The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2016-12-14T06:59:15Z DISCOVER 30 YEARS OF ROXETTE HITS AS YOU’VE NEVER HEARD THEM BEFORE 2016-12-14T06:59:15Z discover-30-years-of-roxette-hits-as-you-ve-never-heard-them-before "Songs for Nurseries, Toy Rooms & other Sweet Places" MEDIA RELEASE, SYDNEY, 14 DECEMBER 2016: Today, Australian boutique music company, Bamm Bamm Wolfgang, have released an exclusive collection of classic Roxette songs, reimagined as lullaby instrumentals for the next generation of magic friends. Baby Roxers – The Lullaby Hits! (Vol.1) promises to “Rox you like a baby!”. Join the Baby Roxers, Baby Jane and Baby Cooper (the animated artists and babes behind the music), on a melodic journey across three decades of Roxette. Serenade your little one with a starry twist on hits like “Listen To Your Heart” and “The Look” and other fan favourites, including “Silver Blue” and “Stars”. The ultimate gift for Roxette aficionados, this lovingly crafted 12-track compilation appeals to little ears with mesmorising melodies and dreamy instrumentals, making The Lullaby Hits (Vol.1) the essential soundtrack for a “Perfect Day” until it is time to “Go To Sleep”. Adam Alexander, Creative Director of Bamm Bamm Wolfgang comments: “This is a passion project for me. I’m a Daddy and have been an avid Roxette fan since the early 90s. While I adore traditional lullabies, it’s my hope that this record can be something a little more personal for Roxette fans, who are now becoming parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles – to add to their repertoire and share with their little ones. A musical inheritance, if you like!”. To accompany the release, Bamm Bamm Wolfgang have collaborated with Director Robertino Zambrano to produce a sensory music video starring Baby Jane and Baby Cooper, capturing the adventurous and imaginative spirit of the album. Baby Roxers – The Lullaby Hits! (Vol.1) is available from Wednesday, 14 December 2016. Album download available from digital stores. A limited-edition CD is available via the official Roxette website To find out more, visit: Website: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Instagram/babyroxers – END – For more information, images and interview requests please contact: Celia Harding
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E: Notes to Editors Baby Roxers – The Lullaby Hits! (Vol.1) Private album link for review Track listing The Look Stars Sleeping In My Car Listen To Your Heart Almost Unreal Spending My Time Silver Blue How Do You Do! Good Karma First Girl On The Moon Perfect Day Go To Sleep Short + Sweet: SNACKABLETV youth broadcast network for short-form content launches 2016-12-01T00:16:58Z short-sweet-snackabletv-youth-broadcast-network-for-short-form-content-launches Meet SNACKABLETV, a revolutionary digital youth network housing the best in bite-sized content. It’s an entirely new way for young people all over the world to access high quality short-form entertainment for FREE, without annoying advertisements or subscriptions. VIEW THE SIZZLE REEL Millennials are diverse, curious and engaged - so, SNACKABLETV is too. It does not discriminate against gender, sexuality, race, creed or socio-economic status, only against beige content. SNACKABLETV launches with solid collaborations and partnerships as official Youth & Content Broadcaster for Sydney Festival, co-produced podcasts with the team from Melbourne’s Sans Pants Radio and short films produced by future creative superstars from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Offering something for everyone, SNACKABLETV plays host to content across seven channels; Culture, Film, Gaming, Music, Podcast, Style, and a dedicated hub for today’s news, events, and the best of the net; What’s Hot. Original series’ will feature respected members of the creative community including; street artist Scott Marsh; music journalist Danny Clayton; celebrity fashion stylist Mikey Ayoubi; mindfulness coach Kylie Ryan; comedians Rhys Nicholson and Robbie Armfield; musicians Client Liaison, Sleep Makes Waves and The Jezabels; and so much more incredible talent in front of and behind the lens. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. The network will lead the fight against ‘Digital Litter’, a result of too much access to poorly made content. Everything on SNACKABLETV is short, sharp, and captivating. It’s video that is never boring, always inspiring, with an added dose of learning for the socially aware, completely free of charge to the viewer. SNACKABLETV Co-founders Kate Edwards and Shae Constantine said today: “We are extremely proud to be launching Australia’s first short form broadcast network made especially for young people. “SNACKABLETV is purpose built as much for the consumer as it is for the creator – it’s a conduit between the two worlds. We identified a gap, in that there is so much good content out there and before now it hasn’t had a home or a chance to get to an audience who will appreciate it. “Our doors are wide open to young creatives and creators. We want to distribute the best short-form content the world has seen, and this is only possible with a truly robust digital platform to facilitate the relationship between creator and audience. That platform is SNACKABLETV.” Content is currently available online (mobile, tablet or desktop) via The bar has been set high and SNACKABLETV is committed to pushing the boundaries in both the controversy and quality stakes. New content will be released on all channels across the network constantly. Stay tuned for updates on exciting co-productions and distribution partnerships. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. Interview and content requests contact The Lantern Group: Louisa Read +61 412 955 101 Fiona Gulin +61 487 992 333 CONNECT WITH SNACKABLETV FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM #snackableTV MEDIA MATERIALS DROPBOX #LoveWins book out now: Jim Obergefell and Debbie Cenziper interviews avail 2016-06-13T19:30:00Z lovewins-book-out-now-jim-obergefell-and-debbie-cenziper-interviews-avail Australian media interviews available with Jim Obergefell and Pulitzer prize-winner, Debbie Cenziper Email: "If you’ve ever thought to yourself ‘I can’t possibly win against these odds’, this is a story for you. This book will become a classic." — ERIN BROCKOVICH LOVE WINS: The promise that won the landmark case for marriage equality by Debbie Cenziper and Jim Obergefell #LoveWins worldwide publication: 14 June, 2016 RRP: $29.99 paperback ISBN: 9781925344554 Imprint: Affirm Press Category: Non-fiction Moments after the US Supreme Court approved the historic decision to grant every citizen the right to same-sex marriage, President Barack Obama made a personal phone call to one man. That man was Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff who became an ‘accidental activist’ after making a promise to the love of his life to change the world. Love Wins written by Obergefell and Pulitzer Prize winner, Debbie Cenziper, reveals the inside story of the lovers and lawyers behind this David and Goliath battle that delivered the US civil rights victory of our time — and inspired the rest of the world. More than twenty years ago, Jim Obergefell and John Arthur fell in love in Cincinnati, Ohio, a place where gays were routinely picked up by police and fired from their jobs. In 2013 Jim and John – who was dying of the crippling neurodegenerative disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – flew to Maryland, where same-sex marriage was legal, and exchanged vows on the tarmac. But back home, Ohio refused to recognise their union. John’s death certificate would describe him as single and Jim would not only have to mourn his partner but also be denied acknowledgment of the life they had shared. Then they met lawyer Al Gerhardstein, who had spent nearly three decades advocating for civil rights, and who now saw an opening that had never been explored in the courtroom. Together Al and Jim began a long and gruelling battle against overwhelming odds, partnering with more than fifty lawyers and plaintiffs to make their case. On 26 June 2015 the Supreme Court ruled in their favour, making same-sex marriage the law of the land in a landmark decision seen as groundbreaking as the historic Roe versus Wade case. Love Wins is the ultimate love story – about a man who goes to such lengths to fulfil a promise to the love of his life that he ends up changing the world. Love Wins is part-love story, part-thriller documenting history in the making,with an unerring eye on the heart and facts of the case, right up to victory in the Supreme Court. READ MORE IN ATTACHED MEDIA RELEASE ALL MEDIA ENQUIRES TO EMMA@HOUSEOFRUSHER.COM Anti-Bullying Day; 'Sextortion' and cyberbullying posing a serious threat to Australia's youth 2016-03-10T02:15:30Z anti-bullying-day-sextortion-and-cyberbullying-posing-a-serious-threat-to-australia-s-youth FOR FOXES SAKEEducating kids way to safety says sex educator For immediate release - March 2016 In the lead up to the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, sex educator and author Rowena Murray lifts the lid on cyberbullying; identifying it as the greatest threat to Australia’s youth. With the rise of ‘sextortion’ or ‘revenge porn’, young women in particular are found to be amongst the most vulnerable. A recent study conducted by beyondblue and Norton by Symantec found that a startling one in ten Australian women said they had experienced ‘revenge porn’ or ‘sextortion’. Most women (76%) under 30 were found to be the victim of online harassment, ranging from verbal abuse to threats of violence. “Revenge porn has far-reaching impacts, with victims often feeling fearful, frightened, violated and abused. Having intimate photos or footage out there can be awful enough, and is exacerbated if online abuse or bullying follows it,” states Rowena. “Young people shouldn’t be shamed into isolating themselves by going offline, as the perpetrators are the criminals here. They shouldn’t be shamed by their families, schools or friends when they need support. Slut-shaming, especially when it’s directed at someone in their teens, only serves to further perpetuate alienation.” In another study conducted by McAfee in 2013, it was found that Aussie teens and tweens were some of the most exposed to cyberbullying; 81% had witnessed cyberbullying, whilst over a third were victims themselves. “Though cyberbullying is sometimes inescapable, young people can take preventative measures to protect their own safety by keeping as many details, such as their location and school private,” says Rowena. “Adults can also help by having two-way conversations with young family members and friends about the digital challenges facing today’s youth.” In her book For Foxes Sake, Rowena educates young people on how they can protect themselves from cyberbullying and on sex in the digital age.  “You’re dealing with a very open internet. There’s also more bullying than ever before because people’s brains go missing when they’re behind a keyboard and they turn into total idiots. Law enforcement, legislation and public attitudes haven’t caught up with the realities of online behaviour.”    -   ends   - Journalists please note: For interviews, images and requests please contactRachel Service  That Comms 0431 339 497Chloe Tran That Comms 0405 955 025 Photographic exhibition to demystify BDSM expression 2016-02-04T01:56:01Z photographic-exhibition-to-demystify-bdsm-expression BDSM, opening at Sydney’s Black Eye Gallery in March 2016 as part of Art Month, features 16 engaging and intimate portraits of very diffe rent BDSM practitioners. Through these portraits, fine art and advertising photographer Simon Bernhardt is attempting to dispel the stereotypes that surround BDSM (bondage, discipline, dominance, submission and sadomasochism) and tell the story of ordinary people at ease in their skin or behind their masks. BDSM will open just 2 days before Sydney’s Mardi Gras Festival, matching the theme of everyday people exploring their own sexual identity. “There is a certain misconception associated with BDSM – that practitioners are somehow perverted and guilty of abhorrent fetishes. BDSM showcases practitioners on a journey of sexual discovery, while allowing people to learn more about how they came to be excited by things outside “mainstream” sexual expression,” said Bernhardt. Accompanying the exhibition, is a limited edition book allowing the Australian public to learn more about how each subject came to be involved and influenced in the BDSM scene. First person accounts of their experiences and journeys, which avoid objectification and allow a fresh insight into a community that most people have little understanding of. BDSM seeks to celebrate and document these participants and their unique sexual identities by breaking taboos and misunderstandings about what we think goes on behind closed doors. BDSM By Simon Bernhardt 3rd – 17th March, 2016 Black Eye Gallery, 3/138 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst Opening night: 6pm, Thursday 3rd of March, 2016. #Ends Simon Bernhardt Instagram Simon Bernhardt Photographer Facebook #BDSMExhibition Images attached (higher resolution images available on request): BDSM Simon Bernhardt Subject 1, 4, 15, 16 Photo/Interview Opportunity: Simon Bernhardt is available for interview and photo opportunities by appointment. About Simon Bernhardt: Simon Bernhardt is an advertising, editorial and fine art photographer based in Sydney, Australia. Whilst studying Fine Arts Photography and Media at the University of Technology, Sydney, Bernhardt worked as a freelance photographic assistant for some of the top fashion, advertising and fine art photographers, internationally and in Australia. Soon after, this led to Bernhardt taking on his own photographic commissions for magazines and advertising agencies. In 2010 his first photographic publication was released entitled Polaroid Holiday, reflecting his creative obsession with the Polaroid format and capturing studies of stark urban alienation. This exhibition and book tour, travelled over the next three-year period. Bernhardt then continued to explore his fascination with the minutiae of the urban wilderness throughout Europe and Australia. This resulted in his second photographic publication, released in 2012 entitled Square Scapes, dedicated to his friend and mentor the great Australian painter Jeffrey Smart. In 2014 his third photographic publication and exhibition ‘Gateway’ sparked serious political and cultural debate throughout Australia. It featured sixteen contemporary portraits of cannabis users that attempted to dispel stereotypes, while debating whether cannabis is really a gateway drug and its possible future legalisation for medical and recreational purposes in Australia. The exhibition and limited edition book release also aimed to eliminate any emotion from the sensitive subject of illegal drug use. These portraits engage with the human face of each subject’s personal story behind their cannabis use. Media enquiries: Samuel Spurr ph. 0438 501 005, Mardi Gras Film Festival Coming to the Blue Mountains for the first time! 2016-02-02T22:53:54Z mardi-gras-film-festival-coming-to-the-blue-mountains-for-the-first-time 3 February 2016: For the first time, and in partnership with the local Pink Mountains organisation, The Carrington Hotel in Katoomba will host the best five films of the 23rd Mardi Gras Film Festival presented by Queer Screen, as well as the winner of the prestigious My Queer Career awards from 11 – 13 March 2016. Tickets on sale at and via the Mardi Gras Film Festival app.   “We are delighted to bring the Mardi Gras Film Festival to the Blue Mountains for the first time and to screen at the beautiful Carrington Hotel,” said Festival Director Paul Struthers. “It’s very exciting to bring the best festival films on tour to such a supportive community”.   Peter Hackney, Pink Mountains co-convenor said: “It’s indicative of the burgeoning LGBTIQ community in the Mountains that Mardi Gras has decided to expand outside its Inner Sydney heartland and come to our region. They’ve seen that we have a vital, rapidly growing queer scene and have responded accordingly.   “We congratulate the Mardi Gras Film Festival for thinking outside the box and we urge all local LGBTIQ people and visitors to support these film screenings wholeheartedly”, he added.   The screenings include:  REMEMBERING THE MAN – a bittersweet documentary further exploring the relationship between Australians Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo as detailed in Holding the Man. This film was the winner of Most Popular Documentary at the Adelaide Film Festival. Friday 11 March, 7pm.   The winner of My Queer Career, Australia’s largest LGBTIQ film prize, will be shown on Friday 11 March along with REMEMBERING THE MAN. This year the eight finalists are: Kate Halpin (A PRIVATE MATTER), Brian Fairbairn and Karl Eccleston (DON’T CRY THOSE TEARS), Tim Marshall (FOLLOWERS), Nathan Keene (LITTLE BOY BLUE), Stevie Cruz-Martin (MARROW), Joshua Longhurst (OASIS), Ben Southwell (ON STAGE), and Dannika Horvat (THE SUMMER OF ABC BURNS).  LIZ IN SEPTEMBER - The striking supermodel and actor Patricia Velásquez comes to the screen in this Venezuelan lesbian film. Winner of the audience award at Miami’s queer film festival, this film is captivating. Saturday 12 March, 6pm.  BEAUTIFUL SOMETHING - Featuring some of the hottest sex scenes from any LGBTIQ film this year, this movie is a sexy and tender glimpse into life for the contemporary gay man as the stories of Brian a poet and Jim, an actor intertwine. Saturday 12 March, 8pm.  TCHINDAS – A sensual and transporting documentary that reveals an open and multicultural corner of Africa seldom explored, follows the life of three queer artists as they prepare for a spectacular Carnival. Sunday 13 March, 2pm.  THAT’S NOT US – With beautiful cinematography, and nuanced and natural performances, this engaging dramedy about relationships is a breath of fresh air. Three couples – one gay, one lesbian, one straight - are on a weekend away at a beach house managing the intricacies, vulnerabilities, laughter and connection that comes with relationships. Sunday 13 March, 4pm.     -ENDS- Media Enquiries: Louise Nealon, CallidusPR T: (02) 9283 4114/ 0403 569 177 E: Mardi Gras Film Festival Popping at the Seams! 2016-01-14T22:58:26Z mardi-gras-film-festival-popping-at-the-seams With 20 additional screenings, 4 new venues, 9 international guests, countless Australian premieres and an increased cash prize for the My Queer Career winners, the 23rd Mardi Gras Film Festival presented by Queer Screen is set to be the biggest year yet in the Festival’s history. The full program and all tickets are now on sale at or through the Mardi Gras Film Festival app.   Running from 18 February to 3 March 2016, the Festival will feature 75 screenings at Event Cinemas in George Street and new-to-festival venues the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne, the Golden Age Cinema and Bar in Surry Hills and The Harbour. From mid-March to early April the Festival will travel to the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta and for the first time, the Carrington Hotel in the Blue Mountains.   “Every year we aim to be bigger and better than before and this year we have nailed it,” explains Festival Director Paul Struthers. “We have more diversified content including a lot more lesbian films, more transgender films, more documentaries, more international guests, more masterclasses and more screenings at more venues including two free community screenings. There is absolutely something for everyone in this year’s line-up and we are really excited to launch the full program today”.   An absolutely jam-packed program offers LGBTIQ stories across the whole spectrum from fantastical feature films to raw documentaries and promises to make audiences laugh, cry, think, be inspired and engaged. Highlights include:   CHEMSEX - a fascinating and honest insight into the lives of modern gay men in the UK who engage in weekend-long, drug fueled orgies, a.k.a ‘chemsex’ or ‘wired fun’. Participants hold nothing back and the documentary offers untouched, gritty and sometimes confronting point of view from a variety of lives within the London chemsex scene. The screening will be following by a panel discussion.   Andrew Steggall’s DEPARTURE is a visual delight bringing us to the peaceful French countryside where Elliot on holiday with his mum is awakened to previously unknown desires. With a surprisingly honest portrayal of family, young love and self-discovery, this film will haunt you in the best possible way. Filmmaker Andrew Steggall will be at the Festival and participating in a Q&A after the screening.  THE GIRL KING tells the story of the real life Queen Kristina of Sweden a brilliant 17th century monarch who fought the conservative forces of her court to modernize Sweden. Shocking the court with her refusal to marry, Kristina fell for her lady-in-waiting and names her as the Queen’s bed companion. This is the first film to delve deeper into the Queen’s sexuality and won Best Actress award at the Montréal World Film Festival.   Sure to become an audience favourite, Dame Maggie Smith and Alan Bennett give stellar performances in THE LADY IN THE VAN, fresh from the Toronto Film Festival. This is a quirky, true story about a homeless elderly woman called Mary Shepard who moved her battered van into Bennett’s driveway and refused to leave.    A superb Australian feature from 2013 My Queer Perspective winner Grant Scicluna, and featuring actors Reef Ireland, Kerry Fox and Tom Green, DOWNRIVER is a mysterious story that follows protagonist James as he is released on parole for the murder of a child as a young boy and turns the idea of coming of age on its head. The cast and crew will participate in a Q&A after the screening.     The visually stunning GIRLS LOST is an emotionally raw Swedish urban fantasy film where three teenage girls are given the bodies of cisgender men for the night. When they realise how different they are treated as men then gain a new confidence as women while one realizes he may have been a boy all along.   A fascinating Australian documentary, ECCO HOMO asks a range of famous and not so famous people including U2 and INXS, the impossible question who was Troy Davies? Artist and performer, provocateur and chameleon, Davies charmed his way through a lifetime of fame, art, secrets, HIV, abuse and gender fluidity.   Starring Dianna Agron from Glee, BARE explores the vastness of Nevada’s landscape and the neon lights of its seedy nightlife as country girl Sarah is drawn unto a world of drugs, stripping, spirituality and sex by squatter Piper.   Exciting news for fans of hit online drama STARTING FROM…NOW!, the Festival presents the world premiere of the fourth season in one glorious sitting followed by a Q&A with the cast and crew. Following the complicated lives of four inner-city Sydney lesbians, the drama has amassed 20 million views over its first three seasons.   International directors and actors will be arriving from all over the world including from Germany: Marco Kreuzpaintner(director) and Kostja Ulmann(actor) of COMING IN and previously SUMMER STORM; Spain: Actor Marcal Forés from EVERLASTING LOVE; the UK Andrew Steggall (Director) DEPARTURE;  Canada: Christina Zeidler (Director) PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL MONOGAMIST; Switzerland Claudia Lorenz (Director) WHAT'S BETWEEN US and from the US Ray Yeung, Director and Chowee Leow - Co-Producer of FRONT COVER  and Nneka Onuorah Director of THE SAME DIFFERENCE. All international guests will participate in a Q&A discussion with the audience after their film screenings   My Queer Career, Australia’s largest LGBTIQ film prize has now been increased to a prize of $14,000 in cash and support and automatic nomination to the world-renowned Iris Prize competition. This year the eight finalists are: Kate Halpin (A PRIVATE MATTER), Brian Fairbairn and Karl Eccleston (DON’T CRY THOSE TEARS), Tim Marshall (FOLLOWERS), Nathan Keene (LITTLE BOY BLUE), Stevie Cruz-Martin (MARROW), Joshua Longhurst (OASIS), Ben Southwell (ON STAGE), and Dannika Horvat (THE SUMMER OF ABC BURNS).   Thanks to Screen NSW, Queer Screen is hosting four free events for local film makers with Australian and international talents. These include a production masterclass with US based director of THE SAME DIFFERENCE Nneka Onuorah; a masterclass in directing actors and your crew from COMING IN director Marco Kreuzpaintner and actor Kostja Ullmann; developing a strategy for the film festival circuit with DOWNRIVER director Grant Scicluna; and an industry forum on trends in LGBTIQ cinema.   In partnership with the City of Sydney, two free community screenings will be shown.  WHAT’S BETWEEN US looks at the aftermath of a straight husband coming out as gay as Frank admits to sexual attraction to men after 18 years of marriage and three children. THE YEAR WE THOUGHT ABOUT LOVE is a documentary following the personal lives of members of True Colours, a Boston based LGBTIQ youth troupe and delivers a powerful message on social change.   The always popular shorts section has been extended with this year with the exciting addition of the first ever Asia Pacific Queer Film Festival Alliance Shorts – a selection of the best shorts from a new alliance of 11 Asian queer film festivals.   There will also be a screening of Mixed Shorts featuring a collection of the year’s best lesbian, gay and transgender films; a special late-night collection of international Gay Shorts, and returning after a four year absence a great collection of Lesbian Shorts.     The Festival Bar will run every night from 6pm to late.    The 2016 Mardi Gras Film Festival presented by Queer Screen is supported by St George Bank, The Star Sydney, Event Cinemas George Street, AGL, ACON, Ovolo Hotels, Optus, City of Sydney, Screen NSW, South Australian Tourism and the Star Observer.  Tickets for all films are on sale now including flexi passes to 5 or 10 films. Please visit or the Mardi Gras Film Festival app to book or call (02) 9332 4938 to become a Queer Screen member for discounted tickets and priority entry.   -ENDS-  Note to Editors:   Directors and actors from most films are available for interview  Screeners of most films are available for review and imagery is available for publication   Media Enquiries: Louise Nealon, CallidusPR T: (02) 9283 4114/ 0403 569 177 E: Queer Screen Promises Salty, Sweet & Sexy in Festival Teaser 2015-11-17T01:02:17Z queer-screen-promises-salty-sweet-sexy-in-festival-teaser 17 November 2015: The 23rd Mardi Gras Film Festival (Festival) from Queer Screen promises to set hearts beating and pulses racing with a raft of exciting Australian premieres, award winners and an Oscar contender announced in its teaser program today; tickets now on sale at   The Festival will open on Thursday 18 February with the Australian premiere of the sensual French film Summertime. Other Australian premieres to be screened include the hauntingly beautiful Thai Oscar entry for 2016 How to Win at Checkers (Every Time), Addicted to Fresno starring Natasha Lyonne, the captivating Venezuelan lesbian film Liz in September, and Coming In, a comedy from the director and star of gay classic Summer Storm.  Remembering the Man, a new documentary of the tragic tale of Australian lovers Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo, will make its Sydney debut at the Festival.   Running from 18 February to 3 March 2016 at Event Cinemas George Street and other venues, this year’s festival promises to deliver something for everyone.   “2016 is a universal festival and caters for everyone under the rainbow,” explains Festival Director Paul Struthers. “Film subjects range from athletes and dancers to local heroes and features straight, gay, lesbian, trans, and bi-sexual characters from across the world. Whatever genre you are into from lighthearted comedies to surreal horror we have it covered. It’s definitely our most wide-ranging and exciting festival yet”.   The Opening Night film Summertime, follows farm girl Delphine as she heads to the bright lights of Paris to create her own life during the dawn of 1970s activism in France. Screened recently at the highly esteemed Toronto International Film Festival, and winner of the Variety Piazza Grande Award at the Locarno International Film Festival, this sensual film will move everyone who sees it.   Further exploring the relationship between Australians Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo as detailed in Holding the Man, Remembering the Man is a bittersweet documentary featuring previously unseen footage of John Caleo and looks at Timothy’s life after John.  This film was the winner of Most Popular Documentary at the Adelaide Film Festival.   Genre fans won’t want to miss multi award winning Everlasting Love, Spain’s answer to Stranger in the Lake but even weirder. A winner at LA’s Outfest, this film is set in the woods in the wake of a grizzly murder, so why can’t the cruisers keep away?   The Thai entry for the 2016 Oscars, How to Win at Checkers (Every Time), is a stunning drama about a young boy who worries about losing his openly gay brother to the army draft. A compelling and beautiful film, which recently played at the Berlin International Film Festival, it’s easy to see why this was chosen to represent the country on the international stage.   Game Face is a must-see documentary exploring the lives of LGBT athletes. Featuring transgender lesbian MMA fighter Fallon Fox who competes in a less- than-trans-friendly environment and Terrence Clemens coming out as a college basketballer, this documentary brings us up close and personal with the athletes during their most challenging times.  Orange is the New Black’s Natasha Lyonne and Jamie Babbit re-join forces to bring us the comedy Addicted to Fresno that premiered at Sundance. Featuring sex and murder, the movie looks at how far you will go for sisterhood.  Coming In, a new comedy from the director and star of gay classic Summer Storm explores what happens when a hip gay hairdresser at the top of his game falls in love with a woman.   Documentarian Jack Walsh brings us a funny and frank look at the life of revolutionary choreographer, artist, filmmaker and feminist Yvonne Rainer as she goes through political, professional and personal struggles in Feeling are Facts: the Life of Yvonne Rainer.   The striking supermodel and actor Patricia Velásquez comes to the screen in the Venezuelan lesbian film Liz in September. Winner of the audience award at Miami’s queer film festival, this film is captivating and touchingly real.   Featuring some of the hottest sex scenes from any LGBTIQ film this year, Beautiful Something is a sexy and tender glimpse into life for the contemporary gay man as the stories of Brian a poet and Jim, an actor intertwine.   The 2016 Mardi Gras Film Festival presented by Queer Screen is supported by St George bank, The Star Sydney, Event Cinemas George Street, Screen NSW, ACON, Ovolo Hotels, Franck Provost and the Star Observer.   The full Festival program will be launched on Thursday 14 January. Tickets for the first 10 films are on sale now including flexi passes to 5 or 10 films. Please visit to book or call (02) 9332 4938 or to become a Queer Screen member for discounted tickets and priority entry.   -ENDS- Note to Editors:  An exciting addition to the program will be announced by Mardi Gras on Thursday 19 Nov  Directors and actors from most films are available for interview  Screeners of most films are available for review and imagery is available for publication  Louise Nealon, CallidusPR   T: (02) 9283 4114/ 0403 569 177   E:  About Mardi Gras Film Festival: Now in its 23rd year, the Mardi Gras Film Festival presented by Queer Screen is one of Australia’s largest film festivals of any kind, and one of the top five queer film festivals in the world. It is highly regarded by filmmakers all over the world, and is the most important avenue for promoting gay and lesbian titles to distributors and exhibitors in Australia.  About Queer Screen: Queer Screen was established in 1993 as an independent organisation whose primary focus was to bring queer film and culture to Australian screens. Run by volunteers and a small staff, Queer Screen develops the annual Mardi Gras Film Festival and a number of other short film festivals as well as the LGBTIQ short film competition My Queer Career.   As I Age….I do not giggle with a full bladder 2015-08-14T03:56:06Z as-i-age-i-do-not-giggle-with-a-full-bladder-3 Federation Square will be home to an oversized ‘As I Age’ chalkboard during Melbourne Writers Festival so people can share their thoughts on getting older. The “As I Age” chalkboard is two metres high and 12 metres long chalkboard, and hopes to inspire festival goers and everyone walking by to share their thoughts on getting older. The installation is a community project of Feros Care and is intended to ignite thought and conversation about ageing, and to break down attitudes and to prove that life doesn’t stop at 70. Ms Jennene Buckley, Chief Executive Officer of Feros Care said “This is one of the biggest and most provocative community campaigns Feros has ever done. We work hard to constantly challenge the perceptions and stereotypes of ageing. This installation is impossible to ignore, as is ageing! “I’m so excited about what the locals will have to say, and what comments they will add to the board. Older people often don’t feel like they can voice their concerns about ageing, and the Wall gives them permission. They aren’t used to such personal expression. “No topic was off-limits – from sex to beliefs to incontinence,” she said. Ms Buckley said there was an amazingly positive reaction to the Wall’s installation at Byron Bay Writers Festival earlier this month. Hundreds of people of all ages completed the ‘As I Age’ sentence. The wall drew large crowds and it became a talking point between groups of strangers. Proof that ageing impacts everyone, two teenagers were captured saying: “No matter what our age, we are ageing”, as they participated in a public interactive art installation. Participating writers at the Byron Bay festival also had their say on the As I Age wall: Don Watson: “I hope” Annie Zaidi: “One by one my fences fall away and I feel free” Renata Singer: “I’m going to keep contributing and stay engaged” Some of the 100s of comments chalked at the Byron Bay Writers Festival included: • …I give thanks, as old age is not offered to everyone • …I want to realise my full potential and capture the essence of life. • …I feel lighter and free, not at all what I was expecting • …I love, laugh and live every minute and every day as if it is my last! • ....I don’t want to be homeless • …I live to love and be loved, and to embrace my future and freedom • …I would like respect • …I ache • …I do not giggle with a full bladder “These comments aren’t always comfortable to read but they are the reality and by getting people to share their perspective, we can aim to make getting older better. “In fact here at Feros Care we celebrate ageing. We have made it our mission to always challenge traditional thoughts and attitudes to aging, and help seniors live their best lives. “If you are around Federation Square during the Writers Festival, please complete the sentence “As I Age …” and be a part of the community that creates a positive image and environment for ageing,” Ms Buckley said. The As I Age wall is part of a national roadshow to inspire conversation about ageing. Following the Melbourne Writers Festival, the As I Age wall will be appearing at the Brisbane Writers Festival (2-30 September). Men getting help with better sex 2015-05-18T03:58:07Z men-getting-help-with-better-sex Sydney, Australia  In response to the enduring phenomenon of low male sex drive due to lifestyle factors such as stress and overworking, Australian health brand MosKa have developed a health drink for men using a variety of naturally derived ingredients, including Turnera diffusa, which is traditionally used as an aphrodisiac, to arouse sexual desires and enhance sexual activity. A version for women will also be released soon.After months of intense product development and testing, with many versions of the drink being refined to ensure the most effective formulation, MosKa has finally developed a drink specifically for men with an invigorating honey lemon tea flavour. The new product is simply called ‘MosKa energy for men’. It has been listed on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG) in May 2015 with listing number AUST L 237215. ‘MosKa energy for men’ is made with a variety of naturally derived ingredients. Turnera diffusa is one of the active ingredients in MosKa energy for men and traditionally used in western herbal medicine as an aphrodisiac and tonic for the reproductive and nervous systems, to arouse sexual desires, enhance sexual activity and to help maintain mental and physical stamina. According to the marketing manager of MosKa, Lara Jones, MosKa energy drink is the perfect drink for all healthy men looking to have a better sex life. MosKa energy for men is available online at for June delivery, with in-store sales to follow shortly. ABOUT MOSKA MosKa is trademark registered. MosKa Australia Pty Ltd is the sole licensee for the sales and distribution of MosKa energy for men in Australia. Webstore address is EXPRESS FROM SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL TO NEWCASTLE 2015-05-14T22:37:26Z express-from-sydney-film-festival-to-newcastle The Travelling Film Festival opens in Newcastle, with a selection of films direct from their premieres at Sydney Film Festival.   “From Friday 19 to Sunday 21 June, Newcastle’s Tower Cinemas will screen a selection of festival-quality cinema, just five days after the Festival in Sydney,” said Travelling Film Festival Manager, Alicia Emery. “Newcastle audiences are in for an extraordinary treat with another incredible selection of films direct from Sydney Film Festival and in advance of any national theatrical release,” said Emery.  Jeremy Sims’ feature film Last Cab to Darwin starring Michael Caton and Jacki Weaver will open the Travelling Film Festival in Newcastle, after the film’s World Premiere at the 62nd Sydney Film Festival on 6th June. Sims and Caton will be attending the opening night in Newcastle and will take part in a question and answer session with the audience.   World Cinema Grand Jury Prize winner at Sundance, the unconventional western Slow West, starring Michael Fassbender, and Australians Kodi Smit-McPhee and Ben Mendelsohn; and Gayby Baby, a new Australian documentary exploring the lives of four children in same-sex families, told from the child’s perspective, will also screen.   Two of the 12 Sydney Film Festival Official Competition Films will be screened: Australian Kim Farrant’s Strangerland, an outback-set thriller starring Nicole Kidman, Jospeh Fiennes and Hugo Weaving; and Tehran Taxi, winner of the Golden Bear at Berlinale and the third film made in secret by Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, since a ban on filmmaking was imposed on him in Iran.  The Second Mother, a Brazilian drama and another winner at the Berlinale, of the Panorama Audience Award, will also screen.  The film has been described as described as gently humorous, beautifully made and socially astute.   Newcastle will also see  powerful dramatic thriller, A Second Chance, starring Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, (Game of Thrones’ Kingslayer), created by Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier; as well as Phoenix, the sixth collaboration between director Christian Petzold and Nina Hoss (Barbara), a drama about a concentration-camp survivor returning to Berlin to reclaim her life.   Family-friendly Indian film, The Crow’s Egg, a charming and funny tale of two young brothers determined to taste pizza for the first time; will come direct to Newcastle from the Festival’s Family Program.   As always a selection of six short films will also be screening over the festival weekend, including finalists of the Dendy Awards for Australian Short Films, and other shorts from the Festival program.   The Travelling Film Festival is Australia’s longest-running travelling film festival. The Festival provides audiences in regional areas with the opportunity to see world-class Australian and international films that they may not otherwise have had access to on the big screen.   Tickets are now on sale for the Festival. The most committed film lovers can take advantage of the Festival’s Subscribe & Save packages, making it cheaper to see all nine films, or five films of choice.   The Travelling Film Festival acknowledges the financial assistance of Screen Australia and the NSW Government through Screen NSW and is supported by media partner ABC Newcastle.  Full programming details and ticket information can be found at:   WHAT:                                                 Sydney Film Festival’s Travelling Film Festival in NewcastleWHEN:                                                 Newcastle: Friday 19 June – Sunday 21 June 2015FACEBOOK:               TICKETS:               $14 / $12 / $10 (Adult / Concession / Student & Kids)SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE: 9-FILM FULL SUBSCRIPTION: $75 Adult / $65 Concession                                                 5-FILM FLEXIPASS: $53 Adult / $48 ConcessionHOW TO BOOK Book tickets online in advance at or get tickets in advance from the cinema box office.  FRIDAY 19 JUNE 7PM                       LAST CAB TO DARWIN (M) followed by special guest Q&A 9.15PM                 COMPLIMENTARY OPENING NIGHT DRINKS                       SATURDAY 20 JUNE                        1PM                       TEHRAN TAXI (UC) screens with short Bluey 3.30PM                 A SECOND CHANCE (UC) 6.00PM                 THE CROW’S EGG (PG) screens with short Slingshot 8.15PM                 STRANGERLAND (UC) screens with short Death in BloomSUNDAY 21 JUNE 1PM                       THE SECOND MOTHER (UC) screens with short Goodnight Sweetheart 3.30PM                 GAYBY BABY (UC)            6.00PM                 PHOENIX (M) screens with short The Drover’s Boy 8.15PM                 SLOW WEST (M) screens with short Ernie Biscuit                                Tower Cinemas 183-185 King Street Newcastle NSW 2500 Phone: (02) 4926 2233  TRAVELLING FILM FESTIVAL VISITS… NT Alice Springs, Darwin, Katherine QLD Bundaberg, Cairns, Charters Towers, Mackay, Toowoomba, Townsville NSW Dubbo, Grafton, Huskisson, Nambucca Heads, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga, Wollongong, Yamba.  PRESENTED BY Sydney Film Festival T 02 8220 6600 E W The 62nd Sydney Film Festival runs 3-14 June 2015 and brings a packed program of screenings and special events to even more venues across Sydney. Tickets for Sydney Film Festival 2015 are on sale now. Please call 1300 733 733 or visit for more information. SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES WORLD PREMIERE OF WOMEN HE’S UNDRESSED ONBOARD SUN PRINCESS 2015-04-21T22:03:19Z sydney-film-festival-announces-world-premiere-of-women-he-s-undressed-onboard-sun-princess The 62nd Sydney Film Festival announces the World Premiere of Gillian Armstrong’s Women He’s Undressed. The documentary premieres on-board the Sun Princess, in Sydney Harbour on Wednesday 10 June.   The Sydney Film Festival screening will be the first time a premiere has been held on a ship in Australia.   The Festival and Princess Cruises have partnered to present this film, rolling out an on-deck blue carpet to celebrate the occasion, followed by a screening in the Sun Princess Theatre.  Women He’s Undressed takes an intimate look at the life of Academy Award winning Australian designer Orry-Kelly.  Unfamiliar at home, the Kiama born designer created wardrobes for the silver screen from the 1930s to 1960s.  Kelly’s design credits include; Hollywood’s biggest studios, most memorable stars, and films hits such as Some Like it Hot and An American in Paris.   “We could not think of anything more appropriate and exciting than to have our premiere on a Grand Ship on the very harbour young penniless Orry-Kelly sailed from in 1922 with dreams of showbiz success. I can’t wait to frock up with cocktails at sunset on the deck and toast his extraordinary life and talent,” said the film’s director Gillian Armstrong.   “Women He’s Undressed is about a most fascinating Australian Hollywood luminary. We are proud to be screening the World Premiere at Sydney Film Festival,” said Festival Director Nashen Moodley.   “Princess Cruises is thrilled to partner with Sydney Film Festival to present Australia’s first World Premiere on a ship," said Princess Cruises Vice President Australia and New Zealand, Stuart Allison. “In this case, the subject could not be more fitting - Orry-Kelly was a legend in the entertainment industry, whose life and work inspired millions around the world; and here at Princess Cruises, we pride ourselves on our first-rate entertainment offerings, including our ever-popular Movies Under The Stars, and providing our guests with meaningful life-changing experiences.”  Sydney Film Festival runs 3 – 14 June 2015.The full program of 200+ films will be launched on Wednesday 6 May at 11am.Flexipasses for Sydney Film Festival 2015 are on sale now. Please call 1300 733 733 or visit for more information. Animated Film a Family Treat at Casula Powerhouse 2015-03-23T00:01:12Z animated-film-a-family-treat-at-casula-powerhouse On Sunday 12 April, Sydney Film Festival returns to Casula Powerhouse for the third of the Festival’s monthly screenings there.  This time they’re bringing along the Moomins, a rather eccentric and charmingly funny family of hippopotamuses, who have been a Finnish national treasure since they were first sketched in Tove Jansson’s comic strips in 1954. Now for the first time they come to life in the comic’s first big-screen adaptation, a toon feature for all audiences, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the artist’s birth.  Recently premiering at the BFI London Film Festival, the film has been delighting both kids and adults around the world.  Moominmamma and Moominpappa, Snorkmaiden, Snufkin, and Little My are much more than caricatures. The Moomins embrace cross-cultural understanding and tolerance, addressing universal themes such as family, optimism and finding joy in the small things in life – in colour and beautiful imagery true to the original drawings.  “This is a delightful film that echoes the values of our community: to be neighbourly to one another.  Families and people of all ages will get something special from this lovely movie,” said Liverpool’s Mayor Ned Mannoun. Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley said, “A film lover can be any age, and this is one of those rare movies that all can enjoy. Sydney Film Festival’s partnership with Casula Powerhouse is about reaching out to new audiences of any age who are hungry for great experiences.”  Moomins on the Riviera is a Finnish-French coproduction with French director Xavier Picard and Finnish co-director and producer Finn Hanna Hemilä. The production uses traditional hand-drawn animation, giving a clean but intentionally retro look to the movie.   Kiersten Fishburn, Director of Casula Powerhouse, said, “This is a really enchanting film for all ages. We’ve scheduled the screening at 2pm so kids and their parents can all come down and enjoy.”  Moomins on the Riviera is the third film to be screened at Casula under a new partnership between Sydney Film Festival, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Liverpool Council. The Festival is undertaking monthly screenings throughout 2015, delivering an incredible film experience in the uniquely re-purposed power station.  What: Sydney Film Festival at Casula PowerhouseWhere: Casula Powerhouse, 1 Powerhouse Road, Casula NSW 2170When: Screening begins at 2pm on Sunday 12 AprilPrices: Adult $15, Concession $13, Child (under 16 years) $10   For tickets and further information visit: Stay up to date through: DISCO-TASTIC - DISCO DOME: THE LOST DISCOTHEQUES OF PARRAMATTA 2014-12-11T02:30:53Z disco-tastic Take a trip through the streets, culture and history of the lost discotheques of Parramatta with Disco Dome - an immersive, after dark walking tour and dance event that revisits/reworks Parramatta nightlife (1978-1995).   Presented by Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) in association with Sydney Festival, Disco Dome bumps its bootie and struts its stuff with pumping music, contemporary art, live performance, architectural tours and talks, community reminiscence, food, cocktails and a an old skool Disco Inferno.  You will Dance, Dance, Dance!     Strap on your heels. Zip up your flares: for three consecutive Friday and Saturday nights during the 2015 Sydney Festival (January 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24) Parramatta will be Funky Town, with Disco Dome grooving from the twilight hour (8pm) to the midnight hour (12am).   Via funk, fun and the streets of Parramatta (and its of old discos/cinemas) Disco Dome will casts its glitter eye on the times and tensions when Australia (and Parramatta) was moving from Anglo monoculture (read Pub Rock), to multi-cultural haven (read Disco, R&B, Hip Hop).  Nowhere was the clash of ‘flannelette’ and ‘satin’, ‘head bang’ and ‘boogie’ more evident than at Parramatta’s legendary ‘War and Peace Discotheque’ (1978-1986) where most nights it delivered on its name. Disco Dome revisits blood on the dance floor.      Mighty Real, Disco Dome also brings back to life the infamous Lucky Lil’s Nightclub as the venue for a range of specially commissioned film, digital, recorded/audio and performance artworks from some of Australia’s leading contemporary artists: Liam Benson, Khaled Sabsabi, Justene Williams, David Capra, Heath Franco, Fadia Abboud, Jerome Pearce and Zehrish Naera.   Indeed, Parramatta based Liam Benson channels Jane Fonda and Richard Simmons when he takes over the Fitness First Health Club (the old art deco Astra Cinema site) with a participatory performance (in the cardio pump room) that lets us all Get Physical.   Best of all, each night will be capped off by legendary DJ Danny K coming out of retirement to Relight The Fire, and spin a live old skool disco. It will be Boogie Wonderland (with supper thrown in).   “We’re absolutely stoked to present Disco Dome in Parramatta”, said project curator John Kirkman. “It takes us back to a heady time of great music, incredible fashion, dancing, sex, drugs and as little Rock and Roll as possible.”   Feel the Night Fever? Do Ya Wanna Funk? The only answer is Disco Dome. Book NOW.  WHAT:                                   Disco Dome: The Lost Discotheques of ParramattaWHEN:                                   9 & 10 January at 8pm                                                 16 & 17 January at 8pm                                                 23 & 24 January at 8pmWHERE:                                  Starts at the Cnr of Darcy Street and Church Street MallDURATION:                           4 – 4.5 hoursPRICE:                                    $89 + bf includes cocktails/drinks and supper. 18yrs+BOOKING:                             Sydney Festival 1300 856 876                                                                                        For more information, visit:| 02 9897 5744  EDITOR’S NOTES  ARTIST BIOS  JEROME PEARCE is an audio-visual artist, designer and cultural producer. He has been working in the creative cultural industry for over 10 years creating work with communities and collaborating with local and international artists on interactive and experimental installations, video and design. He works across the arts, community, education, disability and business sectors facilitating small and large-scale projects that cater to diverse audiences, needs and levels of interactivity. He is the founder and director of Just Pixels, a digital media enterprise that provides a range of creative and digital services.  FADIA ABBOUD is a filmmaker, cultural producer and has been the Co-Director of the Arab Film Festival Australia since 2007. 
Most recently written and directed “I Luv U But…” a web-based series nominated at the Beirut Social Media Awards in the most Engaging Youtube Channel category (Series 1), and funded by Screen Australia (Series 2). Some of her previous work includes “I Remember 1948”, a documentary that was screened on SBS in 2008 and two short dramas, one of them “Big Trouble, Little Fish” screened at Flickerfest. She has worked for several community organizations, art and educational institutions on a variety of projects producing digital stories with communities and creating video art for theatre and other live performance based productions. Fadia has also worked as a facilitator and creative producer on various projects with Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) for over 12 years.  JUSTENE WILLIAMS was born in Sydney and completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the University of Western Sydney in 1991. Further art education was undertaken at Sydney College of the Arts (Postgraduate Diploma in 1992 and a Master of Visual Arts in 2006). Williams’ early work revolved around photography and utilised the ad hoc nature of disposable cameras and one-hour printing labs. The locations for these early photographic projects were sites of public recreation: shopping centres, car shows and strip clubs; and the resultant imagery channeled the energy of popular culture while often being luxuriously abstract. Often, Williams images were the rescued “out-takes” from rolls of film; the out of focus, blurred “mistakes” that mysteriously hinted at figuration, but eluded resolution. In 2005 Williams’ interest in photography was subsumed into the medium of video. Coupled with her interest in choreography and performance (Williams danced as a child), she began to use video as a performative medium, creating elaborate sets and costumes from “waste” materials in which absurd, repetitive actions were executed. These delirious choreographies in fabulist settings have the aura of voodoo, with the artist channelling various periods from art history in an effort to reconstruct the essence of forgotten images. Through the physical collaging of materials to construct her complex sets and costumes, and the digital collaging and editing of video, Williams invokes the ghosts of artists past. In _Bighead Garbageface Guards Ghost Derr Sonata _at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney in 2009, Willliams conjures the spirits of Dada artists Kurt Schwitters, Sophie Tauber Arp and Man Ray. In Berlin Burghers Microwave at Penrith Regional Gallery in 2010, Williams summoned Auguste Rodin’s The Burghers of Calais (1889) and Claude Monet’s Waterlilies, and in the MCA’s Crutch Dance in 2011, a Futurist figure vainly does battle with a treadmill, invoking Umberto Boccioni’s famous sculpture Continuity of Unique Form in Space (1913). Justene Wiiliams’ embracing of both high and low art, history and salvage, painting and video, results in a hypnotic new form of recycling – a curiously ‘carbon neutral’ method of image production.KHALED SABSABI specialises in multimedia and site-specific installations, often involving working across borders, culture and disciplines to make artwork that challenge extreme principles and actions. Sabsabi has worked with communities, in particular communities in Western Sydney, to create and develop arts programs and projects that explore people and places from a broad social, political and ideological spectrums. Sabsabi has exhibited in more than forty-five solo and group exhibitions in Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Lebanon, New Zealand, Poland and Spain. He is a recipient of the Blake Art Prize, Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship and an Australia Council for the Arts Community Cultural Development Fellowship.LIAM BENSON is a performance artist who documents his work through photography, video and new media. Benson’s work deconstructs the social perceptions of gender, race, culture, sexuality and identity by cross- referencing art, popular culture and media language. He mines the visual language and communication formats of advertising and popular media to document his performances as both still photographs and video for a form of contemporary myth making. Liam Benson has been exhibiting and performing since 2002. Benson also regularly works in collaboration with Naomi Oliver as the performance based duo, The Motel Sisters. His works are held in significant public and private collections and he was awarded the Hazelhurst Art on Paper Awardjudged by Ben Quilty, and the Contemporary Award category of the Fishers Ghost Art Award judged by MCA curator Glenn Barkley In 2013, Benson was the winner of the prestigious Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award. He also exhibited and performed in a group exhibition in New York City, and at the Cutlog New York Art Fair. In 2014, Benson was the Arts Category Winner of The Champions of the West Initiative, and was awarded a grant for his project ‘I Adorn Myself’ – a community art project collaborating with female participants investigating the significance of their individual cultural legacy and identity. Benson was also invited to perform at the Museum of Contemporary Art, to celebrate the institution’s 2 millionth visitor.DAVID CAPRA work examines 'intercession; practices claimed to solicit intervention in initiating spiritual and literal healing'. Capra's performance work is articulated through such gestures as the laying on of hands, flag waving, dance and glossolalia (speaking-in-tongues). Capra's use of objects in his work 'function as props, yielding towards ornamentation and layered with imagery streaming from prophetic visionary encounters'. He holds a  Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours), College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales.HEATH FRANCO has been a fixture of the independent Sydney art scene since completing his degree at the College of Fine Arts in 2005. But it was his breakout video work Your Door in 2010 that hit audiences like a blast of hot air after a day browsing in a generic, air-conditioned shopping mall that put him on the radar of the mainstream contemporary art world. It was a brutal psychological portrait of suburban life which demonstrated the artist’s laser-like ability to understand the devil in the detail of human behaviour, as well as his entirely unique way of expressing it through performance personas that are simultaneously bizarre yet oddly familiar. The characters that populate Franco’s videos are performed with a Brando-like bravura, a dadaist sense of the absurd and the relentlessness of comedic genius Andy Kaufmann. His rise to mainstream success had been greatly assisted by the mentoring he has received from Michael Dagostino, the former director of Parramatta Artists Studio where Franco was artist- in-residence from 2008 to 2011. In 2012 things took off for Franco in a big way. He was signed by a commercial gallery, Galerie Pompom, where his first solo show Dream Home was both a critical and commercial success; he was included in the Tokyo Art Fair where Your Door was chosen for exhibition in the vernissage, a first for an Australian artist; he won the prestigious Churchie National Emerging Art Prize; and his work was collected by major public institutions.DJ DANNY K is a well-known DJ from back in the day. He had thousands dancing to his music weekly in a range of locations across Parramatta from the late 70s to mid 90s. Starting off at Jays which turned into Memories then Images which turned into Moonlighting then finally at Traders for 10 years... the landmark club of Parramatta from 1986 - 1999, where Danny went the crowds moved with him.  Watch Danny K play live once more with his most cherished vinyls... you can even make a request at the upcoming world premiere event, Disco Dome. Danny K was a mobile DJ, discoing house parties from Granville to Guildford until his first nightclub DJ gig at Jays in Parramatta in 1983.  Jay's turned into Memories and the club was pumping funk and disco tunes every night of the week until Danny was poached to the other side of Parramatta at the new club Images.  Where Danny went the crowd moved with him and he played there to a crowd of 1000 on Saturday night until he moved once again to the famous Traders at the Park Royal in Parramatta.  For 10 years Danny DJ'd there and a real family of disco goers were loyal to the venue and called it home week after week.  The beat goes on in Parramatta at Sydney Festival where Danny K will bring out his vinyl once more and play a special old skool set.. meet him, dance, request a song.ZEHRISH NAERA is a musician, DJ and producer from Western Sydney. He holds a Bachelor of Audio Engineering (JMC Academy). Zehrish works in clubs and with community based organisations (e.g. Blacktown Youth Services) as a music facilitator engaging young people on creative projects. He is currently employed by the Noffs Foundation at Street University Mt Druitt. Zehrish has produced for many prominent artists in Australia, New Zealand and the US, including: Miracle (Sony); True Vibenation (Big Village); L-Fresh; Soul Benefits; Figgkidd/Lee Monro (Sony); Swiss (Dawn Raid); Zeek Spits; Lil Nate Dogg and more. He also produces sound for television commercials, short films, video art, visual art installations, music clips, short films and sound-based culturally engaged tours that interact with site-specific works.  PROJECT TEAMJOHN KIRKMAN: CURATOR John Kirkman was Chief Executive Officer Penrith Performing & Visual Arts (2005-2012), previous to this he was Director of the Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest (2001-2005). Previously he was Curator/Manager of djamu Gallery Australian Museum at Customs House (1998-2001), and was inaugural Director, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (1992-98). John was also Project Co-ordinator, Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Albury/Wodonga (1987-92). John Kirkman has worked extensively as curator and project manager for a range of exhibitions, performance programs and major public art commissions and consultancies. Clients include Sydney International Airport (SACL), Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Hawkesbury City Council and Liverpool City Council. John has also co-ordinated and curated a range of international cultural exchange programs with particular focus on Japan and India. He was a member of the NSW Premier’s Arts Advisory Council (2003-2006), and currently a member of the Arts NSW funding panel. John Kirkman has a Masters of Arts Administration (College of Fine Art, University of NSW) and a Diploma of Teaching (Wollongong University).JONATHAN WILSON: PRODUCER Jonathan Wilson is a musician, artist and cultural producer. He works with artists and communities to create work that explores existing realities and engages a broader audience using multimedia platforms (including performance, digital art, literature and music). Jonathan produced an experimental arts and youth engagement project ‘Mondo Project’ for Penrith Performing & Visual Arts Centre (2011-2013). This project successfully activated a disputed public space by engaging disengaged and marginalised young people through youth pop culture, music and image. Jonathan also owned and ran ‘Speak n Spell’, one of Australia’s largest independent record labels and artist management companies (2004-2010). He has an honors degree in Fine Arts from the University of Western Sydney.MOUNA ZAYLAH: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Mouna Zaylah is a cultural producer and arts manager and has been the Co-Director of the Arab Film Festival since 2007. She has worked at Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE) for over 16 years producing cultural events, performance and screen-based projects with artists, communities, business and organisations. Mouna specializes in developing cultural activities that link artists with audiences, introducing emerging talents to new media tools and translating the needs of corporate, community and government organizations into dynamic cultural projects. She has over 22 years experience in the community arts and cultural development sector and has worked for Urban Theatre Projects as administrator and project officer (1992-1997) and Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in administration, curatorial and project coordinator roles (1997-1999) and a range of other community and youth based organizations as a freelance project coordinator and consultant. Australian music legend Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum and iconic TV program Countdown to be inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame 2014-10-27T08:19:33Z australian-music-legend-ian-molly-meldrum-and-iconic-tv-program-countdown-to-be-inducted-into-the-aria-hall-of-fame Australian music legend Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum and iconic TV program Countdown to be inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame  After having the honour of inducting Kylie Minogue, John Paul Young and Normie Rowe into the ARIA Hall Of Fame, it is Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum’s year to be inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame at the 2014 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra. Molly will make history as the first non-recording artist to be inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame. "To be recognised by my peers and to be the first person who isn't a musician inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame is such an honour.  To think for over four decades I have had the luxury of working in an industry that I absolutely love and am so passionate about and then to be recognised for it makes me reflect on what an amazing life I live. From the early days of Countdown with Michael Shrimpton and Robbie Weekes where it all began and still to this day, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for letting me share my undying love of this crazy, wonderful and never dull Australian music industry, long may it reign."  
Ian 'Molly' Meldrum   Elton John described Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum as the “single most important influence in Australian pop music” and long time friend Kylie Minogue was thrilled upon hearing the news, sending Molly this message:   "Molly, I wiped away your tears when you inducted me into the ARIA Hall Of Fame in 2011, and I wish you'd been there to wipe away my tears when I heard that you will be inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame this year! I can't think of another person who deserves this honour more than you. Was it really 40 years ago that Countdown launched?! It became such a tradition for families across Australia to huddle by the TV to watch you interview our idols and to see our favourite bands perform on the show. The Australian music industry is blessed to have had you in our lives for over four decades and I love that the rest of Australia can celebrate YOU on November 26 when you are inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame. Congratulations and lots of love, Kylie."   Forty years ago, Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum and his signature hat came to the attention of households across Australia when he was offered the chance to host a new music show called Countdown, a program created by Executive Producer Michael Shrimpton, producer/director Robbie Weekes, and record producer and music journalist Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum. For thirteen years, this ABC TV program showcased the finest, the newest, the up‐and‐coming local and overseas recording artists. It became one of the most-loved and most-watched programs on Australian television, and turned Molly into one of the most iconic and trusted voices on music.    Molly is a true national icon who for over 50 years has entertained and informed us about artists and their music.   Molly’s instinct for what the public would love to hear and see is unrivalled and the Countdown years, which started 40 years ago, made an immeasurable contribution to the Australian music landscape, not just in the big cities but in every corner of the country. It was truly must see TV and when Molly said do yourself a favour on Countdown on Sunday night, the orders from the record stores across the nation on Monday morning were amazing.   He was a true pioneer of music TV globally and his passion for championing artists, particularly Australian artists, was and remains as brilliant as it is unwavering. Denis Handlin AM – Chairman & CEO, Australia & New Zealand, and President, Asia, Sony Music Entertainment   In 1986, Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum was awarded the Order of Australia for services to music and charities, and in 1993, he received an ARIA 'Special Achievement Award' for services to the music industry. And finally after thirty-five years in the making, Molly’s autobiography, ‘The Never, Um, Ever Ending Story’ was released last week showcasing Molly's hilarious, vivid, warm and always compelling memoir of these incredible years.   On November 26, 2014, ARIA will warmly welcome one of Australia's greatest music legends into the ARIA Hall Of Fame. We will celebrate Molly as a successful critic, journalist, presenter and record producer. We will also honour Countdown, the show that launched four decades ago and broke down generation gaps around Australia as it became a family ritual to watch every Sunday night, endearing Molly to millions of viewers across the nation with his legendary interviews with some of the greatest music and pop culture icons the world has ever known, from David Bowie and Madonna to Michael Jackson and Prince Charles.   "I’ve known Molly for many, many years and in that time he has been many things…a journalist, a producer, a music leader, and a sometimes pain in my ass.  I’m so pleased to see Ian inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame and cannot think of a more worthy recipient. He has had a profound and significant impact on our music industry and I’m proud to call him my friend.” 
Michael Gudinski, Executive Chairman, The Mushroom Group.   “Go on, do yourself a favour” and relive the magic of Countdown and its host Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum as they get inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame at the 2014 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra. General public tickets are sold out, but fans can join the festivities on the David Jones Red Carpet from 2.00pm on Wednesday, November 26 at The Star, Sydney and watch the broadcast on TEN.     The 2014 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra and ARIA Week are proudly supported by the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.   2014 ARIA Awards Connected By Telstra | 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
 The Star, Sydney | Broadcast on TEN GENERAL PUBLIC TICKETS : SOLD OUT