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The FRANKENSTONE production by Genrefonix in the Fremantle Roundhouse last night was brilliant! I was expecting it to be good because the team had spent so much time on it, but I did not expect it to be so professional.

The setting in Western Australia’s oldest public building was perfect for it, especially the old-style Black&White silent movie, that also features Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt. Very good cinema-photography!

Great music and acting. I am so glad I saw it.

What a great place the under-utilised Roundhouse is in the evening for plays, events, projections, concerts, functions, etc. This is how we can help activate Arthur’s Head, Fremantle Council!

There are still two shows on this Saturday at 7.15 and 8.15pm and they start at the Old Custom House building from where everyone walks over to the Roundhouse following the bagpipe piper.

It is a fundraising event for the Fremantle Roundhouse, which had four volunteer guides present on the night.

Roel Loopers




Posted in ecoburbia, fremantle, politics by freoview on October 31, 2016


Friday November 4. 7.30 pm.
The Tea Party movement has taken American politics by storm. But is this truly a populist uprising or one of the greatest feats of propaganda ever seen? Australian filmmaker Taki Oldham sets out to answer this question, finding that behind the movement’s rhetoric of “freedom” versus “socialism” lies a highly co-ordinated network of shadow groups, funded by the likes of billionaire ideologues Charles and David Koch. Are the tea party protesters really just pawns in a plan to replace government with a privatised America?

This movie will be held at Ecoburbia – 16 Livingstone Street in Beaconsfield. We will be inside MORTUNG – our community space. There are some dining chairs available but feel free to bring a folding chair if you are more comfy – or some pillows for the floor. The space is not heated so dress appropriately.

We will not be sharing food over winter, but coffee and tea will be available, and we encourage you to stay and have a debrief after the movie. The movie will start at 7.30 pm

Please walk or come by bike. If you have to drive please park at the Primary School on Hale Road, not on Beard Street. See you at Ecoburbia!



Posted in community, fremantle, movie by freoview on October 18, 2016

You’re invited to attend Professionals Australia’s Young Professional Committee’s exclusive screening of Sheena Ong’s The Humanitarian Engineer – a film which celebrates the human impact of engineering.

This is a fundraising event with all proceeds to be donated to Engineers Without Borders and APHEDA. This event is hosted by Professionals Australia’s WA YP Committee in support of Sheena Ong; writer, director and producer of The Humanitarian Engineer.

The Humanitarian Engineer is a documentary investigating the role engineers play in Humanitarian efforts, such as designing Cochlear Implants and wheelchairs to providing safe water systems in developing countries.

DATE: 19th October 2016
TIME: 6pm opening with a 6.30pm start
VENUE: The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus
ND4 Tannock Hall of Education. Corner of Croke Street and Cliff Street.
(click here for campus map)
COST: $5 for Professional Australia Members and $15 for non-members

There will also be a guest speaker from APHEDA discussing its role in the Social Justice movement and current international campaigns. APHEDA is the Australian Union Movement’s Global Justice Organisation. APHEDA helps build powerful movements of organised people, from the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa to the movement in support of independence for East Timor.


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, fremantle festival, movies by freoview on October 26, 2015

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Local band Viola Dana will be presenting the Perth premiere of their new soundtrack for the silent horror film Nosferatu live at Luna on SX as part of this year’s Fremantle Festival.

Fremantle Festival-goers would remember Viola Dana’s sold out performance in 2013 of their live soundtracks for two Buster Keaton silent films and that of local student filmmaker, Oscar Cook, at Fremantle Prison.

Returning to the Festival for 2015, Viola Dana will present the Perth premiere of their new soundtrack for Nosferatu for one screening only, not coincidently chosen for the evening following Halloween.

Despite being made 93 years ago, Nosferatu seems as spooky as ever and even fairly thematically relevant today. The rich and soulful combination of the cello, viola, guitar and drums that makes up Viola Dana’s sound naturally lends itself to illuminating Nosferatu’s dark and brooding imagery.

 Sunday 1 November, 7pm Venue: Luna on SX, Essex St, Fremantle Tickets: $30 standard /$20 student, senior or concession card holder plus $1.50 booking fee available for purchase at 



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 fremantle by freoview on July 29, 2014

Info from the Fremantle ECOBURBIA mob:

 A father’s search to find the healthiest building materials leads him to the completion of the nation’s first hemp house.

Hemp with lime is a non-toxic, energy-efficient, mildew, fire and pest resistant building material.

The drawback — although research is legal in some states, hemp remains off-limits to almost all U.S. farmers.  Industrial hemp is a non-psychoactive plant, grown in 31 other countries that makes 1,000′s of sustainable products and offers solutions for global warming, nutrition, poverty and deforestation. 

In the U.S., hemp could be a money-making crop for farmers and create jobs. But why can’t Americans grow it?

BRINGING IT HOME tells the story of hemp: past, present and future and a global industry that includes textiles, building materials, food products, bio-plastics, auto parts and more.

There will be a speaker and time for questions and discussion about the use of hemp in WA after the movie.

This movie will be held at Replants, 96 Wray Avenue this Friday August 1. Doors will open at 6.30pm for dinner and conversation. The meal is BYO. The movie will start at 7.30 so we can have some discussion afterwards. Come prepared to share your thoughts. The venue is not heated or cooled so please dress appropriately and bring doonas etc



Posted in fremantle by freoview on March 31, 2014

Fremantle ECOBURBIA is showing Plastic Shores at Replants, 96 Wray Avenue on April 4 at 7.30

In the year 2010 global plastic production reached 300 million tonnes. A third of this was used in disposable packaging. In the United Kingdom, 3 million tonnes of plastic are thrown away every year, 1% of the total amount of all plastic manufactured on the planet.

But what happens to this plastic when it is thrown away? Most of it makes its way to landfill. Some goes to recycling or incineration. The rest escapes into our environment, and to the world’s oceans…and nobody knows how long it will stay there. Estimates range from decades to hundreds of thousands of years.

‘Plastic Shores’ is a documentary that explores how plastic affects the marine environment. Travelling from the International Marine Debris Conference in Hawai’i to the polluted Blue Flag beaches of Cornwall, the film reveals just how bad the problem of plastic debris is and how it harms aquatic life. There is now not a single beach or sea in the world that is not affected by plastic pollution and the problem is only increasing.

Roel Loopers



Posted in australia, fremantle by freoview on March 10, 2014

It was really good to see the little courtyard behind MUTIMA ARTHOUSE on Arthur Head packed full  with people on Sunday night, to watch the disturbing John Pilger documentary UTOPIA, about the plight of Australia’s indigenous people.

The Fremantle Bathers Beach Art Precinct has been struggling since it started because of inept support from the City of Fremantle. There are still no signs pointing to the arts precinct and I have yet to notice promotion for it in the media. That has disappointed the artists who have been struggling to survive and pay the rent, while all artists at the Number One Studio at J Shed will leave by the end of this month.

So it was positive that Wajipa Chongwe and Freddy Poncin decided to do something different at Mutima and show the film. It would be great if there were regular community events like that, showing docos to around 50 people who can then discuss them afterward. Great initiative!

The film showed how little impact all the political grandstanding and promises have made to the Aboriginal people around the country, with many still living in third-world conditions and out of control health issues. It is a great shame to Australia.

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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