Baby Koalas off to school

July 18, 2013

As part of the ‘Animals with Attitude Gold Coast Sculpture Trail’ baby koalas are on their way to schools across the Gold Coast. They will be painted by students who submit designs for selection, just like the big artists. They will be displayed at this year’s Swell Sculpture Festival, Currumbin Beach, 13-22 September.

The babies are a miniature versions of the koalas designed by John.

John has again been chosen to make a piece for Swell so be sure to put this event in your calendar.

Baby Koalas @ JCCW small

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Ray Harryhausen & me

June 27, 2013

Ray Harryhausen 1920-2013 Tribute – John Cox introduces Ray Harryhausen at the 3rd Brisbane International Animation Festival – 5 May, 2000.

John Cox, Ray Harryhausen & Diana Harryhausen at BIAF 2000

John Cox, Ray Harryhausen & Diana Harryhausen at BIAF 2000

‘I am very honored to be here tonight to introduce a man who, unbeknownst to him, was the sole reason for the path my career has taken. Last year (1999) I met Ray Harryhausen for the first time and I was fortunate enough to talk to him for about five minutes ..  something which took me 25 years to do. It was only a ‘Hi, love your work’ sort of a talk … there just wasn’t enough time in those 5 minutes to tell him what he had meant to me and how he was the beacon that I had followed.

Well, I’ve got a few more minutes now, so I’ll tell you the story of Ray Harryhausen and me.

When I was 14, living in the southern suburbs of Sydney, there were two things that consumed my every waking moment … magic and Ray Harryhausen. The two went hand in hand.

Ray had the best job in the world and, as a fourteen year old, I decided that his profession was the one I was going to follow. What could be more fun than making monsters come to life? And getting paid to do it?

What I then needed to figure out was  … how was it done??

It was easy to get books on magic and find out how the illusions were achieved, but in 1975, finding information on visual effects was extremely difficult. Most of the information I had to work with came from fan magazines, and they didn’t always get the techniques or the facts right. And Ray’s Film Fantasy Scrapbook gave absolutely nothing away, however, it did have great photos that I could study for hours on end.

At this time videos  weren’t around, but super 8mm movies were, .. and in order to better study stop motion techniques I bought the 4 x 8 minute parts of the 7th voyage of Sinbad and spliced them together. Every Saturday afternoon for the next three years I watched those 32 minutes of The Seventh voyage of Sinbad and also the 1933 B&W uncut version of King Kong.

These films inspired me to persevere in a field where there was little information available, and the only way to learn was through trial and error – experiment, make mistakes and try again. Using an 8mm camera it took several months before I could successfully walk a plasticene dinosaur from one side of the frame to the other, let alone synchronizing three guys sword fighting with seven skeletons that each have 5 moving appendages.

The deeper I delved into the magical world of special effects, the greater my admiration for Ray Harryhausen became, and the more determined I was to succeed at this choice of a career. Of course my parents always supported me but gently tried to persuade me to study surveying so that I could have a real job to fall back on should things not turn out the way I expected them to.

Well things didn’t turn out the way I expected, in 1977 when I left school stop motion animation was non-existent in Australia and so I had to let go of following directly in Ray’s footsteps.  But this didn’t stop me from getting involved in visual effects in other ways.

My story is similar to that of many people who are involved in visual effects today, they all cite one or another of Ray’s films as being the reason for them getting into this industry. Ray has been instrumental in leading a wealth of talent to the visual effects arena.

His job description on each of his films was to be a designer, creator, director, cameraman, technical consultant and often the initial writer, …. and this was before he even began animating and creating all the characters and other visual effects for his films.

During his career Ray has brought to life many mythical characters in many ground breaking films that have themselves become legendary.

And so, without further reminiscing by me, would you please welcome the inspirational Mr Ray Harryhausen.’


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AAM13 Baltimore

May 28, 2013

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!



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Melbourne Design escape

May 12, 2013

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.

APDG Event

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Koalas SOLD!

May 5, 2013

Congratulations to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation for a wonderful evening that saw almost all the Animals with Attitude Koalas sold. Valuable funds were raised for this wonderful cause to help rescue and nurse injured native animals. If you can visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary this weekend you’ll get to see all the Koalas together for the final time.

Congratulations also to all the artists that took part. Your work was outstanding and deeply loved by the public and your work’s new owners.

CWHF Koala Auction 2Julie & Emma @ CWHF Koala AuctionCWHF Koala Auction

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GCFF Supanova & Celebrities

April 23, 2013

WoW, Gold Coast Film Festival – so much fun!

John & I held a Q&A with Noah Hathaway at the free screening of ‘The Neverending Story’ as part of the kids program of Gold Coast Film Festival 2013. He was so nice & gracious with his time, had his photo taken with everyone there, and gave us a real behind the scenes insight into the movie making process and of being a child to adult actor.

We joined in the Supanova Cosplay Parade, with the Star Wars 501st Legion, The Hoff & heaps of cool costumers. Too cool……… Love a dress up – well don’t miss the comedy film Lloyd the Conqueror tonight at 7pm with LARP (Live Action Role Playing) costumers to greet you from 6pm.

The Sushi Girl cast and crew were so lovely and the film is getting rave reviews so don’t miss the final screening Saturday 27 April at 1.15pm.

Hope to see you at Turkish film Beyond the Hill on Wednesday night.

John Cox & Noah HathawayNoah Hathaway & John CoxSupanova Cosplay Pd 3StarWars @ Cosplay Pd 4Future Folk @ GCFFNoah Hathaway & Ethan Cox


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Meet the Stars @ GCFF 13

April 19, 2013

Opening night of Gold Coast Film Festival 2013 was fantastic with many stars from this year’s films hitting the red carpet. Today’s seminars include Jason Trost & Lucas Till of All Superheroes Must Die showing How to Make a Movie with $20,000. They’ll be at the Qld premier of their film at 7pm tonight – Don’t miss it!

It’s followed by the writer, director, cast & crew of Sushi Girl introducing the Australian Premier of their film with a Q&A – be there! John & I will introduce Noah Hathaway for a Q&A before the free screening of The Neverending Story at Robina Community Centre Saturday at 5.30pm – join us for your chance to talk with this now adult child star! For the full program of seminars and films go to

GCFF Board  Jason Trost, Julie Anderson & Lucas Till

River Song, JC & the Dr

GCFF Board w ‘Might Kevin’ Jay Klaitz; Jason Trost, Julie Anderson & Lucas Till; Alex Kingston, John Cox & Sylvester McCoy – Dr Who

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Art & Anime @ GCFF

April 18, 2013

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’s Picks GCFF 2013

April 12, 2013

More stars, more special guests, bigger masterclass, more after parties, Cool Japan and pop culture & film art exhibitions than ever will be highlights of this year’s Gold Coast Film Festival.

GCFF 13 is being staged at Birch Carroll & Coyle at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Broadbeach and the full program of films and events can be downloaded at My theme this year will be all the zombie comedies, Turkish and Norwegian films and meeting all the special guests & you can meet them too! Don’t miss all the Free Workshops (FW) . I’ve listed some below but there are more!

18 April THU 7pm (Red Carpet 6pm) Opening Night Film ‘Future Folk’ looks like a hoot with lead    actor/singerJay Klaitz performing at the event and across the opening weekend. Bluegrass singing alien heroes – I’ve got to see that!
19 April FRI 1pm Micro Budget Filmmaking – Filmmakers Jason Trost and Lucas Till (All Superheroes Must Die) talk about how they make films on a $20,000 shoe string. USA FW
                   2.00pm Robotech: remakes & rebirths with Robotech creative Steve Yun FW
                   3.00pm Allure Professional Hair and Make Up demonstration Cosplay & Zombies FW
                   3.00pm Cosplay Seminar – with legends Twinfools and Nova  FW
                   7.00pm ‘All Superheroes Must Die’ USA
                   9.00pm ‘Sushi Girl’ – with the cast USA
                   9.30pm ‘A Little bit Zombie’ CAN
20 April SAT  8.30pm ‘Wolf Children′ Japanime
21 April SUN 9.00am Star Wars 501 Legion lead the Cosplay March from Kurrawa Park to Supanova at the GC Convention Centre – John, Ethan & I will be in ‘Future Folk’ Red Buckets
                   11.00am Slice & Dice: with the cast & crew of ‘Sushi Girl’  FW
                   1.00pm ‘Game of Werewolves’
22 April Tues  8.30pm ‘Lloyd the Conqueror′ UK
23 April Wed  7.15 for 7.30pm ‘Beyond the Hill′ Turkey being introduced by the Turkish Consulate
27 April Sat 9.00pm ‘Cockneys Vs Zombies′ UK
28 April SUN  2.30pm ‘My other Me′ Cosplay Doco
                   4.00pm ‘The Garden of Words’ Japanime Get tickets early MAY SELL OUT!
                   6.00pm ‘Thale’ NOR
                   7.30pm ‘Evil Dead’ Get tickets early MAY SELL OUT!


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GCFF April 18-28 2013  

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AwA Koala Sneak Peak

February 18, 2013

Koalas are making their way back to JCCW in preparation for the:

Animals with Attitude Gold Coast Sculpture Trail 2013 Launch Weekend

1pm Friday 1st March 2013 Victoria Park, Surf Parade, Broadbeach QLD 4218

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary will continue to update Map and Auction details @

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