On this episode Ryan and John were joined by Format Collective member Simon Gray, discussing the end of Adelaide’s festival season, the South Australian Screen Awards and Format doings.
So it’s come to this…
I stood looking up and down the line up for the Barrio ‘End of the World Party’, it’s last night as the festive season drew to a close. A group or friends were more or less lined up where the back Neon Lobster would have been, tempting me like midnight sprites to line cut, and offering plausible rationale for doing so. After battling with my conscience for some time, and faced with never seeing the bowels of the wonderful Barrio beast, I quickly buttered my way in as the line made it’s natural progression forward. We waited for forty odd minutes, which paled in comparison to the some who had been in line for up to two hours, before we made it to the glorious front. Before even quizzing us, our arms were loaded up with offerings as we made our way past the giant Barrio sign, and into the mouth of madness.
The great hype that surrounded the mysterious Barrio injected a pleasant excitement into the festival season that many Adelaideans take, not for granted but something else, like a cruise control mentality. It certainly exposed holes in the draw of the Garden of Unearthly Delights, that for many who patroned it in it’s infancy, has become a strange, unnatractive beast, more like a pen for ticket holders than a destination of curiosity.
Both Tuxedo Cat and Arcade Lane shone amongst the current barrage of buzz words being thrown about this city (renewal, activation, vibrancy) and continue to teach lessons about the potential of unused spaces and the need for small live/arts based venues.
Here Simon gives a Fringe show critique.
Some may have noticed that the Format space, usually bustling with the goings on of the Format Festival, was a little subdued this year.
The Scenery office was buzzing at the list of nominations for this years South Australian Screen Awards, with many a Scenery friend making the list.
We must congratulate and good luck:
Best Documentary Nominee Peter Drew for Adelaide’s Forgotten Outlaws.
Innovation in Digital Media nominee Dario Russo for Danger 5
Innovation in Digital Media & Best Feature Film nominee Sam Wright
Best Perfromance nominee Kieran McNamara for Steak Knife
Good Luck Chaps!
and as for us, we bid you adieu