The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2014-04-22T23:03:46Z EMMANUEL COLLEGE PERPETUAL TROPHY 2014-04-22T23:03:46Z emmanuel-college-perpetual-trophy These great looking laser etched timber trophies have been constructed for Emmanuel College. With accents of stainless steel and different shades of wood to compliment the main piece of timber. The outcome is a stylish and respectable award to be handed down throughout the years . Akamai Publishes Prolexic Q1 2014 Global DDoS Attack Report 2014-04-22T05:35:00Z akamai-publishes-prolexic-q1-2014-global-ddos-attack-report Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimising and securing online content and business applications, today announced availability of the Prolexic Q1 2014 Global DDoS Attack Report. Prolexic Technologies, now part of Akamai, is a recognised leader in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection services, and has produced the quarterly Global DDoS Attack Report since 2011. The report, which provides analysis and insight into the global DDoS threat landscape, can be downloaded at www.prolexic.com/attackreports. “In Q1, DDoS attackers relied less upon traditional botnet infection in favor of reflection and amplification techniques, a trend Prolexic has been seeing for some time,” said Stuart Scholly, senior vice president and general manager of Security at Akamai Technologies. “Instead of using a network of zombie computers, the newer DDoS toolkits abuse Internet protocols that are available on open or vulnerable servers and devices. We believe this approach can lead to the Internet becoming a ready-to-use botnet for malicious actors.” Prolexic has observed the most abused protocols to be Character Generator (CHARGEN), Network Time Protocol (NTP) and Domain Name System (DNS). These protocols, which are all based on the User Datagram Protocol (UDP), may be favored as they allow attackers to hide their identity. In addition, amplification-based attacks can deliver a massive flood of data at the target while requiring only a relatively small output from the source. New reflection and amplification attack tools can deliver a powerful punch. Q1 saw a 39 per cent increase in average bandwidth and the largest-ever DDoS attack to cross the Prolexic DDoS mitigation network. This attack involved multiple reflection techniques combined with a traditional botnet-based application attack to generate peak traffic of more than 200 Gbps (gigabits per second) and 53.5 Mpps (million packets per second). This quarter saw more than half of the DDoS attack traffic aimed at the Media and Entertainment industry. This one industry was targeted by 54 per cent of the malicious packets mitigated by Prolexic during active DDoS attacks in Q1. Highlights from Prolexic’s Q4 2014 Global DDoS Attack Report: Compared to Q1 2013•                47 per cent increase in total DDoS attacks•                9 per cent decrease in average attack bandwidth•                68 per cent increase in infrastructure (Layer 3 & 4) attacks•                21 per cent decrease in application (Layer 7) attacks•                50 per cent decrease in average attack duration: 35 vs. 17 hours•                133 per cent increase in average peak bandwidth Compared to Q4 2013•                18 per cent increase in total DDoS attacks•                39 per cent increase in average attack bandwidth•                35 per cent increase in infrastructure (Layer 3 & 4) attacks•                36 per cent decrease in application (Layer 7) attacks•                24 per cent decrease in average attack duration: 23 vs. 17 hours•                114 per cent increase in average peak bandwidth Analysis and emerging trends Innovation in the DDoS [marketplace] has given rise to tools that can create greater damage with fewer resources. Q1’s high-volume, infrastructure-based attacks were made possible by the availability of easy-to-use DDoS tools from the DDoS-as-a-service [marketplace]. These tools are designed by malicious hackers to deliver greater power and convenience into the hands of less skillful attackers.  For example, in Q1, NTP reflection attacks surged, likely due to the availability of easy-to-use DDoS attack tools that support this reflection technique. The NTP flood method went from accounting for less than 1 per cent of all attacks in the prior quarter to reaching nearly the same popularity as SYN flood attacks, a perennial favorite among DDoS attackers. Neither CHARGEN nor NTP attack vectors were detected in Q1 2013 but accounted for 23 per cent of all infrastructure attacks mitigated by Prolexic in Q1 2014. These DDoS trends are discussed in detail in Prolexic’s Q1 2014 Global DDoS Attack Report. A complimentary copy is available as a free PDF download at www.prolexic.com/attackreports. Akamai and Prolexic DDoS attack reports to be merged Akamai announced the acquisition of Prolexic in December 2013. Prolexic’s Global DDoS Attack Report and Akamai’s State of the Internet Report both cover DDoS attacks and related trends and statistics. In the coming quarters, we will be working to consolidate these publications with the goal of publishing a combined report that delivers an unparalleled level of insight into the Internet threat landscape. Follow @akamai_soti on Twitter for more information.  Prolexic, now part of Akamai, offers DDoS protection solutions that leverage proprietary DDoS filtering techniques and the world’s largest cloud-based DDoS mitigation network.  Akamai completed the acquisition of Prolexic in February 2014.  Together with Prolexic, Akamai is providing customers with a comprehensive portfolio of security solutions designed to defend an enterprise’s Web and IP infrastructure against application-layer, network-layer and data centre attacks delivered via the Internet.  To learn more about how Prolexic solutions stop DDoS attacks and protect business, please visit www.prolexic.com, or follow Prolexic on LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, YouTube, and @Prolexic on Twitter. About Akamai Akamai® is the leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimising and securing online content and business applications. At the core of the Company’s solutions is the Akamai Intelligent Platform™ providing extensive reach, coupled with unmatched reliability, security, visibility and expertise. Akamai removes the complexities of connecting the increasingly mobile world, supporting 24/7 consumer demand, and enabling enterprises to securely leverage the cloud. To learn more about how Akamai is accelerating the pace of innovation in a hyperconnected world, please visit www.akamai.com or blogs.akamai.com, and follow @Akamai on Twitter. GraphicMail AU & NZ launches new fully responsive Email Creator 2014-04-22T01:26:08Z graphicmail-au-amp-nz-launches-new-fully-responsive-email-creator Ralph McAllister, General Manager - GraphicMail AU & NZ. Sydney, Australia (PRWire) April 24th, 2014 Beta-test it for yourself now, it’s live! Even though autumn is here, we’re still keeping things fresh at GraphicMail AU & NZ with a new email editor, Ralph McAllister the general manager of the AU & NZ outlets, said today. The Email Creator lets you create newsletters that look fantastic on mobile devices easily. Its responsive attributes, great new features, including dozens of new responsive templates, now make it easier to design and send. According to VentureBeat, 65% of all email is opened first on mobile devices (February 2014). So it’s critical that your message shows up correctly on mobile. Newsletters that you design in the Email Creator are automatically resized to mobile screens, aligning your message and images so they look great on a small screen. It’s easy to edit and modify using drag & drop content blocks. Or you can upload your own customised template. We also host your images and  files, and we make it easy to personalise your newsletters if you have the data. Sending beautiful email newsletters is an easy way to kickstart your online marketing campaign to grow your business. Email marketing can serve any size business, and GraphicMail’s editor has all the powerful features needed for each and every one of your communication needs. You can post to social networks such as Twitter or Facebook, or you can boost your email messages with text message marketing. Over the next few weeks, Ralph McAllister said all users will see a notice in their account dashboard to demo or upgrade. Once you’ve moved over, this will be your primary email creator. The 2011 editor will be phased out over the next few months, and the 2008 editor will remain for those who upload their own HTML coded newsletters. All users will still have access to all previously created content. Ralph McAllister would also like to remind you that GraphicMail is more than just an Email Service Provider. It’s a self serve email, mobile and social cloud-based solution, which addresses all your marketing needs. BNI Takes the Pulse of Business Worldwide 2014-04-19T14:57:33Z bni-takes-the-pulse-of-business-worldwide Business Network International (BNI®), the world’s largest business networking organisation, has taken the pulse of businesses worldwide to gauge the state of the global business economy. The BNI Business Index created by BNI is conducted twice a year and more the 1000 business people from every populated continent in the world responded for latest survey. The index gauges the economic state of business worldwide based on results of retailers, service companies, and manufacturing companies all around the world. The next survey will be launched in July 2014. According to BNI Australia director Frederick Marcoux, the statistics gathered from the survey results are intended to keep small business owners, entrepreneurs, and companies, as well as the public, educated and informed as to the changing state of the global business economy and the current business trends that become apparent over time. The survey results from late last year revealed that almost 76 per cent of the respondents felt that business was better today than in 2012. That’s up over 9 per cent from the 2011 survey. This compares to 67.5 per cent of Australian and New Zealand respondents to the survey. In addition, only 6.1 per cent felt that it was declining in the 2013 survey which is down from the 9.6 per cent that said that business was declining in 2011. The most promising news was the hiring trend numbers. The 2013 survey found that 55.3 per cent of the respondents said that they would be or possibly would be, hiring in the 2013 survey compared to an anemic 42.9 per cent in 2011. Of Australian and NZ respondents, 48 per cent were considering hiring in 2013.The three most common reasons cited for growth by the respondents was restructuring, niche marketing, and networking. Networking continued to be a strong business builder as represented by comments such as: “my business depends a lot on referrals and networking” and “my business is flourishing today as a result of my networking efforts both via the internet and face to face.” One respondent claimed that “my business has tripled its income over the past year due largely to my committed involvement to networking”. Restructuring was also a common theme relating to many respondents. Comments such as: “one of the reasons my business keeps growing is that I adapt my offerings to support the goals [of my clients].” Other respondents focused on a niche market. Such as those who said things such as: “last year I became clearer about my target market, strategic partners and taking a hard look at my numbers and what work would be necessary to grow” and “many of my competitors were bought out and closed their doors. I focused on my core business”. Mr Marcoux said the statistics affirmed the importance of networking for business success. “BNI is a business referral organisation whose primary purpose is to assist its members to find and exchange qualified business referrals,” Mr Marcoux said. “BNI provides its members with a professional structure and an ongoing training which enables members to network in a deliberate manner for the sole purpose of generating more business.The way we network in BNI attracts busy, no nonsense successful business people who appreciate the power of business networking.” For more information about BNI Australia please visit http://www.bni.com.au/ Children Benefit from Reading at Early Age 2014-04-16T01:47:57Z children-benefit-from-reading-at-early-age Perth, WA, 16 April 2014 - How early is “too early” to start teaching a child how to read? According to many in the education industry, it is never “too early” to start teaching children how to read, as long as the experience is fun for the child. Learning to read involves developing three basic skills: syntax, phonics and semantics. Most children begin to grasp semantics first, but all children are different and some may grasp one of the other two skills first.SyntaxSyntax has to do with form. It is how words fit together to create phrases, sentences and paragraphs, but it starts with simply recognising that a book has pages. The child figures out that they are supposed to move from page to page. Then they discover that they are supposed to move from left to right and from top to bottom when reading. They then learn how a word is formed, how a phrase is formed and how a sentence is formed. Then, they move on to paragraphs, chapters and books. They also learn how punctuation controls the tempo of reading.Reading aloud with a child is an effective way to help them learn syntax. It is recommended that the parent follow the words with a finger when reading to a child. This helps the child perceive the structure and helps them relate words on a page to words being spoken.SemanticsSemantics has to do with meaning: how words in a sentence relate to other words in that sentence. This skill allows the reader to define words and understand what different words mean. It’s how one understands what story or meaning is being conveyed by the words. Reading stories, especially fairy tales, to a child helps them develop a grasp of semantics. Encouraging children to guess the ending of a story while it is being read helps them develop the habit of using their skill in semantics, thus strengthening it.PhonicsPhonics is the mechanical process of learning to say words. It is the process of sorting words by the letter or sound they begin with or the letter or sound they end with. Children learn to pronounce words mechanically and systematically when phonics is taught correctly, learning the difference between how each letter sounds.Reading rhyming books or singing songs, which always “rhyme” with children, is seen as one of the best ways to develop their ability to grasp phonics.How Early Can a Child Learn to Read?According to Michelle Novatscou, Director of Cuddles Childcare Centres, there is no cut-and-dried age limit for reading: “Our experience and numerous studies on the subject, suggest that there is no age that is ‘too early’ to start teaching a child to read. If a parent begins reading to a child every day, that child will let the parent know when they are ready to learn by how they react to the parent reading to them.”Ms Novatscou concluded, “At Cuddles Childcare Centres, our Jolly Phonics program helps children of all ages learn an important reading skill in a fun environment. They all benefit.”Cuddles Childcare Centres have three locations in the Perth area. They combine child care and pre-school education with their concept of “learning through play.”  For more information, please call their Bertram location on (08) 9419 1844, their St James location on (08) 9358 4673 or their Carlisle location on (08) 9472 4702. You may also visit their website: http://www.cuddleschildcare.com.au/. Sports Camps Australia is Off to a Flying Start! 2014-04-15T08:36:37Z sports-camps-australia-is-off-to-a-flying-start Sports Camps Australia (SCA), partnered by US Sports Camps, Nike and the Healthy Kids Association are bringing camps in over 12 sports to the Australian market in an effort to get kids active and healthy. Sports Camps Australia (SCA) was founded in late 2013 and is headquartered in Sydney, Australia. SCA have partnered with US Sports Camps, the largest and most successful sports camps operators in the United States who are responsible for the widely successful NIKE Sports Camps program in the United States.  Chief Executive Officer of US Sports, Mr Charlie Hoeveler said of their Australian partner, ‘Australia is known around the world for its passion and participation in sports of every kind. The SCA team have the skills, knowledge and passion to bring this opportunity to the children of Australia and we are confident thatSports Camps Australia will be a huge success in such a sporting nation.’ SCA teams up with the country's best coaches and clubs to direct camps and provides them with valuable administrative and marketing support.  Its new website www.sportscampsaustralia.com.au is a one stop shop where you are able to find out what camps are being held nationally in 12 or more different sports, what the program for the camps is, how much it will cost, where and when it will be held, and how to sign up immediately! Having just officially opened for business in late January, SCA is offering camps in football, futsal, horse polo, biking, and tennis, with many more camps looking to sign up for the April school break. The company’s mission is getting kids active and healthy while at the same time helping to promote the sporting clubs and associations of Australia. Sports Camps Australia aims to be the premier sporting camp company in Australia and with heavyweight partners such as NIKE, HEAD and US Sports Camps, its already got some major runs on the board and significant support. Its ethos of healthy kids are active and educated kids is also in line with the Australian Governments push to reduce child obesity. The Healthy Kids Association has become an official supporter of SCA to further promote and endorse this message.   Healthy Kids Association is a non-profit health promotion charity based in Sydney, Australia. Their mission is to promote and influence healthy food choices for children. Healthy Kids gets its message out there by partnering with food companies, sports programs or other organisations to deliver healthy-eating messages through their channels.  Jillian Lewis, Communication Manager at Healthy Kids said of the partnership, ‘Sports Camps Australia was a natural fit with the initiative and together they will aim to educate and encourage Australian children of today to make the right choices in both what they do and what they eat!’ With an ever growing list of camps, in a range of places, and in a variety of sports on offer, its now time for the kids of Australia to get on to the Sports Camps Australia website and sign up for the camp that best suits them. Mr Sandon Stolle, Co-Director and founder of SCA said, ‘We are excited to be working with coaches and children all over Australia to promote a love of fitness, sport and healthy living.’ Campers, parents, and coaches interested in finding out more about SCA can visit www.sportscampsaustralia.com.au or call 1-800-753-127 Myionu Launches TrueView - Ultra Fast GPS Tracking 2014-04-14T07:57:54Z myionu-launches-trueview-ultra-fast-gps-tracking GPS Tracking Service Provider Myionu announced the launch of its brand new service called TrueView. Myionu TrueView provides vehicle telemetry updates every Second reporting back their web based portal which can be accessed from anywhere in the world. Along with the location of the vehicle, TrueView will deliver fuel usage based on manufactures consumption figures, vehicle speed and heading along with range of driver behaviour data including harsh breaking and excessive acceleration.     Paul Delaney GM of Myionu said “The TrueView service has been developed following an increased customer demand for even more detail than our current 1 minute and turn by turn packages”. Delaney continues “We see TrueView as a natural evolution in vehicle tracking. TrueView is available on the Telstra Next G network at $49 Inc. GST per month including unlimited access and data costs” Myionu customers can view the real-time data in a map format using Google as well seeing overview using a trip simulator which allows users to “fly “above the route at around 100 meters off the ground.   With so much data available Myionu TrueView is supported with a comprehensive range of management reporting along with rules based alerting platform.   For more information visit myionu.com.au/trueview ART,FASHION and TECHNOLOGIES. 2014-04-11T23:18:34Z art-fashion-and-technologies Drj Mathieu, the French creator, couturier of the years 1980/1990 emigrated in 1993 to a fantastic, optimistic and creative country: Australia.In 2003, in Sydney, drj launched his brand: drj mathieu. In 2013, he opened his own Gallery Online: les-arts-exclusive.com  to sell his artworks ( Giclee Prints, limited edition of 35 only ). As these are the highest standard of prints and with drj's history as a professional designer, creator of new forms, using news technologies. This should interest Galleries, Museums, Curators and Collectors. Today, drj mathieu propose a 30% reduction on all his artwork collections.  With the sales of his Online Gallery he will create a new Fashion collection for young peoples. Now, you have the opportunity to help him by buying artwork from his website or by a donation. Please, see the website, thank you. http://www.les-arts-exclusive.com     Launch of a new guide book about the stories behind the Sydney Writers Walk at Sydney Cove 2014-04-11T05:36:22Z launch-of-a-new-guide-book-about-the-stories-behind-the-sydney-writers-walk-at-sydney-cove Sydney Writer’s Walk Honoured in Pros Friday 11 April 2014, Sydney NSW – The Rotary Club of Sydney Cove today announced the launch of a new book that reveals the man stories behind the Sydney Writers Walk. Written by Roger Cherry, “Sydney Cove Writers Walk Plaques – The Guide” has been timed to coincide with the upcoming International Rotary Convention, which is expected to attract over 18,000 visitors to Sydney from 1-4 June, 2014. A distinctive feature of the Sydney Cove foreshore, the Writers Walk comprises a series of 60 large brass plaques located around Circular Quay between the Opera House and the International Passenger Terminal. Each plaque commemorates the life and works of a prominent writer who has influenced the Australian literary scene, including such luminaries as Dorothea Mackellar, Manning Clarke, Banjo Paterson and P.L. Travers. Cherry began researching the plaques out of personal interest and said he decided to write the book to share what he learned. “I first noticed the plaques while wandering around the Quay after attending a performance at the Opera House and was curious about the stories behind the tributes. Once I began researching the different authors, I was fascinated by what I discovered and the book developed from there,” he explained. Originally launched with 49 plaques in February 1991 by the then Minister for the Arts, Peter Collins, the Walk was extended with an additional 11 plaques in 2011. The Rotary Club of Sydney Cove plans to promote the book during the upcoming Rotary International Convention, with all sales from the book going to support the Club’s various initiatives and causes, including projects to feed the homeless, support sick children and disadvantaged youth, eradicate polio and bridge the digital divide. Club President, Jeremy Wright, said the book was an opportunity to provide a deeper insight into one of the lesser known attractions of Sydney Cove at a time when Sydney is about to receive a significant influx of tourists for the Rotary International Convention. “With thousands of Rotarians and guests about to visit Sydney for the International Convention, we hope to use Roger’s book to raise awareness of the Writers Walk while also raising money for our important charity work,” he said. The book’s cover features an original painting of Sydney Harbour by renowned local artist, Ken Done, who donated the artwork to the Club in recognition of its many contributions to the community. The Rotary Club of Sydney Cove was established in 1988 with the common goal of giving back to the community in which we live and work. With over 90 members, the Rotary Club of Sydney Cove is one of Sydney’s largest and most active clubs, supporting 30 community service projects including: working with the homeless, disaster relief, assisting organisations caring for the disabled, youth leadership programs, providing education resources support, international scholarships and the support of local charities. The Club meets every Friday morning from 7.15-8.45am on the Captain Cook Cruise boat moored at Pier 6 on Circular Quay. For more information contact Alex Allwood | alex@holla.com.au ###   Full-bodied wines expected from 2014 Mount Barker vintage 2014-04-10T16:45:12Z full-bodied-wines-expected-from-2014-mount-barker-vintage After near perfect growing conditions, full-flavoured, intense wines are expected from the 2014 Mount Barker wine region vintage. Growing conditions have been ideal with mild temperature without heat spikes, cool night-time temperatures, and low rainfall recorded. Some Mount Barker wineries have finished picking while others are in their final week, according to Mt Barker Wine Producers Association president and Galafrey chief executive officer Kim Tyrer. Yields appear to be mixed across the region, with some producers experiencing lower yields, with others showing yields up between 5-10 per cent. “Galafrey is a dry grown vineyard, so the drier than normal conditions have resulted in lower yields in some varieties, particularly the reds, but the flavours are awesome,” Ms Tyrer said. “We have produced some quality fruit which in turn produces a quality product in which to showcase Mount Barker.” Plantagenet Wines winemaker Cath Oates said it had been an excellent vintage with good settled weather conditions without peaks of high temperatures, and consistently cool nights which had produced high acidity in the fruit. “I am happy with what we have in the tank. Crops looked to be about normal but with smaller berries which have produced good flavours and colour; I expect wines with intense, concentrated flavours,” Ms Oates said. “I am particularly happy with our Riesling which at this stage is very aromatic with strong floral notes. So it will be exciting to see how that progresses.” West Cape Howe Wines winemaker Gavin Berry said it had been a great season for them with rainfall in September coming at a critical time. “The rain in September-October set us up for a good season – it helped our vines establish a good canopy. The analysis looks like we have great fruit flavours coming through, there has been no disease pressure and the fruit has been allowed to ripen in a consistent manner,” Mr Berry said. “We are just finishing picking our reds, but all in all I don’t think we could have asked for a better season.” The Mount Barker wine region is located about three (3) hours south of Perth, and produces around 37% of wine grapes grown in WA making it one of Australia's largest regions. The climate in the region during growing season offers warm and sunny days providing important sunlight availability and excellent fruit ripening conditions, while the cool nights enhance and retain acidity. Producers in the region include: Plantagenet Wines, Arcadia Wines, Galafrey Wines, West Cape Howe Wines, Chatsfield Wines, Clouds Estate Wines, Hawkers Ridge Wines, Gilberts Wines and Cafe, Poachers Ridge Wines, 3 Drops Wines, Windrush Wines and Vineyard Cafe. For more information contact Mount Barker Wine Producers Association president Kim Tyrer on 0418 941 551 or go to www.mountbarkerwine.com.au. GCIT GRADUATE GETS DREAM GIG 2014-04-10T01:38:36Z gcit-graduate-gets-dream-gig Adam Harris now is in charge of the sound and lighting for a variety of performances including live band nights and theatre productions across the Gold Coasts six community centres. Mr Harris said his new role is something he has wanted to get into for a long time and his studies at GCIT provided him with the industry relevant skills to secure his ideal job. “The skills I learnt at GCIT are extremely useful and I was able to immediately apply them across various applications within my new role,” said Harris. “The facilities at the Coomera campus are state-of-the-art and I was able to gain experience using industry standard equipment such as recording studios which is fantastic as I am now responsible for the operation of the recording studios at some of the centres.” The Diploma of Sound Production students develop skills and experience through various practical tasks, based on real workplace projects including recording sessions and live events. GCIT Chief Executive Officer, Aaron Devine, said that it’s excellent to see when students successfully gain employment in their field of study after recently graduating. “Our most recent graduate destination survey indicated that 79 per cent of GCIT graduates were employed three months after completing their course,” said Devine. “It’s great that Adam is already utilising his skills in a job that he was aiming for prior to commencing his studies, I wish all the best in his new role.”  “Our aim at GCIT is to create a skilled and educated workforce on the Gold Coast to generate job security and to ensure the growth and development of the region.” Mr Devine said GCIT takes pride in delivery industry relevant training and providing cutting-edge equipment which puts their students ahead of the rest in the job market upon graduation. GCIT's current Diploma of Sound Production and Diploma of Music students will have the opportunity to undertake work experience in these community facilities with Mr Harris to obtain real world skills while studying.  SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL 2014 ANNOUNCES OPENING NIGHT FILM 2014-04-09T22:32:00Z sydney-film-festival-2014-announces-opening-night-film Sydney Film Festival today announced the Australian premiere of 20,000 Days on Earth, an innovative film about international cultural iconNick Cave, as the Opening Night Film to screen at the State Theatre at 7:30pm on Wednesday 4 June. Sydney Film Festival’s Opening Night is proudly presented, for the second year running, by Audi. Tickets go on sale at 9am Thursday 10 April via sff.org.au or 1300 733 733 20,000 Days on Earth is the first feature-length film by UK visual artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, who recently collaborated on a sound installation with Scott Walker as part of Vivid Live 2013. Forsyth and Pollard take a fascinating approach in this visually astonishing and highly stylised imagination of Cave’s 20,000th Day on Earth, all to a narration by Cave himself. “We're blown away to be invited to open the mighty Sydney Film Festival,” said Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. “It’s a total thrill to bring the film not only to Nick’s home country but also back to the city where we shot the climactic live performance at Sydney Opera House that closes 20,000 Days on Earth.” “We are very proud to confirm this eagerly anticipated Australian Premiere as our Opening Night Film,” said Festival Director Nashen Moodley. “Imaginative, intimate, daring and defying easy categorisation, 20,000 Days on Earth is not just a scintillating portrait of a visionary artist, but a tremendous work of art in itself.”  “Simply astounding, razor-sharp, dynamic” Variety “Incredible. Puts most music films to shame. So inventive and inspiring.” Time Out 20,000 Days on Earthwas recently awarded the Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary and the Editing Award: World Cinema Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival 2014. NB: In addition to film-only tickets available from 9am on Thursday 10 April, a strictly limited number of ‘Film and Party’ tickets are also available. ‘Film and Party’ tickets include entry to the Opening Night Film and the exclusive afterparty at Keystone’s Bungalow 8. Last week, Sydney Film Festival announced 32 films to be featured in this year’s event in advance of the full program launch on Wednesday 7 May. Last week’s early announcement comprised 32 titles including one World Premiere, 19 Australian premieres, 13 features, 11 documentaries and a special eight-film retrospective of maverick American filmmaker Robert Altman, with his son and filmmaker Michael Altman attending the Festival as one of our many special guests. The full Sydney Film Festival program is announced on Wednesday 7 May at 10am. 20,000 Days on Earth Directors: Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard | UK | 2013 | 95 mins | In English Drama and reality collide in this extraordinary portrait of musician and cultural icon Nick Cave. Artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard take a fascinating approach in this visually astonishing and highly stylised imagination of Cave’s 20,000th day on Earth, all to a sparkling narration by Cave himself. Through his visits to his archive and a long and revealing session with his therapist, a picture of the artist, his origins, and his creative process is beautifully drawn. The filmmakers also follow Cave into the studio as he writes and records his hit album Push the Sky Away.  Along the way, we witness fascinating and humorous conversations between Cave and his friends and collaborators like Kylie Minogue, Ray Winstone, Blixa Bargeld and Warren Ellis. Capturing Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds live at Sydney Opera House helps reveal the massive impact Cave has and the deep devotion he inspires. Imaginative, intimate, daring and defying easy categorisation, 20,000 Days on Earth is not just a scintillating portrait of a visionary artist, but a tremendous work of art in itself. Note: Flexipasses and subscriptions to Sydney Film Festival 2014 are on sale now. Please call 1300 733 733 or visit sff.org.aufor more information. The Sydney Film Festival Opening Night film is presented by Audi Australia and our Opening Night Party is supported by Keystone Group. ABOUT SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL Sydney Film Festival screens feature films, documentaries, short films and animated films across the city at the State Theatre, Event Cinemas George Street, Dendy Opera Quays, the Art Gallery of NSW, Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne, the Apple Store, SFFTV at Martin Place, Skyline Drive-In, and the Festival Hub at Town Hall. The Festival is a major event on the New South Wales cultural calendar and is one of the world’s longest-running film festivals. For more information visit www.sff.org.au  Sydney Film Festival also presents 12 films that vie for the Official Competition, a highly respected international honour that awards a $60,000 cash prize based on the decision of a jury of international and Australian filmmakers and industry professionals. Previous Sydney Film Prize winners include: Only God Forgives (2013), Alps (2012), A Separation (2011) – which went on to win an Academy Award, Heartbeats (2010), Bronson (2009) and Hunger (2008). The 61st Sydney Film Festival is supported by the NSW Government through Screen NSW, the Federal Government through Screen Australia, and the City of Sydney. The Festival’s Strategic partner is the NSW Government through Destination NSW.   MEDIA ENQUIRIES Amber Forrest-Bisley Director Cardinal Spin E: amber@cardinalspin.com.au P: 02 8065 7363 M: 0405 363 817 Katie Eastment Communications Advisor Cardinal Spin E: katie@cardinalspin.com.au P: (02) 8065 7363 M: 0435 918 466    Sophie Hodges Publicity Manager Sydney Film Festival E: sophie@sff.org.au  P: 02 8220 6619 M: 0403 959 528 ANDREW BARTON PLAQUES 2014-04-09T01:40:49Z andrew-barton-plaques These great looking laser etched plaques were put together for Andrew Barton Laundry Equipment. These simple but stylish pieces turned out great and we are  very happy with the end result. Made from Camphor Laurel and Stainless steel this great combination of materials has a fantastic look. CRICKET BATS FOR COX ARCHITECTURE 2014-04-09T01:39:10Z cricket-bats-for-cox-architecture Here are some cricket bats we laser engraved for Cox Architecture who are contributing to the redevelopment of the Adelaide Oval.   JACK O’NEILL WOOD PLAQUE 2014-04-09T01:38:07Z jack-o-neill-wood-plaque Here is a great piece we laser etched for a Jack O’Neill (of O’Neill Surf)  plaque. The detail in the image came out really well and we’re all stoked with the look of it!