What's On - Special Events, Previews & Signings

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Show Us Your Bling, Melb

Venue:Emporium Melbourne Ground Floor
Date:Friday 26th of August
Time:10am - 10pm

To officially launch Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, Emporium Melbourne retrailer, Swarovski, is taking it to another level, inspired by the fashion event of the year, the Met Gala.

Snap a pic in the exclusive custom-built Swarovski photo booth, then heard in-store to enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbles and live beats by a Melbourne DJ.

Plus, there's a chance to win a limited edition Swarvoski Bluetooth speaker - for those of us who only enjoy the best.

What’s On at ACMI: Wednesday 31 August to Tuesday 6 September 2016

Date:Wednesday 31 August to Tuesday 6 September 2016

Weiner (M)
Opens Thursday 1 September - Exclusive Limited Season
ACMI brings the political documentary Weiner to the big screen in an exclusive Melbourne season following sold out sessions at both Melbourne International Film Festival and Sydney Film Festival. The critically acclaimed stranger-than-fiction tale of political fodder and contemporary morality won Best Documentary  at Sundance 2016.
Tickets: Full $17, Concession $13. Member $10

Final weeks of SCORSESE exhibition
Until 18 Sunday September
For only two more weeks, this landmark exhibition explores the inspirations, creative process and key collaborations of one of the most influential directors of our time. 
Tickets: Full $25, Concession $18, Member $17
Last week and a half of free ACMI exhibition Del Kathryn Barton: The Nightingale and the Rose
Until Sunday 11 September
For another week and a half, this free ACMI exhibition celebrates the extraordinary collaboration between two-time Archibald Prize winning artist Del Kathryn Barton and acclaimed filmmaker Brendan Fletcher, tracing the remarkable adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s 19th century classic into a hauntingly beautiful animated film.
Tickets: FREE

Australian Mediatheque
Open daily 12 noon to 5pm
Located at ACMI, the Australian Mediatheque is a free, permanent exhibition where the public can access moving image content for research, learning and entertainment, with access to audio and video content from the collections of ACMI and the National Film and Sound Archive. 
Tickets: FREE

The Korean Cultural Centre Australia and Samsung present
KOFFIA – Korean Film Festival in Australia
Thursday 1 to Thursday 8 September
KOFFIA celebrates another year of diverse and exciting Korean film, with eight days of screenings at ACMI. All films screen with English subtitles and this year's theme, Gujoelpan, a traditional dish incorporating several ingredients to make one wholesome flavour, represents the variety of blockbusters, arthouse delights and heart-warming romantic comedies on offer.
Tickets: Full $16, Concession $12.50, Member $11

For session times and more information on these and all other events on at ACMI visit acmi.net.au

St Albans Writers' Festival

Venue:St Albans
Date:September 16th to 18th
Fee:$85 for a day pass or $150 for the Friday – Sunday.

This spring, from September 16 to 18, the second St Albans Writers’ Festival invites you into a world of Australian stories told in picturesque surroundings.

Cross the Hawkesbury river car ferry, take a breath of country air and journey into the Forgotten Valley. Put away your phone where there’s no WiFi or mobile service.

On the other side, rub shoulders with more than 50 of Australia’s favourite storytellers including Les Murray, Jane Caro, Stan Grant, Sarah Ferguson, Hugh Mackay, Tim Elliott, Judy Nunn, Fiona Wright, Meg Keneally, Emily Maguire, Rod Jones, Richard Glover, Kate Forsyth, Robert Macklin, Wendy Whiteley, Janet Hawley, Matthew Condon and Ailsa Piper. Be exhilarated by new ideas, and feast on amazing food by Simmone Logue.

The festival sessions are held in a small walkable precinct which includes the historic St Albans Church, Settlers Arms Inn and marquees with a backdrop of the Macdonald River. The tiny village has a population of just over 300 people and the festival can accommodate another 800 guests.

What’s On at ACMI: Wednesday 24th to Tuesday 30th August 2016

Venue:ACMI, Melbourne
Date:Wednesday 24th to Tuesday 30th August 2016

Melbourne Writer's Festival (MWF)
Friday 26 August to Sunday 4 September
Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) is Melbourne's annual, two-week celebration for everyone who reads. The Festival brings together writers from around the world to celebrate literature, explore ideas, and inspire readers through a vibrant program of storytelling, conversation and discussion, intellectual debate, educational programs, live performance, music and art events. The Festival includes events for people of all ages and more than a quarter of the program is free.
Ticketed & FREE

Final month of SCORSESE exhibition
Until 18 September
For only three more weeks, this landmark exhibition explores the inspirations, creative processes and key collaborations of one of the most influential directors of our time. From Taxi Driver and Goodfellas to The Age of Innocence and The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese’s intense and exhilarating films define him as one of the world’s greatest directors. Drawn from his personal collection and featuring hundreds of objects and a rich selection of footage, SCORSESE offers a comprehensive insight into the director’s career as an unparalleled screen stylist and tireless champion of cinema.
Tickets: Full $25, Concession $18, Member $17

Final weeks of free ACMI exhibition Del Kathryn Barton: The Nightingale and the Rose
Until Sunday 11 September
For only two more weeks this free ACMI exhibition celebrates the extraordinary collaboration between two-time Archibald Prize winning artist Del Kathryn Barton and acclaimed filmmaker Brendan Fletcher, tracing the remarkable adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s 19th century classic into a hauntingly beautiful animated film. The film itself is screened on loop inside the exhibition space, and it is a multi-award winning landmark in contemporary moving image, voiced by celebrated actors, including Mia Wasikowska, David Wenham and Geoffrey Rush, with music by Sarah Blasko. In addition to the film, the exhibition features a selection of Barton’s evocative paintings, stunning never-before-seen handmade props, and material from the production archives, revealing the extraordinary workings behind this captivating animated picture.
Tickets: FREE

ACMI X co-presents Lean Filmmaking Meetup: High concept on a low budget - Q&A with Michael Shanks
Thursday 25 August, 6pm
ACMI X and Lean Filmmaking present a Q&A with Michael Shanks. The writer, director, actor, VFX artist and The Wizards of Aus creator talks about leveraging YouTube success into a high concept TV series... all on a low budget. Michael, aka Timtimfed, has been making short films on YouTube for the last six years where he's turned his unique blend of visual effects and comedy into nearly 40 million views. Arrive early for a ‘meet and mingle’ in the bar prior to the Q&A.
Tickets: FREE

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and ACMI present two Tiffany Films
Thursday 25 to 31 August
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (PG)
This 1961 cinema classic based on the Truman Capote’s novel stars a luminous Audrey Hepburn dressed exclusively by her favourite couturier, Hubert de Givenchy, and as such is the perfect companion piece and quite possibly the ultimate celebration of Tiffany’s.

Crazy About Tiffany’s (Unclassified 15+)
A provocative and rare glimpse at one of the most iconic jewellers in the world. From past to present, discover the behind the scenes creation to those beholden to its charm, Crazy about Tiffany’s reveals Tiffany & Co like never before. Featuring Jessica Biel, Baz Lurhmann, Sam Taylor Johnson, Jessica Tilly.
Tickets: Full $17, Concession $13, Member $10

Saturday 27 August
A poignant, thought-provoking account of friendship and the toll of inherited guilt, David Evans’ award-winning film explores the personal and enduring legacy of the holocaust through a series of conversations between Philippe Sands QC and the sons of two prominent officials in Nazi Germany. Following the screening, join Melbourne Writers Festival guest, Philippe Sands QC for an illuminating discussion about this film and his work as a human rights lawyer and author.
Tickets: Full $22, Concession $19

The Chantoozies 30th Anniversary

Venue:Satellite Lounge, Cnr Ferntree Gully & Jells Roads, Wheelers Hill
Date:Saturday, September 3rd, 2016
Time:8.00pm (6pm for dining/seats)
Fee:$30+bf (GA standing); $43+bf (reserved seats); $33 (door, if available)

It’s hard to believe it was 30 years ago when a bunch of babes called The Chantoozies played their first gig. 
To celebrate this amazing milestone, The Satellite Lounge will host The Chantoozies’ bumper birthday on Saturday, September 3rd.
Fresh from a sellout national tour with UK’s Bananarama, The Chantoozies will wow audiences with their dynamic blend of pop and rock.
Still one of Australia’s hottest pop acts, the past two years have seen them release two new singles, appear on countless TV & radio shows and perform around the country (most recently as part of the Gold FM concert series).
The girls originally formed for a one off show at the renowned Melbourne Underground Nightclub, where they received an overwhelming response and gained their first residency. A recording contract with Mushroom Records quickly followed and The Chantoozies found Top 10 success with their first single“Witch Queen Of New Orleans”. Touring Australia extensively they entertained audiences with their hit songs “Wanna Be Up”, “Kiss & Tell” and  “Love The One You’re With”, just to name a few.  They went on to achieve Gold and Platinum record status in the 80s & 90s, sharing the stage with many top Australian and international acts.
After taking time out to pursue individual acting & singing careers, the girls – Ally Fowler, Tottie Goldsmith and Evie von Bibra - reunited in 2006 for the national Countdown Spectacular tour and have once again, been successfully touring ever since.

NightFest lights up Canberra’s skies

Date:28th September to 2nd October

Floriade, Australia’s premier celebration of spring, returns in 2016 and brings with it five spectacular nights of illumination for NightFest. 


If one million flowers weren’t impressive enough, Floriade’s after-dark experience will light up the night skies from 28th September to 2nd October as the sun sets on Commonwealth Park.  The nocturnal extravaganza will transport visitors into an illuminated wonderland bursting with outdoor lighting design and production, as curated and constructed by the expert team at Mandylights. Promising an impressive display for the 2016 event, Mandylights has designed a parkland-full of awe inspiring lighting installations which will excite and delight festival revellers of all ages.


NightFest will deliver a fantastic line-up of comedy, live music and roving entertainment to enthral those exploring the park. Headlining the acts, internationally renowned, Aussie favourite, Jimeoin will take to the stage on 1st-2nd October as Becky Lucas, Kate Burch, Nick Cody and The Stevenson Experience also join the bill on various dates to ensure the masses are ROFL at their sharp punch lines and witty banter. Duck Duck Ghost will be serving up a unique blend of danceable indie rock - mixing indie pop hooks and heavy Foals-esque guitars, while East Row Rabble will deliver a slick mix of funk, ska, blues and soul, with heavenly horn lines that will get your booty shakin'.


Finally, complementing the lighting designs and entertainment, NightFest will also boast bustling night markets fresh with local food producers, beer brewers, cider and wine makers and much more. Visitors will be able to taste the produce while getting up close and personal with the makers to hear how they mastered their craft.

The Element of Consequence

Venue:Gasworks Arts Park - 21 Graham Street, Albert Park
Date:13 – 17 September, 2016
Time:Tues – Sat 7:30pm
Fee:$27 Full, $24.95 Concession, $22 Cheap Tuesday and Grps 6+
Booking:03 8606 4200 or online at www.melbournefringe.com.au and www.gasworks.org.au

Circus has a natural suspense, but what takes place when you embrace those dangers and then seek even more? Delving into the absurd, The Element of Consequence features four fiery female acrobats who entwine their skills and bodies to create a world where gravity doesn't always pull downwards…


2016 Gasworks Circus Showdown winners, The Element of Consequence bring their unique dialogue of movement and circus to life with a fluid sense of chaotic choreography; showcasing a cast that has an inimitable sassy style, who are happy to break all the rules. Amazing circus strongwomen perform with elegance, power, and beauty.


Teaming up for the first time, Anna Murray and AfterDark Theatre proudly present The Element of Consequence; a powerful debut season that promises to take audiences on a voyage through bizarre skills and stunning acrobatics this coming September, at The Boardwalk Republic.


St Ives Medieval Faire

Venue:St Ives Showground - 450 Mona Vale Road, St Ives
Date:Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September 2016
Booking:Available now at www.stivesmedievalfaire.com.au

Sydney's north shore will once again play host to the St Ives Medieval Faire on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September 2016, Australia's most historically accurate medieval event.

Presented by Ku-ring-gai Council, the award-winning St Ives Medieval Faire will see St Ives Showground transformed into a medieval village - a true spectacle of medieval drama, entertainment, food and life.

Held over two days, the St Ives Medieval Faire will include:

Full-armoured historic war battle re-enactments
Australia's largest historical joust
Full flight birds of prey demonstrations
The only life-size trebuchet cannon in NSW
NSW's largest living medieval village
Medieval tavern
Viking wars, and much more.

Collisions: Lynette Wallworth

Venue:ACMI, Gallery 2
Date:Thursday 6 October 2016 to Sunday 15 January 2017
Fee:Free Exhibition

Opening as part of the Melbourne Festival, ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) presents Collisions, a deeply poetic and thought-provoking virtual reality film experience by acclaimed Australian filmmaker and artist, Lynette Wallworth, exploring the collision of science and spirit.


Collisions is Wallworth’s first work using VR technology and the first known VR document of an Indigenous story. By employing this technology, Wallworth places the audience at the epicentre of a powerful cinematic experience.


Collisions takes audiences on a journey into the homeland of Indigenous elder Nyarri Nyarri Morgan and the Martu tribe in the remote Western Australian desert. The Martu lived largely untouched by Western culture until the 1960’s, and Nyarri's first contact with Western culture came in the 1950's via a dramatic collision between his traditional world view and the cutting edge of Western science and technology when he witnessed firsthand and with no context, an atomic test.


Half a century later, another technology affords Nyarri the chance to show the audiences the world that was ruptured the day he witnessed an atomic explosion in the desert. From songs of the oldest surviving culture on the planet to drones soaring above the red desert, from projectors powered by car battery to bombs that poison the land, this is a world that finds itself once again teetering on a precipice of technological change that questions how we will steward it into the future.


Combining live action and animation, the ambitious project included the challenge of 360 degree filming in remote locations, involving crew driving vast distances to avoid being in frame. The experience is narrated by Wallworth and Nyarri’s grandson Curtis Taylor, and produced by US-based producer, Nicole Newnham.


Collisions was created when Wallworth was selected as the inaugural artist of the Sundance Institute New Frontier/Jaunt VR Residency Program. With Nyarri present, it premiered before world leaders in January this year at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Since then, Collisions has been shown at the Climate Action Summit in Washington DC and at the UN offices in Vienna, where it was shown to signatories of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation, as well as screening at numerous film festivals such as the Tribeca Film Festival and San Francisco International Film Festival.


“I am so happy to be showing Collisions at ACMI in October as part of the Melbourne Festival,” said Wallworth. “As my work HOLD; Vessel 1 was part of the very first exhibition at ACMI in 2002 it has always held a special place for me.” 


Collisions is Wallworth’s third work with the Martu people of the Western Desert. She said the privilege of being invited by Nyarri and the Martu tribe to tell this story extends to the audience who, thanks to VR, are welcomed fora brief time to witness this extraordinary story and hear the message Nyarri imparts using the most current of technologies.


“Collisions, my new VR work, is a powerful parable for our country. Nyarri Morgan's story has been hidden till now so I am grateful that it will be showcased at ACMI allowing many to contemplate its message,” she said.


ACMI CEO and Director, Katrina Sedgwick, agrees the message of Collisions is a powerful one.


“This extraordinary work takes us into the world of the Martu people, connecting us with Nyarri’s story, and enabling us insight into his experience and that of his community and allowing us to ask urgent questions.”


“Lynette has an exceptional ability to harness new technologies to create her works, revealing stories in a way that creates a deeply affecting and emotional connection for her audiences,” said Sedgwick.


An acclaimed Australian artist and director, Wallworth’s immersive installations and films reflect connections between people and the natural world. Her work has shown at the Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts, New York, the American Museum of Natural History, New York, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, London Film Festival, Auckland Triennial and the Brighton Festival among others.


Venue:fortyfivedownstairs - 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Date:31 August – 17 September, 2016
Time:Tues – Sat 7:30pm, Sun 6pm
Fee:$38 Full, $32 Concession, $26 Group 8+
Booking:03 9662 9966 or online at www.fortyfivedownstairs.com

I don't mean to give away the plot, but I think I die in the end.

Vivian Bearing (Jane Montgomery Griffiths) is a brilliant and uncompromising professor of English Literature who has spent years specialising in the Holy Sonnets of John Donne. Diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer, she agrees to undergo an experimental chemotherapy treatment that (although not guaranteed to save her) will provide excellent research data for the future of oncology.

Learning everything she can about the disease and constantly at the mercy of the doctors in authority, the teacher has now become the student…

Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Wit is a poignant and humorous look at life, death, poetry, and compassion.

Formed in 2009, The Artisan Collective has established itself as one of Melbourne’s premier independent theatre companies. Passionate about producing new and exciting collaborative theatre, they explore the truth of human experience and spirit through the examination and presentation of dramatic work. Wit will be their eighth season, and a Melbourne premiere.

The Boardwalk Republic

Venue:Gasworks Arts Park - 21 Graham St, Albert Park, VIC
Date:13 September - 1 October, 2016
Booking:03 8606 4200 or online at www.gasworks.org.au and www.melbournefringe.com.au

Launching in 2014, The Boardwalk Republic is the only South-side arts and theatre precinct running during the annual Melbourne Fringe Festival. It draws its’ inspiration from two of America’s most well known boardwalks in entertainment history; the infamous Atlantic City, and the family friendly Coney Island. Fast becoming a regular hub highlight of the Fringe Festival, it returns again this year; brighter, louder and with more shows and attractions than ever.


Running from the 13th of September to the 1st of October, and with 14 shows in the line-up, The Boardwalk Republic offers up a veritable feast of entertainment for audiences with circus, theatre, comedy, cabaret, burlesque, magic, and sideshow all in the mix.


Staged within the popular Gasworks Arts Park and buildings, the program is designed as a family friendly Arts Festival, with free outdoor entertainment as well as a vibrant mix of ticketed productions.


Colourful, exciting, and accessible – The Boardwalk Republic truly has something for everyone!

Mt Buller Slopestyle by Frank


Mt Buller adds a new event to the snow season calendar, Mt Buller Slopestyle by Frank launching on August 6. Slopestyle is an exciting freestyle skiing and snowboarding discipline that requires competitors to combine downhill speed with technical skills on a range of rails, jumps and other terrain park features. Rated the most exciting Winter Olympic sport at Sochi in 2014, Slopestyle has been added nationally to the Snow Sports Interschools lineup for 2016. The addition of the Slopestyle event to the Mt Buller calendar supports skiers and boarders from juniors all the way to aspiring Olympic athletes, for future competition in this growing discipline.


Held over one action-packed day, the event will see skiers and snowboarders take on a challenging course in the Skyline Terrain Park. Competitors undertake two course runs, with the best run counting towards final results. Participants will be scored for amplitude, originality and quality of tricks. The event is open to all ages and skill levels across multiple divisions, where podium winners can collect their share in a $2000 cash prize, as well as products from K2, Yuki Threads and Rip Curl.


Group Manager of Marketing, Sales and Events for Mt Buller Resort Management, Gillian Dobson, said the Slopestyle by Frank event will be a new and exciting event for both riders and spectators alike. “We are really excited to be hosting a brand new event this winter, which will see some of Australia’s best freestyle skiers and snowboarders battle it out on a purpose built course.  This addition to the calendar places Mt Buller at the forefront of freestyle skiing and we look forward to a thrilling day of competition.”


“After becoming an Olympic event and now featured on the Interschools calendar, we're super excited to put Slopestyle skiing and snowboarding on the map in Victoria. We've consistently produced the best skiers and snowboarders in the country, with the likes of two-time Olympian Scotty James, Dale Begg-Smith, Steph Prem and Chumpy Pullin learning and refining their craft at Mt Buller. It's events like this that really allow a diverse field of competitors from around Australia to progress and achieve their goals in the sport, which is the main outcome we want to reach as resorts and seasonal programs alike" said Managing Director for Transition Snowboarding, Dylan Campbell.


For further information on the event visit the Events section on mtbuller.com.au. 


Ladies in Black

Ahead of tomorrow night’s Helpmann Awards, Queensland Theatre Company has announced that the smash hit musical and six-time nominated Ladies in Black will tour nationally in early 2017, taking in Sydney and Canberra with encore seasons in Brisbane and Melbourne. 


From the adaptation of Madeleine St John’s 1993 novel, The Women in Black, this acclaimed production has been brought to life by Australian screenwriter Carolyn Burns and internationally-acclaimed director Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Love Never Dies) with original music from legendary singer songwriter, Tim Finn OBE (Split Enz, Crowded House).


The world premiere of Ladies in Black, the stylish story of fashion, friendship and 1950s Australia took place in Brisbane in November 2015 with the frock-fest signalling a stunning and triumphant return of musical theatre for the company.


Ladies in Black has been nominated for six Helpmann Awards including Best New Australian Work, Best Director of a Musical, Best Costume Design, Best Original Score, Best Music Direction and the coveted Best Musical.


The critically acclaimed show features over 20 original songs written by Tim Finn and a stunning range of some 30 custom-designed and created dresses and suits. The genesis of Ladies in Black actually happened at the Brisbane Airport – Tim Finn was famously looking for a book to read, bought The Women in Black and on reading it, was compelled to call Simon Phllips and plant the seed for a stage production. On the plane, he started writing the music. The rest is history.


The cast and all dates and further detail will be announced at the national launch event to be held on August 15 in Sydney.

Dandenong Festival of Lights

Venue:Dandenong Showground in Greaves Reserve in Victoria
Date:26th of August- 9th of October
Time:6pm to 10pm daily
Fee:$20 for adults, $14 for kids and $60 for a family of four. It is free of charge for kids aged 3 and under.

Following a hugely successful festival in Melbourne last year, the Dandenong Festival of Lights is set to amaze Melbourne once again with its brand new show.


Dandenong Festival of Lights celebrates Chinese culture through a display of over 500 interactive and beautiful silk lanterns. The vibrant light displays, some of which are an impressive 20m wide and 15m high, come in all shapes and forms. This includes mythical creatures, Chinese Zodiacs, terracotta warriors and animals such as elephants, pandas and many more. To complement the visual experience, visitors can enjoy ambient music which will be played along the marked tree-lined paths.


The festival begins on the 26th of August and will run until the 9th of October. It will be open to the public from 6pm to 10pm daily. The festival covers over 10,000 square metres and will be held in the picturesque Dandenong Showground in Greaves Reserve, Dandenong, VIC.


“We are thrilled to be organising and bringing back such a captivating and impressive light festival,” says Rod Stoller, Director of Logistic Events Australia. “It truly is a one-of-a-kind event which fits in with the arts and culture of Melbourne. With hundreds of new lanterns, we know that the Dandenong Festival of Light will again be a huge success. We hope the festival not only shares Chinese culture, but also enlightens and educates people of all ages.”


In addition to the light displays, there will be live performances of lion costume dancing and drumming shows to entertain people of all ages. Throughout the festival, visitors will also have the opportunity to participate in kung fu workshops and drumming workshops. A dumpling bar and other rotating food vendors will be on-site. Kids will also be entertained with a range of rides.


This will be an incredible experience for the whole family to share and an inspiring way to welcome in spring.

Million Dollar Quartet

Venue:Comedy Theatre, 240 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
Date:From Thursday 8 December 2016

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical inspired by the true story of the famous recording session that brought together icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time for one incredible night.

On 4 December, 1956, Sam Phillips, regarded as the ‘father of rock ‘n’ roll’ gathered these four young musicians together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest impromptu jam sessions of all time.  This feel-good show brings to light the extraordinary story of broken promises, secrets, and the once-in-a-lifetime celebration of four young friends that is both poignant and heart-warming.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary night to life, featuring over 20 rock classics including Blue Suede Shoes, Great Balls of Fire, See You Later Alligator, I Walk the Line, Fever, Who Do You Love?, That’s All Right, Sixteen Tons, Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On, Folsom Prison Blues, Hound Dog and many more.

This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together, just once, as a red-hot rock 'n' roll band.

Written by Tony Award nominees Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET opened on Broadway in 2010, following a highly successful seven year run in Chicago, and in 2011 opened in London’s West End.  Also in 2011 the show embarked on a tour of the United States – and is still touring today.

Since 2013, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET has enjoyed a hugely successful residency at Harrah’s Showroom in Las Vegas – just 10 minutes away from The International Hotel where Elvis himself had a long standing and famous residency!

This electrifying musical has been nominated for and won prestigious awards – on Broadway the show received Tony Award nominations for Best Musical, Best Book of Musical and a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Musical; and it won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical, for Levi Kreis’s portrayal of Jerry Lee Lewis.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is brought to Australia by the producers of Jersey Boys, Cats, Singin’ in the Rain, Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables: Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, AKA and TEG DAINTY in association with Mark Goucher and Simon Friend.

Don’t miss your chance to discover the true story of this hallowed day in the history of rock ‘n’ roll!

Hidden Sydney

Venue:The Rear Entrance of “THE NEVADA” at The World Bar, 1 Mansion Lane, Kings Cross
Date:From Friday 16 September to 9 October 2016
Fee:Mon – Thu - $35 (transaction fees may apply) Fri – Sun - $45 (transaction fees may apply)
Booking:Ticketmaster 136 100 or ticketmaster.com.au

King Cross is a state of mind.  No boundaries to its name, no limits to its life.  But half a century later, has the Cross been crossed out?

Hidden Sydney - an immersive, exhilarating and witty cabaret experience is set over four floors of “The Nevada”, the former Sydney brothel which boasted the biggest bed in the world.

John Olsen: The You Beaut Country

Venue:The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
Date:16 September 2016 – 12 February 2017
Fee:NGV Member $12 / Adult $16 / Concession $13 / Child (5–15 years) $7 / Family (2 adults + 3 children) $41
Booking:Tickets on sale now from ngv.vic.gov.au.

Arguably Australia’s greatest living artist, John Olsen will be celebrated in the most comprehensive survey exhibition of his work to date opening at the National Gallery of Victoria in September 2016 and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in March 2017.


With a career spanning almost seven decades, Olsen has carved a place in Australian art history. He is known for his energetic painting style and evocative landscapes that have captured Australia’s unique terrain and spirit with a distinct visual language.


The latest instalment of Olsen’s career-defining landscapes series, The you beaut country, will be unveiled in this Australian premiere exhibition. Commencing in 1960, the series highlights Olsen’s lifelong interest in the natural world and his continued pursuit to capture the Australian identity.


The exhibition will survey Olsen’s career and will feature his most iconic and arresting works, including large-scale paintings of Lake Eyre, the Simpson Desert, Sydney Harbour and his much-loved tree frogs.


‘John Olsen is one of Australia’s most distinguished artists. Traversing a lifetime of creativity, this exhibition will offer an extraordinary and in-depth insight into Olsen’s life and practice. From his first exhibition in 1955 to the highly anticipated, most recent work in The you beaut country series, the exhibition will showcase Olsen’s major paintings and works on paper alongside lesser-known aspects of Olsen’s practice,’ said Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV.


A major figure in the story of Australian art, Olsen is a highly acclaimed and decorated artist and has been awarded the Order of Australia and the Order of the British Empire for his services to the arts. Among his many prize-winning works, the exhibition will include his Archibald Prize-winning Self-portrait:Janus faced, 2005.


John Olsen: The You Beaut Country will also reflect Olsen’s varied interests, including Spanish cooking and culture, poetry and journal writing, as well as the diverse use of mediums in his practice, including tapestries, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture. There will also be activities for kids and families inside the exhibition, inspired by Olsen’s sketches and drawings.


The exhibition is accompanied by a 232-page landmark publication, beautifully illustrated and featuring insightful essays on Olsen’s practice to date, available from the NGV design store for $39.95.


John Olsen: The You Beaut Country is on display at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia at Federation Square from 16 September 2016 to 12 February 2017 before opening at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 10 March until 12 June 2017.

Weiner On Show At ACMI

Venue:ACMI, Melbourne
Date:Opens 1 September 2016

At a time when politics around the globe has never been more entertaining - nor more alarming - ACMI brings the political documentary Weiner to the big screen. With both Melbourne International Film Festival screenings already sold out, the critically acclaimed stranger-than-fiction tale of political fodder and contemporary morality shows exclusively at ACMI from Thursday 1 September 2016.


The documentary follows Anthony Weiner, a Democratic Congressman who was on the rise before a ‘sexting’ scandal forced his humiliating resignation. Two years later, Weiner ran for New York City Mayor, betting that his democratic ideas would trump his indiscretions. With unprecedented access, Weiner takes us inside this fascinating political comeback-turned-meltdown.


“Weiner stands tall in this eruptive portrayal of a “d@!% pic” overshadowing the most valiant political efforts,” said ACMI Senior Film Programmer Kristy Matheson. “Bending over backwards to compensate, Weiner is a fascinating study of a political character, and one that will captivate anyone who owns a mobile phone, uses the internet and has ever been drawn in by titillating clickbait.”


Dubbed “fast, funny, insightful and outrageous” by Vanity Fair, Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s documentary begins with Weiner trying to rebuild his political career.  A native New Yorker and a passionate advocate for the city, Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin (who is a long term Hillary Clinton staffer and currently vice-chair of her 2016 presidential campaign) decide that their time is now.  


What begins as an unexpected surge to the top of the polls takes a sharp turn once Weiner is forced to admit to new sexting allegations. As the media descends and dissects his every move, Weiner desperately tries to forge ahead, but the increasing pressure and crippling 24-hour news coverage halt his political aspirations.


Weiner walks the line between political farce and personal tragedy. With New York City as a loud and bustling backdrop, this documentary charges through an increasingly baffling political campaign with unflinching clarity, humour, and pathos.

An Evening With Jean-Claude Van Damme: Unplugged and Unscripted


The theater shows are on Wednesday 24th August at The Star, Sydney and on Sunday 28th August at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

“The Muscles from Brussels” has not been in Australia for over 18 years and is looking forward to his visit. JCVD is one of the most famous action movie stars of all time. At his shows he’ll reveal the untold stories of his incredible life, his movies, his career, the stars he’s worked with, health and fitness and also take part in an open question and answer session with the audience.

Rosie Waterland - "My Life On The Couch (With Vodka)"

Venue:135 Stephen St, Yarraville
Date:Saturday November 12
Time:7:30pm & 9:30pm
Booking:Tickets are on sale now through www.yarravillelive.com

Following a run of sold-out debut shows at Melbourne International Comedy Festival earlier this year, Frontier Comedy are delighted to confirm that Rosie Waterland will be bringing her one-woman show My Life On The Couch (With Vodka) to The Yarraville Club, Sat August 20.

Describing the show as “… a true mixed bag. From foster care to disaster Tinder dates. It’s about me pulling my life together before turning thirty”, Rosie has been heralded as Australia’s answer to Lena Dunham.  Best-selling author, columnist, host, comedian and screenwriter, she became a household name in 2013, with her hilarious satirical recaps of the first season of The Bachelor Australia.
Her commentary across the three seasons have received more than 6.6 million unique clicks and in excess of 450,000 Facebook shares and she is currently amping up to do it all over again for the show’s fourth season.


Date:17th September to 16th October

Floriade, Australia’s premier celebration of spring, returns from 17th September to 16th October with over one million flowers are set to bloom in Canberra’s Commonwealth Park for the event’s biggest year yet.


Aside from celebrating spring, Floriade will be doing things differently in 2016. Boasting the most impressive schedule to date, the event will prove it’s much more than just a flower show and there really is something for everyone to enjoy.  Please see attached for more information on offerings including events for:

The green thumbs
The night owls
The foodies
The little ones
The pooches
The adventurous

Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense

Venue:Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House
Date:Tuesday 23 – Sunday 28 August

Following a sell-out year on London’s West End, three successful UK tours and a season in Mumbai, the charmingly incompetent English gentleman Bertie Wooster and his unflappable valet Jeeves are packing their bags for a trip to Sydney. The iconic double act will be appearing in Perfect Nonsense for a strictly limited season in the Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House from Tuesday 23 to Sunday 28 August. Tickets are on sale from 9am on Friday 24 June and available online at sydneyoperahouse.com and ticketmaster.com.au or by calling Sydney Opera House on 02 9250 7777. Tickets can also be obtained at Sydney Opera House box office in person.

Winner of Best New Comedy at London’s 2014 Olivier Awards, the highly acclaimed comedy Perfect Nonsense layers joy on joy and joke on joke in a hilarious evening of theatrical absurdity.

Playing the role of Jeeves is Joseph Chance, who has performed at some of the UK’s most prestigious theatres and in numerous Shakespeare productions, including seasons with the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Company. Matthew Carter, who plays Wooster, has also performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, has appeared in the West End’s longest-running play The Mousetrap, and his film and television credits include Wallander and The Bill. As well as co-writing Perfect Nonsense, Robert Goodale has played the butler Seppings on the UK tour and now reprises his role for Sydney. He is an experienced Shakespearean actor with numerous Royal Shakespeare Company roles to his credit, as well as film and TV appearances, including Midsomer Murders, The Bill, Heartbeat, Foyle’s War and Holby City.

Life in the Park

Venue:Education Centre at Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park
Date:Sunday 28 August

From birds, butterflies, microbats and mangroves, to frogs, native fish and thousands of invertebrate species, Sydney Olympic Park is renowned for its rich biodiversity.


A series of FREE short talks, wildlife displays and family-friendly activities about urban ecology at Sydney Olympic Park will be presented from 10.00am-12noon on Sunday 28 August at the Education Centre at Bicentennial Park.


The series of short talks by members of Sydney Olympic Park Authority and local community experts will shed light on the vast variety of urban wildlife and how we can protect their habitat. The event will also feature displays of live reptiles, birds and frogs as well as live footage via EagleCAM of the Park's nesting White-bellied Sea-Eagles.


Last year's Life in the Park event was well-attended and this year's addition of family-friendly activities is sure to enlighten and entertain. Free activities will include (but are not limited to): frog habitat building, Ranger dress-up and bring a feather and have it identified by bird experts. Attendees can choose to partake in the talks and/or the activities and displays designed for all ages.


The activities and displays will be run by the Sydney Olympic Park Authority ecology team, Frog and Tadpole Study Group, Cumberland Bird Observers Club, BirdLife, the Australian Herpetological Society and others.


ACMI presents Winter in Motion

Venue:ACMI, Melbourne
Date:June to August 2016

ACMI is primed for kids and families to make the most of the cold weather with a packed schedule of indoor activities including award-winning kids’ flicks screenings, a huge list of creative workshops including popular favourites and brand new offerings, plus Little Big Shots, a film festival curated especially for kids. From June to August 2016, ACMI’s Winter in Motion program will keep imaginations alight and bellies full with a free kids meal offer for holders of valid Kids’ Flicks tickets when they purchase a main meal at the ACMI Café & Bar on the day of their screening!


To celebrate ACMI’s SCORSESE exhibition, ACMI screens a 3D version of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, which picked up five Oscars, two BAFTAs and a Golden Globe in 2012. Other films include the new Anne of Green Gables film along with two titles screening exclusively at ACMI: the first one follows the lives of pampered cats Pim & Pom, and is based on the celebrated Dutch comic strip illustrated by Fiep Westendorp, and the second film is Antboy, a tale about a 12-year-old superhero, based on the popular Danish book series by Kenneth Bøgh.


After the recent refresh to ACMI’s free, permanent Screen Worlds exhibition, the space features a slick new selection of games and a special Minecraft Zone, so it makes sense that the incredibly popular Massive Minecraft Movie and Family Minecraft creative workshops return to ACMI’s school holiday program this winter. Creative workshop favourites including Make A Move, Make an Animation and Flip It and Spin It are on offer, alongside some brand new offerings like YouTube Starz, Makeup for Movies, Lego Robotics (and Family Lego Robotics). There is even an event for the youngest humans this winter – Tiny Tales, a dress up for 0 to 5 year-olds.

Masterworks from MoMA

Venue:NGV International
Date:8 June 2018 – 7 October 2018

In an international exclusive, the NGV announced today that it will present a major exhibition of modern and contemporary masterworks from New York’s iconic Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), to open in June 2018 at NGV International in Melbourne.


The NGV will be the sole international venue for the exhibition, which will showcase renowned art and design from a line-up of seminal artists including Paul Cézanne, Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Edward Hopper, Jeff Koons, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Lyubov Popova, Mark Rothko and Vincent van Gogh.


The exhibition will feature around 150 works including some never-before-seen in Australia, and is the largest instalment of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series, for the first time traversing the entire ground floor of NGV International.


MoMA is one of the most illustrious cultural institutions in the world, its global collection of twentieth- and twenty-first- century art second to none. Its diverse collection extends beyond the traditional fine arts of painting, sculpture, drawing, and printmaking, to include architecture and design, film and photography.


A multi-disciplinary approach to the exhibition display will see paintings and sculpture exhibited alongside drawings, prints, photographs, furniture, design objects, graphic design and architecture.


The Hon. Premier Daniel Andrews said: ‘Picasso, van Gogh and Matisse: only in Melbourne will you see this roll call of history’s most iconic art figures – it will be an experience not to be missed. MoMA is one of the most prestigious modern art galleries in the world and its partnership with the NGV is testament to Victoria’s reputation as an international cultural destination.’


Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV said: ‘This exciting exhibition will showcase an unparalleled collection of modern and contemporary art and design. We are delighted to be working with MoMA to bring such an extraordinary and diverse selection of works to Melbourne. Our visitors will be able to experience first-hand the momentous change and creativity in the development of modern art, and consequently appreciate contemporary art and design with greater understanding.’


Glenn D. Lowry, Director, MoMA said: ‘MoMA’s mission is to share our story of modern and contemporary art with the widest possible audience, to encourage the understanding and enjoyment of the art of our time. We are thrilled to have this opportunity to share these important works from nearly every area of our collection with the NGV and the many visitors who will take advantage of this rare opportunity.’


The exhibition will explore the emergence and development of major art movements and represent more than 130 years of radical artistic innovation. It will also reflect the wider technological, social and political developments that transformed society over the twentieth century, and which contributed to the formation of our twenty-first century globalised world.


The exhibition will reveal the ways in which artists have sought to be agents of change, transforming society and creating new worlds through their work, demonstrating how the development of new materials and technology has enabled artists to realise their visions in inventive ways.


CHINA: Grain to Pixel

Venue:860 Ferntree Gully Road, Wheelers Hill, Victoria, Australia
Date:5 June to 28 August 2016

MGA (Monash Gallery of Art), Australia’s only gallery dedicated to the collection and exhibition of photography, announces China: Grain to Pixel, an exciting international exhibition presenting a survey of Chinese photography over the past 150 years for the first time to Australian audiences.


This highly anticipated exhibition will unveil an unique insight into China’s recent history as told through the stunning evolution of a culture made visual via the lens.


MGA Director Kallie Blauhorn believes the works offer an intriguing insight into the somewhat obscure history of Chinese photography, from an era of black-and-white documentary images through to imaginary contemporary visions.


“China: Grain to Pixel will be the first from-then-to-now survey of Chinese photography presented in Australia,” said Blauhorn. “The exhibition showcases a beautiful range of images, which illuminate the breadth of visual culture in China.”


Blauhorn continued, “It is also the first time that this survey will be exhibited outside of China, which is a significant moment for MGA and Australia’s photographic community. It is a privilege to host these important works and to play a role in fostering cultural relations between international galleries. In addition and as important, we hope that these efforts can pave the way for collaborations between MGA and international institutions to exhibit Australian photography.”


China: Grain to Pixel features 150 works by 70 Chinese photographers including: Chen Man, Cai Shanxiong, Han Lei, Jiang Zhi, Li Lang, Luo Dan, Liu Heung Shing, Yang Yongliang and Zhang Yaxin.

Making the Australian Quilt: 1800-1950

Venue:The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
Date:22 July – 6 November 2016
Time:Open daily, 10am–5pm.
Fee:Adult $15 | NGV Member $11 | Concession $12 | Child $7 | Family $41

Australia’s rich quilt heritage, resplendent with imagery of native flora and fauna, early coats of arms and motifs of daily colonial life, will be revealed in Making the Australian Quilt: 1800–1950.


In an Australian exclusive, the exhibition will bring together more than 80 stunning quilts, coverlets and patchwork fashion garments, as well as examples of intricate quilting techniques.


Tony Ellwood, Director, NGV, said, ‘Making the Australian Quilt will uncover remarkable personal stories of Australian character, ingenuity and thriftiness through the lens of our nation’s quilting legacy. Showcasing important works from public and private collections across the country, the exhibition will provide an insight into the skills and technical virtuosity of these women, and men, whose works chronicle the history of Australia, stitch by stitch.’




Exploring Australian Quilt Making Symposium

Sat 23 Jul, 10am-4pm

Speakers include Dr Annette Gero, exhibition co-curator and quilt historian; Dr Leslie Levy, Executive Director, Quilt Study Center and Museum, Nebraska, US; Margaret Rolfe, quiltmaker and author; Lucas Grogan, artist; Crystal McGann, Project48; Linden Vine, Project48; and, Katie Somerville, Senior Curator, Fashion and Textiles, NGV

Cost $28 M / $35 A / $30 C, includes exhibition admission

Venue Clemenger BBDO Auditorium, NGV International


Curator's Perspective

Sun 24 Jul, 11am, Katie Somerville, Senior Curator, Fashion and Textiles, NGV

Sun 24 Jul, 2pm, Dr Annette Gero, exhibition co-curator and quilt historian

Cost Exhibition admission

Venue Exhibition space, NGV Australia


Common Threads: Social Stitching

Sun 24 Jul, 1pm-3pm, Sat 22 Oct, 10am – 1pm and Sat 6 Nov, 1pm – 3pm

Celebrate opening weekend with a drop-by social stitching session with contemporary artist and maker Shuh Lee. Shuh Lee is a Melbourne based artist and maker behind the label 'shuh.’ With a fashion background, Lee has a love for hand stitching techniques and this is at the core of her practice. Her work combines art and craft, and re-purposing material objects into something usable, wearable and fun.

Cost Free

Venue Foyer, Level 3, NGV Australia

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Date:September 16th-25th, 2016

A breathtaking 10 days of flowers, flavours and sounds, the 67th Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers will take over the Southern Queensland city in the most beautiful of ways from September 16 to 25 with a program of more than 50 unique events and experiences including internationally acclaimed musical acts, award winning parks, some of the best food and wine to be found in Southern Queensland and a multitude of cultural adventures.

Testament to its position as one of the country’s most acclaimed special events.

Almond Breeze Breezey Masters

Australia’s leading almond milk brand, Almond Breeze, is hitting the road to find the country’s best baristas, following the successful launch of its Almond Breeze Barista Blend in Australia, just 18 months ago.  


The creator of this world first almond milk variety designed specifically for coffee, has launched a nationwide competition – the Almond Breeze Breezey Masters – that will touch each state, where baristas from across the land will be invited to craft the most creative latte art using Almond Breeze Barista Blend.


Roger Ringwood, Country Director at Blue Diamond Growers Australia said: “Almond Breeze Barista Blend has achieved significant success in terms of sales, barista endorsement and distribution presence since launching in 2014. We continue to break the mould and wanted to take this to the next level with a program designed to support and highlight the world-class barista talent we have in Australia.”


The first of eight rounds will take place in Darwin in June and will progress around the nation ahead of a grand final in Sydney in October, where the winner will take out the title of Breezey Grand Master 2016 and win an all-expense paid trip to America.

Almond Breeze Barista Blend is exclusive to the food service market. The specifically formulated blend contains no added cane sugar and only has 60 calories per 250ml serving, as well as containing 30% fewer calories than a coffee made with skim milk or regular soy milk.


The Breezey Masters heats will take place in the following states over the coming months:

Darwin: 21st June 2016

Brisbane: 28th June 2016

Adelaide: 5th July 2016

Perth: 12th July 2016

Sydney: 24th July 2016

Hobart: 9th August 2016

Melbourne: 16th August 2016

Canberra: 6th September 2016

Del Kathryn Barton: The Nightingale and the Rose

Date:21 June to 18 September 2016

Celebrating the extraordinary collaboration between two-time Archibald Prize winner Del Kathryn Barton and acclaimed filmmaker Brendan Fletcher, ACMI presents new exhibition Del Kathryn Barton: The Nightingale and the Rose, tracing the remarkable adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s 19th century classic into a hauntingly beautiful animated film. 


From 21 June, this free exhibition will transform ACMI’s Gallery 2 space into an immersive and intricate Barton-inspired world: colourful, bold, enchanting, brooding, and revealing. Barton’s paintings will be displayed alongside the film for the first time.


The film itself is a landmark in contemporary moving image, voiced by some of Australia’s most celebrated actors, including Mia Wasikowska, David Wenham and Geoffrey Rush, and layered with stirring score by Australian singer-songwriter Sarah Blasko.


Audiences can view the 14-minute animation in the depths of the exhibition space, and then make their way through a lush display of objects that explore the incredible workings behind the production, spanning classic text to canvas, sculpture to screen. This will include items such as Barton’s artwork, a selection of stunning and never-before-seen handmade props, material from the animation archives, and a rare 1913 edition of Wilde’s anthology.


“Each exhibition piece shows how this classic story was interpreted at first through Barton’s sophisticated artistic lens, then enlivened by Fletcher’s brilliant filmic mind and Method Studio’s deft animating hand, in conjunction with a group of creatives working across the full spectrum of moving image arts,” said ACMI Curator Jess Bram. “The result is an extraordinarily nuanced work that speaks to a contemporary audience, while remaining authentic to Wilde’s original text and Barton’s astounding feel for the handmade.”


Originally conceived as a collection of eight paintings and four drawings, the film has its genesis in a commission by Art&Australia. The publishing house asked Barton in 2010 to reimagine a timeless fairytale in her signature aesthetic and technique. A long-time aficionado of Wilde’s works, Barton was struck by using his ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’ as her inspiration – one of the most poignant of Wilde’s stories and so closely related to her own work in its construction of an emboldened but vulnerable feminine protagonist. Produced over the course of two years, Barton’s series brings Wilde’s classic to life in her inimitable meditative and meticulous style.


“When I first discovered Oscar Wilde’s radical fairy story ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’ as a teenager, it seemed to me that the character of the Nightingale breathed with the energy of a true artist,” said Barton. “Nightingale gives completely of her deepest essence in her life choices. She is a little hero of mine. From the making of my paintings and drawings for the book project, to a three year (and often agonising) marathon making the animation, the ‘Nightingale’ experience has been an extraordinary and multifaceted creative journey. I feel so blessed to have shared the challenges of this journey with so many talented collaborators and to have created relationships that will no doubt enable many more film projects. I am truly in love with this exciting, exacting medium!”


It was a moment of synchronicity when Barton mentioned to esteemed Australian director and friend Brendan Fletcher that she was eager to transform her Nightingale world into a short film. Though neither at the time possessed an animation background, together they took on the project with a unified vision to offer something new and different to the genre, whilst retaining the spirit of Wilde’s prose and Barton’s signature aesthetic.  


"I was deeply inspired by Del’s heartfelt passion for The Nightingale story and her wildly original artistic vision, but I’d also felt for a long time that her work had an unexplored cinematic quality to it,” said Fletcher. “I love working with people working outside the film industry, as while these collaborations can be challenging (this particular development process took a very long time!) they are very rewarding and lead to films that are fresh and a little bit unpredictable."


After Fletcher and Barton had worked together on the film for a year, they recruited the expertise of award-winning visual effects and post-production house Method Studios in a collaboration that would take an additional two years. The final creation is an intense but remarkably ethereal and visceral gesture to the tragic beauty and earnestness of Wilde’s tale.


First published in 1888 as part of Oscar Wilde’s renowned anthology The Happy Prince and Other Tales, ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’ is a story of unrequited love, of transformation, metamorphosis and ultimately sacrifice. More tragedy than traditional fairy-tale, it tells of the Nightingale, who surrenders her life so that the Student may offer a single red rose to the girl that he adores, only for his gift to be rejected. When the object of his passions opts for jewels over the flower, the Student flings his rose into the gutter and renounces love completely.


Enchanting in its creation of fanciful characters – trees, flowers and animals that come to life in full speech – ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’ gives voice to Wilde’s musings about the painful realisation of disappointed desire. And yet, through the sweet vulnerability of the Nightingale’s song, there exists a captivating beauty, a passionate earnestness and emboldened integrity that defies the calamity of her betrayal.


Through an artistic layering of original works, alongside the breathtakingly beautiful hand-crafted paper props, snapshots of the stop-motion and digital animation process and behind-the-scenes interviews with the creative team, ACMI magically brings to life Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and the Rose for contemporary audiences.

Fawlty Towers – Live on Stage


On behalf of Michael Coppel and Philip McIntyre in association with Louise Withers, Creator and Co- Writer of the original television series, John Cleese today announced that Stephen Hall will play the role of Basil Fawlty in the World Premiere Tour of Fawlty Towers – Live on Stage with Blazey Best Co- Starring as Sybil Fawlty.

Fawlty Towers – Live on Stage will play a strictly limited, four-week only season at Sydney’s Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay from August 19 – September 18 in advance of seasons in Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane and New Zealand.

The original television series, was first broadcast on BBC Two in the UK in 1975 and is based on a reallife hotel owner. John Cleese came up with the idea for the character of Basil Fawlty when the Monty Python team stayed at the Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay. The owner of the hotel, Donald Sinclair, fascinated Cleese with his incredibly rude behaviour.

Fawlty Towers – Live on Stage will be based on the hilarious and much loved BBC TV series written by John Cleese and Connie Booth. It will be adapted for the stage by John Cleese, with direction by Caroline J. Ranger and set design by Liz Ascroft.

Manic, snobbish, condescending, sycophantic and rude, Basil Fawlty is without doubt one of the funniest, most iconic and most memorable British comedy characters ever written.


Strictly limited, four-week only season on sale now
August 19 – September 18
Sydney’s Roslyn Packer Theatre, Walsh Bay
To purchase tickets
Tel: 02 9250 1999
Or Ticketmaster:
Tel: 136 100

Comedy Theatre
October 26 – November 13

Her Majesty’s Theatre
September 21 – October 23

The Regal Theatre
November 17 – December 18

The Playhouse, QPAC
December 28 – January 22


Venue:ACMI, Melbourne
Date:26 May to 18 September 2016

From Taxi Driver and Goodfellas to The Age of Innocence and The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese’s intense and exhilarating films define him as one of the most influential directors of our time. Now the first exhibition celebrating the indelible cinematic legacy of the prolific and passionate auteur comes to Melbourne’s ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image).


Opening 26 May 2016, SCORSESE explores the breadth of Martin Scorsese’s work, from his early experimental beginnings through to his award-winning feature films, working methods and key creative collaborations, as well as his personal motivations and passions, offering insight into Scorsese’s career as an unparalleled screen stylist and a tireless champion of cinema. Curated by the Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum for Film and Television, Berlin, the exhibition, which draws on the riches of Scorsese’s personal collection and recollections, demonstrates a relentless and accelerating work ethic over almost six decades with no signs of slowing down.


Announcing the exhibition’s only Australian stop, ACMI Director and CEO, Katrina Sedgwick said: “It’s an honour to be taking audiences on a ride through some of the most exhilarating filmmaking of all time in SCORSESE. Scorsese’s passion for the moving image spans feature film, documentary and television, along with a fervent commitment to the preservation and celebration of our cinematic history. When the opportunity arose to spotlight this creative master of cinema, we just knew it had to happen at ACMI as Australia’s shrine to cinema.” 

Cirque du Soleil KOOZA

Booking:www.cirquedusoleil.com/kooza or by phone on toll free 1800 036 685

Cirque du Soleil is delighted to announce the return of its trademark blue-and-yellow big top to Brisbane with an all-new production, KOOZA. A sparkling, colourful homage to the traditions of circus, KOOZA will open on Thursday, November 24 2016 for a limited engagement at Skygate Brisbane Airport.


Cirque du Soleil rediscovers its origins with the company’s eighth Big Top show to tour Australia. A return to the intimate and fundamental human elements of circus, KOOZA combines thrilling acrobatic performance with the art of clowning. We follow The Innocent as he takes a journey of self-discovery through a comic kingdom of eccentric characters, electrifying thrills and out-of-the-box surprises. Presented in a colorful mélange, KOOZA springs open like a bejeweled toy box to capture the audience’s imagination and set their pulse racing. Sheer human effort - performance in its rawest, purest form - is showcased in all its splendor and fragility.  The international cast of 50 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors present heart-stopping feats and laugh-out-loud antics to a live soundtrack fusion of jazz, funk and Bollywood beats.


Sydney - From August 25 2016, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

Brisbane - From November 24 2016, Skygate Brisbane Airport (near DFO)

Melbourne - From January 20 2017, Flemington Racecourse

* Dates for the Perth season will be announced later in the year.


2016 Fire Station Open Day

Date:21st of May
Time:10am to 2pm

The 2016 Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Fire Station Open Day will take place on Saturday, 21 May.


Fire Stations across the state will be open from 10am to 2pm giving NSW residents, especially children, a chance to meet their local firefighters, and see fire engines and firefighting equipment up close.


Headed into winter, Fire Station Open Day is also a great opportunity to learn more about fire prevention.


A range of free activities will be on offer including firefighting demonstrations, station tours and fire safety presentations, including advice about installing smoke alarms, changing smoke alarm batteries and preparing a home fire escape plan.


Visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au for more information.

Ghost Stories

Date:14th July – 2nd October 2016

It horrified London, petrified Sydney and now this haunting thriller is coming for you.

Seen by over half a million people worldwide, Ghost Stories is a truly terrifying theatrical experience that will make you laugh and scream in equal measures. Not for the faint hearted, Ghost Stories will tour Geelong, Adelaide, Melbourne, Wagga Wagga, Canberra and Perth from Thursday 14 July to Sunday 2 October 2016.

Written by the masters of the macabre, Jeremy Dyson (The League of Gentleman) and Andy Nyman (star of ‘Death at a Funeral’ & writer of the Derren Brown shows); Ghost Stories combines the very best of live theatre with all the thrills of a great horror film. Despite being blood and gore free, this 80-minute drama will take you on a chilling journey that you’ll never forget.


Thursday 14 July – Saturday 17 July GEELONG Performing Arts Centre www.gpac.org.au
Thursday 21 July – Saturday 23 July ADELAIDE Festival Centre www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au
Tuesday 26 July – Saturday 6 August MELBOURNE National Theatre www.nationaltheatre.org.au/
Tuesday 12 August – Saturday 13 August WAGGA WAGGA Civic Centre www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/civic-theatre
Thursday 18 August – Saturday 20 August CANBERRA Theatre Centre www.canberratheatrecentre.com.au
Friday 19 September – Sunday 2 October PERTH Health Ledger Theatre www.ticketek.com.au

Australia Day at Stokehouse Q

Venue:Stoke Bar and Stokehouse Q: Sidon Street, South Bank, QLD 4101
Time:Open seven days from 12noon for lunch and dinner, year-round (closed Christmas Day only).

The crew at Stokehouse Q Brisbane love celebrating their Australianness so much, this year they will be paying tribute to our national day over four flavour-filled days, from Saturday January 23 through to Australia Day proper, Tuesday January 26.


In Stoke Bar homage to the wide brown land we love will be apid with a classic Aussie burger and beer for just $20 – this will be The Lamb Burger with mint sauce, red onion, rosemary and a garlic bun and a Top Shed Lager off the tap.


Of course, Stokehouse Q’s celebrated chef Richard Ousby has created his own special Lamington (pictured) which is available in the restaurant and in Stoke Bar.


Stokehouse Q’s Strawberry jam and vanilla cream-filled Lamington is oozing with goodness! Try this gourmet twist on an Aussie classic at the Stoke Bar from Saturday January 23 until Australia Day for just $10.

Entries now open for the 2016 National Biography Award


Entries are now open for Australia’s richest prize for biographical writing and memoir – the National Biography Award 2016, with $25,000 awarded to the winner and $1,000 for each shortlisted author.


The National Biography Award is administered and presented by the State Library of NSW on behalf of the Award’s benefactor Mr Michael Crouch AO.

Former Senior Judge and Director of the National Centre of Biography, Professor Melanie Nolan said: “The NBA gives recognition to hard-working authors and signals to the literary community the works that stand out the most. For almost 20 years the Award has been effectively compiling a map of the most significant Australian life-writing publications.”


Established in 1996 by Dr Geoffrey Cains, the National Biography Award encourages the highest standards of writing in the fields of biography and autobiography, and promotes public interest in these genres.


In 2015 Philip Butterss took out the Award for his biography of C J Dennis, An Unsentimental Bloke. His book, published by Wakefield Press, is now being reprinted on the back of winning the Award.


There will be an extended nomination period to allow for the Christmas and New Year break. Entries for the 2016 Award will close on Thursday 4 February 2015.


The online nomination form and guidelines are available on the State Library’s website.


The winner will be announced at the State Library of NSW in August 2016.

David Bowie is Public Programs

Venue:ACMI, Melbourne
Booking:Book at acmi.net.au/bowie or call 03 8663 2583



In conjunction with the David Bowie is exhibition, ACMI presents an eclectic mix of short talks exploring the man behind the icon.


Offering a broad insight into Bowie’s work, as well as the man himself, the series touches on everything from his impact on the fashion world, to his time on screen, and even personal accounts and first-hand insights into Bowie’s time visiting Australia.


Hear from Bowie mega fans, critics, writers, musicians and pop culture aficionados in this intimate, detailed look at Bowie’s iconic work and life.


Supported by the City of Melbourne


Full program: acmi.net.au/strange-fascinations


Thu 16 July 2015

Strange Fascinations with Jeff Duff



From the glitz’n’glam of his Ziggy performances, to his trips beyond the stardust with his BOWIE Unzipped shows, Jeff Duff will take audiences on a journey behind the scenes of his onstage engagement with Bowie and his music, and lifts the glitter-spattered lid on a flamboyant career that spans the 1970s to today.


About The Speaker

Jeff Duff is an Australian singer/cabaret performer in the tenor range. In his career he has used various personae, wardrobe, and satire as features of his performance. He is widely known for his show Ziggy, a portrayal of the music of David Bowie.


In a flamboyant music career Duff has released 27 albums, including a recent album with members of legendary British rock band Deep Purple, finding success both in Australia and abroad. Duff has received acclaim for numerous performances and shows including the smash hits Ground Control to Frank Sinatra, Ziggy, and BOWIE Unzipped. He is a regular performer on Australian television and continues to headline some of Australia's leading jazz festivals including the Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Manly Jazz Festival, Darling Harbor Jazz Festival, Casino Jazz, Thredbo Jazz Festival and Noosa Jazz Festival.


Sun 26 July 2015

Strange Fascinations with Tanya Stark

David Bowie, Carl Jung and the Unconscious


When Bowie famously sang of “Jung the foreman” on Aladdin Sane, with its iconic lightning bolt cover and word play on sanity, it seems the musician was heralding the pivotal resonance Jung’s ideas had upon his life.


Visiting artist and writer Tanja Stark examines Bowie’s long-term fascination with Carl Jung, introduces some of Jung’s key ideas and begins an exploration of some intriguing links between the music icon and the Swiss psychiatrist.


Often inhabiting Carl Jung’s world of archetypes, Bowie is known for reading and speaking of the psychoanalyst with passion, compellingly suggesting that Jung has been a central influence upon him. Contrasting ideas found in Jung’s writings and his confrontation with the subterranean unconscious, with Bowie’s own creative expression, Stark uncovers significant parallels in thoughts and themes that illuminate core aspects of Bowie’s often cryptic, multilayered work.


The presentation will be introduced by the President of the Melbourne Jung Society, Professor Derry Doyle.


About the Speaker

Tanja Stark is an artist, writer and researcher who explores the interplay between psychology, philosophy and spirituality within her creative projects. She is a contributing author to two recent academic books on Bowie, with her chapter “Confronting Bowie’s Mysterious Corpses” appearing in Enchanting David Bowie (Bloomsbury, 2015) and “Crashing Out with Sylvian: David Bowie, Carl Jung and the Unconscious” in David Bowie: Critical Perspectives (Routledge, 2015).


Thu 30 July

Strange Fascinations with Geraldine Quinn



Geraldine Quinn has been performing her original style of pop/rock songwriting in Australia and the UK since 2005. An English graduate and  an actor by training, Quinn is a self-taught songwriter, comedian, guitarist, singer, ginger and wit-slinger whose black humour has local and international sell-out audiences in stitches as she and her bands carve up the stage at all the major comedy, fringe, cabaret and queer festivals around Australia and New Zealand.


Geraldine is the winner of multiple awards for her work including a Green Room Award for Best Emerging Cabaret Artiste (2007), Short & Sweet Cabaret competition winner (2009), the Brian McCarthy Memorial Moosehead Award (2011 and 2014) and most recently the Green Room Award for Best Cabaret Artiste (2015).


A media savvy talent, Geraldine has appeared on ABC TV’s Spicks and Specks and Adam Hills Tonight, SBS’s RocKwiz, The Comedy Channel, and has also guested on various ABC and BBC radio programs.


Sun 9 Aug 2015

Strange Fascinations with Clementine Ford



Jim Henson’s 1986 Labyrinth introduced Bowie to a new generation of cinema goers and is one of the most loved children’s films of all time.  


Clementine Ford takes a look back at the cult classic and all the quintessentially ‘80s special effects, synth music and hairdos that helped immerse viewers in the film’s fantastical world, and uncovers the underlying symbolism embodied in Bowie’s portrayal of the iconic Goblin King.


About The Speaker

Clementine Ford is a freelance writer, broadcaster and public speaker, and a columnist for Fairfax’s Daily Life. She has been thrice selected as one of Daily Life’s Women of the Year and has won an EVA award for excellence in reporting on violence against women. She is a frequent guest on ABC 774, ABC TV’s The Drum, Q&A, and has also appeared on Channel Nine’s Mornings.


Clementine’s work focusing on gender inequality frequently challenges people to think more critically about how society and culture influences our choices and beliefs about women and femininity. She regularly writes on feminism, pop culture and social issues.


Thu 20 Aug 2015

Strange Fascinations with Michael Dwyer



From the shock of Major Tom’s desertion to Ziggy Stardust’s five-year deadline to Armageddon, right through to the grim forebodings of Heathen and The Next Day, Bowie’s sustained narrative of modern anxiety and impending doom has always set him apart in the often feel-good world of rock ’n’ roll as we know it.


Starting with the storyboards and video for Bowie’s shelved Diamond Dogs movie project, Michael Dwyer will springboard into one of the defining themes of Bowie’s catalogue, one which the man himself once described as his own personal “non-specific nagging fear”.


About The Speaker

Michael Dwyer has written about popular culture for 28 years for publications including Rolling Stone, The Age, The Bulletin and Melody Maker. Formerly, the Managing Editor of Perth’s top street press publication X-Press, Michael has broadcast extensively on Perth’s RTR-FM and nationally on Triple J. In these roles he has interviewed many of the biggest names in rock, jazz and elsewhere, including Lou Reed, Brian Eno, U2, Sonny Rollins, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Yoko Ono, Steve Reich and, the man himself, David Bowie.


Michael is currently working on a novel titled Son of Starman, a suburban Australian rock 'n' roll mystery from space (or thereabouts) and lectures in arts journalism at Monash University. Michael’s latest musical project is the Bowie-inspired, The Thin White Ukes.


Thu 3 Sep 2015

Strange Fascinations with Bruce Butler



Bowie Down Under’s Bruce Butler has had a fascinating, interwoven history with David Bowie. Showcasing articles from his own personal collection, including Record Mirror magazines from the 70s, promotional posters, personal letters, signed memorabilia and personal photographs, this very special presentation is an intimate snapshot into the connection between an icon and his fans.


Through this personal Bowie slideshow, Butler traces his interconnected history with Bowie, from his first meetings as a fan in 1978 through to numerous meetings, gigs and correspondences that have peppered his life as both a music fan and industry professional.


About the Speaker

Bruce Butler is a veteran of the Australian music industry having begun his career at an early age at Melbourne’s iconic specialist record store Gaslight. 


Having worked both in Australia and the UK, Bruce has run his own management companies, held positions at CBS Records and Virgin Records, and worked on ABC TV’s The Factory and Countdown Revolution. He has been on the board of youth organisation The Push, and wrote the book The Young Players Guide, which gave general advice to young musicians and managers in dealing with various aspects of the local music industry. He has also taught music industry hopefuls in his former role at NMIT.


Bruce’s love of music has led him to work with bands and musicians including The Crystal Set, Ollie Olsen, Simon Polinski, The Church, Steve Kilbey, Monique Brumby and David Bridie. 


Sun 13 Sep 2015

Strange Fascinations with Mel Campbell



From Ziggy Stardust to Aladdin Sane to The Thin White Duke, David Bowie has been as much of a fashion innovator as he's been a musical icon – breaking barriers, pushing sartorial buttons and shaping the way history sees fashion.


Exploring the links between costume and character, Mel Campbell will explore how Bowie flagged his changing musical directions through the changing of his costume, how his sartorial choices are tied to the performance of gender and sexuality, and how the costumes of an icon informed an entire generation.


About the Speaker

Mel Campbell is a journalist, author and cultural critic who researches and writes about fashion, film and television, books and ideas, advertising and branding, media, and the wonderful, underrated banalities of everyday life. Her work has appeared in Junkee, Crikey, The Guardian, New Matilda, Overland, The Lifted Brow and the Wheeler Centre. A seasoned media commentator on popular cultural phenomena, she has also appeared on discussion panels, in public lectures, on radio, TV and podcasts.


Thu 1 Oct

Strange Fascinations with Emma Beddows



Presenting a surreal unity between rock and science fiction, Bowie’s 1972 release, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, is seminal for its ground-breaking and artistic approach to the concept album and its radicalisation of the rock scene.


Exploring the prominent science fiction themes that feature in Bowie’s work, Emma Beddows examines how recognisable sci-fi tropes are reflected in, and have had deep influence on, the work of the music icon.


About the Speaker

Emma Beddows is a professional geek. She holds a PhD in transmedia storytelling, popular culture and fans. She is a freelance narrative and media consultant, co-hosts for the pop-culture podcast The Whatcha Show, and works for Swinburne Online where she teaches media and communications at tertiary level. Growing up the child of a Bowie fanatic she had very little choice in her early exposure to music. What began innocently enough with watching the 1986 film Labyrinth on her parents’ VHS player evolved into Emma’s lifelong love of Bowie with his image adorning her walls and his music filling her home and her heart.





Bowie Sunday Session

Sunday 19 July 2015

12pm – 5pm, ACMI Lightwell and The Cube


Celebrate the opening weekend of the David Bowie is exhibition with an afternoon exploring the cultural icon’s shifting style and constant reinvention.


Featuring a series of short talks by Bowie experts, aficionados and fanatics, the Sunday Sessions will delve deep into the Bowie archive to examine one of the most pioneering and influential performers of modern times. 


Covering everything from Bowie’s impact on the fashion world, to his undeniable musical influence and his forays into film, this snapshot series of talks and discussions will provide the perfect accompaniment to your first visit to the David Bowie is exhibition. 


Including an afternoon of Bowie inspired music designed to compliment your exhibition and talk experience, the Sunday Sessions is the perfect way to get to know the man behind the icon.


Free event.

David Bowie is Curator Talks

Sunday 19 July to Thursday 15 October 2015


ACMI curators give you an intimate introduction to the spectacular David Bowie is exhibition.


Exploring all facets of the groundbreaking multi-media exhibition experience, you’ll have unprecedented access to the curatorial process of collecting, showcasing and celebrating the work and life of one of the most influential artists in rock, pop, fashion and performance.


From bringing the acclaimed exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London all the way to Australia for its exclusive showing at ACMI, to developing the immersive aspects of exhibiting the work of a music icon, the David Bowie is Curator Talks will take you on a journey through the 50 legendary costumes, original stage set designs, handwritten lyric sheets, album artwork, rare film, video and photographs that showcase Bowie’s impact as a live performer and screen star.


Entry is free with exhibition ticket purchase.


Dates and Times:

Sunday 19 July, 2pm

Tuesday 4 August, 2pm

Thursday 27 August, 6pm

Tuesday 8 September, 2pm

Sunday 20 September, 2pm

Thursday 15 October, 6pm

Supported by the City of Melbourne


Presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre

Jessica Hopper: Living Female Rock Critic

Mon 20 July 2015

6:15pm, Melbourne City Conference Centre


Jessica Hopper has been writing about music for two decades, gathering an international following for her fearless and adroit critical talents delivered through a vast catalogue of album reviews, essays, columns, interviews and oral histories.


Hopper’s newly published anthology, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, bears a title which she explains is “about planting a flag” for women and young female writers in the male-dominated world of music journalism.


In Australia to celebrate the opening of David Bowie is, Hopper appears in conversation to talk about the trends and trajectories of music journalism and share the backstory to her own revolutionary work.


About the Speaker

Jessica Hopper is a music and culture critic based in Chicago, USA, whose work regularly appears in GQ, Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, and the Chicago Tribune. She’s deconstructed Lana Del Rey for Spin, interviewed Björk and, in a longform piece for Buzzfeed, argued that selling out saved indie rock. After acting as Rookie’s Music Editor she became a Senior Editor at Pitchfork, the Chicago-based website that’s been divining the musical zeitgeist since before it was cool, and was also recently named Editor-in-Chief of The Pitchfork Review, the website’s quarterly print publication.


Her essays have appeared in Best Music Writing for 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2011. Hopper was the long-time music consultant for This American Life. Her first book, The Girls' Guide to Rocking, was named one of 2009's Notable Books For Young Readers by the American Library Association.





Intermix is ACMI’s program for young people 15 – 25.

The following events are free.

Participants must register interest: intermix@acmi.net.au

Full program: acmi.net.au/live-events/intermix

 Proudly supported by Naomi Milgrom AO

Presented in partnership with the Wheeler Centre

Intermix: Future Critics with Jessica Hopper

Sunday 19 July 2015, 2pm to 4pm

ACMI Studio 1


Explore the world of music journalism with a special girls-only Future Critics workshop with international guest Jessica Hopper.


With her work appearing in the pages of Rookie mag and Rolling Stone, Jessica has gained critical acclaim for her vast catalogue of album reviews, essays, columns, interviews and oral histories.


Explaining that the title of her newly published anthology, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, is all “about planting a flag” for women and young female writers in the male-dominated world of music journalism, Jessica will be appearing at ACMI to share the backstory to her own career trajectory, and to discuss exactly what its like being a living female rock critic.


This Intermix event is for female participants aged 15 – 25 only.  


Intermix: Future Critics – Labyrinth

Saturday 25 July 2015, 2pm to 5pm

ACMI Studio 1


David Bowie is the Goblin King in this cult classic film which includes a mind-bending maze, a talking door knocker, fairies and a colony of goblins. Join film critic Zak Hepburn and other emerging cinephiles for a screening and discussion of Labyrinth (1986) designed to pave the path to becoming a culture savvy screen critic in a fun environment with peers.


Showcasing the awe-inspiring creativity of Jim Henson and David Bowie, Labyrinth has become a cult classic. This fantasy film produced by George Lucas utilised cutting-edge animatronics and puppetry of its era to give shape to Henson’s boundless imagination. The film was intended to fuse the technical innovation developed on Henson’s previous film, The Dark Crystal (1982), with the popular light-hearted appeal and musical stylings of his hit TV series The Muppets.


A David Bowie and Labyrinth fan since childhood, Zak Hepburn is a Melbourne-based film critic and programmer. He currently appears on ABC TV's national ABC News Breakfast program and the weekly ABC Overnights radio program. Zak writes for Fairfax publications and curates film programs for Cinema Nova, Palace Cinemas, and a series of film festivals.


Intermix: Starman: 3D Alien Design

Sat 8 Aug, 10am to 5pm

ACMI Studio 2


Using Bowie’s iconic Starman as a starting point, make an alien life-form with leading 3D artist Carl Knox. Concentrating on skin textures and realistic colouring, warp your own humanoid 3D model and render a professional artwork in this one-day workshop suitable for aspiring game artists, animators and VFX artists - or anybody interested in a hands-on look at the art of VFX.


Use a professional production pipeline and take home your creation on USB.


Intermix: Gender Rebellion

Sat 15 Aug, 2pm to 4pm

ACMI Studio 1


Gender performativity has been a central theme throughout David Bowie’s career, with his playful approach to creating fluidly gendered characters and personas making a profound impact on the way gender and sexuality are explored in pop culture. 


Join writer, advocate and trans activist Fury, performance artist Reverse Butcher, and feminist geek Lauren Stardust, as they uncover the rebellious ways in which Bowie played with notions of gender, and examine the iconic personas that allowed him to do so. 


Touching on their own experiences, they look at Bowie’s ongoing influence on gender identity in pop culture, the ways he examined gender in performance, and the deep impact his engagement with notions of gender and sexuality has had on audiences worldwide.


Intermix: Future Beats with Dizz1

Tue 8 Sep, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

ACMI Studio 1


Join local beat wizard, turntablist, producer, drummer and teacher Dave Norris (aka Dizz1) for a future beats percussion workshop. Dave shares the secrets of making  future beats with tricks and tips to make your music stand above the masses.


Dizz1 will step you through a creating your future beats, from recording found sounds such as wood drums and anything in the studio (voice, chairs, tables, pipes, plastic buckets) and post-producing recordings, to editing hits with the found and created samples, to performing live on a midi controller and finger drumming on MPC pads.


Learn why heavyweight artists like Aloe Blacc and Roots Manuva want Dizz1 beats. Get your beats on track with this one-off free pro session.

Participants go home with their own beats, and some Dizz1 drum hits saved on a USB drive.


About the Mentor

Dizz1 has been involved in the music industry for over ten years. Starting off as a DJ, he has worked and performed alongside the world’s best such as Grand Master Flash, Jam Master Jay (RIP), Jazzy Jay, D Styles, A-Trak, Plus One, Melo D and JRocc (Beat Junkies). He also makes beats for some of the hottest, forward-thinking hip hop vocalists in the world.


Intermix: Future Critics - Music Criticism Now

Date, 5pm-6pm (Note there are conflicting dates in the PCF of 25 Sep and 25 Oct – please advise which it is

25 September

The Cube, ACMI


Ever wondered what it takes to break into music journalism? Being paid to listen to music, go to gigs and to share your thoughts with an audience sounds like a pretty great job, right? Join professional critic Doug Wallen to explore the world of music journalism and take an in-depth look at music criticism now.


Doug Wallen is the music editor of The Big Issue (Australia) and writes for FasterLouder, Rolling Stone (Australia), The Age, The Guardian, Junkee, STACK and The Thousands. In this Intermix event he shares his experiences and knowledge of the industry and fields your questions on what it takes to be a music critic and journalist.


After the session, pick up your pencil and notepad and head down to Bowie late nights to catch Georgia Field’s very special Bowie-inspired set and write your own review.


Intermix: Me, My Selfie and Major Tom 1: Personas

Wed 7 Oct, 5pm to 8pm

ACMI Studio 1


The first of a four-part series of workshops explores identity through image and performance, and examines the influence of cultural icons such as David Bowie and artists like Andy Warhol and Cindy Sherman.


Autobiography and self-portraiture have a long tradition that has reached fever pitch in the era of Instagram and selfie sticks. ‘Me, My Selfie and Major Tom’ is a free, multi-part project open to young people interested in exploring their ‘other selves'. Over the course of four workshops explore ideas of persona, selfies, avatars and the process of putting your image out there in contemporary culture. 


Led by professional artists over four creative sessions, the project looks at ways of making – and mashing up - self-portraits using photography, video, projections, online spaces and live performance.


Join in for a single session or attend all four. Further sessions take place on 10, 14 and 17 October 2015.


Intermix: Me, My Selfie and Major Tom 2: Avatars

Sat 10 Oct, 11am to 3.30pm

ACMI Studio 2


Examine second life, with an exploration of avatars in online spaces.


The second of a four-part series of workshops takes you deep into Second Life to explore concepts of projecting personal identity through avatars. Armed with nothing but a suite of consoles and a data projector, participants take their ‘other’ selves into the online space.  


Further ‘Me, My Selfie and Major Tom’ sessions take place on 14 and 17 October 2015.


Intermix: Me, My Selfie and Major Tom 3: Selfies

Wed 14 Oct, 5pm to 8pm

ACMI Studio 1


Explore selfies as art, using digital and analogue media.


Combine data projection, digital photography, polaroid photography, art techniques and a mashup of medias in this workshop that explores the selfie as it exists at the convergence of the digital and analogue worlds.


Further ‘Me, My Selfie and Major Tom’ sessions take place on 17 October 2015.


Intermix: Me, My Selfie and Major Tom 4: Mashups

Sat 17 Oct, 11am to 3.30pm

ACMI Studios 1 and 2


Mashup your ‘other’ self using photography, video, projection and more.


In the last of our series of workshops looking at autobiography and self-portraiture, mashup your ‘other’ self into a sublime self-portrait using photography, video, projections, online spaces and live performance.


Intermix: Make a Music Video

Fri 16 to Thu 22 Oct, various times  

ACMI The Cube and Studio 2


Write, shoot and edit a music video using professional techniques in this intensive workshop. Paying respect to Bowie’s forward- thinking video catalogue, get an exclusive, one-off chance to film Rat & Co in their live performance at the Bowie late nights program.


In this intensive, hands-on workshop, participants receive guidance and help from professionals, with pre and post- production expertise.


Whether you’re looking for a head start in the industry, an addition to your showreel, or an introduction to music video art, this is a fantastic opportunity.


The workshop takes place across three sessions:


Session 1: Plan the shoot and walk through pre-production, before shooting Rat & Co as they perform live at Bowie late nights.

The Cube, Friday 16 October, 5pm – 9pm


Session 2: Edit your footage

Studio 2, Tuesday 20 October,  4.30pm – 7pm 


Session 3: Take your footage through the post production stage and add VFX, then render your clip to take home.

Studio 2, Thursday 22 October, 4.30pm – 7pm 




Australian Mediatheque

Open 7 days from 12noon - 5pm


Living in the 70’s – Australian Music and Youth Culture

On the heels of the swinging sixties, Australian culture and style was evolving in the 1970s particularly through music, youth and fashion.  


Music is a cultural way we are drawn together as a society, to celebrate and relax but it is also a way for particular groups of people to identify themselves and their place in the world. The 1970s was a melting pot of music and cultural happenings both conservative and radical. This program aims to highlight the diversity of music in Australia and the fashion and ethos of various youth groups gathering together in a 1970s Australia.


The Australian Mediatheque is a screen culture resource centre providing access to a wealth of audio and video content from the collections of ACMI and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. From early footage of the Melbourne Cup and the landmark The Story of the Kelly Gang to award-winning animation and shorts, you can access moving image content for research, learning and entertainment.


The Australian Mediatheque is located on the Entry Level and is open to everyone.

Admission to the Mediatheque is free.


An Evening of ‘Chocolate & Yarn’

Venue:Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery in Yarra Glen
Fee:$65 per session or $120 for both
Booking:For full details and to buy tickets jump onto www.crumbzcraft.com.au or phone Crumbz Craft on 03 5962 6635.

On the last two Friday nights in June, Crumbz Craft will host a scrumptious evening of
chocolate and yarn at the iconic Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery in Yarra Glen.

Beginners can choose a workshop where they learn to knit a scarf or crochet a pot, with
experts on hand to teach them. And throughout the evening, unlimited top-ups of hot
chocolate will be poured and a delicious light supper of chocolate treats will be served.
Imagine brownie squares, macaroons and fondues with fruit, nougat, liquorice,
marshmallows and honeycomb.

More advanced knitters and crocheters can also bring their projects along on the night, and
enjoy craft demonstrations and for two and a half hours, experts will be on hand to answer
any knitting or crocheting questions they have, and of course there’s the chocolate too!


Beginner knitters and crocheters will be able to pre-purchase starter kits, which will be given
to them on arrival at the craft night, so they are all set and ready to go!

What’s On At ACMI: 15th – 21st of April, 2015

Venue:ACMI, Federsation Square

Film: Poles Apart
Sat 18 Apr - Fri 15 May
$13 - $17
The Arctic and Antarctic still remain great unexplored frontiers. Mysterious landscapes, undiscovered species, gigantic icebergs, impenetrable ice-floes and utterly inhospitable conditions all contribute to our fascination with these locations.


Exhibitions: War Pictures: Australians At The Cinema 1914 – 1918
Showing Until Sun 26 Jul 2015
What did Australians see at their local cinema during the First World War? View a fascinating selection of shorts, newsreels, propaganda and feature films produced by the developing,local film industry, as well as a selection of international content. See how the war was presented on the big screen, and explore the melodramas and comedies that offered entertainment and escapism to those on the home front.


Talks & Performances: Intermix, Gameloading: Rise Of The Indies

Fri 17 Apr, 6pm
Produced by Melbourne’s own Studio Bento, Gameloading: Rise of the Indies is a feature-length documentary exploring the new global subculture of independent game development, taking a personal and holistic look at the passionate people expressing themselves through video games and creating an international community.

Celebrate Valentine's Day at The Star

Venue:The Star, Sydney
Booking:Star.com.au/valentinesday or call 1800 700 700.



Embrace the romance of Italy and experience world-famous chef Stefano Manfredi’s signature cuisine with a bespoke four-course menu matched with superb harbour views for $139 per person. Created especially for Valentine’s Day, the menu will feature gourmet creations such as marron lobster with shaved baby vegetables and saffron vinaigrette, and a chocolate and pistachio mousse with wild strawberry jelly. Bellissimo!


First seating 6-8pm; second seating 8.30pm-late. Bookings via Guest Services 1800 700 700.


Valentine’s Day opening hours –


Dinner – 5:30pm til late


BLACK by ezard

Award-winning chef, Teage Ezard, has crafted an exquisite five-course menu for guests to experience this Valentine’s Day at The Star’s contemporary Australian grill, BLACK by ezard. With beautiful harbour views, it’s the perfect venue for anyone who appreciates a sophisticated setting. Guests can enjoy the very best of seasonal produce including ocean trout sashimi, Spencer Gulf prawns, wagyu striploin and oven roasted hapuka finished with a decadent chocolate parfait accompanied by raspberry, sheep’s milk sorbet and chocolate cookie cream. BLACK by ezard is sure to set the tone this Valentine’s Day.

The five-course dinner is $150 per person or $250 per person with matching wines. Bookings via Guest Services on 1800 700 700.

Valentine’s Day opening hours –

Dinner – 5:30pm til late


Start the romance early and sip on a flute of NV Moët & Chandon, garnished with a fresh strawberry, while enjoying Sokyo’s gourmet à la carte and continental breakfast spread. Or slip into Sokyo with your loved one for a mouth-watering Japanese dining experience. Explore Sokyo’s à la carte menu, plus some special Valentine’s Day dishes that you’ll adore, guided by Japanese cuisine master and Sokyo’s Executive Chef, Chase Kojima. 


Bookings via Guest Services on 1800 700 700.


Valentine’s Day opening hours –

Breakfast – 7am-10:30am

Lunch – 12pm-2:30pm

Dinner – 5:30pm til late





Celebrate Valentine’s Day at one of Sydney’s most stylish cocktail lounges; Cherry bar. Cherry’s resident DJs will mix up lounge, afro beats, electro jazz and reggae DJ mixes, while you and your special someone sip on beautifully crafted cocktails and dance the night away. Lovers can dial up the romance by taking in stunning views of Sydney Harbour and indulging in Cointreau carafes for $25.


Valentine’s Day opening hours –




If you’re looking for romantic pampering on Valentine’s Day, book the ‘Date Night’ package at The Spa at The Darling and enjoy a 15% discount. For a blissful four hours, couples will begin their decadent treatment in the private Hamman room enjoying a Moroccan ‘Savon Noir’ body exfoliation performed by the spa’s skilled therapists. Couples will then be left to their own devices to apply a mud wrap to one another and enjoy some spa time in total comfort before a relaxing full-body massage side by side in the VIP Spa Suite. The indulgent treatment will finish with a purifying ESPA Facial. Paying homage to romance, the ‘Date Night’ package will be available throughout February.


From Feb 1-28. Bookings available at thedarling.com.au/thespa or on 1800 800 830. Please book 48 hours in advance.


Opening hours –


Monday-Thursday: 9am-8pm

Friday-Sunday: 9am-9pm

P!NK wax figure, Madame Tussauds Sydney

Venue:Madame Tussauds Sydney, Aquarium Wharf, Darling Harbour (right next door to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo)
Time:9:30am – 8pm daily (last entry 7pm - Please note; opening times may vary due to private events)
Fee:Best price guarantee when you book online. Walk-up price – Adults: $40, Children (4-15yrs): $28. Combination tickets are available with SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Sydney Tower Eye and Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary
Booking:1-800-205-851 or Madametussauds.com/sydney

Using hundreds of photos and detailed measurements of P!NK, 60 of Madame Tussauds most talented artists spent over 800 hours creating the wax figure. Every aspect was meticulously constructed, right down to the placement of each individual strand of hair on the figure’s heads – a process that takes up to 6 weeks.


The figure will be joining an iconic cast of female performers including Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Kylie Minogue.

Tim Minchin On The Steps

Venue:Sydney Opera House
Date:Monday 23rd of Feb, 2015

Tim Minchin, internationally renowned, awardwinning Aussie comedian, actor, composer and big-haired-small-jeaned-rock-god will return this February for an exclusive one-night only performance – in his only Australian show scheduled for 2015 - ‘On The Steps’ at the Sydney Opera House Forecourt.

Tim Minchin is the second act to be announced as part of the inaugural week-long ‘On the Steps’ series
of outdoor concerts, presented by the Opera House and Live Nation as part of the 2014-15 Summer at the
House line-up.

Bill Burr


Perth Riverside Theatre: 27th of Jan
Melbourne Hamer Hall: 29th of Jan
Brisbane City Hall: 31st of Jan
Sydney Opera House: 1st of Feb

Madame Tussauds Sydney Presents Bollywood King Amitabh Bachchan

Venue:Madame Tussauds Sydney, Aquarium Wharf, Darling Harbour (right next door to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo)
Time:9:30am – 8pm daily (last entry 7pm - Please note; opening times may vary due to private events).
Fee:Best price guarantee when you book online. Walk-up price – Adults: $40, Children (4-15yrs): $28. Combination tickets are available with SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, Sydney Tower Eye and Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary.

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has taken centre stage for a limited time only in Darling Harbour’s Madame Tussauds Sydney.

From October to December only, visitors to Madame Tussauds Sydney have the chance to get up close and personal with the indisputable ‘King’ of Indian Cinema in an opulent Bollywood set draped with gold and Indian textiles.

Located within the A-List celebrity zone, stars including Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie will be joining Amitabh and attending the Bollywood party which is set to have everyone practicing their best Bollywood dance moves.

Club Swizzle

Venue:Studio, Sydney Opera House
Booking:sydneyoperahouse.com/clubswizzle or 9250 7777

Following three outstanding summer seasons, the creators of La Soirée bring the world premiere of their brand new show Club Swizzle to Sydney Opera House in January 2015.

ACMI What's On: 10th - 16th of September

Venue:ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne

Legends of Australian Animation
15th of September
$19 - $25
A decade ago, the much loved, panoramic fantasy world of Lord of the Rings was brought to the screen in Peter Jackson’s phenomenally successful trilogy of films. Released over a period of three years, the films were offered up to a demanding but desperately hopeful international fandom.

Film: Fell

13th and 16th of September
$7 - $10

Matthew Nable (Underbelly) and Daniel Henshall (Snowtown) star as two men precariously linked by a tragic hit-and-run accident in this haunting tale of revenge and redemption. Set deep in the Australian bush, this tense, enigmatic and unsettling film marks a stunning debut by director Kasimir Burgess.

Film: Joe
Until 16th of September
$13 - $17
Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage delivers a career best performance as Joe, a ragged, good-hearted, ex-con who runs a small lumber business in rural Texas. Plagued by a short fuse and a past, Joe lives by a strict code of solitude and restraint but when he meets a young drifter, Gary (Tye Sheridan) he is instinctively drawn to help. Gary's father Wade (in a chilling performance by Gary Poulter) is an abusive drunk, dragging his family across country. When Wade falls in with a sleazy local, events accelerate and unhinge the moorings of Joe's existence.

ACMI What's On: 2nd - 8th of April

Venue:ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne

Film: Tiny A Story About Living Small

3rd - 30th of April
Full $10 / ACMI Member/ACMI Film Member $9
In a world where resources are running dangerously low and McMansion is listed in the Oxford dictionary, an ingenious movement to think big and go very small is sweeping the Western world.

Live Event: In conversation with Bill Damaschke
Tuesday 8th of April, 6:15pm
Full $25 / concession $20 / ACMI Member $19
Go behind the scenes of DreamWorks Animation's incredible success story with one of the key architects of its amazing 20-year journey - Chief Creative Officer Bill Damaschke.

Film: Faith Connections
2nd - 24th of April
Full $16 / concession $12.50 / ACMI Member/ACMI Film Member $11
Indian filmmaker Pan Nalin (Samsara and Valley of Flowers) returns to the big screen with a spectacular vision of humanity.

Desert Island Flicks: Castaway with Kaz Cooke

Venue:Studio 1: ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne
Date:Thursday 13th of March

As part of its Desert Island Flicks program, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) hosts cultural commentator Kaz Cooke. Stranded at ACMI for the evening on Thursday 13 March, the writer, cartoonist and broadcaster will count down her top five favourite films.


With a career spanning over 30 years, Cooke has provided guidance to countless Australian women with her intelligent, personal and at times hilarious advice. Weighing in on everything from parenting to pop culture, she has become an immensely popular voice on the ever-changing and busy nature of women’s lives.


Using her trademark wit she has written a number of best-selling books, including Up The Duff (The Real Guide to Pregnancy), Kidwrangling (Looking After Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers), Girl Stuff (Your Full-on Guide to the Teen Years) and Women’s Stuff.


Join Cooke as she provides a fascinating insight in her life, and reveals the personal stories behind her favourite films and why they resonate so much with her.


Desert Island Flicks presents a wash up of celebrity ‘castaways’  as they reveal their top five flicks – the only films they could pack if they were stranded on a desert island. With a diverse array of special guests from the realms of cinema, literature, sport, politics, science, art and media each event promises to reveal a treasure trove of fascinating insights.

The Australian Ballet 2014 Melbourne


Tickets to The Australian Ballet’s 2014 Melbourne season at Arts Centre Melbourne are now on sale.

The general public can now book tickets to the company’s popular ballets, including Peter Wright’s enchanting family favourite, The Nutcracker; Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon, a sumptuous feast for the senses; and Stanton Welch’s exotic take on the ballet classic La Bayadère.

Bookings are also open for The Australian Ballet’s 2014 Public Programs. Enrich your ballet experience by attending company talks, tours, classes, workshops and in-theatre events.

Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon: 14 – 24 March
Chroma: 6 – 14 June
Bodytorque.DNA: 17 – 24 June
Imperial Suite: 20 – 28 June
Stanton Welch’s La Bayadère: 28 August – 6 September
Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker: 12 – 25 September

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