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FILM INDUSTRY NOT RIGHT FOR VICTORIA QUAY

 

Plans and ideas for the development of the waterfront at Victoria Quay have been around almost as long as I have been in Fremantle. We had the strongly rejected ING plans for some big ugly boxes and we went through a year of community consultation with CODA architect Kieran Wong about what kind of development the community would like, but alas not much happened at all.

Now old plans are rehashed or slightly changed, but one of them is quite ridiculous because the Fremantle community would never accept huge sheds to accommodate the film industry settling down at the port. The idea of trying to attract film makers to Freo is great, but the location at Victoria Quay is plain stupid, so I am very happy that the City of Fremantle has also been active on this.

Film industry stakeholders have inspected an industrial site in O’Connor to assess its suitability as a location for a WA screen production hub.

A variety of professional film makers including directors, producers and actors visited the site at Jones Street this afternoon.

John Fairhead, a passionate local screen freelancer and Vice President of the Professional Film Crew Association of WA, said the Jones Street site represented an exciting shovel ready opportunity to quickly establish a home for the local screen industry.

“Within about six to eight months we could have this site set up to host projects currently known to be in development that will need a production base,” Mr Fairhead said.

“It would allow WA to take advantage of our unique global position and establish national and international connections who are seeking a COVID-safe production environment over the next year or two.

“With the support offered by the City of Fremantle, a Jones Street production hub could be established with minimal investment by the state government and would build capacity in crew, equipment and expertise through a consistent and sustainable level of production activity by providing a home for the WA screen industry.”

“For the longer term industry is actively supportive of efforts to establish world class studio facilities for bigger national and international productions at another future proof site, and then Jones Street could be used as an overflow to the bigger production hub, an economical option for locally grown projects, also potentially as a creative screen hub or multi-purpose creative space.”

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said establishing a screen production hub at Jones Street would be a welcome development.

“When the council adopted our Film Friendly City Policy in August last year it was part of our vision to establish a thriving film and television industry here in Fremantle,” Mayor Pettitt said.

The support on offer through Fremantle’s Film Friendly Policy includes having a single point of contact at the City of Fremantle to assist film productions with approvals, advice and local information.

The City will also waive or reduce filming permit fees, provide parking for production vehicles and assist in identifying temporary office space for the production crew and write letters of support to potential funding bodies or other stakeholders.

The level of support offered is based on criteria such as to what extent a film production will promote Fremantle as a visitor destination, the size of the production crew and how long they’ll be based in Fremantle, the number of local jobs created and the production’s potential audience.

For more information visit the Film Friendly City page on the City of Fremantle website.

Roel Loopers

NOT HAVING THE BLUES

Posted in city of fremantle, creative, perth, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on July 8, 2020

 

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Another arty photo I took yesterday in Perth, just to show I don’t need puddles to be creative. ;>))

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THE FINE FREO ART OF REFLECTIONS

Posted in art, city of fremantle, creative, fremantle port, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on July 6, 2020

 

 

reflection

 

The in art circles around the world widely acclaimed Loopy’s Stanbury Series is an ongoing project of reflections on surfaces around Fremantle, from puddles, to windows, car bonnets and roofs, and of course water. I took this photo in Fremantle Port yesterday afternoon.

There is beauty and art in everything for those of us who are observant. Life is good in Freo!

Roel Loopers

PS. I am of course kidding when I claim the worldwide attention for my photos. ;>))

 

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NEW FREO MURAL ART

Posted in art, city of fremantle, creative, town of east fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on January 7, 2020

 

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I walked to George Street in East Fremantle to take a photo of the new mural art work by STORMIE, and on my way back discovered the new Aboriginal mural on the derelict Woolstores, by an unknown artist.

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SHOULD RATEPAYERS PAY FOR DREAMS?

 

Two articles in the Fremantle Herald this weekend should be a little eye-opener for Fremantle Council, and hopefully they have learned some lessons.

The front page is all about the City wanting to support the creative sector more with their interim economic development action plan, while inside the paper former Councillor Tim Grey-Smith is rightly annoyed that City Ward candidates use the demise of his business for political election reasons.

The lesson is that the City of Fremantle should of course support the creative sector, but should be very aware not to support unsustainable small businesses, because the unrecoverable debts the City writes off regularly are of great concern to the ratepayers.

Kulcha, Fly by Night, art studios at Captain’s Lane, the Soup cafe, etc. all cost the City much-needed income, because lack of market research and too much naivety and dreams are not really helpful to make a good business case for new small businesses, and when they flounder the ratepayers pay for the failures.

City properties should create income for the community, and while subsidised leases might well be helpful for start-ups, these cases need to be carefully considered. How many of us can recall the City investing $ 20,000 as part of the One Planet policy to get a business starting to grow mushrooms from coffee waste? It was successful for just over a year and has now disappeared.

We have successful creative businesses such at Greg James, Jenny Dawson and Jina Lee at J Shed, and Kidogo Arthouse, and the Glen Cowans photo gallery at Captain’s Lane who pay full commercial rates, but their future is uncertain because Fremantle Council has failed to appreciate how important these art businesses are for Fremantle, so any new ideas need to first deal with giving these artists the certainty of tenure they deserve, before heading of yet again into dreamworld.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE SUPPORT FOR CREATIVE SECTOR

Posted in art, city of fremantle, creative, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on October 17, 2019

 

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt has published a discussion paper on the City’s Economic Development Interim Action Plan that I believe is worth sharing with Freo’s View readers in a slightly edited shorter version. I post it here:

The Economic Development Interim Action Plan 2020 – 2022 that has been developed in order to provide a temporary plan for the delivery of city led economic development activities while a new economic development strategy is developed for beyond 2020.

The creative sector is at the heart of what makes Freo special from the This is Fremantle brand to  what attracts people to Fremantle as an authentic and creative city.

Over the past two economic development strategies we have focussed on – and been successful in – attracting investment, jobs and people back into Fremantle. But these have primarily been centred on attracting mainstream industries and jobs such as state government jobs. In addition to this we have successfully enabled primary mainstream housing options – with the exception of projects like SHAC.

That has provided as strong basic economic foundation for Fremantle but what it doesn’t support, protect or enhance is the diversity of our creative industries, arts community and with this uniqueness of our brand and offering.

Now that we have got these economic fundamentals back on track there needs to be a focus over the next few years on supporting the kinds of economic activity that makes Fremantle unique and special – which is spaces and programs for our creative community to thrive and ways to expand and enhance this creative sector when the above economic resurgence will in all likelihood push up property process and rents.

Over the past two economic development strategies we have focussed on – and been successful in – attracting investment, jobs and people back into Fremantle. But these have primarily been centred on attracting mainstream industries and jobs such as state government jobs. In addition to this we have successfully enabled primary mainstream housing options – with the exception of projects like SHAC.

That has provided as strong basic economic foundation for Fremantle but what it doesn’t support, protect or enhance is the diversity of our creative industries, arts community and with this uniqueness of our brand and offering.

I strongly support assisting the creative sector, but Fremantle Council needs to be careful not to subsidise small creative businesses that are not viable in the long run and only last until the financial support finishes, as has often been the case with pop up shops and other ventures. There have been far too many ‘unrecoverable debts’ in the past in that regard.

Fremantle Council recently signed off on a film friendly city policy to encourage more film and TV crews to film in our city and one pro-active initiative they might want to consider is a location image library that is accessible on line and will save time for the often lengthy and expensive location scouting film teams engage in.

The library should especially include the hidden treasures of Fremantle; the cellars, bars, backyards, spaces such as PSAS, Fibonaci, the garden suburb of Hilton, semi industrial area around Wood Street, and also O’Connor, etc. Finding those special locations could be as simple as asking the community to report them to the location library.

Roel Loopers

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SPACEMARKET TO ACTIVATE FREO’S VICTORIA HALL

Posted in art, city of fremantle, creative, culture, Uncategorized by freoview on October 3, 2019

 

I just received this message from SPACEMARKET who will be activating Fremantle’s historic Victoria Hall for at least two years.

Below an edited version of the message they sent out:

Exciting news — this week we’ve been handed the [space activation] keys for the next two-years to one of Fremantle’s most stunning buildings — the historic Victoria Hall on High Street! 

We propose to inject life back into this special building with workspaces for arts & cultural organisations, the re-opening of the tiny bar alongside, and the return of the hall to the community as an affordable venue and event space. This is an interim activation over the next two years, while the new Civic Centre is built in King’s Square. 

Within the building, we have office space for up to six cultural production and creative service businesses. We’ve got a particular focus on film and broadcasting – think production offices, rehearsal space, screenings, workshops and filming – but also music and performing arts, publishing and visual arts, and services such as advertising and marketing, architecture and design, creative software and digital content. Note, this building isn’t suitable for art studios, but we’re on the hunt for new maker spaces as I write this.  

As for the hall itself, it has capacity for up to 280 persons and we’d love the calendar to be bursting with every type of local event you can think of —meetings, fundraisers, school shows, performance, workshops, clothes sales, markets, music, weddings, club meets, dance classes, yoga classes — you name it. It’s going to take a mo to get the venue hire booking system up and running, but we’ll be back to you as soon as we’ve made the online hire process smooth and easy for you to use. 

In the meantime, if you’re a small film biz, design outfit, a production company, a not-for-profit org, an architecture firm, a dance school etc. and looking for a new home (in a stunning space right in the centre of Fremantle) please get in touch. Likewise, if you need a space for reoccurring meetings / get-togethers / rehearsals etc – let us schedule you in before we start booking in the one-off events. 

We’ll be taking expressions of interest throughout October, to apply please fill out an EOI form here and we will be back to you shortly. If you would like to look at booking the hall for a re-occurring event or for more info please email us at at kate@spacemarket.com.au or sarah@spacemarket.com.au with VICTORIA HALL RENTAL as the subject line. 

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE YOUTH OPEN MIC NIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, community, creative, hospitality, Uncategorized, youth by freoview on October 2, 2019

 

Oct 3 Youth Open Mic

 

The Fremantle Youth Network is holding a Open Mic Night at the Moore&Moore cafe in Henry Street this Wednesday October 3 from 5-9pm.

Comedians, Poets, Singers, Story tellers and others are invited to share their thoughts.

Roel Loopers

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COME SHOOT IN FILM FRIENDLY FREMANTLE!

Posted in city of fremantle, creative, local government, photography, TV, Uncategorized by freoview on August 30, 2019

 

It’s a wrap! Fremantle is now officially a Film Friendly City after Council adopted a policy on Wednesday in the hope to attract more film and TV productions to the port city.

The City of Fremantle will reduce fees and charges, streamline applications and provide support with locations and logistics.

Fremantle Councillors believe there are potential marketing and tourism benefits for the city with the new policy, and that film and TV productions also create jobs as they use local talent, professionals, caterers, make-up artists, hairdressers, costume makers, etc. so it stimulates the local economy while getting the Freo name and brand out in the world.

Two Australian film productions have been shot in Fremantle this year.

I Met a Girl – the story of an impulsive young musician struggling with schizophrenia who falls for a mysterious woman – was shot at various locations in the West End, while Below – a black comedy-drama starring Anthony LaPaglia and Ryan Corr – was shot at Fremantle Prison.

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THIS IS ARTY FREMANTLE

Posted in art, city of fremantle, creative, graffiti, Uncategorized by freoview on August 27, 2019

 

 

It is only a few more weeks until the local government election campaign starts and where negativity about Fremantle Council will be severe and sometimes unfair, so I am trying to make the best of waking up from my winter hibernation with long walks through our delightful city.

Today I did a little photo essay on art and murals.

Roel Loopers

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