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Heart of Gold Film Festival – We Have a Winner!

Sunday, March 29th, 2009


On the weekend Bec and I travelled up to Gympie in Queensland to the Heart of Gold film festival . It was a brilliant festival showing hundreds of short films from around the world, as well as meet-the-filmmaker sessions and seminars.

They also had a photography category, and out of 1000 entries from 20 countires this image I took in Nepal of Junu lining up before school won the overall prize!

 This meant getting up at the awards dinner and giving a speech in front of some semi-famous Australians who were on the film Jury, including Noni Hazlehurst who gave a wonderful speech later in the night (which included getting the enitre audience to stand up and sing “I’m a Little Teapot”, complete with actions), Peter Thompson who was the long-time film reviewer on the Channel Nine program Sunday, Jim Moginie from Midnight Oil, and the ABC’s Caroline Jones. I somehow managed to get through the speech without making a fool of myself, and picked up a nice little cheque for my trouble.

I’m now going out to buy a lottery ticket.

Nepal: In black and white

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Now that I’ve run out of words, I thought maybe you folks who are still checking the site might be interested in seeing some of the photos I took whilst Bec and I were volunteering at the orphanage in Nepal last year, starting with a couple of black and white shots just to get the ball rolling….

If you have read any of the previous entries about our time at the orphanage, you’ll know that the kids were so so so so happy. Despite having nothing, they danced and laughed and joked and played as though they had not a care in the world. But there were always times when each child would be quiet, and thoughtful, and would appear to have deep thoughts running through their minds. But mostly these occurances and these expressions were whilst they were watching tv. Nothing like some tv to keep a roomful of kids quiet.






Nisha (again…)

Kathmandu: Your Moment of Zen

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007
Three months have flown by. We've left Nepal. We've said goodbye to all the kids. There were a few tears, none of which were shed by them. We will miss them tremendously, and are already considering how we can get ... [Continue reading this entry]

Kathmandu: The Daily Show, Evening Edition

Monday, July 16th, 2007
Life at the orphanage is rigidly structured. It has to be when you're trying to control forty kids. Bec and I pick the youngest ones up from school at 3.30pm. Before they leave, the whole school lines up in the courtyard ... [Continue reading this entry]

Kathmandu: The Daily Show, Morning Edition

Sunday, July 15th, 2007
Bec and I have less than a week left in Nepal. Wow. They say time flies when you're having fun. And apparently, they were right. Before we leave, I thought I'd better at least try and give you an insight ... [Continue reading this entry]

Sagarmatha House: The Little Things

Sunday, June 10th, 2007
Wow. We've been in Nepal for over six weeks now. Damn that's gone fast. Faster than a monkey stealing your banana (and I've seen that happen here. Whoa, those monkeys don't mess around folks!) Bec and I have settled into a ... [Continue reading this entry]

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek: Photos, Baby!

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007
Day ten was our final day of trekking. Just a short 2 hour walk down to the bottom of the Annapurna Range, about a half hour drive from the town of Pokhara. Rather than bore you with more words, given ... [Continue reading this entry]

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, Day Nine: Dry the Rain

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
It had been a restless night's sleep, with the fierce storm keeping me awake, and, when I finally slept, thoughts of horror movies racing through my mind. I continued to doze in the morning well after the sun had come ... [Continue reading this entry]

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, Day Eight: Black Sheep Boy

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007
Upon leaving the village of Sinuwa, the first half of the day was spent retracing our steps from a few days earlier back to Chomrong. This meant a forty minute descent down one side of the valley below Sinuwa, and ... [Continue reading this entry]

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, Day Seven: I Made a Lovers Prayer

Monday, May 28th, 2007
Twice through the night I had to rise and rush to the bathroom, but not before putting on a couple of layers of clothing. It was awfully cold up there at Annapurna Base Camp. Despite my headache I stopped outside ... [Continue reading this entry]