MIFF 2019: Shortlist

Shaw Brothers Double Feature – 36 Chambers of Shaolin/The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter
Bacurau
The Day Shall Come
Hearts and Bones
Martha: A Picture Story
Measure for Measure
Morgana
Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks
No Time for Quiet
Beats
Happy New Year, Collin Burstead
Alice
Particles
Fire Will Come
Memories of My Body
Photograph
Daffodils
The Halt
We Are Little Zombies
First Love
It Must Be Heaven
The Tomorrow Man
The Gasoline Theives
The Kill Team
The Art of Self-Defense
The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash
Amazing Grace
Mr Jimmy
Bros: When the Screaming Stops
PJ Harvey: A Dog Called Money
Friedkin Uncut
Meeting Gorbachev
Midnight Family
Our Time Machine
Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project
The Amazing Johnanthan Documentary
Los Reyes
Picture Character
The Seer and the Unseen
Present. Perfect
The Machine
The Hidden City
Return Home
Dudes
Europa Europa
Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors
You Don’t Nomi
Greener Grass
Come to Daddy
Violence Voyager
Memory – The Origins of Alien
The Waiting Room
Animation Shorts
WTF Shorts
The Art of the Score: The Film Music of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
The World Online
Australian Cities on Film
Morgana (talk)
Bruce Beresford in Conversation

St Kilda Jazz Stories (2019)

Director: Kaye Blum

Featuring  Eugene Ball, Bob Barnard, Rebecca Barnard, Margie Lou Dyer, Peter Gaudion, Judy Jacques, Vince Jones, Nick Polites, John Scurry, Bob Sedergreen, Ted Vining, Paul Williamson, Julien Wilson and Barry Wratten,  Bill Armstrong, Len Davis, Cameron Paine, Ian Stanistreet, Horst Liepolt

Soundtrack: Warwick ‘Wocka’Dyer with Frank Johnson’s Fabulous Dixielanders, Judy Jacques and the Yarra Yarra New Orleans Jazz Band, Bob Barnard on trumpet with Len Barnard’s Jazz Band, Allan Lee on vibes with Len Barnard’s Modern Jazz Band, Allan Browne’s Red Onions, John Scurry’s Reverse Swing, and the Margie Lou Dyer Quintet.

I thought I was running late for this session, but it turned out there was a band before the screening so they were still playing before I arrived. I did get to talk to Rebecca Barnard about the oil pastel sketches I did of her dogs before the screening also.

I had heard about St Kilda being known as a Jazz hotspot before it became better known for punk and rock and roll but had not looked into it myself. I did know about Claypots being a meeting place for jazz enthusiasts and am a fan of the more recent band Jazz Party. Gil Askey did a guest spot with Harry Angus at one of the Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes’ residency shows at the Toff in Town back in 2011.

I did not expect to see Rebecca Barnard in this at all. I knew she did Jazz gigs but I did not know about her family having a Jazz history and the story of her mother and father deserves a documentary of its own. She told the best story right at the end and it could have gone on from there.

As with any music scene there is an evolution with venues and each of the interviewees explained their roles in each of them over the decades. The arrival of the Beatles in Melbourne changed everything and the music evolved also.

St Kilda was a lot less expensive to live in those days so a lot of artists and musicians lived there and Vince Jones said they wouldn’t mind him practicing his trumpet at midnight or having people play the song on piano all day to practice.

Unlike today where there seem to be more women in the jazz scene it did seem to be male dominated back in the day except for Rebecca’s mum and the famous Ruby Carter for Ruby Tuesday. Funnily enough I go to the toilet after the screening and the name “Ruby” had been written on the toilet wall already as a memorial.

The director said she was researching the Espy and found out about the jazz scene from there and the other venues that it had been played at.

Due to development a lot of these venues are no longer around and have gone from popular memory as not many people except the people who played there still know about them. As they said in the Q&A they were lucky to get all the people they did as some of them are not going to be around for much longer and one of them passed away earlier this year.

The subject of rights clearances came up as an audience member asked where they got some footage as it was their brother. The director said it was from the National Film and Sound Archive and they had to pay full price due to not having a grant. Also they were not allowed to give the footage out as they did not have permission from the owner. Paul Harris also said they wanted to get a music documentary for the festival one time but it was $12,000 for music rights.

The director had contributed a lot of the 8mm performance footage themselves and had filmed a lot of interviews for an online project, but wanted to include different footage for this release. There was about 24 hours of footage over 4 years but they managed to cut it back to 38 minutes. They would make a longer documentary if they got funding but can’t make it shorter if they want to include everyone.

They did want to include more people, but decided to go with people they knew directly as going through managers was a bit hard.  Horst Liepolt was initially interviewed over the phone from New York after the director found him via a Google search and then filmed on an iPhone. PBS FM offered a studio space to film some interviews so they would get good sound quality.

It was a good documentary and I found out in the credits that the trumpet seen in the background of most of the interviews had a history which contributed the documentary also.

Parasite (2019)

Director: Bong Joon-ho
Starring: Song Kang-ho, Lee Sun-kyun, Jo Yeo-jeong, Choi Woo-sik, Jang Hye-jin, Park So-dam

Trailer:

The Kim family is a lower socio-economic/bogan family sharing a grubby basement flat making whatever money they can from odd jobs such as folding pizza boxes. They still seem to be good and nothing about them says they are breaking the law to try and make money. It feels like you need to understand more about Korean society and culture to get the most out of this movie.

A telling scene is where the son says he failed the university entrance exam four times and the father says 500 university graduates turn up for a job opening as a security guard.

An opportunity presents itself for the son to get a tutor job for a rich family and once he gets the position he engineers ways to get the rest of his family into the house as an art therapy teacher, driver and finally housekeeper. Lies beget more lies and build until they meet someone with a bigger lie.

As usual Song Kang-ho is brilliant in this and I try to see him in every movie he is in even the ones not directed by Bong Joon-ho as he turns up in Park Chan-wook’s movies also.

The settings are really good also with the small flat the family lives in and the rich family’s house once owned by a famous architect. What the family does not know is that brilliant architects often have their own secrets and sometimes don’t tell them even when they sell the house.

It is the stated policy of the South Korean government that they want to make the best movies in the world with the aim of having a movie that eventually wins an Academy Award. There is a movie quota system in South Korea and local movies often beat Hollywood blockbusters on local release. Bong Joon-Ho stocked up on DVDs and Blurays when he was in Sydney for the film festival as most of the content delivery is online in South Korea.

If you are a social studies fan you will like this movie as the rich characters talk about people “not overstepping their boundary” and complain about the smell of people poorer than them. The son of Mr Park almost rumbles the entire scheme by saying they all smell the same.

I would not say this is Bon Joon-Ho’s best work as I still like the Host more even just for the part where Song Kang-Ho is crying so much he can’t run away. If this film gets more people to go back and watch the earlier work of the director I would support it.

I was perplexed as to the actions of some of the characters in the movie. I cannot think why Mr Kim would decide to do what he did. The scheme had already unravelled at that point and the extra action would not make any difference.

Rowdy, Tim, Fred and Tex

Commuity Cup 2002 – 2018

No camera for the first two years I attended:
http://timchuma.com/2003/communitycup2002.htm
http://timchuma.com/2003/communitycup2003.htm

Sacred Heart Mission Community Cup 2004
Junction Oval, St Kilda
Sunday, 27th June 2004
http://photos.timchuma.com/communitycup2004/index.htm

Sacred Heart Mission Community Cup 2005
Junction Oval, Sunday 26th June 2005
with The Almaboobies, Rebecca’s Empire, Weddings, Parties, Anything and Dallas Crane
http://photos.timchuma.com/CommunityCup2005/index.html

Ruck’n’Roll Pie Night
with The Cheats, The Twits, The Spazzys & Cosmic Psychos
The Esplanade Hotel
Saturday, 24th June 2006
http://photos.timchuma.com/RucknRollPieNight/index.html

Sacred Heart Mission Community Cup 2006
with Grant Hansen’s Big City Rock Band, The King City Seven, Dave Graney & Clare Moore, Matt Walker & Ashley Davies, The Meanies, Man’s Ruin Cheerleader
Junction Oval, St Kilda
Sunday, 25th June 2006
http://photos.timchuma.com/CommunityCup2006/index.html

Community Cup Training 2007
Arden St Oval, Wednesday 13th June 2007
http://photos.timchuma.com/CCTraining2007/index.html

RRR/PBS Megahertz 10th Anniversary
with the Bowerbirds & British India (unseen)
Spanish Club, Wednesday, 20th June 2007
http://photos.timchuma.com/Megahertz10thAnniversary/index.html

Sacred Heart Mission Community Cup 2007
with he RocKwiz Orchestra (with special guests), The Double Agents, Crystal Thomas & Les Fleurs Du Mal, Killer Birds, Bob Log III, Mach Pelican
Junction Oval, St Kilda
Sunday, 24th June 2007
http://photos.timchuma.com/CommunityCup2007/index.html

Photo mosaics based on photos from the Community Cup from 2004 to 2007:
http://www.redbubble.com/people/timchuma/works/1275532-in-training
http://www.redbubble.com/people/timchuma/works/1275612-rockdog
http://www.redbubble.com/people/timchuma/works/1275680-tough-girls
http://www.redbubble.com/people/timchuma/works/1275820-youre-under-arrest
http://www.redbubble.com/people/timchuma/works/1275945-50-if-you-dont-mind-umpire
http://www.redbubble.com/people/timchuma/works/1276027-hirstute
http://www.redbubble.com/people/timchuma/works/1284113-killer-birds
http://www.redbubble.com/people/timchuma/works/1284247-double-agents
http://www.redbubble.com/people/timchuma/works/1284303-tim-squared
http://www.redbubble.com/people/timchuma/works/1284390-meditation
http://www.redbubble.com/people/timchuma/works/1284522-richard-and-jack
http://www.redbubble.com/people/timchuma/works/1284626-kat-spazzy

Reclink Community Cup 2009
Elsternwick Park, Sunday 21st June 2009
with Jordie Lane, Dollsquad, Kram, Scared Weird Little Guys, Cosmic Psychos
special appearances by Espy Rockdogs & Megahertz Cheerleaders
http://photos.timchuma.com/CommunityCup2009/index.html

Espy Rockdogs Pie Night
with Buried Horses, The Level Spirits, Money for Rope, The Spazzys, Cosmic Psychos, The Nubiles, Oz Rock Karaoke, Fuck Fucks (unseen)
The Espy, Friday 25th June 2010
http://photos.timchuma.com/EspyRockdogsPieNight2010/index.html

Reclink Community Cup 2010
Elsternwick Park, Sunday 27th June 2010
with Blue Lead, Money for Rope, Little Freddie and the Pops, Blackeyed Susans, The Living End, Nick Barker and the Reptiles
http://photos.timchuma.com/CommunityCup2010/index.html

Final Community Cup Training 2011
Elsternwick Park, Monday 20th June 2011
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2011/CC-Training-20-06-11

Reclink Community Cup 2011
with Red Rockets of Borneo, The Mercy Kills, The Rebelles, Tumbleweed, You Am I, Barry Morgan
Elsternwick Park, Sunday 26th June 2011
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2011/Community-Cup-2011

Reclink Sydney Community Cup 2012
with Wolfpack, The Meanies, Celibate Rifles
Henson Park, Sunday 18th March 2012
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2012/Sydney-Community-Cup-2012

Rockdogs Training
Ross Gregory Oval, Monday 11th June 2012
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/Rockdogs-Training-11-06-12

Combined Community Cup Training
Elsternwick Park, Monday 18th June 2012
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2012/Combined-Training-18-06-12

2012 Reclink Commmunity Cup
with Blue Ruin, Boomgates, Bunny Monroe, Drunk Mums
Elsternwick Park, Sunday 24th June 2012
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2012/Community-Cup-2012

Combined Community Cup Training
Elsternwick Park, Monday 17th June 2013
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2013/Combined-Training-17-06-13

Reclink Community Cup 2013
with Justine Clarke and the Rebelles, Super Wild Horses, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Beasts of Bourbon
Elsternwick Park, Sunday 23rd June 2013
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2013/Community-Cup-2013

Reclink Community Cup 2014
with Elmo and friends, Fraser A Gorman, Smith St Band, Saskwatch, Painters and Dockers
Elsternwick Park, Sunday 22nd June 2014
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2014/Community-Cup-2014

Reclink Community Cup 2015
with Ally Spazzy Kiddyrock and the Cool Bananas, Pearls, Adalita, Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, Graveyard Train
Elsternwick Park, Sunday 21st June 2015
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2015/Community-Cup-2015

Reclink Community Cup 2016
with MCs Ms Emma Peel and Johnny Von Goes, Rhys Muldoon kids’ group with KRAM, Ash Naylor, Tim Rogers, The Sugarcanes, Loose Tooth, Ross Wilson, Total Giovani, Regurigtator
Elsternwick Park, Sunday 26th June 2015
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2016/Community-Cup-2016

Reclink Community Cup 2017
with MCs Ms Emma Peel and Johnny Von Goes, Murray Wiggle and Wally Meanie’s Bubblegum Machine, BoxWars, Jen Cloher
Victoria Park, Sunday 25th June 2017
https://www.facebook.com/pg/timchumaphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2656554734371200

Reclink Community Cup 2018
with MCs Ms Emma Peel and Johnny Von Goes, Rudely Interrupted, The Cartridge Family
Victoria Park, Sunday 24th June 2018
https://www.facebook.com/pg/timchumaphotography/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2254507907909220

Sarah

10 years of the Union Hotel Brunswick

I know as a pub it has been around a lot longer, but I have been going to it to see gigs for 10 years now.

2008 / 2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013 / 2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017 / 2019 / 2019

2008

Union Hotel Brunswick Launch
with Bluestone Junction, Sarah Carroll & Suzannah Espie, The Leisuremasters, The Futuras
Sunday 9th November 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/UHBLaunch091108/index.html

2009

Sarah Carroll and Andy Baylor
Saturday 20th June 2009
http://photos.timchuma.com/Sarah200609/index.html

Sarah Carroll & Marcel Borrack
Saturday 22nd August 2009
http://photos.timchuma.com/Sarah220809/index.html

Suzannah Espie and the Last Word
Sunday 15th November 2009
http://photos.timchuma.com/Sunday151109/photo1.html

2010

Suzannah Espie & Chris Altman
Saturday 13th February 2010
http://photos.timchuma.com/SuzannahChris130210/index.html

Sarah Carroll & Dan Warner
Thursday 11th March 2010
http://photos.timchuma.com/Sarah110310/index.html

Prayerbabies
Monday 14th June 2010
http://photos.timchuma.com/Prayerbabies140610/index.html

Jordie Lane and Matt Green
with special guest Leanna
Sunday 29th August 2010
http://photos.timchuma.com/JordieLane290810/index.html

Sarah Caroll
with the Nice Guys (Marcel Borrack, Tim Fullerton, Chris Tabone)
Sunday 12th September 2010
http://photos.timchuma.com/Sarah120910/index.html

Suzannah Espie & The Sensitive Strings
with Liz Stringer, Chris Altmann
Thursday 2nd December 2010
http://photos.timchuma.com/SensitiveStrings021210/index.html

The Cartridge Family
Saturday 11th December 2010
http://photos.timchuma.com/CartridgeFamily111210/index.html

2011

Suzannah Espie and the Last Word
with special guest Chris Altmann
Sunday 23rd January 2011
http://photos.timchuma.com/Suzannah230111/index.html

Gleny Rae and her Brunswick Playboys
Saturday 19th February 2011
http://photos.timchuma.com/GlenyRae190211/index.html

Sarah Carroll CD Launch
with the Psychadelic Wildmen, Marisa Quigley
Sunday 5th June 2011
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2011/Sarah-CD-Launch-05-06-11

Zoe K and the Shadow Katz
Sunday 7th August 2011
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2011/Zoe-Gleny-07-08-11

The Junes
Sunday 14th August 2011
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2011/Junes-14-08-11

Coral Lee & the Silver Scream
Sunday 9th October 2011
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2011/Coral-Lee-Silver-Scream-09-10-11

Cartridge Family
with Danny Butler
Saturday 5th November 2011
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2011/Cartridge-Family-05-11-11

2012

The Band Who Knew Too Much
with Chris Wilson
Thursday 26th January 2012
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2012/BWKTM-UHB-26-01-12

2013

The Cartridge Family
Saturday 6th April 2013
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2013/Cartridge-Family-UHB-06-04-13

The Cartridge Family
Sunday 13th October 2013
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2013/Cartridge-Family-UHB-13-10-13

2014

Mick Daley’s Corporate Raiders
Sunday 9th Februrary 2014
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2014/Suzannah-Retreat-09-02-14

The Cartridge Family
Sunday 15th June 2014
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2014/Cartridge-Family-UHB-15-06-14

The Sideshow Brides Duo
Sunday 6th July 2014
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/BWKTM-Spotted-Mallard-06-07-14

The Junes
Sunday 31st August 2014
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2014/Junes-UHB-31-08-14

Suzannah Espie and the Last Word
Sunday 7th September 2014
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2014/Sunday-07-09-14

Suzannah Espie and the Last Word
Sunday 21st September 2014
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2014/Sunday-21-09-14

2015

The Cartridge Family
Saturday 9th May 2015
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2015/Saturday-09-05-10

The Sideshow Brides
Sunday 10th May 2015
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2015/Sideshow-Brides-UHB-10-05-15

Dan Warner & Marcel Borrack
Sunday 24th May 2015
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2015/Dan-Marcel-UHB-24-05-15

Dan Warner and band
Sunday 27th June 2015
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2015/Dan-Warner-UHB-27-06-15

Leah Flanagan
Saturday 29th August 2015
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2015/Leah-Flanagan-UHB-29-08-15

New Year’s Eve 2015 with Suzannah Espie and the Last Word
with Native Plants and guests
Thursday 31st December 2015
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2015/NYE-2015-Suzannah

2016

The Cartridge Family
Saturday 21st May 2016
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2016/Cartridge-Family-UHB-21-05-16

Dan Warner and the Night Parrots Band
Saturday 28th May 2016
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2016/Dan-Warner-UHB-28-05-16

Suzannah Espie and the Last Word
Saturday 23rd July 2016
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2016/Suzannah-UHB-23-07-16

Layla Jean/Davidson Brothers
Sunday 9th October 2016
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2016/UHB-09-10-16

The Lairs
Sunday 30th October 2016
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2016/Lairs-UHB-30-10-16

Dan Warner & Marcel Borrack
Sunday 6th November
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2016/Carcane-Album-Launch-06-11-16

Sarah Carroll and Sally Taylor
Sunday 13th November 2016
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2016/BKTM-Spotted-Mallard-13-11-16

2017

Ian Bland and the Lamington Drive Orchestra
Sunday 30th April 2017
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2017/Ian-Bland-UHB-30-04-17

2018

Dan Warner and the Night Parrots Band
Saturday 1st December 2018
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2018/Dan-Warner-UHB-1-12-18

2019

An Arvo of Rockin’ Chicks at the Union
with Katie Bates, Alison Ferrier, Lucie Thorne, Tracy McNeil, Suzannah Espie
Sunday 10th March 2019
http://photos.timchuma.com/zenphoto/2019/Rockin-Women-UHB-10-03-19/

Where and when – Asian cinema history

As well as I can remember, all the Asian movies I have seen in the cinema and where I saw them. I used to save all my pocket diaries so I had the exact time and date in most cases. I did go to Chinatown Cinema a lot back in the early 2000s. These days I prefer going to Hoyts as it is nicer for the same movies.

2000

Sausalito – Chinatown Cinema

A Fighter’s Blues – Chinatown Cinema

Bullets Over Summer – Chinatown Cinema

Chinese Midnight Express 2 – Chinatown Cinema

Comeuppance – Chinatown Cinema

Conspiracy – Chinatown Cinema

For Bad Boys Only – Chinatown Cinema

Help!!! – Chinatown Cinema

Jiang Hu: The Triad Zone – Chinatown Cinema

Legend of the Flying Swordsman – Chinatown Cinema

Those Were the Days – Chinatown Cinema

Battle Royale – Lumiere

Ring – Lumiere

 

June 8th 2000

Unknown movie – Chinatown Cinema

 

June 15th 2000

Flying Swordsman – Chinatown Cinema

 

October 5th 2000

Emperor & the Assassin – Cinema Nova

 

October 26th 2000

Fong Sai Yuk – Chinatown Cinema

 

November 27th 2000

Unknown movie – Chinatown Cinema

 

2001

 

Bakery Amour – Chinatown Cinema

Comic King – Chinatown Cinema

Healing Hearts – Chinatown Cinema

HIT TEAM – Chinatown Cinema

Master Q – Chinatown Cinema

My Name is Nobody – Chinatown Cinema

There’s a Secret in my Soup – Chinatown Cinema

 

January 5th 2001

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Cinema Nova

 

February 1st 2001

Unknown movie – Chinatown Cinema

 

February 14th 2001

Wu Yen – Chinatown Cinema

 

March 20th 2001

In the Mood for Love with Q&A featuring Tony Leung – Kino Cinema

 

April 9th 2001

HIT TEAM – Chinatown Cinema

 

April 22nd 2001

Butterfly and Sword/Full Contact – Treasury Theatre

 

April 26th 2001

Jet Li Double Bill – Chinatown Cinema

 

May 26th 2001

Project S/The Assassin – Treasury Theatre

 

June 7th 2001

Wing Chun/Swordsman 2 – Chinatown Cinema

 

July 20th 2001

Joint Security Area – Forum Theatre (MIFF 2001)

 

August 1st 2001

Time and Tide – Village Bourke St (MIFF 2001)

 

August 2nd 2001

Iron Monkey/Bride with White Hair – Chinatown Cinema

 

September 20th 2001

City on Fire/Bullet in the Head – Chinatown Cinema

 

September 23rd 2001

The Storm Riders/The Blade – Treasury Theatre

 

September 26th 2001

The Man from Hong Kong – Treasury Theatre

 

October 6th 2001

Princess Mononoke – Readings Cinema, Sydney

 

October 19th 2001

The Phantom Lover/The True Story of Dr Sun Yat Sen – Harbour City Cinema, Sydney

 

October 28th 2001

Wonder 7/Wicked City – Treasury Theatre (not actually sure I went to this)

 

November 1st 2001

Once Upon a Time in China 1 & 2 – Chinatown Cinema

 

November 8th 2001

Joint Security Area – Treasury Theatre

 

December 6th 2001

New Legend of Shaolin/Operation Scorpio – Chinatown Cinema

 

2002

Once Upon a Time in China III/Young and Dangerous – Chinatown Cinema

Beauty and the Breast – Chinatown Cinema

Mighty Baby – Chinatown Cinema

So Close – Chinatown Cinema

 

MIFF Schedule:

25th July 2002

You Shoot, I Shoot – Capitol

 

26th July 2002

Nabi: The Butterfly – Capitol

Looking for Bruce Lee – Capitol

Musa: The Warrior – Village Bourke St

 

27th July 2002

Dead or Alive – Village Bourke St

 

31st July 2002

Teenage Hooker Became Killing Machine in Daekaroh – Greater Union

 

1st August 2002

Unknown double bill – Chinatown Cinema

 

2nd August 2002

Volcano High – Village Bourke St

The Princess Blade – Village Bourke St

 

3rd August 2002

Dead or Alive 2: Birds

 

6th August 2002

Volcano High – Village Bourke St

 

7th August 2002

Happiness of the Katakuris – Forum Theatre

 

9th August 2002

A Tree of Palme – Capitol

 

11th August 2002

Take Care of My Cat – Forum Theatre

 

 

2003

MIFF Schedule:

26th July 2003

Come Drink With Me with introduction by Cheng Pei-Pei – Village Bourke St

29th July 2003

Yesterday – Fourm Theatre

1st August 2003

Parasite Dolls – Capitol Theatre

3rd August

Infernal Affairs – Village Bourke St

7th August 2003

A Better Tomorrow/A Better Tomorrow II – Chinatown Cinema

8th August 2003

My Life As McDull – Forum Theatre

9th August 2003

Save the Green Planet! – Village Bourke St

2004

Fantasia – Chinatown Cinema

18th July 2004

Comrades, Almost a Love Story – ACMI

MIFF Schedule:

22nd July 2004

Five Venoms – Village Bourke St

 

23rd July 2004

The Heroic Ones – Village Bourke St

 

3rd August 2004

The Adventures of Iron Pussy – ACMI

 

4th August 2004

Oldboy – Village Bourke St

 

6th August 2004

Dragon Head – Village Bourke St

 

7th August 2004

Breaking News – Forum Theatre

Running on Karma – Capitol Theatre

 

8th August 2004

Park Chan-Wook Q&A – Festival Club, Forum Theatre

Ong Bak – Village Bourke St

 

4th November 2004

Bichunmoo – Chinatown Cinema

2005

Kung Fu Hustle – Chinatown Cinema

Kung Fu Mah-jong – Chinatown Cinema

MIFF Schedule:

Saturday 23rd July 2005

Casshern – Capitol Theatre

Tuesday 26th July 2005

McDull, Prince de la Bun – Forum Theatre

Saturday 30th July 2005

Crying Fist – Capitol Theatre

Godzilla: Final Wars – Village Bourke St

Sunday 31st July 2005

Stephen Chow Q&A – Festival Club at the Forum Theatre

Tuesday 2nd August 2005

Public Toilet – Forum Theatre

Friday 5th August 2005

Izo – Village Bourke St

Sunday 7th August

Election & festival after party where I met Johnnie To – Village Bourke St

2006

MIFF Schedule:

Thursday 27th July 2006

Great Hapiness Space – Tale of an Osaka Love Thief – ACMI

Election 2 – Regent Theatre

 

Monday 31st July 2006

Funky Forest: First Contact – ACMI

 

Tuesday 1st August 2006

The Short Films of Royston Tan – ACMI

 

Thursday 3rd August 2006

The Nine Lives of Korean Cinema (Forum) – ACMI

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance – Regent Theatre

 

Saturday 5th August 2006

Great Yokai War – ACMI

 

Tuesday 8th August 2006

The Host – Regent Theatre

 

Wednesday 9th August 2006

Seven Swords – Regent Theatre

2007

20th March 2007

The King and the Clown – Chinatown Cinema

4th August 2007

Aachi & Ssipak (MIFF 2007)

Flashpoint – Chinatown Cinema

2008

CJ7 – Chinatown Cinema

2009

19th March 2009

Kung Fu Chefs – Hoyts Melbourne Central

MIFF Schedule:

15th July 2009

Chainsaw Maid – Greater Union

 

8th August 2009

The Sky Crawlers – Greater Union

The Chaser – Greater Union

Thirst – Greater Union

 

9th August 2009

Ong Bak 2

 

20th August 2009

Kung Fu Cyborg – Greater Union

 

1st September 2009

Ponyo – Cinema Nova

 

15th October 2009

The Good, The Bad and the Weird – ACMI

 

19th December 2009

Storm Warriors – Village Crown

 

2010

1st June 2010

Mother – The Astor Theatre

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

MIFF Schedule:

24th July 2010

Machete Maidens Unleashed! – ACMI

 

6th August 2010

Symbol – Forum Theatre

 

6th October 2010

Legend of the Fist – Return of Chen Zhen – Hoyts Melbourne Central

 

21st October 2010

Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame – Hoyts Melbourne Central

2011

25th May 2011

Zu Warriors from Magic Mountain/The Blade – ACMI

 

1st June 2011

Shanghai Blues/The Master (1992) – ACMI

MIFF Schedule:

25th July 2011

13 Assassins

26th July 2011

End of Animal

2nd August 2011

The Unjust

The Yellow Sea

13th November 2011

Filipino horror movie double – Cinema Nova

28th December 2011

Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D – Hoyts Chadstone

2012

March 27th 2012

The Raid – Hoyts Melbourne Central

September 10th 2012

The Frontline – ACMI

September 11th 2012

War of the Arrows – ACMI

2013

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons – Hoyts Melbourne Central

MIFF Schedule:

Sunday 28th July 2013

The Act of Killing – Greater Union

 

Wednesday 8th August 2013

Aim High in Creation! – Forum Theatre

 

Thursday 9th August 2013

Talking Pictures – Juche Showtime: Capturing the DPRK on Film – ACMI

Comrade Kim Goes Flying – ACMI

Friday 9th August 2013

Hong Kil Dong – ACMI

 

Saturday 10th August 2013

Talking Pictures – Caught in the Act: Indonesia and The Act of Killing – Wheeler Centre

Action, HK Style at QAGOMA, Brisbane

Friday 18th October 2013

Drunken Master

Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow

Saturday 19th October 2013

Aces Go Places

Pedicab Driver

God of Gamblers

Kung Fu Hustle

 

Sunday 20th October 2013

Dirty Ho

My Young Auntie

2014

The Raid 2 – Cinema Nova

MIFF 2014:

Why Don’t You Play in Hell?

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

Rouge

The Imp

Irma Vep

Mr Vampire

The Search for Weng Weng

2015

MIFF 2015:

The Look of Silence

Battles Without Honour and Humanity

In conversation with Joshua Oppenheimer – The Wheeler Centre

2016

Shin Godzilla – Cinema Nova

Sky on Fire – Hoyts Melbourne Central

The Age of Shadows – Cinema Nova

MIFF 2016:

Seoul Station / Train to Busan (double bill)

2017

Cook Up a Storm – Hoyts Melbourne Central

2018

Big Brother – Hoyts Melbourne Central

L Storm – Hoyts Melbourne Central

Project Guttenberg – Hoyts Chadstone

Rampant – Hoyts Melbourne Central

Shadow – Hoyts Melbourne Central

 

MIFF 2018:

Outrage Coda

The Spy Gone North

 

MICF 2019: Fringe Wives Club – Glittergrass

Featuring Tessa Waters, Victoria Falconer, Laura Frew, Sharnema Nougar, Lucy Evans
Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019
The Malthouse, Friday 19th April 2019

I have had an experience with feminist cabaret before and come off second best, but I wanted to give this show a chance as I have enjoyed seeing Tessa Waters perform in the past and heard a lot about the Fringe Wives Club but have never had the chance to see them.

I did try and get permission to take photos of the show, but they did not know me plus I don’t think the venue allows it. Was good to just see them and Andrew McLelland straight before them also.

As the saying goes “you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar” I was actually more interested in this show from the musical style as I already follow a lot of bluegrass style music and bands in general. Having good songs and comedy does help deliver the message.

Every member of the group plays multiple instruments and they all have radio microphones, which led to some fun situations like climbing onto the audience and sitting on someone’s lap.

Due to scheduling conflicts one of the cast members finished another show 15 minutes before this one starts and turns up a bit after show starts in the audience to start her part of the show.

I did enjoy the music and think they should also play at music festivals alongside fringe and comedy festival appearances. Barry Morgan had one of his first appearances down at the Queenscliff Music Festival when he was first working out his act and the Vue Grand would be perfect for them.

The “privilege bucket” was passed around stage to every member of the band. Kind of a moot point when just living in Australia makes everyone better off than 95% of the world’s population as it is.

There were some strong original songs and covers in the show and a great medley at the start. Lots of dancing and Rowena does some great high kicks and the splits at one point.

I enjoyed the songs enough to ask in the foyer if they had an album for sale. They said they will hopefully record some of them later and that they have an album for sale on their Bandcamp – https://fringewivesclub.bandcamp.com/

This show has nearly finished its’ run but will hopefully be going over to Edinburgh and other shows after that. I will try and keep up with the group and the performers to see what they get up to in the future.

MICF 2019: Isabella Valette – How Far I’ll Go

Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019

Tuesday 16th April 2019, Tasma Place

I have known Isabella for 10 years now and when I first met her she was getting fake blood poured over her head for a photo shoot to promote a Lee Gambin horror movie musical where she played Carrie. She seemed remarkably cheerful about it considering how cold the blood was and having to walk home barefoot with bits of glass on the ground. From what I remember of that show it had a whole of musical theatre performers in it I had not heard of before.

Isabella has a funny face that makes it hard to take her seriously even when she is doing something dramatic like on her promo reels. It always looks like she wants to smile. No, there is no critical distance in this review but I never said there would be. I am kicking myself I did not do those promo shoots like she asked now but I was busy at the time.

Over the years I have tried to see her shows but I always have gigs on and comedy festival time always falls when I am out of contract so I miss everything.

I had seen photos of Isabella in her clown makeup but didn’t think much of it as I know a lot of people in the entertainment industry who have all sorts of jobs. The show’s ethos can be summed up by the famous letter from Teller to an aspiring musician about working in the entertainment industry (https://www.themodernrogue.com/articles/2018/3/21/the-letter-from-teller-that-changed-my-life) that in order to make it you have to take any job and don’t give up.

The show starts with Isabella appearing on stage just having performed at a kids’ party as a mermaid and then off to another one as Penny the Clown *smacks butt*. We follow her preparing for the party and go into the backstory of how she became a clown. Everything is going fine until she accepts one last job for the day and we know what that means…

A fun and family friendly show for people who like a good story to go along with their jokes. I have been looking for something more than the usual stand up and am a big fan of shows like Snap Judgement and did used to take photos at a poetry competition over several years.

Isabella is also doing other stand up during the festival and features in the group Impromptunes who have their own run at the festival. The last time I saw her it was for an improvised puppet musical. She has lots of energy and enthusiasm in her show and does several songs and dancing.

I did like the screen with the props and costumes behind it where she gets changed and then eventually drops all pretence and gets changed on the stage in front of the audience by the end as you know her well enough by then.

The show still has a few more nights left and I was glad to have seen Isabella perform this time and wish her well into the future.

MICF 2019: Friendlyjordies presents John Howard Really Sucked

Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019

Lithuanian Club, Friday 12th April 2019 (Late show)

Jordan Shanks stated in his show he does not really care about reviews and seeing as the show’s run sold out (this was a bonus show), but I just wanted to say a few words about it. The last thing I saw in the venue was the After Hours Cabaret Club which feature Memphis Mae pouring McDonalds nuggets all over herself.

As he said himself he is preaching to the choir in his show as he knows which end of the political spectrum he is delivering his message to. It was a very young audience and it is a fallacy that young people these days do not care about anything. They care about too much and having grown up with social media as a part of their lives they are right across important social and political issues as are discussed in the show.

One of the jokes in the show was that it is not just a stand up show. It is a long form version of one of Friendlyjordies’ YouTube videos where he gets to expand on one of the topics that he would usually do in a video.

The main premise of the show is exposing what at poor economic manager John Howard was of the economy with many twists and turns that go into explaining this. There was a detour back to the 1940s which I would have liked to see as a show of its’ own but I’m just weird.

The $1.3 Trillion figure that the Howard government cost Australia can’t have just come out of his arse, he must have gotten it somewhere. I can’t say I have heard it mentioned anywhere else, but then again I don’t really read the Financial Review or pay that much attention to financial advice.

Having the show on the day after the 2019 Federal Election was called added an extra something. Friendlyjordies knows his audience and also says he is not aligned with one side or the other.

What he does do is encourage the audience to get their apathetic friends to register to vote as the electoral roles close the day before Good Friday (18th April) and you have no business in complaining if you couldn’t be bothered to vote.

There were a lot of laughs in the show mixed in with the factoids. Some people laughed at oddly specific things, like the two women sitting next to me who laughed at the brand of make up in one slide.

The show was filmed by Luke their photographer/videographer and Sandi says they always use him. Not sure if they are going to release a DVD or it will just be used for promotion like the last time they were in Melbourne for a show.

He did take the opportunity to do some edge lord bullshit like the school shootings joke which amused him greatly as the audience took about a minute to decide if it was funny or not. Using dead soldiers at Kokoda as a punchline was pretty low also. I am sure he will not get any blowback for using ANZAC as a joke as he is not Muslim, a person or colour or female.

Cheap shots abound in this show, but they come and go so quickly they kind of blur into each other. A bit rich piling onto Yumi Stynes when everyone else in the mainstream media he claims to hate has done so too.

When I was looking to get into university the most popular course was Journalism at RMIT, to the point they made 4000 people a year sit the Journalism Entrance Test. I made it through to the interview stage that was for about 20 first year places. These days why would you even bother as there are many other ways to get your opinion out to the masses even if nobody reads it.

I do know some people in the media but mainly the good ones such as community radio or people I have known for a long time. I do sympathise with people from the Age who had to go work at the Australian. There are good people working at ABC 774 Melbourne as they used to be on RRR FM in Melbourne.

I would like to see Friendlyjordies do a guest spot on Biggsy’s show on RRR FM as they could have an informed chat on several topics of note.

He has done a video on Melbourne vs. Sydney since doing his show down here. I would like to see more of it outside of the usual tropes.

If you have missed the show’s Melbourne run then you are too late since it has already sold out. Other state hopefully in the future.

In all a good economics lecture and political history lesson with the “cool teacher” from your high school who let you swear in class and call him by his first name.

Dr Sketchy’s Melbourne 2006 – 2018

2006
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with Lola Cherry Cola
20th December 2006
http://photos.timchuma.com/DrSketchy201206/

2007
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with Carla from the Town Bikes
31st May 2007
http://photos.timchuma.com/DrSketchy310507/

Lolly Belle Voodoo Trash Dolls
Wednesday 29th August 2007
http://photos.timchuma.com/DrSketchy290807/

Sarah Lea Cheesecake
Christmas windows edition, 6th December 2007
http://photos.timchuma.com/DrSketchy061207/

with the Diamond Dolls
19th December 2007
http://photos.timchuma.com/DrSketchy191207/

2008
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with Kelly Ann Doll
Wednesday 25th June 2008
http://photos.timchuma.com/DrSketchy250608/

2009
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with Lil’ Thelma Thunderbird
29th April 2009
http://photos.timchuma.com/DrSketchy290409/

with Leia and Sarah Lea Cheesecake
20th September 2009
http://photos.timchuma.com/DrSketchy200909/index.html

2010
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with Bombshell Becky Lou
30th May 2010
http://photos.timchuma.com/DrSketchy300510/index.html

Dr Sketchy’s Melbourne 4th Birthday
MC Molly Jean Morrison, Rosy Rabbit, Cath Jamison, Miss Honey Pot, The Town Bikes, The Huw Joseph Experience
Order of Melbourne, Saturday July 17th 2010
http://photos.timchuma.com/DrSketchy4thBirthday/index.html

with Lux St Sin
Sunday 29th August 2010
http://photos.timchuma.com/DrSketchy290810/index.html

with Dolores Daiquiri
Sunday 19th December 2010
http://photos.timchuma.com/DrSketchy191210/index.html

2011
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Rites of Passage Festvial 2011
Tattoo Convention & Arts Festival
Royal Exhibtion Building, Saturday January 29th 2011
with Jess McAvoy, Capoeira Muzenza, Optamus, Miss Honey Pot, Betty Blood, Spencer P Jones, Jordie Lane, Dr Sketchys, Bertie Page Clinic
http://photos.timchuma.com/RitesofPassage2011/index.html

with Betty Blood
Order of Melbourne, Sunday 27th March 2011
http://photos.timchuma.com/DrSketchy270311/index.html

with Poppy Cherry
Order of Melbourne, Sunday 29th May 2011
http://photos.timchuma.com/DrSketchys290511/

Dr Sketchys tribute to Barbarella starring Rosy Rabbit
Toff in Town, Sunday 28th August 2011
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2011/Dr-Sketchys-28-08-11

Chase the Dragon with Lux St Sin
Toff in Town, Sunday 25th September 2011
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2011/Dr-Sketchys-25-09-11

Sexy Death by Cleave & Daly
Toff in Town, Sunday 30th October 2011
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2011/Dr-Sketchys-30-10-11


2012

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with Captain Kidd and Lilikoi Kaos
The Famous Spiegeltent, Monday 13th February 2012
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2012/Dr-Sketchy-Spiegeltent-13-02-12

with Frankie Valentine
Toff in Town, Sunday 29th April 2012
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2012/Dr-Sketchy-29-04-12

with Sveta Dobranoch/Simoncee Page Jones
Toff in Town, Sunday 27th May 2012
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2012/Dr-Sketchys-27-05-12

with Bijou Lala
Toff in Town, Sunday 4th November 2012
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2012/Dr-Sketchys-04-11-12

2013
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with the Caesar Twins
The Famous Speigeltent, Thursday 14th February 2013
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2013/Dr-Sketchys-Speigeltent-14-02-13

with CASUS
The Famous Speigeltent, Saturday 9th March 2013
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2013/Dr-Sketchys-Speigeltent-09-03-13

with Gypsy Wood and Ali McGregor
The Famous Speigeltent, Saturday 13th April 2013
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2013/Dr-Sketchy-Spiegeltent-13-04-13

Anything Goes with Evie Red’s (BIG) Ruby Lips
Toff in Town, Sunday 28th April 2013
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2013/Dr-Sketchys-28-04-13

Fire & Ice with Lux St Sin
Toff in Town, Sunday 26th May 2013
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2013/Dr-Sketchys-26-05-13

Tribal Dirt with Miss Jane
Toff in Town, Sunday 30th June 2013
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2013/Dr-Sketchys-30-06-13

Dr Sketchys! In! Spaaaaaace!
with Lola Ramone
Toff in Town, Sunday 25th August 2013
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2013/Dr-Sketchys-25-08-13

The Wives of Henry VIII with reigning Princess of Burlesque, Strawberry Siren
The Toff in Town, Sunday 27th October 2013
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2013/Dr-Sketchys-27-10-13

2014
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with Stella Angelico
Toff in Town, Sunday 12th January 2014
(photos deleted from site by request)

Virgins and Mermaids with Nelli Scarlet
Toff in Town, Sunday 23rd February 2014
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2014/Dr-Sketchys-23-02-12

Dr Sketchy’s Roman Vision
at Viva L’Italia Family Day as part of the Rome: Piranesi’s Vision exhibiton
State Library of Victoria, Sunday 13th April 2014
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2014/Dr-Sketchys-SLV-13-04-14

The Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School Marching Band – with Bijou Lala
Toff in Town, Sunday 25th May 2014
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2014/Dr-Sketchys-25-05-14

Dr Sketchys Melbourne 8th Birthday
with Tanzer
Toff in Town, Sunday 29th June 2014
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2014/Dr-Sketchys-8th-Birthday

Dr Sketchys and the Sideshow Scallywag
with Little Laa Laa
Toff in Town, Sunday 27th July 2014
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2014/Dr-Sketchys-27-07-14

Dr Sketchy’s Disco! Sunday Afternoon Fever with Anna Lumb!
Toff in Town, Sunday 28th September 2014
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2014/Dr-Sketchys-28-09-14

Ghoulish Grindhouse & Scary Sketching with Betty Blood
Toff in Town, Sunday 26th October 2014
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2014/Dr-Sketchys-26-10-14

2015
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Dr Sketchy’s 2015 season launch with Honey B Goode
Toff in Town, Sunday 22nd February 2015
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2015/Dr-Sketchy-22-02-15

Dr Sketchy’s and Holly Durant the dancing siren
Toff in Town, Sunday 29th March 2015
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2015/Dr-Sketchys-29-03-15

Dr Sketchys with Miss Jane Doe
Toff in Town, Sunday 26th April 2015
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2015/Dr-Sketchys-26-04-15

Dr Sketchy’s and the Greek Myth
with Vesper White
Toff in Town, Sunday 31st May 2015
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2015/Dr-Sketchys-31-05-15

Dr Sketchy’s Melbourne 9th Birthday and RIP
with Tanzer, Agent Cleave, Lilikoi Kaos, Mel, Logan
Toff in Town, Sunday 28th June 2015
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2015/Dr-Sketchys-28-06-15

2016
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Dr Sketchys – The Rebirth
Featuring designs by Sex Cake Monster, modelled by Gem and Fox
BeinArt Gallery, Sunday 12th June 2016
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2016/Dr-Sketchys-Rebirth-12-06-16

Strutt’s sketching studio event
Heroes and villains: Strutt’s Australia
State Library Victoria, Friday 23rd September 2016
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2016/Dr-Sketchys-SLV-23-09-16

BAM BAM premieres at Dr Sketchy’s
BeinArt Gallery, Sunday 23rd October 2016
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2016/Dr-Sketchys-23-10-16

2018
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with Agent Cleave & Dandrogyny
24 Moons Bar, 12th July 2018
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.10156538404052863&type=3

with Catherine Deveny, Brendan Maclean, Ashleigh Young, Sabrina D’Angelo
Melbourne Writers Festival 2018
Mission to Seafarers, 26th August 2018
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.10156646877147863&type=3

A Bohemian Birthday Bash
Description: with Dr Sketchy’s Melbourne, Sugar Fed Leopards
The Moat, Wednesday 14th November 2018
http://photos.timchuma.com/gallery3/index.php/2018/Bohemian-Birthday-Bash