Something Somewhere presents its 2017 platter of industry delicacies; a masterclass in producing with Australian screen luminary Julia Overton, artist talks with musician / illustrator / nurse Josh Santospirito and Martu filmmaker Curtis Taylor and Some Things, Some Gear – a chance for Central Australian screen practitioners to display and peddle their wares.

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with Julia Overton
Thursday 6th April

Friday 20th April

FILM & CHANGE Brendan Shoebridge, Maya Newell & Patricia Aufderheide
Saturday 22nd April

with Josh Santospirito
Saturday 22nd April

with Curtis Taylor
Sunday 23rd April

Thursday 6th April, 10am – 4pm

Somewhere Lounge – 19 Todd Mall. $25



with Julia Overton

Julia has had a long and distinguished career in the screen production industry in Australia and internationally. She has worked for Australia’s national screen agencies assisting filmmakers in the development, financing, production and marketing of their projects, specialising in the past five years in documentary. She is known for her support and nurturing of the best in directing, producing and writing talents.  In 2012 Julia was presented with the Stanley Hawes Award in acknowledgement of her contribution to the documentary sector.  

Julia’s work spans all genres of screen production including, most notably, Australian producer on the Wim Wenders film ‘Until The End Of The World’ although her recent focus has been documentary. Julia not only produces but acts as Executive Producer, Mentor and Market Consultant. She is in advanced development on ‘The Life & Times of J M Coetzee’ with UCurrent and Witfilm. Recent credits include ‘The Last Impresario’ (2013, Dogwoof), ‘Red Obsession’ (2013, Roadshow), ‘From The Bottom of The Lake’ (2014 See-Saw, ABC), ‘Glenn Murcutt – Spirit of Place’ (2016 ABC, Poorhouse), ‘The Namatjira Project’ (2017 Umbrella). She is in production on ‘Lessons From Joan’ and ‘Swallow’.

She is on the board of the Australian International Documentary Conference, is an international advisor for Hot Docs Canada, a member of the Australian Directors Guild and of local importance – is a member of the Screen Territory advisory panel.

Julia will work with masterclass participants on their specific projects, as well as providing fascinating insights into the documentary screen industry.

Some Things, Some Gear

a show and tell marketplace… or something like that

For independent filmmakers in Central Australia, lack of access to equipment can be a pain. With no specialised hire company within 1000 kilometres we tend to rely on what we can afford to buy, or what we know friends or colleagues have bought.

Some Things, Some Gear is an opportunity for filmmakers to make connections with one another, advertise equipment for local rental or simply to show off your pride and joy to adoring eyes.   

We will also be inviting special guests to display some of their more specialised or obscure equipment – from lighting kits to articulated robotic car-mounted cranes… maybe.

Flick Matt an email if you have any questions –

Friday 21st April, 12pm – 2pm

Somewhere Lounge | 19 Todd Mall | FREE


Artist Talks


The art of film and change making

with Brendan Shoebridge, Maya Newell & Patricia Aufderheide

Grab a coffee from the Goods and a pastry from the Bakery and join these four filmmakers and thinkers for a discussion of film, story, narrative, social justice and change making.

How do you make a beautiful film that can also have an impact on an issue? What is the relationship between campaigners and filmmakers? What is happening in this field of practice around the world? What are the opportunities and challenges for us here in Alice Springs?

Join Something Somewhere Film Festival Director Alex Kelly as she moderates this lively and candid discussion with filmmakers Brendan Shoebridge (The Bentley Effect), Maya Newell (Gayby Baby) and Patricia Aufderheide (Centre for Media and Social Impact, American University, Washington DC).

Saturday 22nd April, 10am

Somewhere Lounge – 19 Todd Mall. FREE

Adaptations, comics, cultures –
adapting an essay into comics

with Joshua Santospirito

Joshua Santospirito presents a fascinating and unusual artist talk on how comics are able to convey meaning and emotion differently to other mediums. Josh will cover the experience of the five year long creation of the graphic novel The Long Weekend in Alice Springs.; the trials and tribulations of adapting prose into the medium of comics, the mechanics of both mediums and the the headaches involved. This fun presentation should prove interesting to those interested in any medium or artform.
A version of this talk was originally prepared and delivered at the University of Tasmania in 2014; subsequently delivered at the Sequential Artists Workshop in Florida, the Tasmanian Writers Centre, Wordstorm festival in Darwin, and the Melbourne Writers Festival. An article derived from this talk was published in Island #137 in 2014.

Saturday 22nd April, 4:30pm

Somewhere Lounge – 19 Todd Mall. FREE

Virtual Reality Filmmaking

with Curtis Taylor

Curtis is an award-winning Martu digital media artist and young leader who began making films in 2009 through his role as community coordinator and youth development officer at Martu Media.

He starred in, narrated, and worked as a Director’s attachment on Collisions. In this informal talk, Curtis will detail the experience of creating a virtual reality film and answer questions on this emerging artform.

Sunday 23rd April, 4:30pm

Somewhere Lounge – 19 Todd Mall. FREE