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.
Glen Albyn Estate
Dramatically perched above the shores of the Derwent River with a backdrop of the Historic Shot Tower, Glen Albyn is Hobart’s newest function centre with views that span Storm Bay, Bruny Island and beyond.
Glen Albyn Estate hosts International, National and Local incentive reward events, destination weddings, conference gala dinners, fundraising and product launch events. Set in magnificent clean, green Tasmanian Bushland with a vista of water views representative of the best the island state has to offer, Glen Albyn caters for 10 to 1000 people. Offering the best prime Tasmanian food and wine produce along with unique theming ideas in four individual settings from The Atrium, Pool Room and Marquee to the unmatched Riverview Deck, Glen Albyn offers the perfect option for any size or type of function.
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
Madfinch Pty Ltd
We make specialist food videos and a variety of other projects that promote Tasmania positively.
We are professional specialists with broadcast backgrounds and we create content from simple ideas.
We can suggest ways to create successful clips for a range of purposes.
We have been engaged to make online campaigns, crowd-funding and awareness campaigns, content marketing, television commercials, presentations, niche campaigns, documentary films, factual projects and we have also made award-winning short films.
We have also recently been engaged to teach others how to make their own media.
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 Taste of Tasmania
Hobart's waterfront celebration of Tasmanian food and drink takes place from 28 December until 3 January every year.
The Taste of Tasmania is held annually from 28 December until 3 January around Hobart's spectacular waterfront and Salamanca precinct. Running in parallel to the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race and the Melbourne to Hobart Yacht Race, The Taste festival offers visitors a delicious range of local Tasmanian provenance including a range of seafood, cheeses, berries, cool-climate wines, boutique beers and ciders and much more. The festival also showcases a diverse variety of performances for kids young and old. In 2017 the festival included a free program of over 160 individual acts across 4 stages of entertainment. The Taste of Tasmania returns in 2018 for its 30th Birthday Celebration. Entry to The Taste of Tasmania is free.
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.
Wolfe Brothers scoop Golden Guitars
The competition was fierce at country music’s ‘night of nights’, but it was a Tassie trio that stole the show. The Wolfe Brothers were the biggest winners at Australia’s most prestigious country music awards. They took home four gongs from the 2019 Golden Guitar Awards – which were held in Tamworth on January 26 – including the coveted Album of the Year for their critically acclaimed Country Heart. They also won Contemporary Country Album of the Year, Group of the Year and Song of the year for Ain’t Seen it Yet. It’s a huge achievement for brothers Tom and Nick Wolfe, who hail from a family farm at Neika in Southern Tasmania, and their childhood mate, Brodie Rainbird. And, for the boys from Tassie, it seems the enormity of it all is still sinking in, with Tom telling The Mercury: “The night, the way it was, was way beyond anything we’d ever expected … It was mind-blowing … I’m still blown away.”
18 February 2019, Edition 202
Local entry Alive was declared overall winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on 30 December, putting the icing on a Christmas cake of Tasmanian sporting achievements.
18 February 2019, Edition 202
Murder she wrote
A new Tasmanian writers’ festival inspired by Agatha Christie will draw some well-known literary names to the Huon Valley. Crime writer, Tara Moss, and Ned Kelly Award winner, Sulari Gentill, will headline the Terror Australis Reader and Writers Festival, at Cygnet. The festival, which has also scheduled some Hobart events, will feature masterclasses, workshops, and promises ‘incisive literary discussions’. Aspiring writers can also pick up valuable insights on ‘how to hook a publisher’. The biennial festival is a fundraiser that supports literacy programs in regional Tasmania. The inaugural Terror Australis event will run from March 3 – 5, and will kick off with a literary fundraiser afternoon tea at Hadleys Orient Hotel in Hobart.
14 February 2019
Fashion elite fly south
Australia’s fashion elite headed south when MONA was recently given the honour of hosting one of the country’s most exclusive events – the David Jones autumn winter collection. The bi-annual runway shows have always been held at the company’s flagship store in Sydney, and it is a major coup for Tasmania to play host. David Jones’ General Manager of Womenswear, Bridget Veals, told The Mercury: “Tasmania is the perfect backdrop to showcase our autumn-winter offering, and MONA, as Australia’s leading contemporary museum, aligns perfectly with our campaign creative, the Art of Living.” The exclusive guest list, which was made up of media, actors, designers and influencers, included such high-profile names as Adam Goodes, Marta Dusseldorp, Teresa Palmer and Carla Zampatti.
14 February 2019, Edition 202
Ten days on our island
Tasmania’s biennial state-wide celebration of the arts is about to unveil a bold new format. Ten Days on the Island begins on March 8, and will now be run across three weekends instead of 10 consecutive days. Festival Chairman, Saul Eslake, told The Advocate this “experimental” new format would appeal to audiences adding: “What we’re trying to do is encourage more Tasmanians to move around to go and see things in different parts of the state, because some things won’t be on in every place.” Ten Days on the Island is very much focused on bringing the arts to regional Tasmania. The first weekend will kick-off in the north-west, before moving to the north-east, and concluding in Hobart on March 30. This year will be the festival’s tenth outing and events include a mix of quirky music shows, theatre performances, story-telling and film. It is described as ‘a wild and welcoming carnival of creativity, a confident celebration of our unique identity and our diverse island home’.
14 February 2019, Edition 202
Brand Ambassadors join Media Hall of Fame
Brand Tasmania ambassadors, Ray Martin and David Brill, have both been inducted into the Australian Media Hall of Fame. This is one of our highest media accolades, and they joined 46 other media greats for the November induction. Tasmanian born Ray Martin is one of Australia’s most loved media personalities and a five-time Gold Logie winner. His career includes reporting on 60 Minutes and anchoring A Current Affair and Midday with Ray Martin. David Brill made his name as a world-famous combat cinematographer in some of the most dangerous conflict zones. He began as a cameraman with the ABC in Hobart, and one of David’s first assignments was shooting the devastating 1967 bushfires, with his footage subsequently beamed around the world. His many achievements include capturing footage of the Fall of Saigon during the Vietnam War and covering Idi Amin’s tyrannous rule in Uganda. Fellow Tasmanian combat cameraman Neil Davis, who was killed while filming a 1985 coup in Bangkok, was also inducted into the Hall of Fame.
10 December 2018, Edition 201
No Christmas rest for the stars of Tasmania’s first AFL team – The North Melbourne Tassie Kangaroos – with training in full swing as they get ready to create history in the New Year.
10 December 2018, Edition 201
Sundance coup for The Nightingale
A record six Australian films will feature at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in January, including The Nightingale, which was shot in Tasmania. Hollywood legend, Robert Redford set up the Sundance in 1978, and it has risen to become one of the most famous independent film festivals. Since The Nightingale’s release, the film has won widespread critical acclaim. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September, where it won a special jury prize, while Baykali Ganambarr, received the young actor award. The Nightingale is set in 1825, in Van Diemen’s Land, and recounts the story of an Irish convict who witnesses the brutal murder of her family and seeks revenge with the help of an aboriginal guide. The Sundance Film Festival begins on January 24, at Park City, in the US state of Utah.
7 December 2018, Edition 201
Tassie has the last laugh
Tasmanian comedy is making a big splash at this year’s premier cinema and television awards. Rosehaven, which is filmed entirely in Tasmania, has been nominated for Best Comedy Series at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Awards (AACTA). Rosehaven is set in a small fictional Tasmanian town, and stars Luke McGregor, as a hapless real estate agent who has returned home, and Celia Pacquola, as his best friend. Tasmanian comedian, Hannah Gadsby, is also in the awards mix with a nomination for Best Comedy Performance and Best Comedy. She has received international acclaim for her ground-breaking Netflix special, Nanette. And local producer, Sue Clothier, also received a nomination as Best Documentary for her series Employable Me. This year's AACTA Awards will be held on December 5.
9 November 2018, Edition 200
Venice awards for The Nightingale
A film shot mostly in Tasmania has won two awards at one of the world’s most prestigious film festivals. The Nightingale was awarded the Special Jury Prize and the Best New Actor Award at the Venice International Film Festival, which was held last month. It was one of just 21 productions selected from around the world to feature at the 75th festival. The Nightingale is set in Van Diemen’s Land in 1828, and tells the story of 21-year-old Irish convict, Clare – played by Irish-Italian actor Aisling Franciosi – who witnesses the brutal murder of her family. It showcased Tasmania to some of the most influential figures in the film industry, with its stunning scenery from various locations across the state, including Bothwell, Oatlands, Mount Field, Marion Bay and the Derwent and Huon valleys. Minister for the Arts, Elise Archer, has previously said: “The film showcases our unique heritage and landscapes to the rest of the world, growing Tasmania's reputation as a destination of choice for filmmakers."
14 October 2018, Edition 199