March 9, 2018

John Cox’s Creature Workshop Project Co-ordinator, Julie Anderson,
is twirling with joy! – That’s me!!!!
On the 4th April I’ll will be joining 2,999 other volunteer performers taking part in the Opening Ceremony of the 21st Commonwealth Games, being staged right here on the Gold Coast – my home town.

Born and raised on the Gold Coast, Qld, I’m a very proud Gold Coaster.
A Southport State School athletics age champion & Gold Coast Discus Champion, I’ve danced all her life so I am ecstatic to take part in this once in a lifetime event. As a kid I trained in Ballet and Jazz and at age 13 started competing in Ballroom and Latin dancing holding many State and Australian titles including
Australasian Exhibition Champion with my dance partner Roger Smekel.
21 years as a fitness instructor, choreographing 2 school musicals, and embracing Argentine Tango for the past 7 years, this opportunity to present my home to the world  (through interpretive dance – as they say) is so exciting…

” I haven’t auditioned for anything since I was 28 years old,
and I got the gig!
When the Queen’s Baton enters the stadium don’t blink or you’ll miss me.
No, I’m not carrying it, but look hard & you might spot me flitting about….”
xxx Julie

JCCW is busy doing other fun stuff for the Games too. Can’t say what, but keep your eyes peeled for fun photo ops.

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GCFF2017 Julie’s Picks

April 5, 2017

Gold Coast Film Festival 2017 host venue is the Gold Coast Arts Centre – with some screenings at Robina Event Cinema, BBC Coolangatta, a Boat, Surfers Paradise Beach, Kirra Hill….

Gold Coast Film Festival 2017GCFF Women in Film Luncheon

“Join us at this year’s GCFF Women in Film Luncheon”

Here is where you will find me this year:

19 April WED

6pm Red Carpet Opening Night ‘Pork Pie‘ NZ Comedy followed by Q&A with producers & director. FUN, FUN, FUN…


20 April THURS

1pm ‘Neruda‘ CHILE exquisite Spanish language film about the poet.

6.30pm at Robina Events Cinema ‘Unconfined Love: Love >Fear‘ Doco about GC charity, followed by Q&A


21 April FRI

12-3pm Women in Film Luncheon  with Sue Maslin ‘The Dressmaker’ producer – Yummy & informative Event!

6pm ‘SFV1: The Osiris Child’ AUS Premier Sci-Fi Red Carpet & Q&A with the stars and producers


 22 April SAT

11am REELLife:  Producing: Money vs Time $10

12.30REELLife: Landing the Role: Beyond the audition with Claudia Carven, Deborah Mailman and more $10

8.30pm ‘My entire school sinking into the Sea‘ cool, weird animation 15+


23 April SUN

11.30am ‘My Life as a Courgette’ SWISS Academy Award nominated Animation – so cute

6.30pm SIPFest GCFF Short Film Competition on Surfers Paradise Beach FREE


24 April MON

9am Movie Locations Tour $55-50 (conc) Join me on the bus !

4pm EMERGE! Short Films from Queensland’s most recent graduating film students.

7pm SIPFest Best of London Short Film Festival on Surfers Paradise Beach FREE 15+


25 April TUES

1.30pm’ The Zookeeper’s Wife‘ USA Incredible true story of a Warsaw zookeeper couple during WW11

6.00pm ‘Beyond the Known World’ NZ/INDIA Australian Premiere – Spectacular vistas and compelling drama starring David Wenham & Emmanuelle Beart


26 April WED

7.15pm ‘Cage Dive’ AUS Horror starring great white shark. Australian Premiere  Q&A with writer/director Gerald Rascionato

6.30pm Movie Trivia Night at QT Hotel $13 pp


27 April THU

7.15pm ‘Digital Athletes: The Road To Seat League’ AUS Comedy/Mockumentary World Premiere Produced entirely on the Gold Coast with local cast and crew – makes for a fun red carpet!


28 April FRI

SO MUCH…. Sound design, Cinematography & VFX seminars with the experts, Comedy, Drama, Docos….


29 April SAT 

1.30pm Freelancing in the Screen Industry seminar

2.45pm Being a Writer/Director seminar

6pm John will introduce the director Simon Wincer, at a 30th anniversary screening of the classic Australian ANZAC film, ‘The Lighthorsemen’ followed by Q&A. On the Green at Club Helensvale, 20-28 Discovery Drive, Helensvale FREE


30 April SUN


2pm ‘Ella’ Robina Events Cinema Doco The first indigenous dancer ever to join the Australian Ballet. Follows Ella’s journey from rural Australia to one of the most prestigious dance companies in the world. Followed by Q&A with producer Veronica Fury and director Douglas Watkin

7pm Closing Night Film ‘Event Zero’ AUS World Premier Action/Thriller Drama


As well as fantastic films there are Workshops, Script Reading, Trivia Night, chances to meet producers, directors & actors…


2017  Chauvel Award recipient is – DEBORAH MAILMAN! The event is SOLD OUT but check back in soon in case more tickets are released.


For the full program log on to gcfilmfestival.com


I look forward to seeing you there!



Filed under: GCFF, News by julieanderson

2 Day Skill Building Workshop

May 16, 2016

At last! After 4 years we are staging one of our rare 2 Day Workshops

Thursday & Friday 26 & 27 May

Join us to:

• Enjoy rare opportunity to train at Australia’s leading creature effects studio
• Upgrade your knowledge and skill set • Learn how to make Flexible Moulds
• Explore sculpting in the digital age • Extend your materials repertoire 
• Get an insiders understanding of the film industry production flow
• Get valuable feedback on your portfolio • Complimentary Tour the How to Make a   Monster exhibition • Have fun!

All materials provided

Places are limited. For more info click HERE or call 07 55649992

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Julie’s Picks GCFF 2016

March 15, 2016

The 2016 Gold Coast Film Festival is on 31 March-10 April.
Check out the full program and get tickets on line at gcfilmfestival.com

Here’s what I’m attending so come join me!

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31 March THURS

6pm Red Carpet Opening Night ‘Eddie the Eagle’ & After Party

1 April FRI

12-3pm Women in Film Luncheon  – join me at the JCCW table

 2 April SAT

10am ‘Labyrinth of Lies’ German Drama based on true story

3 April SUN

6.30pm SipFest  Short Films screening on Surfers Paradise Beach FREE

5 April TUES

2.45pm ‘Hip Operation’ NZ Documentary senior citizens to Las Vegas for The World Hip Hop Championships – GC Demonstration

6.30pm ‘Victoria’ Germany Drama/Thriller 22 locations, 2 hours, one take

6 April WED

5pm ‘Babe’ introduced by Academy Award winner John Cox FREE

8 April FRI

6pm ‘Girl Asleep’ Australian Comedy/Fantasy followed by Q&A with director & screen writer/actor

9 April SAT 

10am ‘Mustang’ Turkey Drama/Coming of age

3pm ‘Drama’ Australian set in Paris with 50% of film crew women

6.30pm Chauvel Award – CLAUDIA KARVAN

10 April SUN

6.30pm Closing Night Film ‘A Month of Sundays’ Australian Drama

A fantastic range of Filmmaker Seminars in the ReelLife Series throughout the Film Festival including: Film PR, Editing, Learn to be a film critic in Talking about Film, Adaptation, & Gender Matters: Women in Film.

As well as fantastic films there are Workshops, Trivia Night, chances to meet producers, directors & actors & the How to Make a Monster exhibition!

For the full program log on to gcfilmfestival.com

I look forward to seeing you there!


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‘See Life’ at SWELL2015

September 11, 2015

The install is complete and the event is fantastic!

John’s piece ‘See Life’ is a star attraction at Swell Sculpture Festival 2015. The work stands 2.2 meters high and has 510 individual LED lights programmed to produce a story of environmental care and wonder.

It is one of 55 works by local, national and international artists on display at Currumbin Beach until 20 September. ‘See Life’ lights up from 5pm – 7am each night so is entertaining visitors 24 hours a day. Be sure to get down to the beach to enjoy this wonderful event.

More info at: SWELL2015

More images at Instagram: lifelovefun101 & #swell2015

1 Another day at the office 2 Good morning 3 See Life ready for action 4 See Life pm 5 See Life at Night 6 See Life with heart

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JA in BA

June 22, 2015

Julie recently spent 10 nights Tangoing and visiting galleries in Buenos Aires.

It is a beautiful and exciting city full of tango clubs, vintage stores and markets, cafes and restaurants, dog walkers, art galleries and belle epoc buildings.

Eugenio Cuttica Exhibition at  Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Eugenio Cuttica Exhibition at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Recoleta Cemetery

Recoleta Cemetery

Café Tortoni

Café Tortoni

The tango lesson

The tango lesson


Public Art

Vintage market finds - coat & hat

Vintage market finds – coat & hat

One of many dog walkers

One of many dog walkers

Tango at the Sunday Markets, Dorrego Plaza

Tango at the Sunday Markets, Dorrego Plaza

Café Ideal

Café Ideal

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Julie’s Picks GCFF 2015

March 13, 2015

The 2015 Gold Coast Film Festival is on 9-19 April.
Check out the full program and get tickets on line at gcfilmfestival.com

Here’s what I’m attending so come join me!

28 March SAT 6.30p

On Location: GCFF Art Competition and Exhibition Opening Event

RQAS Gallery, Broadbeach  (Entries close 20 March)

1 April WED 9am-5pm Yr 11 & 12 Future Filmmakers seminar

9 April THU 7pm  (Red Carpet 6pm)

Opening Night Film Clouds of Sils Maria– and After Party

10 April FRI

12-3pm Women in Film Luncheon – join me at the JCCW table

 11 April SAT

1.30pm ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night’ Persian Fantasy/Horror

15 April WED

7pm ‘5 – 7’ USA in English & French. Join me for a complimentary pre-screening champagne 6-7pm at BCC Coolangatta, showing same night 6.30pm at Art Centre GC




There are loads more fantastic films including: Sci-Fi, Animation, Foreign Language,…. as well as Workshops, Trivia Night, and chances to meet producers, directors & actors.


For the full program log on to gcfilmfestival.com

I look forward to seeing you there!



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Monster opening Mad Dash at Sci-Port

January 9, 2015

‘How to Make a Monster’ is off and racing at Sci-Port Louisiana.

After the fun Monster Mad Dash opening event participants and their families visited the exhibition and received their prizes from our very own John Cox. If you have friends in the USA be sure to let them know that they can visit this fun & interactive exhibition until Easter Monday 2015. Find out more here:  Sci-Port

Happy Sci-Port visitors & runners:

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National Museum of American Illustrators

January 2, 2015

The National Museum of American Illustrators is located in Newport, Rhode Island. John has been a fan of American illustrators  JC Leyendecker, N.C Wyeth, Howard Pyle, Maxfield Parish, and Norman Rockwell for forever. We had visited the Norman Rockwell Museum in Connecticut 14 years ago so the opportunity to see the largest collection of work by the artists who inspired him was very exciting. Visiting in the off season meant we needed to book a private tour and it was worth every penny as we received a personal tour from the museums founder and director Laurence Cutler. We stayed much longer than we were meant to and had more fun than we could have imagined, but still, five and a half hours was just not enough time to take it all in.

Below is a photo of John & I in front of the original JC Leyendecker painting ‘The Dancers’, painted for a 1930’s Arrow Collars advertisement. John has owned a print of this since he was in his 20’s and had it framed for me for my 50th birthday party – the dance party of the 1/2 century! I got a little teary standing in front of the original. Also pictured is John & I with our gracious host Laurence Cutler (standing in front of a Maxfield Parrish) and us walking the Cliff Walk in the snow.


J&J@NMAI w 'The Dancers'NMAI w LCJC Cliff Walk, NewportJA Cliff Walk, Newport

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‘Energies 2014’ Exhibition Finishes Sunday

October 17, 2014

Ethan Cox is one of the selected artists chosen to take part in the exhibition ‘Energies 2014’ at the Gold Coast Arts Center.

The works are selected from all Year 12 students studying Art on the Gold Coast. The exhibition covers a broad spectrum of mediums and provides a snapshot of the current social, emotional and global views held by young people on the Gold Coast. Ethan’s piece is a video work entitled ‘Transitions’.

The exhibition closes this Sunday – to find out more go to: http://www.theartscentregc.com.au/whats-on/whats-on-items/energies-2014/

Ethan at GCAC art 2014 Transitions still


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