• Month: September 2019

President’s Letter – Spring 2019

Scrolling through the APDG website, stopping on our history page and seeing photos of the inaugural steering committee and the list of founding members gave me pause to contemplate the past 10 years of our organisation representing the Australian design community in live performance and screen. It was these members – Michael Scott-Mitchell, Catherine Martin, […]

APDG member Nick Schlieper talks lighting design

Internationally renown lighting designer and APDG member Nick Schlieper was recently at work on a new production of Médée for Saltzburger Festspiele in Germany, working with director Simon Stone (set designer Bob Cousins, costume designer Mel Page) when he put aside some time to answers questions from some Australian designers. What qualities do you look […]

NIGHTINGALE: An interview with Alexander Holmes

Alexander Holmes speaks to the APDG about his work in the recently released film Nightingale. In relation to ‘Nightingale” how do you find your way into the world of the film?   When I receive a script, I try to read it at least a couple of times. Each read digs you deeper into the story. […]

Rolland Pike opens his bag of tricks

Rolland Pike loves a challenge – just as well because the Melbourne set decorator transformed his home town into Africa for a major new film, working closely with a Chinese director who speaks very little English. Rolland explains how he teamed up with Production Designer Jeff Thorpe to work on The Whistleblower, a Chinese-Australian co-production […]

Interview with Production Designer – Ben Bangay

Production Designer Ben Bangay on his life, career and upcoming TV Series, Secret Bridesmaids’ Business. APDG member Ben Bangay, is interviewed by APDG member Courtney Westbrook. How​ ​did​ ​you​ ​get​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​becoming​ ​a​ ​Production​ ​Designer​? I studied visual communication/graphic design and had always been interested in the ability good designers had to interpret the […]

Anna Tregloan: Prague Quadrennial of performance space and design

The PQ Exhibition grounds, The Industrial Palace – Photo by Kate Bliss APDG member Anna Tregloan shares her experience at the Prague Quadrennial In June this year we were very proud to present four exceptional Australian artists as well as share in the work of many others at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Space and […]

Interview from the Audrey Journal – Antoinette Barbouttis

Over the last 2 years emerging Greek-Australian designer/theatre-maker and APDG member Antoinette Barbouttis has been talking to young female designers for a series of interviews for Audrey online magazine. Interviews by Antoinette Barbouttis originally published online in Audrey Journal AudreyJournal.com.au, kindly republished here with their permission. We are thrilled to be able to include these interviews over future APDG newsletters, beginning here […]

Interview from the Audrey Journal – Anna Gardiner

By: Antoinette Barbouttis Date: 7 Apr 2018 This is the second in a series of interviews celebrating the female designer – specifically female set designers. Anna Gardiner and I met when we collaborated on repertory shows for Sport for Jove back in 2014. Since graduating from WAAPA in 2008, Anna has firmly established herself in Sydney, notably […]

The Show Must Go On

THE SHOW MUST GO ON to premiere on ABC as part of Mental Health Week Tuesday October 8 at 9.30pm on ABC + iview View trailer The Show Must Go On, a film shining a spotlight on mental wellbeing in the entertainment industry, will premiere on Tuesday October 8 at 9.30pm on ABC + iview […]

Jo Briscoe: Prague Quadrennial of performance space and design

Ingenuity under pressure: Australian Student exhibition at PQ19 Australia was well represented at the Prague Quadrennial in 2019, with exhibitions in both the Countries and Regions and the Student sections, as well as several speakers and professional and academic attendees. The themes of PQ19 were Imagination.  Transformation.  Memory.  For the first time ever, the Australian […]

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