MELL TUNES UP F OR LA AU­DI­TION

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DANNI SHAFIK

MORE than a mil­lion coun­ter­feit DVDs, with an es­ti­mated street value of $ 21 mil­lion, have been de­stroyed in Sydney.

Ac­tor Roy Billing, who starred in the pop­u­lar Un­der­belly po­lice drama, was on hand to help po­lice carry out the court order to shred the pi­rated movie and TV show DVDs yes­ter­day.

The discs are be­lieved to be the largest seizure of copy­right­in­fring­ing DVDs in Aus­tralia.

Mr Billing said it was a good day for Aus­tralia’s film and tele­vi­sion in­dus­try be­cause coun­ter­feit DVDs and il­le­gal down­load­ing were un­der­min­ing its growth and sus­tain­abil­ity.

“It’s show busi­ness and peo­ple have to make money out of it for it to con­tinue.”

He said many pro­duc­tion com­pa­nies re­lied on the ex­tra money DVD sales brought in, af­ter the­atri­cal re­lease, to cover their costs and fund projects. A LO­CAL star is on her way to the top af­ter be­ing se­lected to at­tend an ex­clu­sive artists gath­er­ing in LA to au­di­tion in front of agents and mu­sic pro­duc­ers in De­cem­ber.

Mell Boyce from North Shore, who is a vo­cal coach at The Voice Sing­ing School, as well as a per­former said she cried when she first heard the news.

“My in­ner child was just scream­ing. I was so ex­cited be­cause it’s just such an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity,” she said.

“The com­pe­ti­tion al­lows you to sing in front of var­i­ous pro­duc­ers, so I’m hop­ing to get an agent in LA who I can work with from Aus­tralia.

“There is not much of that big in­dus­try in Townsville, so to bring back the ex­pe­ri­ence will be awe­some, re­gard­less of whether I get an agent or not.”

The op­por­tu­nity came for Mrs Boyce when a Melbourne- based tal­ent agency, Oz Link Tal­ent, held au­di­tions in Townsville for the first time.

“I thought, what’s the worst that could hap­pen if I au­di­tion,” she said.

Mrs Boyce has been a singer for 10 years. She is mar­ried to hus­band Mitch and has a two- year- old son, Zeb.

Mrs Boyce is fundrais­ing to help cover costs with a fund me page and spe­cial “Wine Mixer” event on Septem­ber 2.

The funds raised will go to­wards travel, ac­com­mo­da­tion, event fees, and liv­ing ex­penses while she is away in De­cem­ber.

ON SONG: Vo­cal coach and singer Mell Boyce has been se­lected to be part of an ex­clu­sive work­shop in LA. Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

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