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Conversations to start a cultural revolution with Film maker, musician and activist, Anthony Ash Brennan.Politics Music Art Sport & Culture. Anthony ‘Ash’ Brennan is an Australian filmmaker. Ash was raised in Sydney’s western suburbs, a blue-collar, multicultural environment which would shape his views on everything from music to social justice.During the 1980s and 1990s, Ash spent his days working at Network Ten in Sydney, while moonlighting as a musician in several popular hard-rock bands. His combined music and television skills led to him becoming a Senior Producer with MTV Australia and producing, shooting and editing music videos for numerous bands. Ash honed his storytelling and filmmaking skills by producing, directing and editing short films such as ‘The Conlon’ and ‘Getting Real’. Influenced by the legendary documentarian, John Pilger, in more recent years Ash has started creating political content.He is a passionate supporter of Australian Indigenous rights and works with the indigenous community, telling their stories through his lens. When friends in a Sydney punk band told Ash of their plans to hold a benefit concert for West Papua, Ash saw the perfect opportunity to combine his music and political interests with his filmmaking skills.In April 2015, Ash met with West Papuan Independence Leader and two-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Benny Wenda. This meeting, along with the punk movement growing in Australia, would provide the catalyst for Anthony ‘Ash’ Brennan’s first documentary feature, ‘Punks For West Papua’.Whilst winning film festival awards in Australia and the USA, Ash is now the official representative of the Free West Papua Campaign in Australia and still holds screenings and talks around the country to raise awareness for the West Papuan cause. As there is a total media ban in West Papua, these screenings also raise vital funds to help film makers on the ground in West Papua get their stories told to the Human Rights Commission at the UN in Geneva.Ash followed up the success of ‘Punks for West Papua’ in the same year with his very confronting short film ‘Bad Jesus’, which delves deep into the troubled mind of a drug addict.Ash's 30 year TV career has seen him travel the globe, working at the worlds biggest sporting events. Football, Cricket and Rugby World Cups, Summer and Winter Olympics as a producer and editor.Ash now resides on the Central Coast of NSW and produces his own podcast 'On the Blanket'.FILM AWARDSPunks for West Papua - AwardsBest Documentary - Sydney Indie Film FestBest Foreign Doco - Award of Recognition - Hollywood International Independent Doco AwardsBest Doco - Award of Merit - IndieFest, San DiegoBest Humanitarian Doco 2016 - Honourable Mention - IndieFest, San DiegoPunks for West Papua - Official SelectionLA Independent Film Festival AwardsTribal Film Festival, Tulsa USAMiami Independent Film FestivalLA CineFestSydney World Film FestivalLA Variety Film FestivalBad Jesus - AwardsLA Shorts Awards -Best Director - Gold.Best Cinematography - DiamondBest Actor - Platinum.Best Short film - BronzeAward of Excellence - Canada ShortsBest Director - Top Indie Film AwardsAward of Merit - IndieFest San DiegoSpecial Mention - LA Underground Film ForumMindfield LA Film Festival -Best Short Film - Platinum awardBad Jesus - Official SelectionNYC Indie Film AwardsLA Independent Film Festival Awards

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Conversations to start a cultural revolution with Film maker, musician and activist, Anthony Ash Brennan.Politics Music Art Sport & Culture. Anthony ‘Ash’ Brennan is an Australian filmmaker. Ash was raised in Sydney’s western suburbs, a blue-collar, multicultural environment which would shape his views on everything from music to social justice.During the 1980s and 1990s, Ash spent his days working at Network Ten in Sydney, while moonlighting as a musician in several popular hard-rock bands. His combined music and television skills led to him becoming a Senior Producer with MTV Australia and producing, shooting and editing music videos for numerous bands. Ash honed his storytelling and filmmaking skills by producing, directing and editing short films such as ‘The Conlon’ and ‘Getting Real’. Influenced by the legendary documentarian, John Pilger, in more recent years Ash has started creating political content.He is a passionate supporter of Australian Indigenous rights and works with the indigenous community, telling their stories through his lens. When friends in a Sydney punk band told Ash of their plans to hold a benefit concert for West Papua, Ash saw the perfect opportunity to combine his music and political interests with his filmmaking skills.In April 2015, Ash met with West Papuan Independence Leader and two-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Benny Wenda. This meeting, along with the punk movement growing in Australia, would provide the catalyst for Anthony ‘Ash’ Brennan’s first documentary feature, ‘Punks For West Papua’.Whilst winning film festival awards in Australia and the USA, Ash is now the official representative of the Free West Papua Campaign in Australia and still holds screenings and talks around the country to raise awareness for the West Papuan cause. As there is a total media ban in West Papua, these screenings also raise vital funds to help film makers on the ground in West Papua get their stories told to the Human Rights Commission at the UN in Geneva.Ash followed up the success of ‘Punks for West Papua’ in the same year with his very confronting short film ‘Bad Jesus’, which delves deep into the troubled mind of a drug addict.Ash's 30 year TV career has seen him travel the globe, working at the worlds biggest sporting events. Football, Cricket and Rugby World Cups, Summer and Winter Olympics as a producer and editor.Ash now resides on the Central Coast of NSW and produces his own podcast 'On the Blanket'.FILM AWARDSPunks for West Papua - AwardsBest Documentary - Sydney Indie Film FestBest Foreign Doco - Award of Recognition - Hollywood International Independent Doco AwardsBest Doco - Award of Merit - IndieFest, San DiegoBest Humanitarian Doco 2016 - Honourable Mention - IndieFest, San DiegoPunks for West Papua - Official SelectionLA Independent Film Festival AwardsTribal Film Festival, Tulsa USAMiami Independent Film FestivalLA CineFestSydney World Film FestivalLA Variety Film FestivalBad Jesus - AwardsLA Shorts Awards -Best Director - Gold.Best Cinematography - DiamondBest Actor - Platinum.Best Short film - BronzeAward of Excellence - Canada ShortsBest Director - Top Indie Film AwardsAward of Merit - IndieFest San DiegoSpecial Mention - LA Underground Film ForumMindfield LA Film Festival -Best Short Film - Platinum awardBad Jesus - Official SelectionNYC Indie Film AwardsLA Independent Film Festival Awards

    LIVE AT THE BLANKET - JESSAMINE

    LIVE AT THE BLANKET - JESSAMINE

    On the Blanket presents a treat this week, 'Live at the Blanket', featuring Jessamine! You would recognise Jess from Nitocris, Fyrflys and more recently the frontwoman for The Mis-Made.Jess is now a solo artist taking her music to the world.This years...

    • 15 min
    EP 8 - PETER DUNN Lake Conjola Bushfire Recovery

    EP 8 - PETER DUNN Lake Conjola Bushfire Recovery

    For many Australians, 2020 has been the worst year in living memory. First bushfires and now a pandemic. Covid 19 has taken our attention away from the destruction of the bushfire. Many victims are still homeless with little money filtering through.For...

    • 1 hr 6 min
    EP07 - PHIL LAVERTY 'Rockdown'

    EP07 - PHIL LAVERTY 'Rockdown'

    On the Blanket this week I caught up with fellow unemployed TV worker, Rockin Phil Laverty and his partner Emma. You may remember on last weeks episode I spoke with Rose Damon from Watch Australian Made.Well, Phil and Emma are creating some great, well...

    • 20 min
    Ep6 - ROSE DAMON Watch Australian Made

    Ep6 - ROSE DAMON Watch Australian Made

    The Australian Film & TV industry is one of the hardest hit industries during this pandemic. Thousands of production workers are currently out of work with no sign of employment in the near future. The governments stimulus package has seen many in...

    • 34 min
    BONUS EP - THE LITTLE ONES Jane Gloor

    BONUS EP - THE LITTLE ONES Jane Gloor

    Australia has resettled over 800,000 refugees and displaced people since WW2. Each and every one has a story.Here is just one.Jane Gloor met the love of her life not long after emigrating to Australia in 1969. But in 1975, a tragic series of events...

    • 9 min
    EP05 - BENNY WENDA Free West Papua

    EP05 - BENNY WENDA Free West Papua

    I first met West Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda in 2015. His interview was the inspiration for the award winning Doco ‘Punks for West Papua’ then the worldwide ‘Rockin for West Papua’ peace concerts.I now represent the Free West Papua Campaign...

    • 38 min

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