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Media and entertainment stories

The following stories relate to Tasmania’s Media & Entertainment sector:

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

Our sporting brand comes Alive

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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

Tassie Kangaroos bounce into history

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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

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16 April 2019, Edition 204

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