The Rocks Aroma Festival is back in July 2016

The Rocks Aroma Festival brings together the very best in brewers, baristas and boutique roasters from around Australia for one magical day of caffeinated delight on Sunday 24 July, 2016.

Tantalise the taste buds with more than 60 coffee and gourmet food stallholders, food trucks, latte art competitions and demonstrations, pop-up bars, performers and amazing coffee inspired specials.

Brewing industry leaders are showcasing some incredible offerings at Aroma. Melbourne brand St Ali are popping up with their Sydney outlet, Sensory Lab, to deliver a fuss free speciality coffee experience that focuses on the minimalist magic behind the perfect brew.

Sydney’s rockstar roasters, Pablo and Rusty’s, are recognised around town for their small-batch roasted beans. A regular at Aroma for the last few years, the team are known for their ethically sourced produce and stellar trio of espresso blends.

The Rocks Aroma Festival is about celebrating coffee from every corner of the globe. Malgudi Days bring their South Indian style filter coffee made with stretched milk to the festival while Djebena Coffees will be brewing coffee the traditional Ethiopian way, in a clay pot called a ‘djebena’.

If hot drinks aren’t your cup of tea, the Aroma Brew Bar is a pop-up bar with a difference. For one day only, the bar is serving up Mr Black artisan cold press coffee liqueur cocktails and a coffee infused beer, poured especially for Aroma by the team at Endeavour Vintage Beer Co.

Visitors to The Rocks can enjoy a stellar program of music across the festival site, including folk-pop duo Microwave Jenny, and gypsy band Lolo Lovina on the La Toosh stage. Roving performers, and DJs are also on the menu, playing fresh and funky soulful sounds all day long.

There’s a whole host of activities planned for when you’re not savouring a warm drop. Breville’s Latte Art Smackdown is back and sees professional baristas battle each other in a knockout competition for who can pour the prettiest cup. Those who feel they’ve got what it takes can also join in – an amateur Latte Art competition is taking place on the day with one lucky pouring punter taking home a Breville Oracle coffee machine. People who are new to Latte art, can visit the Breville Marquee for some tips.

Australia’s leading almond milk brand, Almond Breeze, is hitting the Aroma Festival stage to run the regional heats of its Breezy Masters competition. The “Masters” is the first non-dairy competition to be run nationwide, where baristas from across the country will be invited to craft the most creative latte art in a bid to compete in America.

After the excitement of watching Australia’s best battle it out for coffee glory, wind down over a latte and relax at the smoothfm Picnic Area. The soothing sounds of classic songs will mix with the scents of roasted beans and be carried on the air through the cobblestoned laneways of The Rocks.

Visitors can also raise funds for Australian dairy farmers by buying from the Sam Project’s mobile café. Pauls, exclusive dairy milk sponsor of Aroma, is also a supporter of the Sam Project whose mission is to impact all Australians to live a mentally and physically healthy life.

The festival also offers an impressive array of workshops in the two weeks leading up to the big day. Curated by the Australian Speciality Coffee Association, coffee connoisseurs can unleash their inner barista and learn tips from industry experts on key flavour profiles, how to brew great coffee at home and impress with Latte art designs.

Aroma’s newest partner, Food Network, will be filming live at the Aroma Coffee Festival. Food Network is Australia’s first and only free-to-air food channel bringing some of the world’s most popular food personalities to TV screens 24/7. Keep an eye out for some of the crew who’ll be capturing all the action, excitement and ‘froth’ of the day

The Rocks is one of the most envied heritage destinations in the world. The Rocks’ unique heritage is preserved and celebrated in large scale and intimate quality events, outdoor markets, and educational tours. The Rocks is a perfect blend of culture, cuisine and a myriad of experiences worth savouring. The Rocks attracts over 14 million visitors each year as an extraordinary place in Sydney that the world talks about.

Visit the therocks.com for more information.

The Rocks Aroma Festival
Sunday 24 July, 10am – 5pm
With coffee experiences and workshops in July

Sydney Fringe Festival highlights announced

Sydney Fringe Festival, the largest independent arts festival in NSW, marks seven years of success by announcing its largest and most dynamic program yet, to be presented from 1 until 30 September. For the first time in 2016, Sydney Fringe together with Inner West Council will unveil and enliven a new Sydney cultural precinct ‘Off Broadway’ bringing pop-up spaces, performances and street activations to a previously disused strip of Parramatta Road.

Sydney Fringe Festival returns to take over the city this September with a ‘call to party’ theme inviting audiences onto the streets with more than 300 productions in over 50 venues spread across five cultural villages. Highlighting the city’s vibrant culture, the cultural villages presented for Fringe will activate Sydney suburbs with a diverse program spanning theatre, music, comedy, visual art, film, musical  theatre, dance, circus, literature and poetry.

Sydney Fringe CEO and Festival Director Kerri Glasscock said: “In 2016 the Sydney Fringe Festival will put the sparkle back into our City’s nightlife. It’s time for the Independent sector to stand up and say “party”, to celebrate the rich cultural offerings that are lovingly created throughout the City all year round and we want you to be there. This year we’ll be reawakening old haunts, reviving long forgotten venues and activating new precincts across the City throughout the month of September.”

A highlight of the 2016 festival will be the new Sydney creative precinct titled ‘Off Broadway’ to be unveiled by Sydney Fringe and Inner West Council for the first time during the Festival. Off Broadway will host a series of events in the disused shop fronts along Parramatta Road in Sydney’s inner west.

FRINGE IGNITE, the festival’s opening party, returns on Saturday 3 September and will take place in Darlinghurst along Stanley Street and neighbouring laneways. Teaming up with the Live Music Office and APRA AMCOS with guest curator Barney McAll, Fringe Ignite features a decadent program that will then spill into the neighbouring venues of Oxford St and Darlinghurst post 8pm for further celebrations. Further parties are planned for the Festival including a series of themed discos to take place at venues around inner Sydney.

Sydney Fringe Festival is delighted to work with 2016 Festival Ambassadors including actress Camilla Ah Kin, actress Paula Arundell, actor Nicholas Brown, comedian Sam McCool and the multi-talented Stone family with Yael Stone of Orange Is The New Black fame, musician Elana Stone and Jake Stone previously of band Bluejuice.

An extended family program of events will be offered with FRINGE KIDS presented over the first weekend of the school holidays on 24 – 25 September, including workshops by local Instagram sensation Handy With Scissors plus kids performances and family friendly events at 5 Eliza St Newtown. Sydney Fringe is also hosting a high tea for mothers while the kids are in workshops, a champagne brunch in aid of raising funds for Fringe Festival’s community partner Look Good Feel Better providing support to cancer patients. Camperdown Park will play host to a family movie screened in the park on 17 September and an Edwardian inspired family cricket and picnic day on 18 September.

A large-scale Silent Dinner Party at Paddington Town Hall on Saturday 24 September will be a highlight of the Festival’s closing weekend, following the popular 2015 Fringe Festival event that set a record for the largest silent dinner party. Guests at the Silent Dinner Party are instructed to “not use words or your voice, please don’t read or write, try to make as little noise as possible, don’t interact with technology and stay for at least 2 hours.” Dinner is included in the ticket price, offering the chance for guests be part of a living artwork that has now been hosted in eight countries across the world.

The full program for the 2016 Sydney Fringe Festival will be announced on 1 August 2016. Please visit https://www.sydneyfringe.com/ for further details and updates.

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Celebrate Bastille Day at Circular Quay with dancing, eating and drinking

BBR Festival is proud to announce the 4th annual weekend bustling with appreciation for everything FRENCH. Held over Bastille Day weekend,Thursday 14 July – Sunday 17 July, the four day open air Festival boasts an array of artistic events and delicious stalls for punters across Circular Quay foreshore and Customs House Square.

Paying homage to Frances National Day (La fête nationale), the BBR Festival celebrates Le “Quatorze Juillet” in style with an array of live concerts, traditional French cabaret, French films, food and exciting cooking masterclasses with French chefs ! Oui, s’il vous plaît !! Last year’s festival attracted 350,000 people over the three days. This year is expecting to go above and beyond with an additional day of celebration, more attractions, stalls and entertainers.

The French immersion begins Thursdays 14 July at 7am with a French croissant and a “Cafe crème” on actual Bastille Day. Live concerts will start at 11am, followed by the official Bastille day party from 6pm with French music and cabaret girls ringing in Bastille Day in style. Firemen officers will also be around to celebrate Bastille Day like the French do !! Celebrations are set to be so French, you’ll be transported from Circular Quay to the Moulin Rouge with tunes, dancing, eating and drinking.  The party will be followed by the first of many films screened over the festival, the greatest cult French film “Les Bronzés font du ski” at the Open Air Cinema. (Free events)

Friday 15 July at 7pm, the Festival Village will host a 20 minutes authentic French Cabaret Show. Voted best three things to see in Sydney, The Magicians Cabaret will deliver an enchanting body of work at 2016 BBR Festival. When the curtain will rise, your will step back to Paris in the 18th century, the birthplace of cabaret. Experience its story telling, its song, its dance, its magic. (Free event)

For food lovers, one of the highlights of this year’s festival are the “Tour de France” cooking masterclasses held daily by French Chefs to learn how to cook traditional dishes from the regions visited by Le Tour de France 2016. From Mont St Michel to Mont Blanc, explore the culinary specialities of these summits crossed by Le Tour in 2016. The Masterclasses are the only ticketed events at this year’s festival.

The French Village Market features everything you need for a French experience in our backyards. Glorious French food with Stalls offering the best of the best from French eats. Bite into the best baguettes, smell stinky cheese and try traditional French cakes and treats.

The food centric market would not be complete without a feature of the best wines from the most reputable regions. Drink your way from Bordeaux to Beaujolais, Loire valley to of the nation’s luxury, Champagne.

EUROPEAN MARKET – NO JET LAG.

This year, the BBR Festival also brings the best of European and French-speaking cultures home without the jet lag. Fest through the European village market with stalls across Greece, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Portugal and Switzerland. In total, the festival boasts 60 food vendors from 9 countries over 3 villages.

The market place will also feature authentic European style Artisan and Flea Antique Markets, showcasing the best of Parisian lifestyle design so you, your home and your fridge are so “Oh la la!”

Daily entertainment will be provided by a range of Street Artists, performing each afternoon, ranging from fire twirlers, circus revellers, flamenco and salsa dancers, German, Italian and Grec Folklore, and tantalising acrobats daily at Gateway Plaza.

We will also enjoy 14 free live concerts by French and international artists and bands and  funky free dance parties in the Festival village.

This year,watch your favourite French movie in a bed !  The Open Air Cinema will run nightly, featuring cult French movies with English subtitles, a selection from the funniest to the most popular family friendly films.

FRENCH CANADIAN WINTER ISLAND WITH REALSNOW!

One of the biggest highlights of the BBR Festival 2016 is the Canadian Snow Island which will cover AMP Square/ Scout Place with 3 tons of real snow throughout the weekend for a total winter experience. The winter island welcomes a hockey field where the Sydney Bears players are set to host a street hockey game. There will be also a Maple Candy on ice station to create your own lolly with Maple syrup, a Maple products shopping area and of course the traditional Canadian “poutine”

The festivities end on Sunday 17 July with bang as a parade featuring all the performers takes place throughout the festival locations.

The BBR Festival is a not-to-be-missed celebration of the French “art de vivre”. 3 villages will transport you to the streets of Montmartre on a sensory exploration of Europe and snowy French Canada through wild entertainment and delicious delicacies across four days in Sydney’s Circular Quay foreshore.

Stay up to date with the BBR Festival
Website: www.bbrfestival.com.au/
Facebook: facebook.com/BBRfestivalSydney
Twitter: @bbrfestival
Instagram: @bbrfestival

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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.

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Billy & Jack ThompsonLexus 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
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
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.

See the Director’s Picks at the Sydney Film Festival

The 63rd Sydney Film Festival (8-16 June 2016) held their per-festival drinks on Tuesday 24 May 2016 with great food from Abode Bistro at the Parkroyal Hotel Darling Harbour.

In 2016 the Festival will present 244 films from 60 countries including 25 World Premieres, representing hundreds of fresh perspective and new stories from across Australia and the world.

Nashen Moodley, Festival Director, announced his director’s pick, which included:

Hotel Coolgardie

A wryly observed documentary set in a tiny mining town somewhere between Kalgoorlie and Perth. Two Finnish girls on working visas, Lina and Steph, head to this remote spot for a three-month stint behind the bar of the local pub. It’s a tough gig. The girls contend with drunkenness, relentless sexual advances, and a belittling, bullying boss. The booze-addled patrons rant about failed relationships and female duplicity; it seems the girls’ only ally is the toothless, odorous local, Canman. The barmaids struggle to negotiate this unhealthy environment, with little by way of distraction. Gleeson’s warts-and-all debut is by turns shocking, amusing and unexpectedly moving.

Suntan

Is set on a sun-drenched Greek island and is about a middle-aged doctor becomes obsessed with a group of beautiful, frequently naked, young tourists in this sensual and disquieting drama.

Notes of Blindness

In the early 1980s, writer and theologian John Hull lost his eyesight after decades of steady deterioration, documenting his experience on audio cassettes. Upon publication, author and neurologist Oliver Sacks described Hull’s diaries as “The most extraordinary, precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read. It is to my mind a masterpiece.” In 2013, Spinney and Middleton made an award-winning short film based on Australian-born Hull’s experiences entitled Notes on Blindness: Rainfall (SFF 2014). Hull’s profound life is now the inspiration for this breathtaking feature-length film. The filmmaking duo, with an approach akin to Clio Barnard’s The Arbor (SFF 2011), cast actors Dan Skinner and Simone Kirby to lip sync to Hull’s original recordings. The resulting film, and associated VR project (which can be viewed at the Festival Hub), is a remarkable re-creation of the author’s thoughts and observations that unearths the interior world of blindness. Hull was closely involved with the process before his death, aged 80, in July last year.

The Lure

Is unique Polish romance-horror-mermaid-musical that defies classification and deservedly won the Special Jury Award for Unique Vision and Design at Sundance 2016.

Rosita

Is a film with an funny and insightful look at immigration and arranged marriage, a young Filipino woman relocates to a fishing village in Denmark to wed a middle-aged widower.

Zach’s Ceremony

Ten-year-old Zach enjoys fishing and boxing with his dad Alec, and is looking forward to his initiation ceremony. It’s a vital part of his Indigenous heritage, marking the transition from boyhood to manhood. Growing up isn’t easy, and for Zach there are the added pressures of racism and city living – a long way from his father’s community in Far North Queensland. An Aboriginal activist, leader and actor, Alec is a devoted dad, but his strict parenting inevitably causes friction. Shot over six years, this is a remarkable portrait of a young man struggling with identity and his father’s expectations, as he heads towards adulthood.

Weiner

This is a absorbing exposé of Anthony ‘sexting scandal’ Weiner’s 2013 New York mayoral campaign which won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

For a full program, go to: www.sff.org.au

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Discover the timeless beauty of photography at the Rocks Discovery Museum

On Tuesday 17 May 2016 I attended the launch of the photography, Timeless, at The Rocks Discovery Museum.

Timeless is a photographic exhibition that is part of the Headon Festival. It is the work of a Sydney-based photographer, filmmaker and doctor Nelson Lau.

Timeless is a story of star-crossed lovers from parallel worlds who try to transcend the fabric of time. Inspired by the architecture of The Rocks and the films of Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai, Timeless uses The Rocks as a cinematic backdrop to this love story.

Timeless, a fictional photo narrative in which the images look like scenes from a film. The photos invite the viewer to interpret the images to imagine the story behind these ‘scenes’.

The majority of the images have been taken around The Rocks, with other featured locations including Town Hall, Museum Station and Camperdown Cemetery. It is a multi-faceted exhibition using photographs, words and a digital display of cinemagraphs.

The exhibition Timeless will be on view from 14 May to 3 July 2016 from 10am5pm at The Rocks Discovery Museum, Kendall Lane (enter via Argyle Street), The Rocks.
Admission is free.
For more information, go to: www.therocks.com
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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week commences with a lot of glamour and style

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia officially kicked off on Sunday 15 May 2016 with the Resort 2017 collection fashion parade of Toni Maticevski at Barangaroo Cutaway.

Over 900 guests attended including top industry media, VIPS and buyers from around the world (including Bergdorf Goodman from the USA and Net-A-Porter from the UK).

Celebrities that attended included Bridget Malcolm, Dan Single and Bambi, Delta Goodrem, Nikki Phillips,

The collection saw striking silhouettes and exaggerated cuts hit the runway. models paraded down the runway wearing handcuffs, having embellished metal across their mouths and holding cameras to film their audience.

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HEAD ON PHOTO FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2016 AWARD WINNERS

The award winners of Australia’s most prestigious photography prize were announced in front of 1,000 guests at the official opening of the Head On Photo Festival at Sydney’s Lower Town Hall on Friday 29 April 2016.

Crowd favourite category, the Head On Portrait prize, was taken out by Antonio Heredia with his emotive portrait of brain cancer survivor, Oscar Prieto. Having beaten the disease following surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy the striking image captures Prieto’s lasting reminder; a deep scar running down the back of his skull.

First prize in the Landscape category went to David Chancellor for a moving image of an injured giraffe on the brink of death in South African. The image attempts to capture the moment between life and death, where the animal is at peace and calm in a world only it inhabits. Winner in the Mobile division was Andrew Robert Morgan, with his depiction of his 87 year old grandfather’s loss of independence, reflected in the photo through the man forced to sit in the backseat of the car for the ride home because he is no longer allowed to drive at night.

Head On Photo Festival is Australia’s premier photography event and one of the world’s leading photography festivals. The festival boasts a bustling satellite program of talks, hands-on workshops and exhibitions. Photographers submitted works covering every known field of photography, from photojournalism to fine art to reportage to commercial.

More than 4,000 entrants vied for over $50,000 worth of prizes across the four categories: Portrait, Landscape, Mobile and Student.

PORTRAIT PRIZE

First place:      Antonio Heredia   – Survivor
“Some years ago, 29 year-old lawyer Oscar Prieto was diagnosed with brain cancer. Following surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, Oscar was able to beat the disease. Nowadays, he is the president of ASATE, an organization which provides help and guidance to those affected by brain cancer. By showing his own scars, Oscar tries to inspire and demonstrate that one can overcome cancer.”

Second place   Giles Clarke – Toxic Trespass
“Sameer, 16, is held by his mother Wahida at home in Bhopal’s Jamalpura neighborhood. Sameer was born to parents contaminated by carcinogenic and mutagenic water stemming from the 1984 Union Carbide gas tragedy which has claimed 25,000 lives to date. For decades thousands of families have used contaminated water leading to serious illness and birth defects, as afflicted Sameer. The title refers to scholar-activist Sandra Steingraber’s concept of toxic trespass, in which toxic chemicals enter our bodies without our consent.”

Third place      Kristian Taylor-Wood – HighScroller, Lauren Winzer 
“Lauren is one of the shining lights of the increasingly fashionable tattoo industry. Her quirky and unique pop-art tattooing style and expertise at blogging and social media have made her one of the most recognised names in the tattoo game. Lauren currently has 205K followers on Instagram, with the likes of Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus banging on her door to get inked. This portrait is part of a larger series named HighScrollers.”

LANDSCAPE PRIZE      

First place       David Chancellor – Giraffe, Blue Sheet, Eastern Cape South Africa
“The Fallen. There’s a moment between life and death, sleeping and waking that passes in an instant. For the briefest of moments one can see the beast at peace, calm and in a world that only he inhabits. All the chaos and trauma that went before is no longer bothersome; whilst vets regroup or hunters high five he waits patiently for life to start once more, or for some this is the end, and as I watch, the eye no longer is the gateway to the soul, but rather a reflection of the sky.”

Second place   Paul Hoelen – Vanilla Sky
“Mining access roads built through the salt pan lake of Lake Lefroy, south of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.”

Third place      Yasmin Mund – Rooftop Dreams, Varanasi
“It was 5:30am and I had just arrived at my guesthouse in Varanasi and instinctively climbed the 7 flights of stairs to see the sunrise over the famous river Ganga. As I looked over the side of the rooftop terrace my jaw dropped in disbelief. Below were mothers, fathers, children, cats, dogs, monkeys all sleeping on the roofs. It was mid-summer in Varanasi and sleeping without AC was difficult.”

Landscape NSW Award                                Ireneusz Luty – Manly Beach, Sydney
“Part of the series City de Noir. City de Noir assembles a suite of black and white images that focus on presenting intimate moments extracted from the urban environment. Through this, the selection draws attention to and captures both fleeting moments and particular contexts that might represent the unseen and overlooked life within the city of Sydney. Pictures employ long-exposure infrared techniques to capture the dynamism with a sensitive restraint of palette and temporality.”

MOBILE PRIZE

First place       Andrew Robert Morgan – Losing Independence
“My grandfather, Albert, is forced to take a back seat ride home after a family dinner because he is no longer allowed to drive at night. He is an extremely independent 87 year old man, but the truth is that he cannot continue doing everything himself.”

Second place   Markus Andersen – Veil

Third place      Ako Salemi – Freedom
A woman covered by a burqa passes by the Roze Sharif holy shrine in Mazar-e-Sharif, where white pigeons often congregate. The pigeon is the symbol of freedom in Afghanistan.”

STUDENT PRIZE

First place       Isabelle Sijan – Girl See’s All
“Girl Sees All depicts the average teenage girl looking at life’s obstacles. This is represented via the snow-caps of New Zealand’s Mount Cook, which can be seen as a double exposure in the subject’s eyes. While the mountain may seem out of place, especially considering the somewhat empty background, it acts as a representation of the obstacles in one’s life – whether a physical challenge or mental – and thus is not equally reflected in the setting behind the girl.”

Second place   Pia Wylie – Façade
“My artwork involves placing a physical object in the form of a mirror into the natural environment, blending and blurring the lines between reality and the reflection of reality via the manmade. I love the idea of allowing a photograph, something that is 2D to show multiple facades. I aim to evoke a sense of contemplation and allow the audience to create their own personal reflection through the complex and almost surreal image.”

Third place      Ana Burenkova – Stunned
“The water was colder than they thought it would be. I managed to capture the exact moment that they both realised they’d made a terrible mistake.”