Watchwords

Congratulations on having found your way here!

See Captain America’s shield, Thor’s hammer, Iron Man’s armoured suits, plus items belonging to the Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, the Black Panther and more, in the largest Marvel Museum exhibition ever presented. It’s ON NOW and runs at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) until 3 September 2017. See the news below for more. (Photo by L.J. May S/S: Marvel Museum)

Watchwords

 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 HAPPENING IN BRISBANE AND THROUGHOUT QUEENSLAND, AS WELL AS WRITING AND FILMMAKER COMPETITIONS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE CURRENT UPDATE, MAY BE FOUND 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.

THE NEWS WAS UPDATED ON WEDNESDAY, 21 JUNE 2017 

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

 PHOTOGRAPHY ALERT ─ ENTER THE HERITAGE BANK PHOTOGRAPHIC AWARDS NOW!

The renowned HERITAGE BANK PHOTOGRAPHIC AWARDS are back for their 29th year and once again will showcase the talents of both amateur and professional photographers across Australia. Shutterbugs are invited to get their entries into this popular competition by 5.00 p.m. on Friday, 30 June 2017, to share in more than $8,000 worth of prizes.

The competition is free to enter, open to all ages and entrants can submit up to four images into their choice of image category. Entries will be accepted in two categories again this year. The themed category Passion lends itself to a variety of interpretations. It could be the intense emotion that a new relationship brings; the passion an athlete has for their chosen sport; the powerful bond between parent and child; or someone’s fervent support for a social cause.

Or you can enter the Open Category where the choice of subject is yours. Photographers of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels are invited to enter this category where great imagery is everything and creativity is the key ingredient. There are also other categories for youth photographers aged 7-25 years!

The winners of this year’s awards will be advised in early August, and the top 50 images will go on exhibition at the USQ Arts Gallery in Toowoomba from 5 September to 5 October 2017. For more details about the awards and how to enter, visit the Heritage website at https://www.heritage.com.au/photocomp and happy snapping.

THE 91-STOREY TREEHOUSE WITH ANDY GRIFFITHS AND TERRY DENTON!

Come and meet the creators of the incredible TREEHOUSE series, author ANDY GRIFFITHS and illustrator TERRY DENTON, in their only Brisbane Performance. They’ve added yet another 13 stories to their amazing Treehouse! Kids and carers should flock to Brisbane’s 1,400-seat Edmund Rice Performing Arts Centre (ERPAC) Theatre, at St Laurence's College, 82 Stephens Road, South Brisbane (up the hill from South Bank) on Sunday, 13 August 2017 at 3.00 p.m.

Although this event is on in August, TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW and are perilously close to being sold out, so if you want to take your young Treehouse addicts to this excellent event you’d better get in quick. ONLINE SALES ONLY – To get your tickets, go to the Eventbrite website at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-91-storey-treehouse-with-andy-griffiths-and-terry-denton-tickets-33385852985?aff=es2. P.S. if the ticket prices look a bit weird, it’s because of the booking fee. NOTE that a percentage of ticket sales will be donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation

GET READY TO ENTER THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE!

It’s happening ComiCon and movie fans! The largest Marvel Museum exhibition ever presented is ON NOW at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) at South Bank and runs until 3 September 2017. MARVEL: CREATING THE CINEMATIC UNIVERSE brings together the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and explores the transition from the pages of Marvel comics to big-screen incarnations. 

Drawing on Marvel’s archive of spectacular concept art, the exhibition features over 300 unique objects, including original artwork, film props and costumes of your favourite heroes. See Thor’s hammer, Iron Man’s armoured suits, Captain America’s shield, and items belonging to the Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and the Black Panther, to name just a few. Tickets to the exhibition are $25, Concessions $20, Children $10 (kids under 5 get in free). Members are $18 and there are family, season and gold passes available.

Throughout the exhibition, the Gallery's Australian Cinémathèque will screen all the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, from the breakthrough Iron Man (2008) to this year's Spider-Man: Homecoming. Tickets to the screenings will cost you $10, Concessions $8 and Members $7. Visit the website at http://qagoma.qld.gov.au to check out the behind the scenes work that goes into adapting your favourite drawn narratives for the cinema screen.

Diehard fans might like to pre-order an exclusive Marvel-QAGOMA exhibition publication featuring concept and keyframe art, and film stills featuring props and costumes. The RRP is $34.95 (soft cover) and $54.95 (hardcover). Limited edition hardcover is also available if you’re really keen. Pre-order your copy today at http://qagoma.qld.gov.au/store.

SIT. POSE. SNAP. BRISBANE PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY 1850–1950

This MUSEUM OF BRISBANE EXHIBITION is a charming and nostalgic glimpse into a 19th century photographic studio and tells the stories of some of Brisbane’s best-known photographers and photography studios. Discover the variety, trends and historical progression of photographic types through this period, from the early forms of daguerreotypes through to carte-de-visites and postcards.

Long before smartphones and selfies, people visited a studio portrait photographer to capture an image of themselves they wanted to share with the world. SIT. POSE. SNAP. BRISBANE PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY 1850 - 1950 features hundreds of Brisbane residents captured in original photographs from local studios between 1850–1950.

These photographs from the extensive private collection of MARCEL SAFIER – one of Australia’s most significant collectors of portrait photography – help to bring people of the past alive, from personal portraits capturing life’s most significant milestones, to the curious and often funny ways in which people presented themselves.

The MUSEUM OF BRISBANE (MoB) invites you to SIT. POSE. SNAP. at Level 3, City Hall, King George Square, Brisbane. It’s open from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. daily and entry is FREE. The exhibition is ON NOW and runs until Thursday, 30 July 2017Group tours are available so you can explore this exhibition with a personalised tour of the exhibition and morning tea. Organise your tour by emailing dwest@museumofbrisbane.com.au.

IN OUR PHOTO ESSAY THIS MONTH

Reality meets fantasy in Brisbane this month. Pictures at the top and bottom of this home page may inspire you to attend the largest Marvel Museum exhibition ever presented in MARVEL: CREATING THE CINEMATIC UNIVERSE at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). Check out pictures of what else is happening around Brisbane and Queensland on the EVENT QUICKLISTS!, EVENT QUICKLISTS! P2 and WHERE IS BRISBANE? pages.

Both the Museum of Brisbane and State Library of Queensland are currently holding exhibitions recalling THE WAY WE WERE. We continue the theme by taking a look at advertisements dating from 60 years ago – circa 1957. These are for all those who are in love, and all those who can remember. And people of Generation X and younger, who can never understand what their parents and grandparents are on about.

See the story of how a family in the fifties lived, at the top and bottom of the blog pages WHAT'S ON AUTHORS? (4 pages), COMPETITIONS ETC. (4 pages), and WHAT'S ON NOW? (5 pages). Some people say that we should go back to the future but most women would say forget it! – we’ve got Donald Trump for that.

 VISION SPLENDID OUTBACK FILM FESTIVAL IN WINTON, QUEENSLAND

It’s no secret that outback people love a good party, whether they’re dressing in drag, cheering on cowboys, dashing around dunnies, or cheering on the local wildlife in a race for glory (camels, pigs, horses, yabbies, goats, flies crawling up a wall ─ whatever!). Outback Queensland has spectacular scenery, a rich history, unusual and creative characters, and it’s the perfect place to escape to an event like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

The VISION SPLENDID OUTBACK FILM FESTIVAL in WINTON, north of Longreach is just such an event. The Festival was inspired by the Sundance Film Festival, and is run by an incorporated, non-profit organisation, driven by the passion of the Winton community, and brought to you thanks to some visionary partners and the support of the Queensland Government.

2017 is a nine-day Australian movie marathon from Friday, 23 June 2017 to Saturday, 1 July 2017, which will highlight films inspired by the outback, and celebrate ‘Women in Film’. This birthplace of QANTAS and ‘Hollywood in the Outback’ has several major film productions under its belt, with NickCave’s Proposition and Ivan Sen’s Mystery Road being filmed there. The History Channel has also filmed a Texan documentary in the Winton Shire for a new mini-series.

If you feel like a bit of outback hospitality and a great time away (you can put your car on the Spirit of the Outback train and drive yourself if you like), head for Winton, north of Longreach. Visit https://www.visionsplendidfilmfest.com to find out how to get there and to plan your trip.

Go to the events section at https://www.visionsplendidfilmfest.com/event-guide to find out what’s on where and to plan your stay, and to get your tickets, click on https://www.visionsplendidfilmfest.com/tickets, Enthusiasts can also follow the Festival on Facebook for the latest announcements. Phone the information centre on (07) 4657 1466, if you have any further queries, or if you get lost.

SIGN THE PETITION TO HELP #SaveKidsTV

The AUSTRALIAN WRITERS GUILD (AWG), the body representing performance and many other writers, sends you this important message:

‘Recently the Greens moved a motion in the Senate challenging proposed reforms to broadcast rules that will significantly impact the amount of children’s television made for Australian kids by Australian program makers. This campaign is backed by a coalition of organisations including the AUSTRALIAN WRITERS’ GUILD, SPA, and the ADG.

‘Head of the AWG TV Committee, MAC GUDGEON, has stressed the need to “remind the politicians in Canberra that Australian children deserve to see our culture reflected on their screens. This is a vital issue for AWG members, many of whom earn a living writing for kids.”

‘The AWG urges all members to sign the petition on Greens Senator Sarah Hanson Young’s website, and spread the word via all social media platforms. Let’s make sure our voices are heard loud and clear in support of Australian-made children’s television and its writers. Click here to view and sign the petition.’

AACTA CALL FOR ENTRIES ACROSS FILM, TV AND VIDEO

ENTRIES FOR THE 7TH AACTA AWARDS are now open across feature film, documentary, short film, television and the new online Video or Series categories. For eligibility criteria information on each of the categories, go to the website at http://www.aacta.org/the-awards/7th-aacta-awards-entries.aspx, and click on http://www.aacta.org for general information about the awards. Check out the last page at COMPETITIONS ETC. on this website for further details.

Entries for the categories listed below are now open:

Entries in the following categories are now closed:

NOTE FEATURE FILM ELIGBILITY POLICY CHANGES: Following extensive industry consultation, AACTA has announced a new feature film eligibility policy for the 7th AACTA Awards in response to the ever-changing landscape of the screen industry and to allow for greater inclusivity. Read more about the changes to the feature film eligibility policy here.

LEAH PURCELL AND SHELLEY BIRSE WIN NSW PREMIER’S LITERARY AWARDS

Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG) members LEAH PURCELL and SHELLEY BIRSE have been awarded top prizes at THE NSW PREMIER’S LITERARY AWARDS. Established in 1979, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards recognise and reward the achievements of Australian writers, including novelists, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, translators and authors of non-fiction and children’s books. Prizes are awarded across multiple categories, with winners in each category becoming eligible for the major award of Book of the Year.

LEAH PURCELL has been awarded the $30,000 Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting as well as the $10,000 prize for Book of the Year – the first time a play has received the top prize – for her acclaimed work The Drover’s Wife. Described by judges as ‘brave, ruthless and utterly compelling’. Purcell’s reimagining of Henry Lawson’s short story The Drover’s Wife was recently awarded the $100,000 Victorian prize for literature (the richest literary award in Australia), and will soon tour nationally.

SHELLEY BIRSE was awarded the $30,000 Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting for her gripping political thriller The Code (series 2, episode 4), sharing the award with Abe Forsythe for his film Down Under. The Code has continued its impressive run with the second season winning last year’s top writing award at the Australian Writers’ Guild’s 49th Annual AWGIE Awards as well as the prize for best original miniseries. Shelley Birse previously won both the AWGIE Award in the miniseries category and the Major Award for the first season of The Code in 2014.

Australian Writers Guild members who made the shortlist of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, include Angela Betzien, Finegan Kruckemeyer and Alana Valentine for the Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting and Michael Miller, Victoria Madden, Lawrence Leung and Ben Chessell for the Betty Roland Prize for Scriptwriting.

For the full list of winners at this year’s NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, click here. Thanks to the AWG for this information and don’t forget to save the date: The 50th Annual AWGIE Awards will be held on Friday, 25 August 2017 in Sydney.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRISBANE GREETERS

Our city’s most passionate ambassadors have celebrated their fifth anniversary. BRISBANE GREETERS officially launched in 2012, with just 12 volunteer greeters. Today there are 200 red-clad volunteer greeters who have welcomed more than 50,000 visitors to our city. The program ensures that Brisbane puts its best foot forward, connecting residents, visitors, delegates, international students and migrants with our most welcoming city-proud residents.

Brisbane Greeters also help promote the city by linking customised tours with major events, including the inaugural Global Tens and World Science Festival. To celebrate their five-year milestone, greeters raced through the streets of Brisbane, collecting clues as part of a scavenger hunt. For more information, or to book a greet, visit the website at http://brisbanegreeters.com.au.

AND THAT'S THE END OF THE NEWS!

UPDATES

4. Jun, 2017
See THE NEWS above for the exciting events happening in Brisbane and around Queensland. As usual, during June, 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.
Marvel-lous artist WAYNE NICHOLS. The MARVEL: CREATING THE CINEMATIC UNIVERSE exhibition features over 300 unique objects, including original artwork, film props and costumes of your favourite heroes. In addition to these, the exhibition also explores the creative contributions behind these much-loved stories, offering a glimpse into the work of production designers, storyboarding and pre-visualisation artists, costume and prop designers, as well as that of special effects and computer graphics departments. (Photo by L.J. May)