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In conversation with...Colin Firth

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Queensland-based performer Robert Coleby was one of the lucky Equity members to attend the Equity Foundation’s In Conversation with Colin Firth. Here he writes about the experience. Photos by Harry Saragossi

On Sunday June10, 250 or so of us lucky members, thanks to Equity and Screen Queensland, witnessed a Q and A with the excellent and much acclaimed Colin Firth, hosted by Sigrid Thornton.

Firth in, best dressed

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Last night Colin Firth spoke to a packed Cremorne Theatre at Brisbane’s QPAC, in an intimate Q&A with Sigrid Thornton, presented by the Equity Foundation. Clare Fletcher reports. Photos by Harry Saragossi

When there’s a seriously famous person within a certain radius, you can feel it. There’s a ripple of surreptitiously craned heads, hum of barely whispered “is that...?” There’s a heightened energy as mere mortals preen and wonder if they’ll have an encounter with this person who has loomed over them on cinema screens and now stands, diminished in stature but still emitting the faint glow of the preternaturally attractive, mere metres away.

Toni Lamond to host Equity Masterclass

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On Thursday, June 21, celebrated Australian performerToni Lamond will give her first Equity musical theatre masterclass in Melbourne. Participants will be able to draw on Toni’s vast experience working in Australia, UK and the USA on productions as varied as: Mame, Oliver, Cabaret, Annie, Hello Dolly!, Nunsense and 42nd Street.

US release for Red Dog

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Australian feature film Red Dog will get a North American release in August or September of this year, which will include DVD sales through the world’s biggest retailer. Read more here.

Sapphires shine at Cannes

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Australian feature film The Sapphires – starring Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Miranda Tapsell and Shari Sebbens – received a standing ovation when it screened at Cannes in May.

The musical comedy, based on the true story of an Indigenous girl band, had its world premiere at a midnight gala screening on May 19 and received ''a 10-minute standing ovation'' according to Forbes.com's Roger Friedman.

X-Men for Oz

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The latest instalment in the X-Men franchise,The Wolverine, will begin filming in Sydney in August, with Hugh Jackman reprising the title role. The Wolverine was secured by a combination of Federal and NSW Government incentives and is expected to generate more than 720 jobs for cast and crew, and 1,200 jobs for extras.

“I couldn’t be more excited to return to Australia to film the next chapter in the Wolverine saga, thanks to the significant support from the Federal and NSW Governments,” Jackman said in a statement.

Australian television ensembles honoured by their peers

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At Home With Julia

A miniseries about the shattering repercussions of a single event on a group of friends and family, a controversial comedy about the private life of our prime minister and a drama that follows members of a major crime squad as they investigate felony and murder in Sydney have won the 2012 Equity Awards.

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