Fremantle ECOBURBIA will be showing TINY at REPLANTS on Wray Avenue on Friday, October 3.
It is a doco about home, and how we find it. The film follows one couple’s attempt to build a “tiny house” from scratch, and profiles other families who have downsized their lives into homes smaller than the average parking space.
Through homes stripped down to their essentials, the film raises questions about good design, the nature of home, and the changing American Dream.
From 1970 to 2010, the average size of a new house in America has almost doubled. Yet in recent years, many are redefining their American Dream to focus on flexibility, financial freedom, and quality of life over quantity of space. These self-proclaimed “Tiny Housers” live in homes smaller than the average parking space, often built on wheels to bypass building codes and zoning laws. TINY takes us inside six of these homes stripped to their essentials, exploring the owners’ stories and the design innovations that make them work.
TINY is a coming-of-age story for a generation that is more connected, yet less tied-down than ever, and for a society redefining its priorities in the face of a changing financial and environmental climate. More than anything, TINY invites its viewers to dream big and imagine living small.
Doors open at 6.30pm for dinner and conversation. The meal is BYO. The movie will start at 7.30 (or when it is dark enough!) so we can have some discussion afterwards.
I am so disappointed with the cover of the Fremantle Festival 2014 program that I have to express my dismay about this bland, uninspiring promotion for our yearly festival.
It would be easy to blame the designers for wanting to be arty and who forgot that programs are all about communication and promoting of events, but at the end the City of Fremantle festival and marketing people must have approved it. It’s a festival program not a funeral notice, for heaven’s sake!
Whenever someone argues that we should promote Freo better as a tourist destination, we are told that we don’t want to be seen as just a sleepy harbour town, but that is exactly what the cover of the program conveys. It is a mediocre photo altered in Photoshop or so. It does not yell out, HEY!!, Vibrancy, Music, Theatre, Excitement, Entertainment! Come and Join the Fun! Instead it says come and meditate and relax in our little boring backwater.
If I picked up the programs somewhere as a visitor to Fremantle, I would not bother to find out what the Fremantle Festival is all about. Good covers sell bad books, so why have a bad cover trying to sell a great festival?
It is not helped either that the bad quality recycled paper does soak up the colours and the overall quality looks cheap and poor.
Let’s just hope that despite the mediocre front cover many people will flock to the many great events, because the program is filled with good stuff!
The FREMANTLE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA will present Beethoven’s legendary violin concerto-Arriaga: Symphony in D- one of the greatest works of this genre. Soloist is the fantastic violinist Shaun Lee-Chen.
The rarely heard but charming Symphony (also) in D by the Spanish Mozart “Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga” complements the Beethoven perfectly. Christopher van Tuinen will be conducting.
Sunday 5 October, Fremantle Town Hall @ 3pm.
I wonder if the RESTRICTED ACCESS to the Fremantle Army Museum is an overreaction to the terrorism paranoia that is destroying Australia like an out of control bushfire.
This from their website: ‘Members of the public coming in off the street will not be admitted unless they have made prior appointment. All tour groups from recognised organisations that have made a tour booking will be admitted. All visitors on legitimate museum business who have appropriate ID will be admitted.’
How are international visitors going to make “prior appointments” to visit a museum. Where else on earth is that required?!
What is “legitimate museum business” for heaven’s sake and how is a Japanese visitor going to explain what his/her legitimate business is to those who don’t speak Japanese?
Do they really believe anyone would want to blow up a whole lot of old military stuff?
To show the dedicated followers of this blog that I am not slacking off during the long weekend, here some photos of a part of Cockburn that hopefully soon will be part of the City of Fremantle, after local government amalgamations.
I walked from South Beach to the former South Fremantle Power Station and took some photos of the art at the former Robb Jetty at C.Y.O’Connor Beach.
The Fremantle Print Awards at the Fremantle Arts Centre are as always a mixed-bag. There are a lot of very good and some outstanding prints, but also some average ones.
There is also the need to tighten the rules I believe. Are 3D objects just because they were printed by a 3D printer, really prints that should be in a print award? I don’t think so, but if, then they should be in a separate category.
I also question the printmaking craft greatness of altering old record covers in Photoshop. It might be conceptually clever, but does not really require good printmaking skills.
As always though the majority of the works are well worth going to the arts centre for, and the courtyard looks great with lovely flowers, so go and spend some time there and enjoy a meal or coffee at the cute cafe.
It looks like that despite the wet weather the Rottnest Island Carnivale is a big success, if the big crowd queueing up at the Rottnest Express ferry this morning is anything to go by. A packed-full ferry had just left as I photographed all these people lining up along Fremantle’s Victoria Quay.
Rottnest Express has a $ 25 day ticket special on, so that would have helped to attract the large numbers.
Good morning, Fremantle! It’s another wet day, so enjoy your Sunday going to art exhibitions, like the print awards at the Fremantle Arts Centre.
Cafes, restaurants and shops are open in Freo today, so have a long lunch with good friends, buy some summer clothes, and support our local businesses who are doing it tough.
Venture out to the west along gorgeous High Street and find some hidden gems there. There are some cute shops along that street.