LEO BERKELEY
FILMMAKER

I’m planning a short video essay on hard rubbish, which focuses on a personal experience I had trying to get rid of an old couch.  Whenever I put it out for hard rubbish collection, someone would take it, then it would reappear further down the street a short while later.  So I have been taking photos of other people’s couches and armchairs on the footpath and the median strips of my neighbourhood, with the idea of including them in the video.  They appear surprisingly often.  My couch had an association with many important experiences in my life.  It was also extremely uncomfortable, which is why I wanted to get rid of it.

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I went to a public talk last week by Jack Binder, Hollywood film and TV producer, and Antony I. Ginnane, prolific Australian film producer.  The talk was hosted by RMIT School of Media & Communication and Film Victoria.  I have long thought that the producer’s perspective is somewhat undervalued in many discussions about film and television, so it was great to hear two experienced and accomplished practitioners of this role talk about their work.

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