The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-02-21T02:20:13Z Tech21 brings parents unlimited fun family time with Evo Play 2017-02-21T02:20:13Z tech21-brings-parents-unlimited-fun-family-time-with-evo-play SYDNEY, 21 February, 2017 – Tech21, the leader in impact protection for mobile devices has launched its new range of cases for the iPad in Australia: Evo Play. “Kids + iPads” isn’t always the safest pairing if your iPad isn’t protected, but it can certainly be one of the most fun for inquisitive minds. Whether it’s watching the latest episode of Peppa Pig or navigating through the back garden jungle discovering new wildlife, iPads can open up a world of exploration, but more often than not, a small chip here or a little crack there means that fun can be cut short. Prolong the play time and keep that shiny new look and feel to your iPad even when little fingers have put it through its paces thanks to tech21’s new iPad case, Evo Play. This comfortable and lightweight case has been designed to offer unbeatable drop protection from up to two metres, and with its iconic design, vibrant colours and handy multi-use handle, this case will remove any glimmer of fear you had in handing over your iPad to your children. This case is constructed almost entirely from tech21’s unique material, FlexShock™ Foam, meaning all sides and surfaces are protected from drops as the material moulds snugly to your iPad. Better still, the case is entirely dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to keep clean, and when it’s on your iPad, its sealed outer shell is abrasion/bite resistant, preventing any bacteria from getting in under the surface. “We’ve designed the all-new Evo Play with kids in mind. We know children love to learn, play and explore, and we recognise iPads are a great way for them to do this. However, they may not love your precious iPad back, so Evo Play is there for you,” comments Jason Roberts, CEO, tech21. “Evo Play is lightweight and comfortable for little hands to hold, yet strong enough to keep your iPad safe from tumbles and drops.” Evo Play is available in pink/purple and blue/green colours from tech21.com, RRP $79.95 for Apple iPad mini, mini 2, mini 3 & mini 4, and RRP $109.95 for Apple iPad Air 2. Much like all of tech21’s products, Evo Play comes with a simple promise: it’s rigorously tested to work harmoniously with your iPad. Like the technology it’s designed to protect, it uses the latest science, ingenious design and unbeatable user-friendliness to make advanced impact protection possible. Tech21 calls it ‘Protection Made Intelligent’. ### For further information, questions, or cases for review, please contact: Jim Barker, tech21/Poem Phone: +61 418 163 770 Email: jim@poemgroup.com.au High-res images: Download here About tech21 Since 2005, tech21 has been developing the most advanced, scientifically proven cases and screen shields for mobile, tablet and laptop devices worldwide. Tech21 combines science, engineering and British design to create products that address three core consumer benefits: style, protection and performance. As the brand evolves to continue meeting the needs of its consumers, tech21 has developed the most advanced impact protection material on the market – FlexShock™. The ultra-thin and lightweight material absorbs and dissipates force and can withstand drops up to 4 metres. In addition tech21 puts all its products through a rigorous testing program, and in an industry first has partnered with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to develop its testing methodology. This ensures that the tests tech21 products have to pass are overseen by independent experts. Tech21 is the number one case brand in the UK. For more information, visit tech21.com. Short + Sweet: SNACKABLETV youth broadcast network for short-form content launches 2016-12-01T01:16:58Z short-sweet-snackabletv-youth-broadcast-network-for-short-form-content-launches Meet SNACKABLETV, a revolutionary digital youth network housing the best in bite-sized content. It’s an entirely new way for young people all over the world to access high quality short-form entertainment for FREE, without annoying advertisements or subscriptions. VIEW THE SIZZLE REEL Millennials are diverse, curious and engaged - so, SNACKABLETV is too. It does not discriminate against gender, sexuality, race, creed or socio-economic status, only against beige content. SNACKABLETV launches with solid collaborations and partnerships as official Youth & Content Broadcaster for Sydney Festival, co-produced podcasts with the team from Melbourne’s Sans Pants Radio and short films produced by future creative superstars from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Offering something for everyone, SNACKABLETV plays host to content across seven channels; Culture, Film, Gaming, Music, Podcast, Style, and a dedicated hub for today’s news, events, and the best of the net; What’s Hot. Original series’ will feature respected members of the creative community including; street artist Scott Marsh; music journalist Danny Clayton; celebrity fashion stylist Mikey Ayoubi; mindfulness coach Kylie Ryan; comedians Rhys Nicholson and Robbie Armfield; musicians Client Liaison, Sleep Makes Waves and The Jezabels; and so much more incredible talent in front of and behind the lens. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. The network will lead the fight against ‘Digital Litter’, a result of too much access to poorly made content. Everything on SNACKABLETV is short, sharp, and captivating. It’s video that is never boring, always inspiring, with an added dose of learning for the socially aware, completely free of charge to the viewer. SNACKABLETV Co-founders Kate Edwards and Shae Constantine said today: “We are extremely proud to be launching Australia’s first short form broadcast network made especially for young people. “SNACKABLETV is purpose built as much for the consumer as it is for the creator – it’s a conduit between the two worlds. We identified a gap, in that there is so much good content out there and before now it hasn’t had a home or a chance to get to an audience who will appreciate it. “Our doors are wide open to young creatives and creators. We want to distribute the best short-form content the world has seen, and this is only possible with a truly robust digital platform to facilitate the relationship between creator and audience. That platform is SNACKABLETV.” Content is currently available online (mobile, tablet or desktop) via SNACKABLETV.tv The bar has been set high and SNACKABLETV is committed to pushing the boundaries in both the controversy and quality stakes. New content will be released on all channels across the network constantly. Stay tuned for updates on exciting co-productions and distribution partnerships. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. Interview and content requests contact The Lantern Group: Louisa Read +61 412 955 101 louisa@lanterngroup.com.au Fiona Gulin +61 487 992 333 fiona@lanterngroup.com.au CONNECT WITH SNACKABLETV FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM #snackableTV MEDIA MATERIALS DROPBOX Nail Your Christmas Shopping This Year With RedBalloon 2016-11-15T07:29:56Z nail-your-christmas-shopping-this-year-with-redballoon-1 RedBalloon, Australia’s leading online experience and ‘things to do’ destination is taking the hassle out of Christmas shopping by revealing the latest, must-have gifts as we head into the festive season, with Christmas gift guides for each state and territory in Australia attached. With Christmas just around the corner, RedBalloon promises to take the stress out of present buying this year. And with more than 3500 experiences to choose from, they guarantee you’ll find something to suit everyone. “We’ve seen a strong increase in gourmet experience purchases over the last few years, driven by the growing reputation of Australia’s food and wine our increasingly acclaimed chefs and our passion for home cooking. Last Christmas the gourmet category was our most popular gifting category so we’ve worked hard through the year to ensure we have an even wider range of hands-on experiences on offer including cooking classes, barista courses, wine, beer and cheese tastings and gourmet gifts for anyone, no matter what their taste,” RedBalloon CEO Nick Baker said. RedBalloon gifts and vouchers are available up until Christmas Day, to ensure even the most last minute of shoppers can purchase something unique, meaningful and timely for the biggest gift giving day of the year. Aussies can browse more than 3500 experiences on offer at redballoon.com.au REDBALLOON’S TOP 3 CHRISTMAS GIFTING CATEGORIES 1. Gourmet Experiences Barista training course Patisserie masterclass Brewery tours and beer tasting 2. Outdoor Activities Horse riding activities Scenic cruises Vintage bike ride with picnic 3. Water Sport Experiences Sea turtle snorkel tour Crocodile cage of death Flyboarding experience ABOUT REDBALLOON RedBalloon.com.au is Australia’s most awarded online experience retailer and home of ‘things to do’. RedBalloon has sold almost 3 million experiences since it was established in 2001. Today it offers more than 3500 unique experiences from more than 1000 providers across Australia and New Zealand. RedBalloon also distributes gift cards through selected major retailers nationally, including Coles, Woolworths, Big W, Australia Post, Target, Kmart and Officeworks. Visit redballoon.com.au Further Information: Laura Sedgwick, lsedgwick@porternovelli.com.au / 02 8987 2114/ 0451 041 705 ARIA announces the Fine Arts, Artisan, and Best Comedy Release Nominees for 2016 2016-10-02T20:13:09Z aria-announces-the-fine-arts-artisan-and-best-comedy-release-nominees-for-2016-1 ARIA announces the Fine Arts, Artisan, and Best Comedy Release Nominees for 2016 Flume and The Avalanches albums nominated across all three Artisan Award categories Commemorative artwork by 2016 ARIA Hall Of Fame inductee, Nick Seymour from Crowded House, unveiled Download Commemorative Poster  The first ARIA Awards for 2016 will proudly be presented at the ARIA Nominations Event on Wednesday, October 5 at the Telstra Customer Insight Centre, Sydney. At last year's event the #ARIAs hashtag trended at #1 on Twitter nationally, and continued to trend the following day reaching almost three million people. ARIA Chairman and Chairman & CEO Australia & New Zealand, and President, Asia, Sony Music Entertainment, Denis Handlin AM, said:  “Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees in the Fine Arts, Artisan and Best Comedy Awards. To be nominated for an ARIA is a wonderful achievement and is a credit to their talent, dedication and passion to their craft.” The ARIA Nominations Event honours our impressive 2016 ARIA Nominees for the Fine Arts and Artisan Award categories: Best Classical Album, Best Jazz Album, Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album, Best World Music Album along with Producer Of The Year, Engineer Of the Year and Best Cover Art. The category of Best Comedy Release will also be presented at this year's Nominations Event. ARIA #1 albums from Flume 'Skin' and The Avalanches 'Wildflower' are nominated across all three Artisan Awards categories, closely followed by Illy, Bernard Fanning and Troye Sivan who are nominated in two Artisan categories. Genre-defying Kate Miller-Heidke has received nominations in both the Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album and Best Comedy Release categories. The ARIA Nominations Event heralds the beginning of the 2016 ARIA celebrations leading up to ARIA Week festivities from November 18, and the 2016 ARIA Awards Presented By Telstra on Wednesday, November 23 at The Star, Sydney to be broadcast on Ten. ARIA is thrilled to continue the tradition of unveiling commemorative artwork to celebrate the ARIAs, and we are honoured to announce that 2016 ARIA Hall Of Fame inductee, Nick Seymour from Crowded House, has designed this year's artwork to celebrate the 30th Annual ARIA Awards.  ARIA CEO, Dan Rosen added:  “We are very excited to be launching The 30th ARIA Awards Presented By Telstra celebrations by recognising the incredible nominees for the Fine Arts, Artisan and Comedy Awards.” “We are also thrilled to have Nick Seymour, founding member of 2016 ARIA Hall of Fame inductees Crowded House, design this year’s commemorative artwork. The captivating design features the instantly recognisable Nick Seymour style that has been showcased across each of the Crowded House album covers.” This is the fourth year an Australian artist has created unique artwork to celebrate the ARIAs. The inaugural ARIAs commemorative artwork was revealed in 2013, designed by much-loved Australian artist and ARIA Hall Of Fame recipient, Reg Mombassa. In 2014, Australian icon, Ken Done (AM) perfectly captured the spirit of the Awards with his colourful and bold take. Last year, 2015 Archibald Prize finalist, Koori visual artist, Blak Douglas created a striking and thought-provoking design.  The ARIA Awards and ARIA Week are proudly supported by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW. ARTISAN AWARDS | NOMINATED ARTISTS Producer Of The Year Harley Streten for Flume - Skin (Future Classic) M-Phazes for Illy - Papercuts (ft. Vera Blue) (Warner Music Australia) Tony Buchen for Montaigne - Glorious Heights (Wonderlick Recording Company) Robbie Chater and Tony Di Blasi for The Avalanches - Wildflower (Modular / EMI) Alex Hope for Troye Sivan - Blue Neighbourhood (EMI) Engineer Of The Year Nick DiDia for Bernard Fanning - Civil Dusk (Dew Process/Universal) Eric J Dubowsky and Harley Streten for Flume - Skin (Future Classic) M-Phazes for Illy - 'Papercuts (ft. Vera Blue) (Warner Music Australia) Tony Espie and Robbie Chater for The Avalanches - Wildflower (Modular / EMI) Alex Hope for Troye Sivan - Blue Neighbourhood (EMI) Best Cover Art Karen Lynch for Bernard Fanning - Civil Dusk (Dew Process/Universal) Kristen Doyle for Delta Goodrem - Wings of the Wild (Sony Music Australia) Jonathan Zawada for Flume - Skin (Future Classic) Jack Vanzet for RÜFÜS - Bloom (Sweat It Out / Sony Music Australia) Robbie Chater for Lost Art for The Avalanches - Wildflower (Modular / EMI) FINE ARTS AWARDS | NOMINATED ARTISTS Best Classical Album Flight Facilities - Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Future Classic) Joe Chindamo & Zoe Black - The New Goldberg Variations (AlFi Records / Planet) Katie Noonan & Brodsky Quartet - With Love And Fury (Kin Music/Universal Music) Nicole Car - The Kiss (ABC Classics/Universal Music) Richard Tognetti | Australian Chamber Orchestra - Mozart's Last Symphonies (ABC Classics/Universal Music) Best Jazz Album Don Burrows & James Morrison - In Good Company (ABC Jazz/Universal Music) Emma Pask - Cosita Divina (Independent/Emma Pask Music) Stu Hunter - The Migration (The Habitat Productions) The Idea of North - Ballads (ABC Jazz/Universal Music) Vince Jones & Paul Grabowsky - Provenance (ABC Jazz/Universal Music) Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album Josh Pyke & The Sydney Symphony Orchestra - Live at the Sydney Opera House (ABC Music/Universal Music) Kate Miller-Heidke - The Rabbits (Original Live Cast Recording) (ABC Classics/Universal Music) Queensland Symphony Orchestra - Gallipoli Symphony (ABC Classics/Universal Music) Various Artists - The Divorce (Original Cast Recording) (Universal Music Australia) Various Artists - Velvet : The Original Cast Recording (Social Family Records/Universal Music Australia) Best World Music Album Gawurra - Ratja Yaliyali (CAAMA Music/Rocket) Joseph Tawadros - World Music (Independent / Planet) Melbourne Ska Orchestra - Sierra Kilo Alpha (FOUR FOUR/Universal Music) Paul Grabowsky | Monash Art Ensemble | David Ngukurr Boy Wilfred | David Yipininy Wilfred - Nyilipidgi (ABC Jazz/Universal Music) Seaman Dan - An Old Man Of The Sea (Hot Records) BEST COMEDY RELEASE | NOMINATED ARTISTS Kate Miller-Heidke - I'm Growing A Beard Downstairs For Christmas (feat. The Beards) (Cooking Vinyl Australia) Luke Heggie - You're Not Special/Anythink is Possible (Century Entertainment) Matt & Alex - Play It Out (ABC Music/Universal Music) Roy & HG - This Sporting Life (ABC Music/Universal Music) #ARIAs  www.ariaawards.com.au  www.facebook.com/ARIA.Official www.twitter.com/ARIA_Official www.instagram.com/aria_official www.youtube.com/TheARIAOfficial Nominations Open for 2017 Queen of Country Music Quest 2016-09-20T01:30:37Z nominations-open-for-2017-queen-of-country-music-quest Nominations for the 2017 Queen of Country Music Quest have opened, with local businesses and community groups urged to get involved in the event that’s been supporting local women since 1984. Now in its 32nd year, the Queen of Country Music Quest empowers young women from the Tamworth region to develop important personal and professional skills like public speaking, networking and community service. This year, the Quest has been given an added boost with the announcement it will be run by the Tamworth branch of international female advocacy group Zonta, which empowers women through service and advocacy. Tamworth Zonta Club president Deb Maes said she was excited about taking the Quest forward. “The club is committed to expanding the Quest and are joining collaboratively with others in the community so the Quest can be an even more valuable experience for the entrants, sponsors, employers and the whole community,” Deb said. Nominations close September 30, and is open to women aged 18-35 years who must be nominated and sponsored by their employer, a local business or community organisation to get involved. All Quest nominees will receive professional development in October and November including workshops on etiquette, grooming, personal presentation, media training, confidence coaching and a six-week public speaking and leadership course from The Tamworth Communicators. In December, 15 Quest finalists will be named, then officially “sashed” at the Tamworth Country Music Festival Opening Concert on Friday 20 January. These finalists will act as advocates of the Tamworth Country Music Festival and also of Tamworth as a destination of choice in NSW. The major honours -- Queen and Princess of Country Music -- will be announced at a gala dinner at the Tamworth Jockey Club on Friday 27th January 2017. The winner will be awarded the major prize, which this year is a trip to Tamworth’s sister city, Gore in New Zealand where she will represent Tamworth at the 2017 Gore Country Music Festival. Both the Queen and Princess will be ambassadors for Tamworth and the region throughout 2017, spending the next 12 months involved in a range of high-profile civic and community events, guest speaking engagements and corporate and festival functions. Last year’s Quest Winner, Madeline Lang, encouraged local women keen on personal and professional development to seek nomination from their employer or community group. “The Quest is a unique experience and I would absolutely encourage anyone who is interested in personal development to get involved. It’s also a great chance to learn new skills, gain professional and personal confidence and make some good friends along the way,” Madeline said. Entrants must be available to attend all scheduled events throughout the Tamworth Country Music Festival and later events throughout 2017. Nomination forms can be found at the Toyota Country Music Festival Tamworth website located here. >ENDS< Media Contact: Adam Arndell C7EVEN Communications Tel: 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 Sami Yusuf, Britain’s biggest singer in the Middle East, announces first New Zealand concert 2016-05-19T01:30:28Z sami-yusuf-britain-s-biggest-singer-in-the-middle-east-announces-first-new-zealand-concert This July, experience Sami Yusuf’s unique voice firsthand when the UK’s biggest star in the Middle East takes the stage in Auckland.   Immerse yourself in the world of “Spiritique” as the founder of the genre, Sami Yusuf, graces Auckland’s Town Hall with peace and harmony on Sunday 10 July 2016. With tickets starting from only NZ$65, this is the best opportunity for New Zealand fans to personally experience Yusuf’s inspiring music.   The Guardian recognised Yusuf as Britain’s biggest star in the Middle East who has sold 34 million albums to date and is distinguished worldwide for the celebrated concerts of harmony he performs. His Auckland show will be no different.   In the current global atmosphere of conflict and turmoil, Yusuf's message of peace and harmony is timely and much needed.   Appointed by the United Nations as both the World’s Global Ambassador Against Hunger and the promoter of World peace and harmony, Yusuf is by no means your typical British celebrity. The brilliant singer is also well renowned for his astounding talent as a composer, producer and instrumentalist. The transcendent message of traditional music speaks for the core of Yusuf’s passions. He strongly believes that the world’s traditions are expressions of the same ultimate truth. Music for him is an expression of divine love and the love of all the great traditions. Speaking of his very first Australian and New Zealand tour, the London based singer cannot conceal his excitement. “I do know that both Australia and New Zealand are unbelievably beautiful, and the people are accepting, kind and hospitable. Also, the aboriginal culture has always been an object of fascination for me. I’m keen and eager to learn more about the two countries,” said Sami Yusuf.   One of Yusuf’s largest live concerts was in Istanbul where he performed to over 250,000 people and also composed and arranged music for the film “1001 Inventions and the World of Ibn Al-Havthan”.   Auckland fans will see Yusuf perform at Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall on July 10 at 8pm. Ticket prices start from only NZ$65.     SAMI YUSUF is appearing at:-  Auckland, Sunday 10th July 2016 at the Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall Tickets available through Ticketmaster: http://bit.ly/1ThvWco     MEDIA CONTACT Holysmoke! Agency Laura Heslop, Yvonne Kong or Amanda Fry E: laura@holysmokeagency.com; yvonne@holysmoke.com or amanda@holysmokeagency.com P: +61 407 078 407 AUSTRALIA’S LEADING AUTHORS GATHER TO CONDEMN GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO CREATE A CULTURE OF BOOK THIEVES 2016-05-18T23:21:03Z australia-s-leading-authors-gather-to-condemn-government-s-plan-to-create-a-culture-of-book-thieves Who: Richard Flanagan, Nikki Gemmell, Andy Griffiths, Tom Keneally to lead Alist roll call of Australian and international authors When: Thursday 19 May at 6.45pm – 6.55pm Where: Art Gallery NSW, just before the 16th annual Australian Book Industry Awards begin What: Photo opp with limited vox pops available on request. Don’t close the book on Australian stories. The Australian government is about to make significant changes to copyright, threatening the future of our Australian story. But at what cost to writers, culture and jobs? Guest ABIA presenter and Man Booker Prize winner, Richard Flanagan will deliver a speech in response to the Productivity Commission's Intellectual Property draft report around 10pm during the gala ceremony. ‘Australians deserve that their lives, experiences, country and culture be reflected in the literature that they read.’ - Thomas Keneally For more information, please contact: Emma Rusher T 0423 214 626 | emma@houseofrusher.com Mardi Gras Film Festival Coming to the Blue Mountains for the first time! 2016-02-02T23:53:54Z mardi-gras-film-festival-coming-to-the-blue-mountains-for-the-first-time 3 February 2016: For the first time, and in partnership with the local Pink Mountains organisation, The Carrington Hotel in Katoomba will host the best five films of the 23rd Mardi Gras Film Festival presented by Queer Screen, as well as the winner of the prestigious My Queer Career awards from 11 – 13 March 2016. Tickets on sale at queerscreen.org.au and via the Mardi Gras Film Festival app.   “We are delighted to bring the Mardi Gras Film Festival to the Blue Mountains for the first time and to screen at the beautiful Carrington Hotel,” said Festival Director Paul Struthers. “It’s very exciting to bring the best festival films on tour to such a supportive community”.   Peter Hackney, Pink Mountains co-convenor said: “It’s indicative of the burgeoning LGBTIQ community in the Mountains that Mardi Gras has decided to expand outside its Inner Sydney heartland and come to our region. They’ve seen that we have a vital, rapidly growing queer scene and have responded accordingly.   “We congratulate the Mardi Gras Film Festival for thinking outside the box and we urge all local LGBTIQ people and visitors to support these film screenings wholeheartedly”, he added.   The screenings include:  REMEMBERING THE MAN – a bittersweet documentary further exploring the relationship between Australians Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo as detailed in Holding the Man. This film was the winner of Most Popular Documentary at the Adelaide Film Festival. Friday 11 March, 7pm.   The winner of My Queer Career, Australia’s largest LGBTIQ film prize, will be shown on Friday 11 March along with REMEMBERING THE MAN. This year the eight finalists are: Kate Halpin (A PRIVATE MATTER), Brian Fairbairn and Karl Eccleston (DON’T CRY THOSE TEARS), Tim Marshall (FOLLOWERS), Nathan Keene (LITTLE BOY BLUE), Stevie Cruz-Martin (MARROW), Joshua Longhurst (OASIS), Ben Southwell (ON STAGE), and Dannika Horvat (THE SUMMER OF ABC BURNS).  LIZ IN SEPTEMBER - The striking supermodel and actor Patricia Velásquez comes to the screen in this Venezuelan lesbian film. Winner of the audience award at Miami’s queer film festival, this film is captivating. Saturday 12 March, 6pm.  BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING - Featuring some of the hottest sex scenes from any LGBTIQ film this year, this movie is a sexy and tender glimpse into life for the contemporary gay man as the stories of Brian a poet and Jim, an actor intertwine. Saturday 12 March, 8pm.  TCHINDAS – A sensual and transporting documentary that reveals an open and multicultural corner of Africa seldom explored, follows the life of three queer artists as they prepare for a spectacular Carnival. Sunday 13 March, 2pm.  THAT’S NOT US – With beautiful cinematography, and nuanced and natural performances, this engaging dramedy about relationships is a breath of fresh air. Three couples – one gay, one lesbian, one straight - are on a weekend away at a beach house managing the intricacies, vulnerabilities, laughter and connection that comes with relationships. Sunday 13 March, 4pm.     -ENDS- Media Enquiries: Louise Nealon, CallidusPR T: (02) 9283 4114/ 0403 569 177 E: louise@calliduspr.com Mardi Gras Film Festival Popping at the Seams! 2016-01-14T23:58:26Z mardi-gras-film-festival-popping-at-the-seams With 20 additional screenings, 4 new venues, 9 international guests, countless Australian premieres and an increased cash prize for the My Queer Career winners, the 23rd Mardi Gras Film Festival presented by Queer Screen is set to be the biggest year yet in the Festival’s history. The full program and all tickets are now on sale at queerscreen.org.au or through the Mardi Gras Film Festival app.   Running from 18 February to 3 March 2016, the Festival will feature 75 screenings at Event Cinemas in George Street and new-to-festival venues the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne, the Golden Age Cinema and Bar in Surry Hills and The Harbour. From mid-March to early April the Festival will travel to the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta and for the first time, the Carrington Hotel in the Blue Mountains.   “Every year we aim to be bigger and better than before and this year we have nailed it,” explains Festival Director Paul Struthers. “We have more diversified content including a lot more lesbian films, more transgender films, more documentaries, more international guests, more masterclasses and more screenings at more venues including two free community screenings. There is absolutely something for everyone in this year’s line-up and we are really excited to launch the full program today”.   An absolutely jam-packed program offers LGBTIQ stories across the whole spectrum from fantastical feature films to raw documentaries and promises to make audiences laugh, cry, think, be inspired and engaged. Highlights include:   CHEMSEX - a fascinating and honest insight into the lives of modern gay men in the UK who engage in weekend-long, drug fueled orgies, a.k.a ‘chemsex’ or ‘wired fun’. Participants hold nothing back and the documentary offers untouched, gritty and sometimes confronting point of view from a variety of lives within the London chemsex scene. The screening will be following by a panel discussion.   Andrew Steggall’s DEPARTURE is a visual delight bringing us to the peaceful French countryside where Elliot on holiday with his mum is awakened to previously unknown desires. With a surprisingly honest portrayal of family, young love and self-discovery, this film will haunt you in the best possible way. Filmmaker Andrew Steggall will be at the Festival and participating in a Q&A after the screening.  THE GIRL KING tells the story of the real life Queen Kristina of Sweden a brilliant 17th century monarch who fought the conservative forces of her court to modernize Sweden. Shocking the court with her refusal to marry, Kristina fell for her lady-in-waiting and names her as the Queen’s bed companion. This is the first film to delve deeper into the Queen’s sexuality and won Best Actress award at the Montréal World Film Festival.   Sure to become an audience favourite, Dame Maggie Smith and Alan Bennett give stellar performances in THE LADY IN THE VAN, fresh from the Toronto Film Festival. This is a quirky, true story about a homeless elderly woman called Mary Shepard who moved her battered van into Bennett’s driveway and refused to leave.    A superb Australian feature from 2013 My Queer Perspective winner Grant Scicluna, and featuring actors Reef Ireland, Kerry Fox and Tom Green, DOWNRIVER is a mysterious story that follows protagonist James as he is released on parole for the murder of a child as a young boy and turns the idea of coming of age on its head. The cast and crew will participate in a Q&A after the screening.     The visually stunning GIRLS LOST is an emotionally raw Swedish urban fantasy film where three teenage girls are given the bodies of cisgender men for the night. When they realise how different they are treated as men then gain a new confidence as women while one realizes he may have been a boy all along.   A fascinating Australian documentary, ECCO HOMO asks a range of famous and not so famous people including U2 and INXS, the impossible question who was Troy Davies? Artist and performer, provocateur and chameleon, Davies charmed his way through a lifetime of fame, art, secrets, HIV, abuse and gender fluidity.   Starring Dianna Agron from Glee, BARE explores the vastness of Nevada’s landscape and the neon lights of its seedy nightlife as country girl Sarah is drawn unto a world of drugs, stripping, spirituality and sex by squatter Piper.   Exciting news for fans of hit online drama STARTING FROM…NOW!, the Festival presents the world premiere of the fourth season in one glorious sitting followed by a Q&A with the cast and crew. Following the complicated lives of four inner-city Sydney lesbians, the drama has amassed 20 million views over its first three seasons.   International directors and actors will be arriving from all over the world including from Germany: Marco Kreuzpaintner(director) and Kostja Ulmann(actor) of COMING IN and previously SUMMER STORM; Spain: Actor Marcal Forés from EVERLASTING LOVE; the UK Andrew Steggall (Director) DEPARTURE;  Canada: Christina Zeidler (Director) PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL MONOGAMIST; Switzerland Claudia Lorenz (Director) WHAT'S BETWEEN US and from the US Ray Yeung, Director and Chowee Leow - Co-Producer of FRONT COVER  and Nneka Onuorah Director of THE SAME DIFFERENCE. All international guests will participate in a Q&A discussion with the audience after their film screenings   My Queer Career, Australia’s largest LGBTIQ film prize has now been increased to a prize of $14,000 in cash and support and automatic nomination to the world-renowned Iris Prize competition. This year the eight finalists are: Kate Halpin (A PRIVATE MATTER), Brian Fairbairn and Karl Eccleston (DON’T CRY THOSE TEARS), Tim Marshall (FOLLOWERS), Nathan Keene (LITTLE BOY BLUE), Stevie Cruz-Martin (MARROW), Joshua Longhurst (OASIS), Ben Southwell (ON STAGE), and Dannika Horvat (THE SUMMER OF ABC BURNS).   Thanks to Screen NSW, Queer Screen is hosting four free events for local film makers with Australian and international talents. These include a production masterclass with US based director of THE SAME DIFFERENCE Nneka Onuorah; a masterclass in directing actors and your crew from COMING IN director Marco Kreuzpaintner and actor Kostja Ullmann; developing a strategy for the film festival circuit with DOWNRIVER director Grant Scicluna; and an industry forum on trends in LGBTIQ cinema.   In partnership with the City of Sydney, two free community screenings will be shown.  WHAT’S BETWEEN US looks at the aftermath of a straight husband coming out as gay as Frank admits to sexual attraction to men after 18 years of marriage and three children. THE YEAR WE THOUGHT ABOUT LOVE is a documentary following the personal lives of members of True Colours, a Boston based LGBTIQ youth troupe and delivers a powerful message on social change.   The always popular shorts section has been extended with this year with the exciting addition of the first ever Asia Pacific Queer Film Festival Alliance Shorts – a selection of the best shorts from a new alliance of 11 Asian queer film festivals.   There will also be a screening of Mixed Shorts featuring a collection of the year’s best lesbian, gay and transgender films; a special late-night collection of international Gay Shorts, and returning after a four year absence a great collection of Lesbian Shorts.     The Festival Bar will run every night from 6pm to late.    The 2016 Mardi Gras Film Festival presented by Queer Screen is supported by St George Bank, The Star Sydney, Event Cinemas George Street, AGL, ACON, Ovolo Hotels, Optus, City of Sydney, Screen NSW, South Australian Tourism and the Star Observer.  Tickets for all films are on sale now including flexi passes to 5 or 10 films. Please visit queerscreen.org.au or the Mardi Gras Film Festival app to book or call (02) 9332 4938 to become a Queer Screen member for discounted tickets and priority entry.   -ENDS-  Note to Editors:   Directors and actors from most films are available for interview  Screeners of most films are available for review and imagery is available for publication   Media Enquiries: Louise Nealon, CallidusPR T: (02) 9283 4114/ 0403 569 177 E: louise@calliduspr.com The Martian and SPECTRE arrive on Blu-ray & DVD 2016-01-05T23:00:00Z the-martian-and-spectre-arrive-on-blu-ray-dvd-digital-hd Two of 2015's worldwide box-office hits are due to release on 3D Blu-ray™ (The Martian), Blu-ray™, DVD & Digital HD (The Martian) this quarter:THE MARTIAN, arriving on Digital HD Wednesday 20 January and 3D Blu-ray™, Blu-ray & DVD Wednesday 10 February.SPECTRE, 007’s Latest Mission Available on Blu-ray™ & DVD on Wednesday 9 March See details below and press material attached. Kindest, NicolaSPECTRE007’s Latest Mission Available on Blu-ray™ & DVD on Wednesday 9 March  Sydney, AUSTRALIA (January 5, 2016) –The 24th James Bond adventure SPECTRE, from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment, will be available to own on Blu-ray™ & DVD on Wednesday 9 March,  it was announced today by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.    Taking in more than $850 million (USD) worldwide, SPECTRE dominated the worldwide box-office making it one of the most successful Bond movies ever, shattering records in nearly every market it was released, led by a historic performance in the UK.  The latest installment from one of the longest-running film franchises in history gives fans never-before shared insight into the complexities that made James Bond the man he is today.   In SPECTRE, a cryptic message from the past sends James Bond (Daniel Craig) on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE.   Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh (Andrew Scott), the new head of the Centre for National Security, questions Bond’s actions and challenges the relevance of MI6, led by M (Ralph Fiennes). Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny (Naomie Harris) and Q (Ben Whishaw) to help him seek out Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), the daughter of his old nemesis Mr. White (Jesper Christensen), who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of an assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot.   As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns of a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks, played by Christoph Waltz.   Sam Mendes returns to direct SPECTRE, with Daniel Craig reprising his role as 007 for the fourth time. The film is produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.  The screenplay is by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Jez Butterworth, with a story by John Logan and Neal Purvis & Robert Wade.   With the Blu-ray, go behind-the-scenes of Bond’s latest mission with in-depth special features. Watch how the jaw-dropping opening scene was created in Mexico City.  Blu-ray™ Special Features: SPECTRE: Bond's Biggest Opening Sequence Video Blogs Director – Sam Mendes Supercars Introducing Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci “Writing’s on the Wall” Music Video Guinness World Record Gallery  DVD Special Features Video Blogs Director – Sam Mendes Supercars Day of the Dead Festival Introducing Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci Guinness World Record #  #  #  ABOUT EON PRODUCTIONS EON Productions Limited and Danjaq LLC are wholly owned and controlled by the Broccoli/Wilson family. Danjaq is the US based company that co-owns, with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, the copyright in the existing James Bond films and controls the right to produce future James Bond films as well as all worldwide merchandising. EON Productions, an affiliate of Danjaq, is the UK based production company which makes the James Bond films. The 007 franchise is the longest running in film history with twenty-four films produced since 1962.  Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli succeeded Albert R ‘Cubby’ Broccoli and have produced some of the most successful Bond films ever including CASINO ROYALE, QUANTUM OF SOLACE, SKYFALL & SPECTRE.  ABOUT METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content.  In addition, MGM has investments in domestic and international television channels. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.  ABOUT TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™, Digital HD and VOD. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, a 21st Century Fox Company.  ABOUT SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in more than 140 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.sonypictures.com.  Media Inquiries:   Nicola Franklin, Frank PRnicolafranklin@frankpr.com.au / 02 8202 0555                             NICOLA FRANKLIN Senior Account Executive FRANK PR – Australia T: +61 (0) 2 8202 0555 M: +61  (0) 434 527 382 E: nicolafranklin@frankpr.com.au Sydney, Australia: L2 Miller Lane, Pyrmont, NSW 2009 London, UK: 3rd Floor, Centro 4, 20-23 Mandela Street, London, NW1 0DU Manchester, UK: Conavon Court, 12 Blackfriars Street, Salford M3 5BQ Glasgow, UK: 4th Floor, 41 St Vincent Place, Glasgow, G1 2ER New York, USA: 16 West 22nd Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10010 More about Frank Australia: www.frankpr.com.au More about Frank UK: www.frankpr.it   Australian Golden Retriever now UK bestselling crime author 2015-11-24T05:02:57Z australian-golden-retriever-now-uk-bestselling-crime-author Monty Dog Detective is the Australian Golden Retriever who is rocketing up UK bestseller lists with his debut crime novel Monty & Me to be published in Australia for Christmas on 1 December by HarperCollins (Hardcover $22.99, eBook $4.99). The book is co-written with two-legged, canine linguistics translator, Louisa Bennet a.k.a Australian thriller writer L.A. Larkin. The funny mystery novel is attracting critical acclaim, described as “charming and uplifting” by UK Sunday Times’ number one bestselling crime author, Peter James. Now, fans can watch Monty Dog Detective go on his first author tour, with a host of appearances. Have a chuckle! Like and share, if you enjoy. #montyandme Facebook Monty DogDetective Twitter @MontyDogD montydogdetective.com/ Remember this holiday season #AdoptDontShop Monty Dog Detective and Louisa Bennet are available for interview. Want to be involved in the next Monty Dog Detective video? Contact: Emma Rusher T 0423 214 626 | E emma@houseofrusher.com Monty Dog Detective - Bestselling Golden Retriever at his First Book Signing Monty Dog Detective - What Could Possibly Go Wrong Filming Dogs Monty Dog Detective - Dog Does Radio Interview Monty Dog Detective - Clever Dog Wows Readers at Bookshop Why did successful thriller author L.A. Larkin turn her hand to writing a funny mystery with a dog as the central character? Louisa Bennet’s personal goal behind the Monty & Me and videos is to provide a platform to advocate for rescue dogs and help put an end to puppy farming. ‘Humour is a great way to touch on difficult and emotive subjects in a way that’s entertaining and poignant. If readers and social media friends engage with Monty, the dog hero in the book, they’re engaging with a dog that’s rescued from the pound and adopted by a young detective. A positive message.’ Louisa has two Golden Retrievers. Pickles is the inspiration for the character of Monty and came from a breeder she thoroughly checked out, meeting the dog’s parents and checking out their living conditions and health. Lilly is a rescued dog from Golden Retriever Rescue NSW. ‘If you’re thinking of buying a puppy for Christmas, please don’t buy one from a pet shop or online. You have no idea what conditions the dog’s parents live in or if they have health issues that have been passed onto the pups. The RSPCA estimates that 95% of dogs sold in pet shops come from puppy farms and backyard breeders.’ Kindest Emma Queer Screen Promises Salty, Sweet & Sexy in Festival Teaser 2015-11-17T02:02:17Z queer-screen-promises-salty-sweet-sexy-in-festival-teaser 17 November 2015: The 23rd Mardi Gras Film Festival (Festival) from Queer Screen promises to set hearts beating and pulses racing with a raft of exciting Australian premieres, award winners and an Oscar contender announced in its teaser program today; tickets now on sale at queerscreen.org.au.   The Festival will open on Thursday 18 February with the Australian premiere of the sensual French film Summertime. Other Australian premieres to be screened include the hauntingly beautiful Thai Oscar entry for 2016 How to Win at Checkers (Every Time), Addicted to Fresno starring Natasha Lyonne, the captivating Venezuelan lesbian film Liz in September, and Coming In, a comedy from the director and star of gay classic Summer Storm.  Remembering the Man, a new documentary of the tragic tale of Australian lovers Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo, will make its Sydney debut at the Festival.   Running from 18 February to 3 March 2016 at Event Cinemas George Street and other venues, this year’s festival promises to deliver something for everyone.   “2016 is a universal festival and caters for everyone under the rainbow,” explains Festival Director Paul Struthers. “Film subjects range from athletes and dancers to local heroes and features straight, gay, lesbian, trans, and bi-sexual characters from across the world. Whatever genre you are into from lighthearted comedies to surreal horror we have it covered. It’s definitely our most wide-ranging and exciting festival yet”.   The Opening Night film Summertime, follows farm girl Delphine as she heads to the bright lights of Paris to create her own life during the dawn of 1970s activism in France. Screened recently at the highly esteemed Toronto International Film Festival, and winner of the Variety Piazza Grande Award at the Locarno International Film Festival, this sensual film will move everyone who sees it.   Further exploring the relationship between Australians Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo as detailed in Holding the Man, Remembering the Man is a bittersweet documentary featuring previously unseen footage of John Caleo and looks at Timothy’s life after John.  This film was the winner of Most Popular Documentary at the Adelaide Film Festival.   Genre fans won’t want to miss multi award winning Everlasting Love, Spain’s answer to Stranger in the Lake but even weirder. A winner at LA’s Outfest, this film is set in the woods in the wake of a grizzly murder, so why can’t the cruisers keep away?   The Thai entry for the 2016 Oscars, How to Win at Checkers (Every Time), is a stunning drama about a young boy who worries about losing his openly gay brother to the army draft. A compelling and beautiful film, which recently played at the Berlin International Film Festival, it’s easy to see why this was chosen to represent the country on the international stage.   Game Face is a must-see documentary exploring the lives of LGBT athletes. Featuring transgender lesbian MMA fighter Fallon Fox who competes in a less- than-trans-friendly environment and Terrence Clemens coming out as a college basketballer, this documentary brings us up close and personal with the athletes during their most challenging times.  Orange is the New Black’s Natasha Lyonne and Jamie Babbit re-join forces to bring us the comedy Addicted to Fresno that premiered at Sundance. Featuring sex and murder, the movie looks at how far you will go for sisterhood.  Coming In, a new comedy from the director and star of gay classic Summer Storm explores what happens when a hip gay hairdresser at the top of his game falls in love with a woman.   Documentarian Jack Walsh brings us a funny and frank look at the life of revolutionary choreographer, artist, filmmaker and feminist Yvonne Rainer as she goes through political, professional and personal struggles in Feeling are Facts: the Life of Yvonne Rainer.   The striking supermodel and actor Patricia Velásquez comes to the screen in the Venezuelan lesbian film Liz in September. Winner of the audience award at Miami’s queer film festival, this film is captivating and touchingly real.   Featuring some of the hottest sex scenes from any LGBTIQ film this year, Beautiful Something is a sexy and tender glimpse into life for the contemporary gay man as the stories of Brian a poet and Jim, an actor intertwine.   The 2016 Mardi Gras Film Festival presented by Queer Screen is supported by St George bank, The Star Sydney, Event Cinemas George Street, Screen NSW, ACON, Ovolo Hotels, Franck Provost and the Star Observer.   The full Festival program will be launched on Thursday 14 January. Tickets for the first 10 films are on sale now including flexi passes to 5 or 10 films. Please visit queerscreen.org.au to book or call (02) 9332 4938 or to become a Queer Screen member for discounted tickets and priority entry.   -ENDS- Note to Editors:  An exciting addition to the program will be announced by Mardi Gras on Thursday 19 Nov  Directors and actors from most films are available for interview  Screeners of most films are available for review and imagery is available for publication  Louise Nealon, CallidusPR   T: (02) 9283 4114/ 0403 569 177   E: louise@calliduspr.com  About Mardi Gras Film Festival: Now in its 23rd year, the Mardi Gras Film Festival presented by Queer Screen is one of Australia’s largest film festivals of any kind, and one of the top five queer film festivals in the world. It is highly regarded by filmmakers all over the world, and is the most important avenue for promoting gay and lesbian titles to distributors and exhibitors in Australia.  About Queer Screen: Queer Screen was established in 1993 as an independent organisation whose primary focus was to bring queer film and culture to Australian screens. Run by volunteers and a small staff, Queer Screen develops the annual Mardi Gras Film Festival and a number of other short film festivals as well as the LGBTIQ short film competition My Queer Career.   2015 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra | Nominated artists revealed 2015-10-07T05:58:50Z 2015-aria-awards-connected-by-telstra-nominated-artists-revealed 2015 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra | Nominated artists revealed Courtney Barnett wins ARIA Award for Best Cover Art and leads the nominations Tame Impala front man, Kevin Parker wins two ARIA Awards for Producer Of The Year AND Engineer Of The Year An Australian music awards first – Twitter live vote for Best Australian Live Act     With just seven weeks until the 2015 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra, the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) today announced the nominees in all categories, with the winners to be announced at The Star, Sydney on Thursday, November 26, 2015.  The 2015 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra are supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, Telstra, The Star, David Jones, Qantas and PPCA, and will be broadcast on TEN on Thursday, November 26. ARIA Chairman and Chairman & CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand & President, Asia, Denis Handlin, AM said “On behalf of the ARIA board, congratulations to all of today's winners in the Fine Arts and Artisan categories. It is a truly excellent group of artists and creative contributors that we celebrate today and an outstanding achievement to win an ARIA Award for their particular genre or craft. Each of the nominees and winners truly demonstrate the influence and creativity of Australian music. I would also like to congratulate all of the nominees announced today for the ARIAs on 26 November and we look forward to celebrating a wonderful night of awards, music and performances at The Star Sydney.” ARIA Awards were presented to the recipients of three ARIA Artisan Award categories (Producer Of The Year, Engineer Of The Year and Best Cover Art) and four ARIA Fine Arts Awards categories (Best World Music Album, Best Jazz Album, Best Classical Album and Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album) at the Nominations Event – they became the first of many artists to be acknowledged by their peers for their creative contributions over the last twelve months. Highlights of the ceremony included Courtney Barnett who won her first ARIA Award in the Best Cover Art category and secured eight nominations in total, making her the most highly nominated artist at the event. Kevin Parker from Tame Impala added to his ARIA Award collection by winning both Producer Of The Year and Engineer Of The Year ARIA Awards for his work on the band’s latest #1 ARIA album, ‘Currents’. ARIA Chief Executive Officer, Dan Rosen, added “2015 has been another stellar year for Australian music with 14 Australian artists reaching the top of the ARIA Charts and the likes of AC/DC, Courtney Barnett, Iggy Azalea, Tame Impala and Vance Joy featuring strongly on charts and festival stages around the world. This success is celebrated today with the winners of the Fine Arts and Artisan Awards and the announcement of the nominated artists for the 2015 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra. We can’t wait for the ARIA festivities to begin.” NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres said, “Congratulations to the ARIA Awards Fine Arts and Artisan category winners and to each of the nominees announced today. The NSW Government, through Destination NSW, is proud to have secured Sydney as the home of the ARIA Awards and we look forward to welcoming this year’s nominees and the Australian music industry to Sydney in November.” In an Australian Awards show first, Twitter Australia will be giving fans the opportunity to vote exclusively in the Best Australian Live Act category. Fans can start voting for their favourite Australian Live Act now by heading to Twitter using the following hashtags: #ARIAS5SOS, #ARIASCOURTNEYBARNETT, #ARIASGANGOFYOUTHS, #ARIASHERMITUDE, #ARIASHILLTOPHOODS, #ARIASNICKCAVE, #ARIASPAULKELLY, #ARIASSHEPPARD, #ARIASTHEPREATURES, #ARIASVANCEJOY The 2015 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra will again give Australian music fans the chance to have their say in who takes home an ARIA Award, with four publicly voted awards: Song Of The Year, Best International Act, Best Australian Live Act and Best Video. For more information on the 2015 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra publicly voted awards, visit ariaawards.com.au/public-voting Stay tuned for further announcements of performers and presenters for the 2015 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra in coming weeks, including the full program of events for ARIA Week, which is back bigger and better in 2015. Featuring the Electronic Music Conference (EMC), the popular ARIA Masterclass, and curated showcases by triple j Unearthed, Sony Music Australia, Warner/UNFD/Maniacs, MGM & The Music and more to be announced, ARIA Week ensures that music fans and venues around Sydney are going to be spoilt for musical choice in the lead up to the 2015 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra. 2015 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra | Thursday, November 26, 2015
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On sale 9.00am on Monday, October 12, 2015 from www.ticketek.com.au   THE 2015 ARIA AWARDS CONNECTED BY TELSTRA NOMINATION LEADER BOARD    EIGHT NOMINATIONS Courtney Barnett It was Courtney Barnett’s moment to shine at the 2015 ARIA Nominations Event where she accepted her first ARIA Award for Best Cover Art for the Top 5 ARIA album ‘Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit’. The album, which went #10 on the Billboard Album Charts and #13 on the UK Album Charts, secured nominations in the following categories: Album Of The Year, Best Female Artist, Best Independent Release, Best Rock Album, Breakthrough Artist and the publicly voted categories for Best Australian Live Act and Best Video for the song, ‘Pedestrian At Best’ which was directed by Charlie Ford. ‘Pedestrian At Best’ has been named by Rolling Stone, Spin Magazine, Mashable and Entertainment Weekly as the best song of 2015.   SEVEN NOMINATIONS Hermitude Electronic duo, Hermitude celebrate seven ARIA Award nominations with their  #1 ARIA Album, ‘Dark Night Sweet Light’ being nominated in the following categories: Album Of The Year, Best Group, Best Independent Release as well as the publicly voted categories for Best Australian Live Act and Best Video for ‘Through The Roof’ Featuring Young Tapz directed by Kess Broekman-Dattner. The album was also nominated in two Artisan Awards categories: Producer Of The Year for Luke Dubber and Angus Stuart and Engineer Of The Year for Mitch Kenny. Vance Joy Vance Joy’s star continues to rise both locally and internationally. His Platinum-selling #1 ARIA Album, ‘Dream Your Life Away’ and Platinum-selling single ‘Georgia’ have garnered Joy seven ARIA Award nominations including Album Of The Year, Best Male Artist, Best Independent Release, Best Pop Release and three publicly voted categories for Best Australian Live Act, Song of the Year and Best Video (directed by Luci Schroder) for ‘Georgia’. Vance Joy’s single ‘Riptide’ set a record on the ARIA Singles Chart, becoming the single to have spent the most weeks in the Top 100 in ARIA Charts’ history. SIX NOMINATIONS Tame Impala After winning Best Rock Album and Album Of The Year ARIAs at the 2013 ARIA Awards for their album ‘Lonerism’, Tame Impala’s winning streak continues in 2015 with Kevin Parker taking out both the Producer Of The Year and Engineer Of The Year ARIA awards in the Artisan Awards categories for Tame Impala’s #1 ARIA Album, ‘Currents’. The album is also nominated in the following categories: Album Of The Year, Best Group, Best Rock Album and Best Pop Release for their single ‘Let It Happen’.   FIVE NOMINATIONS Gang Of Youths Gang of Youths’ debut album ‘The Positions’ debuted at #5 on the ARIA Album Chart in May 2015. As well as earning them Feature Album on triple j, FBI and Triple M, the album has also scored ARIA Award nominations in the following categories: Best Rock Album, Breakthrough Artist and the publicly voted category, Best Australian Live Act. Nathan Johnson was nominated for Best Artwork and Adrian Breakspear and Peter Holz were nominated in the Engineer Of The Year category for their work on the single, ‘Radioface’. Jarryd James Brisbane singer songwriter, Jarryd James’ double-platinum #2 ARIA single, ‘Do You Remember’ has secured the talented newcomer five ARIA Award nominations in the following categories: Best Male Artist, Breakthrough Artist, Best Pop Release, Best Independent Release and the publicly voted category, Song Of The Year.   FOUR NOMINATIONS Daniel Johns Vocalist, composer, guitarist, pianist and producer Daniel Johns released one of the most anticipated debuts this year in Australian music ‘Talk’ which reached #2 on the ARIA Album charts. The album was launched with two sold out shows at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Vivid Festival where Daniel was hailed as one of the most exciting artists in the country. Daniel Johns has received four ARIA Award nominations including Best Male Artist and the publicly voted category, Best Video for the single ‘Aerial Love’ that was directed by Lorin Askill. The album also received nominations in the Artisan award categories for Best Cover Art (Daniel Johns, Aref and Peter Salmon-Lomas) and Producer Of The Year (Daniel Johns and Damn Moroda) for the single ‘Preach’. 
 THREE NOMINATIONS Conrad Sewell Conrad Sewell’s Platinum-selling, ARIA #1 single, 'Start Again' has reigned in three ARIA Award nominations for the talented singer songwriter including: Best Pop Release, Breakthrough Artist and the publicly voted category, Song Of The Year. Flight Facilities Flight Facilities' Gold-selling, #3 ARIA debut album 'Down To Earth' featuring Brisbane's Emma Louise, New York's soulful comedian Reggie Watts, rapper Bishop Nehru, Melbourne's Owl Eyes, and Australia's national treasure Kylie Minogue has received three ARIA Award nominations in the following categories: Album Of The Year and Best Dance Release, as well as Timothy Lovett being nominated for Best Cover Art. Lee Kernaghan 2015 marked the 100th Anniversary of the ANZAC’s landing at Gallipoli. In honour of this landmark occasion, former Australian of the Year and music legend, Lee Kernaghan, teamed up with a host of local artists and musicians to create the ARIA #1 Album, ‘Spirit of the Anzacs’, which held the top spot on the ARIA Album charts for four consecutive weeks. The album is nominated in three categories including: Best Country Album and the publicly voted Best Video for ‘Spirit Of The Anzac’s’ directed by Duncan Toombs. Long-time producer and collaborator Garth Porter received a nomination in the Producer Of The Year category. Paul Kelly Presents The Merri Soul Sessions Multiple ARIA Award winner and ARIA Hall Of Fame Inductee, Paul Kelly’s latest album ‘Paul Kelly Presents The Merri Soul Sessions’, a soul album featuring the likes of Clairy Browne, Vika and Linda Bull, Dan Sultan, Kira Puru and himself has secured three nominations in the following categories: Best Adult Contemporary Album, Best Independent Release and the publicly voted, Best Australian Live Act category. The Preatures 2013 ARIA Award nominated rock band, The Preatures’ debut album, ‘Blue Planet Eyes’ has garnered the group three ARIA Award nominations: Best Group, Best Rock Album and the publicly voted Best Australian Live Act category. Sia After scooping 4 ARIA Awards in 2014, Sia returns in 2015 with three nominations for her double platinum single,  ‘Elastic Heart’ in the following categories: Best Female Artist, Best Pop Release and the publicly voted category, Song Of The Year. The Waifs One of Australia’s most loved touring bands, The Waifs returned in 2015 with their seventh album, ‘Beautiful You’ which has earned them three ARIA Awards nominations for Best Blues And Roots Album, as well as Nick Didia being nominated in the Artisan Awards categories for Producer Of The Year and Engineer Of The Year.   TWO NOMINATIONS 5 Seconds Of Summer – Best Group and Best Australian Live Act (publicly voted category), Alison Wonderland – Best Dance Release and Best Video (publicly voted category), Australian Brandenburg Orchestra – Best Classical Album and Engineer Of The Year, Meg Mac – Best Female Artist and Breakthrough Artist, Peking Duk – Best Dance Release and Song Of The Year (publicly voted category), Shane Nicholson – Best Country Album and Best Video (publicly voted category), The Veronicas – Song Of The Year (publicly voted category) and Best Video (publicly voted category)   ONE NOMINATION #1 Dads - Best Male Artist, AC/DC – Best Group, Allan Browne Quartet – Best Jazz Album, Amy Dickson – Best Classical Album, Baby et Lulu – Best World Music Album, Barney McAll – Best Jazz Album, Beat The Drum – Celebrating 40 Years Of triple j – Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album, Bondi Hipsters – Best Comedy Release, Born Lion – Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album, Buddy Goode – Best Comedy Release, C.W. Stoneking – Best Blues And Roots Album, Calvin Harris – Best International Artist, Catherine Britt – Best Country Album, Christine Anu – Best World Music Album, Citizen Kay – Best Urban Album, Dead Letter Circus – Best Rock Album, Delta Goodrem – Best Video (publicly voted category), Ed Kuepper - Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album, Ed Sheeran – Best International Artist, Flume – Best Video (publicly voted category), Foo Fighters – Best International Artist, Genevieve Lacey / James Crabb – Best World Music Album, Giggle and Hoot – Best Children’s Album, Grace – Song Of The Year (publicly voted category), Grigoryan Brothers – Best Classical Album, Gurrumul – Best World Music Album, Guy Sebastian – Best Male Artist, Hayden James – Best Dance Release, Hiatus Kaiyote – Best Urban Album, Hilltop Hoods – Best Australian Live Act (publicly voted category), Hozier – Best International Artist, Iggy Azalea – Song Of The Year (publicly voted category), In Hearts Wake – Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album, James Bay – Best International Artist, Jessica Mauboy – Best Female Artist, John Farnham and Olivia Newton John – Best Adult Contemporary Album, Joseph Tawadros – Best World Music Album, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Best Jazz Album,   King Parrot – Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album, Mark Ronson – Best International Artist, Marlisa – Song Of The Year (publicly voted category), Marlon Williams – Best Blues And Roots Album, Matt Okine – Best Comedy Release, Meghan Trainor – Best International Artist,  Melbourne Symphony Orchestra / Nigel Westlake - Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album, Mustered Courage – Best Country Album, Nathaniel – Song Of The Year (publicly voted category), Nick Cave – Best Australian Live Act (publicly voted category), Northlane – Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album, Oh Mercy – Best Adult Contemporary Album, One Direction – Best International Artist, Opera Australia - Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album, Paul Grabowsky – Best Jazz Album, Play School – Best Children’s Album, Pond – Best Cover Art,  Rhys Muldoon – Best Children’s Album, Ronny Chieng – Best Comedy Release, Rüfüs – Best Dance Release, Sally Whitwell – Best Classical Album, Sam Moran – Best Children’s Album, Sam Smith  - Best International Artist, Sammy J & Randy – Best Comedy Release, Sarah McKenzie – Best Jazz Album, Seth Sentry – Best Urban Album, Sheppard – Best Australian Live Act (publicly voted category), Szymon – Best Adult Contemporary Album, Tamara-Anna Cislowska – Best Classical Album, Taylor Swift – Best International Artist, The Black Sorrows – Best Blues And Roots Album, The Meeting Tree – Best Urban Album, The Water Diviner (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album, The Wiggles – Best Children’s Album, Thy Art Is Murder – Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album, Tim Rogers & The Bamboos – Best Blues And Roots Album, Troy Cassar-Daley – Best Country Album, Tuka – Best Urban Album   FINAL FIVE NOMINEES Winners to be announced Thursday, November 26, 2015 at The Star Event Centre, Sydney Telstra Album Of The Year Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (Milk! Records/Remote Control) Flight Facilities - Down To Earth (Future Classic) Hermitude - Dark Night Sweet Light (Elefant Traks) Tame Impala – Currents (Modular / Universal Music Australia) Vance Joy - Dream Your Life Away (Liberation Music)   Best Adult Contemporary Album John Farnham & Olivia Newton-John - Two Strong Hearts (Sony Music Entertainment Australia) Megan Washington - There There (Mercury Australia / Universal Music Australia) Oh Mercy - When We Talk About Love (EMI) Paul Kelly presents The Merri Soul Sessions - Paul Kelly presents The Merri Soul Sessions (Gawd Aggie Recordings / Universal Music Australia) Szymon –Tigersapp (EMI / Eloper Music)   Best Blues And Roots Album C.W. Stoneking - Gon' Boogaloo (King Hokum Records / Caroline Australia) Marlon Williams - Marlon Williams (Caroline Australia) The Black Sorrows - Endless Sleep (Head Records) The Waifs - Beautiful You (Jarrah Records / MGM) Tim Rogers & The Bamboos - The Rules of Attraction (Warner Music Australia)   Best Children's Album Giggle and Hoot - Hootastic Tunes (ABC Music / Universal Music Australia) Play School - Favourite Things - Songs and Nursery Rhymes from Play School (ABC Music / Universal Music Australia) Rhys Muldoon - Perfect Is The Enemy Of Good (ABC Music / Universal Music Australia) Sam Moran - Play Along With Sam: BOO! (6 Degrees Records / MGM) The Wiggles - Rock & Roll Preschool (ABC Music / Universal Music Australia)   Best Comedy Release Bondi Hipsters - Fuhck The Bahnks (ABC Music / Universal Music Australia) Buddy Goode - Songs To Ruin Every Occasion (ABC Music / Universal Music Australia) Matt Okine - Live at the Enmore Theatre (Century Entertainment) Ronny Chieng - Chieng Reaction (Century Entertainment) Sammy J & Randy – Live (Head Records)   Best Country Album Catherine Britt – Boneshaker (Lost Highway Australia / Universal Music Australia) Lee Kernaghan - Spirit Of The Anzacs (ABC Music / Universal Music Australia) Mustered Courage - White Lies and Melodies (Lost Highway Australia / Universal Music Australia) Shane Nicholson - Hell Breaks Loose (Lost Highway Australia / Universal Music Australia) Troy Cassar-Daley - Freedom Ride (Liberation Music)   Best Dance Release Alison Wonderland – Run (EMI) Flight Facilities - Down To Earth (Future Classic) Hayden James - Something About You (Future Classic) Peking Duk - Take Me Over feat. SAFIA (Vicious Bitch / Universal Music Australia) Rüfüs - You Were Right (Sweat It Out / Sony Music Entertainment Australia)   Best Female Artist Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (Milk! Records / Remote Control) Jessica Mauboy - Can I Get A Moment? (Sony Music Entertainment Australia) Meg Mac - MEGMAC EP (littleBIGMAN / Inertia) Megan Washington - There There (Mercury Australia / Universal Music Australia) Sia - Elastic Heart (Inertia Recordings)   Best Group 5 Seconds of Summer – LiveSOS (EMI) AC/DC - Rock Or Bust (Alberts / Sony Music Entertainment Australia) Hermitude - Dark Night Sweet Light (Elefant Traks / Inertia Music) Tame Impala – Currents (Modular / Universal Music Australia) The Preatures - Blue Planet Eyes (Mercury Australia / Universal Music Australia)   Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album Born Lion - Final Words (FOUR|FOUR / Universal Music Australia) In Hearts Wake – Skydancer (UNFD) King Parrot - Dead Set (EVP Recordings / Rocket Distribution) Northlane – Node (UNFD) Thy Art Is Murder - Holy War (UNFD)   Best Independent Release Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (Milk! Records / Remote Control) Hermitude - Dark Night Sweet Light (Elefant Traks / Inertia Music) Jarryd James - Do You Remember (Jarryd James Music / Dryden Street Limited) Paul Kelly presents The Merri Soul Sessions - Paul Kelly presents The Merri Soul Sessions (Gawd Aggie Recordings) Vance Joy - Dream Your Life Away (Liberation Music)   Best Male Artist #1 Dads – Nominal (Pieater / Inertia) Daniel Johns – Talk (Eleven / EMI) Guy Sebastian - Tonight Again (Sony Music Entertainment Australia) Jarryd James - Do You Remember (Jarryd James Music / Dryden Street Limited) Vance Joy - Dream Your Life Away (Liberation Music)   Best Pop Release Conrad Sewell - Start Again (300 Entertainment / Warner Music Australia) Jarryd James - Do You Remember (Jarryd James Music / Dryden Street Limited) Sia - Elastic Heart (Inertia Recordings) Tame Impala - Let It Happen (Modular / Universal Music Australia) Vance Joy - Dream Your Life Away (Liberation Music)   Best Rock Album Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (Milk! Records / Remote Control) Dead Letter Circus – Aesthesis (UNFD) Gang of Youths - The Positions (Verge / Sony Music Entertainment Australia) Tame Impala – Currents (Modular / Universal Music Australia) The Preatures - Blue Planet Eyes (Mercury Australia / Universal Music Australia)   Best Urban Album Citizen Kay – Demokracy (Asphalt Records / MGM) Hiatus Kaiyote - Choose Your Weapon (Flying Buddha / Sony Music Masterworks) Seth Sentry - Strange New Past (High Score Records / Inertia) The Meeting Tree - R U A Cop (Verge / Sony Music Entertainment Australia) Tuka - Life Death Time Eternal (EMI)   Breakthrough Artist presented by PPCA Conrad Sewell - Start Again (300 Entertainment / Warner Music Australia) Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (Milk! Records / Remote Control) Gang of Youths - The Positions (Verge / Sony Music Entertainment Australia) Jarryd James - Do You Remember (Jarryd James Music / Dryden Street Limited) Meg Mac - Never Be (littleBIGMAN / Inertia)                                                                                     PUBLICLY VOTED AWARDS   Best Australian Live Act 5 Seconds Of Summer - Rock Out With Your Socks Out Tour (EMI) Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit Album Tour (Milk! Records / Remote Control) Gang of Youths - Gang of Youths National Tour (Verge / Sony Music Entertainment Australia) Hermitude - Dark Night Sweet Light Tour (Elefant Traks / Inertia Music) Hilltop Hoods - Cosby Sweater Australian Tour (Golden Era Records / Universal Music Australia) Nick Cave - Nick Cave Australian Tour (Bad Seed / Kobalt Label Services) Paul Kelly presents The Merri Soul Sessions - Paul Kelly Presents The Merri Soul Sessions Tour (Gawd Aggie Recordings / Universal Music Australia) Sheppard - The Bombs Away Tour (Chugg Music & Empire Of Song / MGM Distribution) The Preatures - The Cruel Tour (Mercury Australia / Universal Music Australia) Vance Joy - Dream Your Life Away Tour (Liberation Music)   Best International Artist Calvin Harris – Motion (Columbia / Sony Music Entertainment Australia) Ed Sheeran – X (Atlantic UK / Warner Music) Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways (RCA / Sony Music Entertainment Australia) Hozier – Hozier (Columbia / Sony Music Entertainment Australia) James Bay - Chaos And The Calm (Universal / Universal Music Australia) Mark Ronson - Uptown Special (Columbia / Sony Music Entertainment Australia) Meghan Trainor – Title (Epic Records / Sony Music Entertainment Australia) One Direction – Four (Syco / Sony Music Entertainment Australia) Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour (Capitol / EMI) Taylor Swift – 1989 (Big Machine Records / Universal Music Australia)   Best Video Prad Senanayake for Alison Wonderland - U Don't Know feat. Wayne Coyne (EMI) Charlie Ford for Courtney Barnett - Pedestrian At Best (Milk! Records / Remote Control) Lorin Askill for Daniel Johns - Aerial Love (Eleven / EMI) Anthony Rose for Delta Goodrem – Wings (Sony Music Entertainment Australia) Clemens Habicht for Flume - Some Minds feat. Andrew Wyatt (Future Classic) Kess Broekman-Dattner for Hermitude - Through The Roof feat. Young Tapz (Elefant Traks / Inertia Music) Duncan Toombs for Lee Kernaghan - Spirit Of The Anzacs (ABC Music / Universal Music Australia) Filmery for Shane Nicholson - Secondhand Man (Lost Highway Australia) Luci Schroder for Vance Joy – Georgia (Liberation Music) Matt Sharp & Daniel James for The Veronicas - You Ruin Me (Sony Music Entertainment Australia)   Song Of The Year Conrad Sewell - Start Again (300 Entertainment / Warner Music Australia) Grace  - You Don't Own Me feat. G-Eazy (RCA / Sony Music Entertainment Australia) Iggy Azalea - Trouble feat. Jennifer Hudson (Mercury Australia / Universal Music Australia) Jarryd James - Do You Remember (Jarryd James Music / Dryden Street Limited) Marlisa - Stand By You (Sony Music Entertainment Australia) Nathaniel - Live Louder (Sony Music Entertainment Australia) Peking Duk - Take Me Over feat. SAFIA (Vicious Bitch/Universal Music Australia) Sia - Elastic Heart (Inertia Recordings) The Veronicas - You Ruin Me (Sony Music Entertainment Australia) Vance Joy – Georgia (Liberation Music)     FINE ARTS AWARDS | ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2015   Best Classical Album WINNER: Tamara-Anna Cislowska - Peter Sculthorpe: Complete Works for Solo Piano (ABC Classics / Universal Music Australia) Amy Dickson - Island Songs (ABC Classics / Universal Music Australia) Australian Brandenburg Orchestra - Brandenburg Celebrates (ABC Classics / Universal Music Australia) Grigoryan Brothers - This Time (Which Way Music) Sally Whitwell - I Was Flying (ABC Classics / Universal Music Australia)   Best Jazz Album WINNER: Barney McAll – Mooroolbark (ABC Jazz / Universal Music Australia) Allan Browne Quintet - Ithaca Bound (Jazzhead / MGM Distribution) King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Quarters! (Flightless / Remote Control) Paul Grabowsky – Solo (ABC Jazz / Universal Music Australia) Sarah McKenzie - We Could Be Lovers (ABC Music / Universal Music Australia)   Best Original Soundtrack/Cast/Show Album WINNER: Various Artists - Beat The Drum - Celebrating 40 Years of triple j (ABC Music / Universal Music Australia) Ed Kuepper - Last Cab To Darwin (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Sony Music Entertainment Australia) Melbourne Symphony Orchestra / Nigel Westlake - Paper Planes (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (ABC Music / Universal Music Australia) Opera Australia - Bliss (Brett Dean / Amanda Holden / Peter Carey) (ABC Classics / Universal Music Australia) Various Artists - The Water Diviner (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Universal Music Australia)   Best World Music Album WINNER: Gurrumul - The Gospel Album (Skinnyfish Music / MGM) Baby et Lulu - Album Deux (Independent / MGM) Christine Anu - Island Christmas (Social Family Records / Universal Music Australia / The Orchard) Genevieve Lacey / James Crabb - Heard This and Thought of You (ABC Classics / Universal Music Australia) Joseph Tawadros - Truth Seekers, Lovers and Warriors (ABC Music / Universal Music Australia)     ARTISAN AWARDS | ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2015   Engineer Of The Year WINNER: Kevin Parker for Tame Impala – Currents (Modular / Universal Music Australia) Virginia Read for Australian Brandenburg Orchestra - Brandenburg Celebrates (ABC Classics / Universal Music Australia) Adrian Breakspear and Peter Holz for Gang of Youths – Radioface (Verge / Sony Music Entertainment Australia) Mitch Kenny for Hermitude - Dark Night Sweet Light (Elefant Traks / Inertia Music) Nick Didia for The Waifs - Beautiful You (Jarrah Records / MGM)   Producer Of The Year WINNER: Kevin Parker for Tame Impala – Currents (Modular / Universal Music Australia) Daniel Johns and Damn Moroda for Daniel Johns – Preach (Eleven / EMI) Luke Dubber and Angus Stuart for Hermitude - Dark Night Sweet Light (Elefant Traks / Inertia Music) Garth Porter for Lee Kernaghan - Spirit Of The Anzacs (ABC Music / Universal Music Australia) Nick Didia for The Waifs - Beautiful You (Jarrah Records / MGM)   Best Cover Art WINNER: Courtney Barnett for Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit (Milk! Records / Remote Control) Daniel Johns, Aref and Peter Salmon-Lomas for Daniel Johns - Talk (Eleven / EMI) Timothy Lovett for Flight Facilities - Down To Earth (Future Classic) Nathan Johnson for Gang of Youths - The Positions (Verge / Sony Music Entertainment Australia) Bjenny Montero for Pond - Man It Feels Like Space Again (EMI)                         AWESOMENESS FILMS ANNOUNCES TYLER OAKLEY DOCUMENTARY 2015-09-30T22:58:47Z awesomeness-films-announces-tyler-oakley-documentary AWESOMENESS FILMS ANNOUNCES TYLER OAKLEY DOCUMENTARY   Sydney, AUSTRALIA ( October 1, 2015): Today, Awesomeness Films announced their documentary on Tyler Oakley, SNERVOUS, will be released in December 2015 through a limited theatrical release and by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment globally on all major digital platforms. Directed by Amy Rice (BY THE PEOPLE: THE ELECTION OF BARACK OBAMA, LINDSAY), the film follows the life and career of 26 year-old digital icon, Tyler Oakley, through his sold out Slumber Party tour across the U.S., U.K., and Ireland. Producers on the film include Awesomeness Films' Brian Robbins and Matt Kaplan, along with Tyler, Korey Kuhl, Lisa Filipelli and Laura Flanagan.  After eight years of sharing snippets of his life online, see the intimate truth of Tyler Oakley's relationship with family, followers and fame on his sold out international tour.    “Tyler Oakley brings an incredible and inspiring message to his global fan base,” said Matt Kaplan, president of Awesomeness Films. “We are excited to share an unfiltered and behind-the-scenes look into his world.”   Tyler Oakley uploaded his first video in 2007 while he was a freshman at Michigan State. He now has over 350 videos online with over 490 million views, over 7 million subscribers and 21 million followers on social media. Tyler has become one of the biggest social media stars of this generation working with collaborators such as Grace Helbig, Jenna Marbles, Hannah Hart, Tanya Burr, Darren Criss, and many more.  From being a resident advisor on campus to a teacher’s assistant, Oakley likes to give back to the community as well. He is a big supporter of the Trevor Project where he raised over $1 million for the organization. In 2014, he received the Teen Choice Award for Choice Male Web Star and Choice Web Collaboration as well as the Streamy Award for Entertainer of the Year and Activist Icon of the Year. In addition, he has written his own book titled “Binge.” Oakley stated “I feel so lucky to partner with Awesomeness to bring my story to the big screen. I started out making videos as a way to connect and am thrilled by the opportunity to share one of the most exhilarating years of my life.”   SNERVOUS TYLER OAKLEY, comes on the heels of the studio's recent casting announcement of BEFORE I FALL and follows a string of successful feature films from Awesomeness Films including SMOSH: THE MOVIE, which opened as the No. 1 comedy on iTunes, and EXPELLED, which debuted as the No. 1 film on iTunes along with being the No. 1 social movie of 2014[1].   Tyler Oakley is represented by Big Frame.   ####  About Awesomeness Films Awesomeness Films produces and distributes movies focused on young adult material that connect with global audiences. Awesomeness Films recently released SMOSH: THE MOVIE, which opened as the No. 1 comedy on iTunes, and EXPELLED, the No. 1 social movie of 2014. Projects currently in production include DANCE CAMP and SHOVEL BUDDIES, based on the Black List script, starring Bella Thorne and Kian Lawley as well as the Zoey Deutch starring BEFORE I FALL based on the bestselling YA novel by Lauren Oliver.  Awesomeness Films is the film division of AwesomenessTV, the multi-platform media company owned by DreamWorks Animation (Nasdaq: DWA) and Hearst Corporation.    About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™, Digital HD and VOD. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, a 21st Century Fox Company.  Media Contact Lauren Braid Twentieth Century Fox Home EntertainmentLauren.braid@fox.com / 02 8353 2128     [1]Calculated based on Twitter mentions 6 weeks prior to 2014 film release dates   AWESOMENESS FILMS ANNOUNCES TYLER OAKLEY DOCUMENTARY   Sydney, AUSTRALIA ( October 1, 2015): Today, Awesomeness Films announced their documentary on Tyler Oakley, SNERVOUS, will be released in December 2015 through a limited theatrical release and by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment globally on all major digital platforms. Directed by Amy Rice (BY THE PEOPLE: THE ELECTION OF BARACK OBAMA, LINDSAY), the film follows the life and career of 26 year-old digital icon, Tyler Oakley, through his sold out Slumber Party tour across the U.S., U.K., and Ireland. Producers on the film include Awesomeness Films' Brian Robbins and Matt Kaplan, along with Tyler, Korey Kuhl, Lisa Filipelli and Laura Flanagan.  After eight years of sharing snippets of his life online, see the intimate truth of Tyler Oakley's relationship with family, followers and fame on his sold out international tour.    “Tyler Oakley brings an incredible and inspiring message to his global fan base,” said Matt Kaplan, president of Awesomeness Films. “We are excited to share an unfiltered and behind-the-scenes look into his world.”   Tyler Oakley uploaded his first video in 2007 while he was a freshman at Michigan State. He now has over 350 videos online with over 490 million views, over 7 million subscribers and 21 million followers on social media. Tyler has become one of the biggest social media stars of this generation working with collaborators such as Grace Helbig, Jenna Marbles, Hannah Hart, Tanya Burr, Darren Criss, and many more.  From being a resident advisor on campus to a teacher’s assistant, Oakley likes to give back to the community as well. He is a big supporter of the Trevor Project where he raised over $1 million for the organization. In 2014, he received the Teen Choice Award for Choice Male Web Star and Choice Web Collaboration as well as the Streamy Award for Entertainer of the Year and Activist Icon of the Year. In addition, he has written his own book titled “Binge.” Oakley stated “I feel so lucky to partner with Awesomeness to bring my story to the big screen. I started out making videos as a way to connect and am thrilled by the opportunity to share one of the most exhilarating years of my life.”   SNERVOUS TYLER OAKLEY, comes on the heels of the studio's recent casting announcement of BEFORE I FALL and follows a string of successful feature films from Awesomeness Films including SMOSH: THE MOVIE, which opened as the No. 1 comedy on iTunes, and EXPELLED, which debuted as the No. 1 film on iTunes along with being the No. 1 social movie of 2014[1].   Tyler Oakley is represented by Big Frame.   ####  About Awesomeness Films Awesomeness Films produces and distributes movies focused on young adult material that connect with global audiences. Awesomeness Films recently released SMOSH: THE MOVIE, which opened as the No. 1 comedy on iTunes, and EXPELLED, the No. 1 social movie of 2014. Projects currently in production include DANCE CAMP and SHOVEL BUDDIES, based on the Black List script, starring Bella Thorne and Kian Lawley as well as the Zoey Deutch starring BEFORE I FALL based on the bestselling YA novel by Lauren Oliver.  Awesomeness Films is the film division of AwesomenessTV, the multi-platform media company owned by DreamWorks Animation (Nasdaq: DWA) and Hearst Corporation.    About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™, Digital HD and VOD. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox, a 21st Century Fox Company.  Media Contact Lauren Braid Twentieth Century Fox Home EntertainmentLauren.braid@fox.com / 02 8353 2128     [1]Calculated based on Twitter mentions 6 weeks prior to 2014 film release dates   Raymond's Piano Old Time Melodies 2015-09-29T05:07:58Z raymond-s-piano-old-time-melodies Veterans' Health Week Raymond's Piano Old Time Melodies Wednesday   14/10/2015 11:30am – 15:30pm Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL 10 Semaphore Road, Semaphore 5019Cost free  / donations Music offers its own unique benefits to mental health wellness Young and old explore music together. Getting our older veterans out of their homes and experiencing the benefits of music It allows you to express yourself. It leads to social connection. It fosters creativity. It helps you to relax. It motivates you. It helps you focus. Raymond's Piano Old Time Melodies is for, Older Veterans, and Widowers and the Community. The Raymond 's Piano Old Time Melodies will take place at the Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL. Singalongs and Dancing Floor Show Guest Speaker Quizzes Lunch / Refreshments Information Stands / Displays Cost FREE / Donations The Event is an opportunity to raise awareness of, and encourage participation in, activities that promote and maintain mental health and wellbeing of our veterans, war widows, widowers, current and ex-Australian Defence Force members and their families. Veteran’s will be able to connect with the local Community and other Veteran’s to help influence the health and wellbeing of themselves and their friends. Monies raised during the event will go towards the Semaphore Port Adelaide Defence Shed. See Defence Shed