Category Archives: Film

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When Joh went to Uni

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In 1980 or 1981, Bjelke-Petersen went to University of Queensland guarded by Qld Special Branch. Joh’s visit was controversial as the questions from the news media suggest. We have secured historic footage of the event. Standing behind Joh during the … Continue reading

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GOMA film: ‘The Daughter of Dawn’

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Thought to have been lost for over 85 years The Daughter of Dawn 1920, which was restored in 2013, features an entirely Native American cast with members of theComanche and Kiowa Tribes as well as the son and daughter of legendary Comanche chief Quanah Parker. Continue reading

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4ZZZ – 2013 AGM

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I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution Take a bow for the new revolution Smile and grin at the change all around me Pick up my guitar and play Just like yesterday we won’t get fooled again – The … Continue reading

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Film tells tale of Otway forestry battle

CLEARFELLING of bio diverse native forest on public land in the Otway Ranges ended in 2008 and the five-year anniversary of this environmental achievement will be celebrated when the Lorne Film Festival premieres the short film ‘Forest for the Trees’ … Continue reading

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‘Shiraz’ – the making of the Taj Mahal

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Film Review: Shiraz – silent film made by Franz Osten and Himansu Rai in 1928  “Not hands but heart built this / Which stands like a dream” When we were kids our dad would quote Rudyard Kipling in the shower … Continue reading

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“Taking to the Streets” Exhibition

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“Taking to the Streets – two decades that changed Brisbane 1965 – 1985” – Museum of Brisbane Exhibition 2006. The exhibition was opened on 6 April 2006. After an extended season and over 80,000 visitors later the exhibition was closed … Continue reading

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Film: Manufacturing Dissent

Source: Thanks to The Radical Times Archive for Debra Beattie’s doco Manufacturing Dissent. “History is an angel being blown backwards into the future History is a pile of debris And the angel wants to go back and fix things To … Continue reading

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Film: Fractured country, an unconventional invasion

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Lost film of the street marches

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History is an angel being blown backwards into the future History is a pile of debris And the angel wants to go back and fix things To repair the things that have been broken But there is a storm blowing … Continue reading

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K’s Pics: ‘Araya’ & ‘Shiraz’ – free films at GOMA

These films look very interesting Araya GOMA 9–10 November 2013 http://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/cinematheque/current/araya Saturday 2pm & Sun at 11am ‘Araya has lost none of its ability to fascinate and move us with its hypnotic combination of beauty and hardship. It’s a gift … Continue reading

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Historic film: If U Don’t Fight U Lose

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The video you see was put together after the Queensland state election in 1977. The video you see was shot and edited under difficult circumstances over 35 years ago, after the Queensland state election in 1977. It was compiled by … Continue reading

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Ken Loach’s new film: The Spirit of ’45

  Also featuring a discussion on Socialist Alliance’s federal election campaign for 2013 arguing for public and community ownership and control of the mining, banking and energy sectors in order to build a socially just and sustainable Australia. What: Red … Continue reading

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Vale Ross Watson

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Ross Watson – a leader of the 1982 Commonwealth Games protests and founder of the Murri school and of Murri radio (fm 98.9) in Brisbane – died this week. Ross was coordinator of the Black Protest Committee and editor of … Continue reading

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Palestinian film at GOMA – ‘Salt of this Sea’

Milh Hadha al-Bahr (Salt of this Sea) 2008 Ages 15+ Sun 14 April 3.00pm / Cinema A 35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY SR, 109 MINUTES, PALESTINE/BELGIUM/FRANCE/SPAIN/SWITZERLAND, ARABIC/ENGLISH/HEBREW (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: ANNEMARIE JACIR / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BENOÎT CHAMAILLARD / EDITOR: MICHÈLE HUBINON / … Continue reading

The Canyons is the greatest story being told

A movie might save Lindsay Lohan from Hell – no not jail, reality TV.

THE crazy true story of the making of the neo-noir Hollywood film The Canyons for $250,000 will be turned into a film one day and it will make hundreds of millions of dollars one day.
If you have not caught up with the tragi-comedy, which would make Samuel Beckett jealous, get on-board straight away.

This unintentional black comedy of the making of The Canyons stars best-selling author/ Twitter assassin Bret Easton Ellis, screenplay writer of Taxi Driver, Paul Schrader, wild child Lindsay Lohan and a porn star named James Deen.

I have been following the saga which is almost too good to be true.
Here is a background account of the juicy story which has the promise of more delights to come.
The latest news is the film has a distributor IFC  Films when no wholesaler seemed keen after the flick was brushed for inclusion in the Sundance Festival and ridiculed in the media.
IFC plans to release it simultaneously in theaters and on the internet (Video On Demand) early in the American summer.
The distributor – the I stands for independent – picked up My Big Fat Greek Wedding in 2002 which had to be a good score.
·        Subsequent ICF releases include
·        Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004) – by Michael Moore
·        Land of Plenty (2004) – by Wim Wenders
·        Paranoid Park (2008) – by Gus Van Sant
·        Che (2008) – by Steven Soderbergh
·        My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009) – by Werner Herzog
·        Looking for Eric (2009) – by Ken Loach
·        The Angels’ Share (2012) (as IFC Midnight) – by Ken Loach
 The point is that IFC has given some credibility to overcome the bizarre marketing efforts of The Canyons producers who dissed their own film in three trailers:          
I won’t inflict the other two on you but below are the links

Commenting on the distribution deal, director Paul Schrader said, ‘The Canyons is a visually and tonally precise, acid-etched horror story of souls wandering through a hyper-materialistic hell.’
PLEASE Paul, promise not to do any more promotion from a pen dipped in purple ink.
Meanwhile, the Guardian newspaper, which makes some strange cultural deliberations, has panned the film without seeing it – remember it is out in the American summer.
TheGuardian might like to declare the film a dud, but I would like to go on the record for predicting it will make a huge bundle of moolah. IFC apparently put down $1m on the table to secure the rights which puts the flick in the black already. Thanks go to the Guardian and the New York Times for the “negative” publicity.
I cannot wait to see it and in a cinema. It may be a passable film but I will love it, anyhows. It will be the final chapter in a magnificent evolving narrative.
Paul Schrader says The Canyons is a horror story:


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Top 5 videos on BushTelegraph

According to You Tube these videos are Bush Telegraph‘s all time top videos 1. 1982 Land Rights Struggle – Brisbane Cmwlth Games 2. David Rovics – ‘Laissez les bon temps rouler’ (Let the good times roll) 3. Letter from Camp … Continue reading

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Palestinian Film Festival Australia 2012

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Palestinian Arts Culture & Sports Inc (PACSI) is proud to be partnering with Sydney based Cultural Media to bring the national Palestinian Film Festival Australia (2012) to Brisbane. The Festival will be located at the popular Palace Centro cinema at … Continue reading

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Stromboli – a review

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“I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.’” — … Continue reading

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Radical Memory Collective

RADICAL MEMORY COLLECTIVE PRESENTS FREE FILMS At Brisbane City Council Library, Brisbane Square Saturday, 23rd June Theatrette, Ground Floor 1:00—2:30 p. m. HOW THE WEST WAS LOST The story of the 1946 Aboriginal Pastoral Workers’ strike in Western Australia that … Continue reading

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Radical Memory Collective

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PRESENTS FREE FILMS At Brisbane City Council Library, Brisbane Square Saturday, 19th May Community Room, Ground Floor 1:30—2:30 p. m FREE VOICE OF LABOUR Tells the history of the Jewish Anarchist workers’ newspaper that was published for 87 years in … Continue reading

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Swimming Free Palestine!

Swimming Free, Palestine

Emad, Gareth and I walked to the
starting line at Wategos beach, near the
Byron Bay lighthouse.

As we entered the water with the other
swimmers, the organisers called off
the race because of treacherous
conditions. Loud speakers announced
that we would be ‘swimming at our
own risk’.

We swam anyway.

Many other swimmers did the same.

As we rounded the point from Wategos beach,
Emad was dumped by a two metre
wave and had to be rescued.

We wish to thank the selfless swimmers
who kept Emad afloat until the Surf Life
savers arrived in their Zodiac.

Gareth and I continued swimming wide
of the big breaking waves. I came
across Gareth and could hear him distinctly
above the sound of the waves
and a nearby surf boat — as Gareth took
each breath in mid-stroke he yelled:
Free Palestine, Free, Free Palestine‘.

About one kilometer further on we
arrived near main beach at Byron Bay
where we were both hammered by big
breaking waves.

Gareth’s goggles were wiped off his
face and my swimming cap with the
Palestinian Flag emblem was lost in the
cauldron along with one of my flippers.

Gareth and I walked up the beach
alongside others swimmers saying how
their legs had cramped up as they came
into the beach.

We returned to the stall where Maxine
had spent the last hour engaging with
people asking questions about
Palestine and the campaign by MECA to
provide clean drinking water to children
in the West Bank.

We were happy to be re-united with
Emad who told the story of the bravery
of the swimmers who saved him in the
big swell. In his words he said ‘I
drowned’. But he was saved!

Some time later two young girls in
swimming costumes came up to the
stall holding my Palestinian flagged
swimming cap lost in the sea about 20
minutes earlier.

Maxine yelled out ‘Ian, these girls found
your cap!” I turned and asked how they
knew the cap was mine. The 11 year old
girl with braces on her teeth said she
and her friend saw the flag flying high
on the foreshore and looked at the flag
on the cap and put two-and-two
together.

Gareth said: ‘What are the chances of
that happening!” and Maxine rewarded
the girls with a sumptuous home made
cake. Thanks girls!

We are swimming to raise money for
the Middle East Childrens’ Alliance so
Palestinian kids can have clean drinking
water despite Israel’s best efforts to
desiccate them.

You can sponsor us by making
donations at MECA to help meet the
basic needs of Palestinian children and
give them opportunities to learn, play,
and envision a better future. Go to
https://www.mecaforpeace.org

A special thank you to Gareth and
Maxine for making this small
contribution to Palestinian kids lives
possible.

Free Palestine!

Music
‘The Other Side’ by Phil Monsour on ‘Ghosts of Deir Yassin’ see http://www.philmonsour.com/

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Is it better to run or to stay?

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“I’m sure the murderer of Lorenzo Manfredini is one of the immigrants….All you have to do is take a walk in the afternoon in the gardens in Piazza Vittorio to see that the overwhelming majority of the people are foreigners; some come from Morocco, some from Romania, China, India, Poland, Senegal, Albania. Living with them is impossible. ” Continue reading

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Film Night to remember Palestinian Land Day

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30 March is Palestinian Land Day. Over 300 people attended the remembrance and commemoration at a film night organised by the Palestinian Arts Culture & Sport Inc (“PACSI”). Kathyn Zahran outlined PACSI‘s  primary objectives of encouraging the appreciation, and promotion, … Continue reading

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4ZZZ’s Opening Statement in 1975

And something is happening here But you don’t know what it is Do you, Mister Jones ? — ‘ballard of a thin man’ by bob dylan Editor’s Note: Thanks to the efforts of Peter Gray we now have the transcript … Continue reading

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National Cultural Policy discussion paper

The discussion paper is a crucial step in the development of a new National Cultural Policy. Consultation began on a National Cultural Policy in 2009, and has involved the arts and culture sector, creative industries, the public at large and … Continue reading

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Xstrata’s massive mine proposal

Foe v Xstrata Info Night – Thursday 4 August Come along to the Abel Smith Lecture Theatre at UQ this Thursday at 6pm for an update on our case against Xstrata and their mega coal mine. UQ Climate for Change … Continue reading

“Australian Documentary: History, Practices and Genres”

“Australian Documentary: History, Practices and Genres”.

Time
12 April · 18:00 20:00

Location
Avid Reader

193 Boundary Street
West End, Brisbane

Free event, but RSVP essential
Call 3846 3422, email events@avidreader.com.au or online at www.avidreader.com.au

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Return to Gaza

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Brisbane Premiere screening of Return to Gaza Thursday March 31, 2011 7pm at The Schonell Cinema, University of Queensland Featuring discussion with director Michael Weatherhead and Samah Sabawi – Australian-Palestinian writer, co-author of Journey to Peace in Palestine and a … Continue reading

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1967/1977 street marches in Queensland — reasons for revolt?

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“Here is a historically important film, recently rediscovered, that few people will ever have seen, and  that commemorates an event that a lot of you will remember. The bulk of it is about what happened in Roma Street on a … Continue reading

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Eureka Award for Grahame and Esme Garner

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Dear Friends At the recent Eureka Day in Ballarat, Grahame and Esme Garner were honoured for their lifelong devotion to political activity for workers self management and industrial democracy with an EAM (Eureka Australia Day Award). A presentation to award … Continue reading