The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-01-24T21:26:38Z The Theory of Relativity - #1 Top Trending Musical during COVID-19 2021-01-24T21:26:38Z the-theory-of-relativity-1-top-trending-musical Friday 22 January, 1pm AEST From Drama Desk Award nominees Neil Bartram and Brian Hill, this unconventional musical is a joyous and moving look about our surprisingly interconnected lives.   Through a seemingly unrelated collection of songs, scenes and monologues, The Theory of Relativity introduces a compelling array of characters experiencing the joys and heartbreaks, the liaisons and losses, the inevitability and the wonder of human connection. Whether you're allergic to cats, in love for the first or tenth time, a child of divorce, a germaphobe or simply a unique individual, audience members are sure to find something that they'll resonate with. Featuring a vibrant and diverse cast across Sydney, Whimsical Productions is proud to continue its commitment to promoting creativity, diversity and growth in Australian theatre. The Theory of Relativity is a 1 Act musical (approximately 80-90 minutes) and recommended for a mature audience. PERFORMANCE DATES THURSDAY 18 MARCH 2021 7:30pm (Preview) FRIDAY 19 MARCH 2021 7:30pm (Opening) SATURDAY 20 MARCH 2021 2pm & 7:30pm WEDNESDAY 24 MARCH 2021 7:30pm THURSDAY 25 MARCH 2021 7:30pm FRIDAY 26 MARCH 2021 7:30pm SATURDAY 27 MARCH 2021 2pm & 7:30pm *We recommend you arrive at the theatre at least 30 minutes prior to allow for QR barcode scanning and COVID-safe screening. VENUE PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, 107 Railway Parade, Erskineville CAST ADAM: Paul Mai AMY: Claire Broderick CAROLINE: Nicole De Villa CATHERINE: Grace Chim JENNY: Rosanna Lam JULIE: Anne-Marie Cavaco MIKE: Ethan Taylor MIRA: Lisa-Marie Long OLIVER: Matthew Yuen PAUL: Jeremy Kindl RYAN: Konrad Ryzak SARA: Olivia McNamara PRODUCTION TEAM CO-DIRECTOR: Helen Kim CO-DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER: Michael Osborne MUSIC DIRECTOR: Gianna Cheung PRODUCER: Melody Duan LIGHTING DESIGNER: Mehran Mortezaei STAGE MANAGER: Mellita Kang PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS: Veronica Clavijo, Edwin Tay, Lisa-Marie Long, Ethan Taylor, Matthew Yuen, Nicole de Villa DANCE CAPTAIN: Olivia McNamara VOICE CAPTAIN: Jeremy Kindl SWINGS: Michael Osborne & Melody Duan CREDITS: Music & Lyrics by NEIL BARTRAM Book by BRIAN HILL The Theory of Relativity was developed at the Canadian Music Theatre Project, Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Originally Produced by Goodspeed Musicals, East Haddam, CT. The Musical was presented at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's Festival of New Musicals in 2015. The Theory of Relativity is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) All authorised performance materials are also supplied by Hal Leonard Australia. COVID-SAFE GUIDELINES Please refer to the latest COVID guidelines on the PACT website http://www.pact.net.au/ ABOUT WHIMSICAL PRODUCTIONS We would like to thank you for supporting Whimsical Productions: The Theory of Relativity! Whimsical Productions is a non-profit, independent theatre company based in Sydney, Australia. Formed in 2016 and officially launched early 2017, Whimsical Production’s objective is: To produce theatrical works in the most creative and diverse way possible. For more information on how to partner with Whimsical, please visit our website: www.whimsicalproductions.com.au or email whimsical.prods@gmail.com Thank you and we look forward to meeting you all! Whimsical Productions Inc. ABN: 27 589 457 440 DEBUT AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR RELEASES THE INCREDIBLE TRUE WWII STORY OF ‘ANNA UND GUNTHER’. 2021-01-20T11:15:10Z debut-australian-author-releases-the-incredible-true-wwii-story-of-anna-und-gunther FOR IMMEDIATE MEDIA RELEASE – PUBLICATION DATE FEB 1 2021 Anna und Gunther is the first novel by Australian author Jacob Hendryx to be released globally by Osmond Press on February 1st, 2021. It is a historical fiction based on a true story that follows the separate storylines of two children forced to grow up too young in Germany during World War 2 and the subsequent Cold War. The dual-storylines merge into one in the third and final part of the book where the protagonists fall in love and emigrate across the world to Australia. As described in the Author's Note, the book was written after the author travelled to his German grandmothers hometown in the Sudetes Mountains of today’s Czech Republic. 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Media Contact Tone Soup Michael Barreiro Phone: 1300 733 257 Email: info@tonesoup.com.au PO Box 650 Joondalup DC WA 6919 Australia Website: www.tonesoup.com.au Australia's Ankita Shetty declared as winner of Miss United Nations World Finals competing against 39 countries. Australia wins the crown 2021-01-04T04:05:57Z australia-declared-world-winner-of-miss-united-nations-crown-after-competing-with-39-countries Australia is declared as the world winner of Miss United Nations 2020.  Ankita Shetty, Melbourne bagged the crown to Australia competing with 39 countries. With Miss Russia, Miss India, Miss Ghana, Miss South Africa being the close runner-ups. The purpose of the United Nations Pageants is to provide men & women the opportunity to come together regardless of their background and to build relationships with those who are working attentively to leave a positive impact in their community. 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The Butterfly from Bundaberg to captivate at Capricorn Caves 2020-12-14T10:05:32Z the-butterfly-from-bundaberg-to-captivate-at-capricorn-caves Chelsea’s musical performance, Butterfly in a Cave, will take place in the beautiful cathedral caves at Capricorn Caves, north of Rockhampton.   Performance will feature live debut of her single, The Butterfly, written about the years after the loss of her grandfather, feeling that the person is still there, like a butterfly that never flies away.   Chelsea, who has just completed her Honours year of a Bachelor of Music at the University of Sydney, is excited to be performing at the Capricorn Film Festival 2021.   “I attended the 2017 Capricorn Film Festival where my sister won an award for her environmental short film, and was impressed with the quality of the event, and the support and recognition it gives to creatives.”   “I love reverberant spaces and experimenting with how my vocals can sound within them, so the acoustics of inside the Caves is something I am very much looking forward to performing in.”   “It is also personally significant as my Great Grandfather was the Federal Member for Capricornia so it is sort of special I’ll be singing in his old home ground. He lived on the hill at Yeppoon in the 1940’s when the 42nd battalion were there training before they went to New Guinea, and my mum was Miss Capricornia for the Miss Australia awards. There is nice family history in the Capricornia region for us,” Chelsea Stutchbury.   Presented by Livingstone Shire Council, the annual festival in its 6th year, will host six feature films and documentary premieres, over the course of five days. The festival has expanded its activities to include many other opportunities for the community to participate in, including visual art, theatre, gaming, projection art and musical performance.   Opening night curtain will premiere Moon rock for Monday at the Yeppoon Town Hall and promises to be a sellout event with filmmakers Jim Robison, Kurt Martin and lead actor George Pullar, joining Yeppoon locals and special guests to walk the red carpet.   Festival Director Luke Graham said this year’s theme encourages the connection and exhibition of cinema art and its perception through visual mediums.   “We are very excited to deliver this expanded cinema arts experience and screen powerful stories to the region,” Luke Graham, Festival Founder.   Yeppoon will be a hive of film industry activity and networking opportunities when the filmmakers and professionals arrive for the event that is generously supported by Livingstone Shire Council, Tourism and Events Queensland, Screen Queensland, The Capricornia, Bishopp and Keppel Coast Arts.   “Our supporters give us the opportunity to be able to bring experienced, award winning filmmakers to the Capricorn region and to stir the imaginations and inspiration of new generations of big screen storytellers.  Hopefully lots of great connections are made that will help the creative industry grow here on the Capricorn Coast,”  Luke Graham.   The Butterfly is due for release on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and all other streaming platforms from 11th January 2021, the anniversary of when Chelsea lost her grandfather.   To purchase tickets or learn more: www.capricornfilmfestival.com ENDS - For more information please contact:  Judith Keightley  0418 191 438 or judi.darren@bigpond.com Download Photos:  https://www.dropbox.com/t/UrPJMmQ4PADiy1fT  SESAME STREET RETURNS TO NEW ZEALAND SCREENS WITH 48th SEASON AND A NEW SPECIAL ON TVNZ 2020-12-11T02:00:40Z sesame-street-returns-to-new-zealand-screens-with-48th-season-and-a-new-special-on-tvnz Sesame Street will return to New Zealand screens with a brand-new season and a new special, to premiere on TVNZ.   Sesame Street’s Season 48 will premiere on Monday 14th December on TVNZ OnDemand at 8am, as well as on TVNZ 2 on 19th January, 2021 with a kindness curriculum focusing on respect and understanding and featuring celebrity guests Kate McKinnon, John Legend, Lucy Liu, and Josh Groban.   ‘The Not Too Late Show with Elmo’ will premiere on Friday 8th January on TVNZ OnDemand.   “We’re delighted to see Sesame Street return to New Zealand television screens to delight another generation of children, and we’re thrilled that TVNZ will join us in helping kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder,” said Whit Higgins, Vice President of International Media Distribution and Business Development, Sesame Workshop.   Season 48 - December 14th, TVNZ OnDemand, and January 19th TVNZ 2 Sesame Street’s 48th season features its powerful kindness curriculum, and an all-new Cookie Monster segment that teaches pre-schoolers where different foods come from.   Sesame Street will focus on mutual respect and understanding, helping kids recognise similarities and celebrate differences – particularly around race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. With its diverse cast of humans and lovable monsters living side-by-side, the show has long helped kids and families navigate this space, and this season is no exception.   “The stories this season focus on cultivating cultural competencies, which are important prosocial skills for school readiness and for life – and they’re more vital now than ever,” said Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, SVP Content and Curriculum, Sesame Workshop. “By modelling constructive ways to experience difference and show compassion, we hope to give kids the tools they need to develop empathy by taking on the perspectives of others, appreciating differences while recognising fundamental similarities.”   Also new this season is the “Cookie Monster’s Foodie Truck” segment. In each five-minute installment, Cookie Monster and his new pal Gonger receive a video call from a child who orders something special from their food truck. Partway through each recipe, Cookie and Gonger jump behind the wheel to gather a key ingredient straight from the source, visiting a cranberry bog, a pasta factory, an avocado farm, and more. Farmers and artisans show Cookie and Gonger how their star ingredient is grown or produced before restocking the truck and sending the chefs home to get cooking. It’s an engaging way for kids to learn where food comes from.   As always, this season of Sesame Street features an incredible celebrity line-up, including: Lucy Liu as a reluctant Cinderella who wants to ditch her glass slippers; Tony Award-winner Josh Groban with a new song called “Hey Friend”; Kate McKinnon as Mother Goose, helping the friends create a new rhyme about Elmo; Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi visiting an international street food fair on Sesame Street; John Legend singing a new song called “Come Together”; and Ellie Goulding learning all about clouds.   The Not Too Late Show with Elmo – January 8th, TVNZ OnDemand The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo, hosted by a certain furry red monster, is a star-studded talk show for the whole family that highlights a different part of kids’ bedtime routines and is the perfect way for kids and parents to wind down together at the end of the day.   Elmo welcomes an exciting line-up of guests to The Not-Too-Late Show to entertain families with music, games, and fun - with Cookie Monster as his sidekick, other Sesame Street pals as backstage crew, and even his very own house band!   Performers like Lil Nas X, Dan + Shay, H.E.R., and the Jonas Brothers put their own spin on beloved Sesame Street songs; John Mulaney and Olivia Wilde get competitive with tricycle races and teddy bear dress-up contests, while Jonathan Van Ness gives Alan a “monster makeover”; Jimmy Fallon, Hoda Kotb, John Oliver, and Andy Cohen stop by to give Elmo some hosting advice, and much more—all before Elmo’s bedtime!   With a little help from these famous visitors, The Not-Too-Late Show gives familiar night-time activities like brushing teeth, choosing a bedtime story, and putting on pyjamas a fresh and fun twist that only Elmo could deliver.   ************ About Sesame Workshop Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organisation behind Sesame Street, the pioneering television show that has been reaching and teaching children since 1969. Today, Sesame Workshop is an innovative force for change, with a mission to help Kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. We’re present in more than 150 countries, serving vulnerable children through a wide range of media, formal education, and philanthropically funded social impact programs, each grounded in rigorous research and tailored to the needs and cultures of the communities we serve. For more information, please visit www.sesameworkshop.org   About TVNZ TVNZ is New Zealand’s state-owned, commercially funded broadcaster. TVNZ’s all about sharing the moments that matter - whether it’s breaking news, following adventures, sharing stories or putting smiles on faces. Each day, TVNZ reaches more than 2 million New Zealanders through channels TVNZ 1, 2, DUKE and online platform TVNZ OnDemand. Leading news site 1news.co.nz and socially-driven online news brand Re: connect Kiwis to the important issues throughout the day, however they chose to engage. Out of the Ashes- a new Steampunk Circus Spectacular fires up in Brunswick 2020-12-09T04:21:03Z out-of-the-ashes-a-new-steampunk-circus-spectacular-fires-up-in-brunswick Rising from the ashes of lockdown, the home of Brunswick’s famous creative subculture, Rubix Warehouse has been reborn. Just like the famed bird with which it shares a street name, it’s dusting off its feathers to deliver an all-new spectacular dinner show experience. A pandemic-forced hiatus afforded founder and owner Tanya El Gamal a chance to recalibrate, and the time to curate and collaborate with a number of artists. El Gamal wanted to allow the avant-garde club to mature as she had, finding a solution for supporting artists and a new way to continue to keep this creative venue evolving. The result is a theatrical Steampunk Circus experience encompassing an award-winning cast who will take up a performance residency at Rubix, backed by live house band The Ruffled Feathers. The inclusive dinner and show experience will deliver some of the country’s best in circus and cabaret performance; a structured arts experience that will surprise, tantalise and tease. Steampunk encompasses a 19th-century Victorian-inspired industrial fusion of sci-fi and technology; amalgamating fashion, make up, accessories and jewellery. The subculture evolving from the notion that the world would look a little different if the era’s inhabitants had prevailed over technological innovation and escaping to the safe space from the crumbling outside world. Airmistress Octavia will take you to new heights, while Vera Von Vixen simultaneously plunges you into sexual desire. Be mystified and amazed with the juggling skills of NICA superstar Mistatrix and set your world on fire with brazen burlesque beauty Luna Rouge. All the while be lulled into an alternate world with the chords of singer Madam Phoenix. Tickets include two-course dinner from the all-new Rubix pizza bar, a complimentary drink on arrival and 1.5 hour Smokin' Phoenix Steampunk Circus show. Up to two shows per evening will run from Thursdays to Saturdays at 6.30pm and 8.30pm until February, see ticket link for shows. “Rubix has always supported the fringes of music-loving individuals in a fluidity that transcends all genres. We are so excited to innovate once again with a unique offering that fuses art, live music, theatre and performing arts,” said El Gamal. A renowned Melbourne music, arts and community contributor, El-Gamal has two decades of experience in venue operations, event management and community program development as well as being a passionate artist herself. El Gamal, repurposed materials from her second venture - Our Friends Farm - Victoria’s largest licenced music venue located in Tallarook Victoria. First established by legendary venue operator ‘Bruzzy’ who owned the Provincial Hotel in Fitzroy, Tallarook Hotel and the Royal Hotel in Seymour before setting up this beautiful 221 acre property as a one of a kind entertainment and accommodation park in 1999. Rubix is now offering seated dining options with the show, or casual dining in the newly renovated front pizza bar- reimagined with beautiful timber bench seating and long timber slab tables, with the antique metal harrows inherited from the farm claiming the centrepiece above the bar. It has been a labour of love with El Gamal and her partner Jay Tiilikka on the tools, spending weekends renovating Rubix, and weekdays working on the farm. “I was given a commercial pizza oven, and that was the catalyst – from there we built the pizza bar, using materials from the farm to tie in both of my favourite places, giving Rubix a facelift with a rustic and cosy feel. We have designed a yummy pizza and snack menu to cater for all tastes which will also be available for delivery from Mr Yum soon,” she said. The show is an ideal outing for lovers of quirky performance, circus theatre, the eccentric at heart, those who love the unexpected. Guest will enjoy the unique and interactive performance, which is ideal for singles, couples group bookings, hens and bucks nights, corporate and group bookings and anyone after a unique post-covid arts extravaganza. Additional Info and tickets for Smokin’ Phoenix Steampunk Circus at smokinphoenix.eventbrite.com.au -ENDS- CAPRICORN FILM FESTIVAL 2021 PROGRAM LAUNCH 2020-12-07T01:02:36Z capricorn-film-festival-2021-program-launch ·       Presented by Livingstone Shire Council. The festival and will be held from Wednesday the 13th to Sunday 17th of January 2021 at the beautiful Capricorn Coast. ·       Capricorn Film Festival 20201 will host six feature films and documentary premieres, over the course of five days. ·       The festival has expanded its activities to include many other opportunities for the community to participate in. These include visual art, theatre, gaming, projection art and musical performance. ·       The 6th annual event will draw back the opening night curtain at Yeppoon Town Hall on Wednesday 13 January at 6.30pm for the premiere of Moon rock for Monday. It promises to be a sellout event with filmmakers Jim Robison, Kurt Martin and lead actor George Pullar, joining Yeppoon locals and special guests to walk the red carpet. ·       Festival Director Luke Graham say opening night film Moon rock for Monday is sure to be hit. ·       Thursday screening will include the QLD premiere of inspirational coming of age movie Delfin, about a boy who dreams of playing the French horn in a neighbouring village's orchestra.   ·      For the first time, Thursday’s activities conclude with the premiere of environmental documentary, Wild Things and a special musical performance by Bundaberg artist, Chelsea Stutchbury called Butterfly in a Cave, held in the regions natural wonder, the Capricorn Caves. Wild Things tells the story of remarkable activists on the frontline of saving the plant. Director Sally Ingleton will be in attendance and talking after the screening. ·       Friday afternoon screening will be the Australian premiere of Days of Bagnold Summer. Directed by Simon Bird of The Inbetweeners fame, The Guardian calls it a “thoroughly sweet-natured, charming and unassuming British film”.   ·      Friday night, join us for a special night of cinema music and film-themed improv games at the Yeppoon Town Hall called, Cinema Memories. Capricornia Silver Band will take you back to your favourite movie scores with a tribute to the history of cinema and Rocky Improv Group are heading to the movies with a show packed with film themed games. ·       On Saturday compete against video gamers of all ages in the regions first E-Games competition brought to you by The Capricornian Bank. The retro games tournament will include classic games such as Tetris, NBA JAM, Mario Kart and Street Fighter with the winner of each game receiving cash prizes. ·       Two award winning Irish films will conclude Saturday’s events. Rosie tells the story of a mother trying to protect her family after their landlord sells their rented home and they become homeless. Produced by Johnny Depp documentary Crock of Gold is a celebration of Irish punk poet Shane MacGowan, lead singer with The Pogues, combining archive and family footage. ·       CAPS Short Film Festival will conclude the event featuring selected short films from around the world and locally in competition and reviewed by a jury including Australian actors and filmmakers. ·       FREE community art activities Sensory CQ and CAPS Experimental will be available daily. Sensory CQ held nightly, is a visually stimulating and eclectic collection of pop up video art projections activating shop front windows strategically along the esplanade and James Street, Yeppoon. CAPS Experimental will present a series of short form video art screened at The Mill Gallery. ·       This year’s theme encourages the connection and exhibition of cinema art and its perception through visual mediums. ·       “We are very excited to deliver this expanded cinema arts experience and screen powerful stories to the region.” Luke Graham, Festival Founder. ·       Yeppoon will be a hive of film industry activity and networking opportunities when the filmmakers and professionals arrive for the event that is generously supported by Livingstone Shire Council, Tourism and Events Queensland, Screen Queensland, The Capricornia, Bishopp and Keppel Coast Arts. ·       “Our supporters give us the opportunity to be able to bring experienced, award winning filmmakers to the Capricorn region and to stir the imaginations and inspiration of new generations of big screen storytellers.  Hopefully lots of great connections are made that will help the creative industry grow here on the Capricorn Coast,” Luke Graham   ·       Capricorn Film Festival will operate in compliance with a COVID Safe procedures as a physical event. Tickets will be pre-sold and available at box office daily with reduced attendance, no exterior screenings and cashless. To purchase tickets or learn more: www.capricornfilmfestival.com   Promotional Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXdNfbAkh6Y Download Link for Video and Photos:  https://www.dropbox.com/t/2cOenET3b5WRcf1P Meating the future 2020-12-02T20:53:59Z meating-the-future Dear Editor, 2020, the year of fires and pandemics, has not offered us a lot of good news stories. But here’s one: Aussie Olympian swimmer Matthew Dunn and his dad Steven have opened an eleven million dollar business called Proform Foods that will manufacture some 5,000 tonnes of plant-based meat each year. The global meat-free meat market is expected to be worth over five billion dollars this year and to grow by almost twenty percent each year thereafter, reaching eighteen billion in seven years. The huge growth is driven by consumer awareness of the cruelty, health issues and environmental impact of consuming animal flesh. Nick Hazell, founder of another Aussie plant-based meat business v2food, suggests that Australia could be a world leader in this industry. This is not just great news for Australian business. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, more than 75% of emerging diseases originate in animals. On factory farms, animals suffer short, brutal lives, crammed together in unnatural situations, increasing the risk of human diseases emerging. Eating plant-based foods therefore makes sense for our health, the environment, and of course alleviates enormous suffering for animals. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au Yemen Blues ‘live’ from Tel Aviv attracts a 4000+ global audience 2020-11-27T04:31:29Z yemen-blues-live-from-tel-aviv-attracts-a-4000-global-audience-2 In association with Emanuel Synagogue and the Israeli Embassy, Australia, Yemen Blues - We Shout Love! Say No to Racism was broadcast live and free of charge from the Shablul Jazz Club in Tel Aviv on Sunday 22nd November AEDT to a crowd of over 4,000 people worldwide. Viewers tuned in from countries around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Europe and the United States, to watch the 90-minute adrenalin-fueled livestream concert from the comfort of their homes.Indicating the truly global nature of the collaboration, the concert was introduced by Marina Capponi, Emanuel Synagogue's Programming Director. Indigenous leader, Thomas Mayor, read the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Then Eman Amasha, Spokeswoman and Attaché for cultural and academic affairs, and Israeli Ambassador Dr. Tibor Shalev Schlosser, ‘chargé d'affaires’, introduced the band.   During the concert, fans commented in real-time on a number of social media platforms that were live-streaming the event, including Yemen Blues’, Emanuel Synagogue’s and the Embassy of Israel’s Facebook pages.“Amazing! My favourite band ever. Thank you for bringing them to Australia,” exclaimed one. “Awesome sound,” said another, followed by “Fabulous!” “Amazing,” and “Excellent!” and many more. The Yemen Blues collective included founder and lead vocalist, Ravid Kahalani, percussionists Rony Iwryn and Itamar Doari, Elyasaf Bashari on bass & oud, and Assa Kook on trumpet.A percentage of generous donations made on the night will go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.Emanuel Synagogue has a variety of other exciting cultural and educational events planned for 2021. Visit the website or subscribe for more details.   ----- ENDS ----   Photos: https://www.facebook.com/yuvalmusicblog/photos/a.4051761274843059/4051767804842406 (Credit: Yuval Erel)   Information: Robert Klein Emanuel Synagogue M: 0410 439 347marketing@emanuel.org.au SYDNEY’S FIRST MAJOR WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES 2020-11-26T02:26:29Z sydney-s-first-major-women-s-film-festival-launches FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  23rd November 2020  SYDNEY’S FIRST MAJOR WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES The Sydney Women’s International Film Festival (SWIFF), supported by the City of Sydney, is to hold its VIP Grand Opening event of its inaugural festival which will run from 27–28 November 2020 at United Cinemas Opera Quays. Walking the red carpet will be Imogen Anthony, Award winning Actress Naomi Sequeira (ROMANCE ON THE MENU, RIPTIDE, DISNEY’S EVERMOOR CHRONICLES), MAFS favourites Natasha Spencer and Ivan Sarkula, Champion SURFER Layne Beachly, Actor Andrew Steel (WISHMAN) and Actor and Writer George Basha (THE COMBINATION, CONVICT, COMBINATION REDEMPTION).  Hosting the event will be award winning Actress, Writer, Singer, Dancer and Director Clare McCann (BENEFITED, CHANNEL [V]), who is also known for launching the famed Marquee Sydney at Sydney’s casino The Star.  Clare McCann, Festival Director and Director of Cherry Productions says “A professionally and fairly run festival that aims to target the inequality in storytelling and filmmaking is long overdue. SWIFF is a festival where committed female and female identifying filmmakers are supported and celebrated. We have an outstanding festival lineup of inspiring films from across the world from incredibly talented storytellers including Malgorzata Szumowska’s The Other Lamb starring Raffey Cassidy and Michiel Huisman that was written by Australian screenwriter Catherine S. McMullen and Victoria Wharfe McIntryre’s The Flood staring Alexis Lane and Shaka Cook who has just been announced to play the lead of Hamilton in the new Tony award-winning musical of the same name.  MEDIA & PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE SOCIALLY DISTANCED RED CARPET ARRIVALS.  Please RSVP hello@swiff.org.au or call 0404 678 462 TO INTERVIEW  CLARE MCCANN or the red carpet stars email info@victoriajacksonmanagement.com.au or call  Victoria Jackson 0402 473 079 About SWIFF  The Sydney Women's International Film Festival (SWIFF) is a film festival created to support and promote the work of female (self-identified) film-makers. SWIFF is a female-run, not-for-profit organisation forged from a desire to create a platform to address gender inequity in the film industry. The goals of SWIFF are to enhance professional opportunities, and recognition and exposure for women in film, while simultaneously improving audience access to cinematic stories about women, as told by women. SWIFF launched in 2020 and has welcomed film and screenplay entries across a diversity of categories from both Australian and international female film-makers.  #SWIFF2020 media and images available HERE For more information contact:  SWIFF +61 404 678 462  |  hello@swiff.org.au  www.swiff.org.au        www.instagram.com/swiff.org.au www.facebook.com/swiff.org.au                          www.twitter.com/swifforgau www.linkedin.com/swifforgau Overcome Trolling, Scandals and Cancel Culture by Future Proofing Your Reputation 2020-11-24T02:20:01Z overcome-trolling-scandals-and-cancel-culture-by-future-proofing-your-reputation Trolling, cancel culture, negative attention and the resulting public frenzy are all aspects of the harsh reality and unrelenting pressure of having a public profile. There’s so much that public personas are dealing with while managing their reputation and careers and it’s easy to get caught up in the negativity and retreat.  Yet research shows that a public personality’s reputation grows positively on the back of how they deal with the challenges of their public life. So while reputation is partly about judgement and information it often is a product of direct or replayed experience. What a personality does, and how they do it, and how others then talk about it, matters above all else.  Unfortunately, most public personalities currently use “reputation management” only to mitigate damage during and after a scandal.  However, it is crucial to establish, protect and manage your reputation and confidently deal with trolling and negative attention before it becomes a crisis - when you have credibility and social capital in the bank.  Today, we’re excited to announce a big step towards doing that. Introducing INNURI. INNURI is the world's first personal and proactive reputation scorecard. An online, secure, anonymous and highly discreet self assessment that lets individuals - from actors, musicians, politicians, cultural shapers, celebrities, sports heroes, key opinion leaders and even influencers - take stock of the factors that could impact your reputation and proactively make the best choices for your future.   INNURI is in essence, a proactive reputational risk analysis tool, that helps you: - Pinpoint weak areas of focus and receive best in class strategies to build a positive reputation so that if there were a scandal, reputation capital is already built with the community.   - Measure 200+ traits against 6 major pillars of your reputational self - your personal and private life, your ethics, as well as EQ, leadership, persona and legacy.  - Learn how to use second order thinking to help guide your reflection, choices and action points.  - Get insights, tools, knowledge and support to build up your reputation positively and overcome trolling, cancel culture and negative attention.  The Benefits. Our research and insights have told us that our target audience - senior executives, corporate leaders, politicians, celebrities, influencers media, entertainment, sports personalities and cultural shapers - are now under increasing scrutiny from their stakeholders and that behaviour has become a part of the social licence under which brands, leaders and public personas now have to operate. What leaders and public personalities are waking up to is that their behaviour is now closely tied to their company's and brand’s bottom line. They’re realising the fact that they can’t get away with poor behaviour, neither can ignore any moral and ethical grey areas in their personal and working life. In turn, public personas want to have tools at hand to discreetly manage their reputation, pinpoint areas of weakness and mitigate any risk that could potentially harm their income or lifestyle. The problem is many don’t know how to mitigate these moral and ethical dilemmas. 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The RIS assessment measures over 200 traits and is a quick, proactive way to review and adjust the key components of your reputation in less than an hour. It’s discreet, anonymous and secure - and best of all, it’s available all year round. Reputation insights for executive teams at scale. INNURI is not only for individuals. Our corporate offering is aimed at coaches, publicists and even managers who can now empower their clients and teams with the world’s leading and best in class reputation scorecard. INNURI helps managers and coaches guide their clients better by empowering them to proactively manage their brand reputation, mitigate scandal and reduce risk. Seamless, private discretion that delivers reputational management insights at scale. The INNURI promise. INNURI is not about policing behaviour - because no else other than the respondent can assess themselves and see their responses. We don’t make available individual responses from anyone’s scorecard. INNURI is also not about telling you how to live; it’s about giving you pointers to think about your choices and ask yourself privately and honestly, which of these choices could harm your reputation? More importantly, what could harm your family, relationships, income and future. Then giving you the opportunity to act accordingly. Why wouldn’t you want to protect what you’ve worked so hard for? ___________________ INNURI’s Reputation Insights Scorecard is now available globally and takes just under an hour to complete. Clients subscribe to an annual membership and receive year round access to the scorecard, plus multiple resources to help grow and scale their influence and reputation. To sign up, visit www.INNURI.com. Darrell Kelley Turns Attention To Holiday Release 2020-11-23T17:02:54Z darrell-kelley-turns-attention-to-holiday-release Darrell Kelley's label, Viral Records, announced the release of his latest single, "Merry Christmas to You". It is quite a contrast to his more recent records which have mainly dealt with the huge discrepancy in society's unfair meting out of justice and guarantees of basic rights that many of the less fortunate and minority races within our population sadly must contend with on a daily basis. Instead, this time around the socially conscious entertainer chose to concentrate his attention and energy on spreading goodwill and Christmas cheer with this holiday release. Viral Records, a small independent label with offices located in both the states of Georgia as well as Florida, founded by Kelley and associates, remarked that after all the suffering and death due to the Covid-19 pandemic that spread throughout the world in 2020 they felt that during this holiday season the best medicine for music fans would be a healthy dose of an uplifting Christmas song. Their hope that his soon-to-be holiday classic may be just what the doctor ordered is their way of giving back to not only all those who have supported the artist and his label in the past but to everyone who will be hearing it. And from what now appears to be a tsunami size second wave of this dangerously contagious virus all around the globe, people are in need of any gift of hope anyone can possibly offer them.   "Merry Christmas to You" will be distributed globally by his record company to all major digital retailers and streaming platforms on the internet. A North American radio and press campaign has just been launched to promote "Merry Christmas to You". Mainstream Top 40, Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop, and Adult Contemporary format radio stations have already been serviced with "Merry Christmas to You". Additional personal appearances will be announced in the coming weeks. To learn more go to www.darrellkelleyofficial.com.  Darrell Kelley is presently available for interviews and/or appearances. All news, updates, and other information about upcoming events may also be found at www.facebook.com/darrellkelleysmusic, and is where Viral Records plans to debut the official their "Merry Christmas to You" music video.    Darrell Kelley's press kit will be provided upon request to all members of the media by contacting the representative listed below. Media Contact: Stevie B Mia Mind Music Phone: 800-843-8575 Email: press@miamindmusic.com