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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. to State Focus. Hello, I'm Peta Burton and welcome today's show, eight months of Terrific to have you with us. On "Australia". shooting on the film set of, his time with Baz Luhrmann and Canberra actor Graham Gall shares most nerve-wracking week ahead for making outback movie magic. And the two Dubbo teenagers, chasing stardom. cricketing greats Ian Healy or Greg But first, imagine having Aussie tips on your batting or bowling form. Matthews give you some face to face Aussie Cricket Masters Tour, which Well, it's time to pad up for the next week and joining us now is is heading to Wagga and Canberra never stumped for words I'm told, another big name of the game, who's that? Damien Fleming. (LAUGHS) Do you like Peta, I like that. Australia movie though with Nicole I didn't get an invite to the is just as big. Kidman and Hugh Jackman, but this (LAUGHS) Great to hear. part of the tour, getting some take Now listen, it's got to be the best names in cricket. home tips from some of the great that we've come through the players Well this is a wonderful tournament looked after the current players. association and obviously we've the former players as well and get But we want to do a little bit for there's some good times and get out to the regional areas and yes some coaching from the old players. you know, some of the older and They get an eleven to play against, the coaching clinics. current players as well that we do happening? Whose coming and what actually is in the regional area, So we're gonna play games against, Wagga Wagga and Canberra. like Ian Healy, Darren Leeman, Greg It'll be big names as you said, of guys and you play against the Bluett, Michael Kaswich, these sort the best player of the local team local team and then they'll pick a coaching clinic in the morning, will win a sponsorship and we'll do so it covers everything. @ a coac that can I think you are the only person pronounce Michael's name correctly. listening to this, but you can get I hope that was right, if he's yourself. down and Peta get some down and Peta get some lessons some. (LAUGHS) I'm definitely gonna need search for some local talent as well, Listen, is it about searching, the players have a mentor role as well 'cos I have heard that the master as part of the tour. obviously with cricket skills and Yeah, on and off the field, things which were so important in then obviously the social side of is one component our time. But it certainly is that of it that a lot of the have come from regional areas and Australian players over the years got Michael Slater, Mark Tailor, you look at from Wagga Wagga you've Canberra's produced Michael Bevan, Geoff Lawson, these sort of guys, keeper at the moment here. Brad Haddin whose the current be seen and it was only probably So there is gold mines out there to Rickson saw Glenn Mcgraw in a only 20 years ago that Steve Toohey's Cup game. Yes from Yarra Mine. The got him from there. of course from Albion Park and Brad Yeah, yeah, another one, Brett Lee originates from. Good ol' Queanbeyan. Haddin from Queanbeyan I think he Yeah you've got him in there. Queanbeyan's will come down Don't worry about that, so the there against the masters, but it obviously for the Canberra game best player of the opposition, we certainly has and as I said, the coaching or expenses. give a sponsorship money for some cricket gear here, so Slazenger puts the money in for elite cricketers in the area, but certainly there's a lot for the as important. obviously the Milo clinics are just numbers there to support the game in Listen, are the registration say, football or even rugby? regional cricket? When you compare information. Well Mark Vigerno sent through some A.C.T. Cricket and their percentage He is CEO of Canberra Cricket, I think that's outstanding in is their junior teams are up 47% so years. anyone's language in the last 4 over 200 junior teams playing. So any weekend in Canberra, there's Why? What's the draw card though? Well, me, obviously. (LAUGHS) Okay. to potentially Maybe be a right arm swing bowler get a hat trick on test debut. someone to join the club as well. So I'm there trying to recruit you'll learn some great skills from But because it's a great game and get to enjoy winning as a team and it, yes, it's a team game and you individually, it's a battle against each individual success but also against the batsman. if you've got the ball in your hand not only on the field, but skills So I learned some wonderful skills, being a leader and getting the best about working towards the team, then obviously it helps you in out of yourself, off the field, business as well. for people, young people watching Listen what would you be doing now doing now to skill up, to be the this morning, what would you be next Warne? next Fleming, the next Ponting, the more employable if your an all You know, do you specialise, are you rounder? What are your thoughts? advice when I was growing up. Well, yeah, I wish I'd taken that fielding. And worked on my batting and the first thing is about But your certainly right, I think your year 6 to 12, just go in there participation in Milo cricket when with it. and have a go and try all skills fielding. Batting, bowling, wicket keeping or elite level where you might start Then once you start to get the skills, but persistence and trying to specialise in some certain learning that making a mistake to get the best out of yourself and where you want to get. you're actually getting closer to see in young kids All those ingr All those ingredients we want to though when you are at that top How tough is the selection process team? level? You know, to make the top Peta are there? Well the percentages aren't good million Australians and if you're a There's only 11 spots for 21 21 million Australian's but, you've wicket keeper, it's 1 spot out of you can and we get a lot of got to strive to be the best that and AFL and those sort of things, competition from obviously rugby going with the game that they've but I think the individual ends up obviously the sport that they think got most passionate about and that they can go further in. know, you just mentioned your magic Look I was going to say to you, you that time like for you? on debut. What was that, what was when something like that happens at What is it like out on the field the very beginning of your career? on isn't it really? Yeah well it's certainly hard to go Can you remember? first test and you know, you think, You're already dominated in your is this all you've got? We don't go and play Mars or international teams do you? This is the top level but, nah, the biggest thing for me about that was I got the green baggy on the hat. And I was number 361. Brad Haddin I think was number 404 so for 130 years this is part of an elite club and I think that's still the allure for young players whether it's guys or girls and obviously the girl participation has gone through the roof as well and that's what we want, we want as many Australians striving to get the green baggy on as potentially as anywhere and obviously up in, we have gone up to Darwin and Northern Territory getting out to the indigenous areas and obviously a bit of a dream to be able to get the first indigenous player to represent the country as well th Absolutely, why not? Look on that, what are your thoughts about how the Aussie team is playing these days? Are we playing as good as we used to? What are your thoughts on that? Yeah, not a bad call there Peta. I think you take out Mcgraw, Horne, Gilcrest, Langer out of any team and performance is gonna drop, but we expect to win 80% of our games in all form, then I think we're gonna be disappointed. If we expect to win say 60-65% of our games and that means we're still a good team, well I think that's more realistic because about a 1/3 or a quarter of the team are trying to answer these questions. Am I good enough? Do my team mates rate me and if I do well in my first few tests can I do it over a period of time? So if you get caught of your team asking those sorts of questions, then you are gonna get inconsistent performances, but I still expect us to be number one in the world. Well listen, I might head to one of these cricket clinics and see whether they'll take me on. What do you reckon? Peta, you've got to go. You gotta get in now, like you said, your bowling style and get down the other end and face Greg Matthews to you know, might get to you a little bit mentally. I encourage everyone to go down, we've about 15,000 people turn up for crowds in only a short period of time, so it's a wonderful few days to see some great players and obviously there's some current players playing as well there, so I expect everyone to get down and have a good time. Well it's sensational to have you with us this morning. You are looking rather fit and fantastic for a Sunday morning, thanks for joining us Damien, take care. Thanks Peta, good luck. Thanks I'm gonna need it. Coming up, rubbing shoulders with the world's biggest names in movie making. A Canberra film maker's experience on the film set of "Australia". And, a Dubbo teen with a pair of mean feet, next on State Focus. You're watching State Focus. Charles Bartley can move like it's no one's business, infact, let's just say, the man can dance. The former student from St John's College in Dubbo has made the top 100 for the TV show "So You Think You Can Dance" and now faces a week long audition process to reach the final 20. Good morning to you Charles. Congratulations, happy 19th birthday, you are the next Hugh Jackman. (LAUGHS) Thank you. Thank you. What did you do when you found out the news that you'd made the top 100? Um, well hopefully it will be on TV. But essentially I just couldn't believe it. the whole time was a big blur. like, jumping up and down. That's about it. Lot of jumping up and down. (LAUGHS) Minding of course, the feet. Oh yes, of course. This could be your big break. This could be. It could be a dream come true. It could be 5 days in a little boys dream's come true you know, so... Listen, what happens though for you both? I mean what do you expect to do and how rigorous is the week? Ah, the week is intense. We've got a, there's never been such a massive dance forum that we have to show all of our versatility as an artist and so there's something in me that can't wait for that challenge and I know that, I just can't wait to share it with Ashley as well. Listen, how are you gonna differentiate yourself? How do you, how do you make yourself stand out, I guess? I mean, why pick you? Oh, that's a good question. Obviously the judges liked something in me. I like to be a bit of a clown so, you know, I try to pull that out on stage. I like to entertain people, cos as a performer, that's what you've gotta do, you've gotta entertain an audience and so I just love to do that. @ So we're gonna see a bit of Grease? Maybe a bit of Michael Jackson, some blast from your past? Yeah, definitely a little bit of Michael Jackson. I'll pull some of that out. Can you do his signature pose and that high pitched note that goes with it? Come on. Ahe-he. (LAUGHS) That's it. That's um, I'll need to work on that for tomorrow definitely. Listen you have a huge fan base in Dubbo of course at the school. But I think you're biggest fan of course is your dance teacher from Dubbo Ballet School, Anna Bloomfield who's taught you all you know apparently. Yeah she really nurtured the love of dance in me and gave me such a basis of all different types of dance so that I could really go from strength to strength from there and I really love her for that. ther Listen have you got your routine down pat and have you got batteries for your stereo? Yeah I sure do. My boom box and my cardboard that I'll pull out. (LAUGHS) @ cardboard that I'll pu But no, I've definitely, I've definitely had time to practice my routines and get them all ready. They need to be ready, so... Well go get 'em this week. I will. Top 20 here we come! Yes, let's hope so. Fingers crossed. Thanks, look after those precious feet, go and pop them up for the rest of the day. No problem, I can do that. Thank you and bye. Bye. And, someone else who can shake his tail-feather on the dance floor, is Canberra actor and filmmaker Graham Gall, who's with us this morning to talk about working on Baz Luhrmann's movie, "Australia", which premiered this week. Graham has also just completed 10 intense days of shooting his own short feature film, "Wisdom", and joins us now. Good morning to you, now you are another whose blessed with rhythm. Hi Peta. Yes I can dance a little bit, I did some training at the Penny the Cow School here in Canberra with my wife and became quite a good jive dancer in particular. wife and b Oh you might have to show us a trick or two after. Well maybe. (LAUGHS) It is Sunday morning I've gotta warm up. Yes. Listen, what was it like? How did you manage to go from working on a 160 million dollar plus movie one minute to doing absolutely everything on your own self funded film the next? Well it was, it was an interesting experience. I think, working on Australia as I was actually Jack Thompson's stand in at Fox Studios for on and off for about 8 months. The experience I gained there watching Baz Luhrmann work and watching his crew work and then even though it's a completely different scale, using the techniques and the systems and the approaches that I saw there are equally applied. I mean it's the same, putting something on film is the same whether it's a 180 million dollars or 1 dollar. The processes are the same. How did you get that gig though? How did I get it? Well my agent said to me, I know you don't usually do extra work in Sydney, cos it doesn't pay very well, going to Sydney backwards and forwards to do extra work, but she said, working with Baz Luhrmann might be interesting for you because I know your a film maker as well. And I said that would be fantastic. What was it like working with the stars though? Ah well, it was, I have to admit I was a bit star struck the first time Nicole walked in front of me, I was sort of, okay, this is Nicole Kidman and I met Hugh of course. Became very good friends with Jack Thompson and we spent a lot of time of course in between shots talking to each other, so in the end it Once you get into the swing of it. You've actually experienced the film in a very different level to many of us. Do you think the money was well spent on this film? Ah, I don't think I'd like to comment on that. From what I saw, yes because a production of that calibre, that detail, of that quality, requires huge crews, huge make-up, huge props, the design work that went into the sets was fantastic prop Were you taking notes the whole time watching Baz. I mean, how does the man work on set? I mean were you ever thinking this is a complete logistical nightmare. Were you like, Gosh I want to be this man. Well of course I want to be that man. I mean to be able to stand there and say, I want this and I was that and then it just appears, there's so many people with so many skills at the top of Australian film making, they can just make things happen instantaneously. So relating it back to my own experience, if I'm in a shoot say at the Woden Youth Centre for example, which we did shoot at, and there's some light problems. It might take me half an hour to figure out how to relight that particular set, where as he says, I need more light there or less light there. I need the block here and it happens within seconds because people just jump and it happens. So were you wiser for working on 'Wisdom'? For having done Baz? Absolutely. No doubt about it will make a huge difference to me. What's the draw card with shooting in Canberra? So many films are being made here. Well it's interesting. There are a lot of films being made here at the moment. It's a small industry here but people are very, very keen and it's a very vibrant industry. Couple of things. One is, there's a lot of talent. There's a lot of acting talent here. There's a lot of talent coming out of places like the National Acting School, Canberra Youth Theatre, so there's a good selection of talent. That's the first thing. The second thing is, the community supports you. I had unbelievable support for locations. For use of vehicles, from businesses and community groups all across Canberra. Second thing is, it's a beautiful place. If you shoot in the street or you shoot you know with backdrops of the mountains and the lakes, it's just a fantastic place and the light here is absolutely fantastic. It's crisp. Have you kept in contact with Baz? 'Cos I know you've gone full time now with the acting career. Well I will be. I'm about to retire for the public service for good and focus on the acting and film making. No I'm not personally in touch with Baz. Once the film's finished the production crew breaks up. You didn't slip him your mobile phone number. I can't believe you didn't do that Graham. No, no. I have some contact, some phone numbers with the crew, but no as a stand in, your a fairly low on the hierarchy, although I was on speaking terms with him of course, it's not something that you pursue afterwards. it's not something t Well, thank you for joining us this morning and sharing your insight and we will see your project around about mid year 2009. I dare say, not before March, there's a fair bit of editing and post production. I know, there's some long nights ahead for you. Absolutely. Thanks for joining us. You're welcome. Okay, when we come back, something for Wollongong and Canberra fans of poetic electronica. Grafton Primary is next on State Focus. Welcome back to State Focus. Grafton Primary are rockers and romantics in a class of their own. The boys are said to be walking on AIR at the moment, that's Australian Independent Record air, nominated for best single and best dance/electronica release at tomorrow night's 2008 awards. And, with us now is Wollongong-based band member Josh Garden. Good morning, you look sensational. Oh thanks Peta. How are you, good morning to you too. I'm very well exciting night ahead for you boys. Have you got your speech prepared, your acceptance speech prepared? Um, you know what, I haven't even given it a thought yet. I better probably get prepared I suppose. I suppose it wouldn't be kind of to optimistic to suggest you could have won if you were nominated would it? Okay, well maybe I thought this might be good practice for you 'cos it is a plan for you to be an ambassador for world peace one day. Well that's actually true, so I suppose I should get my speech writing skills up. I did used to work as a journalist so I got a little bit of experience in that regard. little bit of experience Good to hear. Listen let's talk about Ion. Congratulations on the album. Some fantastic art work has gone into this. Tell us a little bit about the front cover. We've got that as our plasma, so it's shining nice and bright there for viewers. Yeah well the art work basically, it was all put together by a bunch of guys, this group called Debaser who were based in Sydney. I did some concept art work for the album and I took them in a bunch of images and just sort of said - look, here's a vibe. Here's a bit of a kind of concept for kind of what we're going with. And then, yeah, they went away and took it to their little lab and came back with all these ideas which they bounced off us and then colourful thing you see there th Is there a bit of earth, wind and fire going on? Yeah there is. There's definitely a mixture of the elements, so I guess it's kind of that whole, you know, nature versus nurture electronica type nuance there. So it's got a sort of techy look to it. ut at the me time ?t's got those sort of raw Well you are an act with something to say, critics have said so what's the message Josh and what did you want to get through to fans with your debut album? I think it's very much based on, yeah I suppose where we kind of feel like the world's at at the moment. There's sort of a you know, a sense of the natural world and there's a sense of you know, the technological world and there's a sense of like, love and a sense of war and all these kinds of things and I suppose it's, you know, we're sitting right on the knife edge of these things and I suppose it's really exploring those concepts, how far we've come as a human race and where we might want to go from here. So really only I suppose the message is that the choice is up to everybody to decide where we want to go. The listener to open their ears. There are a few ears that should be opened perhaps in Canberra. There are a few messages there for some politicians 'cos you did live in Canberra one day back there. Do you know a few politicians. Have you sent them a copy? I actually haven't. It's not actually a bad idea. I don't think it's, it's not overtly a political album but you know, politicians I'd like to believe are subtle people on some levels, so yeah, but I haven't actually sent anything through. I didn't get to meet any when I was in Canberra. I did roll down the Parliament House lawns a few times. They've got those beautiful long green lawns that slope down the side of Parliament House and they're great to roll down @ side (LAUGHS) There's statement in itself. Okay. It really does. It really puts things into perspective. Listen, what's it taken to get to this point for you boys? 'Cos I know that it's been years of toil and experimentation to use your words. Yeah. It has taken a lot. Well it started off just my brother and myself, so we've been doing that for 5 years obviously experimenting, creating, pushing ourselves, liking the live sense also in the studio. What's it like working with your brother Ben? It's fantastic working with him. I would not, I would be a total liar if I said there was no challengers or we didn't kind of have a few blow ups at each other. But I think it's kind of liberating as well because he is my brother we can sort of blow up at each other but then we can sort of make up in the next breath and sort of get back to focusing on what you want to do. Well is it true though that sometimes you don't let him out of your electronic lair until he's actually finished writing the lyrics to some songs? Um, well I, I actually do the lyrics, so, um, yeah, but he's very much loves living in his lair as far as all the sound production goes and things like that. Like I do produce some of the sounds as well, but he definitely does more of that side of things and he's very, very focused when it comes to doing that sort of thing. So yeah, he's been known to disappear for sort of weeks on end and be out of mobile phone range and everything else and be out o What about, tell us about your name and I guess your motto, educate, innovate and liberate. Well the name I suppose, it's sort of a bit of a spin off, 'cos we were actually born in Grafton, so I suppose you know, that was the beginning of our schooling and I suppose with the motto there, it's sort of I suppose, playing on that notion of that, schooling and of education and of learning and of growing as well and ultimately learning and growing being the keys to freedom. You know and it doesn't necessarily just mean in an academic sense, but you know in a sense of learning from life and learning from music and creativity and experience. Good on you. Listen just to finish up, you've said, one way to address writers block and this is a good message I guess for all the musicians out there watching on a Sunday morning. Is to make love, so Josh Garden, has it worked for you? Oh, absolutely. And it continues to. (LAUGHS) Oh good to hear. Listen I can see ya. You're making a terrific ambassador for world peace then. Oh good, well thanks very much. I appreciate that. All the best for the awards tomorrow night. Oh cool. And continued success of Ion. Thanks for your time. Thanks for having me Peta. You're very welcome. Well that is all we have time for today. Now, next week we'll be joining you at the special time of 10.00am, which means a bit of a sleep in for you all on Sunday, Live captions by Southern Cross Ten, Canberra.