Monday, May 23, 2011

Good Progress

G'day again!
We've had a very busy time lately. We've been regrouping the Vanguard with our new line up; the group now consists of Brenton, Sandra, Bo, Jake, Jesh and Mahalia. (Both Paul and Racheal are now pursuing family committments). It's been hard work on everyone's part, especially for Bo and Jake who are, between them, covering Paul's vocal work, and Mahalia our new member, who is learning the songs as well as all of Racheals harmonies. I hadn't realized how much Paul and Racheal had learnt until I had to start teaching their parts all over again. We had our first full band practice last Saturday and the sound is coming along really well.
Rob and I are committing two nights a week to editing the docudrama 'Old Mary's Ride' and we have bitten the bullet and booked the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre in Mt Gambier for the Premiere. The date is Saturday the 11th of February 2012. Tickets go on sale beginning of June this year. The reason for the long delay is that there are car clubs both local and interstate that have expressed their interest in attending the event. They need plenty of time to organise their members.
Winter is coming on and the days are short now. Can't do a lot outside so hopefully I can get into some writing again.
Bo and Mahalia have set their wedding date for 10th of December this year. Exciting!!! Our first son getting married. Wow!!!
I really appreciate that my whole family, including my daughter-in-law to be, are now playing with me in The Vanguard. It is quite a rare thing!!!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Hannah the Nurse

Gday one and all! A quick update for you today! Last Wednesday night we filmed our nurse (Hannah Thompson) coming out of John Dutton’s hospital room and passing on to the camera the story of John’s accident and his injuries as she heard John tell the Matron (in those days the nurses were not allowed to do such a thing- Hannah, who is studying to be a nurse anyway, says it is still similar today). This only leaves the rescue of John Dutton, plus a couple of hostings to be filmed. The editing process has already begun. I have been wading through 5.5hrs of footage (so far) and capturing the ‘best of’ for the final product. The music for the film is in production with Bo’az, Jesh, Jake and myself all at it. It looks like we’re on the downhill run.
Brenton Manser and The Vanguard (BMTV) have been invited, along with other artists, to perform at the Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre on the 19th of Feb for a fundraising night for victims of the QLD floods. If you’ve not got anything happening that night, perhaps consider coming along. It looks like it’s going to be a great night of entertainment with a great line up of artists from the area.
All the best for now