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Young, upcoming film makers The Macfarlane brothers selected as ambassadors for the AACTA Festival

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Young upcoming film makers Austin and Lachlan Macfarlane will be ambassadors for the 2024 AACTA festival

Young, upcoming film makers The Macfarlane brothers selected as ambassadors for the AACTA Festival

 

By Sarah Waters

They are described as ‘two bros who make videos’ on their social media accounts, but Lachlan and Austin Macfarlane’s work is catching the attention of some major players in the film industry.

The two brothers from Brisbane, have been chosen as ambassadors for the upcoming AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Art) Festival held at HOTA on the Gold Coast next year from February 8 – 11.

The four-day festival will run alongside the prestigious AACTA Awards ceremony for the first time, allowing the public to see what goes on behind the scenes of Australia’s vibrant screen industry.

Lachlan, 23, and Austin, 21, better known as The Macfarlane brothers, have amassed a huge international following on social media, including over 100 million views on Tik Tok, for their comedic, action-packed videos, with incredible visual effects.

Despite, being in their early twenties, the brothers have been honing their acting, directing and film making skills for more than 13 years.

It all started when they were young kids playing with lightsabers and they decided they wanted to ‘put themselves into’ a scene from StarWars.

After a few online tutorials on video making and special effects, the brothers realised they could – and haven’t stopped making digital content in the form of short video clips since.

They write, act, film, direct and edit every video, dedicating their weekends to filming, at often far-flung places, and during the week they do all the postproduction work.

Austin aptly describes their videos as ‘mini blockbusters.’

In their series of Harry Potter videos, the brothers pretend to go to Hogwarts for the day, which includes footage of them flying on broom sticks, walking through walls (and past ghosts), playing Quidditch and having wand fights.

Austin and Lachlan filmed at locations in Europe where the real Harry Potter movies were made, as well as different churches in Australia, to make it look like they were at a medieval castle.

They used every postproduction technique in the book to create the incredibly realistic content, including green screens and sophisticated special effects.

The Harry Potter clips are one of many of their video series that have racked up hundreds of thousands of likes, shares and comments.

Lachlan believes their success in the online sphere, is largely to do with their relatable content and the cinematic quality of their work.

Young upcoming film makers Austin and Lachlan Macfarlane will be ambassadors for the 2024 AACTA festival

Young upcoming film makers Austin and Lachlan Macfarlane will be ambassadors for the 2024 AACTA festival

“If you look at some of our content, you’ll see some of it is filmed with professional cameras, we have a level of colour grading and the visual effects also sets us apart,” he said.

“It also has this escapism nature that I think people are really attracted to.

“I think some of the best videos we’ve done is when it feels like we’re characters, who are in this world, and it feels limitless.

“I also think the visuals really stand out on a platform like Tik Tok which is usually the sort of stuff that is shot on your phone.

“But we find the ones that do really well always have a relatable component, because people connect with it and they’re more likely to share it.”

Austin agreed, adding most of their videos have a really fun nature, but there is a strong emphasis on visual effects.

“All of our videos come from a different idea – sometimes it’s a really interesting visual we want to do or effects we want to do that we haven’t tried or there will be something trending – a movie has just come out – and we want to do something along the theme of that movie.

“Next week, we’re going to do a Mad Max Video because the Mad Max trailer just came out.

“But our videos always stem from a real-life place – when we went camping our car was bogged, so we want to focus some of that video on Mad Max’s car getting bogged,” he said.

One of their most recent videos titled ‘How parents say they got to school’ generated a huge online response.

It features a hilarious parody of the brothers traversing through fields, climbing up rock faces and camping in the bush to finally reach a school situated on top of a mountain.

The video clip was enjoyed by people in all corners of the world, from Ireland to the Middle East, with people commenting ‘sounds just like what my parents say.’

The brothers’ videos have landed them numerous awards at major film festivals, including Trop Jr, ATOM, AiMCO and the Lift-Off Sydney Film Festival.

In June this year, they represented Australia in the film category at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, after they won the film category at the Young Lions Australia competition.

They have also directed sponsored videos for brands including Fortnite, Boost Juice, Foxtel, Amazon Prime Video and Warner Bros.

Their TV & Cinema credits are also building with recent work for Australian Emu War (2023)

Last month, Warners Brothers flew the brothers to London to watch the world premiere of Wonka, allowing them to meet fellow creators and lead actor Timothée Chalamet.

Recently, the dynamic duo left their full-time jobs – Lachlan a content creator and Austin, an online editor – to focus on their film making business Macfarlane Bros.

Austin and Lachlan said their next goal is to transition into directing longer films or TV productions.

“Tik Tok has always just been a vehicle for us to do longer stuff,” Austin said.

“We want to try and become a brotherly directing duo and move into film and TV.

“Next year is about making that jump from online to traditional media.”

Lachlan said the AACTA festival provided the middle ground to explore that transition with discussions hosted by online creators as well as Australian film directors, screenwriters, and cinematographers, such as Warwick Thornton, who directed the Australian drama film, The New Boy.

The brothers are particularly looking forward to an encounter with Australian twin brothers Danny and Michael Philippou at the AACTA festival, who started out making online content, before moving into feature films.

The Philippou Brothers directed the hugely successful Australian supernatural horror film Talk to Me, which was released internationally in July this year.

Lachlan and Austin said they were thrilled to be selected as AACTA festival ambassadors and have the opportunity to meet and hear from the country’s leading creatives.

“It’s pretty amazing when you think of the other people who are ambassadors, that we’re side-by-side with like Chris (Alosio) Lincoln (Lewis) and Savannah (La Rain) they’re all really well established in the industry and they’ve been in some shows and movies that I love,” Lachlan said.

Austin said he had been talking about AACTA for a long time prior to finding out he was going to be an ambassador.

“I’m genuinely really excited for it.

“We’ve watched the AACTA awards, and the life streams, and I’ve been sending Lachlan stuff all year about the short film nominees.

“Hearing that it was at the Gold Coast was awesome and hearing that there was festival was even better, it makes the ACCTA awards quite accessible,” he said.

The AACTA festival will offer more than 70, mostly free, film, television, music, gaming, pop culture and family events will take place during the four-day event.

Attendees can attend screenings, live music, kids’ events, acting workshops, meet-and-greets and panel discussions held by the country’s best directors, writers and content creators.

More information can be found at: www.aacta.org/aacta-awards/2024-aacta-awards-information/

 

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Earth Frequency Festival 2024

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Earth Frequency Festival 2024

 

Earth Frequency Festival is a music, arts, lifestyle and environmental festival based in South-East Queensland, Australia, with a strong focus on arts, education, healing and community spirit.

While drawing from many cultural niches such as transformational festival, tribal gathering, doof and boutique festival, the aim of Earth Frequency Festival is to go beyond these traditional tags and to exist as a multi-faceted gathering focused broadly on creativity, connection, intention and inspiration.

From it’s origins as a small landcare party in 2005, Earth Frequency has now become one of Australia’s foremost transformational gatherings.

At Earth Frequency, you can always expect an amazing mixture of live and electronic music, performance, visionary art, workshops and lectures, a family and kids space, a fantastic food and markets area, and of course a positive community vibe.

Our aim is to create nothing short of a life changing, transformative experience! We aim to provide a meeting place – people from many different backgrounds, ages and walks of life come together with the shared interests of music, nature, technology, culture and peace.

Earth Frequency Festival is held each year at Ivory’s Rock Conventions and Events in Peak Crossing. Ivory’s Rock is a beautiful outdoor venue with top notch facilities, comfortable campgrounds, and it is conveniently located under an hour from Brisbane and just 20 minutes from Ipswich.

Nurtured by the setting of the beautiful Australian outdoors, we gather together once a year to celebrate life with music, art and other creative forms, and to educate, connect, heal and inspire.

EVENT DETAILS:

  • When: May 3-6
  • Where: Ivory’s Rock Conventions and Events, Peak Crossing.
  • Price: From $280
  • Tickets: www.earthfrequency.com.au

 

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Black Box – A new Australian Musical based on a true story

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Black Box – A new Australian Musical based on a true story

 

You don’t know him, but he may have saved your life.

Black Box is Queenslander Paul Hodge’s ground-breaking new musical based on the extraordinary true story of David Warren, the Australian inventor who created the black box flight recorder that is now on every plane around the globe.

Driven by the death of his father in an unexplained plane crash when he was eight, Black Box follows David as he fights for an invention that could record the final moments of a flight before it crashes – the black box. His obsession around this invention places his career, marriage and mind at risk. It’s a show about memory, and how we hold onto, and let go of, those we love.

Black Box writer and composer, Paul Hodge, said, “David’s invention was inspired by his love of music. I wanted to create a theatre form that was as inventive as David’s idea, which led to the use of recorded voices and music, in the same way the black box gives recordings, to immerse the audience in David’s sound world.”

Black box inventor David Warren will be played by internationally renowned singer and actor Michael Cormick, who has had leading roles around the world, including in Phantom of the Opera and Beauty and the Beast with Hugh Jackman. David’s wife, Ruth, will be played by Helpmann Award winner Helen Dallimore who as well as touring extensively throughout the UK and Australia was the original Glinda opposite Idina Menzel in the West End production of Wicked.

The auditory world that inspired David to create his life-saving invention shapes the audience’s experience at Black Box, which utilises pre-recorded voices and instruments to create a world of music and memory to tell his story. While Helen and Michael are on stage, the rest of the cast are present through a history-making audio experience.

Black Box is the first binaural musical with audience members wearing headphones that allow them to be totally immersed in a 360-degree world of sound.

Binaural recording uses two microphones, arranged at the position of human ears to create a 3D stereo sound sensation for the listener of actually being in the room with the recorded actors and instruments. This world-premiere production will be directed by David Berthold.

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Free healthy lifestyle program for families in Tweed, Coraki and Grafton

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Free healthy lifestyle program for families in Tweed, Coraki and Grafton

 

Families in NSW can access support to build healthy habits together, plus tips and assistance with getting active, healthy eating and wellbeing.

Go4Fun is a free 10-week after school program for children aged 7-13 and their families, which aims to support their health and wellbeing.

Parents and carers can now enrol their primary school aged children in the Term 2 programs in Tweed, Grafton and Coraki.

Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) Acting Director of Integrated Care and Allied Health Services, Kathryn Watson said the program is for kids and their families who want to get healthier together.

“For many families, the focus is on just getting by on a day-to-day basis, and many don’t have the money to invest in healthy lifestyle programs,” Ms Watson said.

“We know many parents can be overwhelmed by the amount of healthy lifestyle information available. Go4Fun helps by providing easy tips to make healthy changes and involves parents, carers and children in activities to help put these into practice.

“This free program allows families to have the chance to learn healthy habits, and have fun together.”

The program includes games, activities, prizes and a supermarket tour. It also helps families and children to connect with others in their local area.

“Families love that the program is free and that it helps their child’s wellbeing, including their sleep. It creates a space to connect and build relationships as a family,” Ms Watson said.

“For families who are not in the Tweed, Grafton or Coraki areas, the Go4Fun online program is always an option.”

Parents and carers can sign up to the program directly, and health professionals and GPs can also refer their patients.

Places are available for Term 2 in the following locations:

  • CORAKI
    Aboriginal Go4Fun
    Tuesdays 4pm-6pm, starting 30 April
    Location: Coraki Youth Hall, 75 Bridge St, Coraki NSW 2471
    To register for the Coraki program, call Coraki Campbell HealthOne on (02) 6683 9000
  • GRAFTON
    Go4Fun
    Tuesdays 4pm-6pm, starting 30 April
    Location: PCYC, 300 Powell Street, Grafton NSW 2460
  • TWEED
    Go4Fun
    Wednesdays 4pm-6pm, starting 1 May
    Location: Banora Point Community Centre, Cnr Leisure Dr, Woodlands Dr, Banora Point NSW 2486

For more information and to register your child, call 1800 780 900, visit here.

 

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