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On 7/4/12 we travelled to Sydney to see the very much talked about Opera on Sydney Harbour La Traviata.

All photos taken by NORA PRESTON.

Sign at the gate entrance.

Upon reading Verdi’s tragic love story synopsis, a story of Violetta, a beautiful Parisian courtesan who keeps her heart closed to her many admirers, until she meets a handsome stranger known as Alfredo, the story sounded very familiar, an opera version of Baz Luhrman’s unforgettable musical film Moulin Rouge, starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan Mcgregor.

Both Courtesan stars die from consumption in the end.

The set was absolutely breathtaking with an extremely large Swarovski crystal chandelier.

9-metre La Traviata chandelier made with Swarovski Elements

The promised fireworks came rather early in the Opera, which I expected to be set off at the end of the opera.

Fireworks shortly after the Opera commenced.

If you saw Moulin Rouge you may recall Nicole Kidman lifted up into the air on a swing, that she consequently falls off.

Instead of the swing, this was replaced with the chandelier opening up with a stand dropping down that Violetta steps onto, who is then raised up into the air in.

Soprano Emma Matthews plays Violetta on the stand that opened up and extended down from the chandelier.

The elegant colourful costumes.

The death bed draped with black silk sheets, on the bottom corner of the stage, and also showing some of the subtitles translated into English, to your bottom left of the picture.

Alfredo played by Gianluca Terranova takes his bow, (raised arm, wearing white with black shirt), at the end of the performance.

And that’s all Folks.

Most certainly an unforgettable experience, a spectacular performance, on an exquisite set.

The Grand Finale is tonight 15/4/12, commencing at 7.30pm, gates opening at 5pm.


The 12 finalists have been announced for this year’s International Documentary Challenge, a timed filmmaking competition where teams have five days to make a documentary. The films by these 12 teams – each incorporating the theme of “cycles” – will premiere at the Hot Docs Festival on Tuesday, May 1 at 7 pm. Buy your tickets today!

Hot Docs and Cineplex Entertainment are pleased to announce Hot Docs Live!, which will feature the Canadian premiere screenings of two high-profile Hot Docs 2012 Festival films in 35 Cineplex Entertainment theatres across Canada.

CHINA HEAVYWEIGHT and INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE premiere on May 2 and 3, respectively, at 9:00 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. CT, 7 p.m. MT, 6 p.m. PT. These screenings and special interactive discussions with the filmmakers and special guests will be simulcast live from the newly opened Bloor Hot Docs Cinema via Cineplex Entertainment’s Front Row Centre Events to participating theatres across the country.


CHINA HEAVYWEIGHT, directed by award-winning Yung Chang (UP THE YANGTZE), follows a master coach in central China as he recruits poor rural teenagers and turns them into Western-style boxing champions. The top students face dramatic choices as they graduate: should they fight for the collective glory of their country or for themselves? A metaphor for the choices everyone now faces in the new China.

CHINA HEAVYWEIGHT screens on Wednesday, May 2. Get tickets!

The Q&A for CHINA HEAVYWEIGHT will be hosted by The Globe and Mail’s Liam Lacey
Special thanks to Canadian distributor KINOSMITH


If you are a short-filmmaker, you have until the 1st May to get the discounted early bird rate of US$20 for the 2012 Festival. Full details on entry here.

This film festival is currently on the look out for some new Auckland based team members to help with our expanding festival. Our festival volunteers work all year around, meeting once per fortnight on a Thursday night to discuss progress on the festival and their individual projects. You would need to be available to attend meetings as well as

give the festival a few hours of time in between meetings to work on whatever job/s you get allocated.

We are particularly looking for anyone interested in helping us with marketing, community outreach and education screenings, but general volunteers are welcome too.

It’s a fun and social team, and a very rewarding experience. There’s nothing more fulfilling than the feedback we get from audiences who come out from watching our shorts and realising that we helped to create this event.

If you are interested in joining please email Heidi at info@showmeshorts.co.nz to find out more.


Stony Brook Southampton Writers Conference

is pleased to announce


Work in small 10-person, intensive workshops to create or improve on a screenplay or film each morning with professional Oscar and Emmy Award winning instructors.

The five-day and twelve-day residential programs offer inspiration and challenge to those interested in using the visual language of film to tell a story.

Afternoons offer panels, seminars or

a trip to the beach. Evenings provide social gatherings and special guest lecturers.

This summer our Special Guest is an independent producer, Christine Vachon of Killer Films, who will offer an afternoon workshop as well as an evening discussion of her films.

Located in the resort community of Southampton, New York, a relaxed setting of natural beauty, this program will take your work to the next level.


Call Christian McLean – 631-632-5007



Assistant Directing

This professional course is designed to provide you with the skills to forge a career as a 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th Assistant Director.

AD1201: Saturday and Sunday April 28, 29 (10am – 5pm)

You will learn how to:

* Schedule a film and keep it on track using EP Scheduling
* Maintain lines of communication
* Prepare call sheets
* Monitor the arrival of cast and crew
* Monitor on-set safety
* Rehearse additional cast and direct extras
* Build a career as an AD

More Info/ Enrol

Final Cut Pro Introduction

Want to begin editing with Final Cut Pro 7 and get an intro to Final Cut Pro X? This comprehensive workshop is an exercise-based course covering basic editing procedures and the many features of Final Cut Pro 7 and a basic demo and insight into the pros and cons of Final Cut Pro X.

FCP 1204: Friday to Sunday April 13 (6.15-9.15pm), 14, 15 (10.00am-5.30pm)

Gain an overall understanding of the principles and strategies for non-linear editing and learn about the basic features of the program including:

* Setting up a project
* Capturing media
* Basic picture editing
* Basic sound editing
* Codecs
* Special techniques like titles, credit rolls, layers, filters, image effects, transitions

Digital Filmmaking Introduction

This intensive, practical workshop takes you through the basics of shooting a short drama script, and allows you to perform every role (including acting) on set.

DFI1202: Friday to Sunday April 27 (6.15pm – 9.15pm) 28, 29 (10.00am – 5.30pm)

You will learn:

* Phases of production
* Crew roles and responsibilities
* Interpreting and preparing a script for shooting
* Camera, lighting and sound fundamentals
* Directing actors and crew
* Final Cut Pro (editing) basics

More Info/ Enrol

Documentary Filmmaking Introduction

Get the skills to make your own short documentary with this intensive practical course. Designed for beginners, this course gives you a solid technical and creative foundation.

DOCFI 1202:Thursday to Sunday March 29, 30 (6.15-9.15pm), 31, April 1 (10am-5pm)

Be guided by an experienced filmmaker to:

* Examine storytelling conventions
* Understand the process of concept development
* Understand legal and ethical issues
* Conduct interviews
* Use camera, lighting, sound and editing equipment
* Collaboratively shoot and edit a short documentary exercise

More Info/ Enrol

Opening Shot 2 Calling for Entries

Screen Australia and ABC TV Documentaries are calling for entries to Opening Shot 2, a $400,000 initiative that aims to support and enable talented young documentary makers to tell their stories through a prime time series for ABC2.

ABC TV is looking to commission up to six one-off films to form an insightful and entertaining series that will look at contemporary Australian life and appeal to a broad audience.

Applicants can apply for up to $80,000 for each half-hour documentary. To be eligible, the director must be 35 or under at 1 June 2012.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 1 June 2012.

For guidelines and applications click the links below:
Screen Australia


Supported by the ABC and Screen Australia.

Aesthetica Short Film Festival

ASFF 2012 is looking for films under 25 minutes, and is a fantastic opportunity for filmmakers to broadcast their work to a wider audience.

ASFF 2012 takes place in the historic city of York, UK from 8 – 11 November. The screenings will cover a wide variety of genres and filmic styles, including: drama, documentary, animation, comedy, music video, thriller, experimental and artists’ film. The films will be showcased across 15 iconic locations in the city, from medieval halls to boutique cinemas and in addition to four days of screenings there will also be a series of master classes, workshops and networking with leading industry figures.

The winner will also receive £500 ($735 AUD) among other prizes and screenings at a number of other UK festivals and the runner-up will receive £250 ($368 AUD). A shortlist of finalists will be included on the ASFF Sampler DVD, which will be distributed with the December 2012 issue of Aesthetica Magazine, an international arts and culture publication. Finalists will also be included in an editorial feature in the magazine.

Click here for more information and to submit today!

Entry is £15 ($22 AUD) and the deadline for submissions is 31 May 2012.

ASFF is hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, which is an internationally recognised brand, with a combined online and print audience of 100,000 + worldwide. The brand engages with the arts both in the UK, Europe and further afield and Aesthetica’s editorial combines dynamic content with compelling critical debate, attracting a high-profile, culturally aware audience.

Tropfest New York 2012 Call For Entries

Imagine your film premiering in New York in front of thousands of people! Well here is your chance, as entries are now open for Tropfest New York 2012!

Entries must:

  • Be produced specifically for Tropfest New York
  • Be no longer than 7 minutes, including titles and credits
  • Include the Tropfest Signature Item (TSI) – ‘BAGEL’
  • Be a world premiere (including online)

The finalist films will be judged by a panel of industry heavyweights, with the winner taking home $20,000 cash!

Entries close May 10.

Click here for more details.

13th Annual Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival – October 10-14, 2012!

Planet in Focus is now accepting submissions for the 13th Annual Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival taking place October 10-14, 2012 in Toronto, Ontario.

Film and video submissions include fiction, documentary, animation and experimental short and feature-length films about urban and rural spaces, wildlife, social, cultural and political environments, farming, food, alternative communities, Aboriginal perspectives, health and environment, climate change, water and more.


at http://www.withoutabox.com or http://www.planetinfocus.org

Early-bird deadline: April 30, 2012

Final deadline: May 21, 2012

Click here for more info.


Crew Call for Tropfest short film

We are looking for a dedicated crew to get together to film a Tropfest short film called “Dreams of Reality”.

The film criticises the superficiality of modern society, especially the media and their obsession with visual perfection.

It will be shot in locations around Sorrento & Portsea and some posh suburbs of Melbourne (locations are all confirmed).

Exact dates for filming are yet to be confirmed but will hopefully be around end of April/beginning of May 2012 around the Melbourne and Sorrento/Portsea area, mainly on weekdays.

Crew needed:

  • Camera operator/DOP with their own equipment or access to equipment (at least camera, tripod, microphones and basic lighting)
  • Sound recordist/sound mixer with their own equipment or access to equipment (with boom mike and wireless mikes)
  • Assistants who would like to gain experience on set and help out with various tasks
  • Director who could also be available for a few casting sessions within the next weeks.
  • Editor with their own computer and editing program or access to one, who would also be willing to play around with minor special effects, if needed, to achieve the desired result.

For more details please contact Stephanie either via email (stefanie.hoefgen@gmail.com) or via mobile (0415 416 144).

Next Wave Recruiting Volunteer Film Crew!

Next Wave Festival 2012, 19 – 27 May

Get involved in the Next Wave Festival 2012 and be part of a nine day explosion of new art experiences!

Preferred experience and skills with/in:
• Film Production/editing
• Sound recording/editing
• Production management
• Experience in working in public space
• Ability to work in a team

For more information click here


FNI(A) Film Networking Industry (Australia) wishes you a Very safe, and Happy Year in 2012.

If you need any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact me on MOBILE +61 407 601 662, or email fni_a@yahoo.com.au

NORA PRESTON – Filmmaker since 2001
Founding President


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