AFTRS Red Alert # 24

by theredset on August 1, 2011

Another bumper edition of Red Alert this week with news that includes; the latest from AFTRS alumnus Cate Shortland who is shooting a new feature in Germany, this week’s Friday on My Mind guest Mitzi Goldman who will share her experience making the doco A Common Purpose for which she picked up the audience award at the Sydney Film Festival, details about AFTRS Head of Screenwriting Ross Grayson Bell’s seminars and sessions happening this weekend in Northern NSW…and lot’s more.

We love to receive and share news so drop us a line: stayconnected@aftrs.edu.au

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FRIDAY ON MY MIND

Bringing you the best and brightest from the screen arts and broadcast industry – every Friday at 5pm – who share their ideas and expertise.  So why not wind up your working week with some mind food…

This week Friday August 5: Mitzi Goldman and A Common Purpose

Mitzi Goldman has written, produced, edited and directed documentaries – that deal with social issues, personal history and cultural heritage – for over 20 years. Her latest, A Common Purpose, about a landmark trial in South Africa in which 25 people were convicted of the murder of one man, won the audience award for best documentary at the 2011 Sydney Film Festival. Mitzi will share her thoughts and experiences about documentary filmmaking in Australia today.

Includes a screening of A Common Purpose

Guest: Mitzi Goldman

FREE every Friday at AFTRS at 5pm.

AFTRS Theatre 1
FREE
Doors open 5pm
First in – best dressed

Full details & directions

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NEWS & EVENTS

AFTRS alumnus Cate Shortland commences shooting for Lore

Cate Shortland (Directing 2000) is tackling some complex material in her new film, Lore an epic set in Nazi Germany, based on Rachel Seiffert’s Booker-nominated novel, The Dark Room. Adapted for the screen by Shortland and British writer Robin Mukherjee, Lore (an Australia/Germany co-production with UK participation) – is set in the spring of 1945 as the German front collapses and the Allied forces take control. The film has recently moved into full production. This is Cate’s first feature since Somersault (2004) and Lore‘s Australian distributor, Transmission, has high hopes for it and we hear she has delivered some beautiful rushes in the past week…

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Paris to Sydney

AFTRS’ international reputation has recently prompted some exciting creative relationships with other institutions abroad, and literally as the New York students from Tisch (who spent the past three weeks immersed in our Foundation Diploma) board their jets back to the US,  a French cinematography student; Stéphane Jacomo, currently enrolled in the Masters Program at Ecole Nationale Supérieure Louis-Lumiere re in Paris, commences as an exchange student at AFTRS. Stéphane will be joining the Graduate Diploma of Cinematography program for three months starting on Monday August 8 – perfectly timed on Stéphane’s part to coincide with this year’s slate of productions, which have recently begun shooting at the school and on location.

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Ross Grayson Bell, AFTRS Head of Screenwriting, is set to head north at the end of this week dropping in to Northern NSW towns to share his passion for screenwriting.

Ross will be chairing a panel at the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival this weekend  on adaptation along with a panel of industry heavyweights including: Greg Haddrick, award-winning co-creator of Underbelly and producer of Cloudstreet, living legend, David Williamson; Gallipoli and Year of Living Dangerously, director Gillian Armstrong; My Brilliant Career and Little Women, who will delve into the pitfalls and rewards of adapting literary works for the screen both big and small.

Venue :            Macquarie Marquee, Byron Bay Writers’ Festival
Panel:              Screen and Heard
Date :               Saturday, August 6th, 2011
Time :               3:45 – 4.45 pm

To order tickets and more information go to the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival website >

Ross will also be making an appearance at the Queer Fruits Film Festival in Lismore next week on August 10 where he will  present a one off seminar that explores the six ways storytellers can engage an audience.

The seminar will be held at the Lismore & District Workers Club on Wednesday August 10 at 6.00pm – 8.30pm

To book your FREE place call 6687 1984 or email the festival

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Just four weeks to go until applications open for AFTRS 2012 courses

September 1 will see the entire suite of award courses AFTRS has on offer for 2012 live and open for applications.

There are some very exciting new developments with regards to course offerings for 2012 and we are really looking forward to opening our doors on September 10 & 11 for the annual AFTRS OPEN DAYS.

More details about AFTRS OPEN DAYS and applying for AFTRS award courses will be included in upcoming editions of Red Alert so keep an eye on your inbox and bookmark the AFTRS website to make sure you are in the loop.

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