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Julie’s Picks GCFF 2016

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

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

I look forward to seeing you there!


Monster opening Mad Dash at Sci-Port

‘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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‘Energies 2014’ Exhibition Finishes Sunday

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:

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1st Sunday at SWELL13

The fun has begun at SWELL Sculpture Festival 2013. See you next Sunday at 2pm at John’s work Blue Perspective for a ‘how he did it’ chat. Music, Art workshops and loads of stuff to do throughout the 10 days – check out What’s On at Swell.

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Setting Up @ SWELL 2013

Swell 2013 starts Friday 13 – Sunday 22 September and John’s piece, Blue Perspective, is all set up and ready for visitors. It was a fun work morning and the photos below prove it!

50 sculptures by artists from across the globe are on display, as well as works in the ‘Smalls Gallery’, and the ‘Animals with Attitude’ joey koalas on display at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Lorikeet Arena. Lots of activities will be taking place so be sure to visit Currumbin Beach – entry is free.

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AAM13 Baltimore

I’ve just spent 4 days in the USA attending the American Alliance of Museums conference 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. It was an opportunity to catch up with museum and art gallery associates, spread the word about Monsters, and visit a range of interesting and diverse venues. I’m feeling a bit jet-lagged but very excited about future host venues for How to Make a Monster!



Melbourne Design escape

Wednesday night I attended a talk by some of the creative team on “Phryne Fisher Murder Mysteries”. Set in Melbourne in the 1920’s, it’s a stylish and enjoyable ABC Australian series with the second series currently in production. The event was organised by the Melbourne chapter of the Australian Production Design Guild. Speakers were Australian cinematographer Roger Lancer who has worked on all Kenneth Branagh directed films, and Emmy Nominated Costume Designer Marion Boyce. It was fantastic to get an insider’s view of the processes involved.

I took the opportunity to visit the National Gallery of Victoria ‘Ballet & Fashion’ exhibition on until 19 May. Also showing at the ACMI is the ‘Hollywood Costumes’ exhibition until 18 August – so much fun, art and education (& new boots) in just 2 days.

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Art & Anime @ GCFF

Graffiti artist, Cameron Smith, will be completing his GCFF artwork on the Sofitel building in Broadbeach today. Race down to see him in action.  Inside you’ll find artwork by Chris Wahl as well as superhero sculptures from Studio Oxmox and works by Chris Grapulin.

Magnificent original drawings from the Japanese anime series Evangelion are at the Arts Centre GC, Bundall, until May 5. Entry is $5. 4pm this Friday you can hear Evangelion voice star, Yuko Miyamura, talk about her experience on the series. Places are filling fast so email to reserve your seats.

The world premier of Garden of Words 4pm Sunday 28 April looks like being a sellout so get your tickets now! For more GCFF anime info log on to

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Julie has just returned form the Association of Science and Technology Centres conference, ASTC 2012, in Columbus, Ohio.

As well as meeting with associates at the conference Julie meet with colleagues and venues in New York, traveling to half her meetings by bicycle. We are now looking forward to touring ‘How to Make a Monster’ throughout Canada & the USA 2013-15.


Northern NSW Monster invasion


Grafton Region Gallery is hosting ‘How to Make a Monster – the art and technology of animatronics’ from 22 August to 21 October. With fun workshops and activities for all ages, loads of school groups already booked to experience Monsters, free creative workshops in Clarence Valley libraries, and even a Monster dress up musical concert, it is going to heaps of fun. To find more, including opening hours & directions, log on to: