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Wednesday 27 July – Sunday 31 July, 2011

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) have collaborated to present Dark Rooms and Dreamscapes: the Films of Peter Tscherkassky and Eve Heller, a program of screenings and talks by two fascinating experimental filmmakers opening Wednesday 27 July. On their visit to Australia, audiences will have the opportunity to hear from these award-winning filmmakers about redefining the filmmaking process using found footage and dark room techniques.

One of the leading figures in contemporary avant-garde cinema, Peter Tscherkassky makes films featuring a potent blend of visuals, partly informed by film theory, that work the viewer into an ethereal trance state.  For over three decades, he has experimented with the technical formalities of film, from found-footage work to his masterful ‘dark room’ films.

Tscherkassky’s works will be presented in a two-part film program.

Program One comprises a stunning collection of 16mm and 35mm films including Tscherkassky’s masterful CinemaScope trilogy. The black and white trilogy begins with L’Arrivée (1997/98), a frenetic remake of the Lumière Brothers 1896 film L’Arrivee d’un train a La Ciotat using footage of Catherine Deneuve in Mayerling (1969).  Second in the trilogy is Outer Space (1999), a reworking of The Entity (1982) staring Barbara Hershey and shattered into an exhilarating cinematic maelstrom in the hands of Tscherkassky. Finally, Dream Work (2001), derived from the same source material as Outer Space but this time exploring the surreal land of dreams, serves as Tscherkassky’s homage to pioneering experimental filmmaker Man Ray and won Best Experimental Short Film at the Melbourne International Film Festival. Program One also includes key films in Tscherkassky’s oeuvre;  Freeze Frame (1983), kelimba (1986), tabula rasa (1987/89), Shot-Countershot (1987), Happy-End (1996), and Nachtstück (Mozart Minute 09) (2006).

Program Two features Coming Attractions (2010), a playful exploration of the links between early cinema, the avant-garde and advertising which was awarded Best Short Film at the prestigious Venice International Film Festival in 2010. Also a winner of multiple international film festival awards, Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine (2005) takes Sergio Leone’s classic The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (1966) as source material, providing Tscherkassky with a canvas on which to create a hyper-kinetic marriage of sound and vision that celebrates and deconstructs the very nature of the filmstrip. Key to this screening is Manufraktur (1985), one of the earliest of Tscherkassky’s films, crafted in his childhood dark room in just six days using footage from car tyre and women’s pantyhose advertisements. Manufraktur marked Tscherkassky’s debut using the contact copying method and awakened his interest in the ‘dark room’ process.

ProgramTwo also features Urlaubsfilm (Holiday Film) (1983), Parallel Space: Inter-View (1992) and Get Ready (1999).

During MIFF, Tscherkassky will visit Australia to introduce the film programs and present a unique masterclass. The award-winning filmmaker will analyse and explain the fascinating process behind his masterful ‘dark room’ filmmaking in an event on Sunday 31 July at ACMI, which includes a screening of Instructions for a Light and Sound Machine.

Eve Heller’s films have screened internationally at festivals and art institutions including the Anthology Film Archives, Toronto and New York Film Festivals and the Whitney Museum. Her films are lyrical, offering dreamlike glimpses into the everyday and bringing us closer to lost worlds through the reworking of found footage.

Heller will be in Australia to introduce a retrospective collection of her 16mm and 35mm films that exemplify cinema’s profound ability to catapult the viewer to a land of their own imagining.

Among the films screening are Astor Place (1997), a film that pays homage to early cinema by placing a static camera in a busy thoroughfare then asking who is watching whom, and One (1978/2009) in which Heller excavates and reworks her earliest film made as a student at the University of Buffalo, which featured Super-8 images of illuminations cast through an ornate gateway. The program also includes Last Lost (1996), Her Glacial Speed (2001), Behind This Soft Eclipse (2004), Ruby Skin (2005) and Self-Examination Remote Control (1981/2009).

In a public lecture, Reframing the Image: Found Footage Filmmaking, Heller will explore working in found footage filmmaking and the infinite possibilities for redefining the “image” through the use of hand processing and optical printing. This lecture will be held on Sunday 31 July at ACMI.

ACMI Film Programmer Kristy Matheson says this program celebrates the materiality of film itself and the possibilities for the medium through the works of two internationally renowned and distinct filmmaking artists.

“Both Peter Tscherkassky and Eve Heller make superbly crafted films that demand to be seen on the big screen.  At a time when much discussion is devoted to the death of celluloid, it is inspiring to present a series of screenings and talks from two artists that challenge the validity of this statement.”

The visit of Peter Tscherkassky and Eve Heller to Australia coincides with the 60th Melbourne International Film Festival. Dark Rooms and Dreamscapes is this year’s partnership event between MIFF and ACMI.

“Peter Tscherkassky’s name will be very familiar to MIFF audiences who have come to enjoy his works over the years.  Given the long history between the filmmaker and the festival we are really delighted to be able to work with our colleagues at MIFF to present a comprehensive retrospective and have the filmmaker present to discuss his films,” says Kristy.

“We are also thrilled to be showcasing the work of Eve Heller who, like Peter Tscherkassky, works with found footage and crafts films within the dark room.  Eve’s films have screened extensively overseas but this program will be an exhilarating discovery for Australian audiences when her work premieres at ACMI this festival.”

Says MIFF Artistic Director Michelle Carey; “I am thrilled we are able to present a full retrospective of Peter Tscherkassky and Eve Heller in their presence at our 60th edition this year, in conjunction with our friends at ACMI. The first time I saw his Outer Space I was stunned by its beauty and formal violence and it is a real honour to have them here to present lectures on their cinematic practice in this context.”

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the Melbourne International Film Festival presents  Dark Rooms and Dreamscapes: the Films of Peter Tscherkassky and Eve Heller, opening Wednesday 27 July to Sunday 31 July 2011 at ACMI, Federation Square. For session information and times, please visit:


In the age of 3:30 digital singles, The Paper Scissors are cutting against the grain with their new album In Loving Memory. A creation for lovers of long-form albums, the record brings together a range of influences and topics to create a truly international rock soundscape.

The songs were written during the band’s travels; from home in Sydney to as far away as Queens, New York, in various studios and via email through numerous long sessions. Jai Pyne has written lyrics about a range of topics from family, love, drunkenness, alcoholism, death, sex, the ocean, weather, isolation and more, bringing a disparate collection of musings into one of the most coherent and focused collections of songs from an Australian band this year.

“We’ve shed any insecurities and have pieced together an album that embodies us as a band,” explains Jai. “The way our sound has evolved and the fact that it reflects our learning and growth explains why it’s taken so long to realise this album.”

Discovered by underground radio including FBI and Triple J, the band’s very first single “We Don’t Walk” captured the playfulness and self-assured outlook of youth, seeing the band develop a loyal fan base which was cemented with national touring.

The first taste of the new album showed a remarkable growth in the band with the single “Lung Sum” released in late 2010. With a deeper outlook, but a solid basis in pop melody, the track took the listener on a journey, preparing for what was to come on In Loving Memory.

Mixed by UK producer Tom McFall (REM, Weezer, Snow Patrol), the album is a clear artistic statement. Part UK, part US and totally Australian, In Loving Memory is a reflection of urban Sydney and the influences, contradictions, loves and pressures inherent in a complex life.

In stores and online June 17 through Source Music / MGM Distribution

All shows $15 entry

with Pluto Jonze + Guerre –

with Readable Graffiti + Rubycon –

with Collarbones + I, A Man –

with Collarbones + Sincerely Grizzly –

with Glass Towers + Toy Balloon –

with Glass Towers + Big Dead –

with Matthew J Tow (The Lovetones)

Free entry

with Of the Red Sea + Post Paint –

with Pluto Jonze + The Quixotics –

The Splendour in the Grass sideshows have been announced…check the list below


Sunday 24th July – Jive Bar, Adelaide
Tuesday 26th July – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Thursday 28th July – Manning Bar, Sydney

Tuesday 26th July – Metro Theatre, Sydney
Thursday 28th July – Prince Bandroom, Melbourne

Monday 25th July – Metro Theatre, Sydney
Wednesday 27th July – Prince Bandroom, Melbourne


Wednesday 27th July – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Friday 29th July – Festival Hall, Melbourne


Wednesday 27th July – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne
Friday 29th July – Metro, Sydney


Tuesday 2nd August – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Wednesday 3rd August – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney


Tuesday 26th July – The Prince, Melbourne
Thursday 28th July – The Factory, Sydney


Tuesday 2nd August – The Factory, Sydney
Wednesday 3rd August – The Corner, Melbourne


Monday 25th July – Thebarton, Adelaide
Wednesday 27th July – Festival Hall, Melbourne
Thursday 28th July – Hordern, Sydney


Tuesday 2nd August – The Metro, Sydney
Wednesday 3rd August – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne


Wednesday 27th July – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Thursday 28th July – Corner Hotel, Melbourne


Thursday 28th July – Metro Theatre, Sydney
Friday 29th July – Billboard, Melbourn


Friday 22nd July – The Rosemount Hotel, Perth
Sunday 24th July – Metro Theatre, Sydney
Monday Jul 25th – he Hi Fi, Melbourne


Tuesday 2ns August – The Gov, Adelaide
Wednesday 3rd August – The Capitol Theatre, Perth
Thursday 4th August – Metro Theatre, Sydney
Friday 5th August – Prince Bandroom, Melbourne


Tuesday 2ns August – Billboard, Melbourne
Wednesday 3rd August – Metro Theatre, Sydney
Friday 5th August – HQ, Adelaide
Thursday 6th August – Villa, Perth


Friday 29th July – The Annandale, Sydney
Monday 1st August – East Brunswick Club, Melbourne


Wednesday 27th July – The Basement, Sydne
Friday 29th July – Red Bennies, Melbourne

For more information about Splendour in the Grass just visit the official site of the festival here

Captain Barbossa (GEOFFREY RUSH)  himself will be walking “The Black Carpet” at the Australian Premiere of Jerry Bruckheimer’s “PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES”.

Some local celebrites will also walk the red carpet: Brian McFadden, Rebecca Breeds, Glen McGrath, Rachel Finch, Eamon Sullivan, Michelle Bridges, Daniel Ewing and Jason Dundas

Tuesday 17th May 2011

Event Cinemas, 505 George St, Sydney

From 6 pm

About the film
The movie stars Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Gemma Ward, Stephen Graham, and Richard Griffiths.

Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise—this time in Disney Digital 3D™. Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise.  When Jack crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), he’s not sure if it’s love—or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who to fear more:  Blackbeard or the woman from his past.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, only at the Movies May 19


Trial Kennedy is back with their second album Living Undesigned.

Melbourians have been together since 2002 and after 2 killer EPs (2004’s Present for a Day and 2005’s Picture Frame) they produced their first album New Maniac Art and the singles Neighbours and Colour Day Tours had became Triple J anthems.

Trial Kennedy has toured supporting Fall Out Boy and Birds of Tokyo and nowadays they are touring the country to promote their latest album.

Living Undesigned is a great piece of work. Trial Kennedy is one of this bands that you can listen many times and never get bored. This rock/indie album have brilliant lyrics, catchy guitar riffs and choruses that can amuse the most demanding audience. Moreover, the unforgettable vocal performance of frontman Tim Morrison, the pumping drums of Shaun Gionis, Stacey Gray’s incendiary guitar and bassist Richie Buxton made Trial Kennedy a great prospect for Australian music Industry.

When you listen the first song “Sally” you keep singing the chorus all over again in your mind, just an amazing track to start rocking! The track “Living undesigned” brings you a passionate song with emotional lyrics and an addictive melody that keep you wanting more.  Living undesigned litteraly means the chemical oxytocin that’s produced organically in the human brain when listening to music, explains Tim Morrison, “so we figured that’s a damn good name for a song and album right here”.

The band have moved from rock-pop vibe into a new maturity darker and dirtier sound brought by Richie, the bassist and it’s demonstrated by “Best of tomorrow“, their first single. The sound of some songs like “My own” reminds you a little bit of Radiohead but Trial Kennedy clearly have created something new, a new sound that is just amazing.

The band have found liberation in being independent again “This time around, every decision, from a single, the artwork and the arrangement has been completely ours” says Morrison.

Behind every good album there’s an equally compelling story. Living Undesigned is not just the album that Trial Kennedy fans have been waiting for, it’s the album that will blow anyone else mind. So as we used to say in Spotlight Report, there is no better cricit than yourself, be your own critic and enjoy listening Trial Kennedy’s latest album and give us your thoughts. Let’s support our Fair Dinkun aussie bands!

The album is out on May 13th and their tour kicks off same day in Melbourne!

For more information visit: and their Facebook page.

Here check their first track “Best of Tomorrow“:

The third episode of Kevin Tancharoen’s Mortal Kombat: Legacy is now online and tells the story of Johnny Cage.

Next week’s episode focuses on Kitana and Mileena.

No more words  and watch the first episode below: ROUND THREE – FIGHT!

Australia’s largest international Festival of Blues & Roots Music takes over Byron Bay every Easter and is a highlight of the Australian music calendar. This 2011 headlining the festival are Bob Dylan, Grace Jones, BB King, Elvis Costello, Ben Harper and the Relentless 7, ZZ top, George Clinton and Jethro Tull between others.

Here check out the line-up for Monday 25th April:

Bob Dylan

Elvis Costello & The Imposters

Jethro Tull

Tim Robbins & The  Rogues Gallery Band
Irma Thomas
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Peter Rowan & The Bluegrass Band
Joe Louis Walker
Little Bushman
Catain Matchbox Whoopee Band
Tony Joe White
Saltwater Band
Public Opinion Afro Orchestra
Eli Paperboy Reed
Cecilia Noel
Michelle Shocked
Resin Dogs
The Mad Bastards
Leah Flanagan
Bobby Alu
Kate-Miller Heidke
RocKwiz Live
The Snowdroppers
Barrence Whitfield
B.B and the Blues Shacks
Hussy Hicks

For more info: