Five weird and wonderful films to see at BAPFF

Stills for the movie career of Weng Weng. Photo: Supplied Footage from the trailer of Tokyo Tribe.
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The Midnight After director Fruit Chan.

Stills for the movie career of Weng Weng. Photo: Supplied

Stills for the movie career of Weng Weng. Photo: Supplied

The first Brisbane Asia-Pacific Film Festival is a smorgasbord for lovers of the weird and wonderful.

Many filmmakers in the region enjoy exploring strange stories, darker themes and the supernatural – and the late night screenings are the best time to see them.

Here’s our top five picks for movies that will have you scared and delighted in equal measure.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Forget Twilight, true vampire fans should race race to check out this Sundance Film Festival hit. Set in the imaginary Iranian underworld of Bad City, the film cleverly explores Iranian tradition and American suburbia through a supernatural lens. Director Ana Lily Amirpour mashes obscure genres of neo-noir western and romance to create a devilishly intriguing thriller that is sure to have you on the edge of your seat.

Sessions: December 5, Barracks Cinema, 9pm; December 12, GOMA B, 9pm.

Tokyo Tribe

This is a far cry from Western gangster movies like the Godfather trilogy. The film presents a battle of break dance and rap between the united clans of post-apocalyptic Tokyo and its sadistic dictator Bubba. Japanese rap star Young Dais stars as the film’s uber cool protagonist, Kai. Director Sion Sono is described as the “enfant terrible” of Japanese cinema, and Tokyo Tribe is his tongue-in-cheek subversive take on the gangster genre.

Sessions: November 29, Palace Barracks, 9pm; December 5, GOMA A, 9pm.

The Search for Weng Weng

This film is destined to become an Australian underground classic. For years Andrew Leavold ran Trash Video, Brisbane’s premiere destination for the wild and bizarre in film. His personal obsession with an 83cm-tall Filipino martial arts movie star named Weng Weng sparked this documentary, which took seven years to make.

Weng Weng was known as the Phillipines’ answer to James Bond and was a huge superstar in his home country in the 1980s. This labour of love is a fascinating portrait of the Filipino film industry and an extraordinary account of an inexplicable cinematic phenomenon.

Sessions: December 4, Palace Barracks, 8.30pm; December 13, Palace Barracks, 9.30pm.

The Midnight After

Director Fruit Chan once again shows off his skill at mixing the surreal, anarchic and comedic in his latest cinematic offering. This low-budget film documents the journey of a Hong Kong minibus full of passengers who emerge from a tunnel into the midst of an apocalypse.

Session dates:  December 6, Palace Barracks, 11:30pm; December 7, Sunnybank Hoyts, 6.30pm, December 12, Palace Barracks, 11.30pm.

Hard to be a God

This Russian three-hour science fiction-slash-medieval epic was 30 years in the making, and was the final creation of director Aleksei German.

The ruler of the planet Arkanar, an older verison of Earth, is regarded as the son of a pagan god, but discovers he is in fact a scientist sent from Earth to lead the people of Arkanar towards Enlightenment. Trouble is, there’s an army of Holy Orders that wreaks death and havoc. There’s no love or tenderness on Arkanar, and yes, there most definitely references to the Soviet state. A great one for fantasy and history fans.

Session time: December 7, GOMA A, 1.30pm.

And don’t forget…

Some of the most imaginative, experimental and downright bizarre work in the whole BAPFF is contained in the Animated Shorts program. With running times from just 34 seconds to 17 minutes, it’s a chance to sample a broad range of ideas and genres.

Maze King is Japanese black-and-white animated short that follows a clown on a journey of discovery; Wonder is created from a sequence of more than 8700 hand-drawn abstract pictures of all shapes and colours; while My Own Personal Moose is about a Russian boy’s desire to meet an elk.

Sessions: December 6, GOMA A, 1pm; December 14, GOMA A, 6.30pm.

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Warriena Wright hallucinating before death: Gable Tostee’s lawyers

Gable Tostee has been charged with murder. Photo: Supplied. Warriena Wright was seeing and hearing things and claimed she would “jump off the balcony” about 40 minutes before plunging to her death, lawyers for Gable Tostee say.
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The claims were contained within bail application documents made available to media last week, after being tendered by his lawyers in the Brisbane Supreme Court.

Mr Tostee is fighting a murder charge, with police claiming Ms Wright was trying to escape him after their Tinder date at his Surfers Paradise apartment went wrong.

Police believe they can prove murder because Ms Wright was allegedly in fear of her life, even though he was not on the balcony when she fell to her death early on August 8.

Police and Mr Tostee’s lawyers are using an audio recording of the night’s events – taken from Mr Tostee’s phone – as part of their evidence in the cases.

According to an affidavit from defence lawyers, Mr Tostee asked Ms Wright to stop attacking him before their conversation calmed down.

“…She appears to be seeing/hearing people who are talking to her…the deceased says she wants to look out the window. [Mr Tostee] says ‘Don’t jump off, or anything’…The deceased says ‘No, I’m good’,” the affidavit said.

Mr Tostee then joked that people in “white coats” were coming to the door, to which Ms Wright allegedly said: “Nah, I’ll just jump off the balcony and like f***ing”.

The full transcript prepared by Mr Tostee’s lawyers was barred from publication, however the police version was released during a bail hearing in September.

The exchange was also highlighted in the police transcript and occurred about 40 minutes before Ms Wright’s death. However their entry of that conversation contained typographical errors and did not clearly include her supposed statement.

Police claim toxicology results will show Ms Wright was drunk at the time having drunk home-distilled vodka, however there was no clear evidence that Mr Tostee was impaired.

In the minutes before Ms Wright’s death, a struggle in the apartment broke out and Mr Tostee allegedly said: “You are lucky I haven’t chucked you off my balcony you God damn psycho bitch”.

His lawyers claim Ms Wright then armed herself with a heavy object and Mr Tostee managed to restrain and lock her out on the 14th-floor balcony in self-defence.

However police argue that the decision to put Ms Wright outside was an act of deprivation of liberty, which led her to seek an escape route.

Mr Tostee’s lawyers’ transcript also contained an exchange recorded between Mr Tostee and his father Gray soon after Ms Wright’s fall.

Mr Tostee allegedly said: “God I hope, I hope she’s not dead” and “If anything’s wrong it would show up on the news wouldn’t it?”.

The 28-year-old has been released on bail under strict conditions, which include a ban on contacting women on the dating app Tinder, a curfew, rehabilitation for alcoholism, and a requirement to live at his parents’ Gold Coast home.

Investigators are expected to complete their full brief of evidence against Mr Tostee by April, with a trial likely to occur in 2016.

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Deal likely on East West compo

Victorian taxpayers could be spared a potentially massive compensation payout if the East West Link is dumped as the companies contracted to build the multi-billion dollar road vie for new work.
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It is believed work on the multi-billion road project was put on hold during the election campaign as members of the consortium attempted to minimise spending in expectation of Labor win.

But the members of the consortium selected by the former Napthine government to deliver the $6.8 billion project are divided over whether to pursue the maximum compensation allowed by the contract.

It is understood two of the four companies – Spain’s Acciona Infrastructure and construction giant Lend Lease – fear a prolonged battle with the new Labor Government could jeopardise future work.

That work includes Labor’s plan to remove 50 level crossings and build a $400 to $500 million road link through the inner west to get 5000 trucks a day off the West Gate Bridge and onto a tolled connection to the Port of Melbourne.

But key financier Capella Capital is believed to be determined to pursue the maximum compensation set out in the contract – and in a so-called side letter – with the position of a fourth company, Bouygues Travauz Publics, unclear.

Former treasurer Michael O’Brien in September claimed taxpayers would be hit with $1.1 billion bill for termination costs, damages and other transitional expenses if the contract were dumped, in addition to $400 million already spent, and $1.5 billion payment that the Commonwealth that Prime Minister Tony Abbott wants handed back.

Premier-elect Daniel Andrews this week suggested said he would be sitting down with the consortium to talk about future work which might be on offer, pointing out there would be “no shortage” of projects on offer.

“Not a shovel of dirt has been moved on East-West Link,” Mr Andrews said. “Everyone who signed up to contracts were given full and due notice of our different priorities. We will sit down with the winning bidder with good faith and with good will. They build things and I have no shortage of things I want to get on and build.”

But he later appeared to hose down speculation his government would offer new projects to the consortium as compensation for dumping the project.

“Probity will guide us in all decisions we make,” he said.

A source close to the consortium said it was likely there would be negotiations to strike a deal “covering reasonable expenses to date”.

It is believed that would involve a payout that is considerably less than the $1.1 billion payout claimed by Mr O’Brien.

Tim Pallas, who is set to be sworn in as Victoria’s new treasurer on Thursday, is believed to have met with members of the consortium some weeks before the start of the election campaign to discuss the possibility of a solution.

Acciona is believed to be investigating new wind farm projects following a plan by Labor to halve exclusion zones and streamline the approval process for new turbines.

A spokesman for the consortium said: “We do not comment on speculation. We look forward to commencing communications with the new state government and will be making no further public comment at this time.”

The Age revealed in September that Labor would dump the East West Link if it wins, arguing the contracts would be rendered in valid by a looming court case.

It also revealed hefty compensation provisions had been included as part of the deal if the road project did not go ahead, with a separate “side-letter” demanded to the consortium to guarantee the payout.

Mr Abbott remains adamant the road will be built, and is threatening to withdrawal $3 billion of Commonwealth money committed for both sections of the project.

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O’Brien and Guy hit the phones as Liberal vote comes down to the wire

Michael O’Brien makes a point in question time. Photo: Eddie JimState election full coverageDeal likely on East-West compoComment: Heavy hitters vie for Lib leadership
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Matthew Guy and Michael O’Brien have been furiously lobbying their colleagues in a last-minute scramble to become Victoria’s new opposition leader.

Senior Liberal sources said the contest had tightened before Thursday’s leadership ballot, although some think Mr Guy still has the numbers.

The lobbying comes as debate about the direction of the Liberal Party rages between moderates and conservatives in the aftermath of the party’s historic first-term state election loss.

The Liberals will elect a new leader on Thursday morning, pitting former planning minister Mr Guy against former treasurer Mr O’Brien for the mantle of opposition leader.

“The numbers are tightening. I don’t think it is clear cut,” one Liberal source said.

There will be a spill of all leadership positions, with outgoing ministers Ryan Smith, David Hodgett and Robert Clark, and Prahran MP Clem Newton-Brown all declaring they will run for the deputy leadership role.

Mr Newton-Brown,  whose future is still on a knife-edge in the seat of Prahran,  is understood to be telling his colleagues that the party needs to become more moderate in Victoria, including developing a credible environmental policy.

His views add to the  continuing analysis of where the Liberal Party went wrong at the state election.

The right-wing Institute of Public Affairs has urged the party to return to its liberal principles, such as small government.

Waverley MP Michael Gidley uploaded a video to Facebook, calling on the Liberals to re-engage its base and provide more help for small business.

A battle has also emerged for upper house leader, with Craig Ondarchie, and outgoing ministers Mary Wooldridge and David Davis all vying for the position.

In a bid to reinvigorate the Nationals, who performed poorly at the state election, the party appointed first-time MP Steph Ryan, 28, as deputy leader. Peter Walsh was elected unopposed as the Nationals new leader on Wednesday in a party-room meeting after Peter Ryan stood down  this week.

Counting in close seats continued on Wednesday. At 6pm, Mr Newton-Brown had pulled back in front of Labor in Prahran by 72 votes.

In Bentleigh, Labor’s Nick Staikos was ahead by 319 votes. The result was also still too close to call in Frankston, where Labor’s Paul Edbrooke was ahead by 164 votes.

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LETTER: Traffic problem not resolved

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THE muddle-headed thinking of the state government is again evident with the draft report that indicates there will be no right-hand turns from Stewart Avenue into Hunter Street (‘‘Change to roads for rail’’ Herald 2/12).

Only a Macquarie Street mandarin, more interested in selling coal to China, could consider this plan meets the future traffic flows in Newcastle.

It beggars belief if I travel north on Stewart Avenue intending to reach the east end of Hunter Street, that I will save time proceeding to the intersection with Honeysuckle Drive to wind my way through the cement and glass canyons of the foreshore to Watt Street.

I will probably join the hundreds of cars that will find their ways down Union and Darby streets to Hunter Street.

Consequently the traffic problem is not solved but shifted into an even less favourable location. Before Christmas, please redraw the plan.

Ian Bowrey,


LETTER: Group home noise very frustrating

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THE article “Protesters mark anniversary of NDIS enabling legislation” (Herald 2/12) mentions the difficulty of some clients being handled by the private sector and how they are eventually handed back to the government.

We had a group home at the back of our house managed by a large non-government organisation.

The noise and disruption of nightly sleep by one client in particular was very distressing.

Screaming and loud coughing up to 40 times a day for periods lasting up to half an hour occurred. Smashing of doors , loud music and lights on at all hours were the norm.

The staff basically ignored it or “slept” through it. Another client had psychotic episodes and threatened the public. Police were called on several occasions.

In the end, after months of numerous complaints, calling police and frustrating meetings with management, an outside mediation in the court system had to be arranged before anything concrete was done by the NGO.

Without government as a last resort, this sort of situation is going to happen to other unsuspecting residents more often.

Tonia Wand,


LETTER: Mixed messages on sea-level rise

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THE article relating to Lake Macquarie council’s backflip over a development application in Dora Creek (‘‘Council reversal on sea-level ruling’’ Herald 2/12) is not surprising.

The elected councillors and the council staff have sent mixed messages to residents and housing investors for a long time over their sea-level rise policies, and this is just another example. No one is sure about the policy, including the council itself.

Council officers have told me that my house in Marks Point has its floor level above the one in 100-year flood level and yet they will not take off the section149 certificate on my land title.

Just a few months ago I got the shock of the huge increase in insurance for the house from my insurer, from $1200 last year to $7200 this year. Of course I said no to the flood insurance because I knew about the floor level.

The state government has had to come to the rescue of this council and others recently by releasing a sea-level circular showing the council how they should word advice.

I’m not sure why we pay all that money for the burgeoning sustainability department if they can’t get it right and have to be corrected by the state government.

Chris Osborne,

Marks Point

Flying the flag at Gallipoli: Canobolas students going to centenary commemorations

YOUNG AMBASSADORS: Alissa Meagher, Rebecca Steedman, teacher Kirsten Hutchinson, member for Orange Andrew Gee and Canobolas Rural Tecnology High School principal Chad Bliss at yesterday’s annoucement at the school. Absent: Andrew Gray and Jacinta Percival were also chosen to go to Gallipoli. Photo: STEVE GOSCH FOUR Canobolas Rural Technology High School students will embark on the experience of a lifetime after being hand-picked to attendtheGallipoli commemorations in Turkey in April 2015.
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The students, Rebecca Steedman, Alissa Meagher, Jacinta Percival and Andrew Gray, along with their teacherKirsten Hutchinson, were announced yesterday as part of a contingent of 100 NSW studentsand 28 teachers,whose journey will be funded by the NSW government.

Canobolas Rural Technology High School principal Chad Blisssaid the task of choosing the final students, as part of a community panel, was difficult, but rewarding.

Andrew Gray.

Jacinta Percival.

“I was absolutely amazed at the level of their projects they put forward for us to consider,” he said.

“The students who have been chosen to attend this opportunity of a lifetime are truly ambassadors for our school and will use this opportunity to further promote the memory of the Anzacs on their return.

“I couldn’t think of a better group of young people to represent the community of Orange.”

Member for Orange Andrew Gee said he was incredibly impressed with the passion and research the students exhibited throughout the selection process.

He said the quality of the applications from 28 students at the school was an example of how the Anzac spirit was enhanced in the community.

“They have wonderfully dedicated teachers and extraordinarily talented students who showed a real understanding and compassion around the tradition of Anzac,” he said.

“I feel proud they are not only representing their school, but the people of Orange at Gallipoli next year and this is a great day for the school.”

Government, non-government independent and Catholic schools were encouraged to nominate to be in the ballot earlier this year, and The Canobolas Rural Technology High School one of 25 schools selected.

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12-hour diet backed by science

Scientists have discovered that limiting the time span in which food is consumed can stop weight gain.Dieters hoping to shed the kilos should watch the clock as much as their calorie intake after scientists discovered that limiting the time span in which food is consumed can stop weight gain.
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Confining meals to a 12-hour period, such as 8am to 8pm, and fasting for the remainder of the day, appears to make a huge difference to whether fat is stored, or burned up, by the body.

Researchers at the Salk Institute in the United States said it added more evidence to studies showing that eating late at night causes weight gain. They suggest restricting eating hours could help fight high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity.

“These days, most of the advice is, ‘You have to change nutrition, you have to eat a healthy diet,”‘ said associate professor Satchidananda Panda.

“But many people don’t have access to healthy diets. So the question is, without access to a healthy diet, can they still practice time-restricted feeding and reap some benefit?”

The researchers studied 400 mice, ranging from normal to obese, that were placed on various types of diets and time restrictions. They found that mice fed a high-fat diet, but allowed access to food for only 12 hours per day, were healthier and slimmer than mice given access to the same food for the whole day, even though the two groups consumed the same calories.

The results were the same even if the diets were high in fat, sugar or fruit sugars.

The study also suggests that the odd blip is unlikely to make a difference. A late-night weekend takeaway, for example, is unlikely to harm the body’s metabolism. However, regularly eating at night would have a big impact.

“The fact that it worked no matter what the diet, and the fact that it worked over the weekend and weekdays, was a very nice surprise,” said the study’s first author, Amandine Chaix.

Mice that had become obese by eating whenever they liked during the day lost 5 per cent of their body weight within just a few days of time restrictions being enforced. By the end of the 38-week study, they were 25 per cent lighter than the group that had continued to eat freely.

Although mice on a healthy diet did not lose more weight on a time-restricted diet, they gained muscle mass, according to the study, which was published in the journal Cell Metabolism.

“It’s an interesting observation that although the mice on a normal diet did not lose weight, they changed their body composition,” Panda said.

“That brings up the question, ‘what happens?’ Are these mice maintaining their muscle mass, which might have been lost with free feeding, or are they gaining muscle mass?”

A second study found that sticking to a Mediterranean diet can protect the DNA from ageing.

Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the US found that a diet high in olive oil, fresh fruit, vegetables and nuts was associated with longer telomeres. Telomeres are the protective caps that sit at the end of chromosomes and prevent damage to the DNA. Previous studies have shown that short telomeres are associated with disease and advanced ageing.

“To our knowledge, this is the largest population-based study specifically addressing the association between Mediterranean diet adherence and telomere length in healthy, middle-aged women,” said associate professor Immaculata De Vivo. The Daily Telegraph

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New Warilla library site flood prone

Shellharbour Councillor Kellie Marsh at the existing Warilla library. Picture: PAUL JONESShellharbourCity Council has endorsed a site at Keith Fletcher Park to be home to a new Warilla Library, despite concerns that the area is flood prone.
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Councillor Kellie Marsh was unsuccessful in her attempt to defer the item at Tuesday night’s ordinary council meeting.

Cr Marsh questioned whether the three sites suggested as possible locations were the best the council could come up with in the Warilla area.

The Keith Fletcher Park site was selected ahead of a site on Lake Entrance Road opposite the current library and a section of Howard Fowles Oval.

“Whenever I have spoken to people about this site they say ‘that’s where it floods’,” Cr Marsh said.

Council staff said while the site is “wholly affected” by the Lake Illawarra Probable Maximum Flood guidelines, the new library would be in “a low flood risk precinct”.

The new library will replace the existing Warilla library at the corner of Shellharbour and Lake Entrance Roads, which was sold by the council along with the former Warilla council chambers.

The estimated cost of the new Warilla library is $3.64 million.

The council’s Libraries and Museum Strategy 2024 outlines that a new Warilla library will be a technology hub, with Wi-Fi, meeting space and support community life-long learning and literacy.

The council said a campaign would begin with schools, library users and the broader community to identify any particular features the library should contain.

A new central library will be included in the proposed $57 million Shellharbour City Hub.

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