New original music: “Settle the Score”

Dubbo band, Indistinct Chatter, have released their latest song, Settle the Score, featuring singer Andrea Ayling.

Listen to Settle the Score on streaming services:



YouTube Music:

Apple Music:

Amazon Music:

Settle the Score was written by Indistinct Chatter member, Michael Davis, who wanted to write a powerful ballad that resonated with women.

“I wasn’t really sure where the song was going or how good it could be until the first time I heard Andrea sing it. I knew I wanted her to be the one to record it. In my view she transforms the song into a potent message that’s difficult to ignore. Is it a happy ending or is it a tragedy? I’ll leave that for the listener to decide.”

Dubbo talent, online with love

So a lot of shows and music events have been cancelled over the next couple of weeks but that doesn’t mean that you need to miss out on being entertained by some of Dubbo’s most talented. Here is a collection of some of our favourites we’ve put together for your enjoyment – click here to send an email if you think there’s something or someone we should add to the list.

Watch it

Music videos by Dubbo musicians (free)

Recorded live theatre – Rehearsed: Staged readings of local writers ($5-$10)

A recording of a unique evening of local actors presenting rehearsed readings of the work of Dubbo writers by Wesley House Players. Plays, poems, short stories, monologues – exploring life’s big – and little – questions. Ticket = 1 years access.

Dubbo short films (free)

A selection of short films made in Dubbo or by filmmakers from Dubbo.

“A Woman’s Touch” short film ($5.50, 365 days access)

Watch “A Woman’s Touch” on demand: click picture to find out more

When an aspiring, small town actress, lands the audition of a lifetime, she must choose between giving the director what he wants, and what he needs.

A comedy/drama shot in Dubbo, NSW as part of the Script to Screen Workshops in 2018/19 made possible through the support of Create NSW and Dubbo Regional Council. Dubbo Filmmakers is a not-for-profit established to promotes screen creation in Dubbo and surrounding areas. Revenue raised from the film will be put towards our programs and projects to develop local skills and talent and encourage community participation.

A Woman’s Touch was screened as part of the 2021 Artemis Women in Action Film Festival. Watch it here:

“Seeing” short film (free, contributions optional)

Watch the award winning Dubbo made short film online – click the picture for link.

Seeing is a supernatural suspense drama about a young woman forced to choose between saving the lives of innocent children and saving her own life.

Izzi, 26, has become a recluse as her ‘gift’ meant she started losing herself to darkness. A former colleague begs her to help the police find who has responsible for a spate of missing children. Will Izzi agree and risk herself? Or will she walk away with children still disappearing?

Seeing was entirely shot in Dubbo with local cast and crew. Watch it online:

Studio 138 presents Small Space Gigs featuring The Mudflappers (free)

Author live reading: Val Clark reads her novel “Lost: A N’arth Chronicle” (free)

Fifteen year old Shannon Mackay, kidnapped and transported from Earth to the dying world of N’arth, has only one way back-save N’arth. Will she survive assassination attempts, betrayals and slavery and fulfil her quest? Armed with her wits, determination, courage, a sword, and eventually a few friends, she embarks on a perilous journey.

Award winning Dubbo author, Val Clark, reads her young adult novel Lost: A N’arth Chronicle in a series of Facebook Live videos. (Tip: go to the last video to get to the first chapter).


Under Western Skies 2020

Civil Hands


Turn on the Lights

One Proud Monkey

Clinton Hoy

Romance Rules Film Festival: Monthly results, April 2021/22

Romance Rules Film Festival celebrates all things romance – the good, the bad and the ugly! To find out more or to enter your film, see:

Romance Rules Film Festival

April results – official selections & finalists

“Entanglement”, May 7+8 @ studio 138

Studio 138 is pleased to be hosting Entanglement as part of the Dubbo Fringe on May 7 and 8, 2021. Entanglement is a collaboration between Voices of Women, Dubbo’s Outback Writers and Australian women writers. Among the incredible female performers who will be presenting these diverse works is Studio 138’s very own Georgie Saunders.

During Entanglement, you will immerse yourself in laughter, surprise and wonder and change the way you think about Australian storytelling.

A dress handed down over generations, a woman who takes her phone on a date, an eerie airport experience in COVID, finding a connection to the earth on country, locked down in a cupboard with only a mop to talk to, and notes to your younger self.


Friday, May 7, 2021 @ 7.30 pm:

Saturday, May 8, 2021 @ 7.30 pm:

Entanglement is supported by Orana Arts.

Romance Rules Film Festival: Monthly results, March 2021/22

Romance Rules Film Festival celebrates all things romance – the good, the bad and the ugly! To find out more or to enter your film, see:

Romance Rules Film Festival

Free event: Kids Rule Film Festival, Feb 5-6, 2021

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Studio 138 invites you and your family to the latest edition of the Kids Rule Film Festival. The festival features short films of all genres – comedy, drama, documentary, animation, music – from around the world, including some films by kids for kids.

The films are suitable for children 6 to 12, some with mild scary themes.

You will also have the chance to vote for your favourite films.

Tickets are free but bookings are essential and strictly limited. If you are feeling unwell, we ask that you not attend.

Available sessions are (approx 1 hr):

Friday, February 5, 7 pm

Saturday, February 6, 2 pm

Saturday, February 6, 5 pm

Fill out the form below to book your seats.


Winners – Audience Favourites

Thank you to all the amazing filmmakers from around the world who took part in our film festival. Our audiences loved all the films. Below are the two films that received the most audience votes in their respective categories:

Short films for kidsKenya’s Symphony, USA, directed by Carlos Douglas Jr

Short films for kids by kidsEarth Is Not A Bin, United Kingdom, directed by Betsey Blacklock Johnson

Finding Studio 138

Park at and access from Myer car park, Dubbo (off Brisbane Street). You will see signs for Studio 138 to the right of the rear of Myer.

New music: “Rising Sun” performed by Indistinct Chatter

Rising Sun is Dubbo band, Indistinct Chatter’s, take on the old folk song House of the Rising Sun. Rising Sun is in a soft rock ballad with orchestral elements, and a scorching guitar solo performed by Wez Thompson on a Gibson 1960 reissue Les Paul with Humbucker pickups. The amp was an ML Sound Lab Amp SIM of a Van Halen 5150 Mark 3 Head.

The music video has a stylised 1950s retro-Noir film and tells the story of a young couple whose life falls apart thanks to drinking, gambling and gangsters.

Director’s statement (Daniel Rutter)

“The Rising Sun video came about after I was approached by Mick, lead singer of Indistinct Chatter to direct the script for a music video written by Erifili Davis. The song was Rising Sun, a version of the old folk song, House of the Rising Sun.

“The concept of the video was rather interesting as Erifili had centered it around a 50s gangster feel, and I saw the opportunity to try a Noir style of filming. I’ve always wanted to do a noir film so this was my chance. While I strayed a little from the noir look, I felt it to be pretty close to my original vision.”

Indistinct Chatter

Vocals + Guitar – Mick Davis

Guitar – Jackson Peackock

Bass – Daniel Rutter

Drums – Kirk Watts

with Guitar (solo) – Wez Thompson

Post audio production

Wez Thompson, Hot Trax Recording

Music video

Director / Cinematographer – Daniel Rutter, Daniel Rutter Films

Writer / Art director – Erifili Davis, Studio 138

Editor / Colorist – Daniel Rutter

‘B’ camera operators – Jackson Peacock / Marcello Davis

Producer – Erifili Davis


Boy – Jordan Davis

Girl – Milla Ross

Gambler – Thomas Roberts

Gambler – Beau Carter

Gambler – Oliver Burn

Body guard – Daryl Rodda

Man in park- Archie Creenaune

With thanks

The Establishment Dubbo

The Milestone Hotel

About Studio 138

Studio 138 is located in Dubbo’s CBD and is a multi-purpose creative studio. As well as hosting our own live and online events and performances, we welcome other creatives looking to collaborate.

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Coming soon: “Rising Sun” music video

Studio 138, along with local band Indistinct Chatter and Daniel Rutter films, has been working on a music video for the song “Rising Sun”, a version of the folk song “House of the Rising Sun”, made famous in the 1960s by The Animals.

Above is the teaser trailer and we’ll be releasing the full version November 11, 2020. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for the full version when it drops.

Small Space Gig: Tarry Tree & Friends, 19/07/2020

The first of our Small Space Gigs, recorded live at Studio 138, Dubbo. “Ain’t Done Yet”, performed by Tarry Tree and Friends.

“Ain’t Done Yet” is an original song by Dubbo muscian and SOMAD member, Michael Davis. Mick is also co-owner of Studio 138.

Of the song, Mick says: “This song was born out of a little cord progression that recently came into my head. A melody line followed, and then some lyrics that I thought my beautiful niece Liz would be happy to sing. This is our pilot Small Space Gig and I want to thank all of those who contributed to this concept.”

Small Space Gigs is a concept Studio 138 put together to share locally made live music online. As well as music, we plan to share other local creative collaborations through this channel – watch this space. Subscribe, like and share so we can get the message out there that Studio 138 is the creative hub of Dubbo.


Words and music by: Michael “Mick” Davis

Performed by: Tarry Tree

  • Elizabeth Johnston (nee Tarry) – vocals
  • Simon Tarry – drums
  • Andrew Tarry – acoustic guitar
  • Kate Wiktorowicz – keyboard


  • Michael Davis – electric guitar
  • Wez Thompson – bass (off-screen)

Video and editing: Marcello Davis

Post-production, audio – Wez Thompson, Hot Trax Recording,

Release date: July 26, 2020

About Studio 138

Studio 138 is located in Dubbo’s CBD and is a multi-purpose creative studio. As well as hosting our own live and online events and performances, we welcome other creatives looking to collaborate. We invite other local and regional musicians who are interested in taking part in our Small Space Gigs.

Follow Studio 138


Kids Rule Film Festival – July 17-18, 2020

Cartoon of kids playing

Studio 138 is pleased to be hosting the Kids Rule Film Festival July 17-18, 2020 – a screening of short films for children aged 6 to 14 (all ages welcome). We will be screening films from all around the world including:

  • animation
  • comedy
  • documentary
  • music
  • films for kids made by kids

Suggested rating is PG, with some mildly scary scenes. Join us for a session of unique films from Australia and around the world. Plus, vote for your favourite! Scroll down the page for our full program (including some trailers).

There will be 3 screenings with strictly limited audience sizes, total duration just under 60 minutes. Audience members will be required to sign in for contact tracing. Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks.

Note: children must be accompanied by an adult

We ask, if you are unwell, to stay home.

If you have any questions or are having difficulties booking tickets, email

How to get to Studio 138:

Park at and access from Myer car park, Dubbo (off Brisbane Street).

Purchase your tickets securely online using PayPal.

Note – if you would like to book a private screening for up to 12 people ($50 total) please click here to send us an email. This can be one of the scheduled sessions or a seperate session.

July 17, 2020 – 6 pm

All tickets are $5 each person


July 18, 2020 – 11 am

All tickets are $5 each person

July 18, 2020 – 4 pm

All tickets are $5 each person

Festival Program

Listen to the Mother of the Sea (Denmark), Rikke Hallund

Detention (USA), Michelle Tang (age 15)

There’s No Place for a Uke on Halloween (Australia), Elizabeth Usher

The Monster (Australia), Quang Tran (age 14)

The Adventures of Balloon Bunny and Mr Dragon (Australia), Elizabeth Hogan (age 14)

The Cloud Cover – A Short-film in Lock-down from Sydney, Australia (Australia), Dev Basak

Wednesday (Canada/French), Lisa Delhom, Jérémy Paquet

Stewy Baby a Dogumentary (USA), Kristin Cooper-Herby

The Double Life of Hugh (USA), Ben Tobin

Ukulele Boogie Woogie (Australia), Elizabeth Usher

Cinematic Love Story (Germany), Patrick Büchting (18)

Recorder Wars (Australia), Linta Roy (17 years)