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James Baldwin and Richard Avendon

Being Black and Black and White

I was reminded of Avendon and Baldwin by a Monoskop reference to the book ‘Nothing Personal’. I had this paperback copy because, well, at the time (late sixties) to be up with pop-culture, you had to.

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The Dr. Woods Collection

A  password protected working page for now

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Charon and The Psychopomps

not a pop group - a modern myth.

I probably first heard of Charon from Robert Graves “Greek Myths” but ‘paying the ferryman’ is, at least in my generation, a common term.  In the back of it all is the love story of stupid Cupid and the silly, mortal Psyche. I made a video.

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Santa Claus, flying reindeer and other stories

Feeling lucky? Four leaf clovers, leprechauns, horseshoes and Fly Agaric.

After a hippie era testing of ‘magic’ psylocibe< mushrooms when I was violently ill, (trippy but ill), I'll pass on testing the fly agaric's hallucinogenic qualities.

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Ripping off The Beatles

A teenage fan-boy story

I was a Beatles fan much like everyone my (teen) age at Corryong High School, I wanted to let my hair grow, and I wanted to see ‘Hard Days Night’ .

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Between Sleep and Waking

By Georges Perec from Paris Review

“There ought to be texts on the subject, authoritative texts that would enable one to deal with these situations, far commoner than is generally believed.”

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Crow

Black as...

I could never say I love them. In fact I was brought up to hate them and like a lapsed Catholic still feel there is an original sin that I’m denying by appreciating their beauty.

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Travelling with Basho - to the deep north

A travelling companion

Basho’s travel writing give us insight into what drove this poet to keep searching for meaning and enlightenment. It inspired lots of experimental film titles, including some of mine, here’s one. Explained.

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The Valley Theatre, Traralgon

The Super 8 record

I took a roll of 35mm images around my parents La Trobe Cinema and lent them to my mother, both now long gone. These are from a 4fps film of the day when Jim Lawrence leased it to my parents in June 1973. That I still have.

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Captain Crunch

The original phonehacker

We need our computer folk heroes, and if they come with an air of danger around them, it restores the feeling that we were on the digital frontier. Another story from MM, for the last print issue June 1995.

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Bill O'Donovan - the Secret City 'Dementia' Interview

from Australian MultiMedia 2000

Artist Bill O’Donovan came into the MM office with his folio, just as we were doing our last print issue, so we couldn’t offer him any work. All we could suggest was, that he stick around, and we’ll do something together on the web.

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Cimetière de Villevallier

France 1980

What could be more romantic than a boat trip down the Yonne river? A cemetery of course. This was the start of the journey. Look out for the locks! Video coming soon.

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Hermannsburg Cemetery 2009

In June 2009 visiting Jan’s friend Jane, who was working in Alice Springs, we drove out to Hermannsburg Mission, known as the home of, and the landscapes of painter Albert Namatjira.

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Hillend Wedding 1974

There were lots of filmmaker friends and even cameras we passed around, so the results are of variable quality. I’m grateful to have all this. In spite of omens there’s happiness here (and a lot of hair!)

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RMIT SRC 50 Years Reunion

A Catalyst photographer returns

In 2016, a group of the original 1966 RMIT SRC were invited back for a 50 years Anniversary. I said yes, and I’ll take some video. People change in fifty years, some more than others.

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On creating an Archive

and letting things go <delete> ...no wait!

“Today everything is archive and everyone an archivist. People everywhere constantly create, collect, document, make lists, inventories, classify, store, retrieve, and reuse all kinds of information.” Here’s a look at forgetting things.

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Mike Kuchar

A visit by a Kuchar Brother

Mike Kuchar came to present his and identical twin brother George’s films at the Coop. We introduced him to a few of our filmmaker friends – the Super 8 movie shows a night at Michael Lee (and Magda’s) house and recording a video interview.

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Hugh McSpedden

Light. Show. Artist

Hugh McSpedden was always part of the Melbourne alternative film community from the early days of the Film Co-op. His light shows were integral to the T.F. Much Ballroom and other concerts I attended. I’m finding bits in my film archives of him, so I’ve started this page.

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J-L.Godard

Everything is cinema

“Truffaut’s ‘The 400 Blows’ was only the setup. ‘Breathless’ was the knockout blow. If ‘The 400 Blows’ was the February revolution, ‘Breathless’ was October.” Richard Brody.

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Sony Mavica CD-1000, June 2000

the alt.manual for a Multimedia innovator

What’s hard to remember is that we had little option for portable digital image storage other than floppy disk, or limited built-in RAM. This was my first digital camera, recording stills, movies and sound on a mini CD.

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Peter Webb MP

Calls these hills home

Another update from the Country Diary. About a visit to the property of the National Party member for Monaro in 2002. More osage, some tree-lucerne. Sheep. Bigger pictures. And those Brindabellas.

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Osage oranges

and a few hawthorn berries

This is from 2002, and my Bungendore Country Diary about some ‘Osage Events’ that synchronised. You can either read the story then watch the pictures or just wing it and hit play. Think of this as a slide show. With music. And words.

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The legacy of Margaret Fulton

...and your mother's cookbook

At the National Museum of Australia, the C.W.A had gathered their favourite Anzac biscuits and Margaret and a staff chef picked out an audience member to make a batch. ( Do you like yours chewy or crunchy?)

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Fatal Light Awareness

We are rich and guilty magicians

“Up there in the night air among the high-rises, music dies as you fire up your fake sunrises: your light is the birds’ last darkness.” Margaret Atwood

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A Bungendore country camera

Low resolution and a high resolve

Before I started my web Another Country Diary I made these few pages to show to friends when they asked what my life was like in a country town, while I worked in Canberra and Sydney.

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Uncle Tungsten

A chemical childhood

I finished reading Oliver Sack’s story of his ‘chemical’ boyhood some time before I wrote this. My response to the book (as it was for my English mate Norman) was ‘Yes! I felt just like that as a boy’.

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Digital Mechanics Newsletter

News from the workshop July-August 1997

I was still pining from losing Australian MultiMedia and couldn’t stop scratching the ‘publishing’ itch. ‘Written so you can understand it’.

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Epicurious - the demo

'Is this the future of magazines?' we asked.

November 1995. This was a ‘walk-through’ demo, part of how we saw Murdoch Magazines’ many women’s lifestyle publications working on the web -via Conde Nast’s experiment Epicurious.

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Shortis & Simpson

Musicians John and Moya were Bungendore neighbours

I’ve filmed and photographed the work of John Shortis and Moya Simpson for over twenty years. This is where it will be assembled.

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The Truffle Festival

New World Truffle Appreciation Society

In a classic Old World – New World twist, as wild harvested truffles disappear in Europe, countries like Australia and Spain are farming increasing quantities of high quality truffles. The Canberra region growers needed to educate people about theirs.

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