Zachary Garred showed his film Jinxed at Sidewalk Film Festival in Alabama

Party On: Zachary Garred and Allison Boyd in party mode in Alabama.

Party On: Zachary Garred and Allison Boyd in party mode in Alabama.

Every now and then, everyone should let their hair down and have a party.

What else is life for?

Newcastle’s man about town in Hollywood, Zachary Garred, knows this all too well.

As Topics’ readers would know, Zac and his pals have been working hard to boost Newcastle’s name in the film industry.

Zac sent us a cracking photo of he and girlfriend Allison Boyd at a party at the Sidewalk Film Festival in Alabama.

“It was a helluva time – that was the ‘90s rooftop, glow-in-the-dark party,” he said.

“They projected ‘90s films onto the buildings surrounding the car park rooftop.

“We were cutting loose.”

It was a pretty special trip because Alabama is Allison’s home state.

“The festival was held in Birmingham, a beautiful city – nearly a carbon copy of Newcastle in many ways,” Zac said.

“We were given shirts that say ‘Birmingham, where folks make iron and steel’.

“Birmingham is often referred to as the steel city of the south… just seemed appropriate for a Novocastrian to go there.”

Nowadays, the city was “all cafes, galleries, pubs and breweries”.

“Incredible music, too,” Zac said.

A short film called Jinxed was shown at the festival. 

Zac and his Novocastrian film-industry pals shot the comedy in Newcastle last summer.

It was filmed at PwC’s offices and Reserve Wine Bar in Newcastle, along with the backyard of Zac’s mum and dad’s house in New Lambton.

Written and directed by Sam Eather, it’s about a bloke who is talked into a night out to meet some women but ends up in a world of trouble.

“Jinxed screened very well,” Zac said.

“We were picked up by another film festival, Fairhope, so it will show there in November.”

Zac was proud to represent the film “on behalf of all of our mates and colleagues, who put so much into it”.

Band on a Tram

An “intimate gig” will be performed on a tram in Newcastle on Friday.

The Wayward Henrys, a husband and wife duo, will perform songs from their debut album Cold Love aboard “Newcastle’s Famous Tram”.

Newcastle's Famous Tram will host a performance of the Wayward Henrys.

Newcastle's Famous Tram will host a performance of the Wayward Henrys.

The one-hour trip features a songbook “awash in dark, dream-like beauty that exists in its own timeless corner”.

Topics loves this description. 

The duo, Brock and Natalie Henry, were high-school sweethearts who have stuck together through thick and thin.

They have rolled down a rocky road and turned their journey into song.

“Music is the grease in their engine,” the event promo said.

“Songwriting is the soldering iron that’s kept their chassis together.” 

Brock and Natalie Henry will perform their new album on Newcastle's Famous Tram.

Brock and Natalie Henry will perform their new album on Newcastle's Famous Tram.

Brock and Natalie’s album was described as “a break-up record without the separation, weaving yearning stories of love and loss”.

Brock has a “deep, dusty voice”, which is a “counterweight to Natalie’s sweet, fragile vocal instrument”. This combination gives them “emotional sincerity”.

Natalie said the tram idea fitted their aim to perform their new album “in our home city in a unique and nostalgic way”.

“We thought it would be a lot of fun too,” she said.

Topics loves to see people doing things a bit differently.

The tram departs from the Queens Wharf Hotel in Newcastle at 10am on Friday.

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