An Exciting New Puppetry DVD

"Murray Raine is... Highly Strung" DVD - see more info at

Marionettist and UNIMA Australia member Murray Raine has recently had a documentary made about his life’s work, which was released on DVD in November 2014. The film was produced & directed by Tasmanian documentary film maker Peter Oldham.

“Murray Raine is…Highly Strung” is are a rare gem of a documentary – the film not only guides you through Murray ‘s fascinating journey as a puppeteer but it has rare archival footage of other Australian puppetry greats like Peter Scriven’s Tintookies, Norman Hetherington’s Mr Squiggle and Marti McClelland’s marionettes. There are insightful interviews from leading puppeteers like Richard Bradshaw, Sue Wallace and Steve Coupe from Sydney Puppet Theatre, Peter Oldham (from The Tintookies) and Marti McClelland.

The film captures Murray’s spectacularly flamboyant style and mastery of marionette design and manipulation. It showcases several of his stunning marionette creations, including Vegas showgirls decked in gorgeous plumes of pink, a koala on a flying trapeze and a whole host of hilarious celebrity caricatures like Madonna, Liza Minnelli, Elvis, Pavarotti and Dolly Parton. There is also some lovely footage of Murray creating his “Madame Tipsy McBoozle” puppet from start to finish in his workshop, which is particularly interesting for puppet makers.

This is an important film for Australian puppetry history and particularly good for people interested in marionettes.

The DVD costs $25 AUD (with $5 AUD Postage within Australia. International shipping is available). For more information about the DVD go to:

Puppetry Networking Day in Sydney

Thank you to everyone who came to our puppetry networking day in Sydney on 17 Oct! It was an afternoon of exchanging ideas, skill share ‘show and tells’ (working with moldable plastic, foam clay and making sets with corflute) and catching up with old friends.
Thank you also to Sue Wallace for bringing up our new UNIMA Australia Scholarship Magazines (if you are a member of UNIMA Australia, a copy will be coming your way!).
Unima Australia Puppetry Networking Day

UNIMA OZ – Online Puppetry Magazine

We are thrilled to launch our new online puppetry magazine, “UNIMA Oz”! This first issue is free – please do check it out and share!

‘UNIMA Oz Issue 1/2014’ by UNIMA Australia
An online magazine publication for UNIMA Australia, the puppetry organisation for Australia. We are passionate about fostering the Art of Puppetry, furthering puppetry knowledge and connecting puppeteers in Australia and abroad.