WHAT'S ON: Upcoming events on the Coffs Coast


THE Screenwave International Film Festival (SWIFF), Coffs Coast's heart of film and screen culture, returns to Coffs Harbour and Bellingen running from January 4-28.

With over 60 film sessions curated for the 2017 program, there will be something for everyone from gripping dramas, to compelling documentaries, incredible comedies, independent titles, and the newest films Australia has to offer.

The festival also has a long list of events planned and Festival Guest filmmakers confirmed to travel to the region to engage with Coffs Coast audiences about the feature films they've acted in, written, produced, and directed. SWIFF enters its second year in 2017, having attracted over 3000 people into theatres for its inaugural 2016 festival to discover world cinema from more than a dozen countries around the world.

Screenwave is a small team, comprised of film enthusiast husband-wife team Kate Howat (Screenwave Artistic Director) and Dave Horsley. The couple have a background in film production and have established a number of programs aimed at developing film and screen culture on the Coffs Coast, including the popular Cinematinee program at the Jetty Memorial Theatre.

The full program is available, and opening night tickets are on sale for the new Iranian documentary Sonita, through www.swiff.com.au.


Sonita will be playing at SWIFF.
Sonita will be playing at SWIFF.


The Eutick Memorial Still Life Award (EMSLA) is celebrating its tenth year of artistic excellence and success at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery - and the 2016 Prize and Festival promises to be its best yet. The EMSLA $20,000 art award encourages excellence and innovation in Australian still life painting. It was the vision of Dr Mal Eutick who wanted to honour the memory of his parents while contributing to the artistic and cultural life of the city.

This year we had over 220 entries from all over Australia and the 68 finalists include notable artists such as Leo Coyte, Laura Jones, Monika Behrens, Samuel Condon, Graham Marchant, Robyn Sweaney, Madeline Preston and Chris Hundt. This year's judges are Nat Thomas, the artist and arts writer/cultural commentator, Michael Fitzgerald, writer and editor of Art Monthly Australasia and Dr Julie Fragar, Associate Lecturer, Fine Art, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.

The EMSLA exhibition will run until Saturday, January 7, 2017. For information go to www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/EMSLA


OUR Summer Exhibition begins on December 10 and will be jam packed with unique handmade gifts ready for Christmas. Our very talented members produce a diverse range of items including jewellery, pottery, woodwork, toys, knitwear, fabric items and cards as well as a large variety of artworks.

Bring a friend or a busload of friends and enjoy a browse in our Gallery. All our members are volunteers, mainly mature aged people who are not necessarily artistic but have a love of beautiful things. We hold classes and workshops and new members are always welcome. We currently have positions vacant for a Secretary and a Watercolour teacher.

The Gallery is open 7 days, 10am to 4pm in Turon Pde Woolgoolga, call 66541054, or go to www.woolgoolgagallery.com.au.


THE Jetty Memorial Theatre has become a home for film and screen culture over the last few years, with the addition of a beautiful retractable screen and ceiling-mounted projector. The newest announcement for the theatre is that the venue will play host to a season of National Theatre Live productions in 2017.

National Theatre Live connects live theatre plays from London's West End with cinemas all around the world. The program is the world's most successful and celebrated stage-to-screen transition program, allowing millions of viewers around the planet the same experience as London theatre crowds.

Following on from the success of the Jetty Theatre's first National Theatre Live screening of Hamlet, the follow-up event for National Theatre Live's WarHorse is set to take Coffs Harbour by storm.

WarHorse has enjoyed six years of success on theatre boards across London, following an incredible story set in World War I about the relationship between a boy and his horse, who is requisitioned by the British army in the war effort. An incredible production, featuring life-size horse puppets by South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company, National Theatre Live's WarHorse is sure to be an incredible event not to be missed.

The screening takes place at 6.30pm on Wednesday, December 7. Advanced bookings are essential. To secure your tickets, call the Jetty Memorial Theatre Box Office on 02 6652 8088 or www.jettytheatre.com.

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