Upstairs of Building 124 is the location for the NSW Mining Skills Hub where a host of exciting and diverse Skills Development programs will be held on Cockatoo Island. On the Schools Program day, this will include we are presenting three fun, interactive animation workshops to which will take students through the animation process. Join the key creatives from the Flying Bark Production animation series THE WOODLIES, Director Alex Stadermann, Animation Director Alex Weight and Art Director Brad Greenwood among others on Wednesday 24th October 2012. For a background to these workshops you can catch up with THE WOODLIES on the Seven Network on Saturday mornings at 10am each week.

On the Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the festival, the NSW Mining Skills Hub will be home to a range of intimate conversations with filmmakers and as well as some fascinating industry seminars. We will also be holding the Q & A sessions after the Competition Film screenings with the filmmakers. These Competition films will be announced on Wednesday 3rd October at the Program Launch.

The NSW Mining Skills Hub is also home to two of the In The Raw Live script readings on Wednesday 24th October and Friday 26th October. This includes Peter Sumner’s imaginative telling ofthe Lola Montez’s visit to Australia in the 1800’s, "Spider Dance". Lola was a notorious actress and courtesan who arrived in the colonies with her young lover Frank and promptly outraged polite society with her behaviour and her performances of the erotic Spider Dance.

The other In the Raw reading will be of "Whatever Happened To Andy Joy?" Penned by actor Matt Day, it concerns the trials and tribulations of Andy Joy, a thirty-five year old slacker and ex-TV star whose girlfriend has dumped him...because he works the night-shift in a sex-shop and still sleeps on a futon! After fifteen years in actor-purgatory (punishment for driving his car into the Kings Cross fountain), it’s time for one last effort to resurrect his career - or forever be consigned to oblivion. Along the way, he’s forced to contend with true love and public sex, nausea and toothache, drink and drugs, avant-garde theatre, tabloid TV, a blue-light disco nightmare and a bus-load of very angry swingers...

The NSW Mining Skills Hub will undoubtedly be a hive of creative enterprises, where films and filmmaking are discussed and debated with passion and verve. Keep an eye on this page to receive further updates.

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