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Movies: List of independent cinemas in regional South Australia

by on Aug.14, 2012, under Great Finds, Our Projects, Tips & Advice

As a producer and director of independent films, I know full-well that finding an audience for your work is just as important as making a film in the first place. Whilst working on the feature length documentary film Cuttlefish Country, I began to compile a list of independent cinemas around regional South Australia for the purposes of touring the film to relevant local audiences. I was pleasantly surprised to find the full gamut of cinemas peppered around my state, ranging from grand old art-deco cinemas built in the 1930’s (like the Victa Cinemas) to the outback drive-in at Coober Pedy and pop-up cinemas like Cinemallunga (with special event screenings only) and the Moonta Cinema (which operates during school-holidays). This is not yet an exhaustive list of cinemas in regional SA, though we hope to make it so with your help. If you can provide us with additional venue information, please leave a comment below, or send me an email. These cinemas all play mainstream movie releases and can host special events and screenings by arrangement.

Blyth Cinema, Clare Valley

Blyth Cinema, Clare Valley

Independent Cinemas in regional South Australia

Clare Valley Blyth Cinema 112 seats (08) 8844 5175
Coober Pedy Coober Pedy Drive-In walk-up seating also 1800 637 076
Gawler Gawler Cinema ? (08) 8523 1633
Moonta Statewide Cinema 88 seats 0458 106 646
Mount Gambier Oatmill Cinema ? (08) 8724 9150
Murray Bridge Cameo Cinema 252 seats (08) 8531 0222
Port Augusta Cinema Augusta ? (08) 8648 9999
Port Lincoln Youthoria Cinema ? (08) 8683 1199
Robe South Coast Cinemas 94 & 49 seats (08) 8735 8455
Roxby Downs Outback Cinema 60 seats (08) 8671 0500
Victor Harbor Victa Cinemas 286 seats & 297 seats (08) 8552 1325
Whyalla Whyalla Cinema 2 cinemas (08) 8644 7300
Willunga Cinemallunga 120 seats ?
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Sustainability: Water justice is a hot issue for South Australians

by on Aug.01, 2012, under Ethics & Sustainability, Tips & Advice

Since embarking on the production of my first feature-length documentary film Cuttlefish Country a year ago, my life been dedicated, broadly speaking, to investigating the topic of water justice in South Australia. While we initially approached the topic from a marine biodiversity perspective (through examining the potential impact of large-scale desalination plants on Gulf systems) the scope of our enquiry expanded rapidly to include groundwater use and to a lesser extent, catchment management. For the benefit of readers beyond our borders, South Australia boasts a reputation for being the driest state on the driest continent on this blue planet of ours. Needless to say, in SA, water management has the potential make or break the health of our environment, our primary industries’ productivity and the sustainability of our towns and cities.

I am very pleased to have met many intelligent, articulate and activated experts and concerned citizens through the course of making Cuttlefish Country (the production is ongoing), and am looking forward to attending tonight’s Water Justice Forum in Adelaide. I expect to listen and learn from the wisdom of others and broaden my knowledge on the history of water resource management in SA. I also expect to hear some though-provoking visions for water-wise future in my home state. If you’re in Adelaide and reading this, I sincerely hope to see you there.

Water Action Coalition logo

The event is co-presented by the Water Action Coalition and The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, 50-55 North Terrace, Adelaide. Doors at 5.30pm for a prompt 6pm start. The panel discussion will feature short presentations from each speaker, followed by a question and answer session. The event is officially described as follows:

The natural water resources of the River Murray are critical to the environment, economy and population of South Australia. Any Basin Plan that fails to ensure that South Australia receives a fair share of the water resources of the Murray-Darling Basin, for consumptive use and to sustain its precious environments, presents a significant threat to the rights of this state. In addition, South Australia’s share will only be truly fair if it is sufficient to allow for the full range of natural variability of climate cycles, the projected impacts of climate change and the requirements of a growing population.

This forum seeks to discuss the legal matters of those rights at a community level, with an emphasis on South Australia, its history, the problems with sharing those rights and to discuss what can be done to achieve water justice for all South Australians.

The forum speakers will focus on the following topics:

  1. Brief History of Water Allocation & Creation of Property Rights as Water Shares – Professor Jennifer McKay, UniSA Professor of Business Law
  2. What are the Problems with Sharing Water between & within States? – Professor John Williams, University of Adelaide Dean of Law & Adam Webster, 2012 Fulbright Scholar winner
  3. What can be done to Achieve Water Justice for all South Australians, including indigenous Australians? – Shaun Berg, Berg Lawyers

The event is free to attend. You an register your attendance here. For full event details, visit the Hawke Centre’s website. For those unable to attend we will be posting videos from this event on our Youtube channel in the following fortnight.

Dan Monceaux

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