Happy New Year.

I hope you all had a good, relaxed silly season!

Yet again its been way to long toooooo long since my last blog. Its amazing how life gets in the way, especially when a child is involved, who needs your love, care and attention!

Just to update you all…the screening at Bendigo’s (or should I say Eaglehawk’s) Star Community Theatre went well. There was a good turn out considering that it was a week or two before Christmas. If you are every in the area go and see a movie there. The theatre is in the old town hall and has its original projection room. Apparently, it screened movies for the 1920’s til 1950s when TV took over. The projectionist told great stories about how they used to stager the film times between Bendigo and Eaglehawk so that once it finished in one cinema it could be sent on the tram to Eaglehawk. If for some reasons there were delays they used to pay a kid to take it over on their bike!

The q and a afterwards was very interesting. Belinda Moon who is a local Bendigo crafter and runs “The Square” craft market told a great story of the smaller crafter triumphing over the large multinational chain store (whom shall remain nameless for legal purposes!). One day when Belinda was in said nameless chain store, her son with toy in hand, said “Look Mummy, there are your cards!”. To her surprise, they indeed looked exactly like her cards, in style and design, but only the colors had changed slightly. Turning it over she discovered the cards where produced by a Melbourne based company, who had then manufactured in China. To cut a long story short she engaged a lawyer and even though the large said unnamed chain store did not admit their guilt, they did pay her out! Yah! One for the little crafter! After having heard so many stories of independent makers being ripped off, it was lovely to hear a triumphant one!

In other filmmaking news, I have been very quite, but the new year has spurred me on and I have begun transcribing the interviews I did with female erotic filmmakers while I was at the Berlin Porn Film Festival in 2009( has it already been nearly 2 years!). I’m hoping to turn it into a 30 min documentary about women who are redefining the adult genre. I’m not sure what it will be called yet. Any suggestions? One I’ve been floating around is “Doing it their way: Female erotic filmmakers reinvent the adult genre”, but I think its too long. I had such a inspiring time in Berlin and got to meet so many amazing women who were doing similar things to myself with the adult genre. It made me feel as though I wasn’t alone in the fight to break free of the cliches of adult films and to create unique films, that were still erotic and sexy. Listening again to the interviews, has make me want to attempt another erotic film, so I have started on a script set in the suburbs, as we all know despite the outward appearances, they are full of sexual creatures who hide behind closed doors!!

The creative juices are following and I am feeling inspired again after feeling like I was lost in mummy world. While mummy world has been great, I realise more and more how important it is to be creative. I remember saying quite dramatically, if I couldn’t make films I would die! Now, having experienced a period where I have been unable to put any energy into making films, I don’t think I was being dramatic at all! It has brought home to me how important it is to my happiness to be creative. Do you feel that passionate about something you do?

“Making it Handmade” to screen in Bendigo!

Wow who can believe that its already December…where did this year go?? Life and raising a small child have been keeping me occupied, so please excuse my lack of blogging!

I’m very excited to announce that “Making it Handmade” will be screening at Bendigo’s Star Community Cinema on Sunday 12th December at 3:30pm. I’ll be there to introduce the film and there will be a Q and A afterwards with Belinda Moon, who is an avid Bendigo crafter and hosted by the lovely and talented Megan Spencer. Also one lucky person in the audience will win a goodies bag generously donated by Bob Boutique. It should be a great afternoon with devonshire tea thrown in! I can’t wait for a scone with cream and jam!

Pip Lincolne, who is in “Making it Handmade”, let it slip that her secret ingredient for the best scones is lemonade! Apparently, its an old tip from the CWA cookbook!! Also if you haven’t yet, go and check out her new book. It is a beautiful work of art!

Also, in the November issue of The Melbourne Magazine that comes with The Age newspaper, myself and the lovely Royce made an appearance. For those of you who missed it, I’ll scan it soon and post it up here. It was good to read an article that wasn’t so sensationalized and gave me more depth, than just being a feminist erotic filmmaker! Mmm just read that back…wow it sounds conceited!

Anyway, I hope to see you in Bendigo, if not I hope you have a good silly season and if you are looking for a present for that crafty person in your life, why not get them a copy of “Making it Handmade”! Click here to buy it from my online shop!