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The other Wonthaggi Film Festival is
coming! Returning to the Union The -
atre, this renowned Film Festival de -
livers an entertainment packed week-
end to the Bass Coast region, South
Gippsland and beyond.
Presented by the Bass Coast Shire,
the Festival kicks off on Friday 6th Oct
at 7.30pm with Manifesto, starring the
fantastically talented Cate Blanchett
playing twelve roles. Opening night is
a gala affair, so get into the spirit of
the occasion and dress up in your best
frock/suit and make it an evening to
This year’s Festival features exciting
movie gems from around the globe,
including the award winning I, Dan-
iel Blake (from renowned UK direc-
tor Ken Loach) and Personal Shop-
per (from acclaimed French director
Olivier Assayas and starring Kristen
With a range of genres and styles,
you can see one film, or soak up the
atmosphere and indulge yourself with
back to back films across the whole
The Festival runs from Friday 6th
October at 7.30pm through to Sun-
day 8th October, with the last film
screening at 5pm. There are eight
films in total.
Programmes will be available in the
foyer at the Union Theatre, and can be
collected from Bass Coast Shire Cus-
tomer Service and information cen-
tre in Wonthaggi, and the information
centres at Cowes, Inverloch, Grant-
ville, and Newhaven.
Tickets will be available prior to
each screening at the Wonthaggi Union
Community Arts Centre, 96 Graham
Films showing are: Manifesto, A
Sense of an Ending, My Name Is Em-
ily, This Beautiful Fantastic, I ,Daniel
Blake, Monsieur Chocolat, The Inno -
cents, and Personal Shopper.
Oct 7.30pm – Sun 8th
Films include: Manifesto, A Sense of an
Ending, My Name Is Emily, This
Beautiful Fantastic, I ,Daniel Blake,
Monsieur Chocolat, The Innocents, and
Frock up (or suit up) for opening night!
COME & JOIN US AT
WONTHAGGI UNION CINEMA
96 Graham Street, Wonthaggi.
For programme info & trailers:
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For programme details, go to: basscoast.vic.gov.au/Visiting/Arts/Wonthaggi_Union_Community_Arts_Centre
WHETHER to celebrate Australia Day or not,
on January 26 each year, has been a thorny
topic of conversation, particularly recently af-
ter three Melbourne metropolitan councils re-
jected the idea.
And maybe they have something.
According to ‘Our Country’s Good; a play by
Timberlake Wertenbaker, based on a novel by
Thomas Keneally, as performed by Leongatha
Lyric Theatre last weekend, there wasn’t a
whole lot for anyone to celebrate after the first
shipments of convicts arrived at Sydney Cove
on January 26, 1788.
The indigenous people and native animals
were hunted down, the convicts were miserable
and hangings were common, the government
marines and their families didn’t want to be
there and were low on supplies.
It was altogether an awful place to be late in
the 18th century and the play which opened
last weekend in Mesley Hall describes that very
well, incorporating diary entries of the era in
some of the dialogue between the actors.
The play employs a reoccurring theme of the-
atre, that of having a play within a play, and it’s
interesting to see the struggles a director has
keeping the creative instincts of the actors at
bay... still a problem!
The play has a big cast and they deal with
the literary nature of this period piece very well.
Standout performances by Caitlin Charles
as Mary Brenham playing opposite Adrian Da-
rakai who is excellent as Second Lieutenant.
Jeremy Curtis as Captain Jemmy Campbell,
Murray Maclean as Midshipman Harry Brewer
and David Tattersall as Captain Arthur Phillip
demonstrate their experience and Todd Miller
is forceful as Major Robbie Ross.
Laurie Martin delivers his lines clearly and
with excellent characterisation.
One of the actors drops the ‘C’ bomb and an-
other the ‘F’ but it’s all in context and for those
who have to try and craft a living in these des-
perate times, it’s the least of your worries.
Well worth a look if a little challenging to take in.
The production continues this weekend on
October 5, 5 and 7 (Saturday matinee and
THE proprietors of The Storehouse Koon-
warra and Gippsland Food Adventures are
teaming together to organise the inaugural,
South Gippsland Art and Makers Tour.
The tour provides an intimate experience for
people to meet skilled local artists and share
an insight into their creative worlds exploring
South Gippsland and the Tarwin Valley re-
gion in particular are, surprisingly, only just
being discovered as one of the most abundant
creative communities in Victoria.
Known for its stunning natural beauty, as a
renowned food bowl and now as an emerging
food, wine and tourism region. If you delve more
deeply you find an array of world class talented
artists and artisans as yet, mostly undiscovered.
Painters, potters, sculptures, weavers, jewellers,
designers and more. All happily settled amongst
the hills and valleys, sea and rivers.
There is a uniqueness to these people and
their creations that stems from several factors.
Firstly their inspiration is our diverse region,
the climate, vistas and materials, much of it
found nowhere else in the world. Secondly they
have come here seeking, not acknowledgement
or to be part of a trend, but to be immersed in
what they love and to create from that space.
Most notably their work is unique because of
the simplicity and earthiness of life and envi-
ronment found only here in South Gippsland.
Many have created sublime spaces, crammed
with works that amaze and astonish. Some are
on full public display in galleries others, squir-
reled away in cosy little private sheds. All a per-
fect expression of each artist. Generously we
are being invited into these special spaces and
the Gippsland Art and Makers Tour wants to
make the most of this unique opportunity.
The event takes place on Saturday October
7th, touring fine galleries and studios, whilst
enjoying the delightful offerings of several food
and wine specialists, tasting South Gippsland’s
award winning cheeses and wines.
The tour starts at 9am in Fish Creek. Con-
tact Thomas Burge on 04080 353 976 or Jenny
O’Sullivan on 0419153377 for more informa-
tion, cost and to register for this special day tour.
Discover world-class creativity
Our country might be good now but not then
Adrian Darakai plays the role of Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark RM, with John Watson as
Robert Sideway, in Leongatha Lyric Theatre’s new stage show, the Timberlake Wertenbaker
play, Our Country’s Good. m344017
Captain David Collins (John Watson), Captain Arthur Phillip (David Tattersall) and Mid-
shipman Harry Brewer (Murray Maclean) discuss the rehabilitation prospects of the convicts
in the early days of white settlement. M354017
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