APDG’s submission to the government for support of Australian stories

On 12 December 2019, the Government released its response and implementation roadmap to the ACCC’s Digital Platforms Inquiry. In its response, the Government committed to a staged process to reform media regulation towards to a platform-neutral regulatory framework covering both online and offline delivery of media content to Australian consumers. The Government identified Australian content obligations […]

2020 APDG Awards Update

The 10th APDG Awards will take place in Brisbane in August 2021. After consultation with a number of members and partners, the APDG has decided that the 2020 APDG Awards will be a combined 2020/2021 event. This decision was based on reports of financial hardship for many of our members, potential travel restrictions and the […]

Interview: Sam Hobbs discusses Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan

In August 1966, in a Vietnamese rubber plantation called Long Tan, 108 young and inexperienced Australian and New Zealand soldiers are fighting for their lives against 2500 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong soldiers. Vice President Fiona Donovan APDG interviews production designer and APDG member Sam Hobbs about the film Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan. […]

Interview: Scott Bird APDG discusses Escape from Pretoria

Scott Bird APDG, designer of the recently released film Escape from Pretoria in conversation with emerging designer, Courtney Westbrook. In relation to the film Escape from Pretoria, how did you find your way into the world of the apartheid era in South Africa? Do you have methods that assist research on this film and others?  […]

In Conversation with Adam Pinnock of Film Cars Australia

The art department is made up of many disparate disciplines. Outside of the art department itself are the suppliers that provide for the productions; construction, animal wranglers, pyrotechnicians to name a few. One of the most important staples of many productions are action vehicles.  From a design perspective vehicles are instrumental in setting the scene. […]

APDGreen Conversations – Quick Production Snapshot with Katja Handt

APDG member Katja Handt is a set and costume designer living and working in Australia since 2002. For the past 18 years she has worked on a wide range of projects in film, performing and visual arts as well as live events. She is the co-founder of Flightpath Theatre, an independent theatre company with director […]

APDGreen Conversations – Imogen Ross

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” –Buckminster Fuller This month’s green conversations have been with live performance designers Renee Mulder and Katja Handt about their choices to incorporate sustainability into their work. (Please see separate articles). The full cycle […]

Thelma Afford report: Caitlin Murray’s Thelma Afford Award adventure

Live Performance designers are very fortunate to have a number of generous benefactors who have left a scholarship for designers as part of their legacy. The Thelma Afford Award, Mike Walsh Fellowship and Loudon Sainthill Scholarship all carry the name of these benefactors, and support a new generation of designers, as does the Kristian Fredrikson […]