Friday, 15 July 2005

popcorn taxi at acmi: lovelorn blokes and academy award nominees in july and august

Actors, writers, filmmakers, authors and directors will take film buffs behind the scenes to focus on craft and careers and discuss the filmmaking process at a series of Popcorn Taxi events throughout July and August at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

Escape the winter chill and discover the secrets behind the small screen, rub shoulders with an Academy Award® Nominee and hear the trials and tribulations of being an independent filmmaker with Popcorn Taxi's latest series of offerings:

Last Man Standing - 7.30pm, 19 July
Q and A with Director, Daniel Nettheim, Producer/Writer, Marieke Hardy Executive Producer, Ewan Burnett
Join Director, Daniel Nettheim, Producer/Writer, Marieke Hardy and Executive Producer, Ewan Burnett as they take you inside the head of men and their new Australian drama series, Last Man Standing.  Their bold and refreshingly candid drama series currently screening on Channel 7 captures the essence of the restless years between adolescence and fully-fledged adulthood through the perspective of three young Aussie blokes.

Making Black Harvest - 7.30pm, 23 August
Book launch of Making Black Harvest
As part of Melbourne Writers' Festival and ACMI's Focus on Writers, settle in for an exclusive fireside chat with Academy Award® Nominee, Bob Connolly to celebrate the launch of his book Making Black Harvest.  In 1983, Bob Connelly and his partner Robin Anderson documented white man's first contact with highland tribes of Papua New Guinea in First Contact which was later nominated for an Academy Award®. Connelly and Anderson returned to Papua New Guinea in 1985 to make the sequel, Joe Leahy's Neighbours and completed the trilogy in 1992 with Black Harvest. Join Bob Connolly and host, award winning author and screenwriter, Helen Garner, to hear the fascinating story behind the making of this brilliant film.  Presented in association with Melbourne Writers' Festival and ABC Books.

Rats and Cats - 7.30pm, 30 August
Q and A with Director Tony Rogers and Writers/ Actors Adam Zwar and Jason Gann
A must see for every indie filmmaker - experience the highs and lows, the joys and desperation of producing an independent feature and television series. Director Tony Rogers and Writers/Actors Adam Zwar and Jason Gann, the team behind Wilfred, (the 2002 Tropfest winning short), the upcoming SBS television series of the same name and the new Australian feature Rats and Cats, will present a selection of clips and discuss the highlights and pitfalls associated with being an independent filmmaker.

Further information

Justin Rogers, ACMI Communications Coordinator, 03 8663 2475, 0412 172 887 or
Danielle Poulos, ACMI Communications Coordinator, 03 8663 2415, 0417 540 543 or

or click here to go to ACMI website

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