Month: June 2013

100 posts young!

  It’s taken a while to get here, but The Melbourne Local has finally made it to its 100th post! I’d like to take this opportunity to send out a big thank you to all you lovely people who have dropped in from time to time. I started this blog hoping it might be a help to the occasional friend visiting Melbourne; I’m humbled that so many of you have found The Melbourne Local valuable enough to follow and support. But over to you! If anyone has feedback on or suggestions for the blog, I would love to hear them. Is there anything you would you like to see more often? What has been of most interest and/or value to you so far? What’s been a useless waste of cyber space? You can leave comments in the box below or send me a private message via the contact page. I’m all ears! Cheers, The Melbourne Local  

event: fred schepisi in conversation

    Film lovers, you’re in for a treat. This week’s Friday on My Mind event at ACMI will feature multi-award-winning director Fred Schepisi in conversation with Sandra Sdraulig. Schepsisi’s credits include the iconic 1978 Australian feature The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith, the 1987 comedy Roxanne starring Steve Martin, the 1988 drama Evil Angels (or A Cry in the Dark) starring Meryl Streep, the 2001 drama Last Orders starring Michael Caine and Helen Mirren, and the 2005 HBO miniseries Empire Falls starring Ed Harris, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Helen Hunt and Paul Newman. His latest film, Words and Pictures, stars Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche and is due for release in 2014. Free tickets to Friday on My Mind are released at 10am on the morning of the event. Places are limited and demand will be high for this particular session, so get in early.   Friday on My Mind: Fred Schepisi Date: 14 June 2013 Time: 5pm Venue: Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Federation Square, Melbourne Damage: free  

event: australian democracy in 2013

    ‘Does democracy work? What does democracy mean to different people, and does everyone in Australia truly have access to it?’ These questions and others will be discussed tomorrow night at the Wheeler Centre event ‘Australian Democracy in 2013‘. The impressive panel includes feminist and journalist Anne Summers, prominent journalist Margaret Simons, journalist and former speechwriter John Button, historian Humphrey McQueen and Kon Karapanagiotidis from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. Tickets are 20$ full / $12 concession. You can book tickets online here.   Australian Democracy in 2013  Date: 12 June 2013 Time: 7.30pm–8.30pm Venue: The Capital Theatre Address: 113 Swanston St, Melbourne Damage: 20$ full / $12 concession  

event: free the asio 54

    Here’s a last-minute heads-up on an event happening tomorrow. ‘Free The ASIO 54’ is a political demonstration to be held in Bourke St Mall at 12.30pm tomorrow (Friday) to protest the indefinite detention of 54 asylum seekers who have received negative security assessments by ASIO. The action is organised by the Justice For ASIO Refugees working group and the Refugee Action Collective. If you feel strongly about this fraught issue and have some spare time (or if you simply want to learn more about the situation for asylum seekers in Australia), your presence will be appreciated. Head to the event’s facebook page for more information.   Free the ASIO 54 Date: 7 June 2013 Time: 12.30pm Address: Corner Bourke St and Swanston St, Melbourne  

melbourne’s the light in winter

    The Light In Winter is a month-long arts festival held in Federation Square during June. This year, the program includes film screenings, forums, exhibitions, a Solstice Celebration and the premier of a new work called The Helix Tree by Bruce Ramus. Every June evening at dusk, choirs will light up The Helix Tree using technology that responds to voice. Other activities and events include the Indigenous Campfire, the Solstice Weekend, and public forums The People’s Voice, The Future Journey of Democracy, The Molecular Machines, and Science City. Click here to view a PDF of the festival programme. These are all free events, so make the most of them!   The Light in Winter Date: 1–30 June 2013 Venue: Federation Square, Melbourne Tel: 9655 1900 Email: Damage: free