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Richard Kendall shoots by to talk with Two Flat Whites!

Two Flat Whites caught up with one of the winners of the “Head On Photography Competition for 2008”, Richard Kendall for his image ‘Leonard & William at Alfred Hospital’ (see below). Head On is the nation’s major innovative showcase for Australian portrait photography, reflecting a vibrant, diverse cross-section of new and traditional photographic practices.

The shows main selection criteria are the quality and impact of the image, rather than the celebrity of the photographer or subject. As a result Head On is regarded by the arts community and reviewers as the most critically important photographic portrait prize in the country.

Where did you grow up & where do you hang your hat?

I grew up in Melbourne and still live there. My second home is the Ilahita village in East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea. I spend time there helping rosemary dig for yams, hunting in the rainforest with the boys, chewing betel nut or taking pictures.

In your own words, what do you do?

I’m first a Photographer but now starting a career in documentary filmmaking. My main interest in photography is Reportage, capturing the Human condition while trying to understand the world’s perspectives. I try and travel as much as I can, shooting stock travel images or working on documentary stories. The rest of the time i am a freelance photographer in Melbourne and I work with the State Library of Victoria on imaging projects.

Where did you learn your craft?

I studied scientific and documentary/photo journalism photography at RMIT University in Melbourne.

Whose work do you relate to most? Who inspires you?

I’m inspired by and relate to a great number of photographers but particularly the emotive images by Carl De Keyzer and Trent Parke for the compelling way they use light to tell their stories. Steven Dupont for his ability to capture moments of beauty and devastation in life, but most importantly the powerful work by Jerry Galea. He is an amazing inspiration to me. Jerry’s mentoring has given me much needed direction over the years.

What inspired you to create?

Basically it’s mystery behind photography, when I first started looking at photographer’s work it was how they used the aesthetics associated with imaging to show the world in such an intriguing way.

Childhood Memories:

TV Show – Around the Twist and Captain Planet

Hobby – Skateboarding and breeding rare tropical fish.

Food – ice-cream cake

Fear – of becoming normal

People – Mandawuy Yunupingu and David Attenborough

Defining moment – Hospitalising myself by trying to fly.

Schooling memories, chore or cherished?

Art Class was cherished but everything else depended how I was feeling that day.

Where is the most beautiful place in Australia you have visited?

Tasmania is extremely captivating but my happy place is the rocks at Point Roadknight, along the Great Ocean Road.

From the hours of 9am to 5pm, what do you get up too?

Usually i’ll be editing pictures, shooting or digitalizing a large collection of early glass plate negatives at the State Library of Victoria. Lately I’ve been doing post production of my new documentary film “The sea was boiling” a look into the life ‘post tsunami’ of the fisherman communities in Chennai India.

Where can people see your work?

You can check it all out at

For love or money?

Defiantly for love! As there are much more profitable ways to make money.

What future endeavors are in the pipeline?

I’m heading to Goroka PNG to shoot a festival in September this year.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

To still be shooting but permanently on the move overseas and exhibiting much more of my personal work.

If you could invite 3 people to chat over coffee, who would they be & why?

The Pope, David Attenborough and Muhammad Ali. I can imagine it would be quite entertaining

Coffee or Tea?

Chai Tea

The Black Balloon (2008)

Two Flat Whites watched the film ‘The Black Balloon’ last week. This Australian movie is a good one. It won the Crystal Bear at the recent Berlin Film Festival. First-time co-writer & director Elissa Down has produced a wonderful film here.

It is set in suburbia Sydney & follows the adventures of the Mollison family. They travel a lot due to there father (Erik Thomson) being a sergeant in the army. Mum (Toni Collette) works hard & tries to do everything. She is also pregnant & soon discovers that some chores just need to be delegated. They have two sons, Charlie, (Luke Ford) who plays an autistic teenager. Luke shines on the screen with a brilliant acting display & has recently been rewarded in a Hollywood blockbuster soon to hit our screens as the new co-star in the Mummy trilogy.

The story follows Thomas (Rhys Wakefield) who plays the other son. Thomas goes through the typical hardships that most teenagers go through, peer pressure, love crushes & bullying. He also finds it increasingly hard to deal with the fact that his brother is autistic. He loves his brother dearly, & throughout the movie he learns to deal with this fact. I was taken by Rhys Wakefield who sparkles on the screen & this kid is one to watch! Jackie, (Gemma Ward), ex-model, also appears in the film & plays a fine cameo role as Thomas’ girlfriend.

This film is so much more than just about an autistic boy. It demonstrates beautifully what it can be like for teenagers growing up. It shows us the day to day challenges of a typical Australian family & how the Aussie spirit conquers all. The film portrays endless emotion & draws plenty of humour. Do yourself a favour, this is a must see!

– Liam Gibbs

Skaffs shows us how to put together an Art Show?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to put together your own art show? Our friend Skaffs has put together a short documentry. Perpetual Kagemi Solo Art Exhibition by Luke Feldman aka SKAFFS gives you insights & shows you just how it is done…

Bethany Joy launches into Summer!

Sydney fashion designer Bethany Joy Monsted has recently collaborated with two up and coming film directors on a documentary short film, featuring her fashion label Bethany Joy. The documentary centres on the day of her second collection’s photoshoot, with fascinating insights into the designer’s inspirations.

Directors Lachlan Monsted (Bethany’s brother) and Joshua Finch joined forces in filming this documentary. An emphasis was firmly placed on capturing gorgeous visuals and lush location shots – capturing the mood of Bethany Joy’s tea party inspired “Wasn’t that a dainty dish?” Summer 08/09 collection.

Still photographer Abe Bastoli of Pennant Hills Studio has contributed the beautiful fashion photographs featured. Young musical talent Alex Lees composed two original musical compositions as the film’s accompanying soundtrack. The resulting film has been published on Youtube, with already hundreds of views in the first few days.

Lexus chef cooks rivals with bitter sweet taste!

29-year-old Jake Nicolson from Melbourne, who cooks at Circa, The Prince in bayside St Kilda, was recently announced the winner of the prestigious Lexus Appetite for Excellence Young Chef of the Year 2008 at Alexandria in Sydney. “My love for cooking grew as a kid,” he said. “My mother used to bake cakes and I’d lick the beaters. It’s the only thing I could possibly do. It’s one of those careers you have to live and breathe.”

British Michelin star chef Tom Aikens joined local food industry celebrities, including Tetsuya Wakuda, Luke Mangan and Lyndey Milan, to celebrate the announcement. Nicolson, who favours cooking fresh, organic meals from home-grown produce, beat five other young chefs in a three-hour cook-off. He prepared a chestnut and black truffle soup, a roasted saddle of highland hare and a wattle-seed creme brulee.

The finalists were required to prepare an entree and main course from a mystery box of ingredients, before whipping up a bavarois for dessert. Wakuda praised Nicolson for his three course offering. “It was a combination technique, beautiful presentation and most important, taste,” he said.

Mangan said Nicolson’s attitude and creativity caught the panel’s attention. “He shone through,” he said. “We were impressed with the product and his enthusiasm.” The win will take Nicolson to Italy, where he will represent Australia in the S.Pellegrino Cooking Cup in Venice next year. There he will have big shoes to fill. Last year’s winner of the Young Chef of the Year, Melanie Gowers from South Australia, went on to win the S.Pellegrino Cooking Cup.

Hyper Festival 2008

The Hyper Festival 2008 , a big all ages festival held in Midland is back this year and will be held on Sunday 31 August 2008, from 11.30am to 8pm in Perth.

This year the Hyper Festival is taking over a massive multi-story carpark at Midland Gate Shopping Centre with 3 stages of punk, rock and hip hop. There are also market stalls, FREE carnival ride, a car demo, skate park, hip hop comps and an art exhibition!

Tickets are only $10 through Heatseeker now, or $15 at the door!!

Sidewayz Art Exhibition 2008

The Sidewayz Art Exhibition 2008 features works on skateboards and snowboards by more than 50 artists from all over the country. Artists have donated their pieces which will all be auctioned off with all proceeds going to the CHILL australia program. Sidewayz opens at MTV Gallery, Yurong Street, East Sydney, with opening night on Wednesday 20th August from 7pm. The show continues until the 27th August 2008. For more information and online bidding go to

Someone call a fire truck! – The McClymonts are on fire…

Country stunners The McClymonts have taken the top spot on the National Country Airplay Chart (The Music Network, 11th August 2008) for their single “Finally Over Blue”. The Grafton born sisters have finally de-throned country power group The Eagles, who’s song “How Long” has held the top position since late 2007. This makes The McClymonts “Finally Over Blue” only the second #1 Country Airplay hit this year.

Without question The McClymonts are one of the hottest and most talented Australian country bands. Their tight performances win over crowds in every city they play. Set to be one of the highlights of the festival, The McClymonts will perform at Gympie this year on August 30. On the set list will be their cheeky new single “Favourite Boyfriend Of The Year”, which was serviced to radio last week with the video arriving on Monday.

The girls will also be dropping by Ramsay Street on August 29 as they perform their national country airplay #1 hit “Finally Over Blue” on Neighbours.

Ultimo Science Festival 2008

The third Ultimo Science Festival bursts into life from 22nd to 31st August 2008 with day and night events, school sessions, family days, pub events, talks and forums for everyone. It’s not just for geeks, scientists and students (though they’ll be there…) it’s for everybody!

The Ultimo Science Festival offers an amazing range of things to hear, see and do in National Science Week, along Harris St in Ultimo, 5 minutes walk from Sydney’s Central Railway and most events are free.

Melbourne Writers Festival 2008

At almost 23 years old, the Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) is an institution. But it has never been the must-do event in Melbourne’s jam-packed calendar the way other festivals – film, flowers, footy, food and fashion – have. But that’s all changing. A new CEO and a partnership with the brand design consultancy Elmwood have reinvigorated the MWF over the past couple of years. A quirky character called Pencil is writing the future for this Festival. So you might just want to pencil it in!

According to Rosemary Cameron, who became the Festival Director in late 2005, the biggest issue facing the Melbourne Writers Festival was its inaccessibility to a broad audience. It was considered a “serious” writers festival. The concept of “fun” was not part of its brand. As a result casual attendees, including younger people and lay bookworms, were isolated from the Festival.

To increase accessibility and reach new audiences the Festival needed a makeover. It needed a new look & a new program. So what are you waiting for? Catch the festival from the 22nd August to 31st August 2008.

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