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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 or with VICTORIA HALL RENTAL as the subject line. 

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, culture, entertainment, festival, local government, movies, Uncategorized by freoview on April 27, 2019



The Fremantle Suburban Film Festival is on in May on the 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st, to show that Freo is bigger and more than just the CBD, so make sure to support the great initiative.

It starts in the North Fremantle Community Hall on May 10 with the screening of Odyssey of the Half Safe, followed on the 17th in Sullivan Hall, White Gum Valley with the showing of Doing it Scared and Lowest to Highest.

On May 24 Seaside Donkey will be shown at the Samson Recreation Centre, and on May 31 Dugout is on at the Hilton PCYC.

Tickets can be booked at and more info is available on the Facebook page.

Have fun!

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, disability, festival, movie, Uncategorized by freoview on October 6, 2018


The Other Film Festival road show is coming to Fremantle for the first time this weekend. Over 2 days, catch amazing films from around the world by, with, and about people with disability.

There is a show on today-Saturday at 11am and tomorrow-Sunday at 8.15pm, so check the sessions.

DADAA is proud to present the inaugural Act-Belong-Commit WA Stories showcase made by DADAA artists and the Screenwest panel sessions to discuss screen culture. Sessions are FREE but bookings are required.

Choose your sessions and book here:

Films and panels are audio described and open captioned. Auslan interpretation available for Session 4 on Sunday 7 October, as well as the panel discussions.

DADAA is in the former Boys School at 92 Adelaide Street in Fremantle.

Roel Loopers



Posted in art, city of fremantle, culture, disability, festival, movies, Uncategorized by freoview on September 25, 2018


A deaf mugger takes along his sign interpreter if he wants his victims to understand that they are being mugged. A woman with a prosthetic leg loves shoe shopping. A dog relays the experience of involuntary admission to a public psychiatric ward.

These are some of the compelling stories from around the world that will feature in The Other Film Festival in Fremantle in October. DADAA has teamed up with Arts Access Victoria to bring The Other Film Festival to Western Australia for the first time.

A trailblazing event that features film, presentations and industry panels by, with and about people with disability, this festival has screened powerful and provocative Australian and international films in a fully accessible program since 2004.

DADAA will present The Other Film Festival in the recently renovated cinema at the DADAA Fremantle Hub (Old Boys’ School) on 6 & 7 October.

Along with the curated program of films from the Melbourne festival, DADAA is proud to present the inaugural Act-Belong-Commit WA Stories showcase of the best WA short films made by DADAA artists.

DADAA arts partner Screenwest will present two engaging panels in the festival to discuss and debate aspects of disability screen culture, with leading representatives from the film sector.

The Other Film Festival is changing how the community thinks about disability. The accessible program features audio-description, captioning and Auslan interpretation – and it’s all free to the public! The WA tour of The Other Film Festival is supported by Act-Belong-Commit with Screenwest presenting the panel sessions.

Tickets are free but bookings at Eventbrite please!



Posted in culture, fremantle, movies, Uncategorized by freoview on May 31, 2017

VINTAGE ADVENTURES is a Travel Film Series held in Fremantle from June 1-4.

It is held at Darkstar Coffee at 5/4 Pritchard Street in O’Connor. Tickets are $ 15 and concession $ 12. Bookings:

On Thursday June 1 at 8 pm they will show Double Journey a film shot between 1939 and 1945 by Ella Maillart of her journeys driving across Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Idia.

On Friday June 2 at 8 pm 1 Map For 2 shows two Italian buddies on 175 cc Ducatis travelling the unspoilt 1950s.

Saturday June 3 will be Pillock Conquers the World at 8 pm, about a folk group buying n old bus and driving around India, Australia and across the USA.

And on Sunday June 4 at 7.30 pm Grass is on show. It shows the migration of the Bakhtiarti Tribe of Persia.

Roel Loopers




Posted in aboriginal, art, city of fremantle, fremantle arts centre by freoview on April 9, 2016


The REVEALED Aboriginal art market and exhibition at the Fremantle Arts Centre is an true revelation about how much people like indigenous art. They were queueing well before the 10 am start and filled the courtyard pretty fast to look for bargains.

Lots of stunning work and a very relaxed atmosphere, so get out there. The market is on till 4 pm today and the exhibition for several weeks.

On tomorrow at the Maritime Museum from 11 till 1.30 is a screening of Indigenous Community Stories. There are five short documentaries, so that should be very interesting. There will be a Q&A afterward.

Roel Loopers



Posted in environment, fremantle by freoview on January 5, 2016


JAN 8th 2016. 7.30. 16 Livingstone Street, Beaconsfield.

voices of transition

Voices of Transition presents paths towards a new model of human existence: one which is fair, environmentally sound and fulfilling, with soil and people supporting each other in a balanced and sustainable way.

This inspiration film presents innovative and very concrete solutions to the food security challenges of our crisis-ridden age. Its powerful images showcase community-led agriculture in Cuba, ingenious woodland farming methods in France and the influential Transition movement in the UK, where communities are already moving towards local resilience. The pioneers of this global movement share a positive vision: a new food system in which soils and people once again support each other in a balanced and sustainable way. The film offers a tantalising glimpse of a future-proof society – one in which our communities are happier and healthier too.

6.30 for dinner (BYO NOT shared) and 7.30 for the movie.
Bring chairs or pillows-



Posted in fremantle by freoview on September 30, 2014

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.

Roel Loopers


Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle by freoview on September 22, 2014

I had a preview of the program of the 109th FREMANTLE FESTIVAL, which will be running from October 26 to November 9 this year, and it is HUGE and eclectic. There is so much variety and especially a large number of new theatre, dance and music events, that it will be impossible not to find something to anyone’s liking.

Contrary to previous years the Norfolk Lanes Youth Festival is on Sunday October 26 from 12 noon to 7 pm and not on Saturday.

Also on that day is the Blessing of the Fleet starting at 2 pm and the fireworks at 8 pm.

On November 2 we have Jazz in the Park at Samson Park from 5-7 pm, and Classical Encounters in the courtyards, foyers and halls of Notre Dame University between 12-6 pm.

There are many Black Box Theatre events upstairs at the Spare Parts Theatre in an intimate space for just 50 people, so make sure to book your tickets early for that.

There is also a Japanese Film Festival at the Millenium Cinema from October 29 to November 2 and the Fibonacci Centre will have an open day and the Blinco Street Post Industrial Artists Fair.

Of course the always fun Tweed Parade will cycle through the city and the traditional Wardarnji Aboriginal Festival will be held at the Fremantle Arts Centre on November 8 between 12 and 5 pm.

This is a very impressive looking festival program with heaps of art exhibitions, theatre in the suburbs, etc. that will end with the Street Parade and Diwali Street Dance Party on Sunday November 9.

Let the fun begin!!

Roel Loopers



Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 8, 2014

 by John Pilger. March 9 at the Mutima Art House and Studio. 
11 Captain’s Lane, Arthur Head – Fremantle
An Investigation of Indigenous Engagement 
from Colonial Times to Current Day
Welcome to Country by
Dr Noel Nannup

6.30pm – 9pm. 
Movie starts at 7pm. 
Entry: $10.00

Discover Australia’s hidden past in this Australian premiere of acclaimed journalist and filmmaker John Pilger’s major feature documentary Utopia. Reaching behind Australia’s tourist postcard image this film tracks political treatment of Indigenous Australians – from land rights to the revisionists – revealing an untold history of Australia.

The First Australians have the lowest life expectancy of any of the world’s indigenous peoples. Thousands never reach the age of 40. An entire black rugby league team, champions in the 1980s, no longer exists, the victims of preventable disease and suicide. Young black men are incarcerated at five times the rate of apartheid South Africa in vast, rich Western Australia, home of the current resources boom.
Light drinks and nibbles available with plenty of time for discussion and dreaming.

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