Beneath Black Skies

History will be relived at the IPAC in less than two weeks time when Beneath Black Skies, a documentary on the history of coal-mining in the Illawarra is premiered in front of hundreds of people.

Sandra Pires has spent the last three years researching, scripting and directing the documentary which explores the history of the industry and both the Mt Kembla and Bulli mine disasters.

Sandra Pires spoke to crossfire this afternoon about the filming of Beneath Black Skies.

ArtExpress exhibition

ArtExpress is held each year to showcase outstanding artworks from visual art students in the Higher School Certificate. The theme of the Wollongong City Gallery’s show is 4D artworks which are time based. Melissa Jaros spoke to local artist and fomer Bulli High student Rochelle Merrick about her artwork and her reaction to being chosen for the ArtExpress exhibition.

Curator Louise Brand explains what the 4D exhibition is about and how important it is for people to view young people’s artworks.

The ArtExpress exhibition will be on display until August 2.

Wollongong Zine Fair

Zines are small self published mini magazines. Usually created by hand and printed with a photocopying machine. As a part of youth week, a Zine Fair will be held this Sunday at the Wollongong City Gallery starting at 12pm. This is the second year running for the event and its popularity is anticipated to grow.


Maddy Phelan is one of three organizers of the event and spoke to crossfire about the event.

The Wollongong Festivity Flicks Short Film Festival

Film enthusiasts are being given the opportunity to showcase their work and compete for the title of Wollongong’s best short film for 2009.


Wollongong City Council’s Youth Services is encouraging film makers between the ages of 12 and 24 to cubmit their short flicks into the Festivity Flicks Short Film Festival. Contestants must work, go to school or live in the Wollongong Local Government area.


Music videos, Narrative pieces, documentaries and everything in between are welcomed but they must be under ten minutes in length. 


Films must be submitted by 5pm the 23rd of March. Screening of the films and judging will be on the 30th of March at the Wollongong youth centre. Four winners will be awarded prizes on the night. 


For more infomation:

Or contact the youth services team on 42 265969


An interview with Youth Services Coordinator, Megan McKell, can be heard here:




Cosmetic tattoos at Booth 88

Hundreds of people wandered through the maze of colour, ink, needles and piercings over the weekend at the Sydney Tattoo & Body Art

155 artists from Australia, France, Germany, Indonesia and other worldy body art arenas came to compete and showcase their works at Sydney Showground to the hardcore tattoo fans of Sydney.


Burried among the booths of coloured skulls and tongue rings was a different kind of tattooist. Val Glover-Hovan is  cosmetic tattoo specialist and educator who has been colouring the lips and eyes of men and women since 1985.

‘Wake up with Make up’ is the slogan ot booth 88 at the three day expo, and at Vals’ studio in Sydney where she consults and tattoos clients needing everything from eyebrows to medical scars covered up. The trend is popular and growing, but also an unusual one to those who may not ever have considered taking such an extreme measure to have permanent make up.


Val at booth 88 at the Sydney Tattoo & Bodyart Expo

Val spoke to crossfire while at the expo. Listen in to learn more…

Arrests made at Homebake music festival

The festival season has begun with 20 000 people attending yesterday’s Homebake festival at The Domain in Sydney.

NSW police have issued warnings to trouble makers saying there will be a “zero tolerance” attitude towards anti-social behaviour.

As of 8pm yesterday 8 people had been charged with alleged drug supply including a man charged with possession of 28 ecstasy tablets. Overall, 87 drug detections were made with 76 people being charged.

Since 2007 Homebake has become an over 18’s event because of tight licensing regulations. Twenty four youths received infringement notices for trying to use fake id’s to enter the event.

NSW police have vowed to combat anti-social behavior over summer. Operation simmer was launched on December 1, NSW Minister for police Tony Kelly says this is a pro-active approach to controlling car hoons, licensing issues and drug and alcohol offences.