Facon At Flickerfest!

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I’m thrilled to announce that the film I wrote and produced Facon is having it’s World Premiere at Flickerfest. It’s an amazing accomplishment for the director Joshua Dang, producer Barbara Ings and the whole team to have achieved. Come along to support the film and laugh enthusiastically at the jokes.

Flickerfest 2017 Festival Trailer from Flickerfest on Vimeo.

Facon is being featured in the Short Laughs Comedy screenings and GreenFlicks 2017, so there will be three screenings that you can attend:

Short Laughs Comedy – Fri 13 Jan, 8.45pm
http://flickerfest.com.au/programme/short-laughs-comedy-2017/
GreenFlicks 2017 – Sat 14 Jan, 4.30pm
http://flickerfest.com.au/programme/greenflicks-2017/
Short Laughs Comedy 2017 (repeat) – Sat 14 Jan, 6.30pm
http://flickerfest.com.au/programme/short-laughs-comedy-2017-repeat/

Tickets are $20 and it will be held at the Bondi Pavillion. Come along to watch some great comedy/environmental ideas and support the film!

http://flickerfest.com.au/film/facon/

REVIEW: The Audience Is Present by Belinda Anderson-Hunt

On the Friday the 14th of October ‘The Audience is Present’ a new work by performance artist Belinda Anderson-Hunt was presented as part of Verge festival at the Cellar Theatre. In ‘The Artist is Present’, Marina Abramović’s game changing work of performance art, Abramović invited spectators to sit opposite her for 5 minutes or less with her full attention and direct eye contact, leaving them to sit comfortably or uncomfortably in her gaze.

Similarly in Anderson-Hunt’s work ‘The Audience Is Present’ the audience is shifted from their position as safe spectator and left feeling exposed. When I arrive at the Cellar Theatre we are instructed to turn off our phones and led into a darkened space. There Anderson-Hunt performs a series of stretches. Then one by one she takes spectators by hand and leads them into a second space with two seating banks opposite to each other. Anderson-Hunt leads each person to a seat one by one and then leaves.

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The spectators are left for 30 minutes and the results are intriguing. Each audience member is left to sit uncomfortably in each others presence. Some refrain from direct eye contact, preferring to stare directly at their shoes. The eyes of a whole seating bank is intrusive, some audience members embrace the eye contact with welcome while other eyes dart away from the intimacy. The duration of the work is certainly what made it so powerful, as noone is quite sure how long the piece will go for. Without phones, without distractions and without any indicator of time, there is nothing left to distract us but the fact that we are in presence of other people. How often are we left to socialise without any of the social cruxes we cling to: a drink, a joke, polite banter, a phone?

A comfortable silence, is often thought of as something that can only be achieved with a true friend. Surrounded by this wall of strangers, constrained to silence, I felt that we were forced into such a friendship. No talking, no excuses, no laughing, the audience was only able to drink each other in. The long duration led, me at least, to take in every detail of the audience, to construct their personalities by only what I could see. We so often stalk each other online. Hours are spent staring at someones pictures, making guesses at who they truly are, but in civilised society we are never allowed to just stare, to purely take someone in without fear of being labeled a creep.

By the end of the performance I felt like I knew a little about each person; the one who adverts their gaze; the one who smiles; the performer; the one who shifts in their skin. A study conducted in 1989 by Kellerman, Lewis, and Laird posited that with enough direct eye contact anyone can fall in love. It was this strange thought that lingered in my mind, as I walked out of the performance and heard these people’s voices for the first time. The experience was one of isolation and intimacy, and one I was glad to have caught.

I’m excited to see what Belinda Anderson-Hunt comes up with next.

Toni Fitzgerald’s Cult Following Is Filmed!

Toni Marketing ImageThe TFCF shoot is now over and we are now working on the Post-Production. With the completion of Toni Fitzgerald’s Cult Following also comes with a new venture. I have started my own production company Fliction Media. You can like the Facebook page here (please do).

Here are some production stills from the shoot, there are more on the Facebook page. If you’d like to keep abreast of all updates for the film, please like Fliction Media! Have I said that enough? I think I’ve said it enough.

 

 

 

Toni Fitzgerald’s Cult Following

I am in my final year of my Masters of Media Arts and Production and that means I have to complete a final thesis work. I am making a film I wrote in 2013 called Toni Fitzgerald’s Cult Following. Pre-production is underway and we’ll be filming on the 22nd and 23rd of May. Please get in touch if you’d like to be in some way involved (my email address is fpickering (a) gmail.com. I’ll have more updates soon! But watch this space!

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Facon – Behind The Scenes

‘Facon’ has been filmed!! I’m really happy with how it turned out.

You can see the full credits of the film on the IMBd page. Click on the film poster below to download the Press Kit. If you’d like to discuss the project or future work contact Josh for a private link to the film.

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Hopefully it will be having a film screening near you soon!

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National Young Writers’ Festival 2015

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This year I was lucky enough to be a festival artist at the National Young Writers’ Festival 2015. When I found out that I had been offered a spot as a festival artist I literally screamed and ran around my house, much to confusion of my housemates. National Young Writers’ Festival is a hoot! I had attended in 2014 and had absolutely fallen in love with the festival.

If you need any proof of how magical National Young Writers’ Festival was, you can just have a watch:

OH MY THE FEELINGS! It was a truly beautiful experience and I cannot recommend going to NYWF more. So many lovely exciting people just having a go. As one person said to me, what makes NYWF so special is that everyone is just trying their best. For many people it’s the first time they have chaired a panel or read to such a large audience. It’s a space where people are allowed to fail and experiment.

I attended a lot of things, but my favourite events were the Late Night Readings: Flirting with the Law, Screenwriting Workshop with Magda Wozniak, Late Night Readings: Breakups and Breakdowns and the Under The Sea Enchantment Ball (of course).

The Screenwriting Workshop was my favourite. I’ve always been curious about how writing rooms work and this session gave me a lot of insight. In the session we were treated as Home and Away writers and worked through the process of how to script a weeks worth of content. People were pitching ideas left right and centre and  bouncing ideas off each other. It made me realise that writing for tv is a lot about writing to constraint and working as a team.


I was on two panels:

The Plays The Thing –
Host: Kate McDowell. Participants: Felicity PickeringPhillip KavanaghLiv Satchel

Blurb:
When it comes to the writing community, playwrights and playwriting can often get swept under the rug. With playwriting one of the oldest forms of literature, it’s high time we put the spotlight back on the stage. These bards spill the beans on the playwriting industry, and the issues they face as playwrights today.

A Newcastle Story –
Participants: Felicity PickeringFinbah NeillThandi Chindove, Ewa Ramsey.

Blurb: In partnership with the Newcastle Museum, NYWF takes you on a trip into Newcastle’s history. From lightbulbs to biscuits, earthquakes to coal heaps, join these brilliant young storytellers as they delve into the museum’s collections and dig up some fascinating tales of Newcastle past, present and future.

The Plays The Thing was a great relaxed session. It was my first time being on a panel.

A Newcastle Story was more nerve wracking. A few weeks before the reading I had caught the train to Newcastle for the day to get a private tour of the Newcastle Museum. I had to find something in there that inspired me and write something in response.

Newcastle Museum had a series of portraits of hotels and pubs from Newcastle with stories about the pubs displayed on the side. I ended up writing a piece about an 18 year old girl who starts working at a hotel in Newcastle that is filled with backpackers and the hotel comes to represent that period of her life.

I have a few snaps from the A Newcastle Story reading:

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All in all NYWF was such a great experience and I hope to attend again next year!

 

24 Hour Party Playwright – Bondi Feast

Eleanor Roosevelt once said that you should one thing a day that scares you. Well on Friday the 18th of July this year I did something that frightened the hell out of me. I participated in a 24 Hour Playwright Party as part of Rocksurfer’s Bondi Feast. The event involved writing a play in 12 hours that was then performed by a team of actors the next night.

It was petrifying, exhilarating and a great exercise in learning to just let go and not self edit.

The resulting play was Object, a play about an advertising creative being taught a lesson from a man acting as a table at a trendy party. It was wacky and strange and I had so much fun. A massive thanks for Rocksurfers for letting me participate!

I was sadly unable to see the play as I was in Adelaide helping out with Playwriting Australia’s National Play Festival.

See below for some snaps from the performance!

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