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Kudos: Congratulations to this week's winners


Kudos: Australian architecture, opera, screen and film honoured with awards
Kudos: Congratulations to this week's winners

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Winner of the annual Architects Medallion will be announced at Sydney Opera House

This year’s winner is young architect graduate, Sascha Parkinson bucking the trend in the male dominated profession where only 24% of the profession are women.

Sascha hails from Newcastle and has won for her ground breaking proposal in relation to the redevelopment of Newcastle’s CBD and high speed rail. Her eco-friendly proposal seeks to restore both natural systems and reinvigorate previous historical landmarks in the city.

Winning this prize is a coveted award and considered to be a sign of big things to come. Previous winners of the Architects Medallion include Richard Johnson, Ric Le Plastrier and Richard Francis Jones.


Opera Australia rewards young regional talent

Opera Australia has just announced the first winners of the 2014 Regional Student Scholarships.

Anastasia Gall (Hobart), Daniel Ott (Maitland), Chloe Robbins (Canberra) and Katherine Allen (Annandale) were selected from over 100 applicants from regional New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT.

From January next year, the four teenagers will receive professional training from artistic, music, language and drama coaches at Opera Australia. They will spend time backstage at the Sydney Opera House, gaining insight into the working life of opera singers and have the opportunity to perform for Artistic Director, Lyndon Terracini AM.

This new scholarship is part of Opera Australia’s community engagement program that works with the regions it visited during the 2014 Regional Tour. In conjunction with Education Workshops and Opera Australia’s Regional Children’s Chorus, Opera Australia provides a way for students and families to connect with opera as part of the audience and as performers.

Oxlade Drive property offers a new interpretation of inner city living

A consummate home in Brisbane has won the People’s Choice Award as part of the 2014 Australian Institute of Architects’ National Architecture Awards.

The Oxlade Drive House by James Russell Architect was selected by voters out of 13 other houses shortlisted in the Residential Architecture category. More than 4000 votes from the public were received.

The house boasts a simple but innovative design that appealed to voters with its indoor and outdoor layout that allowed for maximum views and light.

At the Queensland Architecture Awards earlier in the year, the state jury said the house was ‘an intelligent, appropriate reinterpretation of the possibilities of inner city living. A robust and unexpected series of devices and palette of materials engage the senses and heighten the connection between the inside and out.'

Australian screen composing duo honoured 

Australian composing duo Adam Gock and Dinesh Wicks will be honoured with an International Achievement Award at the 2014 Screen Music Awards. The event will be held at the City Recital Hall in Sydney in the coming weeks.

Since 2006 Gock and Wick have enjoyed a very successful partnership, composing scores for some of Australia’s most popular programs like Sea Patrol, Masterchef, The Biggest Loser and The Farmer Wants a Wife.

APRA AMCOS CEO Brett Cottle said, ‘It is a phenomenal effort by Adam and Dinesh…their work forms part of the world’s most popular television productions and they are providing opportunities for many Australian composers in the US market. It is highly appropriate we honour their achievements at this year’s Screen Music Awards.'

The awards night, hosted by Rob Carlton, will feature stars from some of the country’s favorite programs such as Jeremy Lindsay Taylor (Puberty Blues), Leeanna Walsman (Wentworth) and Jon Stevens. There will also be music performances by Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes and Lance Ferguson and the band The Bamboos.

Film award

A group of young Australian filmmakers is celebrating after their film, One Eyed Girl won the Jury Award at this year’s Austin Film Festival in the Dark Matters category.

The South Australian psychological thriller is the second feature film to take out the Dark Matters Award, after it was introduced to the AFF program last year.

One Eyed Girl– written by Nick Matthews and Craig Behenna and directed by Nick Matthews – is a thriller about a psychiatrist, haunted by the death of a former patient, who stumbles upon a Doomsday cult and battles to save a teenage girl from its clutches.

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