Press – Screenhub review of my AIDC DocWeek session on The Art of Perseverance in documentary film making

It’s my final year of my Masters in Screen Arts and Business from AFTRS (the Australian Film Television and Radio School), which of course means thesis. I am investigating The Art of Perseverance in Australian feature film making.

I formally launched the thesis as a panel session at the Australian International Documentary Conference in Adelaide. AIDC CEO Joost den Hartog is a fellow student and kindly gave me a slot, and organised for three phenomenally talented and persevering filmmakers (Gracie Otto, Marshall Curry and Jakeb Anvhu) to be interviewed by me.

Very grateful for this review of my session at AIDC DocWeek from Anne Richey, and thanks to Editor David Tiley for making it free to everyone, not just subscribers of ScreenHub

Having said that, if you are in the film industry and not using ScreenHub, you shouldn’t be in the industry. Subscribe here!

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AIDC 2014: The art of perseverance in documentary filmmaking 
By Anne Richey
Screen Hub Monday 10 March, 2014

Three makers, three different worlds. All driven by deep perseverance, and the clever use of available resources. Moderator and multimedia maker Nick Bolton has been patiently researching perseverance for his AFTRS Masters thesis in Screen Arts and Business.

Read the full article here

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SIX top tips at SIX – its SIX@SIX

Six top tips at 6pm.
SIX@SIX the free, networking event for technology marketing professionals in Sydney is back.


No 1 best selling author Robert Coorey will be discussing his latest book “Feed a Starving Crowd” and provide six top tips, (and maybe a few more), on the hottest new online marketing strategies proven to work in 2014.
Rob will be signing copies of his book if you wish to buy one.


DATE: Wednesday 12th February 2014
TIME: 5.30pm for 6pm prompt start
VENUE:  Level 2, The Angel Bar, 125 Pitt Street, Sydney
TOPIC:  Six top tips on the hottest new online marketing strategies proven to work in 2014.
SPONSOR:  Free drinks courtesy of E-Web Marketing Group





Meet the Monster of Mornington

Got a role on a new Ch9 TV show Inside Story and a segment called Killing in the Family, which involves re-enactments of famous murders. My man John Sharpe spear-gunned his wife, buried her, chopped up his daughter and put her in the waste dump, then exhumed his wife and moved her to the waste dump as well. Nice chap!

Anyway learnt how to fire a spear gun – a skill I hope I never have to use.

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Read more about him here
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My name is Michael Caine

And not a lot of people know that…

After playing northern Park Ranger John Clarke in Calendar Girls, I’ve won the role in another classic British underdog film, the part of Ray Say in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice being directed by Christine Firkin for Lane Cove Theatre company. The show runs from April 10th -13th at Riverview. I’ll post more info as its forthcoming.

Here’s a snippet of the film when Ray Say (Michael Caine) hears LV (Little Voice played by Jane Horrocks) for the first time. Gonna be a lot of fun.

Telstra ‘Smarter Business’ magazine

Telstra Smarter Business magazine recently commissioned me to write an article on how to get your next big idea funded. I was able to draw on good friends Steve Fanale at App Village, Ian Gardiner at Viocorp and Innovation Bay. As A Pozible Ambassador, I got to know Alan Crabbe at Pozible, and had good chats with Mick Liubinskas at Pollenizer, and Rob Antulov at Venture Advisory

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Enjoy the article – There is a nice breakdown of where to go for advice, what questions to ask, characteristics required, and lessons to learn. Good luck!

SPA Screen Forever

I recently attended the Screen Forever conference in Melbourne, organised by the newly named Screen Producers Australia (formerly SPAA)

Screen Forever

Screen Forever
Screen Forever represents the creative, hardworking professionals who make and deliver content for all screens and all kinds of audiences. The Conference is where you can explore the very best of Screen, gain insights, business opportunities, international partnerships and discover what’s on the horizon from leading media and entertainment executives. The Conference is a celebration of the Craft of screen production – for now and always.

Over four days, participants had access to keynotes, interviews, workshops, pitching session and the Awards night. I particularly enjoyed On the Couch sessions with Beau Willimon, the Executive Producer of House of Cards, a one one one with the new CEO of Screen Australia, Graeme Mason.

And it gave me plenty of networking opportunities for my thesis which starts very soon.

Speaking engagement at the Viocorp event ‘The Age of Enterprise Video’

Viocorp ran their annual event The Age of Enterprise Video at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Tuesday 1st October 2013.
I was asked again to deliver a session, this time on Developing a Video Strategy Framework, alongside expert speakers from Deloitte, KPMG, RedBull, Melcrum, ANZ, and IOOF.

Watch the video here
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And view the slides here

The Viocorp Enterprise Communications forum brings together digital leaders from Red Bull, Deloitte, BT Investment Management and the IOOF as well as industry leaders from Akamai and Melcrum to share inspiration, strategic insights and practical advice on successful online video strategies.
From research on why video can be so impactful, to inspirational content development strategies, this forum is designed to help you take advantage of the technology trends that the switched on, mobile organisation offers.
Each presentation will be followed by a Q&A session so you can engage directly with our expert panellists.
Keynote Case Study: Red Bull Stratos – Christie Poulos, Former Head of Content (Moving Image) for Red Bull UK
Employee Engagement: Research on Video Internal Communications – Jonathan Champ, Melcrum
Content marketing: 3 Strategies for Video Content Production
In-house studio – Deloitte
iPhone DIY – BT
Production companies – IOOF
Protecting your IP: Online Video Security – David Habben, Akamai
Developing a Video Strategy Framework - Nick Bolton, TEN ALPHAS

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‘Life’ screens as a finalist at Lucky Film Festival

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A terrific night of 10 home grown Short Films, DJ, Pop Corn & Good Vibes all in the name of supporting The Arts.

As well as a great line up of films & tunes, there will be Lucky Dips, A Lucky Door Prize & some terrific products & services up for grabs with our Silent Auction.

Proceeds go towards supporting independent film makers, visual & performing artists through The Arts Platform Artist Residency Programme.

We look forward to you joining us

THIS Saturday night 12th October
At: Platform 2, Number 2 George Street, Leichhardt
Doors Open at 6PM
Films Screen at 7PM

Tickets are $15 at the Door or contact
to arrange your VIP entry on the night.

VIP package is $40: Which includes pre booked tickets emailed to you, VIP Lounge access, 2 free drink vouchers on arrival & a Lucky Film Festival Badge… Now we’re talking!

See you Saturday,

I’m back on stage! Tickets now on sale for Calendar Girls

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When Annie’s husband John dies of leukaemia, she and best friend Chris decide to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room.
They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer, Lawrence.

The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales.

The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-­‐found fame.

Based on the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund, Calendar Girls is the fastest selling play in British theatre history.

I shall be playing the roles of John and Liam.

Join the Facebook page here

buy your tickets here

VENUE: Zenith Theatre, Chatswood
DATES in October:
2.00pm Saturday 12th, Thursday 17th, Saturday 19th
5.00pm Sunday 13th
8.00pm Friday 11th, Saturday 12th, Wednesday 16th, Thursday 17th, Friday 18th, Saturday 19th

The North Shore: WENDY Morton is baring all in a comedy that raises eyebrows for the right reasons
Stage Whispers: North Shore Calendar Girls Grin and Bare It All
The Weekly Times
The Irish Echo

Sydney Arts Guide
Weekend Notes
Stage Whispers

Calendar Girls Back Cover Screen Grab



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