Getting Your Hands Dirty…
More than 30 of the region’s potters are opening their studios for the fourth annual North Coast Mud Trail on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 August, 10am–4pm.
Get your hands dirty in a workshop, see demonstrations, listen to inspiring artist talks, and purchase handmade ceramics.
Plan your weekend and download the event program at www.northcoastmudtrail.com.au, or pick up a Mud Map in galleries and cafes from Ballina to Murwillumbah.
Follow The North Coast Mud Trail on Facebook. Entry to all studios is free.
Motorkite Dreaming is a new feature film that follows two amateur daredevils who take a 4,000km journey across Outback Australia in secondhand microlights – essentially hang-gliders with lawnmower engines. Along the way they pass through 20 Aboriginal-language nations, learning from these remote communities.
The adventurers discover a country few of us ever visit – our own. This is a bird’s-eye view of our most remote and beautiful places, and a unique insight into the oldest living culture on Earth.
Audiences will have the opportunity to meet the adventurers from the film at these special Q&A screenings: director Charlie Hill-Smith, Aboriginal rock’n’roll royalty Carroll Karpany, microlight pilot Daryl Clarke and his partner Elsie Clarke.
The ultimate Aussie Adventure is about to take flight in Byron Bay at a one-off special event screening at Byron Theatre with the adventurers on Tuesday at 6.30pm.
Melbourne Ballet in Byron
The Byron Theatre is set to show a contemporary version of the classical ballet, Swan Lake, performed by the Melbourne Ballet Company (MBC).
Archè, meaning ‘the principle from which all things arise’, is an innovative production that takes its inspiration primarily from the age-old classic, Swan Lake. It explores and embraces much of the original narrative and some of the classical repertoire.
Director at the MBC, Simon Hoy, has structured the production to reflect his unique choreographic style and has linked this with a powerful musical score comprising music excerpts drawn from Tchaikovsky, Einaudi, Arnalds, Morricone, Jean-Renaud and Elgar. The end result is an emotionally charged production, which has already received extremely positive critical acclaim and is suitable for audiences everywhere. Archè can be seen at the Byron Theatre at 7.30pm on Thursday and Friday. Tickets are available from The Byron Theatre – 6685 6807. Cost: Adults $44, concession $34, child U16 $29. Online: www.byroncentre.com.au
Mr Swivel’s dad jokes
Mark Swivel presents his new show Dad Joke. He considers whether a man should clap when dancing or sit down when weeing. He explains what to do if your lover insists on doing it dog or you crap your pants during backyard cricket.
Mark opines on the true meaning of banana muffins, choc-tops and Ivan Milat. Turns out his son has taken off on his gap year. To Canada, once as cool as the crabs, now The Place To Be. Crikey, what can you trust?
Mullumbimby Ex-Services on Saturday 20 August at 7.30pm. Tix $10 at the door or online at www.trybooking.com/215331.
Accessibility workshops for filmmakers
As part of their commitment to making screen media accessible to the hearing and visually impaired, Screenworks is proud to be delivering a Closed-Captioning and Audio-Description Workshop. This one-day seminar has Ballina-based captioning expert Michael Lockrey and Sydney-based Audio Description manager Alison Myers presenting in Byron Bay at the Community Centre on Thursday 18 August. Tickets and more information www.screenworks.com.au.
The Dark Crystal is a classic family flick. On another planet in the distant past, the elflike Jen embarks on a quest to restore balance to his alien world by finding and returning the missing shard of a magical crystal.
With groundbreaking animatronics and featuring birdlike lizards, gnomish dragons, elves and wizards and a beautifully mysterious and mystical story, it can only be a production from Jim Henson and Frank Oz.
Brunswick Picture House on Sunday at 2pm.