The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-11-06T05:11:44Z Colin Abbott photos capture iconic Australia in new book ’Waiting Under Southern Skies’ 2019-11-06T05:11:44Z colin-abbott-photos-capture-iconic-australia-in-new-book-waiting-under-southern-skies Readings Bookstore Carlton is the latest retailer to feature the recently released book by Colin Abbott ‘Waiting Under Southern Skies’.   'Waiting Under Southern Skies’ is a selection of evocative, and previously unpublished photographs, from Colin Abbott’s personal archive of over 45+ years documenting Australian life, as it presented to him.   Curated and published by Gianni Frinzi of T & G Publishing, ‘Waiting Under Southern Skies’ is an intimate narrative of people and places captured in photos during a period of immense social change in Australia from the now almost mythical 1970’s to the present day.    An avid documenter of everyday life on the street, Abbott has carved out an enviable career in longitudinal photography projects, alongside a successful business career.   Since taking up the camera in Sydney in the early 1970s, Abbott progressed his photography skills by moving to Melbourne, studying at the Prahran College of Advanced Education.   The photographs in this book were all taken in the South Eastern part of Australia, from Sydney and southern NSW to Melbourne and Victoria. This region in Australia is where   some 50%+ of Australians reside.   He has had several exhibitions since 2009 including ‘Enigma’ with Photonet Gallery, Melbourne, ‘Out There’ at Manning Clark House, Canberra, 2013 and was part of a photo exhibition celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Prahran Market, 2014.   More recently he has worked with Michael Silver at Magnet Galleries Melbourne Inc. for two exhibitions ‘70’s Melbourne’ and ‘80’s Melbourne’, 2017-2018.   Colin Abbott attributes the capability of ‘seeing and not-seeing’ as integral to Photography as ‘being and not-being’ are to Zen. The ability to produce transformative images is always the goal whether shooting on the street or taking in a beautiful landscape.   Well known Australian photographer Andrew Chapman spoke at the official launch of 'Waiting Under Southern Skies' that was held at Magnet Galleries Melbourne.   A copy of ‘Waiting Under Southern Skies’ was later presented as a gift and memento to Norwegian Ambassador HE Mr. Paul Gelleik Larsen to acknowledge a quote in the book by Norwegian author Lars Mytting.  Media Enquiries:    Mr. Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd                               Mob:  +61 412 112 545     Email:   About Colin Abbott   Colin Abbott was born in Adelaide, South Australia in 1951. Lives and works Melbourne, Victoria.   Colin Abbott attributes seeing and not-seeing as integral to photography as being and not-being are to Zen.    An avid documenter of everyday life on the street, Abbott has carved out an enviable career in longitudinal photography projects, alongside a successful business career.   Since taking up the camera in the early 1970s, Abbott progressed his photography skills, studying at the Prahran College of Advanced Education.   He has had several exhibitions since 2009 including ‘Enigma’ with Photonet Gallery, Melbourne, ‘Out There’ at Manning Clark House, Canberra, 2013 and a photo exhibition celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Prahran Market, 2014.   More recently he has worked with Michael Silver at Magnet Galleries Melbourne Inc for two exhibitions ‘70’s Melbourne’ and ‘80’s Melbourne’, 2017-2018.   His book, ‘Waiting Under Southern Skies’ is a selection of evocative, and previously unpublished, images from Colin Abbott’s personal archive of over 45+ years documenting Australian life, as it presented to him.  It is an intimate narrative of people and places during a period of immense social change in Australia.   Golden Guitar winner Graeme Connors Victoria shows 2019-11-04T05:18:10Z golden-guitar-winner-graeme-connors-victoria-shows Fourteen-time Golden Guitar Award winner, Graeme Connors is bringing his ‘from the backcountry’ album tour to Victoria this month, performing at Caravan Music Club on Friday, November 22, Bendigo’s Capital Theatre on Saturday, November 23 and a sold-out Burke and Wills Winery show on Sunday, November 24. Recognised as one of Australia’s most eclectic singer/songwriters, Graeme has received numerous awards during his more than 40-year career for his contribution to Country Music. Golden Guitars, ARIA, PPCA and APRA Awards line his shelves, with his most recent prestigious accolade, 2016 inductee to the Roll of Renown (Australia’s Country Music Hall of Fame). During his much-anticipated two-hour shows, fans will enjoy the hits that made him a household name, favourites from his 19-album catalogue and songs from his new album ‘from the backcountry’, which was released in August and features his latest singles ‘One Life’ and ‘Kimberley Frontier’ – all performed with the backing of an incredible band: Gary Carruthers (banjo, guitar, mandolin, vocals), Jeff Camilleri (bass, vocals) and Scott Hills (percussion, drums, vocals). ‘from the backcountry’ debuted at #4 on the ARIA Country Albums chart and #6 on the ARIA Australian Artists Albums (all genres) chart. It was recorded with multi-award winning Australian Producer Matt Fell at his Sydney studio and combines Graeme’s signature modern country sound with elements of rock, blues and roots. Says Connors, “This album enters new terrain for me as both a singer and songwriter. I’m growing with my fans and diversifying my sound. “Australian Country is who I am… and always will be. I’m constantly trying to capture the Australian story in my music and naturally I draw inspiration from regional communities and the vast and diverse landscape that is our backyard.” ‘from the backcountry’ is Connors’ first album of all new material in seven years, since the release of At the Speed of Life in 2011. The album is essentially a lyrical journal of Graeme’s explorations over the past few years. “I’m still amazed and excited to find, with all my years of travel and experience there are places from the backcountry, both in the physical landscape and my subconscious world, that inspire me to write – to capture life in all its mystery and wonder,” Connors says. For ticket information and where to purchase Graeme Connors’ music, go to STREAM FROM THE BACKCOUNTRY OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO – ONE LIFE MEDIA CONTACT: Erin Jameson – erin(at)jamesonandco(dot)com +61 419 323 663 LISTINGS INFO: Friday, November 22 Graeme Connors (18+) Caravan Music Club, 1 Victor Road, East Bentleigh Phone: 03 9579 4512 Doors: 8pm Show time: 8.30pm Finish: 10.30pm Tickets: $40/53/56+bf; $45 on the door (if available) through Caravan Music Club Saturday, November 23 Graeme Connors (18+) Capital Theatre, 50 View St, Bendigo Phone: 03 5434 6100 Doors: 7pm Show time: 7.30pm Finish: 9.30pm Tickets: $69+bf through Capital Theatre Hollywood stars support ‘next epic’ Aussie sci-fi franchise 2019-10-30T00:35:18Z hollywood-stars-support-next-epic-aussie-sci-fi-franchise HOLLYWOOD stars including Priscilla Presley, US actor Cliff Simon (aka Stargate’s Lord Ba’al) and Bruce Logan from team Star Wars, have thrown their support behind the work of Hunter Valley author A.J. Cootes, who will officially launch the first book in the Almythea franchise in Australia this November. Almythea has been 20 years in the making and excitement is building worldwide for what is being touted as the next epic franchise in the sci-fi fantasy adventure genre. The main launch will be at Supanova in Brisbane from November 8-10, following other book launches in the Hunter Valley on November 3 and on the Gold Coast on November 7. A percentage of proceeds will go to Beyond Blue to help fight anxiety, depression and suicide. Priscilla Presley will play Petelia (Queen of the ‘fleafs’ – pixie-like creatures that act as her messengers and spies, when they’re not messing up) in the upcoming films and Cliff Simon will play Grey Paw (a rebellious, smouldering, immortal Obi Wan Kenobi type). He has also written the foreword for the book. A.J. Cootes began writing after his best friend, Greg Wilson, was involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident. Greg’s ensuing battle with depression inspired the pair to co-author the artist’s biography, My Brush with Depression, in the hope it would help others facing similar problems. Growing up, A.J. loved movies and stories that encouraged his imagination and altruism. His favourites are the Star Wars films, Dune by Frank Herbert, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain and other books by Charles Dickens and Ernest Hemingway. The story of Almythea begins with: “In a world ruled by evil, it will take an outcast to save the people.” For centuries, Almythea has been ruled by the tyrannical alien overlord The Lost One and his duplicitous, seductively-sinister lieutenant, Raven Weaver. The once peaceful planet, now enslaved, wastes away as it is mined and stripped of rare refractive crystals. When Little Hawk, a young warrior, confesses to a crime he didn't commit to protect Broken Arrows, the woman he secretly loves, he is exiled to the Badlands. Formidable creatures force him to battle not only for his life but also against his inner demons. On the brink of death, Little Hawk encounters the mysterious and rebellious shaman, Grey Paw – changing the course of Almythea's future…” A.J. Cootes writes from his secluded farm in the Hunter Valley and is a director of the Greg Wilson Studio. He resides with his wife, Joyce, and inseparable friend and business partner Josie Wilson (collectively known as the Hippies on the Hill). He is happiest when he is writing, playing with his dog, Hemingway, and tending to his hens, led by Princess Layer, in the Cluckleberry Inn coop. There will be six instalments in the Almythea franchise The Chronicles of Almythea – Rise of Wingtar; The battle for our souls; The New Kingdom; Three will fall and one will rise; Battle of the Ancients (prequel part one) and the 1,000 year war begins (prequel part two). Numbers will be limited at the book launches on the Gold Coast and in the Hunter Valley, which will be hosted by nearby resident Channel 7's Better Homes and Gardens host Johanna Griggs and ‘Media Queen’ Aldwyn Altuney, from the Gold Coast. For event details, book sales and more information, visit ENDS Media contact only: For advance copies of the book, interviews with A.J. Cootes or celebrities involved, contact project manager Lynn Santer on 0410 513 009 or marketing manager Aldwyn Altuney on 0409 895 055. Australian Data Champion Partners With the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, University of Melbourne To Give Australian Independent Film A Big Data Boost. 2019-10-28T23:33:22Z australian-data-champion-partners-with-the-faculty-of-fine-arts-and-music-university-of-melbourne-to-give-australian-independent-film-a-big-data-boost Hidden Australian tech champion, Arcitecta, has partnered with The Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) to create and deploy the VCA Film and Television Digital Archive. The archive is a massive achievement; over 50 years of film has been digitised, preserved and made accessible with the big data project ­– totalling over 78TB of historical and socially significant cultural data assets. The archive sets a benchmark for other film schools around the world for teaching, learning, research, and engagement in film.   This is not the first time big data has been a big deal at the University of Melbourne. Arcitecta has partnered with the University research platform for over 10 years. Arcitecta provides data management platform, Mediaflux, to improve compute, data and informatics capabilities across its petascale research faculties. Jason Lohrey, founder, and CTO of Arcitecta says the project with the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music lives in a truly innovative space at the intersection of science and art.    “We are at an exciting point in the evolution of incredible films; where the art challenges the technology, and the technology inspires the art. Accessing the data in a larger context than the traditional film school setting, opens up new possibilities to celebrate and discover new aspects of Australian cultural identity and the University’s impact on a global scale.   “It is exciting to empower students, teachers and researchers to engage with films in a much deeper and more sophisticated way. With our technology, they can embark on a journey of insight to patterns otherwise unseen.”    The project was driven by Donna Lyon, an Associate Director of Teaching and Learning at the VCA Film and Television School with the aim to celebrate, explore and engage with the films made by past, current and emerging filmmakers.   “I wanted to democratise the film school archive that remained shut off – inaccessible to staff, students and beyond – and ensure that these films could be seen by not only students and staff, but a diverse array of audiences”.   The project brings the rich collection of student short films to life, offering new context and meaning for current and future filmmakers, historians, researchers and contributes to Australia’s moving image history. The Archive Project has already ingested an impressive 19,270 hours of film equivalent to 214 features.   The VCA alumni are highly and widely regarded on Australian and international screens with wins at festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, and Venice. At the cinema, they are the talent behind films such as Animal Kingdom, Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet, and Legally Blonde. On television, VCA graduates are responsible for shows such as True Detective, Top of the Lake, Offspring and Nowhere Boys.   “I was motivated to preserve and make accessible the back catalogue of student short films belonging to Australia’s longest continuing film school and ensure that all current and future short films are available for teaching, learning, research and engagement purposes”. Media release: Solid Rock - Sacred Ground and the Uluru walk closure 2019-10-25T02:09:01Z media-release-solid-rock-sacred-ground-and-the-uluru-walk-closure ­Solid Rock - Sacred Ground & the Uluru Walk Closure To mark the occasion of this week’s Uluru Walk closure, Razor Recordings proudly presents a unique Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project music video, featuring a rare, collaborative performance of Solid Rock, the iconic 1982 Goanna anthem. Filmed at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, as part of Yirramboi Festival 2019, the live concert footage features a host of musical luminaries, including Shane Howard, Emma Donovan, Yirrmal, Deline Briscoe and Witiyana Marika in a stunning union of cultures. Says Razor Recordings owner Gavin Campbell, “Solid Rock was ahead of its time when it was released in 1982, politically and culturally and we feel that the unique, collaborative focus of this contemporary performance of the song deserved to be shared widely. “Razor Recordings is thrilled that at this historic time for Indigenous affairs, all Australians will have the opportunity to witness the event online. “We are also honoured that NITV have added the clip as part of the channel’s programming over the coming days.” The Yirramboi Festival 2019 performance of Solid Rock at Arts Centre, Melbourne was a unique event, for several reasons: - Solid Rock composer Shane Howard's additional, contemporary fourth verse (exclusive to Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project performances of Solid Rock). The new, fourth verse serves to update the iconic anthem as it references important developments/events in Indigenous affairs, since Howard wrote the song in 1980 i.e. the Uluru Statement From The Heart, Eddie Mabo's land rights victory in the High Court of Australia and the nation's current escalation in the call for truth and treaty. - Yothu Yindi founding member Witiyana Marika performs traditional Yolngu manikay, specifically, to pay respect to the Anangu – the Yankunytjatjara and Pitjantjatjara people, the traditional custodians of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. As Yolngu people and balanda (white people), this is a very important protocol to observe, especially when paying homage or referencing a revered sacred site, such as Uluru. - The presence of Boon Wurrung Elders Aunty Carolyn Briggs and Aunty Fay Muir, onstage, overseeing these proceedings, as traditional custodians of the land upon which the concert happened. - Emma Donovan’s stunning performance of the second verse, accompanied by acclaimed musician Deline Briscoe on backing vocals. -Yirrmal on backing vocals and also accompanying his father Witiyana on the traditional manikays. -Yolngu yidaki master Malngay Yunupingu’s and celebrated drummer Airileke Ingram’s standout performances. Exclusive fourth verse “The terra nullius lie spread like a cancer, Eddie Mabo brought the truth, He brought the law, he brought the answer. Go back to the centre, the ‘Statement from The Heart’, To truth and treaty, Then we’ll all be standing on solid rock.” Video Credits Filmed in-house at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne. Editing and captions by Lisa-Jane Campbell. Audio mix by Luke Postill. Australia, it's your chance to design the sex toy of the future 2019-10-24T01:04:56Z australia-its-your-chance-to-design-the-sex-toy-of-the-future Lovehoney has launched ‘Future Sex 2030’, a global competition to find the sex toy of the future Future Sex 2030 is Australians’ chance to design a sex toy which we will be using in 10 years’ time $5,000 prize in each of the three categories for students, designers and the public A previous competition winner, Trevor Murphy, has earnt over $600,000 to date from his design the ‘Squeel’, the world’s best-selling oral sex simulator Lovehoney is calling on Australians to design the sex toy of the future by entering its competition Future Sex 2030. The global sex toy and online lingerie retailer is offering $5,000 to each budding designer winner across three categories: students, designers and members of the public. For the first time, new categories have been created especially for designers and students in the hope of attracting the very best designs globally. A previous campaign saw Trevor Murphy create the Sqweel, a rotating wheel of tongues to boost sexual pleasure. Since launch it has been a smash hit all over the world and has even demonstrated by Jay Leno on his hit American TV show. Trevor, who has also designed collectible card sets for big movies like Star Wars and TV shows like Doctor Who, said: "I've been squealing with delight ever since my sex toy went into production. I am so happy that I have brought so much sexual happiness to so many people. “I made so much money that I was able to emigrate and start a new career in television. Winning the competition completely changed my life.” Due to the popularity of the Sqweel, Lovehoney has made four versions of the toy and Murphy cashed in on the royalties. This year’s competition is now open and will be judged by a panel of experts, including Lovehoney’s design team and Bryony Cole, the world’s leading authority on sextech. Melbourne-born Bryony, the founder of the Future of Sex podcast, says she's looking forward to seeing what designs Australians come up with: "I'm thrilled to be a DAST judge for Lovehoney in Australia and will be personally interested in any design that explores how humans and technology come together. "Research shows that Australians are frequent users of sex toys. The DAST campaign is an excellent opportunity to put the power in their hands, to come up with something new and exciting," added Bryony. Lovehoney product director and judge, Bonny Hall, said: "If we get a design which brings something completely new to the market there is no reason why the designer cannot enjoy the same kind of pay day as previous winners. "You don't just need to be an engineer or a professional designer to enter - all you need is a great idea and a rough sketch so that our team can make your sex toy a reality." Other Lovehoney products which have gone into production after winning the competition include Uprize, the world’s first bionic dildo, GLUVR finger vibrator and BlowYo, a male stroker. Australians can enter the competition now by visiting, The closing date for entries is February 2020. ENDS Media release: POLISH FILM FESTIVAL AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCES 2019 DATES AND LINE-UP 2019-10-17T04:15:38Z media-release-polish-film-festival-australia-announces-2019-dates-and-line-up Polish Cinema In Australia, Inc is proud to announce its line-up for the seventh annual Polish Film Festival, showcasing the best of Poland’s filmmaking – plus a special screening of an Australian documentary - over two November weeks in Melbourne, with Festival highlights screening in early December for Sydney audiences. Melbourne’s much-loved independent cinemas, The Classic and Lido will be home to Polish Film Festival - Australia 2019 from November 22 to December 1; and in Sydney, the Ritz Cinemas will hold two screenings each day on the weekend of December 7 & 8. Setting the tone of quality, award-winning festival programming, opening the Festival will be Academy Award® nominated director Agnieszka Holland’s acclaimed biopic, Mr Jones, which had its Australian premiere at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival and received Best Film nominations at the 2019 Polish Film Festival (Golden Lion) at the Berlin International Film Festival (Golden Berlin Bear). Starring James Norton, Joseph Mawle, Peter Sarsgaard and Vanessa Kirby, Mr Jones is a compelling and powerful film about Welsh journalist Gareth Jones and his efforts to expose Soviet atrocities in the 1930s. Another highlight will be Australia-based director Simon Target introducing his insightful documentary, The Polish Missionaries, featuring music by Cezary Skubiszewski. Also screening will be Jacek Borcuch’s Dolce Fine Giornata – starring "the dame of Polish cinema" and best Sundance 2019 Actor Award winner Krystyna Janda; multi-award winning director Filip Bajon’s beautifully crafted, epic period drama, The Butler; Werewolf, a disturbing World War II thriller by writer-director Adrian Panec; 53 Wars , Ewa Bukowska’s evocative psychological drama adapted from the autobiographical novel by Grażyna Jagielska; Kinga Debska’s “Best Film” nominated Playing Hard ; Olga Chajda’s outstanding directorial debut, the acclaimed LBGTQIA sensual drama, Nina; multi-award-winning director Wojtek Smarzowski’s controversial box office hit, Clergy ; and last but not least, based upon the Italian hit comedy Perfect Strangers”, Tadeusz Sliwa’s Nie znajomi (NB: in Polish only – no English subtitles). The Polish Film Festival will also feature more special guests and themed multi-cultural events, to be announced in the coming weeks. Session times and ticketing information for Polish Film Festival Australia 2019 will be announced on November 1, through Connect with Polish Film Festival Australia online: OFFICIAL WEBSITE FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM MEDIA CONTACT: Erin Jameson – 0419 323 663 erin(at)jamesonandco(dot)com FILM SYNOPSES Mr. Jones (2019) A Welsh journalist breaks the news in the western media of the famine in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s. Director: Agnieszka Holland Stars: James Norton, Vanessa Kirby, Peter Sarsgaard VIEW TRAILER WATCH MR JONES PRESS CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS FROM BERLINALE 2019 _________________________________________________________________________________________ Dolce Fine Giornata / Slodki Koniec Dnia (2019) Directed by Jacek Borcuch. With Krystyna Janda, Kasia Smutniak, Antonio Catania, Lorenzo de Moor. The stable family life of a poetess living in Tuscany begins to fall apart , after she develops a relationship with a young immigrant, and as she makes a controversial acceptance speech after a terrorist attack in Rome. Director: Jacek Borcuch Stars: Krystyna Janda, Kasia Smutnialk, Antonio Catania VIEW TRAILER _________________________________________________________________________________________ The Butler / Kamerdyner (2018) Set between 1900 and 1945, the film follows a Prussian family von Krauss, and a forbidden love story between the Kashubian boy Mateusz and the German aristocrat girl Marita Director: Filip Bajon Stars: Janusz Gajos, Anna Radwan, Sebastian Fabijanski VIEW TRAILER _________________________________________________________________________________________ Werewolf / Wilkolak (2018) Children liberated from a Nazi concentration camp have to overcome hunger, thirst and vicious dogs in an abandoned mansion surrounded by the forest. Director: Adrian Panek Stars: Kamil Polnisiak, Nicholas Przygoda, Sonia Mielnicka VIEW TRAILER _________________________________________________________________________________________ 53 Wars / 53 wojny (2018) Anna, whose husband Witek is an acclaimed 1990s war correspondent, keeps waiting for him to return safely from each war he reports from. But soon she gets overwhelmed by fear and anxiety. Its ambitious genre blend, marrying suspense and horror tropes to a tormented love story. Director: Ewa Bukowska Stars: Magdalena Bukowska, Grazyna Jagielska VIEW TRAILER _________________________________________________________________________________________ Playing Hard / Zabawa, zabawa (2018) We look at three women. The 40-year-old prosecutor Dorota, the young student Magda and a distinguished surgeon, Teresa. They have something in common, an alcohol addiction. Director: Kinga Debska Stars: Agata Kulesza, Maria Debska, Dorota Kolak VIEW TRAILER _________________________________________________________________________________________ Nina (2018) Nina, a teacher in her mid-30s struggling to have a child, looks for a surrogate mother. It would seem that with her husband, she has found an ideal candidate, yet Nina falls for the woman who could have given birth to her child. Director: Olga Chajdas Stars: Julia Kijowska, Eliza Rycembel, Andrzej Konopka VIEW TRAILER _________________________________________________________________________________________ The Polish Missionaries (2018) Far from their own country, a determined band of Polish missionaries have given up their comfortable lives to heed their call in remote Papua New Guinea. There, they go beyond preaching gospel or handing out bibles – perhaps beyond even religion itself – to work with the Papuans towards a better life. Over a number of years, the missionaries build roads, hospitals and schools, while also struggling with the effects of poverty, disease and a lack of formal education in the young state. This Polish-Australian documentary delivers an uplifting example of how faith-based aid workers from wealthy nations can help those in poorer countries. Director: Simon Target Cinematography : Simon Target Editing: John Pleffer Music: Cezary Skubiszewski Produced by: Handheld Pictures Producers: Simon Target, Beata Zatorska VIEW TRAILER _________________________________________________________________________________________ Clergy /Kler (2018) Clergy received a wide release in Poland on September 28, 2018 and grossed $29,913,342, breaking several box office records. About 935,000 viewers watched the film in its opening weekend, the best opening for a Polish film in Poland in 30 years. International rights to The Clergy have been sold to a number of foreign countries, including Austria, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Great Britain, the United States and Canada. The film has aroused passionate debate in a deeply religious country, winning awards, but also triggering calls to be banned. Smarzowski has said he “did not want to attack faith itself” but “the men who make up the Church and those who are not saints and act like outlaws”. Director: Wojtek Smarzowski Stars: Janusz Gajos, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Robert Wieckiewicz, Jacek Braciak VIEW TRAILER _________________________________________________________________________________________ Perfect Strangers / Nie(znajomi) 2019 NB: In POLISH only Another variation of the Italian hit comedy, Perfect Strangers by Paolo Genovese, but is shining in its Polish context. Seven long-time friends get together for a dinner. When they decide to share with each other the content of every text message, email and phone call they receive, many secrets start to unveil and the equilibrium trembles. Director: Tadeusz Sliwa Stars: Tomasz Kot, Kasia Smutniak, Maja Ostaszewska, Lukasz Simlat VIEW TRAILER DIVORCE TANGO AUTHOR SAYS WHY GREY DIVORCE IS ON THE RISE! 2019-10-17T02:13:04Z divorce-tango-author-says-why-grey-divorce-is-on-the-rise WHY IS GREY DIVORCE ON THE RISE? Al Gore and his wife Tipper are part of the rise in "Grey Divorce" which has doubled since 1990.  Divorce expert, best-selling author of The Divorce Tango and founder of Australia’s first National Divorce Centre, Cheryl Duffy says “The reason Grey Divorce is on the rise is  threefold. Firstly, money, women are more financially independent so no longer have to choose a bad marriage or poverty. Secondly there is not the same stigma about divorcing now as there used to be and thirdly better health and life expectancy" “When the children have grown up “empty nest syndrome” comes into play and the parents find they have grown apart or lost the spark that was once there and realise they are not too old to seek happiness later in life” concludes Cheryl. TO INTERVIEW CHERYL DUFFY email or call Max Markson 0412 501 601 ABOUT CHERYL Cheryl Duffy is a CDC Certified Divorce Coach® and Author of the bestseller “The Divorce Tango”. Cheryl’s career evolved from leading key programs for successful change and betterment in a large, multinational company however, the most difficult change she has ever had to manage was her divorce, which affected every facet of her life. After nineteen years, Cheryl’s marriage came to an end, and her life completely changed. Being the first among her family and friends to experience divorce, she was left to blindly navigate her way out of the tumultuous times, into a better post-marriage life. The journey continued in the pursuit to help others impacted by Divorce whereby Cheryl became a Certified Divorce Coach to help others accelerate their divorce recovery so they can let go, move on and create the life they deserve so they don’t have to waste years being emotionally paralysed like she did. Through one on one coaching sessions or unique programs depending on whether you are pre/post divorce can empower you to take charge and accelerate your divorce recovery so you can rebuild your life faster.   Media release: Ross Wilson and Kate Ceberano headline fundraiser for student music ampitheatre in memory of Paul Gray 2019-10-03T22:00:00Z media-release-ross-wilson-and-kate-ceberano-headline-fundraiser-for-student-music-ampitheatre-in-memory-of-paul-gray Aussie rock royalty and celebrities join forces to honour the late Paul Gray in fundraiser for kids’ arts and culture hub The Outdoor Room Extravaganza Sunday 27th October 2019 at Cheltenham Secondary College Ross Wilson and Kate Ceberano will headline an all-day family event to raise funds for an innovative “outdoor music room/ampitheatre” for the exclusive use of school students and community youth groups to create music and performance art after school hours. The Outdoor Room Extravaganza will be held on the sports oval at Victorian Bayside’s Cheltenham Secondary College on Sunday, October 27th, featuring music, food, local beer/wine and boutique market stalls from 12 noon until 7pm. Also performing will be John Kenny (The Rockmelons), Scott Carne (Kids In The Kitchen) and Mack Moses (from The Voice), and young indie artists Franjapan, Sarah Rzek and Mother Culture, with an all-star house band featuring Ben Cripps (Human Nature, David Campbell), Nik Pringadi (Boy George, Tina Arena, Belinda Carlisle), Jeff Consi (The Badloves), Gods of Guitar Phil Ceberano, Steve Williams (Wa Wa Nee) and Christian Meyer. Tickets range from $25 to $120, with free entry for children under 12 years. The Outdoor Room is the brainchild of well-known vocalist and Head of Instrumental Music at Cheltenham Secondary College, Lisa Maxwell-Cripps, who collaborated with celebrity gardner Jamie Durie on the concept of creating a kids’ music space to be built as a memorial to the late Paul Gray, of Wa Wa Nee, with the aim of encouraging school-aged children to seek music and the arts as a therapeutic escape from their daily pressures. Says Lisa, “As Head of Instrumental Music at Cheltenham Secondary College, I have been moved and inspired by witnessing the positive impact that music has on young adults. “Anxiety and depression are on the rise due to all kinds of modern calamities. The perception of the perfect world on Facebook and Instagram gives confusing messages to young adults and often make them feel like they just aren’t adequate enough. This coupled with the pressures of school work, exams, growing up, hormones, feeling misunderstood, disconnected and trying to look like they have it all together, have contributed to making teenagers anxious about fitting in and hampered the development of coping mechanisms. Suicide is the leading cause of death in young people and affects all socio-economic backgrounds. “I’ve noticed how students flock to the music department since I arrived here. By keeping the music department open during recess and lunchtimes, they always have somewhere to go. But now we are literally running out of space to house everyone and kids are often crammed into the hallways and outside in areas that are cold and uncomfortable. They are bringing all of their friends who love the ‘vibe’ of the music area and just want to be a part of it. “So because of this, I wanted to create a bigger space where ALL students are welcome. An inviting place for them to take a break from schoolwork, exams and feelings of loneliness. A place to connect with eachother through music, performing arts and culture, whilst improving their mood, concentration and connection to the school. A place where musicians can jam on their instruments during recess and lunch playing all their favourite music for their friends to listen to and enjoy. “First came the idea of weather proofing an existing outdoor area, but after a conversation with the incredibly vibrant and enthusiastic Jamie Durie, celebrity landscape gardener, the idea of the Outdoor Music Room/Amphitheatre was born. “We wanted to also honour our dear friend Paul Gray from 80s band Wa Wa Nee and Musical Director to the stars, by building a memorial for him. Paul passed away recently after a long battle with Myeloma. “All proceeds go towards the building of this project and when completed, the space will also be available to our wider community of young people and youth groups for use after hours. It will be a place for young people to come together through music for generations to come.” MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Maxwell-Cripps - LISTINGS INFO: Sunday, October 27th “The Outdoor Room Extravaganza” – All ages Ross Wilson + Kate Ceberano + Scott Carne + John Kenny + Mack Moses + Franjapan + Sarah Rzek + Mother Culture Cheltenham Secondary College Oval, 73 Bernard St, Cheltenham 12pm-7pm Tickets: $25 (Concession & Students 12+ GA); $50 (Adult GA); $120 (Family pass GA – 2 Adults, 2 Children); $80/$100/$120 (VIP) The Concert! This is going to be an unforgettable day with a line up of Australian Rock Royalty gracing the Outdoor Room Music Extravaganza stage. Sunday Rocktober 27th is set to be one of the most exciting and joyful days of music, food, market stalls, local beer, wine and sunshine! What could be better than that? Be quick to get your tickets, especially in the VIP area as they are already selling fast! Arrive at 12 NOON to secure your spot on the oval if you are purchasing General Admission tickets. Ross Wilson and Kate Ceberano Two legendary superstars of the Australian Music Industry performing their hits!! ARIA Award winners, Australian Rock Royalty and two of the most talented, dedicated and passionate performers, Ross and Kate. The all-star house band features Ben Cripps (Human Nature, David Campbell), Nik Pringadi (Boy George, Tina Arena, Belinda Carlisle), Jeff Consi (The Badloves), Gods of Guitar Phil Ceberano, Steve Williams (Wa Wa Nee) and Christian Meyer. This will be a day you simply cannot miss!! John Kenny, Scott Carne and Mack Moses John Kenny, the supreme soul voice of the Rockmelons, is flying directly from Sydney to perform for a rare one off show. One of the most soulful voices in Australia will be performing the hits; New Groove, Rhymes and What’s it Gonna be. Scott Carne from the multi award winning 80s band, Kids in the Kitchen and the founder of the Absolutely 80s touring show is joining the crew to perform his huge hits Change In Mood and Current Stand. R&B singer Mack Moses from The Voice will also join the mega crew. Franjapan, Sarah Rzek and Mother Culture Sarah Rzek is a Mushroom Records recording artist and her single “This Town” is sublime. Triple J Unearthed local bands Franjapan and Mother Culture, featuring the sons of the late Frank Ward from Sydney’s cult band Bellydance, are doing amazing things on the Australian Music scene, releasing music, getting radio play and a lot of attention at their packed out shows. The added bonus for us is that they are ex Cheltenham Secondary students. Young people and suicide Suicide is the leading cause of death among young Australians. About 350 young people aged 15–24 take their own lives every year – more than die on the roads. For every youth suicide, there are 100 to 200 more attempts. People of all ages, races, genders, incomes and family backgrounds commit suicide. But young people are especially at risk. Having depression or another mental health condition is one of the most common risk factors for suicide. Other things that put young people at risk include: previous suicide attempts problems with family or romantic relationships being bullied having access to potentially harmful medications or weapons having a physical illness or disability being gay, lesbian, bisexual, gender-diverse or an intersex person being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian Young people are protected from attempting suicide if they are resilient and have positive relationships with parents or guardians, close friends and other adults. Helping young people feel safe, supported and part of the community are all important ways to protect them from suicide. Warning signs Never ignore the warning signs that a young person may be thinking about suicide. Common warning signs, behaviours and feelings include: feeling hopeless feeling worthless feeling alone, like no-one understands showing a drastic change in mood or behaviour being aggressive and irritable talking about dying a lot, or making arrangements for when they are dead possessing weapons, sharp objects or medication self-harming (such as cutting their skin) doing risky things using a lot of alcohol or illicit drugs The person might lose interest in their friends or social activities. They may seem to stop caring about other people or events. Their school or work performance might suffer, and they might get into trouble with the police or even run away. They might also have problems sleeping. While it’s important not to ignore these signs, sometimes there is no indication that a person is thinking of suicide. SOUL SEED LAUNCHES “SUPER SEED SNAPS” IN WOOLWORTHS NATION-WIDE 2019-09-29T23:00:00Z soul-seed-launches-super-seed-snaps-in-woolworths-nation-wide Media Release: Monday 30 September 2019 Over date-based snacks? Supermarket hemp foods favourite, Soul Seed, has launched a new range of “Super Seed Snaps” into 744 Woolworths stores across Australia. Found in the health food aisle, Super Seed Snaps are gluten free with 5g+ of protein, fibre plus a variety of vitamin and mineral-rich super seeds including hemp, flax, chia and pumpkin. The baked snacks are ideal for lunchboxes, briefcases and handbags alike. There’s a flavour for every mood and palette - Salted Caramel, Turmeric & Black Pepper, Rich Choc and Spicy Sriracha. Soul Seed Founder Cade Turland says, “9 times out of 10, when I flip to the nutrition panel on a snack, the first ingredient I read is ‘dates’. “We set out to create a snack with a real point of difference in the health food category. Something tasty, filled with whole foods and of course featuring our favourite nutrition-packed super seed, hemp. That’s where Super Seed Snaps were born.” Soul Seed’s millennial founders Cade Turland and Forbes 30 Under 30 Listmaker, Georgia Branch, have been blown away by the growth of the brand. Launched in 2018, Soul Seed has quickly become Australia’s widest reaching hemp foods brand. Soul Seed’s ethos is to bring whole food nutrition to the whole family. The products can be found in both Coles and Woolworths as well as Ritchies IGA stores. For samples, interviews and images please contact Georgia Branch | ABOUT SOUL SEED Part of Trichomia Pty Ltd hemp brands (also owner of Hemple), Soul Seed is Australia’s widest-reaching supermarket hemp foods brand. Soul Seed’s cold pressed Australian hemp seed oil, protein and seeds can be found at Coles and Ritchies IGA while their Super Seed Snaps range can be found at Woolworths nation- wide. Trichomia Pty Ltd investors include MMJ (ASX:MMJ). Sydney Woman Reclaims her Birthright, 50 Years After Teacher Changes Her Name 2019-09-28T02:48:28Z sydney-woman-reclaims-her-birthright-50-years-after-teacher-changes-her-name More than half a century ago—a baby was born in a barn in a small village called Dolno Srpci, in the then Yugoslavia. She was named Mirjana, her name to mean “Peace on Earth”. A few years later, she journeyed with her family to a new land, Australia, which would become her home. In her new country, teachers at the school she was sent to couldn’t pronounce Mirjana, so they decided it was “easier” to call her “Maria”.  Though the teacher’s decision to change Mirjana’s wasn’t made legal, it was decided she would be called Maria in order to to fit in and be accepted into 1960s Australian society. This name—Maria—remained attached to her for more than 50 years.  Now, this Australian businesswoman, visionary and changemaker has reclaimed her birthright and no longer associates with, or calls herself, Maria—a name forced upon her at a time when being different was widely unacceptable.  The Maria chapter has closed, and the Mirjana chapter has opened, she says.  “Though this is my story, what I am certain of is that the symbolism of this story reflects many stories and indeed the story of humanity,” Mirjana says.  “Perhaps you’ve been told you can’t follow your dream, or perhaps you’ve been conditioned to think a certain way and live a life to please others in order to feel loved and accepted. Awareness is the key: it empowers you to think differently about yourself and others. It is time to rise up and be the light.”  Mirjana says people won’t always have a choice as to what they experience, but everyone always has a choice as to how they experience it. “The essence of that choice lies in a certain kind of forgiveness. But not what most people think about forgiveness, which puts us as the victim. It’s a thought system that puts us at cause and not effect of our life and empowers us to think differently about others and ourselves.”  She adds: “Experience has taught me to be at cause and not effect, and to never again be a victim of the world. This time, the choice was mine.” ENDS Media notes:  • Mirjana is available to expand upon this subject matter in great depth. If you would like to interview Mirjana, or have a post written specifically for your publication, please contact us.  • Images of Mirjana as a child are available on request. MARIA BOZNOVSKA BIO:  Visionary, thought leader, adventurer, nurturer, game changer and future shaper. Mirjana is shifting consciousness; empowering people to think differently about themselves and others—to “be the light”. She is also the author, writer, motivational speaker and inspirational woman behind her highly engaged Facebook community, Mirjana. As a creative strategist, she has a deep knowing and innate ability to encourage people to challenge the status quo, specific to what they believe about themselves and what they have been taught to believe as their truth.  In her role as a leadership expert, Mirjana works within the corporate sector to "empower the leaders of today", and the education industry to "empower leaders of tomorrow". She is also known for her one-on-one leadership coaching, empowering men and women to embrace their authentic power. The mum-of-four has personally found profound blessings and gratiude in hardships. She inspires others to do the same through her introspective discoveries, thought provoking blogs, articles, seminars and workshops and lead-by-example journey. “I’ve dedicated my life to honouring my creative self-expression; and through that, letting my life speak—it is my mission and joy to help others do the same,” Mirjana says. Most widely known for her conscious leadership, Mirjana guides with a grateful heart while tapping into her gift of vision—the ability to recognise potential in almost anyone and navigate clients towards empowerment and fulfilment.  As a creative strategist, Mirjana draws on her background in high-level corporate roles and her 22-year accounting business. She understands the importance of self-expression as a key aspect to happiness in the working environment and overall wellbeing. She says her role as mother is her greatest achievement. Through her conscious parenting approach, she aims to provide a safe space where her children can grow, explore and determine their own truth and path. Find out more about Mirjana at Media Contact: Shannon Dunn Australian Supermarket IGA Joins the Edible Bug Revolution 2019-09-16T10:17:24Z australian-supermarket-iga-joins-the-edible-bug-revolution Supermarket trailblazers IGA have announced they will be the first chain of Australian supermarkets to stock edible crickets. The addition of Grilo products to IGA shelves comes on the back of increasing demand from customers for more sustainable sources of protein. “We are passionate about bringing our customers new and exciting products that they wouldn’t usually be able to find,” says the HG Retail Group. For people looking to reduce their environmental impact while also meeting dietary needs edible crickets offer the perfect substitute. “Grilo Protein is one of these such products and we are proud to support this innovative and local company who is committed to supplying healthy, sustainable and future conscious food that tastes great!” – Rob Outridge, IGA Owner, Maleny. Eating crickets has previously been uncommon in the West, largely due to the ‘ick’ factor associated with eating bugs. However, consumers are now recognizing that not only are crickets mild in flavour, but their nutrient density, sustainability and versatility make them a more sustainable and delicious protein alternative. IGA’s move to add Grilo products to their shelves is incredibly exciting and demonstrates the growing understanding for the need to find food solutions that meet both planet and human needs. We believe the growing trend of consuming insects will result in a healthier planet and healthier bodies. Here are three reasons why Grilo products will now be on IGA shelves: Environmental Alternative Crickets are the most sustainable source of protein on earth. They require far less resources (water, land, feed and energy) than other popular sources of protein, such as chicken, beef or pork, and produce 80 times less methane than cows. Given that 18% of greenhouse gas emissions is a result of livestock production, cricket’s growing popularity should result in a significant lowering of emissions. Nutrient Dense Crickets are extremely nutrient dense, containing 69% protein, vitamin B12, Omega 3, iron, potassium and calcium. Their digestibility is higher than that of plant proteins, making it easier for the body to extract and absorb all those nutrients. Given the busy lives lead by most people and the impact of good nutrition on mental and physical health, the need for accessible, easily prepared nutrients is great. Versatile & Delicious Given their mild, nutty flavour, crickets are extremely easy to incorporate into meals and smoothies; sweet or savoury. Alternatively, Grilo energy bars are an extremely convenient and delicious means of meeting daily protein requirements. For more information or for an interview contact: Camila Meyer Co-founder at Grilo Protein Click here for images. Grilo organic cricket powder and smoothie protein blends available at IGA Energy Bars made with organic cricket powder: banana caramel, chocolate mint and cacao fudge “We are passionate about bringing our customers new and exciting products that they wouldn’t usually be able to find,” says the HG Retail Group. IGA: first Australian supermarket chain to stock edible bugs products Grilo roasted crunchy crickets MindBodySpirit Festival returns to Sydney in October 2019-09-11T04:49:15Z mindbodyspirit-festival-returns-to-sydney-in-october The MindBodySpirit Festival is continuing to celebrate 30 years of self-love, advances in holistic health, spiritual awakenings and more with over 19,000 Sydney-siders looking for a healthier, more mindful lifestyle. The party starts Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 October in the iconic Darling Harbour’s state-of-the-art International Convention Centre! The event, which is free to attend, will bring together the very best of organics, natural skincare, complementary medicine, holistic therapies, new-age spirituality and personal growth. The 2019 Seminar & Workshop Series will feature an inspiring line-up of more than 60 guest facilitators who will share their International and Australian expertise on self-development, spiritual matters, health and nutrition. Special guests include clairvoyant, medium and spiritual healer Helen Parry Jones, psychic medium Jason McDonald, naturopath and author Katherine Maslen and yoga workshops with Adette Kagan and Claire Cunneen. Find mesmerising performances and interactive and spiritual entertainment at the Performance Stage each day including celebrity spiritual medium Natalee Flinn and Animal Spirit Mystic Scott Alexander King, a sound healing journey with Lou Van Stone and bellydancing from Sophie Alize and Seda Star. For those looking to relax, unwind and take a break, the Meditation Room by Brahma Kumaris will feature free guided classes. Or for those looking to delve into their future or reflect on the past, nationally renowned psychics can be found in the Psychic Reading Room, featuring over 50 of Australia’s most talented readers. Health foodies can take a juicing masterclass, learn to combat a fatty liver or understand how to quit dairy - all at the Soul Kitchen Cooking Stage! Hear from leading experts including Health Coach Kris Goetz, Nutritional Medicine master Kathy Ashton and renowned health and medical expert Dr Sandra Cabot! It’s an exciting day out, filled with shopping, new experiences, entertainment, learning and expert advice. We all want to live a healthier and more wholesome life and the Festival is a great way to discover how. Held annually since 1989, the MindBodySpirit Festivals are Australia’s longest running and most respected wellbeing events, attracting over 91,000 visitors nationwide. The 2019 Festival will be held at International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour. Doors open 10am daily. Tickets (valued at $20) are FREE by registering online at Ghosts in the System – Thousands Living in Sexual Servitude, Forced Marriage and Forced Labour in Australia 2019-09-08T22:08:53Z ghosts-in-the-system-thousands-living-in-sexual-servitude-forced-marriage-and-forced-labour-in-australia 9th September 2019 - No identity, and therefore no ability to get medical treatment or official help, Charlotte* lived in sexual servitude and slavery, fearing for her life every day for 12 years.   This is not a story from hundreds of years ago. It’s not something that occurred in a far-off country. It happened right here, in Australia, in 2019.   Official estimates state that 15,000** people currently live in circumstances of slavery within Australia – this includes victims of human trafficking, forced labour, forced marriage and forced sexual exploitation – however Sally Irwin, founder of Freedom Hub, believes actual figures could be much higher. Fivers for Survivors Day, held this year on October 16th, is calling on businesses, schools, clubs and individuals to give just $5 to help survivors of slavery in Australia rebuild their lives.   “There are thousands of people in Australia who are effectively ghosts in the system. Official statistics often can’t capture them because they essentially ‘don’t exist’; their identities have been stolen from them, passports taken, all means of communication cut off. Without the ability to access assistance or services they are trapped in slavery living in abhorrent circumstances,” said Irwin.   Irwin’s organisation, Freedom Hub, is a For Purpose enterprise that works to provide after-care services for survivors of modern slavery in Australia.   “Once the survivor is removed from the situation of slavery there is still so much more that needs to be done for them. Our Survivor School helps them reintegrate into society, build a life for themselves and overcome their trauma to really thrive,” Irwin said.   Shardi* came to Australia in 2016 as a slave with the family that ‘owned’ her. Unpaid, over worked and verbally abused, after 14 months she found an opportunity to run and escaped with nothing but the clothes she was wearing. Freedom Hub helped provide Shardi with clothing, accommodation and food, along with Survivor School classes to help her rebuild her life. She now dreams of using her passion and skills to become a chef.   Freedom Hub’s Survivor School has helped over 70 survivors like Charlotte and Shardi, a process which can take years and cost up to $20,000 per person. Survivor School provides work-ready courses, including basic employment and office skills, practical applications for success and paid work experience. The school also provides peer support and long-term support, including outings, workshops, employment help and tutoring.   “This Fivers for Survivors Day we’re asking people to come together to give a small donation so that jointly we can make a massive difference. Whether it’s a morning tea in the office, drinks after work or a collection amongst your friends, mobilise your network and help make an impact in the lives of modern slavery survivors like Charlotte and Shardi for as little as $5,” said Irwin.   As a For Purpose business every cent donated through Fivers for Survivors Day goes straight to Freedom Hub’s Survivor School program, directly benefitting individual survivors.   Fivers for Survivors Day seeks to raise awareness of the issue and occurrence of modern slavery in Australia, as well as much-needed funds to support survivors. Fivers for Survivors Day is on the 16th October and asks businesses, clubs, schools, groups and anyone who would like to be part of the day to donate just $5. Donations can be made at All donations are tax deductable.   - ENDS -   For more information, or to arrange an interview with Sally Irwin, please contact: Niki Hennessy Conscious Communication 0434 486 196   About Freedom Hub: The Freedom Hub Venue, Cafe and School is a registered charity with a mission to rehabilitate and empower victims of human trafficking and slavery like practices in Australia. Freedom Hub’s SURVIVOR SCHOOL runs free classes to help survivors regain confidence and become work ready. It’s cafés in Sydney and the Gold Coast are "businesses for purpose" to provide profit to sustain the School.   To register your support and receive a resource and media kit please email:   *Names have been changed to protect individuals’ identity **Global Slavery Index 2018 $20,000 funding pledged to assist change-makers and creative visionaries 2019-09-06T03:05:34Z 20-000-funding-pledged-to-assist-change-makers-and-creative-visionaries Australian individuals and enterprises on a mission to make a difference can apply for $20,000 funding to help them do so. Applications are now invited for the second annual CameraPro Explorer’s Grant, established to further change-making initiatives and bring them exposure through photography/video. Last year’s Explorer’s Grant has helped to support and promote a variety of remarkable projects: ·         Meet the Ocean – an educational non-profit using virtual reality to inspire/teach the public about marine conservation and rehabilitate kids in hospital ·         Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre – a refugee-led school in Indonesia teaching 1,500 refugee children from Afghanistan unable to attend local schools ·         Rafiki Africa Ministries, Buwooya Mission School, EthiopiAid and Action Ethiopia – locally run Ugandan and Ethiopian aid organisations assisting disadvantaged children, women and local farmers Nonprofit organisations, as well as amateur or professional photographers and videographers, can apply for the 2019 CameraPro Explorer’s Grant from now until 30 September 2019.   About Founded in 2007, CameraPro is an independent Australian photographic retailer based in Brisbane. Through its newly established Explorer’s Grant, CameraPro proudly assists Australian photography and video practitioners in addressing and raising awareness of worthy causes. Find out more at