Lynette Wallworth: Trailblazer in the world of virtual reality

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Nyarri tries virtual reality for the first time.

Virtual Reality filmmaker Lynette Wallworth takes the stage at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards next week as winner of the $10,000 Byron Kennedy Award for “outstanding creative enterprise” in film and television.

Her film, Collisions, invites audiences on a virtual reality journey to the land of indigenous elder, Nyarri Nyarri Morgan and the Martu tribe in the remote Western Australian desert.

Wallworth’s previous virtual reality film, Coral: Rekindling Venus, about the vibrant undersea life of coral reefs, was made for the domes of planetariums.

‘Polly’ – by Award-Nominated UK Writer & Director Cassiah Joski-Jethi

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This darkly humorous short film is set in a world where teenage girls must live to the expectations of a cult-like society obsessed with doll-like perfection.  One girl, Polly, doesn’t quite fit in and in her search for acceptance, commits an unthinkable act…

Watch the clip and support this Tim Burton style, all-female filmmaking project by contributing to its brand new crowdfunding campaign: HERE

Stunt People Rock – CGI used sparingly in visual storytelling

mad_max_4_fury_road_Must have been so much fun for Margaret Sixel to edit Fury Road !  Won an Oscar for editing 470 hrs of raw footage into Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), tho she’d never cut an action movie before. 

See Raw Action Footage here: (no CGI).  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfm4gvxNW_o

Sixel’s edited many films, including Babe: Pig in the City (1998) & Happy Feet (2006).  Props to the stunt men & women, & the production team!

Alien: Covenant – Two Female Australian Directors Join Ridley Scott

Screen Australia and the Australian Directors Guild (ADG) have announced that Brooke Goldfinch and Catriona McKenzie have been chosen as the director’s attachments on Sir Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant. They will work on the project for five weeks while the production films in Australia.

Read more at:

http://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/sa/newsroom/news/2016/mr-160513-directors-attachments-alien-covenant

Orson Welles mocked Hemingway’s cliched idea of Spain

“Now you have the picture of the Spanish civil war being projected on the screen and these two heavy figures swinging away at each other and missing most of the time. The lights came up. We looked at each other, burst into laughter and became great friends.”

– Orson Welles, on his relationship with Ernest Hemingway
From Dr Matthew Asprey Gear’s new book At the End of the Street in the Shadow: Orson Welles and the City.

http://cup.columbia.edu/book/at-the-end-of-the-street-in-the-shadow/9780231173414

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/jan/16/what-orson-welles-really-thought-about-ernest-hemingway