Happy to say that Facon has finally been released online to watch and enjoy! Please watch and share!
Two updates from the festival front! Facon got a special mention at the Flickerfest Green Flicks section. Joshua Dang, Barbara Ings and I were thrilled to hear it, since there were really really good films in the section. Greenflicks was judged by Costa Georgiadis, Gregory Miller and Kate Harris. The judges praised Facon for its sense of humour dealing with environmental issues.
We’re also really happy about how well the film played at all the screenings. The Short Laughs Comedy sessions were sold out and it was great to be alongside such hilarious company!
The other great news is that Facon has been chosen to tour nationally. The full tour dates can be seen here.
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.
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
GreenFlicks 2017 – Sat 14 Jan, 4.30pm
Short Laughs Comedy 2017 (repeat) – Sat 14 Jan, 6.30pm
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!
‘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 (UPDATE! You can watch it here: http://bit.ly/2qkGnb1.)
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:
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 Pickering, Finbah Neill, Thandi 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:
All in all NYWF was such a great experience and I hope to attend again next year!
Mixology is a tv series that takes on a challenging premise, the entire series follows what happens to a group of people in one night. That’s right, enough drama goes on in one night to cover thirteen entire twenty-two minute episodes. And the creators of the show Jon Lucas and Scott Moore pull it off, almost.
Mixology is set in a bar in Manhattan. It’s a character driven sitcom: each episode focuses on one relationship or group. You have the usual collection of stereotypes: the whipped guy who just got dumped, the career driven man eater, the New Jersey housewife, the naïve girl, the charming British guy, the hot but dumb bartender, and any number of caricatures. As the series moves on you get little snippets into the background of each: who’s sleeping with who, who’s got a thing for certain types and it is entertaining to watch the different characters interact and flip flop between choosing which sexual partner they will eventually (at the series finale) go home with.
Watched in several doses the series would be enjoyable, but if you watch it all in one go (as I did) you see all the flaws laid bare. The humour is, at all times, light and obvious. The night never ends, and for the more critical viewer, it’s sometimes hard to continue to sustain disbelief: ‘You just got rejected by two guys you liked, why would you not just go home?’. If you are looking to be challenged, don’t bother. But if you’re looking for an easy to watch extended romantic comedy about life as a single person, then you’ve hit jack-pot.
Last year, while working on my thesis, I stumbled upon a great app called Tapestry. The app allows you to make short tappable stories. It’s been a while since I put any creative writing on this blog, so I thought I might share this small piece with you. It’s very tiny, a vignette if you will. I hope you enjoy it.