Starlight brightens the lives of seriously ill and hospitalized children and their families throughout Australia.

To make a donation or to find out how you can support the Starlight Children’s Foundation visit www.starlight.org.au or call 1300 727 827.



TEDxSydney will build on a successful TEDxSydney 2010, and feature a selection of Australia's leading visionaries and storytellers showcasing their Ideas Worth Spreading LIVE ... as well as online to the world at large.

The announcement of the 2011 Speakers & Performers lineup includes Daniel Johns, who in collaboration with film maker Josh Wakely will be part of the line up talking about Josh's next production - a musical feature My Mind's Own Melody which he has developed and created with Daniel.

TED is a not-for-profit enterprise devoted to the propagation of Ideas Worth Spreading. TED started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment & Design.

At the free-but-invitation-only one day event at CarriageWorks in Redfern on Saturday 28 May 2011, a "curated" group of 800 changemakers, innovators, thinkers, creative souls, cultural leaders and social pioneers will witness a back-to-back schedule of talks, performances and other multimedia surprises.

Tickets cannot be purchased for this events. Entry via Applications only.  

Applications to attend TEDxSydney 2011 LIVE are now open. If you'd like to apply for a seat in the theatre, please do that HERE.

Applications close on 15 April 2011 and applicants will be notified before the end of the month.


Ben on Twitter

Welcome @bengillies888 to the twitterverse!


Aussie Floods

If you haven't already, please call 1800 219 028 or visit www.qld.gov.au/floods and make a donation to the Flood Relief Appeal.


Short Film To Be Co-Written By Daniel

Arts Minister Virginia Judge recently announced the next generation of award-winning filmmakers to receive grants under the 2010 Screen NSW Emerging Filmmakers Fund.

Ms Judge said seven short films would be made, with each film receiving up to $30,000 in production funding.

Since it was established 15 years ago, the Emerging Filmmakers Fund has given grants totalling $3 million to 130 NSW film crews and their projects,” she said.

Films produced under the Fund have had more than 1000 local and international festival screenings, including in Cannes, Los Angeles, Berlin, London, Tokyo, New York, and Barcelona, and have received over 200 awards and nominations.

Ms Judge said this year’s recipients were an incredibly talented group of filmmakers, ready to make a significant career step up with the production of their short films.

Among the films to be funded is Suspended, which sees actor Damian Walshe-Howling make the leap into writing and directing. The film will be produced by experienced short film producer and feature film production coordinator Lisa Shaunessy who has worked on some of the biggest films ever made in Australia, including Star Wars, Superman Returns and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Writer/director Paola Morabito, who acted as assistant to Jane Campion on her feature films Bright Star and In The Cut, will now write and direct Lie Softly, a 14-minute drama to be produced by Tara Riddell.

Josh Wakely, an experienced actor and writer and an emerging director, will have the opportunity to make My Mind’s Own Melody, a short musical drama he has written with Silverchair’s Daniel Johns.

Visual effects and post production specialist Pauline Piper will produce the short animation A Cautionary Tail, to be directed by Simon Rippingdale, with Erica Harrison as writer.

Tanya Golberg is a stage and television actor, stage director and has previously directed the short film The Mighty Hand of God. Now she will direct Great Western, a sevenminute drama, to be produced by Rachel Antony and written by Trent Bartfield.

The Fund will provide post production funding to the 15-minute drama Spirit-Ed, which stars British actress Miriam Margolyes (Happy Feet, Harry Potters, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Babe). Writer/director is Peter Mether and producer is Shannon Wilson.

Mitzi Goldman has been writing, producing, editing and directing documentaries for more than 20 years. However, Letter Tape is her first animated documentary. She is producing the film, which is to be written and directed by Rowena Crowe.



UPDATE - The guitar has now sold.

Calling all bass playing Silverchair fans.

The infamous bass Chris Joannou used at Silverchair's memorable Rock in Rio performance in Brazil, 2001, has just been put on the market by a fan who purchased the guitar from Chris in 2005.

The rare, modified by Chris, sparkly blue G&L 4-string bass which is in very good condition can be viewed on ebay and YouTube.

25% proceeds from the sale will be donated towards Nathan's Bequest - a charity that Chris supports strongly. Please donate or support even if you don't win the bid - http://nathansbequest.com

Good luck on the bidding!



Chris Joannou will present at the 2010 ARIA Awards along side other musicians, an actor, satirists and even a politician. These include actor Eric Stonestreet from the smash hit Network Ten comedy Modern Family, rock pop outfit Operator Please, Ricki Lee, Stan Walker, Grinspoon's Phil Jamieson, Jessica Mauboy, Clare Bowditch, Jason Derulo and You Am I's Tim Rogers. Politician Bob Katter, Independent Member for Kennedy, will team up with Andrew Hansen and Julian Morrow from The Chaser.




Daniel Johns features with some of Australasia's most respected names in music in a new international coffee-table book.

New York photographer Andrew Zuckerman's latest project, a book of portraits titled Music, includes Daniel, Jimmy Barnes, Bic Runga, Dave Dobbyn and Neil Finn among 52 portraits of some of the world's top musicians.

Zuckerman flew out to Australia and New Zealand to shoot sessions with local artists, who feature alongside big name internationals including Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop, Eve, Chrissie Hynde and Lenny Kravitz.

The book follows Zuckerman's 2008 tome, Wisdom, which, like Music, was published with the help of South African archbishop Desmond Tutu to bring messages of inspiration from well-known figures, to the world.

As well as displaying raw and emotive portraits, Zuckerman includes individual stories in the artists' own words about their lives and careers.

"Looking at the topography of someone's face, so much information is in there." Zuckerman tells Insider. "You can glean so much from their essential character."

Silverchair's Daniel Johns says: "Music is just organised noise. Its emotional resonance comes out of passion." Although Zuckerman says getting all the artists involved was hard work, he hopes to bring out a follow up edition.

"It's hard to convince people who are generally used to a very focused reason for doing press to just get out there and do someone else's essentially art project." he says.

Music, by Andrew Zuckerman ($70, Hachette Australia), is out now. A bonus DVD is included with every book.  http://www.andrewzuckerman.com


Groovin the Moo - Exclusive Footage

Greetings from the recording studio!

We compiled a little video for your viewing pleasure. It highlights all (well, some!) of the on and off stage shenanigans that went on during the Groovin' the Moo tour.

Check it out here


New Silverchair Forum

Due to the rapidly increasing levels of SPAM and lack of modern features on the old forum we were forced to re-evaluate Silverchair's official forum. The old forum used a version that was no longer supported so new SPAM control was going to be increasingly difficult and new features were not possible.

Accordingly we took the opportunity to build a brand new Silverchair forum with all the latest tools, features and services. You now have a new design, many new functions not available in the past along with the latest SPAM resistance techniques.

Hit the new Silverchair forum