||Issue No. 169||07 March 2003|
Re-considering The Accord
Poetry: If I Were a Rich Man
Interview: League of Nations
Industrial: 20/20 Hindsight
Organising: On The Buses
Unions: National Focus
History: The Banner Room
International: The Slaughter Continues
Legal: A Legal Case For War?
Culture: Singing For The People
Review: The Hours
Poetry: I Wanna Bomb Saddam
Satire: Diuretic Makes Warne's Excuses Look Thin
Sacre Bleu � It�s �La Gong� Now
Executive Pay Under Senate Spotlight
Zoo Workers Buck �Mercy Killing�
Canberra Firefighters Win Union Backing
Aussie Workers Fight Indian Child Labour
The Locker Room
Strangers in the House
Nursing Home Concerns
Labor Council of NSW
Free Screening of Sunday Too Far Away to Launch the Celebrations
If you are in Sydney get down to the Valhalla in Glebe for the launch of the AWG40 celebrations. We kick off at 7pm with a screening of classic Australian film Sunday Too Far Away. This screening is free, open to members of the public and will be followed by drinks.
Sunday Too Far Away won Best Film, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the 1974/75 Australian Film Awards and was a huge hit at the Director's Fortnight at the Cannes Festival in 1975.
Set on a sheep station in 1955 just before the infamous 9-month shearers strike, the film stars Jack Thompson as a brawling, hard-drinking, gun shearer back from retirement for one last season.
Sunday Too Far Away was the first great international success of the Australian Feature Film Renaissance and made a star of Jack Thompson. Screenwriter John Dingwall is a lifetime member of the AWG and has won 12 national writing awards including the AWGIE, AFI, Logie, Penguin and Australian Film Critics Award. John is coming to Sydney and will introduce the film. Don�t miss the film nor the opportunity to hear from one of our great screenwriters.
Sunday Too Far Away is just one of a number of classic Australian films that will be screening at the Valhalla from March 7-16. The full programme is as follows:
Friday, 7 March 7pm Sunday Too Far Away
Saturday, 8 March 2pm My Brilliant Career
Saturday, 8 March 7pm A Night of Short Films
Sunday, 9 March 7pm The Clinic
Monday, 10 March 7pm A Night of Award Winning Television
Tuesday, 11 March 7pm The Year of Living Dangerously
Wednesday, 12 March NO SCREENING
Thursday, 13 March 7pm Dead Calm
Friday, 14 March 7pm A Night of Classic Australian Television
Saturday, 15 March 7pm Proof
Sunday, 16 March 7pm Shine
Valhalla Cinema, 166 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, NSW.
The Advance Party
JIMMY MCGOVERN - A WRITER IN THE COMMUNITY
Held in association with Australian Writers' Guild 40th Anniversary Celebrations.
Venue: Wharf 2 Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company
Date: Tuesday 11 March 2003
Time: 7.30pm Sharp
Following his award-winning work on Dockers and Hillsborough, screenwriter and playwright Jimmy McGovern (The Lakes, Sunday, Cracker) talks to Mac Gudgeon (Waterfront, Ground Zero) about the work and responsibilities involved in writing for, and in, the community.
The forum will be preceded by a short new work by Vanessa Bates, AWG member and part of the Blueprints Writers� Assembly, directed by Melinda Collie-Holmes. Cast Includes Paul Barry, Jeanette Cronin, Tanya Goldberg and Joshua Lawson.
THE ADVANCE PARTY is the bimonthly forum for playwrights, and those interested in the art of playwriting. Evening sessions are
interactive, incorporating staged readings, guest speakers, and performance to provoke further discussion.
To reserve seats please email [email protected] or call the AWG on (02) 9281 4321.
For a full list of events both in NSW and interstate www.awg.com.au/artman/publish/article_78.shtml.
Sex, Lies & Television and Murder, Mystery & Mayhem: The Secrets of Successful Television Writing
Want to know how to write great TV drama? As part of the 40th birthday celebrations the AWG presents two informative and stimulating workshops on the essentials of writing for television.
Murder, Mystery & Mayhem - Making Crime Pay
A 3 hr workshop on the basics of television writing. With emphasis on crime and medical dramas, the workshop examines the principals of drama: creating unforgettable characters; the process of script development; the nuts and bolts of plotting and common pitfalls. Presented by AFI, Logie and AWGIE award winning writer Tim Pye (White Collar Blue; Water Rats, A Country Practice) and Peter Neale (All Saints; Farscape, Home and Away)
Sex, Lies & Television - The Secrets Revealed.
The team from The Secret Life Of Us Amanda Higgs (Producer) and Judi McCrossin (principal writer) present a 3-hour case study on the secrets of creating a successful television drama. Writing the series proposal and the pilot episode, creating story and character arcs that keep viewers glued to the screen week after week, what works and what doesn't. Amanda�s credits include Police Rescue, Fallen Angels, Wildside and the Australian feature films Praise, Angst and Walking on Water. Judi McCrossin�s first short film Fetch was in competition in the 1998 Cannes Film Festival. Currently she is developing a new six-part series for SBSI.
Date: Sunday 16th March, 2003
Sessions: Murder, Mystery & Mayhem - Making Crime Pay (10.00-1.00pm)
Sex, Lies & Television - The Secrets Revealed (2.00 - 5.00pm)
Venue: Stables Theatre, 10 Nimrod Street, King's Cross.
AWG Members $126.50 ($115.00 + $11.50 gst)
Non Members $176.00 ($160.00 + $16.00 gst)
AWG Members $71.50 ($65.00 + $6.50 gst)
Non Members $93.50 ($85.00 + $8.50 gst)
For further information and booking forms please visit our website www.awg.com.au or contact Sarah Odillo Maher on 02 9281 1554 Ext 223.
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