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The Witch of the North West Wind
The witch of the north west wind comes
sweeping with her broom across my garden,
heaping leaves in unwonted cor ners.
Then tearing through tall trees, tosses down
twiglets and bark and branches in profusion.
Sometimes she dances on my roof
with the patter of cedar-berries
on the corrugations.
Next, flings a scatter of hard cold drops
at my window; may invoke thunder,
boiling up clouds of blackness
seethed with lightning, to torment the ranges.
she topples pines, but spares a hyacinth.
Anne Hardy was born in Port Pirie and graduated from
Adelaide University to teach science there. Wife to a country
doctor, mother of four, grandmother of nine, she is a previous
contributor to Poet s Corner.
Reader unpublished poems to 30 lines can be emailed with
postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org
or posted with an SAE to the Poetry Editor, Independent
Weekly, GPO Box 114 Adelaide 5001. A poetry book will be
awarded to each contributor.
POET S CORNER Compiled by John Miles
Alifetime of eating delicious
yum cha in Chinatown has
had unexpected consequences
for film-makers Nick Matthews and
Instead of just filling their
stomachs, the texture and liveli-
ness of the well-loved Adelaide
precinct has inspired their latest
Entitled Collision, the film
was co-written by the pair. It was
influenced by an idea Ngo had
and an experience Matthews lived
"Nick and I met up in Sydney
and I'd had this idea for a while
about a way I wanted to make a film
about a car crash," says Ngo.
"And I was in a really bad car
accident in the UK about 10 years
ago while I was on a film set,"
"I got thoroughly screwed up and
I've always been really interested
since then in the idea of trauma
and the ongoing affects of a
The two have written a screen-
play which frames an entire story
within the space of a car accident.
As the leading man is thrown to
his death, a narrative is thrown
through his mind for the audience
The story within the story is not
as gloomy as might be expected,
given the circumstances.
"It's more of a love story, really,"
Matthew adds: "The main
characters are outsiders within
their own little worlds. One night
the man meets a girl who is a lot
younger than him and they find
when they come together there's
something experimental about
it, but ultimately it proves to be
dangerous as well.
"The film is about how it might
cost you everything to be looking
for a life where you live passion-
A first draft was written in
February and attracted the atten-
tion of the South Australian Film
Corporation, which has put $50,000
behind the production.
"The fast turnaround was easy
because there's a lot of truth in the
film," Matthews says.
"It wasn't something we had to
labour on; it comes from our lives
so it wasn't something we had to go
out and research."
"I've probably spent more time
in Chinatown than in a cinema,"
Next week, the pair start
Parts of Chinatown will be
progressively shut down to make
way for their crew.
Rather than shooting with the
traditional enormous entourage,
the team has opted for a different
"It's very light mobile cameras
and a really small crew. All of our
locations are in close proximity,"
"Both of us had experience on
bigger crew sets and when you
work in the larger model, it's not
about getting the best option, it's
about making deadlines because
every minute you're wasting is
"We thought we'd build a
model which doesn't push us
into rushing, but would still let
us get the cinematic images we're
AFI award-nominated Kathryn
Beck plays the female lead
alongside local actor Scott Marcus
in the male role, with a supporting
cast of extras pulled from the
streets of Adelaide.
Ngo and Matthews are already
planning to develop the nine-
minute film into a feature length
A few more yum cha sessions
and they'll probably have it ready
Melbourne author Leanne Hall
won last year's Text Prize for
Young Adult and Children's
Writing with her enchanting
manuscript, This is Shyness.
The novel about a wild and
unforgettable night involving
two teenagers named Wolfboy
and Wildgirl in a suburb where
it is always night may sound
far-fetched, but Hall has a fearless
ability to make surreal situations
and characters authentic.
She's created memorable,
in her two protagonists
who embark on an
and tell their story via
When Wildgirl and
Wolfboy meet at the
Diabetic Hotel in the
suburb of Shyness, they escape
their normal, dysfunctional lives
and spend an amazing night
together in search of something
different. The world they
observe is not entirely
that far removed from our
own, but it's not the most
pleasant of places.
The result is an
astonishing novel which is
thrilling, moving, humane
An impressive debut novel
-- a solid and memorable fantasy
which should appeal to teenagers.
-- Stephen Davenpor t
Text Publishing, $19.95
Director Nick Matthews and producer David Ngo in the Chinatown setting of their soon-to-be-filmed production Collision.
Where inspiration lurks
This is Shyness, Leanne Hall
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