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Kasabushi on film.

Such a wonderful place.

Kasabushi Camp

We are proud to show off the first video about us and the dreams we are building here at Kasabushi.  It was filmed last December not long after the rains began.  Please like and share if you enjoy it.

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Oscars 2016: Shaun the Sheep

Always been an Aardman fan!

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The Film:Shaun the Sheep Movie

The Pitch:Animal Farm meets One Man and His Dog

Shaun and his fellow sheep are disgruntled with the Farmer’s adherence to his rigid schedule, which leaves no room for spontaneous fun, but when he goes missing in the Big City, the flock and sheepdog Bitzer leave their rural home to hunt for their pal, all the while eluding a power-mad animal containment officer.

Number of Nominations: One

Which Category? Best Animated Feature

Will it Win? Most likely, Inside Outwill take the prize (and that’s fine – Inside Out is a good film). Anomalisais a little too weird for the Academy, I think (four words: stop motion animated cunnilingus). I have not seen the other nomintaed films yet (Boy and the World; When Marnie Was There). It would be lovely of Shaun the Sheep Movie won, simply because…

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There’s No Place Like KidLit TV

Love Hildie too… will look out for this.

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If you’ve ever wanted to go to Oz, all you have to do is click your heels three times, take the #1 train to Franklin Street, and ring the doorbell at #112. As soon as you enter, you will realize there’s magic in the air. It’s the home of KidLit TV.

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Julie Gribble and me (photo by Kassia Graham) 

I had the chance to spend the morning in this wonderfully magical place as I waited to record a reading of Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep.

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Hildie and I enjoying our KidLit TV debut.

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Hildie closeup (Photo by Kassia Graham) 

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Kassia Graham

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Art by Kelly Light

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I would love to take home each and everyone of these loveys. 

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Painting of Franklin Street by Roxie Munro 

It was so much fun having my make up done by the incredibly talented Mable Pang. I so wish she could do my make up…

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Taboo!

Another good one to look out for…

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Tom Hardy has a new television series, co-produced by himself, his dad (the magnificently-named Chips Hardy), and Ridley Scott.

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It’s about nineteenth century roguish sea-going adventurers.

And it looks incredible.

Set in 1814, Taboo follows James Keziah Delaney, a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed. Believed to be long dead, he returns home to London from Africa to inherit what is left of his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself. But his father’s legacy is a poisoned chalice, and with enemies lurking in every dark corner, James must navigate increasingly complex territories to avoid his own death sentence. Encircled by conspiracy, murder, and betrayal, a dark family mystery unfolds in a combustible tale of love and treachery.

Taboo is written by Steven Knight, who has worked with Hardy on Peaky Blinders and Locke.

The eight-episode miniseries, co-starring…

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Love Your Sister

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The City at 2AM

RED GLADIOLA

at last, the lashing rain abates
the howling wind creeps away
tail between its legs
and in the distance
a truck treads and parts slow
puddles in urban lullaby
windows fogged, and silent

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Old Swan Brewery Building on the Swan River. Frances Macaulay Forde © 1984.

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Highlighting innovative Shift-Focus techniques in 1985, our first music video won the FTI Young Filmmakers Cinematography Award for 18-year-old Peter Aquilina.  The first of many awards Peter has received over a long and very successful career in Media (mostly) overseas.

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The video was shot around Northbridge, in the studio at the Film and TV Institute in Fremantle, inside the (condemned) Swan Brewery building overlooking the Swan River, the old Perth Train Station and in the Mid-Western TV Studios.

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The original song was written by a breakdancing duo who won the Talent Competition I ran at the Riverton & Kelmscott Hotels in 1983.  Wonder where they are now?

Apart from $1,000, their prize included this video clip made by Sphinx Productions, the little production company a young but very talented Peter and I set up in 1985.

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