WE’VE all heard about counting sheep in bed to fall asleep, but what about spotting a lamb while on your morning commute?
Lake Macquarie City Council communications and engagement officer Neil Keene did a double take when driving through Warners Bay on Thursday when he saw the one month old lamb, Dolly, strolling on a lead along the newly revamped foreshore, near the Lake Street roundabout.
“I had to park the car and take a photo,” Mr Keene said.
“I asked the woman with the lead ‘What are you doing walking a sheep?’”
The woman told Mr Keene she was looking after, bottle feeding and walking the lamb for her relatives.
Dolly will go to Inverell when she comes off the bottle. “
They couldn’t take more than a few steps without someone stopping to pat her.
“She was a real crowd pleaser.
“There were a few dogs around as well who were pulling at their leads wanting to meet her.
“I thought they’d want her for lunch but it turned out she actually lives with dogs and loves them.”
BITE SIZED ANIMATIONS
TOPICS made a rookie error when we decided to watch Reid McManus’ short film Food For Fraught over lunch.
The film, which will show in Newcastle International Animation Festival’s adults-only Late Night Bizarre program, follows two disembodied heads as they make a meal that has to be seen to be believed.
“I’d been watching Jan Švankmajer’s kooky stop motion films made out of clay, when the characters pull their hands and faces off and wanted to something like that, but a hand-drawn 2D one,” said Mr McManus, who is in the third year of a Bachelor of Visual Communication Design at the University of Newcastle.
“It was also influenced by The Ren & Stimpy Show and that shock and disgust.
“Even though it’s for kids, some of the episodes are scary and shocking and I wanted to capture that feeling – that you think it’s going to be a nice cartoon and that it changes into something different and a bit disturbing.”
Mr McManus said it had been “overwhelming” to see Food For Fraught strike a chord with both domestic and international audiences.
It’s been shown at Animafest Zagreb, Anifilm in the Czech Republic and Anibar in Kosovo.
“It was also the staff pick on Vimeo and has had 40,000 views, which is a big jump from what I’m used to,” Mr McManus said.
“It makes people feel nostalgic, a lot have said ‘This reminds me of old Disney’, or Ren and Stimpy.
“Everyone has a short attention span and they like the fact it’s shocking straight away.”
Classmate Dan Cooper’s film The Nut Case Mind Shield Infomercial about a foul mouthed entrepreneur selling a product to “keep your thoughts in your own head” and away from clairvoyants, extra terrestrials and “capitalist bourgeois” will screen in the same program.
“I got carried away with this one and thought of the most ridiculous concept I could, but with a character that is believable.”
Mr McManus said he attended NIAF in 2016 and pondered making his own film.
He chose animation as an elective under Jane Shadbolt last year.
Students learned the basics in first semester and had about 15 weeks to make their own film in second semester.
“NIAF is a chance to see films you wouldn’t see elsewhere. A lot don’t appear online and you get to explore a lot of quirky new ideas floating around in the creative space.”
NIAF opens today at Tower Cinemas.
SING IT FOR SILVERCHAIR
“POP up choir in a bar” One Song Sing is tackling Silverchair’s Straight Lines on November 18 at Newcastle Museum.
The Sum of the Parts’ Mark Jackson and Jane Jelbart founded One Song Sing, which asks participants to practice a nominated song before gathering for a recorded performance and to share in the “inherent social and health benefits” of singing together.