Author: Joanna

  • Podcast with Joel Stephen Fleming

    Had a chat with Joel Stephen Fleming today! I haven’t seen him for at least a year, and JACKS is about to screen at the Dublin International Comedy Film Festival, so I wanted to ask him about it and what happens next with the film. We did video chat on Messenger and I met his […]

  • Roaring Lion at Burleigh Heads BBQ Bazaar Sept 3 2021

    I’m in the car with Mike and we’re on our way to the 5.00pm Roaring Lion sound check at BBQ Bazaar in Burleigh Heads. Google Maps says Kooralbyn to Burleigh Heads is an hour and forty. So say two hours with local road works and the school run later… iPad. IPad stand. Keyboard. Keyboard stand. […]

  • Benson Wu, Director, Taiwan Film Festival in Australia

    “The festival is edgy,” said Benson Wu, Director of the Taiwan Film Festival in Australia. On a recent Zoom call, Benson said he’s all about bringing more diversity into film, whether it’s Asian representation in Western film or LGBT films to Taiwanese audiences.  “We have around 12 films in the full programme and there are […]

  • Oizoioi. Build a bridge, start a conversation

    We are a third culture. Our parents were immigrants. We are seen as foreigners even though we were born here. We’re stuck between two worlds and still don’t quite know how we fit in Australia. Our fashion is a bridge. Our brand is Oizoioi – people ask us: How do you say that? What does […]

  • PODCAST: Bao Pham, founder Team Bliss Esports

    Bao Pham, a gamer, helped his friend build a team of PUBG gamers. He ended up creating an esports organisation called Team Bliss Esports. Now there are several Bliss teams competing internationally.  Brisbane-based Team Bliss HQ has become a training centre for professional gamers, with state-of-the-art gaming hardware, and a gaming-oriented internet cafe.  It is […]

  • Watercolour by Shinji Ogata. Thanks Shinji!

    I found this when clearing out some files! I was playing my friend Sophie’s piano, around 2015. Shinji Ogata is an artist in Brisbane. Here’s something about him.

  • Piano lid up fully for the first time! Bachianinha No. 1, by Paulinho Nogueira

    The grand piano has been in my home for 35 days but I hadn’t put up the lid fully until a few days ago, and I wanted to record playing it! This is a beautiful piece for classical guitar called Bachianinha No.1 written by Brazilian composer Paulinho Nogueira. This piano version came about when a […]

  • The Grande Dame arrives

    Two men wheel out a black grand piano on a trolley on its side

    Last week I wrote about my Beale going to a new home. Well that sure did happen and I was texting photos like this to Hanna saying, “They’re taking it now!” Later, she sent back… I’ve said before that buying the Beale felt like putting down roots in Australia – I wouldn’t buy an acoustic […]

  • The Making of ‘Giants’, a film by Eddy Bell

    Sydney-based filmmaker Eddy Bell took a weekend trip to a polocrosse event in Narrabri, New South Wales. It became an 18-month journey with a farming family facing the harsh reality of unrelenting drought. Eddy witnessed their luscious green landscape evolve into an arid dust bowl, and the result is his short film ‘Giants’. While empathising […]

  • My Hohner Piano 27 melodica circa 1960 ❤️

  • Another festival selection and now we have an official poster

    Crime comedy short film JACKS has been selected by Byron Bay Underground Film Festival (BUFF) and to celebrate, 13th Street Films and Visul made this poster. I am officially a gangsta mum.

  • Creatures of the Half Sleep – John Reeves Trio

    Step into the world of jazz pianist John Reeves, who is releasing his first CD ‘Creatures of the Half Sleep’, a collection of original compositions arranged for accordion! Here, we geek out over his beautiful instrument, and his journey with it so far. The John Reeves Trio has Helen Svoboda on double bass and Aaron […]

  • Cosmos 🌸

  • Bojan drums J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

    Bojan Sambolec is a drummer I met at a heavy metal festival in 2019. He’s part of the Schema Collective community. Now we’re both in Brisbane/Gold Coast reggae band Roaring Lion, a Bob Marley tribute band. Bojan’s wanted to play reggae forever, and I just feel like I’m in the best dream. Like how did […]

  • FESTIVAL NEWS: official selection for Independent Producers Indie FF

    Just when you thought I was done with Jacks… festival #15, I think? So happy for writer/director Joel Stephen Fleming and all the cast and crew.

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