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January 28, 2021

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It’s legal to grow and distribute – but only by the anointed

Byron based medicinal cannabis producer is sending cannabis to Germany in a breakthrough $92m deal yet the humble plant remains illegal for locals and continues to put people behind bars.

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A short history of our rail corridor debate

The debate over our disused rail corridor has long gone stale. It is acrimonious, ideological, and exhibits a strong tendency to avoid key points.

Koala advocate is Tweed Citizen of the Year

Murwillumbah local Jenny Hayes was named the 2020 Tweed Shire Citizen of the Year at Tuesday’s Australia Day Awards...

GetUp! wants to know what you think about losing your papers

Many parts of Australia, in particular, some rural and remote areas were stunned by the closure of their local print newspaper last winter.

Why Pat Morton?

Ballina's Cr Jeff Johnson is raising a motion to re-name culturally significant local sites at today's council meeting.

How the study of dolphin airways could help save endangered whales

Paul Bibby A new study exploring the health of dolphin airways has revealed findings that could help save endangered whale...

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Ears Have It

It’s 6am, the sun is only just nudging its way through the clouds. I am up early to write my Soapbox. I was going to write on something else, but this morning when I woke and stumbled to my desk I saw my open diary: 22 January, Michael’s birthday. He would have been 61 today.

1917

Another war film has hit screens, with a very similar feeling to Dunkirk (2017). Sam Mendes takes the reins for this film as both writer and director. 1917 follows the story of two soldiers who are tasked to deliver a critical message that could potentially save the lives of 600 men. The two young soldiers (George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman) must cross enemy lines to deliver this critical message, and the stakes are even higher as one of the 600 men in danger is the brother of one of the young soldiers.

The direction is technically brilliant. It is shot as if you were following right behind the two soldiers throughout their entire journey. In a way it feels like you are playing a video game. Mendes creates a feeling of constant, unrelenting danger. It’s nerve-racking, and you feel as if all hell could break-loose at any second.

Unfortunately, sustaining this edge-of-your-seat tension seems to have come at the cost of character development. Bringing in some well-known and talented actors such as Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch in supporting roles only somewhat makes up for the lack of character depth in the lead roles. If Mendes had managed to dig deeper into these characters while delivering this directing masterpiece, this film would have been one for the history books.

Nonetheless, this is a fantastic war film and is well worth seeing on the big screen.


Still from Division Series – screening as part of Flickerfest at the Mullum Civic Hall from Thursday to Saturday

Mullum Flickerfest & Byron All Shorts (Northern Rivers short film competition, winners screening.)

Mullum Civic Hall  |  Thursday–Saturday

Flickerfest returns to the Northern Rivers from Thursday to Saturday for its 22nd year, screening a smorgasbord of the best short films from the Byron region, Australia and the world, across one cinema-packed short-film weekend at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall.

Flickerfest remains Australia’s only Academy qualifying and BAFTA recognised short film festival, and presents an A-list short film program that’s recognised among the best in the world. Flickerfest remains a platform for celebrating the most entertaining and innovative short films from Australia and around the world.

The Flickerfest program includes the Opening Night Party and Best Of International Shorts (Thurs, drinks 7pm, Films start 8pm) and the Best Of Australian Shorts (Friday, films start 8pm), curated from the Flickerfest International and Australian programs in competition at Bondi; and Short Laughs Comedy (Saturday, films start 8pm) an off-kilter selection of clever comedy shorts from across the world. This is a one-off chance to see these amazing short films before they continue their journey around the world; expect to experience the best in short films that Australia and the world have to offer.

The Flickerfest 2020 program in Bondi was selected from over 3,500 entries and 100 countries, giving local Flickerfest audiences the first look at the hottest short films in the world today. At Flickerfest Mullumbimby they will be screening an entertaining, inspiring and award-winning range of over 30 Flickerfest short films, curated into three highlight programs over three nights, many of which are world or Australian premieres.

Flickerfest also presents the best of Northern Rivers shorts with the Byron All Shorts (Sat 1 Feb, 4pm) finalist’s screening, selected from around 50 entries, showcasing a wonderful new collection of creative shorts from our very talented local filmmakers, on a range of themes that reflect Northern Rivers life.

Mullum Flickerfest and Byron All Shorts, Northern Rivers short film competition, winners screening will take place at

Mullum Civic Hall, Thursday–Saturday. Event info and tix iQ.org.au


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