Media and entertainment partners
We are a boutique public relations agency based in Hobart, Tasmania at a latitude of 42º south and longitude of 147º east.
Surrounded by crystal clear waters and the purest air on earth, our location is both an inspiration and reminder of the importance of public relations.
Working independently or collaboratively, we strive to improve and future-proof the reputation of Tasmanian businesses and brands.
We help our clients engage meaningfully with their customers and stakeholders, expand their customer base and create loyal brand advocates.
We're a small agency with big ideas, and achieving award-winning results with a proven national and international reach.
4 J Entertainment
4 J ENTERTAINMENT is a mobile twilight outdoor and indoor cinemas.
Adam Walker Studio
Adam Walker Studio (AWS) is a digital production business founded by Adam Walker in 2001.
The studio delivers high quality professional services while creating a supportive work environment for Tasmanian digital artists. AWS delivers content to a client based across the globe, in markets ranging from mobile content to visual effects and animation. In recent years, AWS has numerously been recognised internationally for the calibre of their work. On a personal level, Adam Walker has been recognised as an innovator in his field, and an advocate for the continuing development of the film industry in Tasmania.
Online marketing platform promoting adventure and youth travel in Tasmania.
Adventure Tasmania is an online marketing platform working to promote Tasmania to the adventure and youth travel markets.
Adventure Tasmania has an extensive online presence which includes a full website as well as a social media presence with over 24k followers.
Adventure Tasmania produces regular article and video content covering events and adventure activities. In the last 12 months we have produced videos covering Kayaking on the Tasman Peninsula, White Water Rafting on the Franklin River and Mountain Biking in the Meehan Range.
Australian Wooden Boat Festival, Inc
Presenters of the biennial MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival. This is the largest wooden boat festival in the Southern Hemisphere, attracting more than 500 wooden boats and 200,000 visitors to Hobart.
A not-for-profit organisation, AWBF Inc. produces the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival and other community events. Calling on the skills of 25 specialist project leaders and 400 volunteers, AWBF delivers large scale public events with a high degree of professionalism and safety.
Business Events Tasmania
Business Events Tasmania is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing business events professionals with independent, expert advice and support on every aspect of holding a business event in Tasmania.
Business Events Tasmania can assist with the following:
- Examine the feasibility of staging a national or international convention, meeting or incentive in Tasmania.
- Prepare a comprehensive bid to present to national and international executives outlining the many advantages and benefits of meeting in Tasmania.
- Source submissions and quotations from meeting venues and service providers in Tasmania.
- Host and coordinate site inspections and familiarisations.
- Assist with the marketing and promotion of business events to achieve maximum attendance in Tasmania.
- Register eligible conferences for the Tasmanian Government-funded Meet in Tasmania Incentive Scheme a cash payment for conferences held between May and September in Tasmania.
- Provide visitor information for delegates and their partners.
- Offer free independent advice and assistance with the planning of a conference, meeting or incentive.
Corey Speers Consulting
Providing communications, media and engagement services based on the North-West Coast of Tasmania.
Corey Speers Consulting is a proudly Tasmanian-based consultancy providing media and public relations, social media management and strategies, content curation and creation, copywriting, community and stakeholder engagement services.
Contact name Corey Speers
Phone 0438 802 077
Corporate Communications (Tas) Pty Ltd
Strategic communication consultancy that employs professionals who work in corporate affairs, government and public relations, marketing, advertising and publishing.
Corporate Communications (Tas) Pty Ltd is an integrated communication consultancy that specialises in corporate affairs and strategy, government relation and public relations.
The public / media relations function is a specialty of the consultancy. Clients in this space include corporations, small business, government business enterprises and state-owned companies, industry associations, welfare organisations and individuals.
It also operates a successful marketing and advertising division and is able to develop creative communication solutions across a diverse selection of media.
The consultancy publishes four monthly community and business newspapers (Eastern Shore Sun, Glenorchy Gazette, Hobart Observer and Island Business).
Cricket Tasmania is the governing body for the sport of Cricket within Tasmania
Tasmania's premier lifestyle and food television production company. Producing outstanding television, brand video and photo content
Established in 2016, Cultivate Productions has become Tasmania’s premier Food and Lifestyle television production company and one of the biggest independent producers of food and travel television in Australia. 2017 saw the creation of Food Lab by Ben Milbourne with the first season of 13 episodes screening on Network 10 and season 2 expanding to 65 x 30 minute episodes on SBS Food Network and soon to be distributed around the world.
Based in Devonport, Tasmania, Cultivate Productions has the on-ground networks to best capture the essence of Tasmania and maximise the growing interest worldwide for Tasmanian food, wine, spirits and spectacular scenery. With state of the art production equipment, a full-time production and post production team, editing suite and studio space available.
Specialising in brand-funded television and video content, Cultivate Productions can offer a range of opportunities to showcase your brand to a wide audience. With the full production team available onsite and in the editing suite, we like to partner with our brand sponsors not only with television production but also with additional content that can be utilised through your own marketing campaigns and maximise the value of your investment and exposure of your brand.
Dark Mofo Winter Feast
Dark Mofo Winter Feast draws on age-old traditions of winter solstice celebrations from every corner of the globe and savours the core of these: family and community; feasting and produce; singing and music; subversion and masquerade; rebirth and renewal; fire and life.
In a combined effort between MONA and Hobart City Council for three nights over the Winter Solstice the Winter Feast at Princes Wharf Shed No.1 (PW1) on Hobart’s waterfront is a communal, bustling, warm, engaging, spicy, colourful and interactive three nights of feasting for the whole community – family-friendly festivus with an edge.
Dark Mofo Creative Director Leigh Carmichael said: “This community feast is a new recipe of ancient tradition and contemporary culture; pagan tradition by laser light. The winter solstice has led to many wild festivals and parties – revelry to defeat the forces of darkness, frost and cold – with one of the more interesting being Saturnalia. We believe we have gathered together the right amounts of buffoonery and madness to cook up something even a seasoned Roman could be proud of.” Producer Gillian Minervini said: “Winter Feast is a warm refuge from the darkest nights of the year. A gathering place on the waterfront – inspired by the universal rituals and traditions of the solstice and transformed by colour, spice and fire.
The feast is unlike any other event – breaking down barriers between cooks, chefs, performers and audience. A unique experience of sharing food, music, entertainment, art & light that will capture the senses and warm our hearts.” Local food curator Jo Cook said: “I had fun curating within the Winter Feast ‘Fire and Spice’ theme. Be prepared to eat some of Tasmania’s tastiest food and be warmed by mulled ciders, spiced teas, hot chocolates and single malt whiskies. We’ve got food to please young and old – pies, tacos, curries, noodles, dumplings, soups, grilled cheese, burgers, warm brownies, hot fudge sundaes, crepes and churros. This is a feast with something for everyone. You’ll want to come more than once.”
Devonport City Council
Local City Council
Edge Radio 99.3FM
Edge Radio is a not-for-profit community station. As Hobart’s only youth station, Edge Radio provides a mix of music, entertainment, local journalistic content and information to enhance Hobart’s cultural landscape.
Edge Radio 99.3FM is a not-for-profit community station, in Hobart, Tasmania. Edge Radio has an emphasis on, and actively encourages, local content including current issues that affect Tasmanians, broadcasting local music talent and cultural activities/events. It strives to broadcast fresh, creative, informative and intelligent programming for our listeners.
Edge Radio’s programming is broad and designed to cater not only for the core audience (this audience is between 15-30 years) but also for the wider community. Whilst we remain committed to serving the needs of our core audience, Edge Radio is fast becoming a service for ‘youth of all ages’.
We aim to provide a vibrant, youth-focused and broadly inclusive radio station for the Tasmanian community that:
- Enlivens the culture and social climate of Tasmania
- Is high quality
- Is participative
- Has a Tasmanian perspective
- Provides programming relevant for youth
- Is responsive to the needs of its audience
- Provides a forum to discuss current issues
- Is artistically diverse
- Has informative and educational programming
Chef, Cookbook Author, Photographer, stylist, recipe writer, recipe & photography website, online store of Tasmania food products, books and kitchen ware.
eloiseemmett.com Cooking, writing, styling and photographing food in Tasmania with Tasmanian produce, over 150 recipes. Online store of Tasmanian Produced cookbooks and Tasmanian products and gifts.
Events Tasmania is a government body and part of the Department of State Growth.
Events Tasmania provides grant funding, advice, training and educational resources to assist in the creation, staging, promotion and operation of events in Tasmania.
- provides grants to private business, clubs, associations and community groups.
- provides one-on-one advice, guidance, consultation and skill building services to event organisers and promoters.
- offers workshops and coaching programs tailored to the events sector as well as information about event specific training opportunities being offered in Tasmania
Everything Everything is a creative consultancy specialising in still photography, film, websites and branding.
Everything Everything is a creative consultancy specialising in still photography, film, websites and branding. Owner Andrew Wilson has over 20 years in the industry, starting out his career as a Producer for Advertising Agency Ogilvy and Mather, Mazengarb in 1995.
Andrew has produced work for brands such as J.Boag and Son, Cascade Brewery, Hydro, Aurora, MBF, Blundstones, Salvation Army, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Islington, Smolt Restaurant, Gambling Support Program, Zimmah Coffee, MS Society, Hobart City Council and various government departments and agencies.
Andrew has also worked for American, British, Canadian, Asian, New Zealand and mainland Australian production companies on TVC, documentary and feature film productions. In 2012 Andrew founded Parliament Co-Working (http://parliamentcoworking.com/) at the Gibson City Flour Mill Building and in 2013 released his first printed publication Old Sea Dogs of Tasmania (http://oldseadogs.com.au/).
Festival of Golden Words Inc
Festival of Golden Words Inc is an all-volunteer Tasmanian organisation which organises the biennial Tamar Valley Writers Festival.
Festival of Golden Words Inc launched the inaugural Festival of Golden Words, Tasmania's biggest writers festival, in 2014. It ran to packed house in the Tamar Valley town of Beaconsfield, attracted some of Australia's finest writers and received wide community support and acclaim. The second festival, renamed the Tamar Valley Writers Festival, will be from March 18-20, 2016 and already the list of invited writers is impressive -- Phillip Adams, Don Watson, William McInnes, Sophie Laguna, Michael Robotham, Gideon Haigh, Julian Burnside, David Hill among them.
The festival is backed by the West Tamar Council and the Tasmanian Government, key corporate backers including the Brown Brothers wine conglomerate, and local businesses. Tourism Northern Tasmania regards the festival as a signature event for the region.
Font Public Relations
At Font, we believe that good communications begins with the strategic plan, it ends with a measurable result, and along the way, builds a strong reputation for the organisations we work with.
We build brand and reputation for our clients. We focus on results, with a commitment to integrity, quality and a tailored approach to every job.
We're creative, collaborative and thorough, and we strive to deliver the very best outcomes by incorporating a full team approach. And while we strongly believe in detailed attention to strategy, we also seek to deliver a bit of zing and work with a dash of fun. We believe you have to work in a happy environment to love what you do, and it's because we care that we make a difference for our clients.
Forty South Publishing Pty Ltd
Forty South is Tasmania's biggest book publisher and the parent company for the prestigious Tasmania 40 South, which has been described as a lifestyle magazine with brains.
This high-quality, award-winning magazine portrays the natural and human qualities of Tasmania. Its 60,000 readers come from every Australian State and territory and another 38 countries. Constant feedback from the readership, many of whom have been loyal to the magazine for the entire 17 years of its existence, creates an excellent framework of quality control and market insight.
Hawthorn Football Club
The Hawthorn Football Club is a professional Australian Rules Football Club in the Australian Football League.
World class drone aerials and on ground camera team
Ignite Digi provides full CASA certified and insured drone aerials both locally and nationally.
We fly our ARRI Alexa Mini and Red Epic 5K cinema cameras to capture world class visuals for any production.
All our drones are custom designed and built right here in Tasmania.
Some of our credits include:
The Kettering Incident - Foxtel/BBC series
Childhoods End - Sy Fy channel series
The Wanderer - East Coast tourism commercial
and many more!
Island is a quarterly magazine of ideas, writing, and culture, edited and produced in Tasmania.
It started in 1979, initially under the banner of The Tasmanian Review, reflecting the magazine's home and scope. But by 1981, after only five issues, and with its interests and scope becoming much broader, Island Magazine was born. Island is now one of Australia's leading literary magazines, tracing the contours of our national, and international culture, while still retaining a uniquely Tasmanian perspective. It is Tasmania's only literary and cultural magazine. Island also offers a rich program of cultural events including The Longest Write, The Gwen Harwood Poetry Competition and quarterly launch celebrations.
J.C.P.L. is the publisher of Tasmania to the Letter, an entertaining and occasionally quirky grab-bag of information about the State of Islands.
The company also provides journalistic and public relations services to selected clients.
Contact name Mike Jenkinson
Phone 03 6248 6672
Pics and Pixels Pty Ltd
Photographer, videomaker, skilled drone operator, expert in digital strategies and in marketing communication.
• expert in digital strategies and in marketing communication (more than 20 years): strategic business positioning, social media, web advertising, web usability
• creation, development and management of corporate websites, portals, e-commerce, business to business and business to consumer solutions, expert in wordpress.com platform
• brand image / corporate identity: business cards, folded flyers, posters, banners, display
items, packagings, magazines, books, catalogues and interior decoration.
• experienced photographer (more than 30 years):
➡ corporate: industrial branding photography, architecture, portraits, landscape, interior, panoramic images 180° / 360° / 540°
➡ advertising: beauty, fashion, editorial, commercial, product, food and beverage
➡ performing arts: actor headshot, model portfolio, dancers portfolio
➡ personal: portrait, classic, glamour, fashion, themed, beauty, family, children, maternity, personal photographer
• experienced video maker: virtual reality, corporate, commercial, personal video maker
• skilled drone operator to take aerial shot
• Google Business Photographer
Providore Island Tasmania
Vintage Tasmania will be the complete book of Tasmanian wine.
Contact name Tony Walker
Phone 03 6328 1555
A Tasmanian based software development company forcussed on the Apple hardware and software platforms. Commenced in 2010 and has launched a successful painting and illustration App called Procreate on the world market.
The introduction of the iPhone into the market was a game-changing moment for James Cuda and his team at Savage Media. They were quick to realise the opportunities this new frontier of hand-held tech offered, and by the time rumours of the iPad began to surface they knew they had to act. The team wanted to create something different, and their first idea, Procreate, was just that.
A unique and intuitive digital illustration tool for the iPad, and built entirely from the ground up, Si knew that Procreate needed to be noticed, so in another bold move, they released it for free. The aim was 5,000 downloads and positive reviews were essential for exposure in the competitive App Store environment. The result was over 100,000 downloads of Procreate in the first 24 hours along with a wealth of incredibly positive reviews. Procreate began to climb the sales charts.
The release of the iPad2 and its incredibly powerful A5 chip was the next opportunity SI seized, releasing the refined and updated Procreate 1.5. The result was overwhelming. Procreate was featured as the highly coveted App Of The Week, creating more attention and more sales. Procreate became the number one app in most of the App Stores around the world, even outselling the iconic Angry Birds.
The biggest breakthrough came in 2013, with Procreate awarded a prestigious Apple Design Award, putting Savage Interactive on the same stage as major, global entities. Despite immense pressure to move to Silicon Valley, Si and its 8 staff stayed in Tasmania, and in doing so kept their independence, and their perspective.
With Procreate 2.0 released late in 2013, Si are now entering the next phase of product development with plans that include further development of Procreate, as well as ground-breaking, beautifully humanised software that will add significant value to the experience of Apple users worldwide and have significant commercial potential.
Is the state's screen funding agency, growing a sustainable screen industry in Tasmania.
The screen industry is a dynamic and rapidly growing economic sector employing more than 50 000 people across Australia.
Since its inception in 2000, Screen Tasmania has been fostering Tasmanian talent and projects and driving production activity to help generate jobs and underpin sustainable enterprise growth in the state.
In addition to supporting feature film and documentary production, in it's strategic plan Through The Lens: 2011-2016, Screen Tasmania has placed an emphasis on driving growth in key areas of production including Television Drama series, Factual Entertainment and Digital Media production.
In particular Screen Tasmania sees the growth areas of Interactive Entertainment across multiple screens from mobile to tablets and online as an opportunity for Tasmania to become a key player using modern technology and high speed broadband capabilities.
For the first time in history, Tasmanian businesses are not disadvantaged by physical distance or geographical isolation. Utilising computer technology and the internet allows for content to be created locally and distributed globally generating revenue, helping to build sustainable businesses and ultimately jobs growth.
This means that Tasmanian's and in particular the computer literate younger generation will have the opportunity to live and work in Tasmania in highly skilled, well-paying jobs, without having to leave their home state, and be part of and a leader in the global digital media revolution.
Southern Cross Television
Southern Cross Television
Contact name Craig Davies
Phone 03 6345 7777
Excellence in contemporary dance… Professional dance company, TasDance, described by Dance Australia critic Lee Christophis as the “best ensemble in Australia”, has toured China, New Zealand and the United States.
Under the leadership of award-winning Artistic Director, Annie Greig, the Launceston-based company produces innovative contemporary Australian work for audiences, as well as conducting a strong education program in schools.
TasDance started 21 years ago as Australia's first dance-in-education company and has grown to earn a national reputation for the strength, diversity, innovation and accessibility of its repertoire of contemporary Australian work.
Tasmania Chinese Business Association (TCBA)
TCBA is the first and the only non-for-profit Chinese business association in based Tasmania.
We have formed strategic cooperation with the state government, local councils, business associations, multicultural groups, and some local service providers.
TCBA aims to better promote Tasmania towards all the Chinese both in China and mainland Australia, and to attract more tourism and investors for this wonderful state.
Most of our members are local service providers and Chinese investors, who also passionate about promoting Tasmania and improving the economic development of Tasmania.
TCBA has organised and sponsored some important events for the local community with the aim to facilitate culture exchange and to contribute to the economic development.
Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival
A celebration of FRESH perspectives and INNOVATIVE approaches to screen-based STORY-TELLING that inspires positive CHANGE
Tasmanian Storyboard Group
The Tasmanian Storyboard Group provides writing, editorial and publication services for corporate, tertiary-education and government clients.
Our aims are to hear your story, know your strategic vision, and write content that broadens and deepens your stakeholder engagement.
We add value by crafting accurate, clear, concise and ethical material that captures the audience, promotes the brand and helps to realise organisational goals.
The consultancy generates, reviews and manages projects in traditional and digital publishing environments. As professional and innovative specialists, we are connected to a respected community of publishing creatives and corporate stakeholders.
Tasmania is our inspiration; words are our business!
Ten Past Three Productions Pty Ltd
We are a Tasmanian Independent Film and Television Production Company.
Set up by Emma Wilson and Danny Pennacchio in August 2013, with a vision to make Tasmanian feature films and TV shows using Tasmanian cast, crew and locations. We are currently in pre-production for a TV show where a local Tasmanian presenter travels across Tasmania to experience the extraordinary food and meet with local producers.
The Website Clinic
The Website Clinic creates online marketing strategies so you can identify your potential online market, shape your online offering to match the demand, attract interested online visitors, convert these visitors to customers in a way that earns you a profit.
Tourism Brochure Exchange
A Tasmanian company formed in 1990 to distribute tourism information via various mediums: brochures, digital app, screen network, posters and co-op TV.
Tourism Brochure Exchange was established in 1990 to promote the distribution of professional brochure displays throughout Tasmania.
We are Tasmania’s statewide distributor of travel information. With an extensive state-wide network of over 200 locations including major hotels, airports and the Tourism Hub on the Spirit of Tasmania.
Our digital app 'Brochure Buddy' is a successful digital means to upload specific tourism content. And our recently launched Tasmanian Tourism Exchange gives operators cost effective co-op TVC to capture intrastate business.
Poster Impact distributes event collateral for the Arts & Entertainment industries.
WIN TV is Australia's largest TV network - broadcasts throughout 23 markets and reaches 6 million viewers across 6 states.
WIN Television carries programming of all three commercial television stations in Australia. It is a sole Network Ten affiliate in all broadcast areas, but also carries Seven Network and the Nine Network affiliated channels in Griffith, New South Wales and eastern South Australia.
WIN Television has always produced regional programming, including the flagship local news service WIN News, that supplement programs sourced from affiliates.
WIN TV Tasmania through it's local Tasmanian nightly news seeks to promote Tasmania, and is committed to identifying and delivering content to support the growth of Tasmanian businesses from around the state and specifically to provide a strong community value to its content.
Hobart is gateway to the Antarctic and home to a passionate group of polar experts. Among their ranks the intrepid Dr Frederique Olivier – adventurer, scientist and documentary film-maker.
8 May 2018, Edition 194
Hobart high-tech start-up, Biteable, is quickly becoming recognised as a world leader in its niche market – proving you can make it big without leaving home.
3 May 2018, Edition 194
Royalty charms Hobart
Tasmania received royalty with the Earl of Wessex paying the state a visit. The Earl – better known as Prince Edward – was in Hobart in April to celebrate the bicentenary of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. The Queen’s youngest child also officially opened the Gardens’ new Lily Pad decks and joked that he would, “try and make this look slick and professional, it has taken years and years of practice, and I am still practicing.” It was 50 years ago that Queen Elizabeth II also visited the gardens, bestowing them with the Royal prefix. During his visit to Hobart the Earl also made an effort to meet with Tasmanian youngsters, including having a hit of tennis with junior stars at the historic Hobart Real Tennis Club and calling on students at St Aloysius Catholic College at Huntingfield. Along the way he charmed the crowds, including St Aloysius student Nicholas Shelverton who told The Mercury the prince came across as a ‘nice bloke’: “We talked about the mountain bike track and what we’ve been doing in our mountain bike club. He’s very warm and welcoming, and very nice.” The Earl of Wessex visited five cities while in Australia, attending 32 events in eight days, including the Commonwealth Games.
3 May 2018, Edition 194
Adventures at ‘wild’ film festival
It would have to be one of the world’s ‘wildest’ film festivals. Hundreds of movie buffs headed to Tasmania’s remote central highlands in early April for The Cradle Mountain Film Fest. Now in its fourth year, the festival is held on the fringe of the Wilderness World Heritage Area and is appropriately dedicated to the screening of adventure movies. Based at Cradle Mountain Village it featured some of the best new adventure films from around Australia and overseas. Tasmanian offerings included The Lorax Project, a film about climbing and BASE jumping from Frenchman’s Cap, and Overland which was described as a new take on walking the iconic Overland Track. One of the most highly anticipated movie screenings was John Shocklee: A Fairy Tale which celebrated older adventurers by recounting the tale of an American ski fanatic. However, appropriately this adventure film festival also included some real-life action. One of the festival highlights was a Mountain Huts Film Trail where film buffs took part on a challenging day of hikes to see short films screened in five remote mountain huts.
3 May 2018, Edition 194
Dark MOFO goes bigger
Dark Mofo has been forced to upsize some of its events in the wake of unprecedented demand. The hugely popular mid-winter festival continues to go from strength-to-strength, with tickets to the June event snapped up at record rates. Tickets worth $1.5 million were sold immediately on release – an increase of 50% over the same period last year. This also resulted in a number of shows being quickly sold-out and leaving a growing number of people on waiting lists. However, organisers responded quickly with Dark Mofo creative director Leigh Carmichael telling The Mercury: “We’re currently working pretty madly to try and move some gigs into bigger venues.” Organisers have already announced that sold-out shows, Laterne by Berlin Atonal, and the experimental music event Borderlands will be moving to larger premises. Initial ticket sales also indicate there is more interest this year from outside of Tasmania, with 65% of tickets sold to date going to people who live interstate or overseas. Dark Mofo 2018 runs from June 13 – 24 and will feature regular highlights including the annual Winter Feast and Nude Solstice Swim.
3 May 2018, Edition 194
Tim Paine home in Hobart
One of Tasmania’s favourite sons, Tim Paine, was back home in Hobart in April and giving an insight into how he plans to captain the Australian cricket team through one of its darkest periods. The 33-year-old – Australia’s 46th Test Skipper – told The Mercury: "I've just tried to be myself and be relaxed around the team. I think going forward as captain it's important for me to keep doing that…I'm just going to go about things the way Tim Paine goes about things. I'm not an overly vocal captain, I'll just be trying to lead by example." The Tasmanian was thrust into cricket’s top job when then-captain Steve Smith, and vice-captain David Warner were sacked in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal. However, Paine also insists he is no stop-gap captain and is here for the long-haul: "I'm going to be doing everything I can and to be doing it for as long as I can…At the moment, I'm captain for as long as I'm around.” The Tasmanian will now lead a cultural overhaul of the team; worlds away from just over a year ago when he was on the verge of retiring from cricket altogether after on-going injury set-backs. Paine is the second Tasmanian to captain the Test Team following in the footsteps of Ricky Ponting.
3 May 2018, Edition 194
Targa win for Tassie duo
The iconic Targa Tasmania has been won by a local duo – for the seventh time. Driver Jason White, and his uncle and navigator John White, are now one win away from the efforts of the legendary Jim Richards and Barry Oliver who have claimed the most Targa crowns. This is the Whites' 21st Targa Tasmania and they won in a cliff-hanger finish driving their 2016 Dodge Viper. John White told The Mercury this was their toughest, but most satisfying, win to date: “We haven’t driven so hard or been under so much pressure so consistently.” The Whites fought a neck-to-neck battle over the 2,000km rally with Melbourne-based Tasmanian Matt Close, who unfortunately crashed on the final day. “It’s really rewarding to come out on top and it’s disappointing to see Matt go out because the battle was enjoyable as much as it was intense,” he added. Targa Tasmania began 27 years ago and is one of the world’s largest and most prestigious tarmac rally events. The six-day 33-stage event attracts top touring, sports and GT cars from across Australia and overseas which are put to the test on some of Tasmania’s toughest roads.
3 May 2018, Edition 194
Funding for film-makers
A leg-up for Tasmania’s film-makers and digital producers has come with new State Government grants to help fund their projects. Among the recipients are north-west based duo, Michael O’Neill and Dylan Hesp, who will use $10,000 in funding to produce a six-part miniseries shining a light on drug-related crimes in their region. Shards is a drama series about a north-west town terrorised by an outlaw bikie gang. Other projects to receive funding include $24,000 to help produce Lucy’s Cannon, an animated children’s comedy series about two young siblings who become embroiled in all sorts of adventures. Myriad Games Studio will receive $10,000 for its interactive game Where the Snow Settles about Aurelia who is aided by mysterious spirits as she searches for her lost sister. Arts Minister Elise Archer said the grants – which total $68,000 – will support local film-makers and digital producers and show the Government is “a strong supporter of our cultural and creative industries and is committed to the continued growth of our digital content sector.” She added this is great news that confirms Tasmania’s growing reputation as a cultural and creative industry leader.
3 May 2018, Edition 194
Hollywood hits Hobart
Hollywood came to Hobart when Margot Robbie recently paid the southern capital a surprise visit. The Aussie film star took in Hobart’s delights, including MONA and lunch at Frogmore Creek Vineyard near Richmond. However, it’s believed that the low-key visit was more than just a pleasant break, with The Mercury speculating the trip was part of a film scouting mission, with the star accompanied by her crew and production team. This comes hot on the heels of news that Tasmania is on the radar of Hollywood heavyweights looking for locations for their film and TV productions. Screen Australia Chief Executive, Graeme Mason, told The Mercury: “There are people absolutely looking at it (Tasmania) now. We have had more going on in Tasmania in the last two years than probably the last dozen added together.” Filming in Tasmania of the Oscar nominated movie, Lion – starring Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel – along with the hit series, The Kettering Incident, have further reinforced the state’s potential as a stunning backdrop – both on the big and little screen.
11 April 2018, Edition 193
Stawell Gift for Tassie sprinter
A Tasmanian sprinter has won Australia’s richest footrace – The Stawell Gift. Jacob Despard pocketed $40,000 in prize money for his effort, while adding his name to the history of this iconic event. The 21-year-old is only the fourth Tasmanian to win the Stawell Gift in the 137-year history of the race. Despard blitzed the field – in the handicapped event – clocking an adjusted 12.12 seconds over 120m. And for this talented Tasmanian the win was definitely a case of never-give-up with Despard telling ABC News: “It’s always been my dream to win the Stawell Gift and I’ve tried for the last six years.” Despard is now based in Melbourne to further his training and has his eyes firmly on other prizes as well. While he represented Australia in an under-20 relay team – at the junior world championships four years ago – Despard now dreams of pulling on the green and gold for our Olympic team. The Stawell Gift was first run in 1878 and is one of the world’s most famous footraces. It is run on grass, with competitors handicapped according to form and ability, and with bookies betting big on the event. It is held in the Victorian town of Stawell over the Easter long-weekend.
11 April 2018, Edition 193