Dave Fulham

New Newy Nightlife by David Fulham


Rahooo! My friends, exciting times are afoot! By the end of the year there will be not just another one, but two new small bars to be open in our fine Newcastle CBD. The new dawn is upon us; it would appear, as the Mall and neighbouring areas are quickly shaping up to be part of the most exciting developments in Novocastrian nightlife in the last fifteen years. I remember hearing word a couple of years back that former Silverchair bassist Chris Joannou was thinking about opening up a bar in town. And as of now, that bit of Newy gossip has almost come to fruition with an unnamed venue on Parry Street planning to open doors in December! The bar will also feature a dining area with live entertainment (nice!). Outside of slapping that bass around, Joannou is also co-owner of the beer company Lovells Lager. So I have a little inkling that this particular brew might be making an appearance on tap, perhaps?

Somewhere in the nearby vicinity, but at a super sneaky top-secret unknown location, the new Coal and Cedar will also be opening its doors. Creators Ryan Hawthorne and Ethan Ortlipp are two very cool dudes in my book at the moment, reporting to the Newcastle Herald that they will be giving their bar an old-school/prohibition era theme with a little splash of New York style for good measure.

I am definitely sensing good times ahead. Already this year we’ve so far seen the recent openings of restaurant bar Cazador in the Mall, the Reserve Wine Bar on the corner of Bolton and Hunter Streets, plus One Penny Black and Good Brother also gearing up to serve alcohol post sundown. So, whilst a couple of these buns are still in the oven, it is still a very promising future for us all. Let the hype build, I say!


The Real Film Festival by David Fulham


The first weekend of August saw another year of The Real Film Festival come to pass, and if you missed out then you are surely a goose, because you missed something dear, and something special. Including the premiere of this writer’s film, ‘The G Man: A Gamer’! The Real Film Festival’s program invites both young and mature filmmakers to engage with the art of video production. You can participate in a variety of workshops held with industry insiders, shoot and submit your own film, and of course; watch movies made by other aspiring producers. All entries into the annual event must be based on true stories, often providing an insight in to the lives of those that likely would have otherwise gone untold. It makes for a wonderfully unique and rewarding experience, grown from the grass roots. Much like my kick ass organic herb garden, which is thriving at the moment (I’ll take this opportunity to mention that we’re coming in to spring right now, so get busy with your Basil, Chives and Mint).

A stunning Honeysuckle afternoon inside the McIntyre Theatre at Newcastle’s recently re-developed Museum provided the setting for the ‘Short films & Docos’ screening, where an abundance of film enthusiasts rallied to devour some of the best entries in the category. Characters from all walks of life were profiled (Sportspeople, Chefs, Yoga aficionados etc.) showcasing the strength and diversity of cultures that exist in Australia today.

The filmmakers really pushed their subjects for depth, and the festival was an invaluable opportunity for amateur movie creators to explore film process and technique in a public setting. Hearing stories of our community, our history, you can’t help but feel connected. It’s enticing - Just like my beautiful herb garden.


Check it out at www.realfilmfestival.com.au or email info@realfilmfestival.com.au for more.