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Writing, not painting, in Gothic Tasmania

In May this year, I travelled once again to chilly Hobart to cover the 2017 Stranger With My Face International Film Festival for Australian contemporary arts magazine RealTime. Stranger With My Face, now in its fifth year, is a highly respected event focusing on horror and other dark genre cinema directed by women. I stayed in Hobart’s historic quarter, the appropriately gothic Battery Point, just up the cliff from Salamanca Arts Centre, where the festival is hosted.

My festival overview can be read here.

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Photographs of Battery Point, Hobart; festival guest, Gaylene Preston, New Zealand director of marvellous thrillers Mr Wrong (1984) and Perfect Strangers (2003); festival display window at Salamanca Arts Centre; festival director Briony Kidd (second from left) with festival award winners (L-R) Kaitlin Tinker, Elizabeth E. Schuch and Gaylene Preston

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Deep Red: Hobart’s Stranger With My Face Exhibition, April 2016

Some moody phone camera documentation (my DSLR camera had just died) of the Stranger With My Face exhibition, which ran from 14-17 April 2016 as an adjunct to Tasmania’s Stranger With My Face International Film Festival. I was in Hobart covering the festival for RealTime Arts and had also been invited by festival director Briony Kidd to participate in this group show. Curator Robyn Oh did a terrific job of assembling the various works in the Festival Club (aka the Founders Room at Salamanca Arts Centre).

The exhibition took its cue from the festival, which showcases and promotes the work of women who make horror and dark genre films.

 

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Kim Foale‘s ceramic work See No Evil glowing redly on festival opening night.

 

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My work, A Small Dark Painting, alongside Sally Rees’ flickering video work on opening night

 

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Gore, Allana Blizzard Jones, acrylic and mixed media on canvas

 

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A Small Dark Painting, oil on linen

 

 

 

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Kim Foale’s horror ceramics: See No Evil and Hearts

 

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Below: Stranger With My Face International Film Festival opening night party

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Also participating in the exhibition, but not pictured here: Lucy Parakhina, Mish Meijers and Sonia Heap.

Click here for my overview of the festival for RealTime.


Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival 2014

Another RealTime Arts writing gig.StowellAve_Hobart2014ZombieDoll_closeup_SWMF2014HamdenSt_Hobart2014Alex_talk_SWMF2014HobartStreetArt2014StrangerWithMyFace2014_Nymphs

Stranger With My Face Horror Film Festival, held annually in Hobart, is a showcase and forum for female horror directors. Make-up effects for wood nymphs and Victorian doll created by Mel Cooper.

Interview with Festival Director Briony Kidd on my horror blog.

Coverage of the festival in RealTime’s October/November edition here.


Whistle and I’ll come to you

Closer 2011

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Havisham Christmases

This year's Christmas card

Havisham Tree: this year’s Christmas card

 

Wedding_Cake_at_nightLast year’s Christmas card


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