking nominations from around the nation for everyday people who are great at what they do, contribute to Australian society and inspire those around them. They could be quiet achievers, community members, leaders in their field of work, household names or unknown heroes.  

Nominations for the 2019 Awards are now open to all members of the public across four categories including Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia’s Local Hero. Nominations are open until midnight Tuesday 31 July 2018.

Every Australian can play their part by nominating someone so their efforts and contributions are recognised publicly.  It only takes one nomination for someone to be in the running for the Awards, but a nomination must be formally submitted. Nominating is quick and easy – simply complete the online nomination form at https://www.australianoftheyear.org.au or call 1300 655 193 for assistance in submitting your nomination.

Once nominations close, finalists from each State and Territory will be announced later in 2018 and the national Awards will be announced on the evening of 25 January 2019 in Canberra. For media enquiries, contact Zannie Abbott, Media Opps, phone 0418 274 291 or email zannie@mediaopps.com.au, or Nicole Browne, Media Opps, phone 0414 673 762 or email nicole@mediaopps.com.au. 

POLITICIANS HOLD THE KEY TO THE SURVIVAL OF AUSTRALIAN SCREEN STORIES

Leading lights of Australia’s film and TV industry from in front of and behind the camera urged federal politicians from all parties to act to ensure Australian stories continue to be told on Australian screens.

A group of actors, directors, producers, writers and crew headed to Parliament House for a series of meetings about the threats to the Australian industry's future. Actors Judy Davis, Richard Roxburgh and Deborah Mailman, directors Philip Noyce and Gillian Armstrong, screenwriters Andrew Knight and Ellie Beaumont, and producers Jo Porter, Anita Jacoby, and Michael Tear as well as production designer Fiona Donovan, were among those taking the fight to save Australian screen stories directly to the politicians who have the power to do so.

Their visit to Parliament was part of the Make It Australian campaign spearheaded by the Australian Directors’ Guild, the Australian Writers’ Guild, the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance and Screen Producers Australia to ensure government support for the sector. It follows an open letter published in March calling for urgent action by many of the biggest names in the industry such as Cate Blanchett and Chris Hemsworth.

The Make it Australian campaign is fighting for: 

  • Australian content rules to evolve to cover new media like Netflix, Amazon, Telstra TV, telcos and ISPs;
  • Existing quotas for Australian drama and children’s content by commercial broadcasters to be maintained;
  • Well-funded public broadcasters and screen agencies; and
  • Competitive tax incentives.

‘The Australian public are right behind Australian content and the need to tell our stories. They understand how important it is especially for our kids. The screen industry will continue to support this view and we hope that the government will join us in ensuring Australian content on ALL our screens,’ said Kingston Anderson, chief executive officer of the Australian Directors’ Guild.

‘Federal politicians are the custodians of Australian screen stories,’ said Jan Sardi, President of the Australian Writers’ Guild. ‘They must act now to ensure existing Aussie content rules are first preserved, and then extended to cover streaming video on demand services, which are making millions of dollars from the Australian viewing public, without any obligation to invest back into the market they profit from.’

‘More needs to be done to ensure original Australian content hits our screens,’ said Paul Murphy, chief executive officer of the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance, the union representing performers and screen crew. ‘Without real leadership from government to recognise how viewing patterns are changing and to properly support local production, we will no longer see Australian stories on our screens, both big and small.’

‘There is momentum building around the Make it Australian campaign and in particular, extending local content obligations to the new media and streaming services. This momentum comes from industry, the public, and we’re asking the Parliament to join us.' said Matthew Deaner, chief executive officer of Screen Producers Australia.

(Thanks to the Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG) for this information.

GO TO NEWS PAGE 2  FOR VALE HUGH STUCKEY

Read a fond and witty tribute to Hugh by fellow scriptwriter, PATRICK EDGEWORTH.

AND THAT REALLY WILL BE THE END OF THE NEWS! 

UPDATES

13. Jul, 2018
See THE NEWS above for the exciting events happening in Brisbane and around Queensland. As usual, during July 2018, 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.
VALE LIZ JACKSON, Walkley Award-winning journalist, who joined the ABC in 1986, and worked for many flagship programs including ‘Four Corners’ and ‘Media Watch’ until she left the organisation in 2013. As well as many other awards and accolades, Jackson won nine Walkley awards, including the 2006 Gold Walkley. Liz was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2014 and revealed this in November 2016, with the release of a documentary called ‘A Sense of Self’, her own account of her descent into Parkinson's disease, which was broadcast as an episode of Four Corners. This won Liz her most recent Walkley, the 2017 Documentary Award. ‘In many ways, this is the hardest film I've made, and I've made some tough ones over the years,’ she said. You can see this engrossing documentary on iView until 28 July 2018. Liz died peacefully in her sleep on 27 June 2018 at the age of 67 while on holiday in Greece, with her husband, Martin Butler, by her side. In a statement, her family said: ‘She is deeply loved. We are overwhelmed with grief at her loss. Liz was an inspiration to many and a legendary figure at the ABC, committing her life to public interest journalism. We are enormously proud of her work. Liz was also the most wonderful Mum and Granny, to us she will always be our best friend, confidant, storyteller, chef, and with a mean forehand.’ The ABC issued a statement saying: ‘We are profoundly saddened by the death of Liz Jackson, our wonderful friend and colleague and one of Australia's finest journalists.’ ABC Director of News Gaven Morris said: ‘You could not be around Liz without being fired by her passion and in awe of her courage. She had extraordinary talent as a storyteller, accompanied by a deep humility. Liz leaves a momentous legacy. We will never forget her.’ (Photo of Liz Jackson courtesy ABC-TV and modified by L.J. May)