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Archive for May, 2010

Fish Tank competition closed

Our competition for the Fish Tank movie tickets has now closed. Thank you to everyone that entered we had an overwhelming response. The winners are listed below and your prizes will be sent this week. Thanks again to Transmission Films for your generous support!

Max Munroe – Scone NSW
Mary Scunthorpe – Allawah NSW
Sandie Harrison – Paradise SA
Maggie Thornton – Redcliffe QLD
Joey Catcher – Cairns QLD
Benjamin Fisher – Tourak VIC
Danny Thomas – Richmond VIC
Sarah Taylor – Penshurst NSW
Mini Koury – Burney TAS
Adam Ball – West Richland WA

Pene Patrick talks with Two Flat Whites

Writer/Director Pene Patrick feels that truth should be at the heart of good Australian cinema.  Her debut film, Playing for Charlie, delves into the life of working-class Melbourne teenager, Tony Hobbs, as he struggles to find a balance between caring for his dependent family, and pursuing a rare opportunity for personal triumph.

An important new voice has emerged in the Australian film industry – one that looks poised to tear apart the current model of chasing the next blockbuster and set about creating a culturally-enriching body of work.

Two Flat Whites chats with Pene Patrick…

TFW:  Playing for Charlie is a humble film but it’s very strong in heart.  This is your directorial debut for a feature-length film.  You also wrote the screenplay.  Have you always written from such raw emotional territory?

Pene Patrick:  Well I think I’ll always go to the heart of a character.  That’s when I most lose interest in a film, when they haven’t gone to the heart of a character, and instead they’re being used to comment on something.

TFW:  How did you develop your writing?

Well it developed through my acting training which involved a very intense and serious training period in New York.  I was taught to look for the truth of humanity and the truth of the character in a situation.

TFW:  The actor who plays Tony Hobbs, Jared Daperis, resonates on the screen.  He seems an odd choice for the part, but it really pays off.  Was this intentional?

I think I cast him because he’s not a stereotype.  I see a lot of stereotypes in Australian films.  He has an international universality about him.  The thing that really excited me is that he has a boy / man quality: a wisdom.  He was an embodiment of everything I was trying to do in the film.

TFW:  I think his performance guides the wonderful score, written by Lisa Gerrard.

Yes her score is a character in the film, that’s what I love about it.  She’s brought another level to the narrative.  She’s come in and given a lovely river for everything to flow.

TFW:  It reminded me of Jane Campion’s ‘Bright Star’ in that respect.

Oh lovely, thank you.

TFW:  Audiences for Playing for Charlie are responding positively to the optimism in the film.  I did too, although I found some elements melancholic, particularly the Thomas Gray poetry whispered at one point; “Full many a flower is born to blush unseen”.  I felt this line reflected the fate of many disadvantaged young Australians: kids who don’t have the full opportunities to explore their talents.

Yes that was the core note from which the film sprung from.  But I also want the audience to see that it’s not always the case and that it is possible to move forward.  Tony is so certain and has a solid rock faith which I attribute to his upbringing and his relationship with his father.  These are good elements in this boy from a working-class background.  It’s actually a very positive statement about working-class values, so it’s very uplifting in that way.

TFW:  Producer Jan Chapman recently encouraged Australian film-makers to be “courageous and challenging,” and to “keep an Australian national spirit whilst appealing to an international audience.”  Do you agree with her?

Yes, and I think the issues in Playing for Charlie are universal.  It transcends race, class, and spirituality.  Tony’s boy to man journey is everyone’s journey.  It’s such a crucial time, the boy to man phase.  Playing for Charlie is about the struggle to protect that which is really vulnerable in us – whether that is our sex, or our race, or our art.

TFW:  Do you think films can make a difference?

Yes they get the issues out there.  Playing for Charlie explores the difficulties relating to young carers.  Since the film opened we have had a letter from the Minister for Health’s office – two years ago they provided a lot more resources and money to aid young carers.  Radio National has done a program on young carers.  There are thousands of people in Tony Hobbs’ situation in Australia so it’s important to tell these honest stories and bring greater awareness.

Playing for Charlie is in limited theatrical release at the Cinema Nova in Carlton, Melbourne.

Interview by Ryan Nance.

Vivid Sydney – 27 May – 21 June

Vivid Sydney is back to shine light, music and ideas across the city in the biggest festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. From large-scale light installations and projections through to music performances, ideas, creative summits and beyond, Vivid Sydney pulls out all the stops across every creative field. From art lovers and creatives through to families and first-timers to Sydney, everyone will find something illuminating about Vivid Sydney!

Gyroscope rocks!

Gyroscope is an Australian rock band from Perth, Western Australia, formed in 1997. The band comprises vocalist and guitarist Daniel Sanders, guitarist and back up vocalist Zoran Trivic, bassist and back up vocalist Brad Campbell and drummer Rob Nassif.

Gyroscope is expert at providing satisfaction with seamless transitions between sparse, rock-hard verses and soaring, harmony enriched, guitar-counterpointed choruses. Gyroscope has released four studio albums to date in their thriteen-year career, all recorded with their current lineup. In 2000, they released their first two EPs (Scalectrix and Means to an End), followed up by the Take Time EP in 2002. The band signed to Festival Mushroom Records in 2003 and released a further two EPs, Midnight Express and Driving for the Storm / Doctor Doctor, the later brought Gyroscope’s first appearance on Triple J’s Hottest 100 list, with the song “Doctor Doctor” featuring at number 92.

Gyroscope’s first album, Sound Shattering Sound, was released in 2004, seven years after forming. The debut album peaked at number 37 on the ARIA charts. A year later, Are You Involved? was released, debuting at number 20 on the ARIA charts. The second album was followed by the release of the split single “Fast Girl / Beware Wolf“, both songs appeared on the Triple J Hottest 100 in 2005. The band’s rise in popularity continued, striking significant commercial success with their 2008 album Breed Obsession, which peaked at number one on the ARIA Albums Chart. The third album was released through Warner Music Australia, having four singles released from it, including “Snakeskin” (number 16 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2007) and the anthemic “Australia”.

The band’s fourth album Cohesion was released on April 9, 2010, with the single Some of the Places I Know. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness Gyroscope’s frequently lauded high-energy rock show in some of the most beautiful venues they have performed, to find their next gig click here.

Sydney Writers’ Festival 2010

The Sydney Writers’ Festival 2010 celebrates the year’s literature and welcomes the writers, both local and international, who have produced it. This year will bring to you a galaxy of writers who will excite, inspire, inform and, perhaps, even enrage you. Many of these writers are well known names, others you will be meeting for the first time. All of them have important things to say.

The literary endeavour is at the heart the festival and this year the festival welcomes the likes of Colm Tóibín, Peter Carey, Lionel Shriver, Yiyun Li, Les Murray, Alex Miller and a host of newer novelists, as well as the swag of poets who complete the literary roundup. You will also see space for poets and international writers to read their work but this year there will also be a series of Reading Musters, giving you the chance to hear a great number of local fiction writers read.

The program is exciting, and comprehensive; with over 300 events, many are free. There is something for everyone at this year’s festival. So strap yourself in and enjoy the Sydney Writers’ Festival which will run from the 15th May to 23rd May 2010. See you there!

Deepblue touring Australia with a brand new show!

Award winning group, Deepblue are commencing a national tour with their brand new show The Dream. If you haven’t seen Deepblue before, you had better strap yourself in for a totally new experience.  It is entertainment like you have never felt it before.

Deepblue, they look like an orchestra, act like a band and the performance feels like you’re watching theatre or a live movie. In a perfect combination of classical and film music, rock and electronics, Deepblue is a visual and aural experience. The new show The dream follows the story of a young musician’s journey, and explores the fine line between dreams, nightmares and reality…

Their dynamic performance includes a repertoire that ranges from Bollywood to David Bowie and contemporary classical arrangements as well as genre-hopping original compositions written for the group.

Nothing is off limits at the deep blue performance; you can even shape the show as it goes.  The performers ask you to leave your phone ON to SMS them during the show, make requests, give ideas and share your dreams.

Deepblue are offering their Youngblue programs in conjunction with this performance. Youngblue is where local young musicians are given the opportunity to perform on stage with the group during the concert, this has proven an inspiring and entertaining experience for all involved. The group also conducts 1-hour music and performance workshops; so if there’s a young musician in your family, go to to find out more.

The Deepblue show is all about entertaining the audience and this philosophy was proven at last year’s Australian Performing Arts Centre Association’s (APACA) wining the national peoples choice award (2009 APACA Drover Award for ‘Excellent Audience Response’ )

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Fish Tank Ticket Giveaway

Two Flat Whites in conjunction with our friends at Transmission Films are giving ten (10) lucky people the chance to win a double pass to the film Fish Tank, which screens in cinemas nationally from the 27th May 2010.

FISH TANK is the story of Mia (KATIE JARVIS), a volatile 15-year-old, who is always in trouble and who has become excluded from school and ostracized by her friends. One hot summer’s day her mother (KIERSTON WAREING) brings home a mysterious stranger called Connor (MICHAEL FASSBENDER) who promises to change everything and bring love into all their lives.

Please email your name, postal address and where you heard about the competition to info {at} twoflatwhites(.)com for your chance to win!

Competition closes Sunday, 23rd May 2010.

Akina Solo Art Show – Charlie’s Widow

The much anticipated Akina Solo Art Show, Charlie’s Widow, opens 6:00pm on May 13th at Kinokuniya in Sydney and offers a rare opportunity to view a truly unique exhibition by Lang Leav.

The show will feature original artworks accompanied by a rare assortment of Akina’s signature hand-crafted books, including sold out editions and artist’s proofs. A selection will be available for purchase at the event, along with a small range of Akina merchandise.

It runs until the 1st of June! Woohoo!

Lvl. 2, The Galeries Victoria
500 George St Sydney
(right above Town Hall station)

Kareena Zerefos showing us her work!

Kareena Zerefos’ work evokes a delicate balance between isolation and companionship, as well as yearning and delight in long lost moments of escape to the whimsical world of make believe.There are a number of shows coming up where Kareena is showcasing her work, check them out below.

1. ah! melody is opening on thursday night at mart gallery in surry hills, i teamed up with the company we keep to curate an exhibition featuring a mixed bag of local artists, designers, illustrators and photographers that have picked out a tune or two and made a picture about it. with work from 18 artists including james jirat patradoon , mia taninaka, bel johnstone , wil loeng and so many more of my favourites, its going to be a lot of fun! come join us for a grolsch!

2. the sugar glider piece has been selected as a finalist in the brunswick street gallery works on paper prize! if you’re in melbourne, the show opens this friday night…

3. while we’re talking about melbourne, i also have a couple of new pieces on wood hanging on the wall at the libby edwards gallery in armadale, if you visit them sometime i would love to hear what you think!

4. and now, back to sydney, the finders keepers markets are on this friday night and saturday at the carriage works. i’ll be there with lots of new bits and pieces, so please come say hi.

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