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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

Great Huon Valley Festival

A new event is ready take over the Huon Valley. The Great Huon Festival will offer an impressive line-up of music, comedy and arts when it kicks off on November 10. Set on the foreshore of the quaint town of Franklin, the musical line-up includes The Wolfe Brothers, The Bad Dad Orchestra and Hannah May. Meantime, Tim Logan and Tracey Cosgrove will bring in the laughs with the rest of the comedy line-up. Artisan stall holders will be offering festival-goers a taste of the Huon. The festival will also feature short tours to nearby attractions, including those of historic interest. This is a family friendly event, and pre-arranged camping is available on site for those wanting to stay for the weekend. The Huon is becoming something of a festival hotspot. Last month’s Mid-Winter Fest attracted large crowds and continues grow from strength to strength. 

13 August 2018, Edition 197

Familiar face signs off

After 38 years at the ABC, Peter Gee has signed off for the last time. The much-loved Tasmanian ABC newsreader – and well-known local identity – read his last bulletin on Friday, August 3. Gee started at the ABC in 1980 after working in commercial radio in Victoria. He then spent 18 years as a sports reporter and presenter and says calling Kieren Perkins’ gold medal in the 1,500m freestyle swim at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics was a career highlight. Gee then moved to the news desk where he quickly gained a loyal following with the Tasmanian 7.00 pm bulletin which he has presented for 20 years. A devoted Geelong Fan, it was only fitting that coach, Chris Scott, was amongst those sending messages of congratulations: “Congratulations Peter Gee on an amazing career…I’m sure you probably called the start of my playing career, so it’s an honour to call the end of yours.”

13 August 2018, Edition 197

Spotlight shines on Tassie

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Tasmania is cementing its reputation as a movie location, with a film shot here to premiere at one of the world’s most prestigious film festivals in September.

13 August 2018, Edition 197

Tassie stars chasing big prizes

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Tasmanian athletes are in the running for several of world sport's big prizes in coming weeks.

11 July 2018, Edition 196

Starring role for Oatlands

It will be ‘lights, camera, action’ in Historic Oatlands when the popular ABC comedy Rosehaven takes over the streets. A number of scenes for the third series of the show were filmed around Oatlands earlier this month. However, the cast and crew will be back for more filming in late July. Oatlands’ iconic High Street – famous for its wealth of heritage sandstone buildings – will have a starring role in this delightful comedy which has been embraced by not only Australian audiences, but by those in the United States as well where it has screened on Sundance TV. The show is set in the fictional small Tasmanian town of Rosehaven and is filmed entirely on location in the state. It has also helped to further cement Tasmania as an exceptional filming destination. Rosehaven is written by, and stars, two of Australia’s best loved comic talents, Luke McGregor and Celia Pacquola.

3 July 2018, Edition 196

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Tasmania's Stories Edition 201

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Our final newsletter for the year kicks off on the footy field, as Tasmania’s first AFL team prepares for its historic curtain-raiser match. Thank you all for your continued support throughout 2018, and we wish you, and your families, a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

16 December 2018, Edition 201

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