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Reef Ireland: a ‘discovery’ with a surprise nomination at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards

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There have been some outstanding performances in Australian films over the past year including Michael Caton in Last Cab To Darwin, Sullivan Stapleton in Cut Snake and Ryan Corr in Holding The Man.

But the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, which covers films from 70 countries, has announced a best actor nomination for a little-known Australian talent from a barely-seen drama.

Reef Ireland, who has appeared in the TV dramas Puberty Blues and Wentworth, has been nominated for playing a young man just out of jail in the yet-to-be-released Downriver.

To date, writer-director Grant Scicluna’s first feature film has only screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival.

Ireland, 22, has also acted in the films Strangerland, Fell and Blessed and the TV shows Tangle, Killing Time and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.

In Downriver, he plays a former prisoner who was jailed for his part in the drowning death of a child. With the dead boy’s body never recovered – and no memory of what happened – he returns to the place the boy disappeared to seek answers.

“It’s amazing,” Ireland said from Auckland, where he is filming what he called a “super secret” project. “It’s such a prestigious award.”

The young actor, who grew up in Auckland then Melbourne, described his character in Downriver as a “dark hero”.

“He has the history of a bad guy but he’s actually a really, really good guy.”

The awards’ film director, Maxine Williamson, said members of the international nominations council felt Ireland’s performance was extraordinary.

“People were captured by the whole atmosphere of that film and they felt they saw a talent that’s obviously on the rise,” she says. “He’s a discovery in many ways.”

Ireland has been nominated alongside actors from Russia (Alexey Gusykov for The Find), Georgia (Misha Gomiashvili for The President), South Korea (Jung Jae-young for Right Now, Wrong Then) and Tibet (Shide Nyima for Tharlo).

The only previous Australian actors to be nominated in the nine years of the awards are David Gulpilil, who received a special mention for Charlie’s Country last year, Aaron Pedersen for Mystery Road in 2013, and Daniel Connors for Toomelah in 2011.

The sole Australian best actress nominee has been Judy Davis for The Eye Of The Storm in 2011.

Two Australian films have been nominated for this year’s awards: Blinky Bill The Movie is up for best animated feature film and Another Country is up for best documentary.

Director Stephen Page, the artistic director of the Bangarra Dance Theatre, is also nominated for a UNESCO Award for an outstanding contribution to cultural diversity for the dance film Spear.

Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien’s acclaimed martial arts film The Assassin, which won best director at the Cannes Film Festival this year, leads the nominations. It is up for best feature film, direction and cinematography.

Two films from South Korea are also nominated for best film – Park Jung-bum’s Alive and Kim Dae-hwan’s End of Winter – as well as Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Cemetery of Splendour (from Thailand, Malaysia, France, Germany and United Kingdom) and Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Journey to the Shore (from Japan and France).

The awards, described as the region’s highest accolade in film, will be held in Brisbane on November 26.

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South Coast Waif’s childhood: Bush, books and Johnny B Goode

A South Coast bush kid who grew up without a tellie credits both isolation–anda stolen video night at a mate’s place – with launching his musical career.
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The former gave Josh Cunningham plenty of time to play guitar and the latter gave him the inspiration to perfect it.The Waifs guitarist and songwriter grew up off the grid on 40 acres inTurlinjah and will never forget the night he watched Back to the Future.

“My family did not have a TV,” Cunningham, 42, said.

“I was at a friend’s 13th birthday party and a few movies gotrented out. One was Back to the Future.Isaw the scene with Michael J Fox playing Johnny B Goode at the prom anddecided, then and there, that is what I want to do –I want to be aguitar player.”

Back to the future: Waif Josh Cunningham at the home he is building in the bush in Turlinjah, next door to the mud-brick home he grew up in.

Teenage determination to be a guitar hero would morph into a soulful musical maturity. At18,Cunningham stumbled on sisters performing in Broome,Vikki Thorn and Donna Simpson.

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“I was instantly taken with their music and their personalities,” Cunningham said.

“The style theyhad was similar to a style I was gravitating towards; it was much more acoustic. We had a jam andDonna popped the question and asked if I wanted to join up.It did not take too much armtwisting.”

That was 23 years ago and the rest is history. Cunningham will join the pair onstage when The Waifs play Granite Town on October 31.

Cunningham’s bush childhood also gave a bookish kid plenty of time to read –a foundation that has never yet hurt a song.

“I always loved reading, writing and language,” he said.He remembers a character, Arabelle, with a pet raven called Mortimer.

“I loved those books –ravens are my favorite birds to this day,” he said.

His love of words saw him flirt with being a journalist –based on another fictional character –then a nurse, then an economist –but music prevailed.He remains grateful to former Moruya High School maths teacherLouise Murkins who stepped in at a pivotal moment.

“She was an awesome teacher;she took an interest in the kids and inme and I really appreciated her,” he said.

“As a young guy, you are trying to navigate your wayand things are uncertain;you do silly things. Maybe I shouldn’t divulge this (but) …she knew of stuff I was doing foolishly and gaveme advice from the perspective of, ‘this will help you out in life’.It affected me a lot more than if I had just got punished.”

What was the young Josh up to?“I don’t think I’ll divulge that,” he said. Hecan divulge he is building a partly stone house – a stone’s throw from the mud-brick home he grew up in.

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Well-maintained and set back from the road, the home makes the most of its pristine views.

With a brick veneer exterior, the house features a timber kitchen and openplan living, dining and lounge areas.

An enclosed glass sunroom will allow you to make the most of the ocean views all year round.

The two bedrooms come complete with built-in robes and an additional third room could be used as either a bedroom or study.

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South West fracking fears put to rest

FEARS that fracking could be carried out in Bunbury and the South West have been put to rest after it was found the area was not suitable for the process.
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The Department of Mines and Petroleum received confirmation this week that there are no plans to undertake hydraulic fracturing within a petroleum application area located south and east of the City of Bunbury.

Bunbury Energy Pty Ltd, previously known as Unconventional Resources Pty Ltd, confirmed its proposed plans for the area comprising 11 blocks which incorporates the shires of Capel, Dardanup and Donnybrook-Balingup, parts of the City of Bunbury and slightly overlaps an area in the City of Busselton.

Petroleum Division executive director Jeff Haworth said the geology of the area was not suitable to support the hydraulic fracturing process and there was currently no indication of any good quality shales in the area.

Mr Haworth said previous attempts at Whicher Range highlighted the problem, which was further supported by the Whicher Range Tight Gas Sands Study 2012 report.

He said hydraulic fracturing would actually inhibit the extraction of any gas.

When the potential for fracking made headlinesin July,Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said it was “offensive” for the state government to downplay potential fracking in the region while lining up permits for exploration and she was sure it would receive immediate backlash from the community.

But Bunbury Wellington Economic Alliance chief executive Matt Granger said it wasimportant to recognise that the mining, minerals processing and energy industries had operated in the South West for decades and could provide an important economic boost to the region.

The company has not been granted an exploration permit and is still progressing with native title negotiations.

“We have also been advised by the company that it does not intend to access private land or sensitive areas and that the survey would be conducted along roadsides and other accessible areas,” Mr Haworth said.

“They would also need to seek the appropriate local government approvals to undertake those activities.”

DMP has requested that the company provide a detailed stakeholder engagement plan before the end of November 2015.

Mr Haworth said no exploration activity could begin until the company had been granted an exploration permit and all relevant approvals had been provided.

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No real concern for NBN changes

National Broadband Network officials remain confident that the change in services outlined in the latest three-year plan will provide adequate coverage.
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The NBN’s second three-year plan was unveiled earlier in the month, with key Ballarat suburbs Sebastopol, Redan and Wendouree not set for construction until 2017 under afibre to the node service instead of fibre to the premises connection.

While the lengthy wait will no doubt frustrateresidents of the aforementioned suburbs, others are concerned about the expected speeds of FTTN.

However, NBN’s chief architectTony Cross said FTTN trails showed the service will be more than adequate.

“Our own FTTN end-user trials have been hugely encouraging in showing that FTTN can deliver great speeds to Australians, with most end-users on the trial getting wholesale speeds of 100Mbps (download) and 40Mbps (upload),” Mr Cross said.

The introduction of FTTN is also predicted to allow NBN reach its objective of completing the roll out by 2020, as opposed to an all-FTTP fixed line roll out that wouldn’t be completed until 2026 at the earliest.

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