Cinema greats including acclaimed director Rolf de Heer and sound designer James Currie present the Inside Cinema event on Thursday evening, offering their perspective into the making of iconic films such as Ten Canoes and Charlie’s Country. Their collaborative work on Ten Canoes resulted in the film winning over 14 awards, including Un Certain Regard’s Special Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival. Festival president, Campbell Corfe says this year’s program delivers another international event to Noosa and the Sunshine Coast. “NIFF celebrates its second-year Opening Night on Friday. Some of the legends of Australian film will join us including our Founding Patron, Oscar-winning cinematographer John Seale. “We’re also honoured to welcome to Noosa both the director and sound man for monumental movies like Ten Canoes, Rolf de Heere and James Currie. This is now a festival with real gravitas!”

NIFF’s premier opening night is an event not to miss with the screening of Australia’s new release thriller, Jungle and an opportunity to rub shoulders with cinema legends. Jungle is a true story of survival against all odds, based on the international best-selling memoir by Yossi Ghinsberg. World cinema feature films continue to screen at the BCC Cinemas on Saturday and Sunday. Screening is the world’s first fully painted feature film, Loving Vincent from Poland and French romance, Souvenir, starring Isabelle Huppert.

Oscar-winning cinematographer John Seale will present a remastered version of the 1996 cinema classic, The English Patient with audience Q&A. I Am Not Your Negro, directed by Roul Peck received an Oscar Nomination for the documentary that brings powerful clarity to how the image and reality of Blacks in America today are portrayed. Continuing with the international program are the short films with sessions screening all day Saturday and Sunday at The J and Noosa Arts Theatres. Short films came in from 31 countries and offer a diverse selection of topics. “It was wonderful to see so many Australian entries of such a high calibre, particularly from our young filmmakers,” says short film judge, Holly Pittman. The festival received an overwhelming response from Australian filmmakers followed by Iran and the United States.

This year the Noosa International Film Festival includes a music on film program with two performances by local bands. Band of Frequencies will delight filmgoers at the surfing documentary, Men of Wood & Foam with a jazzy set of original works and parts of the film’s soundtrack.

HoneyBird will perform an original music score to the 1927 sci-fi classic, Metropolis with a full throttle rock opera including string quartet and full band. The Noosa International Film Festival runs from Thursday 26 to Sunday 29 October. 

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ABOUT OPERAQ  Opera Queensland’s Vision: A Boundless Landscape of Op era Experiences reflects the richness, expanse and diversity of both the operatic art form and Queensland itself; while our Mission: To reflect, celebrate and enrich life in our communities articulates the important role the arts play in contemporary Queensland life. One of Australia’s major performing arts companies, OperaQ serves Metropolitan Brisbane and regional/remote Queensland through the development and presentation of opera projects that reflect our core values of Excellence, Community and Adventure.

We tour extensively throughout Regional Queensland, creating unique and innovative opportunities for regional artists and audiences to experience opera.”

Date: Sunday, 12th November at 2.00pm
​Venue: Maleny Community Centre, Maple St, Maleny
or visit – Maleny Information Centre (cash only) or phone John on 5494 2584
$30.00 (adults) – $25.00 (members) – $15.00 (students) – $25.00 (groups 6+)

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His dismay originated from getting paid for work he hadn’t completed. He vowed that would never happen again. Fifty-five years later, that vow has served Irish Joe Lynch very well.
Joe has lived at Mount Mellum, just south of Maleny in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, for the last 10 years with his wife Ricki. Joe’s working life has been spent in the construction industry, with forays into labouring, boxing, and being a bouncer at the Irish Dance Hall in London during ‘The Troubles’ in the 1960s. His is a life of hard work and colourful stories, and it’s the latter for which he is widely known on the Australian festival circuit.
Music, storytelling and poetry around the fireplace were staples of Joe’s impoverished childhood. He developed a love for Yeats, Poe, Tennyson and Frost at an early age, and has always been able to spin a yarn. He came to Australia in 1977.At 6 foot four inches, with a lean muscular build, a mass of fair curls, and the gift of the gab sweetened by a mellifluous Irish accent, he had no trouble finding work. After a few years driving heavy machinery in Darwin and on Australia’s east coast, he ran his own earthmoving business in southeast Queensland and the north coast of New South Wales. He worked seven days a week, the first to arrive and last to leave, ‘always running,’ as his mates observed. He made a lot of money, bought houses, got married, and had three kids.
They were productive years; but work didn’t leave much time for family, and the marriage suffered. It was a girl in a takeaway shop in Lennox Head that halted his momentum. He started writing poetry from that day and never stopped.
His marriage eventually fell apart;taking a heavy financial and emotional toll. The business was sold on doctor’s orders—‘you’re a walking statistic’—and Joe moved to Nimbin for two years. Locals still talk about Joe’s arrival. A Rolls Royce pulled up at the bus zone in the village centre, a tall, lean, man unfurled himself from the driver’s seat, strolled to the boot of the car, and produced a guitar case. Within moments the case was open on the pavement, and he was busking in a rich Irish tenor voice. Even in a place as filled with odd characters as Nimbin, a Rolls-driving Irish busker was a singular phenomenon. Nevertheless, they were desperate alcoholic days as Joe fought his demons.
When his10-year-old son, Joey, came to live with him, it gave Joe ‘someone to look after’, and his recovery began. He moved to the Gold Coast, became involved in local theatre where he met Ricki, and went back to the earthmoving industry. He worked hard again, but made time for family, poetry, singing and storytelling. He tells of lunchtimes spent under a shady tree telling stories to his young crew. One day they were complaining about the cost of takeaways—‘$18 for a hamburger and drinks.’ — ‘That’s nothin’ he told them. ‘One day I went for takeaway during a job in Lennox Head and it cost me $750,000.’ It also produced one of the most ardent and romantic poems ever written, The Beautiful Smoko Girl.
In 2004, Joe went to the Woodford Folk Festival for the first time. He won Poet of the Week at the legendary Woodford Poets’ Breakfast and was encouraged to do his own gigs. His application to perform at the National Folk Festival in Canberra was accepted, and he was awarded ‘Reciter of the Year’ for Somewhere in Iraq, a poem inspired by a dialogue between a father and his son (Joe and Joey) who is fighting with the Australian forces in the Middle East. He has since become a star fixture at Australia’s two biggest festivals, packing out every venue he performs in.Enthralled audiences at the Tasmanian Poetry Festival, the National Celtic Festival, the Australian Celtic Festival and many others nationally and on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. His late-life performance odyssey has also taken him to New York and back to Ireland. Joe has adapted many traditional Irish myths and legends as well as writing his own compelling material. The Children of Liris a half hour tale of ancient Ireland that a packed, spellbound audience at the Maleny Community Centre will never forget.
Since his Woodford coming-out, Joe’s star has risen relentlessly. Highlights include his mesmerising performance in front of 10,000 people at the Woodford Festival closing Fire Event and performing in the world-famous Speigeltent at last year’s National Folk Festival. Woodford Folk Festival founder and director, Bill Hauritz, asked what happened when he noticed everyone crying after returning from a key event at the Woodford Planting Festival last year. The culprit was Irish Joe Lynch and his poem, The Planter and the Tree.
Joe has recently retired from the earthmoving business, and with his number one supporter and muse, Ricki, intends to further his career as storyteller and poet.
The Sunshine Coast is fortunate to have a world-class poet/raconteur-in-residence; the excavator driver who’s found his true calling as a modern-day Seanachai—the traditional Irish storyteller. The same dedication shown as a seven-year-old Irish lad thinning the beets will ensure Irish Joe Lynch achieves the legendary status he deserves.

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Date: Friday 1 December 2017

Start time: 20:00

End time: 21:20

Venue: The Events Centre, Caloundra

Directions: 20 Minchinton St, Caloundra QLD 4551

Phone: (07) 5491 4240

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MC: Sean Woodland – your endearing host for the night, the award-winning Woodland has ‘everyman’ appeal and will keep those laughs rolling!

Greg Sullivan – award-winning stand-up comedian, writer and broadcaster, having written material for Rich Hall (The SimpsonsSaturday Night Live) and the NRL Footy Show!

Luke Heggie – Heggie’s hilarious no-nonsense brand of comedy has made him one of the most in-demand comics in Aus & awarded him the coveted Director’s Choice Award for Sydney Comedy Festival among many others!

Becky Lucas – one of the most exciting new voices in Australian comedy, she’s your girl next door that delivers punchlines with a cheeky look in her eye!

Cameron James – with a prolific output and razor sharp wit, James has been called the “Next Big Thing” by TimeOut Sydney!

Get in quick and grab your tickets to the funniest night you will see all year!


Thursday 12 October 2017 @ 7.30pm

This is an 18+ only event.
Contains coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend.

$35.00 – Full Price
$32.00 – Per person Group 8+

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Arj Barker is arguably Australia’s favourite American comedian. In recent years, he has spent more time in our country than his own and has come to understand our culture perhaps better than we understand it ourselves. His stand-up is both insightful and pointed, like a mind-reading thumb tack, if there was one of those.

“A must see for anyone who loves a laugh…****” Adelaide now

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This concert brings together the singers of Belladiva to share re-imagined operatic classics and a selection of pop music’s landmark songs from Eva Cassidy and Neil Young through to Fleetwood Mac and Bruce Springsteen. Belladiva sets aside the opera score to perform these tales of strength of love in their signature crossover style and angelic four-part harmony, as previously celebrated in their renditions of Hallelujah and Fields of Gold. The girls will also perform with their own instruments, including piano, violin and guitar, in this intimate concert of songs that have sound-tracked their lives.

Added extras …

A complimentary morning tea is included in the ticket price and will be served from 10.00am.

VENUE: The Events Centre, Caloundra
DATES: Wednesday 20 September
11.00am Show *Complimentary morning Tea at 10.00am*
TICKETS: Full Price: $19.00, Group 10+: $17.50
Call 5491 4240 or visit

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As the entertainment world is gripped with Magic Mike fever this performance is guaranteed to entertain ladies and yes, gentleman too, in more ways than one.

This 2 hour show incorporates comedy, entertainment, seduction, and world renowned break-dancing.

It is a theatrical performance for all ages 18+ with performances from Grand Finalists of Australia’s Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance.

Tickets on sale now! Don’t miss out…

This is an 18+ only event.

DURATION:  2 hours with an interval (subject to change without notice)

The Events Centre CALOUNDRA

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A new Australian work by LJ Projects 
“Dance theatre of the first order – truly exploring the man behind the brush…” 
New Australian dance theatre company LJ Projects is excited to announce the 2017 Australian Tour of its brand new work “Vincent”, an extraordinarily moving dance theatre piece about the man behind the brush of Vincent Van Gogh; his relationship with his brother Theo, his own internal struggle of inner self and self- expression and his constant battle with his inner psyche. Choreographer Melissa Lanham is a contemporary dance theatre artist who has worked in the UK and Australia across countless social inclusion projects and mainstream dance company productions over the last 20 years. Over a decade in creation, ‘Vincent’ is the first time in many years that a professional dance piece has risen out of a vibrant regional community, with a truly national representation of creative and artistic talent. Taking out Best Dance Weekly in its 2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival Premier, and receiving rave 5 star reviews, this is a dance theatre work of the first order not to be missed. 
Vincent and LJ Projects focuses on community, and not just presenting to community, but involving youth and education sectors into its performance. Offering huge varieties in education performances, workshops, youth work projects and other master classes, Vincent is a truly accessible piece of theatre that is designed specifically around breaking down the barriers often associated with contemporary art forms. 
Just recently the Education Package for Vincent has been written to coincide with F u R Y – the Extensive Youth Dance Project currently being rehearsed on the Sunshine Coast involving 90 young dancers from 7 schools across the Sunshine Coast.  F u R Y will be performed on the 19th August in the lead up to Vincent being remounted on the Sunshine Coast and performed at the Events Centre Caloundra as part of the Horizon Festival 2017. 
It also aims at starting a discussion with community about mental health, depression and family issues – allowing a platform for expression not often seen in our remote and regional communities within Australia. Using Van Gogh himself as a carrier, we invite youth, adults and particularly men to feel comfortable and relaxed in expressing themselves and their woes in a safe and supportive environment, 
even if nothing is said at all. The program aims to cross art platforms of dance, drama, art and music and tie in with current curriculum models and frameworks and allow students new ways of expression, performance and appreciation of social themes. Vincent has made waves across our boarders also, with the 2016 Van Gogh Europe Federation board of directions showing great excitement in having the show put on the official program and brought to the Netherlands, Belgium and France in 2016 to celebrate the 127th Anniversary of Van Gogh’s death in 2017. This also joins with the invitation to perform with several dance and performing arts colleges in the United States in co-production opportunities through 2018.  
With her cast of three Australian based contemporary dancers, Lanham has engaged Melbourne based lighting designer Travis Macfarlane and Perth based set and costume designer Daniel Ampuero and composer Sean Tinnion to come on board with Vincent culminating in a stunning result that truly moves and captivates audiences. National and International production and tour management is being supplied by Kym Halpin of TheatricHals 
Vincent is available to tour at anytime throughout 2017 and beyond for national and international festivals, performances, arts events, or public engagements. Expressions of interest in performance or corporate sponsorship are always welcomed. For interview requests, photographic releases, logos, approved biographies etc, please contact the choreographer at ;
Melissa Lanham Choreographer/ Director 
Travis Macfarlane Technical Director 
Dan Ampuero Set/costume designer 
Sean Tinnion Composer 
Melanie Jeffers Makeup Design 
Renee Place Education Writer 
Phil Blackman Vincent 
Charles Ball Theo 
Psyche  Courtney Scheu 



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