Learn Acting Essentials
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Capricorn Film Festival in partnership with Livingstone Shire Council & Regional Arts Development Fund proudly present the four-day online Screen Acting Essentials workshop with four of Australia’s best acting tutors.

With the world still restricted to their homes, we have structured our activities for the months ahead and are excited to present our first online course, Screen Acting Essentials, held each Saturday for three hours from the 6th till the 27th of June.

The course will give participants the opportunity to learn practical screen and stage skills from leading industry tutors, all from the comfort of their homes. It will focus on working in Film and TV and is designed to demystify the actor’s process, and to accommodate the needs of both the beginner and those theatre-based actors who wish to acquire the specialist skills of the successful screen actor.

Each day will consist of specialised learnings from different tutors. Day one The Actors Essentials, a real-time, fully interactive exploration of the professional actor’s toolkit with veteran actor and coach, Philip Holder.
Phillip, “I am really excited to bring my 40 years of experience and deliver an online course with new and current performers.”
Day two will consist of an actor’s introduction to film and television with Tim Ross of Wonderland, Harrow, Home and Away and Neighbours fame. Tim will give participants tips on preparing a scene for an audition, confidence building, scene work and finish off with a Q&A session.

Dianne Eden, Australia’s most respected voice coach will run Day three’s, Freeing the Natural Voice session.  She will put your voice through its paces in a dynamic Voice Workout, explore and extend your vocal potential and help participants find a deeper connection of your body and voice.

The final session will be held by feature film director and writer Andrew Lawrence who will provides participants with an overview of the everyday operations of a film set, thus allowing the actor to focus on their own preparation needs.

Luke Graham, Festival Founder, “We are excited to be offering our educational course online, aimed at both our regional community and for the first time, the rest of Australian and world. We hope this can be a part of our organisational strategy moving forward and we thank our partners for their continued support. Most importantly, it’s going to be an enjoyable time for all involved.”

The workshop will be held via ZOOM and tickets can be purchased via the festival’s website or Facebook page.

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a Queensland Government and Livingstone Shire Council partnership program to support local arts and culture.
Philip Holder


With a career spanning over 40 years, Philip Holder has worked continuously as an actor, tutor, coach, and writer. In the Australian theatre, he has worked extensively with the Melbourne Theatre Company, the South Australian State Theatre Company, the Sydney Theatre Company, and the Ensemble Theatre. His television, film and radio career includes roles in over twenty feature films, numerous roles within television, and hundreds of hours of radio. Recently he has worked as a tutor for Screenwise in Sydney and The Warehouse Workshop on the Gold Coast.

Tim Ross


Tim's talent as an actor gives him a unique perspective when stepping behind the lens as both a director and tutor. Most recently, Tim played the lead in feature film Romance On The Menu, and he also joins the cast of ABC's Harrow as a series regular on Season 3. Other television credits include Informer 3838, Home and Away, Underbelly, Rush, Neighbours, The Code 2 and Mrs. Biggs. His skills for the screen were developed playing various leads in several short films and television commercials. In 2016 Tim teamed up with Wonderland cast mate, Ben Mingay, to host Cannonball, a game show for Channel 7.

Dianne Eden


Dianne Eden was the Head of Voice and Acting at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) for 23 years and has nurtured two generations of Queensland actors. She has been recognised for her extraordinary commitment, receiving the 2013 Alan Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award from the Actors' and Entertainers' Benevolent Fund Queensland. It was the first time the award was given to anyone in academia. Dianne was also awarded the highly prestigious Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to performing arts education in 2018. She has been a regular guest lecturer at American and Australian actor training schools, including the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA), California Institute of Arts, and University of California and Los Angeles (UCLA).

Andrew Lawerence


Andrew Lawrence, is an experienced and qualified lecturer, trainer and assessor in screenwriting, directing, working with actors, and a myriad of other film industry subjects and topics. Andrew has lectured at Macquarie University, the University of NSW, the Academy of Film Television and Theatre School, NIDA and Sydney Film School. He was the selector and programmer of the Dungog Film Festival.


Practical. Simple. Truthful. Focused on working in Film and TV, this course is designed to demystify the actor’s process, and to accommodate the needs of both the beginner and those theatre-based actors who wish to acquire the specialist skills of the successful screen actor.

Saturday 6th June
Saturday 13th June
Saturday 20th June
Saturday 27th June

Saturday 6th - 1000-1300
Saturday 13th - 1000-1300
Saturday 20th - 1000-1300
Saturday 27th - 1000-1200

PRICE (exc. GST)
General Admission - $110
Students/KCA/Pensioners/Livingstone residents - $70

ZOOM online workshop

Age restrictions apply to 16 years old and above.

6th June - The Actors Essentials w Philip Holder
13th June - Intro to the film & television industry w Tim Ross
20th June - Freeing the natural voice w Dianne Eden (OAM)
27th June - On Set Protocol w Andrew Lawrence



Opening Date: February 24 2020
Regular Deadline: September 23 2020
Late Deadline: October 13 2020
Notification Date: October 19 2020


The Capricorn film festival was established to encourage production, not just exhibition. Our event is not just about ‘showing’ films – it’s about ‘making’ them. We aim to provide you with the opportunity to showcase your work to as wide an audience as possible, and help you promote your career and film-making endeavours.
​ The festival is open to any level of filmmaker, from amateur to professional and is supported by some of Australia's premiere filmmakers and industry companies.​

The Capricorn Film Festival is competitive, with over $4,000 in prizes and trophies awarded on to the winners. The categories include:

Feature Films in competition:

CAPS Feature - $1000 (AUD) World Open 

Documentaries in competition:

CAPS Doco - $1000 (AUD) World Open 



CAPS Best Director
CAPS Best Actor

CAPS Short Film Competition:

CAPS Short - $1000 (AUD) World Open 
CAPS Open - $500 (AUD) CQ Over 18 
CAPS Junior - $500 (AUD) CQ Under 18


CQ Rising Star
Best Short Director
Best Shorts Actor

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