JULY 2010



3 big gigs in July, starting with a Big Band!

For the first time in a few years we have a big band coming to play for our little jazz series.  The Mace Francis Orchestra has come all the way from Perth and are on a National tour.  They are led by the outstanding young composer Mace Francis, and feature some of the finest young musicians in Perth.  Not to be missed.

See for more info or check out Mace’s website to hear some music

The Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra will play an opening set at 6pm

Gig: Mace Francis Orchestra
Venue: Uni Bar
Date: Friday 2 July
Time: 6pm
Tickets: $14 (General) / $12 (Parents accompanying students) / $10 (students) / $35 (Family: 2A, 2C)
For more info: 0406 361 439

Also if you want to join us for our three gigs in July, we have a special offer only open for a few days.  Get a series ticket for Mace Francis Orchestra, Jamie Oehlers Quartet and Ben Winkleman Trio and get 3 for the price of two, or a heavily discounted family ticket.  Go to Moshtix to buy a series ticket online before Friday afternoon.

Dates for other Gigs this month:

Sunday 11th – Jamie Oehlers Quartet

Thursday 22nd – Ben Winkleman Trio

Wollongong Jazz:
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ShoalHaven Jazz Big Band rehearsing on tuesday nights (starting july 20th) from 7pm-9pm at the Nth Nowra Church of Christ


Friday July 2

Shannon Brown

@ The Sebel Harbourside Kiama, Blue Diamond Bar,

6 – 9pm presented by the Kiama Jazz Club

Just back after spending 5 years tourisng with the Ten Tenors. Shannon seduces us with his jazz standars, Burt Bacharach style.  Music world royalty.

Friday July 9

Ray Beadle

@ The Sebel Harbourside Kiama, Blue Diamond Bar,

6 – 9pm presented by the Kiama Jazz Club

Our fave blues man of the year. Accoustic and amazing. Guitar & Vocals

Sunday July 11

Luke Koteras

Bellachara Bruch & Blues @ The Bellachara Boutique Hotel 11- 3pm

Jazz Blues Rock Guitar & Vocals, Brilliant, Young, Original.

Friday July 16

Paul Robert Burton & Andrew Toner

@ The Sebel Harbourside Kiama, Blue Diamond Bar,

6 – 9pm presented by the Kiama Jazz Club

Paul, charismatic multi talented multi instrumentalist with a not always predictable repertoire blending original takes on celtic, blues,gypsy, middle eastern, swing, bop, folk & jazz perfectly paired with the stunning young guitar maestro Andrew.  Always a standout night.

Sunday July 18

Paul Robert Burton solo

Bellachara Bruch & Blues @ The Bellachara Boutique Hotel 11- 3pm

See above. Same fab muso, same fab entertainment, same fab everything.  Let’s see if he’s any good without Andrew…. (luv ya Paul xx)

Sunday July 25

Mini Acapella Festival in Kiama

@ The Pavilion, Kiama Showground 2.30pm

Featuring the sensational Cafe at the Gate of Salvation, Timbre Flaws, Inaburra School Choir and the Kiama Vocal Group (fresh from a Sydney Opera House performance) Tickets $32 & $28 from the Kiama Visitors Centre 4232 3322.

Do yourself a big favour and come to this. The Cafe are beyond brilliant and other singers are exceptional.

Sunday July 25

Maxwell Foster, solo recital

@ Gerringong Town Hall 2pm

Presented by the Gerringong Music Club.  Brilliant young pianist, Maxwell was a finalist in Australias Got Talent (2008)  Tickets at the door $25 (or $15 if you are Gerringong Music Club member)


In the Sonata Lounge.It’s Free! And starts at 2:30pm.
At the Builders Club on Sunday afternoons.!

Check out Who’s Playing Jazz in the Sonata Piano Lounge Below!

Get into the Rhythm!

Sonata Piano Lounge Jazz

July 4th – Dave McClymont Trio & Chris Parkes Vocalist

July 11th – Errol Buddle Quartet

July 18th – John Smith Trio

July 25th – Ellie Cullington Band & Open for guest players

“3rd Anniversary of weekly jazz at the Builders Club”

Hi everyone,

Penny and the Mystics now have a profile page on Triple J Unearthed which is a web site where independent artists can up load their music and anyone can check out the page and listen to, rate and review the songs. By having a profile page on the web site, you are given the possible opportunity of having your songs played on Triple J radio. The artists who’s songs receive the most number of positive rates and reviews are the most likely to score some air play (which we haven’t yet ). There is also a weekly top 100 Triple J unearthed chart which lists the artists on the web site that have received the largest amount of positive feed back for their up loaded tracks in that week. So far we have managed to make it to number 1 on the “Roots” section of the chart and to number 12 on the over all chart which we are stoked about!

It would be FANTASTIC and very much appreciated if you could visit our page at and rate or review the three tracks that we have up loaded. The three songs will feature on our up coming album. I hope you like them

Wollongong Blues Mafia – Towradgi Beach Hotel – Sunday 11th July

Very special coming together of local blues mafiosa featuring Ewan “The Godfather” Sommerville, (Whose Muddy Shoes), Dave “The Killer” Hooper (Blues Cowboys), TJ “Bad Boy” Blanch (The Villains), &  Illya “The Cossack” Szwec (Groove Depot/Robert Susz).

+ special guest Shane Pacey (Bondi Cigars) in solo mode.

The joint will be jumpin’ as ‘da boyz’ touch on the many style of blues including swing, texas, chicago, soul and funk.

Shane Pacey from the Bondi Cigars will be making a rare solo appearance and who knows, ‘tha family’ may ask him to join them onstage – surely an offer he won’t refuse!

Be there for all the action from 2pm!


The Blues Mafia is comprised of musicians who have been at the forefront of the local blues scene for many years. As a matter of fact if could be argued that they started the local blues scene!

There is no doubt that these guys have been the inspiration and prime force behind many great bands that have formed over the past two decades.

Leading the way are contemporaries Ewan Sommerville & Dave Hooper. Sommerville was lead vocalist and harmonica player for Wollongong’s greatest ever blues outfit “Whose Muddy Shoes”. Formed in the early ’90’s Whose Muddy Shoes went from playing local Wollongong blues haunts to supporting the likes of top U.S bluesmen John Hammond Jr and Charlie Musselwhite, and on to playing several Byron Bay Blues Festivals. Later on Sommerville was headhunted to become vocalist for “The Mal Eastick Band” and did a 50 date national tour with the former Jimmy Barnes lead guitarist.

Hooper on the other hand, has forged a reputation as a guitarist with an uncompromising approach to playing. At times he can be compared to the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan, such is the intensity of his sonic attack. Hooper early bands included The Beaten Favourites (with Troy Blanch), Silver Beaver (with Anni Piper) and The Hombres.

More recently he joined Sommerville in Johnny Green’s Blues Cowboys as lead guitarist and started his own Newcastle based four-piece “The Hotshots”.

Troy “TJ” Blanch (vocals) and Illya Szwec (guitar) joined forces as up and coming musicians in the late nineties and formed “The Blanch File”, a ground breaking, funk, soul, and blues band. Prior to that period both had cut their teeth locally in “The Beaten Favourites” (Blanch) and (Szwec) “Trouble No More”  – a band that featured leading blues entertainer Kerrie Sweeney. Over the past year or two both guys have had great success with Blanch now fronting hot, local covers band “The VILLAINS”  and Szwec playing guitar for Robert “Continental” Susz, who had the massive Australian #1 hit  “A Soul Kind Of Feeling” with The Dynamic Hepnotics.

The rhythm section is made up of Alex Ferrandino (bass) and George Brugmans (drums). Ferrandino has played in several outfits alongside Blanch, Szwec and Hooper, while Brugmans is without doubt one of the best stickmen in the business having learnt his craft as longtime drummer with Whose Muddy Shoes and later on with bands such as The Detonators, Pete Cornelius & The Devilles and Red Rivers. Currently George is in The Ray Beadle Band.

The band will be playing tunes from the likes of BB King, Hendrix, Buddy Guy, James Brown, Whose Muddy Shoes, The Meters plus some great, original material. Come along and be inspired by some great bluesmen!

HOT ROD RUMBLE 2 – Waves Sat July 3

If high-energy jump blues, swing and rockabilly is your thing then head along to Waves on Saturday 3rd July for “HOT ROD RUMBLE 2”

– a guaranteed good-time featuring Victoria’s high priests of roots rock ‘n’ roll “THE DETONATORS”, along with rising swingkings


It’ll be non-stop action on the HUGE dancefloor with DJ BRIAN keepin’ everybody rockin’ from 7pm ’til ’round midnight.

One hot night of retro cool! Don’t miss it! Tickets $17 +bf (show only) or $37 + bf (dinner & show) On sale NOW from the following outlets;

Call 4283 3340, or direct from the bottleshop at The Towradgi Beach Hotel.



Before Rock, there was Rockabilly, Blues and Rhythm n’ Blues. The Detonators, through their original songs, reinvent the styles that made the mid to late 50s such a vital time in music’s history. They play an era, not simply a genre. Australia’s leading roots rockers release their fourth album/fifth release Top Night Out August 2007. The quartet’s original blend of blazing jump-rock blues is infused with the driving energy inherent in their heros’ music. Chuck Berry, Little Walter and Hound Dog Taylor are some of the influences that give this band their distinguished sound. Guitarist Paulie “The Kid” Bignell says playing authentically in such a stylistic manner is demanding. “With this style of music, even the tiniest mistake is really obvious. To come across well we have to play with exceptional precision; it’s not as easy as it sounds,” he says. Although their music is inspired by the 1950s era, Bignell argues that the songs have never been more relevant. “We sing about our experiences today,” Bignell says.

The Detonators’ blazing jump-rock tunes are as slick as their teddy-boy quiffs ” – mX Newspaper.


From the rubble of the much-loved Nervous Wreckers emerge Jordan & the Original Six, the hot-rodded Western Swing 3-piece hailing from the Blue Mountains. Playing predominantly originals mixed up with their own take on roots covers, Jordan & the Original Six recently opened for the USA’s Royal Crown Revue in Sydney and had the 900-strong crowd dancing and cheering for more. RCR’s frontman Eddie Nichols said he dug the Original Six‘s style and even offered to provide a reference if ever required!

MEDIA RELEASE – 23rd June 2010

Illawarra Folk Club Concert – Five Pack:-

Lou Bradley Boogie and Crawford Buck and Deanne Gilbert Whyte and Interplay

7.30pm, Friday 2nd July, City Diggers Wollongong

$15 Folk Club Members, $20 Non Members. or 1 300 887 034

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Great Action at Folk Club in July

July is a popular ‘Five pack’ month at the Illawarra Folk Club. Five packs are when five different acts get together to do 30 minutes each at the City Diggers Club. Generally they are of different Folk genres and provide a great variety of entertainment.

Performers come from all over to take part and Friday 2nd July is no exception.

From the hills behind Mullumbimby in NSW comes Singer Songwriter Lou Bradley. After an ARIA nomination for her critically acclaimed debut album, Lou Bradley will be sure to grab your attention. She will share her most down to earth and intimate of life stories through song.

Then there’s Boogie and Crawford who are an Illawarra-based Blues and Folk Duo playing authentic acoustic blues and folk music popularised by the likes of Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee and Big Bill Broonzy. Cary ‘Boogie’ Buecher is an accomplished acoustic and electric blues guitarist with over 30 years playing experience. Cary uses a claw hammer picking technique to recreate the authentic Delta blues sound. Matt ‘Texas’ Crawford is a young, up-coming musician impressing audiences whenever he performs. Matt is a multi-instrumentalist specialising in blues harp and bass guitar. Matt is the duo’s vocalist.

Boogie & Crawford also incorporate a dollop of Ragtime and Country music into their repertoire.

The third act will be Buck and Deanne (Paul Buckberry and Deanne Dale) from Newtown. Buck & Deanne’s sound draws deep on the roots of country, rockabilly, folk and blues music. They sing songs of yearning, hurt and hope, about a place – like life – where joy and sorrow walk hand in hand. Together they collaborate on Buck’s original material as well as placing their own nifty arrangements on the classics.” Buck & Deanne are Ol’timey country folk blues tinged with incense and cappuccino!

Gilbert Whyte then adds to what is shaping as a great night. Gilbert began writing songs and established himself as a singer songwriter in the intimate musical community of Fremantle in WA. Gilbert played at every bar and Cafe in town for years before an urge for more took him across the continent to the eastern states. With his finger picking ballads and cheerful storytelling style, Gilbert is quickly earning a reputation for musicianship and heartfelt performance.

Our final act is Interplay. Interplay are well known club members, Alan and Thalia Musgrove. Alan and Thalia have been performing together since 1992. They have melded social realist poetry with traditional folk, country and jazz to produce Interplays with the passion of a Greek tragedy and the lightness of an Irish jig. Interplays are a coming together of disciplines in a completely original way which will both haunt and confront as it paints a picture of contemporary Australia.

Still only $10 for club members ($15 others). The concert kicks off at 7.30pm with the now established ‘Mystery Muso.’ All facilities of the club are available.

MEDIA RELEASE – 29th June 2010

Illawarra Folk Club Concert – Five Pack:-

Helen Begley, South of the Big Smoke, Pave leclair, Steven “Steph” Miller &

Big Erle’

7.30pm, Friday 16th July, City Diggers Wollongong

$10 Folk Club Members, $15 Non Members. or 1 300 887 034

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Folk Winter Concert in Mid July

It’s Friday night instead of Saturday Night for the second Folk Concert of July at the City Diggers Club on the 16th. Once again it’s a five pack with five exceptional acts from different genres ‘struttin’ their stuff’ plus our usual Mystery Performer.

Helen Begley comes from Melbourne and has earned her reputation as a talented and respected Melbourne songwriter, musician and teacher. Best known as the main songwriter with her former band Milk, she has also written original material for popular independent artists Carl Pannuzzo, Penny Larkins and Jody Galvin. This year, Helen released her first solo album “The Bride”, and won The Melbourne Ukulele Festival’s Song writing Competition. She’s travelled Australia playing to audiences in country towns and capital cities and her work has been played on ABC and community radio stations across the country.

The second act is South of the Big Smoke, a four-piece outfit from the Northern Suburbs that play acoustically grounded songs with a focus on melodies, rhythms, vocal harmonies and occasional bouts of flute, sax and harmonica.

The band includes John Nichols, Phil Preston and Wolfgang Kloger from the band Mendala who have teamed up with Dorothy Ivery from the Scarlett O’Hara’s. Their mostly original songs are influenced by indie pop to folk, blues, roots and rock. ‘South of the Big Smoke’ formed early in 2010 and aim to release a debut CD by mid 2010.

Sydney musician Pave leclair is the third of the five. “With stirring lyrics and trance inducing melodies, Pave Leclair steals your consciousness away. He has just released his debut album titled “Hello Silver Moon” and his single “They won’t find us tonight” has been appearing on the ABC Rage program. Pave Leclair is a modern- day musical poet with a unique guitar finger-picking style. His songs are filled with meaning, leaving your soul feeling nurtured.”

Then there’s Steven “Steph” Miller. Steph started playing guitar at the age of six in the NSW country town of Goulburn. After years of exploring different styles, including fingerpicking, bluegrass, American acoustic blues and art rock, he came across different folk styles from England, Ireland, Scotland and Brittany.
Following solo and duo work in Sydney, he joined political rock band The Scream for many years before returning to acoustic guitar and simpler songs. He then joined Sydney political Celtic rock band Roaring Jack, playing accordion and mandolin and contributing songs. 2009 saw the recording and independent release of Brickwork with his band The Winter Station.

Finally there’s booze and blues exponent ‘Big Erle’ from the Northern Suburbs. Big Erle is Simon Leaman and his band. Fresh from a highly successful set of performances at the recent Snowy Mountains of Music Big Erle is fast gaining a reputation in both the folk and blues fields. His strong vocal overlays his fingerpicking, slide/lapslide/acoustic guitar style over his band- Drew Peard (bass), Damion Stirling and Kade Lidden on percussion. Big Erle tells the stories of Wollongong, the land between the escarpment and the sea.

And of course it remains the one low price for admission $10 members $15 others. All facilities of the club are available.


Theresa Gregory

Media & Promotions Manager

Illawarra Folk Club Inc

0413 219 112

If variety is the spice of life, punters who come to the Illawarra Folk Clubs 2nd July concert at the Wollongong City Diggers

Club will find themselves in the folk equivalent of an Indian Restaurant.

Five separate acts of 30 minutes and a mystery performer chucked in for good measure.

Acoustic blues, poetry, rockabilly, country folk and fine social commentary original folk song. It’s all there and each and every one of the performers is a fine exponent of their particular craft.

Of course the restaurant and coffee shop are open and Coopers, the best beer in the world will be on tap.

Only ten lousy bucks for members ($15 others)

See you there – Bigruss

Read on for more.

From the hills behind Mullumbimby in NSW comes singer songwriter Lou Bradley.

After an ARIA nomination for her critically acclaimed debut album, Lou Bradley willbe sure to grab your attention.

Then there’s Boogie and Crawford who are an Illawarra-based Blues and Folk Duo

playing authentic acoustic blues and folk music popularised by the likes of Sonny

Terry, Brownie McGhee and Big Bill Broonzy.

Th e third act will be Buck and Deanne (Paul Buckberry and Deanne Dale) from Newtown.

Buck & Deanne’s sound draws deep on the roots of country, rockabilly, folk and

blues music.

Gilbert Whyte then adds to what is shaping as a great night. Gilbert began writing

songs and established himself as a singer songwriter in the intimate musical community

of Fremantle in WA.

Our final act is Interplay. Interplay are well known club members Alan and Th alia

Musgrove. Alan and Th alia have been performing together since 1992. Th ey have

melded social realist poetry with traditional folk, country and jazz to produce Interplays

with the passion of a Greek tragedy and the lightness of an Irish jig.

Russell Hannah
02) 4297 1777


Poetry workshop with Susan Hampton

14 August 2010

Please bring with you 15 copies of 3 pages of your poems/writing. In this workshop we’ll explore working with imagery, and the concept of point of view in poetry. We’ll look at techniques for making your poems stronger and more memorable. We will workshop a few pages from each person. Presented by South Coast Writers Centre, ACT Writers Centre, NSW Writers Centre, Bega Valley Shire Council and the South East Arts Region. Supported by Arts NSW. Thanks to Writers of the Far South Coast for their assistance with this workshop program.

When: 10am-3.30pm, Saturday 14 August 2010

Where:  Batemans Bay Community Centre, Batemans Bay Community Centre, 2 Museum Place, Batemans Bay NSW

Bookings: or 02 4228 0151

Cost: $30 members of SCWC, NSW WC and ACT WC/$65 non-members


Wollongong Booklaunch: Ron Pretty’s Postcards from the Centre

14 August 2010

Ron Pretty’s seventh book of poetry, Postcards from the Centre will be launched by SCWC Director Ali Smith. Free entry. All welcome. Presented by the South Coast Writers Centre in partnership with Wollongong Central Library and supported by Wollongong City Council.

“Here is a poet who knows about boxing, drinking cheap reds, the way music works on us, that it’s our doubts that bring us alive, and how hair might fall on pillow. Ron Pretty is one of Australian poetry’s most admired figures and his generous new book reminds us of all the reasons for this.” – Kevin Brophy

When: 2.00 for 2.30pm, Saturday 14 August 2010

Where: Theaterette, Wollongong Central Library, 41 Burelli Street, Wollongong NSW 2500

RSVP: 02 4228 0151 or

Free event. All welcome.

Chris Mansell is a writer who lives in Berry, has a few books under his belt who also runs a small press (links below). He organises things occasionally and would like to work with visual artists, musicians et al.

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Vis arts

Hey I’m having an exhibition on Saturday 31st July at The Headlands Hotel, Austinmere

Starts around 4pm and goes on into the evening. It will be up all weekend.
See my blog for details.

Hope you can make it!




10 allowrie st,  jamberoo


4236 1972

July 3rd


Gerringong printmaker will be hosting a free demonstration at Number 10 Arts Precinct in Jamberoo to introduce the printmaking studio to the community, and printmaking techniques to curious people.

The demo will be on between 10 and 2, and is free. No need to book, just turn up when it suits. You will also be able to see her current exhibition ‘The Journey of Landscape’, a collection of prints and paintings, which will be on show at Number 10 until 7th August.

JULY 26th

Introduction to MODELLING THE FIGURE with Sculptor Anita Larkin – 5 weeks commencing July 26th – Mondays 10:00-1:00

Number 10 will be repeating the successful Introduction to Modelling course for people wishing to learn or expand on techniques of sculpting from the life figure.

Anita Larkin will lead you through working in 3 dimensions, and how to construct expressive figures in paper clay working directly from a life model.

Paper clay is a marvellous material to begin modelling the figure with. It behaves much like clay, but unlike clay, is able to be easily mended, layered, cut and rejoined at any stage in the drying process.

You will learn how to use this material: to make an armature for; to carve; to model; and to assemble your own figurative sculptures.

This material provides a great deal of freedom and forgiveness within the making process. You will be amazed at the sculptural forms that can be achieved with paper clay.

Surface textures, slips and oxide washes may be applied to enhance the sculptures. These works will then be fired at Number 10 Arts Precinct.

Course Fee is $250. Bookings can be made online at or by calling 4236 1972

additional materials fee applies for clay and oxides.

Kate Rowley
Number 10 Arts Precinct
10 Allowrie Street
NSW 2533

ph: 02 42361972
m:  0449 523 067


An exhibition of paintings by Kathy Karas

Inspired by people, places and pastimes living on the coast

19th July – 17th August 2010


The Minnamurra General Store Café

1a Rangoon Road , Minnamurra

Studio Space available from 1st July 2010

Barracks Artists Inc, is a non residential, artist run studio.

Features: 3 months contracts, 24 hour access, Street level, own lock up studio 3m x 8 m, good natural light, under cover outside working areas, secure parking, close to buses and trains; Short walk to the shops and beach.

Apply anytime.

$50.00 per week + key deposit

Proposal available from the website

Write a letter, send in a proposal to:

the secretary,

Barracks Artists Inc, Church St, Thirroul, 2515, NSW,

or email (judy)

Or (Cathi)

Or Phone: Judy Bourke 4267 2697

From Judy Bourke

I have 80 or so good weekend magazine articles in colour. The topics are listed on 2 sheets.

they are all on art and art related subjects and are suitable for teaching  secondary or tertiary level students or for your own reference.

eg, Angkor Wat, Mirka Mora, Peter Booth, Leathery Figures, John Olsen, Antiques, Art Circus, Margaret Olley and more

Hopefully someone will take the lot. Free to a good home

judy bourke



Art Studio for Kids

1 hour afternoon and morning classes available Monday through to Friday every week, including holidays for children 3years of age and up.

$15 includes materials, minimum 4 week booking

  • Two hour holiday workshops for school children, $30 includes all artist quality materials
  • Painting on canvas Wednesday 7th July 12.30 to 2.30
  • Discovering sculpture Wednesday 14th July 12.30 to 2.30
  • Arty Party” packages available.

Print and present this advertisement and get your first 1hour lesson free.

Studio located shop 9 22 -26 Addison Street Shellharbour behind Le’pota Fine Art Gallery. Please call 0414 829 548 or email

Best regards,
Natalija Voc’anec

Little Leonardo’s
Art Studio for Kids
Shop 9, 22-26 Addison Street
Shellharbour NSW 2529

f. 02 42 957875
m. 0414 829 548

Two works from Le’pota Fine Art Gallery


Gerringong Pics & Flicks Inc.
“Mic Macs”
Friday 2nd July

On Friday 2nd July Gerringong Pics & Flicks Inc. present “Mic Macs” [Rated M]

Review by Margaret Pomeranz

Director Jean-Pierret Jeunet recently visited our shores as a guest of the French Film Festival which opened with his latest called MICMACS.

Strange title and even stranger plot with DANY BOON playing Bazil, a man deprived of a father because of a landmine and of his mother because of grief. Just when he thought his life was working out he gets hit in the head by a stray bullet during a gangland shooting. Recovery means the bullet stays in his head, he loses his job at a video store but life on the streets means meeting a whole new cast of interesting characters…

Discovering the corporations responsible not only for his father’s death but for his own precarious situation, using the skills of his new-found family, Bazil plots revenge on the owners…

I’m one of the few people that have admired Jeunet’s films from a distance but found them hard to access emotionally. And this is full of his idiosyncratic visuals, crazy characters – literally outsiders in the Parisian community. But there was real joy in this film, and fun. It is constantly entertaining, narratively more cohesive than many of his films, and naively politically palatable.

What Jeunet has is an amazingly inventive take on life and film and for me, after DELICATESSEN, THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN, AMELIE, with a sidestep to Hollywood for ALIEN: RESURRECTION, this is one of his most charming films.
Further comments


DAVID: Yes, I liked it a lot. People have criticised Jeunet for – especially over AMELIE. They found it maybe too simplistic, too contrived, all those things. You too? But I really liked that, too, so I might be in a minority there, but I think this is one of his best films. It’s got a very good plot, a strong plot, a sort of almost Frank Capra like story about the underdogs who take over the big arms dealers and overcome them. It’s stuff with visual invention. It’s got so many great visual ideas.

MARGARET: Yes, that’s what I love. The revenge is so inspired, really, isn’t it?

DAVID: Well, that’s right. But almost every frame of the film…


DAVID: …has something exciting and funny and unusual about it and it’s got weird ideas. Like, I mean, there’s never been a film, to my knowledge, where there are posters for the film we’re watching in the film itself.

MARGARET: It’s cheeky.

DAVID: I mean, you don’t do that… that’s something really quite striking. So I must say I found this a joy, this film and I think it’s one of his best films.

MARGARET: Well, it’s lovely to admire it and enjoy it, as well. I’m giving this four stars.

DAVID: I’m giving it four and a half.


Tickets go on sale at Gerringong Town Hall at 7.30pm with the film starting
at 8.00pm. After the film Gerringong Pics and Flicks world famous Tea,
Coffee and Cakes will be available, providing a great chance to discuss the
film or anything else you like in a relaxed social atmosphere.

And remember – yearly memberships available now for only $50. That’s 11 movies for just $50.

So come get your kicks at Pics & Flicks!!

Stay in touch with whats happening in the world of Gerringong Pics & Flicks Inc at our blog.

See ya there!

FOOD INC” at the EMPIRE TWIN, Bowral. Screening 1st-7th July, 7:45pm

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that’s been hidden from the consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of farmers, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, insecticide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of e coli–the harmful bacteria that causes illness for thousands annually.

We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults . Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield Farms’ Gary Hirschberg and Polyface Farms’ Joe Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising — and often shocking truths — about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become and where we are going from here.

The New Empire Cinemas
327 Bong Bong Street
Bowral NSW 2576

P. 4861 4676 (24 hour cinema infoline)
F. 4861 6339

see for more details about movie and to see trailer


Vocal Dance: Beginning in in the 70’s, the dance therapy known as Vocal Dance was originated and developed by Aviva Sheb’a in Amsterdam. Vocal Dance, works wonders in the hands of a capable practitioner. Aviva Sheb’a is now based in the Illawarra, south of Sydney in Australia and trains folk in her unique method far and wide. Much more than dance therapy, Vocal Dance sessions are quite an experience. You can be part of this and it is only a phone call away. Vocal Dance, is life changing and fun.

next month

The Song Company in collaboration with Drew Forsythe present

Exquisite music meets Italian comedy”

L’amfiparnasso by Vecchi

The Song Company presents this Italian masterpiece of musical comedy in Wollongong. Hear the Song Company’s vocalists as they create the voices of familiar Commedia dell-arte characters in a storyline that is a rollercoaster of love triangles, trickery and treachery. Watch how Sydney Wharf Review’s much loved actor Drew Forsythe’s gift for mimicry and mime is put to the test as he assumes the roles of a mean-hearted old man, a verbose doctor, an over-amorous Spanish captain, a pair of young lovers and an assortment of scheming servants. All delivered with the backing of period instruments played by Tommie Andersson and Laura Vaughan.

It will be a night of ravishing Venetian sound that “still has the power to move audiences to laugh after more than 400 years”.

One night only –

Monday 9 August, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Wollongong City Gallery

Tickets $15 student, $32 under 30, $35 concession, $45 adult

Book now – or call (02) 8272 9500.

out of town



In celebration of The International Year of Biodiversity, Australia’s most adventurous new string quartet, The NOISE, is staging a one-off event at the Australian Museum. Take a stroll through the museum’s skeleton gallery and then join The NOISE beneath the cavernous jaws of the sperm whale, as they embark on a series of improvisations inspired by the teeming life in our fragile biosphere. Expect to hear quirky wombat promenades, ethereal whale-song and dazzling symphonies of insects… in short, a new improvised ‘Carnival of the Animals’ and a heartfelt plea for the biodiversity of our planet. Supported by the Australian Museum.

Ticket includes free entry to the museum’s Biodiversity Exhibition.

DATE Thursday 8 July 2010
TIME 7pm
WHERE Australian Museum, William Street, SYDNEY
TICKETS Adult $20 / Conc and Under 30 $12
BOOK ONLINE, by phone (02) 8256 2222 or tickets available at the door


The Late Night Sonic Space

In the first of two collaborations with the vocal ensemble Halcyon, austraLYSIS presents The Late Night Sonic Space, performed in the intimacy of Studio 227 at the ABC Centre, Ultimo. The program includes two large purely electroacoustic works including one by Canadian Robert Normandeau, together with the first performance of Roger Dean’s Toy Language 1, for Jenny Duck-Chong of Halcyon, with live electronics. A sound and text work by Hazel Smith and Joanna Still (UK), Clay Conversations 2 rounds out the program. There will also be live chat with austraLYSIS members, providing an unusual opportunity to hear the creators’ thoughts about the music at first hand. Presented with support by ABC Classic FM.

DATE Saturday 31 July 2010
TIME 10.30pm
WHERE Studio 227, ABC Centre, Ultimo, SYDNEY
PHONE 0411 606 077

Philippa Horn
NMN Manager
P: 0411 606 077

Pictured: MC Nay of The Last Kinection @ Tuned In 2010

Tuned In Festival
As the major event for Reconciliation Week 2010, NSWRC was proud to present the Tuned In Festival – a showcase of performances from indigenous and non-indigenous artists from around NSW in west Sydney town Dubbo. Headliner Urthboy, as well as The Jezabels, The Last Kinection and Loathing Stacyworked the crowd creating a great atmosphere felt by all. This was the first-ever Tuned In festival, which is to be held annually during Reconciliation Week in a different regional centre each year in NSW.

Following the Tuned In Festival were workshops held in Orange at Canabolas High School. The workshops, lead by members of the Last Kinection, Indent Music NSW and the Jezabels, talked students through insider details of the music industry, tips on song writing and even lessons on DJ turntables. The workshops proved to be highly successful, and by the end of the two hours, students were enthused by the fun of being a professional rock star.

For more info, artist interviews plus behind the scenes footage,

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