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John Cox is a master of monsters, creating wild and

wonderful creatures for film, television, theme parks and

exhibitions from his Gold Coast workshop for more

than 30 years. His filmography includes

The Chronicles

of Narnia


Nim’s Island


Peter Pan


George of the Jungle


but Cox is still most proud of his work on



earned him an Academy Award for visual effects in the

1990s. The interactive exhibition

How to Make a Monster:

the art and technology of animatronics

gives a behind-the-

scenes peek at the science and art that come together in

Cox’s work, from design, moulding and sculpting to the

components that bring the creatures to life. After 12 years

of touring the exhibition the doors will close for good on

this showcase on 12 June at Gold Coast City Gallery, Arts

Centre, 135 Bundall Road Surfers Paradise.


most foul

Naomi Price (


) has shown she’s got the guts to try

anything – from channelling Adele and Miley Cyrus

in her own successful productions to Mary Magdalene


Jesus Christ Superstar

– even real-life talent show

contestant on

The Voice

. However, her latest role may

be her most challenging as she takes on mutiple

personalities in La Boite Theatre Company’s

production of

The Tragedy of King

Richard III

. It’s a modern adaptation of

Shakespeare’s classic play and while it’s

equally brutal, the similarities end

there. Instead, inspired by the

fiction of Shakespeare’s play, this

interpretation explores the

notion that you can’t always

believe what you see, hear or

read – but how do you know

who to believe? And how do

you recognise a monster (of the

human kind)? Price, a cabaret and

musical veteran, is relishing with glee

her turn to be evil and hopes audiences

expectations are challenged. It’s violent and

bloody and there are parts that will give you a

bit of a fright, but that’s what makes it exciting,

says Price. At the Roundhouse Theatre, Kelvin

Grove, from 21 May to 11 June. Tickets from

$25 to $70 plus fees, see

OUTBACK film festival

Winton, the town in outback Queensland famous for its dinosaur fossils (and for

being the birthplace of Qantas), rolls out the red carpet for the annual Vision Splendid

Outback Film Festival from 24 June to 2 July, celebrating the greatest dinosaur films of

all time.

The program also includes new releases such as horror flick

Red Billabong


budget drama


, which was filmed in Gladstone, as well as some classics (including

One Million Years B.C.

from 1966), kids films, short films and the US documentary

Dinosaur 13

about the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex remains ever found.

The best seats in the house are the deck chairs lined up at the historic Royal Theatre

open-air cinema (

pictured below

) in Winton’s main street but other festival attractions

include workshops, masterclass events and tours of outback film locations. Winton is

1350km north west of Brisbane, accessible by train (the Spirit of the Outback) or air (via

Qantas to Longreach then two hours drive toWinton). See


| BNE May/June 2016

Sound of


William Barton (


) grew up in Mount Isa and

started to play the didgeridoo at an early age. He

soon found he had a passion for it as well as talent,

believing he could tell a story with its sound. By 15 he

was touring internationally and by 17 he had made his

debut as a soloist with a professional orchestra.

Barton has since taken the didgeridoo to places

no one else thought possible, including Carnegie

Hall and London’s Royal Festival Hall, and he has

composed pieces that team it with piano and electric

guitar (friends say Barton is also a mad guitar player

and a fan of heavy metal) to push the boundaries of

people’s perceptions of the instrument.

Now 34, Barton travels the world in demand

as a performer and composer so it’s a rare treat

indeed to see him in Brisbane, accompanied by the

Southern Cross Soloists, performing in Visions of

Earth at the Concert Hall, QPAC, South Brisbane on

19 June. Tickets $55 plus fees at