Panel Talks

Our panel talks reinforce the importance of sustaining culture, welcoming difference, reflecting on what’s happening around us and celebrate that what we do each day is precious.

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Friday 17th July
Picture Character

“Enlightening. Everything you ever wanted to know about emoji’s but were afraid to ask.” Hollywood Reporter

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Jennifer Lee, Producer of Picture Character, live from New York, in conversation with Allycia Cox &  Adeline Johnston two of Castlemaine’s best and brightest Year 12 students.

Allycia Cox is a year 12 Student at Castlemaine Secondary College currently studying Theatre Studies, Maths, English, Art & Outdoor Environmental Studies and she  ‘ likes all things that are good.’

Adeline Johnston is ayear 12 Student at Castlemaine Secondary College who is passionate about performing arts, politics and music.

 

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Saturday 18th July
Into The Jungle

“How do you persuade 10,000 people not to hunt an endangered species that has been part of their staple diet for centuries?”  Jean Thomas 

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Mark Hanlin, Director, Cinematographer & Producer of Into The Jungle in conversation with Castlemaine environmentalist, Natalie Moxham; and Professor Brendan Wintle, an ecologist who has done a great deal of work in Australia about how animals in the wild react to large scale environmental change.

Natalie Moxham Natalie is an environmentalist who has worked in solidarity with First Nations People of Australian and the people of Papua New Guinea for over 35 years.  She is the principal consultant of Leanganook Yarn, providing professional services to indigenous people and their projects.  Much of this work has been in and out of PNG with environment, sovereignty and conservation groups. She is the founder of Living Landscapes of Papua New Guinea – protecting biodiversity, transforming lives – an international alliance.  Recently, in response to the pandemic Natalie instigated Castlemaine Commons, a weekly YouTube broadcast of locals in discussion about life in the pandemic. She lives in Castlemaine with her partner and two teenage children.

Brendan Wintle Professor of Conservation Ecology at the University of Melbourne and Director of Australia’s Threatened Species Recovery Research Hub. Working with governments and conservation organisations, he advises on policy and helps develop and test actions for preventing species extinction and recovering threatened species and ecosystems. He harbours strange obsessions with greater gliders, playing soccer (too old), tigers (AFL variety) and spider orchids.

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“How do you persuade 10,000 people not to hunt an endangered species that has been part of their staple diet for centuries?”  Jean Thomas 

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Sunday 19th July
What is Democracy

“… a sharp political reminder to pay attention to politics and to remember that the personal and the local are political.” – Charlie Phillips, The Guardian

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In conversation, live from New York, Astra Taylor, the director of What Is Democracy?  with Professor Damien Kingsbury.

Astra Taylor is a filmmaker, writer, and political organizer. She is the director of the philosophical documentaries What Is Democracy?, Examined Life (TIFF 2008), and Zizek! (TIFF 2005); the author of the American Book Award winner The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age; and a co-founder of the Debt Collective. She has written for The New York Times, The London Review of Books, The Guardian, The Walrus, The Baffler, n+1, and many other outlets. She is a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow and a former touring member of the band Neutral Milk Hotel. Her latest book, Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone, came out from Metropolitan Books in early 2019.

Damien Kingsbury holds a Personal Chair and is Professor of International Politics at Deakin University. He has published more than two dozen books on subjects within the international political field, has led 11 international election observer missions, and helped broker the 2005 Aceh peace agreement. Prior to Academia, Damien was a journalist, and winner of the 1983 Australian News Correspondents Memorial Award. He is also Deputy Chair of the Balibo House Trust and Convener of the Australian Western Sahara Association (Vic) and the Chair of the Castlemaine Documentary Film Festival.

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