Enter a Parallel Universe at The Argyle during Vivid 2016

The Argyle at The Rocks has transformed itself into four consecutive Parallel Universes during Vivid (27 May 2016 to the 18 June 2016). I attended The Argyle for the last free movie Monday to see the movie Avengers.
For 23 immersive nights futuristic music and kaleidoscopic lights collided in an otherworldly paradise. The Argyle at The Rocks will be turned into four consecutive Parallel Universes during Vivid (Avatar, Willy Wonka, Star Wars and Marvel). From state of the art light shows, themed roaming performers, mouth-watering Tex-Mex food, a special Vivid cocktail, live bands and top-line DJs, The Argyle had something for everyone.

For Movie Monday The Argyle’s iconic cobblestone courtyard was decked out with astro turf and deck chairs, and guests watched a free weekly movie with complimentary popcorn.

Throughout the Vivid celebrations they are offering the Lilikoi cocktail ($19) comprising Belvedere Pink Grapefruit, Aperol, raspberry and passionfruit. 

For a pre-Vivid food fix there was kid-friendly Tex-Mex at The Argyle, as well as child-friendly meals at neighbouring restaurants El Camino Cantina and Munich Brauhaus. Pre-vivid dining from 5pm was also on offer at Saké Restaurant & Bar and The Cut Bar & Grill, which are located in The Argyle precinct, as well as Café Ananas which is situated in the hustle and bustle of Circular Quay.

The Argyle has two floors, six bars and revolving line-up of great DJs each weekend.

For the last week of Vivid (13th – 18th June) come to The Argyle to celebrate the final weekend of Vivid Festival. Headlining our insane DJ lineup are Minx, The Backhanderz, Bassik and Dave Winnel.

 

Where: The Argyle, 18 Argyle Street, Sydney, The Rocks

Throughout Vivid, 27th May – 18th June 2016, from 6pm.

For more information, go to: www.theargylerocks.com

 

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Beer DeLuxe launch their winter menu at King Street Wharf

Beer DeLuxe launches their winter menu on Thursday 9 June 2016 at King Street Wharf Sydney

As the name suggests the venue is run by people who are passionate about craft beer. The place has an ever-changing line up of international craft beers on rotation through the taps and their fridges are stocked with more than 150 varieties of bottled beer.

However, despite the beer focus, it’s clear you’re welcome to drink anything at this harbour hot-spot including warm mulled wine and mulled cider.

There was an endless flow of canapes that arrived with matching beers which included prawns, olives with feta cheese, broccoli, sweet potato wedges, mini baguette steak sandwiches, pork sausage rolls, and caesar salad.

With a beer in one hand and water views over Darling Harbour, you would have been hard-pressed to find a better spot to enjoy the gorgeous weather.

Beer Deluxe is located at 9 Lime Street, Sydney 2000
Telephone: 02 9262 1727
Website: www.beerdeluxe.com.au

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Sydney Film Festival Hub launches at Sydney Town Hall

The Sydney Film Festival Hub launched on Thursday 9 June 2016 at Sydney Town Hall.

The Hub at Sydney Town Hall is the Festival’s beating heart. This meeting place for film lovers is home of the Festival Bar and features over 25 free events, talks and performances presented over the 11 days and nights of the Festival.

Come in from the cold and make yourself comfortable in exclusive designer furniture from Living Edge and Herman Miller.
Enjoy a drink or a snack from the Festival Bar, see an exhibition, listen to a talk upstairs, recharge your phone and jump on the free wi-fi!

For tickets call 1300 733 733 or visit sff.org.au

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Sydney Film Festival opens with the world premiere of the Australian film Goldstone

The 63rd Sydney Film Festival opened on 8 June 2016 at the State Theatre with the world premiere of Australian film Goldstone.

Festival Director Nashen Moodley was pleased to open his fifth Festival to a packed auditorium including; the film’s director Ivan Sen; producers David Jowsey and Greer Simpkin; actors Aaron Pedersen, David Gulpilil, Michelle Lim Davidson, and Tom E. Lewis.

Goldstone is the fourth feature by award-winning filmmaker Ivan Sen and stars Aaron Pedersen who reprises his role of Indigenous detective Jay Swan, who audiences first met in Sen’s Mystery Road, which opened Sydney Film Festival in 2013.

Shot on location in the remote settlement of Middleton (population 3) in outback western Queensland, the film is a gathering of some of the best Australian actors, including Jacki Weaver, David Wenham, David Gulpilil, Cheng Pei-pei, Michelle Lim Davidson and Tom E. Lewis.
Other attendees from the Goldstone cast included: Ivan Sen (director), David Jowsey  (producer), Greer Simpkin (producer), Aaron Pedersen (cast) and Max Cullen (cast).

Other attendees included: Simon Baker (The Mentalist), Hugo Weaving (Mystery Road – SFF2014), Sam Neill (The Daughter – SFF2015), John Jarrett (Wolf Creek), Michael Caton (Last Cab to Darwin – SFF2015), Bryan Brown (Beautiful Kate), Damian Walsh-Howling (MESSiAH – SFF2016 & Mystery Road SFF2014), Matt Day (Rake), Daniel MacPherson (TV Presenter) Stephen Sewell (Embedded), David Stratton OAMMargaret Pomeranz AMJan Chapman AOGillian Armstrong (Women He’s Undressed – SFF2015), Bruce Spence (Mystery Road – SFF2014), Zoe Carides (Mystery Road – SFF2014), Tasma Walton (Mystery Road – SFF2014), Hunter Page-Lochard (Cleverman), Tysan Towney (Cleverman), Clayton Jacobsen(Kenny), Ewen Leslie (Top of the Lake), Simon Field (SFF Official Competition Jury Chair), Grainne Humphreys (SFF Official Competition Jury), Robert Connolly (SFF Official Competition Jury & The Boys), Troy Grant, (Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police, Minister for the Arts and Minister for Racing), Alex Greenwich (MP).

Sydney Film Festival runs 8 – 19 June 2016.
Tickets for Sydney Film Festival 2016 are on sale now. Please call 1300 733 733 or visit
sff.org.au for more information.

Matt DayLexus Cocktail Party at The Hub for Sydney Film Festival 2016 Wednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Matt DayLexus Cocktail Party at The Hub for Sydney Film Festival 2016 Wednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016

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Billy & Jack ThompsonLexus Cocktail Party at The Hub for Sydney Film Festival 2016 Wednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
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Lexus Cocktail Party at The Hub for Sydney Film Festival 2016 Wednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Lexus Cocktail Party at The Hub for Sydney Film Festival 2016 Wednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Lexus Cocktail Party at The Hub for Sydney Film Festival 2016 Wednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Lexus Cocktail Party at The Hub for Sydney Film Festival 2016 Wednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Lexus Cocktail Party at The Hub for Sydney Film Festival 2016 Wednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Lexus Cocktail Party at The Hub for Sydney Film Festival 2016 Wednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Lexus Cocktail Party at The Hub for Sydney Film Festival 2016 Wednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Lexus Cocktail Party at The Hub for Sydney Film Festival 2016 Wednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Lexus Cocktail Party at The Hub for Sydney Film Festival 2016 Wednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Lexus Cocktail Party at The Hub for Sydney Film Festival 2016 Wednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Lexus Cocktail Party at The Hub for Sydney Film Festival 2016 Wednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Lexus Cocktail Party at The Hub for Sydney Film Festival 2016 Wednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Lexus Cocktail Party at The Hub for Sydney Film Festival 2016 Wednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Lexus Cocktail Party at The Hub for Sydney Film Festival 2016 Wednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Lexus Cocktail Party at The Hub for Sydney Film Festival 2016 Wednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Lexus Cocktail Party at The Hub for Sydney Film Festival 2016 Wednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Lexus Cocktail Party at The Hub for Sydney Film Festival 2016 Wednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
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Lexus Cocktail Party at The Hub for Sydney Film Festival 2016 Wednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
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Lexus Cocktail Party at The Hub for Sydney Film Festival 2016 Wednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
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Sam Neill & Hugo WeavingSydney Film Festival 2016 Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Sam Neill & Hugo WeavingSydney Film Festival 2016 Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Sydney Film Festival 2016 Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Sydney Film Festival 2016 Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Nashen Moodley, Chris Freeland, The Hon. Troy Grant MP, Ivan Sen, Aaron PedersenSydney Film Festival 2016 - Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Nashen Moodley, Chris Freeland, The Hon. Troy Grant MP, Ivan Sen, Aaron PedersenSydney Film Festival 2016 – Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Chris Freeland, The Hon Troy Grant MP & Nashen MoodleySydney Film Festival 2016 - Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Chris Freeland, The Hon Troy Grant MP & Nashen MoodleySydney Film Festival 2016 – Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
David Stratton, David Gulpilil, Tom E Lewis & Ford SarhanSydney Film Festival 2016 - Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
David Stratton, David Gulpilil, Tom E Lewis & Ford SarhanSydney Film Festival 2016 – Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Chris Freeland & Lord Mayor Clover MooreSydney Film Festival 2016 - Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Chris Freeland & Lord Mayor Clover MooreSydney Film Festival 2016 – Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Roy Billing & Linda TizardSydney Film Festival 2016 - Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Roy Billing & Linda TizardSydney Film Festival 2016 – Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Hugo Weaving, Sam Neill, Simon Baker & Bryan BrownSydney Film Festival 2016 - Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Hugo Weaving, Sam Neill, Simon Baker & Bryan BrownSydney Film Festival 2016 – Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Sam Neill & Hugo WeavingSydney Film Festival 2016 - Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Sam Neill & Hugo WeavingSydney Film Festival 2016 – Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Daniel MacPherson & James TobinSydney Film Festival 2016 - Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Daniel MacPherson & James TobinSydney Film Festival 2016 – Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Daniel MacPherson & James TobinSydney Film Festival 2016 - Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Daniel MacPherson & James TobinSydney Film Festival 2016 – Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Helen & Michael CatonSydney Film Festival 2016 - Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Helen & Michael CatonSydney Film Festival 2016 – Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Sydney Film Festival 2016 Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Sydney Film Festival 2016 Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Sydney Film Festival 2016 Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Sydney Film Festival 2016 Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Sydney Film Festival 2016 Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Sydney Film Festival 2016 Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Sydney Film Festival 2016 Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Sydney Film Festival 2016 Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Sam Neill & Hugo WeavingSydney Film Festival 2016 Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Sam Neill & Hugo WeavingSydney Film Festival 2016 Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
David GulpililSydney Film Festival 2016 - Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
David GulpililSydney Film Festival 2016 – Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Sydney Film Festival 2016 Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Sydney Film Festival 2016 Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Sydney Film Festival 2016 Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Sydney Film Festival 2016 Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Sydney Film Festival 2016 - Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016
Sydney Film Festival 2016 – Opening NightThe State Theatre, Market St, SydneyWednesday 8th June, 2016Photographer: Belinda Rolland © 2016

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​​​SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NEW FILMS, DIRECT FROM CANNES

The 63rd Sydney Film Festival announces eight important new films and one restoration will screen as part of the 2016 Festival8-19 June.

Festival Director Nashen Moodley said, “The Festival is very pleased to announce another six feature films, two documentaries, and one short film, have been added to the program, which now stands at 254 films presented over the 12-day Festival.”

“All nine films come direct from Cannes to Sydney Film Festival including Korean director Park Chan-wook’s sensual, twist-filled tale The Handmaiden; FIPRESCI Prize winner Maren Ade’s clever and original comedy about the complexities of familial relationships, Toni Erdmann; Jim Jarmusch’s popular Cannes hit Paterson, a gentle, quietly moving portrait of a bus driver poet and his artistic wife and Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper, a spooky ghost story starring Kristen Stewart.”

“Two true stories will also screen: a critically acclaimed heart-warming tale about India’s travelling picture shows, The Cinema Travellers, by Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya; and Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’ Hissein Habré, A Chadian Tragedy, a film to honour the victims of Hissein Habré’s brutal dictatorship, tracing their long fight for justice,” he said.

Marlon Brando’s revenge western One Eyed-Jacks, in which he also starred, will bring the dusty Mexican countryside and wild Californian coastline to Sydney Film Festival. The only film directed by Brando, this exquisite restoration by Universal Pictures and The Film Foundation, which premiered at Cannes 2016, was overseen by Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese, who has named the film his ‘favourite western’.

The Red Turtle, a dialogue-free, animated fable by Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli and London-based artist Michaël Dudok de Wit, is sure to delight and surprise audiences in equal measure.

The final film added to the festival is The Beast, a funny and powerful South African short film which played at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

Tickets go on sale from 10am on Monday 6 June. Please call 1300 733 733 or visit sff.org.au for more information.

Synopsis for these special screenings:

THE BEAST (SHORT) screens with Hissein Habré, A Chadian Tragedy
In this hilarious and powerful short film, Shaka, the star performer at a Zulu cultural village, dreams of finding a more fitting outlet for his acting talents. He expresses his frustrations to his co-workers as he sits on display for tourists. When he reaches the end of his tether, his protest reaches Shakespearean proportions.

THE CINEMA TRAVELLERS
A critically acclaimed, poignant documentary that celebrates India’s travelling picture shows and laments their demise, filled with exquisite visuals and marvellous eccentrics. In the world of the touring cinema, the projectionists coax their rusty 35mm projectors into life, sleeping and eating alongside their ancient machines. It’s a far remove from Australia’s multiplexes, but the crowd is no less enraptured. Shirley Abraham and Amit Madheshiya’s heart-warming documentary, filmed over five years, follows the fortunes of three cinema workers in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. Bapu, the proprietor of Akshay Touring Talkies, gets ready for the season by brushing cobwebs from his broken-down truck, and blessing his ancient projector with incense. Mohamed and his crew haul an enormous tent and weighty projector around small-town fairs, where the audience sits on the stony ground. For 45 years, Prakash has repaired touring projection equipment, abandoned cogs and parts now fill his workshop, alongside the ‘oil bath’ projector he invented, and for which he once held big dreams. Declining audiences and ever fewer celluloid options force Bapu and Mohamed to shift to a digital format. Cinephiles will be heartbroken when an ancient projector is sold for scrap, but can be reassured that the movies endure, brighter and sharper than ever.

Screens Wednesday 15 June, 6.00pm, Event Cinemas George Street, and Saturday 18 June, 3.00pm, Event Cinemas George Street (includes introduction and Q&A).

THE HANDMAIDEN
Visually sumptuous and very sexy, The Handmaiden is a stunning and suspenseful period drama by acclaimed Korean director Park Chan-wook (Old Boy; Stoker, 2013). Inspired by Sarah Water’s novel ‘Fingersmith’, Park cleverly transposes the story to 1930s colonial Korea and Japan to tell a sensual, twist-filled tale. Sookee (Kim Tae-ri) is hired as a handmaiden to the repressed and isolated Japanese heiress Hideko (Kim Min-hee), who lives with her domineering uncle. Though servile and charming on the surface, Sookee has been planted in the household by a swindler posing as a Japanese Count (Ha Jung-woo). His plan is to seduce and elope with Hideko and take possession of her considerable fortune. But all is not what it seems, and when the intense attraction between Sookee and Hideko explodes, all bets are off. Visually arresting, unashamedly erotic and romantic, The Handmaiden finds Park at his stylish best.

Screens Saturday 18 June, 9.15pm, Event Cinemas George Street, and Sunday 19 June, 8.50pm, Event Cinemas George Street.

HISSEIN HABRÉ, A CHADIAN TRAGEDY
In his Cannes-selected documentary, the multi-award winning director of A Screaming Man and Grigris (SFF 2013) honours the victims of a brutal African dictatorship and their long fight for justice. In June 1982, rebel commander Hissein Habré forcefully took control of the Central African Republic of Chad. Director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun was one of the many exiles from Habré’s punishing regime, which lasted until 1992. The ruthless political police – supported by the USA, France, Egypt and Iraq – were expected to keep the population in line. Haroun meets the men and women, often bearing mental and physical scars, who survived the regime’s brutal campaign of harassment and imprisonment. The resulting interviews are disturbing but ultimately inspiring. Through their courage and determination, the victims accomplished an unprecedented feat in the history of Africa:that of bringing a Head of State to trial. In 2013, the former dictator was arrested in Senegal. The outcome of Habré’s landmark trial was announced on 30 May 2016, where he was sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity, summary execution, torture and rape.

Screens Thursday 16 June, 6.30pm, Event Cinemas George Street, and Sunday 19 June, 2.00pm, Event Cinemas George Street.

ONE EYED-JACKS
The magnificent and magnetic Marlon Brando directed and starred in this newly restored, brooding revenge western, largely set on California’s rocky coast. This 1961 film is loosely based on the legend of Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid. Brando plays a charming rogue, Rio (nicknamed ‘The Kid’), who is betrayed by his bank-robber accomplice and mentor Dad Longworth (Karl Malden, who appeared with Brando in 1951’s A Streetcar Named Desire and 1954’s On the Waterfront), and left to rot in a Mexican jail. When Rio escapes, after five long years, his only goal is revenge. Discovering that Longworth is now the sheriff of Monterey, he heads across the border to California. His old outlaw buddy is outwardly a reformed man, with a wife (the terrific Katy Jurado, best known for High Noon), and a doe-eyed stepdaughter Louisa (Pina Pellicer, who won Best Actress at the San Sebastian Film Festival for her performance). Rio sets out to seduce the naïve Louise and rob the local bank, but passion and the double-crossing Sheriff Longworth thwart his malicious plans.

Sam Peckinpah wrote the original script, but Brando wasn’t happy with it, so Stanley Kubrick and Calder Willingham (Paths of Glory, The Graduate) became involved. When that fell through, Brando decided to direct the film himself. He shot six times more film than planned, took six months instead of twelve weeks, and went four million dollars over budget. Despite being nominated by the Directors Guild of America and winning the overall prize at San Sebastian, Brando never directed again.

Cinematographer Charles Lang, Oscar-nominated for his work, uses the dusty Mexican countryside and wild Californian coastline to stunning effect. Brando is equally mesmerising in this exquisite restoration from Universal Pictures and The Film Foundation, overseen by Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese, who has named One-Eyed Jacks his ‘favourite western’.

Screens Saturday 18 June, 9.45am, Event Cinemas George Street, and Sunday 19 June, 6.15pm, Event Cinemas George Street.

PATERSON
Paterson, Jarmusch’s popular Cannes hit, is a gentle, quietly moving portrait of a bus driver poet (Adam Driver, Girls) and his artistic wife (Golshifteh Farahani, About Elly). Paterson (Driver) drives his daily bus route in the city of Paterson, New Jersey, carefully observing the city and people around him. He follows the same routine each day: waking up, going to work, walking the dog, eating dinner at home with his wife Laura (Farahani) and ending the night with a single beer at the local bar. But Paterson is also a poet, and each day he writes a poem in his notebook, finding contentment in its very existence. Meanwhile, Laura finds outlets for her artistic ambitions and harbours dreams of becoming a country musician. Patiently paced, and revealing the beauty in the details of everyday life, Paterson further confirms Jarmusch as a master chronicler of small but profound moments.

Screens Tuesday 14 June, 9.15pm, Event Cinemas George Street, and Thursday 16 June, 8.30pm, Event Cinemas George Street.

PERSONAL SHOPPER
Kristen Stewart shines in this spooky ghost story by Olivier Assayas (Clouds of Sils Maria, Clean), which earned him the Best Director prize at Cannes 2016. Stewart (who also stars in Certain Women, which screens in Official Competition at SFF this year) plays Maureen, a young American woman living in Paris and working as a personal shopper for a celebrity. She spends her days perusing the city’s luxury designer stores, collecting fabulous pieces that she is forbidden from wearing and could never hope to own. Alongside her isolating job, Maureen pursues her psychic ability to communicate with spirits. All the while, she longs for a sign from her recently deceased twin, Lewis, who promised to send her a message from the other side. Stewart gives a commanding performance, subtly shifting between certainty and fragility. Things become stranger and stranger as it becomes apparent that an unfriendly spirit is pursuing Maureen. Following their successful collaboration on Clouds of Sils Maria, Assayas and Stewart reunite to create a daring, provocative and creepy existential drama.

Screens Wednesday 15 June, 9.15pm, Event Cinemas George Street, and Friday 17 June, 8.15pm, Event Cinemas George Street. Screens with short The Beast.

THE RED TURTLE
The revered Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away) joined forces with London-based artist Michaël Dudok de Wit to create this stunning, dialogue-free, animated fable set on a desert island. A shipwrecked sailor washes ashore and explores his new home. He finds a sandy beach fringed by palm trees, a swaying bamboo forest, limpid freshwater pools and a rocky incline. It’s an earthly paradise that our lanky castaway is desperate to leave, but his escape plans are mysteriously thwarted. It’s a simple story, akin to fairy tales or myths, illustrated in exquisite line and colour, with spectacular dream sequences.

Dudok de Wit has won prizes the world over for his lyrical short films and commercials, including an Oscar for his 2001 short film Father and Daughter.  The outstanding creative team for The Red Turtle also includes Isao Takahata (The Tale of Princess Kaguya, SFF 2014) as creative producer, Jean-Christophe Lie (The Triplets of Belleville) as supervising animator, French director Pascale Ferran (Bird People) as co-screenwriter, and Studio Ghibli’s revered Toshio Suzuki (Howl’s Moving Castle, SFF 2015) as producer.

The visuals are mesmerising, symbolic, and charming – look out for the cute sand crabs – and invite the audience to interpret this timeless cycle of life story at their own pace. This unique feature, which premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes last month, demands to be seen on the big screen.

Screens Friday 17 June, 6.30pm, Event Cinemas George Street, and Saturday 18 June, 5.30pm, Event Cinemas George Street.

TONI ERDMANN
Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes, Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann is a clever and original comedy about family bonds, modern business tactics and the value of just letting go. Practical joker Winfried (Peter Simonischek) has retired, and regrets that he doesn’t get to see enough of his busy daughter Ines (Sandra Hüller). Working as a management consultant in Romania, Ines is advising a company how they can increase profits by laying off workers. It’s not the most opportune time for a visit, but Winfried descends on Bucharest and is soon donning a terrible suit, strange wig and outrageous fake teeth. As his alter ego “Toni Erdmann”, a life coach, his intrusion into Ines’ life becomes bolder and more provocative, pushing his daughter to question her life, and the place her father should occupy in it. With fantastic, fearless performances from its leads, a bizarre sense of humour, and a real honesty in its treatment of the complexities of familial relationships, Toni Erdmann is a truly unforgettable cinematic experience.

Screens Wednesday 15 June, 8.15pm, Event Cinemas George Street, and Sunday 19 June, 8.15pm, Event Cinemas George Street.

Sydney Film Festival runs 8 – 19 June 2016.
Tickets for Sydney Film Festival 2016 are on sale now. Please call 1300 733 733 or visit
sff.org.au for more information.

WORLD PREMIERE BJORK DIGITAL EXHIBITION UNVEILED AT CARRIAGEWORKS FOR VIVID SYDNEY

Carriageworks and Vivid Sydney today unveiled the BJÖRK DIGITAL exhibition, including two world premiere virtual reality works, presented free to the public from 4 until 18 June 2016 exclusively at Carriageworks in Australia. BJÖRK DIGITAL features immersive, large-scale and intimate digital video works and virtual reality experiences across five bespoke spaces at Carriageworks, created by Björk collaborating with some of the finest visual artists, film makers and programmers in the world. Björk will also perform DJ sets at two sold out concerts at Carriageworks on Friday 3 June and Saturday 4 June 2016.

BJÖRK DIGITAL invites audiences to experience Björk’s music and videos in 4D through the immersive medium of virtual reality, including the world premiere of Notget by Warren du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones, along with the Australian premiere of virtual reality projects Stonemilker and Mouth Mantra. Shot on location in Iceland by award winning director Andrew Huang, Stonemilker presents Björk in a windswept 360 degree film, while Mouth Mantra, directed by Jesse Kandra, transports the viewer to inside the Icelandic icon’s mouth, her tongue and teeth warped and twisted seemingly taking on a life of its own.

BJÖRK DIGITAL includes the Australian premiere of Black Lake presented exclusively in Sydney, an immersive cinema experience featuring a cutting-edge surround sound system, where the audience is encased in the claustrophobic and visceral experience of Black Lake. Commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, the work is directed by Los Angeles based fashion and music filmmaker Andrew Thomas Huang and was filmed in the highlands of Iceland.

Speaking from Sydney Björk commented on the project: Björk said: “I am very excited for you to see the VR videos to vulnicura. VR is not only a natural continuity to the music video but has an even more intimate theatrical potential, ideal for this emotional journey.”

A separate space in the exhibition offers visitors the chance to explore Björk’s immersive multi-media educational experience Biophilia, the first ever app to be purchased into the collection of MoMA. Biophilia comprises a suite of original music, interactive artworks and musical artefacts, that saw Björk collaborate with artists, designers, scientists, instrument makers, writers and software developers to create an extraordinary exploration of the universe and its physical forces, processes and structures.

BJÖRK DIGITAL also features a curated program of Björk’s extensive video work, remastered for this unique exhibition experience at Carriageworks.   The video works spans the artist’s 24 year career including collaborations with film directors including Academy Award winners Spike Jones, Michel Gondry, Nick Knight and Stéphane Sednaoui.

Carriageworks is located at 245 Wilson St, Redfern NSW 2016.  

EXHIBITION DETAILS: Björk Digital is presented from 4 – 18 JUNE, 10AM until 6PM. Entry to the exhibition is FREE. Timed tickets or bookings are required for the VR rooms in the exhibition, and are available online and onsite same-day. VR rooms are recommended 13+ Entry and access to the Cinema Room is free, no bookings required.

Pelicano Restaurant and Bar celebrate their 4th birthday with a mad hatter themed party

Pelicano Restaurant and Bar celebrated their 4th birthday with a mad hatter themed party on Friday 3 June 2016.

A large white rabbit statue wearing a blue waist coat and holding a large pocket watch is positioned at the entrance of the Double Bay venue. Guests followed the red carpet down the stairs and find the fantasy world that Alice found when she fell down the rabbit hole. The mad hatter theme decor included a giant chess game, large coloured mushrooms, an enormous cupcake, Kings and Queens playing cards, pink flamingos, and red Queen of Heart thrones. The theme is complete with waiters and waitresses dressed as mad hatters.

Guests enjoyed a Mad Tea Party feast which included both savoury and sweet canapes. Sponsors GH Mumm and Absolut Vodka provided the ingredients for the cocktails. The DJ played upbeat tunes while guests danced the night away.

Special guest of the night included Braith Anasta.

Pelicano is located at 24 Bay Street, Double Bay NSW 2028

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The Hub House Diner launches their flagship shop in Broadway

The VIP opening of The Hub House Diner Broadway occurred on Thursday 2 June 2016.

The Hub House Diner is the home of cool, hip, dude food, brought together with the finest ingredients, quirky presentation and wonderful flavours. They have good food, good coffee and great service.

Their flagship store has fast casual New York style street food with an amazing array of signature burgers, shakes, southern coated chicken, pimp fries, coffee and more!

Address- Shop 13, 185 Broadway, Ultimo.

For more information, go to: www.thehubhousediner.com.au

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Negroni Week launches in Italian style at the Clock Hotel Surry Hills

On Thursday 3 June 2016. The Clock Hotel Surry Hills hosted the launch of Negroni Week in partnership with Campari.

Guests explored three special Negroni zones each with a twist on the Negroni and an Italian inspired food offering.

Upstairs in the Balcony Bar, guests enjoy a ‘Frizzante Negroni’ spritz style cocktail, grazed at the Charcuterie with cheeses, meats, pickles, breads, and traditional style pizzas, along with listening to the party tunes of a DJ.

In the Italian courtyard, guests sipped on a barrel-aged Bianco Negroni and tucked into roast pork and pickled eggplant Panini, to the sound of live acoustic musicians.

In the more intimate setting of the Whisky Room, guests indulged in a dessert-inspired ‘Affogato Negroni’ – made with Gelato Messina – and served with biscotti.

Negroni is made with Campari, vermouth and gin.

It was a full night of Negroni discovery and Italian style!

About Negroni Week

Negroni Week launched in 2013 as a celebration of one of the world’s great cocktails and in an effort to raise money for charitable causes around the world.

From 2013 to 2014, Negroni Week grew from 100 participating venues to more than 1,300 venues around the world and more than $120,000 raised for charity/

In 2015, more than 3,500 participating venues mixed their favourite Negroni variations and raised more than $320,000 for charitable causes.

This year Negroni Week will take place from 6 June 2016 to 12 June 2016.

For more information, go to: www.negroniweek.com

 

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CRAFT BEER FIGHT CLUB SET FOR A STATE OF ORIGIN SHOWDOWN

Australia’s greatest sports rivalry, The State of Origin, is set to return in June 2016 but surely we can settle this over a Pint? The DOG Hotel is bringing back their ever popular Craft Beer Fight Club on Sunday 19 June, 2016 and this time they’re pitting NSW’s Riverside Brewing Company against QLD’s Newstead to find out which state will win bragging rights, off the field.

Each brewer presents their two best brews and debate and quaff their way to beer glory. In short, Craft Beer Fight Club is a day of games, getting rowdy, debating, banter on all things brew related, and of course, drinking quality beers.

Riverside, Winners of the Best Overall Beer Award at the Australian Beer Festival 2014, prides itself for brewing pure, natural, hand-crafted beers that are bursting with out of this world flavours and aromas. Newstead, winners of 1 Gold, 3 Silvers and 5 Bronze Medals at the 2015 CBIA Awards, are known for their industrial-meets-refined dining brewery. Star brews include Out & About Pale Ale and Cyclone Season.

Tickets come in two packages and cover the cost of the four competition beers. The Heavyweight Beer Nerd Ticket ($30) is for those that like their beer in a big glass and The Featherweight Beer Nerd Ticket ($20) will get you middie-sized servings.

Tickets can be bought online now www.doghotel.com.au/events/fightclub

Craft Beer Fight Club has grown from humble beginnings since the original showdown with Stone & Wood vs Murray’s in March 2013 at the Dove & Olive. Now the event attracts people from all over Sydney with die-hard beer nerds, weekend home-brewers, and just the occasional drinker coming together in dedication to the one true love: craft beer.

“First rule of Craft Beer Fight Club: talk, talk, talk about beer all you can.

Second rule of Craft Beer Fight Club: come thirsty or don’t come at all.”

What: Craft Beer Fight Club
Where: The DOG Hotel- 2 St Marks Road Randwick
When: Sunday 19th June
Websites:www.doghotel.com.au/events/fightclub

STATE OF ORIGIN AT THE GOOD BEER COMPANY

If you’re on the hunt for somewhere to catch all the action of the State of Origin, The Good Beer Company have you sorted with all three venues, The DOG Hotel, The Keg & Brew and Dove & Olive, have great specials and the games screening live and loud.

As for food and drinks, all three venues will be serving the State Of Origin special: Surf & Turf pie, $5 schooners of VB and $20 mega-jugs will be sold, as well as Balmain $5 schooners Pale Ale will also be poured on the night!

What: State of Origin
Where:

  • The DOG Hotel, 2 St. Marks Rd, RANDWICK
  • Keg & Brew, 26 Foveaux St, Surry Hills
  • Dove & Olive, 156 Devonshire St, Surry Hills

When:
Round One: Wednesday 01 June, 2016
Round Two: Wednesday 22 June, 2016
Round Three: Wednesday 13 July, 2016

Website:
Doghotel.com.au
Doveandolive.com.au
Kegandbrew.com.au

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