Chad Morgan movie – I’M NOT DEAD YET – opens at Sydney Film Festival

The new Chad Morgan movie – I’M NOT DEAD YET – opens at the Sydney Film Festival on Tuesday June 14.

Chad Morgan has lost count of the number of times he’s been reported dead (hence the title), but the politically-incorrect country singer with the donkey grin is very much alive. ‘The Sheik of Scrubby Creek’ is still on the road almost 60 years after kicking off his career on Australia’s Amateur Hour. Chad’s life is the stuff of legends – his rapid rise to the top, womanising, heavy drinking – and his story, narrated by Tex Perkins, is told with just the right mix of rollicking style and genuine respect.

Janine Hosking of iKandy Films produced and directed the documentary.

Tex Perkins does the voiceover. I was lucky enough to spend some time on the road with Chad doing stills for the production. I was on set when Chad and Tex sang The Shotgun Wedding.

Chad Morgan & Tex Perkins

Australian Institute of Country Music

The Australian Institute of Country Music (AICM) is a not-for-profit incorporated association comprising of representatives of the Gympie business, education and general community. It was formed in 2001 and grew from an interest by local community members in value adding to the economic benefits brought to the region by the National Country Music Muster. One of the key aims of the AICM is to extend the duration and scope of country music events and activities and assist in building a stronger country music industry in Australia. The corner stone of the AICM’s aim is the creation of an integrated campus for the study, performance, manufacturing and commercialisation of Australian Country Music.

The new campus for AICM opens at the court house in Gympie on Friday night. I am pleased to exhibit a collection of country music legends at the AICM. My statement in support of the exhibition:

Country music and photography are two passions that drive my life. Photographing country artists is my way of saying ‘thank you’ to the singers for the music that sustains me.

All great country music has a respect for the past and I hope my photographs help young artists connect with what came before.

Lauire Cokell, Juliet Wookey and John Elliott at AICM

Bunya Mountains photo workshop a great success

We had twenty-five mad keen photographers turn up for our three day workshop at the Bunya Mountains recently. Sue Unwin and her team at the Bunya Conference Centre spoiled us with great hospitality and food. The weather was perfect and the photographers made good use of the fascinating photo opportunities at our doorstep.

I’m planning another workshop at the Bunyas later in the year.

The Toowoomba based participants have formed an informal group and plan to get together and swap stories, images and tips on the first Sunday of the month. We had our first get together at Toowoomba’s Japanese Gardens on Sunday.

Bunya Mountains Workshop Group 2011