TAKE ACTION... in Hobart and Launceston

Check out these FREE Action Sessions on film-making skills and topical issues and see what YOU can do differently in the world.

HOBART SESSIONS – The Duke Hotel, 192 Macquarie St.

LAUNCESTON SESSIONS – Festival Lounge at The Plough, 170 Brisbane St and TasTAFE Drysdale Campus, 93 Paterson St.

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4:00 – 5:30pm

Can we Defend, Conserve, Protect?

In the face of the Japanese government’s decision to leave the International Whaling Commission, a panel, including Stephen Amis the director of the film, Defend, Conserve, Protect, will discuss the challenges of making a film such as this and the issues surrounding the Japanese withdrawal. Is it all bad? What needs to be done? You decide.


1:00 – 2:30pm

Soufra: Food and community activism today

Join our panel of local food activists to discuss how the film Soufra showcases food as a powerful means of empowerment and engagement, plus the ways in which food offers a universal language of community.

5:30 – 7:00pm

Island of the Hungry Ghosts: Migration and Asylum

Join Sophie Mathisen, producer of Island of Hungry Ghosts, and a panel to discuss how the metaphor of migration has been so strongly used in this film, especially given the limits on filming on Christmas Island. We’ll look at the way this issue has become a political battle ground, where truth – just as in war – becomes the first casualty.


1:30 – 2:30pm

Book Week: Stories from the front line of Aussie film making

Writer/director Heath Davis will share with us how he took his own experiences as a teacher and turned it into this gem of a comedy. Hear how the film was shot in Katoomba on a very tight budget, featuring Western Sydney locals, plus some of this country’s best performers like Susan Prior, Rhys Muldoon and Toby Schmitz. All welcome. Festival Lounge at The Plough.


4:00 – 5:00pm

Documentary film making: the Ola Sita Ina Wae experience

Indonesian documentary film maker, Vivian Idris’s, actors and crew were ¼ professionals and ¾ women and men from the remote villages where the film was shot. Vivian’s story will resonate not only with documentary film makers but anyone interested in telling stories of community development and empowerment. TasTAFE


2:00pm – 3:30pm

Brilliant Careers, Strong Women

Moderated by Cate Sumner (Law & Development Partners) a panel including Gillian Armstrong (My Brilliant Career), Bettina Baldeschi (International Women’s Development Agency), Ibu Nani Zilminarni (PEKKA) and Sophie Mathisen (For Film’s Sake) will look at the “prouds” and “sorries” for women in society and the film industry today. Not to be missed. TasTAFE


Connecting with our near neighbours

Friday 17 May 2019 9:00 am – 5.00pm
University of Tasmania, Invermay Campus

ASEAN is a key group of 10 south-east Asian countries that collectively has a $93b two way trade relationship and a $224b two way investment relationship with Australia. More than 12,000 Australian businesses already export to ASEAN countries making the region our third largest trading partner.

Come to the forum to hear about how ASEAN fits into the rest of the Indo-Pacific and the opportunities that exist to grow two-way trade and investment. Key note speakers include representatives from business exporting to the region, the Australia Government and Tasmania State Government. Indonesia will be a focus country of the Forum.

Cost: $15O To book email: