Wrong Turn, the debut short film of Newcastle filmmakers Bailey Watts and Peter Danks, has been accepted at the Australian Independent Film Festival in Brisbane on November 24 and Oz International Film Festival in Melbourne November 23-27. Watts and Danks, who co-wrote and directed Wrong Turn, will screen the film at Tower Cinemas on December 7.
Former Hunter resident Shelley Cornish has a new show, Lovers Not Fighters, opening on Saturday, November 10, at CStudios Gallery, 738 Hunter Street. The opening reception is from 4 to 6pm.
The Festival X – Fine Art Grad Show opened this week at Watt Space gallery on the corner of Auckland and King streets. Festival X is a multi-event celebrating the best emerging and established creative talent in the region, combining music, film, performance, design, illustration, visual art and cutting-edge technologies. This exhibition showcases the artwork of 26 students graduating from the Bachelor of Fine Art degree at the University of Newcastle.
The 2018 Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize launch is Friday, November 16, with the opening of the finalists’ exhibition and announcement of prizes. The event is at Newcastle ArtSpace Gallery, 91 Chinchen Street, Tighes Hill, from 6pm. The prize pool of $6000 covers four categories – Painting, Photomedia, 3D/Sculpture and Works on Paper. The overall winner also wins a six-month studio lease at Newcastle ArtSpace and a solo exhibition in 2019. Awards are also presented for Highly Commended, Packer’s Prize and People’s Choice.
Award-winning filmmaker Richard Todd (Frackman) who's originally from Newcastle has made a new documentary, Dying to Live, that will screen on Monday, November 12, at Tower Cinemas. Todd will participate in a Q & A session after the firm. The film covers the lives of six Australian families on the organ transplant list, and the amazing story of Zaidee Turner who at the age of seven was the only organ donor under the age of 16 in Victoria the year she died.
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