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Photographer from Melbourne, Australia.

Jolly Old Christmas Time

Band: Weddings Parties Anything

Album: They Were Better Live

Spoken by: Pumpy

Hi, I’m Ray Martin
Christmas as always, is a special time of year
A time for sharing special moments with your family and friends
On this special night, join me please ladies and gentlemen in a song of Christmas joy

I want all the gentlemen to sing “It’s Christmas time already!”
I’d like all the ladies in the house to sing “It’s jolly old Christmas time!”
And hopefully they’ll be enough people to prompt you

Oh, I can’t get a cab with money or threats!
It’s Christmas time already!
This is as bad as it fucking gets!
It’s jolly old Christmas time!
The pubs are shut and the shops are too!
It’s Christmas time already!
It’s pissing down rain and it’s 32!
It’s jolly old Christmas time!
A howling host of host of girls and boys!
It’s Christmas time already!
Survey the wreckage of the toys!
It’s jolly old Christmas time!
And I’m eating nuts and nectarines
It’s Christmas time already!
With poseable action figurines!
It’s jolly old Christmas time!
I’m shitfaced on sherry, and passionfruit flavoured wine!
Let us all be merry, it’s very nearly old Christmas time!
I stagger from the kitchen to the comfy chair!
It’s Christmas time already!
Watching a show about a magical bear!
It’s jolly old Christmas time!
I’m personally sick of this Christmas farce!
It’s Christmas time already!
Happiest time of the year my arse!
It’s jolly old Christmas time!
What time is it?
It’s jolly old Christmas time!
Once more for Clanger!
It’s jolly old Christmas time!
Chonk on! Goodnight!

Mick Thomas – Mr Peter Lawler!
(From the audience) – Fuck off you miserable cunt!


Taking the waters

Taking the Waters

By Lemony S Puppet Theatre

Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre, Thursday 28th November 2019

You want an objective review of this show, go someplace else. Critical distance = NONE! I cried as soon as the show started. There is a specific notice in the show’s publicity that it deals with death and themes around the end life.

I was surprised when Suzannah announced she was going to be part of this show as she had kept it pretty close to her chest and I try to keep on top of things my creative friends are doing so I can work out my schedule. I remember Suzannah commenting on my own post about people not scheduling things far enough in advance these days.

While I am familiar with the Muppets and other puppet theatre, I have not seen that much about more adult-oriented puppets and I don’t mean Peter Jackson’s infamous “Meet the Feebles”. There are two types of puppets in the show. The life sized puppet and the shadow puppets used to depict some scenes.

From the interview on RRR I did not know Suzannah was going to be doing more music and that she was going to be acting in it also. It is a treat as she is not doing that many gigs apart from the Cartridge Family as it makes her too nervous.

Special mention must go to the AUSLAN interpreted session I went to as I really wanted to see Suzannah sing, but also wanted to see what the interpreters were doing as when am I going to see that again?

I do not want to spoil what goes on in the play but it does concern the palliative care of big sister Duck with her sister Chook (Fiona Macleod) and musician Maggie (Suzannah Espie) who has come to help as she was begged to. The visiting nurse (Tamara Rewse) pops in from time to time and always refuses a cup of tea as she has “had six already”.

Despite the emotions on display there are also some funny scenes like Maggie dumping the cutlery out of the bench repeatedly and pretending to fold washing every time Chook comes home. Also the scene where they end up dumping the lasagne in the bin as they “fucking hate lasagne”. Just turn the light off and pretend you are not home, I swear this only happened one time.

Even though it is only the one room for the set I thought it does look realistic as the kitchen/dining room is where most of interactions happen in a house. Was like at my parent’s house, only strangers come to the front door, everyone who knew us went to the side.

The use of Suzannah’s songs in this is excellent as I have always thought they could be used to support a narrative. Special mention must go to the songs written especially for the show as this will be most likely the only time those will be performed.

The show has almost finished its’ run, but a little birdy tells me it will be having a longer season next year at a larger venue.

After the show I got to talk to Suzannah and also Tamara who said they did research in hospitals and around palliative care. I did also talk to Tamara about my mum being a nurse and that her performance seemed pretty true to life.

I did ask a lot of people if they were coming to this show and shared around the link for ticketing. It is a busy time of year though and hopefully it will get more people in the extended run next year.


Production details:

Writer/director & co-creator– Sarah Kriegler

Co-creator – Jacob Williams

Dramaturg & co-creator – Ben Grant

Set, costume & Duck puppet designer– Yvette Turnbull

Shadow puppetry designer & construction – Kyoko Imazu

Sound designer – Marco Cher-Gibard

Lighting designer – Rachel Burke

Composition/performer & co-creator– Suzannah Espie

Performer – Fiona Macleod

Performer/puppeteer/puppet maker – Tamara Rewse

Producer – Erin Milne (Bureau of Works)

Promotion photography – Sarah Walker



Melbourne Fringe Festival 2019: Monster / Woman

Performed by: Sabrina D’Angelo and David McLaughlin

Melbourne Fringe Festival 2019

Quilt Room, Trades Hall, Tuesday 24th September 2019


This show was on last year at the Melbourne Writers Festival, I did not get to see it but my friend did and recommended it to me. I also saw Sabrina who was one of the models at the Dr Sketchys session at the same festival. I have wanted to see one Sabrina D’Angelo’s shows for years but have never been able to make it.

The show explores the lore behind the fable of Medusa from ancient times through to today with a lot of things in the show that I have not heard of. It shows the amount of research that went into the production as while the original Greek story is the most known, I did not know about Freud’s interpretation of the story.

Leading up to the show were some great promotional videos that hopefully will be included in the special features if the production ever ends up on DVD.

Sabrina is a great physical comedian, but this show was the chance to show off her more dramatic skills which she does as a great deal of the performance is just her head on a table. You wouldn’t think such a heavy concept based show would get so many laughs but it did.

David McLaughlin was excellent as the straight man and comic foil at times. He played seemingly a dozen different roles throughout the show well.

While the show does have strong feminist themes I would not say you have to be a feminist to enjoy it. There is a lot of things you could learn from it if you have an open mind.

An excellent show and right at home at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, this is the kind of production you want to have on the program.


Wagons: 2004 to 2019


UpRRRooted at the Palace, St Kilda
Benefit for RRR FM’s “Move Your R’s” campaign
14th June 2004



Marquis of Lorne
Sunday, 1st May 2005

Queenscliff Music Festival 2005
25th – 27th November 2005

Wagons – Henry later said at this appearance they were the “piss boys” in between bands on the main stage, he made a small child cry during one show

Melbourne BBQ Day 2005
Ceres Environmental Park
Sunday, 4th December, 2005


Live at Night
Royal Melbourne Show
Tuesday, September 26 2006
with Wagons, Sarah Carroll and Rebecca Barnard

Melbourne BBQ Day 2006
Ceres Environmental Park
Sunday, 3rd December, 2006
with special guests Ian Bland, Gary Adams, Melbourne BBQ Orchestra: Big Kev, Dan, Ed Bates, Dan Warner, Marcel Borrack,
Sarah Carroll, Fred Negro, Wagons, Tides of Welcome Community Choir, Barb Waters, Wes & Horse, Suzannah Espie, Dr Pump, Merri Creek Primary School dancers


Elvis 30th Anniversary
with Jane Dust, Tupeloettes, Little Sadie, Aintree Sweet, Kentucky Backroads, Tanya Lee’s R&Bs, Collard Greens & Gravy, Sarah Carroll & the Blue Moon Boys, Chautauqua, Henry Wagons, Four Men from Memphis (unseen), The Exotics (unseen)
Corner Hotel, Thursday 16th August 2007


Melbourne BBQ Day 2008
Ceres Environmental Park
Sunday, 7th December, 2008
with special guests Melbourne BBQ Orchestra, Dan Warner, Harrington Brothers, Ian Bland, Barb Waters, Bob Starkie, Charles Jenkins, Dave Larkin, Dr Pump, Sarah Carroll, Suzannah Espie, Adam Simmonds, Wagons, Fred Negro, Jimmy Clinkerfield, Wolfgramm Sisters



Wagons CD Preview
with M.C. Fee B-Squared, Princess One Point Five, QUA (DJ SET)
East Brunswick Club, Thursday 9th April 2009

Wagons Goodtown CD Launch
with Felicity Groom, Whiskey Go Gos
Corner Hotel, Sunday 7th June 2009

JVG Radio Method RRR Radiothon Spectacular 2009
RRR Performance Space
with The Futuras, The Mercurials, Dr Pump, Big Kev, Pina Colada, Dale Lindrea, Liz Stringer, GO GO SAPIEN, Henry Wagons, Si Philanthropist, Large No. 12s, Charles Jenkins, Dan Warner & his big band
Sunday 23rd August 2009


Long Gone Whistle CD Launch – A Tribute to Maurice Frawley
MC Brian Nankervis, Large Number 12s, The Frawleys, Billy Pommer Jnr, Clare Bowditch, Henry Wagons, Kasey Chambers, Paul Kelly, Dan Brodie, Dan Kelly, Tom Carolyn, Megan Washington, Tim Rogers, Billy Miller, Renee Geyer, Spencer P. Jones, Adalita, Tex Perkins, The Panics, Working Class Ringos
The Espy, Thursday 19th August 2010

Clare Bowditch and Henry Wagons


International Independant Record Store Day 2011
Basement Discs, Saturday 16th April 2011
with Charles Jenkins, Wolfgramm Sisters, The Spoils (Duo), Sarah Carroll, Chris Wilson, Sean MacMahon’s Western Union, Cash Savage and the Last Drinks, Little John, Abbie Cardwell and Her Leading Men, Jeff Lang, MCs Rebecca Barnard, Rusty Berther, Dave Graney, Henry Wagons

Basement Discs, Friday 6th May 2011

Wagons Rumble, Shake and Tumble CD Launch
Forum Theatre, Saturday 16th July 2011
with MC Peter Escott, Teeth & Tongue, Puta Madre Brothers and special guests the DC3

Queenscliff Music Festival 2011
November 25th – 27th 2011
Leah Flanagan, The Widowbirds, President Roots, Puta Madre Brothers, Pseudo Echo, The Herd, The Delta Riggs, Pete Denahy, The Sweethearts, Tides of Welcome choir with Dave Steel, Dead River Deeps, Wagons, The Cruel Sea, Brothers Grimm, Laine Lane, My Friend the Chocolate Cake, Woody Pitney, The Plains, BOOM! BAP! POW!, Kimbra, WHATEM 2 CD Launch with Sarah Carroll, Chris Wilson, Hausfrau, Sophia Katos, Lash78, Dadhouse, Frente, Gypsy & the Cat, Bondi Cigars


with Dan Waters, The Nymphs
Caravan Music Club, Friday 9th March 2012

Raise the Roof – Pure Pop Records Benefit
with MC Ryan Coffey, Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk, Hamish Cowan, The Twoks, Henry Wagons, Archer, Alex Lashlie, Roesy, Paul Kelly, Pony Face, Davey Lane, Underground Lovers, Charles Jenkins, Ron Peno and Cam Butler, Stonefield, the Dark Lords
Prince Bandroom, Friday 11th May 2012

Chris “Nothing but Nice Things” Album launch
with the Altmann Revue Band
and special guests Henry Wagons, Van Walker, Liz Stringer, Ange Boxall
Caravan Music Club, Saturday 1st December 2012

Chris “Nothing but Nice Things” Album launch
with the Altmann Revue Band
and special guests Henry Wagons, Suzannah Espie, Liz Stringer, Ange Boxall
John Curtin Bandroom, Friday 7th December 2012


Wagons Album Preview show
with Jemma and the Wise Young Ambitious Men, the Toot Toot Toots
Corner Hotel, Saturday 22nd June 2013

A Nymphtastic Christmas
with the Nymphs, Henry Wagons, Cash Savage, James Kenyon, Mikelangelo and Saint Clare, Tracy McNeil and Luke Sinclair, Sweet Jean, Major Chord
Toff in Town, Wednesday 18th December 2013


The Nymphs Farewell Show
with Lady Dee, The Rechords and special guests Cash Savage, Henry Wagons
Ding Dong Lounge, Friday 21st March 2014

Wagons “Acid Rain and Sugar Cane” Album Launch
with Fraser A Gorman, Johnny Fritz
The HiFi Bar, Saturday 7th June 2014

with Broads
Caravan Music Club, Friday 8th August 2014

Out on the Weekend 2014
with Justin Townes Earl (unseen), Henry Wagons, Nikki Lane, Lindi Ortega, Jonny Fritz, Raised by Eagles, Ryan Bingham (unseen), Robert Ellis, The Delines, Chris Altmann, Emma Swift, The Morrissons
Seaworks, Saturday 18th October 2014


JVG Radiothon Spectacular 2015
with Stu Thomas, Ian Bland, Jemma and the Clifton Hillbillies, Liam Linley and Phil Gionfriddo, SKA Vendors, Dr Pump, Henry Wagons, Kylie Auldist, Davey Lane, Pete Ewing, Dan Warner
RRR Performance Space, Sunday 23rd August 2015


Henry Wagons
with Lachlan Bryan
Caravan Music Club, Friday 11th November 2016


Wagons 20th Anniversary
with Charlie Whitten and special guests Broads
Corner Hotel, Friday 15th February 2019

Wagons “Songs from the Aftermath” Album Launch
with Gena Rose Bruce and guests
Croxton Bandroom, Friday 6th September 2019

MWF 2019: Sex Work on the Page

as part of the Melbourne Writers’ Festival 2019

Sun Sep 1st 2019, State Library Victoria, Isabella Fraser Room

with facilitator Jules Kim, Nadine Chemali, Fiona Patten, Nic Holas and Rita Therese

I was interested in this session as I follow a few sex workers on social media and even got asked by someone on Facebook to help look for someone as I was “familiar” with the sex industry. It should be fairly obvious by now my relationship with the industry, I have sex about once every two years if I am lucky.

I did follow one of the panel members but they blocked me and I can’t even fathom the reason, people just do a snap turn on Twitter and you can’t take it personally. Rita Therese talked about the need to curate herself so she did not turn off prospective clients and that she can’t promote causes as it will also distance some people from her.

The premise of the session was to discuss sex worker voices in print and the media. There was criticism from the audience Q&A that there weren’t enough currently working sex workers on the panel. There is a history with the MWF of them having an event around the “Invisible Women” book that included several SWERFs on the panel. Rita Therese said she had protested that event and now she is on a panel “suck it bitches!”

There was some discussion about the tragic incident in Sydney and it was a workplace death. Whenever someone is a sex worker and something happens to them that is the thing that is focussed upon by the media.

Nadine Chemali mentioned that we mainly hear from white sex workers and people of colour and those in marginalised communities are afraid to speak up as they are being persecuted. In a lot of cultures people are not open to speaking about sex. The many “massage” places around the place still have people who work at them and they are not heard from at all.

Nic Holas said he is out about his sex work and starring in hardcore porn, but not everyone at his work knows about it. He is more embarrassed from taking money from News Corp than working in porn. There was some discussion about short form writing and online outlets being more receptive to articles written by current sex workers, but if you work for a tabloid expect it to sensationalised.

Fiona Patten said she was outed as a former sex worker to her parents when someone faxed them the front page of a newspaper. She said she was the first former sex worker to serve in Victorian parliament “but many of my clients come before me”.  Fiona and Rita Therese both said they had supportive publishers in writing their books and Fiona always likes seeing new sex worker voices.

Jules Kim from the Scarlett Alliance and the member of the audience from Vixen Collective both spoke of the need to be more inclusive and did bring up the past controversies of panels about sex workers that did not have any sex workers on the panel.

There were some good recommendations of books written by sex workers but I did not take them down. I am sure the panellists will fill you in if you get in touch.

It was a good discussion with a lot of things covered. You can follow some of the panellists on social media or just a sex worker if you want a more interesting feed.



Queensclif Music Festival 2005 – 2016

I did go to it for 11 years in a row until circumstances intervened and I could no longer make it (In 2017 I was not living in Melbourne and in 2018 I had just started a job a week before.) Not too sure about 2019 either as I am going over to the USA during October and will no doubt be broke on my return.

[ 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | Photo Mosaics ]


25th – 27th November 2005
Sarah Blasko, That 1 Guy, Sophie Koh, Dave Graney & Clare Moore, Mia Dyson, Tony Joe White, Tides of Welcome Choir
Blues Train – Shannon Bourne & Grant Cummerford / Dave Hogan’s Meltdown, Blackeyed Susans, The Hoodangers, Wagons, Clare Bowditch and the Feeding Set, Sally Ford & The Pachuco Playboys, The Saints, Melbourne Singers of Gospel, The Junes, Joe Dolce, Not Drowning Waving, Jeff Lang







24th – 26th November 2006
Dallas Frasca, Rebecca Barnard, Portentia, Mick Thomas & The Sure Thing, Unconscious Brothers, Anne McCue,
Chris Wilson, Yann Tiersen, Blaze, Jimi Hocking, Little Green Houses, Rose Bygrave, Charcoal Club, Royal Chord, Detonators, Shannon Bourne, Bay of Pigs, Don Walker, Barb Waters & Cyndi Boste, Collard Greens & Gravy, The Models, Neapolitan Croxton Showcase (Sarah Carroll, Dan Warner & Marcel Borrack), Betty Harris, Weddings Parties Anything, Ska Vendors, Sophie Brous Ensemble, Tides of Welcome Community Choir, Kerri Simpson, Andy Baylor, TnT, Suzannah Espie & The Last Word, The Exotics







23rd – 25th November 2007
Chris Wilson & Shane O’Mara, The Basics, AlMacandJack, Antagonize, Girl Vs Ghost, Lil’ Fi, Mia Dyson, Nick Charles, Gotye, Unconscious Brothers, Ross Hannaford, Sweethearts, The Junes, My Friend the Chocolate Cake, Rich Family Band, Lisa Miller, The Leisuremasters, The Rustys, Sambrose Automobile, The Periscopes, Sarah Carroll, Nigel Wearne, Laura Baxter, Sweet Dolores, Steve McEwen and the Yes Men, Sime Nugent, Hank’s Jalopy Demons, Paul Kelly, Bob Log III, Vardos, Mrs Wainright, Tides of Welcome Choir, Bless this House, Bec Willis, Dan Kelly, The Breadmakers





Photos by performer:
Chris Wilson & Shane O’Mara

The Basics



Girl Vs Ghost

Lil’ Fi

Mia Dyson

Nick Charles


Unconscious Brothers

Ross Hannaford


The Junes

My Friend the Chocolate Cake

Rich Family Band

Lisa Miller

The Leisuremasters

The Rustys

Sambrose Automobile

The Periscopes

Sarah Carroll

Nigel Wearne

Laura Baxter

Sweet Dolores

Steve McEwen and the Yes Men

Sime Nugent

Hank’s Jalopy Demons

Paul Kelly

Bob Log III


Mrs Wainright

Tides of Welcome Choir

Bless this House

Bec Willis

Dan Kelly

The Breadmakers



November 28th – 30th 2008
Harry Angus, Unconscious Brothers Spectacular with Rebecca Barnard, Josh Owen, Geoff Achison & Guy Pearce, Vulgargrad with Zulya, Kate Miller-Heidke, Sweet Dolores, The Wilson Pickers, Geoff Achison, Tides of Welcome Choir, Diamond Jim and the Tuff Tones, Fireside Bellows, Sarah Carroll and Andy Baylor, Kerri Simpson, ROOT!, Oh Laura, Tripod, Jeremy Jay, Kaya, Marshall and the Fro, The Bawdies, The Town Bikes, Elana Stone, The Bedroom Philosopher, Jackson Jackson





Queenscliff Music Festival 2008 Mosaic

Harry Angus

Unconscious Brothers Spectacular with Rebecca Barnard, Josh Owen, Geoff Achison & Guy Pearce

Guy Pearce

Vulgargrad with Zulya

Kate Miller-Heidke

Sweet Dolores

RRR FM Outside Broadcasts
Off the Record

Twang with Sarah Carroll and Kerri Simpson

The Wilson Pickers

Geoff Achison

Tides of Welcome Choir

Diamond Jim and the Tuff Tones

Fireside Bellows

Sarah Carroll and Andy Baylor


Oh Laura


Jeremy Jay


Marshall and the Fro

The Bawdies

The Town Bikes

Elana Stone

The Bedroom Philosopher

Jackson Jackson



November 27th – 29th
Tinpan Orange, The Megahorns, Pigram Brothers, Gun Street Girls, Aluka, Alica Merrit, Steve Jones, Charles Jenkins & The Zhivagos, The Junes, Djan Djan, Mal Webb, Stephen McEwan & The Yes Men, The McClymonts, Dan Musil, Organ Boy, Black Market Rhythm Co., Even, Dan Sultan, Tides of Welcome, Grace Barbe, Bertie Blackman, Howl, Peter Combe, Tim Finn





Tinpan Orange

The Megahorns

Pigram Brothers

Gun Street Girls


Alica Merrit

Steve Jones

Charles Jenkins & The Zhivagos

The Junes

Djan Djan

Mal Webb

Stephen McEwan & The Yes Men

The McClymonts

Dan Musil

Organ Boy

Black Market Rhythm Co.


Dan Sultan

Tides of Welcome

Grace Barbe

Bertie Blackman


Peter Combe

Tim Finn



November 26th – 28th
Frank Yamma, Katie Noonan & The Captains, Izzy, Mr Percival, Ashleigh Mannix, The Black Sorrows, Stephen McEwan, Chloe & Anika, Dave Steel & Tiffany Eckhardt, Beau (The Rustys) & Brittney McNeil, Catherine Sanzarro, Victoriana Gaye, Tides of Welcome Choir, Sweet Delores, Sweethearts, The Nymphs, Mary Gauthier, Kate Vigo & the Underground Orchestra, Ray Beadle Band, Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, Blue Shaddy, Gareth Liddiard, Dan Kelly’s Dream Band, The Mercurials, Catherine Britt, Sally Seltmann, The Rustys, The Meanies, Mick Thomas & The Sure Thing

Photos here:




Queenscliff Music Festival 2010 mosaic

Frank Yamma


Katie Noonan & The Captains

Mr Percival

Ashleigh Mannix

The Black Sorrows

Stephen McEwan

Chloe & Anika

Dave Steel & Tiffany Eckhardt

Beau (The Rustys) & Brittney McNeil

Catherine Sanzarro

Victoriana Gaye

Tides of Welcome Choir

Sweet Delores


The Nymphs

Mary Gauthier

Kate Vigo & the Underground Orchestra

Ray Beadle Band

Quarry Mountain Dead Rats

Blue Shaddy

Gareth Liddiard

Dan Kelly’s Dream Band

The Mercurials

Catherine Britt

Sally Seltmann

The Rustys

The Meanies

Mick Thomas & the Sure Thing



November 25th – 27th 2011
Leah Flanagan, The Widowbirds, President Roots, Puta Madre Brothers, Pseudo Echo, The Herd, The Delta Riggs, Pete Denahy, The Sweethearts, Tides of Welcome choir with Dave Steel, Dead River Deeps, Wagons, The Cruel Sea, Brothers Grimm, Laine Lane, My Friend the Chocolate Cake, Woody Pitney, The Plains, BOOM! BAP! POW!, Kimbra, WHATEM 2 CD Launch with Sarah Carroll, Chris Wilson, Hausfrau, Sophia Katos, Lash78, Dadhouse, Frente, Gypsy & the Cat, Bondi Cigars





Puta Madre Brothers on the QMF Express

Leah Flanagan

The Widowbirds

President Roots

Puta Madre Brothers

Pseudo Echo

The Herd

The Delta Riggs

Pete Denahy


Tides of Welcome choir with Dave Steel

Dead River Deeps


The Cruel Sea

Brothers Grimm

Lanie Lane

My Friend the Chocolate Cake

Woody Pitney

The Plains



WHATEM 2 CD Launch

Sarah Carroll

Chris Wilson


Sophia Katos




Gypsy & the Cat

Bondi Cigars



23rd – 25th November 2012
Loon Lake, The DC3, Tom Richardson Project, Howlin’ Steam Train, TZU, Baby Animals, Jackson Firebird, DJ Emma Peel, Kira Puru and the Bruise, Bee Gees Tribute Showcase, Cat Sanzaro, Izzy Losi, Lily & King, Sweethearts, The Tiny Giants, Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes, King Cannons, You Am I, Ruby Boots, Tides of Welcome Choir with Tiffany Eckhart, Dave Steel, Chris Wilson and Sarah Carroll, Jordie Lane, Butterfly Boucher, Pinky Beecroft & the White Russians






Loon Lake

The DC3

Tom Richardson Project

Howlin’ Steam Train


Baby Animals

Jackson Firebird

DJ Emma Peel

Kira Puru and the Bruise

Bee Gees Tribute Showcase

Izzy Losi

Cat Sanzaro

Lily & King


The Tiny Giants

Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes

King Cannons

You Am I

Ruby Boots

Tides of Welcome Choir

Jordie Lane

Butterfly Boucher

Pinky Beecroft & the White Russians



22rd – 24th November 2013
The Pigs, Russell Morris, Transvaal Diamond Syndicate, Darren Percival, The Owls, The Tiny Giants, The Living End, The Brow Horn Orchestra, Tides of Welcome, Yirrmal and the Yonglu Boys, Hussy Hicks, Sweethearts, Ginger and Tonic, Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk, Andrew Swift and the Rattlesnake Choir, Genevieve Chadwick, Spiderbait, Stompy and the Heat, The Ray Mann Three, Twin Beasts, Papa Pilko and the Bin Rats, Microwave Jenny, Jeff Lang, Dallas Frasca, Underground Lovers, The Basics, Mason Rack Band, King of the North






The Pigs

Russell Morris

Transvaal Diamond Syndicate

Darren Percival

The Owls

The Tiny Giants

The Living End

The Brow Horn Orchestra

Tides of Welcome

Hussy Hicks

Yirrmal and the Yonglu Boys


Ginger and Tonic

Andrew Swift and the Rattlesnake Choir

Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk

Genevieve Chadwick

The Ray Mann Three


Stompy and the Heat

Twin Beasts

Papa Pilko and the Bin Rats

Microwave Jenny

Jeff Lang

Dallas Frasca

Underground Lovers

The Basics

Rack Mason Band

King of the North



28th – 30th November 2014
Davidson Brothers, Sweethearts, Hiatus Kaiyote, The Little Stevies, Georgia Rodgers, Skunkhour, Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats, The Delta Riggs, Dan Sultan, Áine Tyrrell, Karl S Williams, Charles Jenkins, Marlon Williams, DD Dumbo, WILSN, Murdena, Dyson Stringer Cloher, Emma Swift, The Bombay Royale, Jazzy Jazzper and the DARE OHHS, Jesse Valach & Blues Mountain, Stella Angelico, Tijuana Cartel, The Imprints, Tides of Welcome, Aluka, Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Waifs, Charm of Finches






Davidson Brothers


Hiatus Kaiyote

Sarah Carroll receiving the Ross Lipson Award for service to the local community

The Little Stevies

Georgia Rodgers


Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats

The Delta Riggs

Dan Sultan

Áine Tyrrell

Karl S Williams

Charles Jenkins


Marlon Williams

DD Dumbo



Dyson Stringer Cloher

Emma Swift

Bec Goring

The Bombay Royale

Jazzy Jazzper and the DARE OHHS

Jesse Valach & Blues Mountain

Stella Angelico

Tijuana Cartel

The Imprints

Tides of Welcome


Hurray for the Riff Raff

The Waifs

Charm of Finches



27th – 29th November 2015
Tinpan Orange, Faux, Georgia Rodgers, Jack Filmore, Louis Baker, Harts, Morgan Bain, 19-Twenty, The Snowdroppers, The California Honeydrops, Sahara Beck, Bellarine VET Music (Righteous Desmond, Evony Dilema, Rachael Hart, Chitra Ridwan, Abby Grace & Erica Lyon, Mild Child), Sweethearts, Mustered Courage, Áine Tyrrell, Benny Walker, All Our Exes Live in Texas, The Tiny Giants, Damian Cowell’s Disco Machine, Tides of Welcome, Ainslie Wills







Mustered Courage on the QMF Express 2015

Tinpan Orange


Georgia Rodgers

Louis Baker

Morgan Bain

Jack Filmore



Sahara Beck

The Snowdroppers

The California Honeydrops

Bellarine VET Music (Righteous Desmond, Evony Dilema, Rachael Hart, Chitra Ridwan, Abby Grace & Erica Lyon, Mild Child)


Mustered Courage

Áine Tyrrell

Benny Walker

All Our Exes Live in Texas

The Tiny Giants

Damian Cowell’s Disco Machine

Tides of Welcome

Ainslie Wills



25th – 27th November 2016
with The Mojo Corner, Jordie Lane and the Sleepers, Liz Stringer, Chitra, Kylie Auldist, Bobby Alu and the Palms, Quarter Street, Alice Ivy, Bellarine VET Music (Hey Mammoth, Gypsy May (Liz Powell), Madeliene Cope & Zack Darkes, Erica Bjornenak, Jess Viola, Nina Denham), Sweethearts, Sarah Carroll and the Left Wing, JAWN, Leah Senior, Sweet Jean, Eilen Jewell, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, Peter Garrett and the Alter Egos, Kira Puru, The Run, Geoff Achison & the Souldiggers with Chris Wilson, The Tiny Giants, Hollie Joyce, Tides of Welcome, Reuben Stone, Matt Anderson, Charm of Finches, Snuff Puppets, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals






Photo Mosaics

Boogie woogie!

The Mojo Corner

Jordie Lane and the Sleepers

Liz Stringer


Kylie Auldist

Bobby Alu and the Palms

Quarter Street

Alice Ivy

Bellarine VET Music (Hey Mammoth, Gypsy May (Liz Powell), Madeliene Cope & Zack Darkes, Erica Bjornenak, Jess Viola, Nina Denham)


Sarah Carroll and the Left Wing


Izzy Lossi and the Auracles

Leah Senior

Sweet Jean

Eilen Jewell

The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer

Peter Garrett and the Alter Egos

Kira Puru

The Run

Geoff Achison & the Souldiggers with Chris Wilson

The Tiny Giants

Hollie Joyce

Tides of Welcome

Reuben Stone

Charm of Finches

Matt Anderson

Snuff Puppets

Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals

Dancing Terry vs. the Man with the Folded Arms

Working down t’pit


Photo Mosaics

MIFF 2019: Memories of My Body (2018)

Director: Garin Nugroho

Starring: Muhammad Khan, Raditya Evandra, Rianto, Sujiwo Tejo, T. Rifnu Wikana, Whani Darmawan


A young boy Juno (Muhammad Khan) is abandoned by his father in a central Java village and is looked after by a string of shithead adults until he finds his own way in the world. The stories are narrated by the adult Juno (Rianto) based on his real experiences and have some strange scenes of violence and surrealism.

The teenage Juno is played by Raditya Evandra and ends up working as a tailors’ assistant and falls for a fighter.

He ends up with a group of Lennger dancers in a remote village as they have been pushed out of the cities and only perform in the villages. A local political candidate wants the group to perform and takes a shine to Juno, wanting him to perform as special ceremony for good luck. The Wurok of the dance group decides to take Juno as his Gemblak, a young male lover giving magical powers.

The memories of my body refers to the trauma and violence of being human. All people have some trauma in their lives and there is always violence. “It’s just like life, you’ve got to take the funny with the tragic.”

From the director he said the movie was made in just two weeks. It is also banned in six cities in Indonesia and has a theatrical cut and a festival cut. There is an issue currently with Islam from the Middle East coming in to the country and winning out over the local beliefs.

Before September 11 there wasn’t the fanatical Muslim beliefs and there was even a LGBITQ Quran school before it was shut down by hardliners. There is a claim that LGBITQ is a western concept and did not exist in the country before, there are at least five gender on Java and on each island it is different.

There were not many questions from the audience, but there were good ones. One was about how LGBTIQ people are being treated as it used to be if they kept it secret they wouldn’t be treated badly. The director said there has been some incidents, but he wanted to open a discussion.

The dancer from the movie is doing a performance in Melbourne coming up so hopefully it has a lot of people attend.

I thought the movie was very well shot considering it was made in such a short time. It seems very naturalistic and the performances are very rough and unpolished. I did like seeing the same boom box that Juno carries around everywhere each time he moves.

The setting of the movie seems to be some-time around the 1980s but it does have the post-Suharto era included. A reference to the anti-Communist purge of 1965 is in the film also.

A great story and more of a character study and a big showy movie. Is perfect if you want something slower and more arthouse after the endless stream of superhero movies of the past few years.

MIFF 2019: No Time for Quiet (2019)

Directors: Hylton Shaw, Samantha Dinning

Featuring: LA Bastard, Courtney Barnett, Cable Ties, Sukhjit Khalsa, Girls Rock! camp participants


I wondered why the audience seemed so excited for this movie when I was in the audience, it turned out that most of the participants of the Girls Rock! Camp over the past few years were in attendance along with their parents and the counsellors from the camp.

The film makers had heard of the Girls Rock! Camp for young teenage girls wanting to get into music was coming to Melbourne and manage to convince the people running it to film the first intake. They had done a pre-screening of the applicants to choose a couple of them and found a few others on the day as there were 50 people involved and it would have been too much to follow them all.

I am a big fan of music and in particular women musicians the point that I get made fun of for going to see them all the time. Fuck off! I like them more as they don’t have half the bullshit the men have with their bands and do not feel the need to live the infamous Rock and Roll lifestyle. A lot of them get better after they have kids as they have more experience. I have been seeing some musicians for so long now their kids have started their own bands.

Back to the documentary and they did choose some unique individuals such as Zeiro (pronounced Zero) who has their own thing going on and is gender fluid.  The concept is described for people who do not know what it is by Zeiro. That is a lot to put on a teenager and it is handled well.

Some strong themes are handled such as mental illness and suicide and they don’t shy away from discussing it.

The drummer got a big cheer by saying Alien was “that feminist movie” and Sigourney Weaver would agree with her.

During the Q&A Jacinta Parsons revealed that one of the participants in the documentary was her daughter, which bought cheers from the audience especially when she had to interview her.

There were some performances by Courtney Barnett, LA Bastard (I missed that gig it was their last one) and Cable Ties. The camp was structured around all the participants forming bands, writing a song and doing a showcase gig at the end of the week.

I did enjoy the animation throughout the documentary that showed some things that couldn’t really be filmed such as the voices one of the participants had in their head. Also Zeiro’s fears were illustrated about the plane crashing into the venue and everyone dying.

There was a strong positive vibe at the screening due to the participants being in the audience and cheering when they saw themselves on screen. I believe it should be shown in schools for young people wanting to express themselves in music.

After the screening there was a live performance downstairs with a supergroup named BARK with the five main participants from the movie who had written a song “No Time for Quiet” and rehearsed over the past month.

The film had been produced over three years and the film makers have come to know the participants very well and have become quite close. Two the people in the documentary are now volunteers at Girls Rock! And one is working as a sound tech in the music industry and playing in bands.

Photos from the screening Q&A/Afterparty

MIFF 2019: Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks (2019)

Director: Serge Ou

Featuring: Cheng Pei-pei, Sammo Hung, Cynthia Rothrock, Richard Norton, Billy Blanks, Brian Trenchard-Smith, JuJu Chan, Jessica Henwick, Mike Leeder, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Michael Jai-White and many more


Kung Fu demonstration before the premiere


I was looking forward to this documentary as I have been a fan of Hong Kong cinema and Kung Fu movies for a long time. I would not call myself an expert but I have had a site on them for almost 20 years ( ) For a long time I did not know anyone else I could talk about them with, which is why I set up the site and the only other person I knew who had a movie review site said I should put them on my own site.

I had not heard of the director before and he is not on any of the discussion groups I am on even the one that actual film makers and writers read and post to. Some of the people interviewed in the documentary are though and that’s the main thing.

The documentary starts around the time of the riots in Hong Kong in the 1960s which is eerily prescient. The anger from society carried over into the cinema of the time and more violent cinema from Shaw Brothers studio was a result.

I would say about the first 25% of the film is about Shaw Brothers. It could have easily been a documentary on its own. (The author of a book on the studio wanted to go to the screening but could not make it.

As they say in the film the studio was focussed on making money and they were so successful in the 60s and 70s they were not used to being told no and were slow to change. Their subsequent rejection of both Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan was a result of this. They did try and change in the 80s towards the end of their run with some ground breaking works such as Demon of the Lute and the Boxers Omen but by then it was too late.

After Bruce Lee became famous there were was a flood of Brucesploitation movies and also a ton of Kung Fu films screened in Times Square “There were two genres: kung fu and porn!” Having a cheap form of entertainment easily accessible to young African American youth meant it became very popular amongst them and a lot of the films started screening in double bills with Blaxploitation titles. I wish they had have shown something from the Last Dragon as the theatre scene from that movie is on point.

The influence of the movies on hip hop and breakdancing is explored by one of the artists saying they studied the movies to learn the moves. The original Shaw Brothers movies were operas and comedies. There is a Journey to the West series of movies from the 60s were Pigsy sings about having “waist and shoulder pain”.

They did mention the films of Chang Cheh and had an appearance from one of the Five Venoms. It was very manly and the role of women was almost non-existent in his films which was quite different from Cheng Pei-pei’s work.

Cynthia Rothrock was a welcome addition to the film and I have seen both Yes Madam and Royal Warriors on the big screen. I had not heard of the one with the aliens. She and Richard Norton talked about how tough the stunt work in Hong Kong movies was.

Sammo Hung being hit by a car in Panty Hose Hero gets a mention as does the infamous car stunt with the little girl in Fatal Termination.

The transition into the star-based rather than film based movies with Golden Harvest is covered with the rise of Jackie Chan. No Stephen Chow though which is strange since he is a huge star in Asia (there is a very short clip of Forbidden City Cop.)

The handover in 1997 and the Asian financial crisis of the late 90s is covered and led to a lot of talent going over to Hollywood to find work. What truly brought Kung Fu into the mainstream is Yuen Woo Ping’s work on the Matrix film as he said he had to train the stars to fight for real.

There is a worldwide reach of Kung Fu reflected in countries that had their own martial arts styles releasing movies that had a big impact such as Ong Bak and the Raid.

I had not heard of them, but an Australian production team from Adelaide apparently makes a bunch of martial arts movies on Youtube. I thought Dick Dale would have screened their work?

The final movie covered is the Kung Fu movie shot in Uganda that they hope will inspire people who grew up in the same circumstances to make their own movies.

While it covers a lot of ground in a short amount of time, I thought the documentary was very informative and I found out stuff I did not even know after more than 20 years of watching Hong Kong cinema. Well worth a watch when it comes out near you.

Q&A panel

L-R: Paul Anthony Nelson from Plato’s Cave on RRR FM, Serge Ou, Veronica Fury, Chris Bamford, Ross Boyask

As much as I can remember from the Q&A:

Q – on the cultural influence on Kung Fu

A (Serge Ou) It was originally meant to be just on the influence of Kung Fu in the west but they decided to go further into it. They also explored the link between Kung Fu and hip hop/breakdancing.

Chris Bamford: The film was plotted on 250 post it notes with over 5000 edits in the finished movie.

Q: How much fun was it to edit.

A: It was a dream project to work on. There was over 900 hours spent in the edit suite with still enough material to make it a 4 part mini-series dependant on rights clearances.

The director wanted to show the ferocity of the early kung Fu movies and how watching something like the Raid 2 or the Night Comes for Us today feels like it those early films back in the 1970s did.

Both the director and producer used to watch kung Fu movies on TV with their parents. Genre films are a way of exploring the culture.

Ross Boyask said his gateway films were through Revenge of the Ninja, Commando and American Ninja. Sho Kashugi, Jackie Chan then Bruce Lee.

The ninja movies are related to Electric Boogaloo as the ninja craze is explored in that documentary.

Audience questions

Q: Who didn’t you get?

A: They wanted to go in the side window, not the front door. Did not want the obvious choices for interviews or people who have been heard from before. There were 52 interviewees in the film.


Q to Ross: How would you go about making Kung Fu movies in Australia?

A: Just do it. Watch lots of movies and appreciate the differences. Most actors have some sort of martial arts training these days at least for fitness.

Q: Have you seen Once Upon a Time in Hollywood yet and what did you think about the treatment of Bruce Lee in it?

A: We have not. We hoped to honour Bruce’s legacy with the documentary.

Q: The person hates documentaries but liked this one. “Docutainment”

A: Thanks!

Q: Will Veronica make a movie?

A: The next project Veronica Fury will be working on will be “Cat Fight” about women fighting in films.

Q: How did you find out about all the cultural influences in the genre?

A: Serge was well versed in the world of kung fu movies. The stories may be simple but they have a universal message that carries across cultures.


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Kung Fu demonstration

MIFF 2019: WTF Shorts

Docking (2019)

Director: Trevor Anderson

A man explores his fear of dating and then GIANT SPACE DONGS

Not really much to this one except for a dick joke.


Wet. Warm. Dribble. (2019)

Director: Aaron Petersen

A woman girls her heart to her lover, except this time she actually gives her heart. There is bloody spraying everywhere but the characters seem oblivious to it.

For the inevitable heartbreak the woman has to physically get back her heart from her lover who has carelessly put it on a side table.

This was a great funny short and got a good reaction from the audience. The director introduced it before the screening. I liked the actress in it and would see her in other roles.


SHHHH (2019)

Director: Mordechay Jonathan

A mother gets her baby to sleep just as the father gets home. Things escalate.

Rang true with the mother throwing the tea towel directly at the father’s head. Not sure about the pissing in the soup bit but my dad did once spit beer over a cake as he thought it would be funny. Lucky it was the cake that ended up in the bin and not him.


Mr. Mare (2019)

Director: Luca Tóth

A man finds out he has a parasitic twin poking out from his side, but awakes to find one day he is gone. The tiny man observes the man obsessively and ends up falling in love with the big man. There is a dog in the apartment but it is mainly a passive observer.

Nice lines in this animation and a great retro look.

This one got a lot of laughs with the absurd situations in the film.

Seemed to be some sort of allegory about AIDS with the man rushing out to get himself a woman to prove he wasn’t gay. The tiny man is unhappy with this and leaves.


All Inclusive

Director: Jason Anderson

This short shows various scenes from a cruise ship.

This film played by accident as it was meant to be a totally different film in this slot. I was confused as to why this one was included in this session.


The Procedure 2 (2019)

Director: Calvin Lee Reeder

A man gets kidnapped and wakes up strapped down in a room with a speculum in his mouth.

Seems like a lot of trouble to go to for a fart joke.


The Little Soul (2019)

Director: Barbara Rupik

A small figure emerges from a decaying corpse and begins walking. Everything goes strange and a Hieronymus Bosch landscape appears.

Very organic looking stop motion animation, always moving and very wet looking.

Unsettling to look at but still a compelling watch.


Please Speak Continuously and Describe Your Experiences as They Come to You (2019)

Director: Brandon Cronenberg

A woman with a strange device on her head gets experimented on. She describes her experiences and they become real. It always ends with her being in hell. Not really sure if she is still in a dream at the end.

A well put together horror style short that proves you do not need many locations or even people to do things. I do like the practical psychedelic optical effects with repeating images.


Slug Life (2019)

Director: Sophie Koko Gate

“I’ve got tits from space and an ass from hell!”

Set in the future, a woman prints her ideal boyfriend on a 3D printer.

Reminds me of early 2000s flash animation. Very unique character designs and animation.

The sun says hello to everyone.


Piggy (2018)

Director: Carlota Pereda

Sarah has all her clothes stolen by some bullies at the pool and has to walk home in her bikini. The man she saw in the pool offers her back her clothes in exchange for ignore what she saw in his van

Very disturbing and hard to watch in places like the bullying scenes and the hoons abusing the main character on the road.