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The following stories relate toTasmania’s Media & Entertainment sector:

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

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

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

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

Hollywood award for Tassie company

Film-making technology created by a small Hobart company has wowed Hollywood. Ignite Digi have taken home an award from Cine Gear – the premier annual exhibition for high-end film and TV equipment, which was held at Paramount studios in June. Ignite Digi were joint winners in the Best Camera Accessory category for their newest product Gimbal Mate, which was designed to speed up times between gear changes. A gimbal is a pivoted support that allows for the rotation of an object, such as a camera, around a single axis. Ignite Digi is the creation of engineer Chris Fox and cinematographer Tom Waugh, who now sell equipment to filmmakers across the world. The company was set up in 2014 to provide drone technology to the film and TV industry, and one of its first jobs was to provide aerial cinematography for the award winning The Kettering Incident, which was shot on location in Tasmania. However, since then Ignite Digi has significantly expanded its range of hi-tech equipment, and collected the well-earned award.

3 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

Monaco win for teen racer

Eighteen-year-old Alex Peroni from Hobart is well on the way to his Formula One dream, after a stunning victory in Monaco in May. In the most important win of his career, Peroni claimed victory on Monaco’s fabled Formula 1 3.3km street circuit 4.3 seconds ahead of his nearest rival – his biggest margin this year – and he told The Mercury: “It was as near to a perfect that I’ve ever driven…To win any race at this famous circuit, in front of the Formula 1 teams, is just amazing.” The race is part of the 2018 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup series, and it was Peroni’s fourth victory out of the seven starts so far this year. It also elevated him to eighth position on the leader board. This win makes Peroni’s Formula 1 aspirations tantalisingly close, with his manager, David Quinn, telling The Mercury he has the makings of a champion: “I think he can go all the way to F1 and that’s what we are targeting. It would be great for Tasmania if we had our very own F1 driver. Alex would be a great role model for young Tasmanians.” Ironically, while Peroni races around these circuits at 250 km/h, he is yet to get his driver’s licence.

12 June 2018, Edition 195

Joshua brings jazz back home

A young Tasmanian jazz musician – who is quickly making his mark in New York – is back home for a tour of his favourite haunts. Joshua Dunn, 27, moved to the Big Apple in 2016 after obtaining a scholarship to study at the William Paterson University which is an exclusive school for talented jazz musicians. Since moving to New York, Joshua has also established himself as a sought-after guitarist in the jazz scene playing in more than 300 shows, ranging from the Lincoln Centre to Brooklyn dive bars. As far as Joshua is concerned he is living the dream; jamming alongside his jazz heroes on a vintage 1940 Gibson L7 guitar. He also told a university publication that being Australian has helped him stand out: “If jazz is a music based on innovation, then having a point of difference can be valued. Having an Australian accent to my playing jazz made me interesting in the US.” Joshua’s talents were apparent from an early age, and he began studying at Tasmania’s Conservatorium of Music when he was just a fifteen-year-old boy, balancing University studies alongside regular schoolwork. For more information on Joshua’s Tasmanian tour, which includes MONA and Dark Mofo, visit: www.joshdunn.com.au.

12 June 2018, Edition 195

Queen honours environmental champion

Former Greens leader and champion of the environment, Christine Milne, has received Tasmania’s top honour in the Queen’s birthday awards. She has been made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for her service to the Australian and Tasmanian Parliaments, and for her contribution to environmental preservation and protection. Ms Milne told The Mercury: “It is rare that dedicating your life to activism to protect the natural environment is regarded as worthy of recognition…I hope it will be reassuring to other activists that the community does value what they are doing.” Ms Milne was leader of the Australian Greens from 2012-2015, and was Tasmanian Greens leader from 1993-1998. She rose to public prominence leading the campaign against Gunns' controversial pulp mill at Wesley Vale. Another six Tasmanians were honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), including The Hon. Justice Stephen Estcourt for services to the judiciary, and Elizabeth Swain for her role as a mentor to women in engineering. A total of 15 Tasmanians received a medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). Those honoured include, Foodbank Director Ed Gauden, and Andrea Gerrard who has been fighting for headstones for unmarked graves of Tasmanian veterans. Inspector Fiona Lieutier, who has long championed improved relations between the LGBTI community and the police force, received the Australian Police Medal.

12 June 2018, Edition 195

Tasmania stars in Attenborough Documentary

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Our quirky wildlife and rugged wilderness are the stars of a stunning new David Attenborough documentary about Tasmania that will be watched by millions across the globe.

11 June 2018, Edition 195

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