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El Atino & Co. First Birthday

Venue:366 Bridget Road, Richmond
Date:Thursday 29th September 2016
Booking:(03) 8529 4222 or www.elatino.com.au

El Atino & Co., Richmond’s Latin American brunch, lunch and dinner spot, grocer and cooking school, are celebrating it’s first birthday with a Mexican Fiesta!

On Thursday 29th of September the venue will be transformed into a taste of Mexico with a taco buffet, Mexican cocktails, beers and wines, a Mexican birthday cake, themed music and entertainment to have you up and dancing.

With taco flavours such as Cochinita (mexican pulled pork), Barbacoa (slow roasted lamb), Tinga de pollo (chicken in tomato and Chipotle sauce), Choripapa (chorizoand potato), and two different vegetarian tacos to choose from, the flavour sensation in your mouth with rival the party atmosphere in the restaurant.


El Atino & Co. lives by the saying that ‘when we share food, we share the best of us’.


Their mission is to share honest Latin American food and educate the Australian pallet on the flavours of the region and what a way to celebrate their drive and determination that with an extravaganza.

Tickets to their birthday event are $35 and include entry and access to the delicious taco buffet. Drinks will also be available at bar prices.

Let’s celebrate – or as the Mexicans would say… Celebremos!!

Viktor&Rolf in Conversation

Venue:NGV International
Date:21st October 2016
Time:6.30pm – 7.30pm
Fee:$75 Adult / $60 Member / $70 Concession

To celebrate the opening of the world premiere exhibition, Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists, Dutch designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren from avant-garde fashion house Viktor&Rolf, will appear in conversation with international guest curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot in a major NGV public event on Friday 21 October, 6.30pm at NGV International.


Tickets will go on sale 10am Thursday 29 September, following an NGV Members’ exclusive presale available from 10am Wednesday 28 September.


The exhibition Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists will feature some of the most show-stopping and innovative works by the Dutch design duo. These will include over 35 haute couture pieces from the designers’ collections, presented alongside earlier designs from the Viktor&Rolf archive and international museum collections. Also on display will be a selection of their work-in-progress ‘Dolls’: replicas of antique dolls dressed in the designers' most iconic looks.


Viktor&Rolf in Conversation will explore the designers’ boundless creativity and their career-defining ethos of ‘wearable art’. As self-confessed outsiders of the fashion world, since forming their artistic partnership in 1992, Horsting and Snoeren have gained international acclaim for their unique approach and experimentation with design, technical virtuosity and sculptural forms. Throughout their illustrious twenty-five-year career, Viktor&Rolf have carved an identity that pushes the boundaries between art and fashion, often contrasting themes such as minimalism and opulence, romance and excess, exuberance and control, classicism and conceptualism.


The pair are renowned for their experimental runway shows, including their 1999 ‘Russian Doll’ show in which model Maggie Rizer was progressively dressed by the designers in nine different layers and 2003’s ‘One Woman Show’ fashion collection inspired by actress and muse Tilda Swinton, featuring the actress herself amidst a runway of models made up in her likeness. 

Makers & Shakers Market

Venue:Marrickville Town Hall: 303 Marrickville Road
Date:Saturday 15th October 2016
Fee:Entry is $2 and kids under 12 are free

The first Makers & Shakers Market was held in Sydney in April this year. It was a huge success and it’s almost time to do it again!


Whether it’s homewares, food, flowers, stationery or original prints – the Makers and Shakers Market aims to give makers an affordable and fun place to show and sell their wares, and for shoppers to have a awesome day out, as well as pick up some wonderful new treasures along the way. 


The event celebrates makers who are driven by their passion to locally produce authentic, individual and quality products and services. 

The stallholder line up of around 60 stalls includes: Mr Goaty Gelato, ANTIPASTEL, clay canoe, Maria Harding, Kirbee Lawler and many more!

mEYE World Photographic Competition 2016

Ita Buttrose is asking Australians to help raise awareness of macular disease and celebrate sight by entering the sixth annual mEYE World Photographic Competition, now open.

“The mEYE World Photographic Competition reminds us all to appreciate seeing the world we live in,” said Ita, Macular Disease Foundation Australia Patron and competition judge. “My father lost his sight later in life to macular degeneration. It completely changed his life, which is why raising awareness of macular disease is a priority for me.”

Macular disease is the leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss in Australia and includes macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease.

The mEYE World Photographic Competition is easy to enter, free, and open to all. Simply submit a photograph online with a brief description of how it captures the theme “See My World’.

“Photography captures the world around us like no other medium,” said Ita. “I encourage all Australians to embrace the competition theme “See My World” by entering a photo that highlights and celebrates the importance of sight in their life.” 

Macular Disease Foundation Australia CEO Julie Heraghty said, “The competition has become a fixture on the Foundation’s calendar and is highly respected. The quality of the entries we receive is outstanding.”

The 2016 judges will be Ita Buttrose and photographers Rex Dupain, Alan Pryke and Graham McCarter.

This year there are more than $8,000 worth of prizes to be won but entrants need to be quick as the competition closes 18 October 2016.

For more information and to enter, visit www.mdfoundation.com.au

Schick debuts Australia's longest catwalk at Sydney Fashion Weekend

Date:Live streamed via Facebook from 5.30pm, Thursday 29th September. Erin's runway appearance will open Sydney Fashion Weekend at 6.30pm.

Schick Hydro Silk®, in collaboration with fashion’s biggest pop-up, Sydney Fashion Weekend, will host Australia’s first ever Facebook Live Catwalk – it’s a catwalk with a twist, however!

Schick ambassador, model, and TV host, Erin Holland, will walk a virtual catwalk that will be live streamed for an hour via Erin’s Facebook during the opening night of Sydney Fashion Weekend on Thursday 29th September.

The Schick virtual runway will depict various lifestyle scenarios in a woman’s typical day – doing her daily yoga, picking up coffee, walking to work, going to the beach, meeting friends for a drink and going on a date. Erin will change outfits for each activity, showcasing designer looks that depict work wear, cocktail wear, leisure wear, swimwear and accessories. These clothes and accessories will also be auctioned via Erin's Facebook with money going to notable women’s charity Dress For Success.

Guests at Sydney Fashion Weekend and those watching online can tune in to experience this new way of seeing the latest fashion trends straight off the catwalk, and can bid in real time for their favourite items knowing their bid is going to a good cause. An array of Australia’s top fashion designers and those exhibiting at Sydney Fashion Weekend will be providing outfits to be auctioned off for charity.

The virtual catwalk will conclude with Erin walking onto the Sydney Fashion Weekend runway in front of the crowd to open the show. Some of the designers involved in the Schick Catwalk include: Cooper St, Jets, Sir The Label, Haus Of Song, House Of Cannon, August The Fourth, O’Neil, White Runway, Forcast, Wanted Shoes, Nine West, Review, Marcs, Tigerlily, Orologio and more.

White Day Dream

Venue:fortyfivedownstairs - 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Date:27th October – 6th November, 2016
Time:Thurs – Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm
Fee:$35 Full, $28 Concession and Groups 8+, $25 Student Groups 10+, $20 Arts Access Victoria and Auslan users (please book AAV and Auslan tickets via jflorence(at)artsaccess.com.au)
Booking:03 9662 9966 or online at www.fortyfivedownstairs.com

Is it really happening right in front of us, or are we daydreaming?


A unique fusion between Butoh and physical theatre, White Day Dream is the latest creation from Weave Movement Theatre. Performed by dancers with and without disability and choreographed by Yumi Umiumare, the work moves between the surreal and the absurd; exploring universal human themes of memory and dreams - their fragility, transience, and power. Like a dream itself, White Day Dream recalls subconscious emotions… where things are at once unexpectedly linked, and disconnected.


Weave Movement Theatre is an ambitious and diverse Melbourne-based hybrid dance and theatre performance company, comprised of people with and without disabilities. The company formed in 1997 through an Arts Access Victoria project and continues today developing high quality performances. Weave Movement Theatre’s work subverts audience’s expectations, and challenges conventional ways of seeing dance and disability. They present a distinctive and progressive model for inclusive dance performance.

2017 Executive Ready Program - Applications Open

$4,000 scholarships are now being awarded to support female leadership development in the 2017 Executive Ready Program. The scholarship initiative is administered by Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) to support the nationwide launch of Executive Ready – WLA’s new flagship development program for mid to senior level managers.

Informed by the experiences of hundreds of talented and respected women across all industries, Executive Ready is a leadership accelerator designed to stretch participants and propel them towards executive level performance, behaviours and mindsets. Developed by the country’s foremost authority on women leaders and their unique needs, Executive Ready is for women who want to lead more confidently, transform the performance of their team and fully realise their future career/life potential.


The program’s content is purpose designed to extend leadership ability in preparation for future advancement. Due to its applied nature and performance orientated outcomes the program is also appropriate for leaders looking to consolidate their current position and independent business owners looking for practical advice and strategy to transform the performance of their staff.


To view the Executive Ready program prospectus click here


Venue:Spencer Park, 42 Newbery St, Newmarket
Date:Sunday, October 9th, 2016
Time:From 11am-5pm
Fee:$10 Adults (13+), $6 Concessions, Children under 12 yrs FREE.

Get ready to feel Italian for one day! On Sunday October 9, FESTITALIA  will be a one-day packed program of all things Italian, starring the flavours and faces of Italy with a line-up of artists, entertainers, dancers, singers, performers and food experiences that will bring Italy to Brisbane for one day!

Hosted by the Italian Consulate in Brisbane and the Italian Embassy in Canberra, Festitalia is Queensland’s only official Italian Festival, and will be held in Spencer Park at Newmarket, home to the iconic Brisbane City Football Club. Highlights include:

In an Australian first, the internationally acclaimed Sbandieratori Sansepolcro Flagthrowers from the renaissance town of the same name, in the heart of central Italy will bring their heritage celebration craft to Brisbane.  The centuries-old tradition of Flagthrowing has been kept alive and vibrant and the Sansepolcro Flagthrowers were the first group to be formed in Italy.


Aria-award winning and multi-platinum selling recording artist and past Australian Idol contestant, Cosima De Vito heads the entertainment line-up!! Joining her on stage Actor/Musician Diletta Luna, Tarantella dancers, and the Sydney-based Xpresso musicians.

Many food stalls will pay tribute to the famous foods and flavours of Italy. Everything from authentic espresso, pizza, calamari to cannoli, gnocchi to nutella doughnuts, granita to Italian sausages, and more. A definite highlight!!

In a star studded culinary line-up, My Kitchen Rules’ 2016 favourite Italian competitors Luciano and Martino will share their passion for cooking.

Pizza Acrobatics by Italian World Master Pizza Chef and Australia’s Got Talent star Youssef Ben-Touati.

Traditional Venetian mask-making techniques by Michael Taylor; Food and Wine Masterclasses throughout the day; a line-up of Italy’s iconic cars; works by celebrated artist Cosimo Ronconi and a photographic exhibition L’Ultimo Saluto documenting young Italians boarding ships on a passage of hope and courage. And of course, rides and fun activities for the bambini.

A major highlight of the day-long celebrations will be the drawing of the major raffle – two return tickets flying Etihad Airways to either Rome or Milan in Italy (tickets are $5, terms and conditions agreed on sale).

Festitalia promotes the richness of the Italian cultural heritage by passionately applauding the contributions made by the strong Italian community in Queensland and is a celebration of life, love and family.

Festitalia is proudly supported by the Italian community and its valued sponsors Brisbane City Council, Multicultural Affairs Queensland, Brisbane City Football Club, Treasury Casino, Bertocchi Smallgoods, Magic 882, QPAC, Merlo Coffee, Yellow Cabs, Mantra on Edward, Merthyr Village New Farm, Porta Lawyers, Willims Motor Group, Mapei Australia and Etihad.

What’s On at ACMI: Wednesday 5 to Tuesday 11 October 2016


ACMI + Melbourne Festival present
Collisions, the first VR film to tell an Indigenous story, opens as a free exhibition
Thursday 6 October 2016 to Sunday 15 January 2017
The work of acclaimed filmmaker and artist Lynette Wallworth features in new exhibition Collisions, inviting audiences on an immersive Virtual Reality (VR) journey to the land of Indigenous elder, Nyarri Nyarri Morgan. In Wallworth’s thought-provoking, narrative VR work, Nyarri shares the incredible story of his first contact with Western culture in the 1950’s – when he witnessed firsthand and with no context, an atomic test. Half a century later, another technology affords him the chance to show you the world that was ruptured that day. Collisions is co-presented by ACMI and Melbourne Festival, and was developed as a result of the inaugural Sundance New Frontier-Jaunt VR Residency.
Tickets: FREE

ACMI + Melbourne Festival present
Creating Worlds: Lynette Wallworth & Enrique Vargas In Conversation
Saturday 8 October, 3.30pm
Artist and Filmmaker Lynette Wallworth and Theatre Director Enrique Vargas both create immersive works that explore bold new ways of telling and experiencing stories. In Collisions, audiences are taken on a virtual journey to the remote Western Australian desert where Martu elder, Nyarri Nyarri Morgan, shares the story of the impact of the 1957 atomic bomb testing on his homelands. In Echo of the Shadow, Vargas invites the audience to enter a sensorial labyrinth, a singular experience of looking, listening, smelling, tasting and touching. Join Enrique and Lynette in a conversation moderated by Melbourne Festival Artistic Director, Jonathan Holloway, about creating immersive worlds, audience interaction and experiential storytelling and their most recent works showing at ACMI as co-presented by the Melbourne Festival.
Tickets: FREE

360 Degree Video Workshop is the next free INTERMIX event (ACMI’s ongoing free programming for young people aged 15 to 25)
Saturday 8 October, 11am to 4pm
ACMI’s dynamic and innovative youth program INTERMIX offers an extensive program of free events, developed in consultation with young people aged 15 to 25. Providing opportunities to create, debate, design and interact, INTERMIX brings young creatives together.  On Saturday 8 October INTERMIX event 360 Degree Video Workshop provides a technical workshop that focusses on the production workflow needed to produce polished and professional 360 degree video content. Participants can learn about camera options, lighting techniques, recording sound, editing, adding graphics and publishing videos in this hands on intensive workshop. Suitable for skaters, filmmakers, music video makers, documentary-makers or those who are just interested to see what it’s all about.
Tickets: FREE

ACMI Cinemas Screen Tokyo Story PG
From Thursday 6 October
Consistently featuring on all-time top ten lists alongside classics such as Citizen Kane (1941) and Vertigo (1958), Yasujiro Ozu’s humanist masterpiece is a deceptively simple story and a poignant study of aging and modern Japanese society. An elderly couple take a trip to Tokyo to visit their grown up children, only to find that their offspring’s busy work schedules mean they have little or no time to see them. Ozu’s delicate handling of the family dynamics is careful not to pass judgement. His unobtrusive and observational camera captures the nuanced complexities of modern life and the changing nature of Japanese family, culture and generational obligation.
Tickets: Full $17, Concession $13, Member $10

ACMI Cinemas Screen Chevalier UNCLASSIFIED 15+
From Thursday 6 October
Winner of Best Film at the 2015 London Film Festival, Chevalier is Athina Rachel Tsangari’s astoundingly funny and original follow up to her 2010 film, Attenberg. Described as a ‘buddy movie without the buddies’, Chevalier is the story of six friends who head out on a luxury fishing trip and become consumed by a competition to decide who is the ‘Best at Everything’. Dancing, jet skiing, holding their breath, rapid fire responses to culinary questions, comparing calf muscles (and other body parts); for these cabin-mates nothing is off-limits. As the men make the journey back to dry land, the one-upmanship intensifies to reveal what Variety has dubbed a, “committedly deadpan comedy of manners, morals and men behaving weirdly.”
Tickets: Full $17, Concession $13, Member $10

QSO performs Peter and the Wolf

Venue:The Courier-Mail Piazza
Date:SUNDAY 23 October
Fee:$21/Adult and $17/Child (14 years and under, with 18 months and under FOC)
Booking:Book via qso.com.au, via QSO Box Office of by phone (Phone: 07 3833 5044) or in person.

It’s a story of adventure and enchantment, and one that has been performed thousands of times around the world – and after 80 years, Prokofiev’s brilliant Peter and the Wolf is among the most loved musical tales of all time. On Sunday 23 October in a very special one-off matinee event in The Courier Mail Piazza at South Bank, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra will bring this story to life, with narration by actor Jason Klarwein.


Composed by Russian Sergei Prokofiev in 1936, Peter and The Wolf is a wonderful musical adventure, originally composed to cultivate musical tastes in children from the first years of school. That it has done, in spades!


Eighty years on, this iconic tale still lives on in the hearts of children young and old; capturing imaginations and delighting as the courageous Peter and his animal friends outwit a wily wolf.


The true heroes who bring life to the tale are the musical instruments, with the strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion each signifying different characters in the story. Scored with Bird as flute, Cat as clarinet, Duck as oboe, Grandfather as bassoon, the hunters as woodwind and trumpet, Wolf as French horns and Peter as string instruments, the score is magical, and was always written to be also narrated.


That narration comes from actor and most recently director of Queensland Theatre’s blockbuster St Mary’s in Exile and Macbeth artist, Jason Klarwein. "I remember listening to Peter and the Wolf as a child and how vivid the music was,” he said. "I am really thrilled and excited that so many children will get to experience this wonderful performance first-hand next month with QSO.  What a privilege it is to narrate this timeless tale.”

Human Mobile

Venue:The Atrium, Fed Square
Date:Friday 9 September – Sunday 16 October
Booking:Visit fedquare.com/events/humanmobile for more details.

Melbourne-based artist Felipe Reynolds is set to unveil his latest interactive inflatable creation at Federation Square on Friday 9 September, sparking the imagination of people of all ages. 


Human Mobile, commissioned by Fed Square and created by Felipe, combines classic with modern and captures our constant human need for engagement, affirmation, play and novelty. Drawing inspiration from the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s fresco painting ‘The Creation of Adam’ is reimagined in the form of a 3D, 11.3 meter tall by 7.5 metre wide inflatable baby. Suspended from The Atrium ceiling, the baby’s posture imitates classical Roman sculpture, whilst at the same time portraying a life of excess in the 21st century.

Dance Editorial Presents 7 VICES


Dance Editorial proudly presents 7 VICES, a unique and vibrant dance production created by Shannon Hsu, owner and artistic director of Q2 Dance, one of the leading Performing Arts studios and dance academies in Australia.


7 VICES is a dynamic performance produced, directed and choreographed by an all-female creative board which celebrates some of Australia’s leading contemporary, hip hop, dance hall and jazz dancers. The production presents seven choreographers who will share their stories of life and love through the art of dance, allowing each segment to showcase their individual talents and creativity.


The show stars seven young dance protégés from Melbourne including Trevor Santos of the award winning Collektive Dance Crew and one of Melbourne’s most versatile dancers Andrew Liu, as well as a cast of top dance performers from all over Australia.


The production is a proud sponsor of White Ribbon Australia donating $1 from every ticket sold to the organisation, which helps fight the issue of violence against women in Australia and raises awareness of support networks available to those affected.


Dance Editorial’s production of 7 VICES is touring nationally across Australia in September and October this year, showing at Melbourne’s National Theatre on the 17th September 2016. Full tour dates below.


Sydney – Darlinghurst Theatre September 1,2,3rd

Queensland – Somerset Theatre September 10th

Melbourne – National Theatre September 17th

Central Coast –  The Arthouse October 15th

Canberra –  Erindale Theatre October 22nd


Tickets available through www.danceeditorial.com


Dance Editorial is a dance, lifestyle, fashion and healthy living blog. An online platform that celebrates the dance world and strives to empower women in the industry and the wider community, by creating opportunities for dancers, choreographers and artists alike.

The Morrison - Melbourne Cup 2016

Venue:The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room, 225 George Street Sydney, NSW 2000
Date:Tuesday 1st November
Fee:$135 pp
Booking:(02) 9247 6744

Saddle Up, shine your shoes and pull out your best frock – Melbourne Cup is around the corner!

Join us at The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room to celebrate the race that stops the nation with your nearest and dearest.

4 Course Shared Feast and glass of Champagne on arrival, plus entertainment, sweeps and fashions on the field.


Venue:La Mama Courthouse - 349 Drummond Street, Carlton
Date:Saturday 8 October
Fee:$25 Adult, $15 Concession
Booking:03 9347 6142 or online at www.melbourneplayback.com.au/whats-on/

Playing as a part of Mental Health Week, Voyager is the fifth and final Q&A event in the 2016 series presented by Melbourne Playback Theatre Company.


With four previous sell out events across the year, Voyager takes a closer look at a personal and social journey that all of us tread; navigating the sometimes choppy waters of mental health takes time, awareness, and support.


Join our panel of industry experts - Philly (Hip Hop/Rap Artist and Winner of the 2015 National Indigenous Music Awards New Talent of the Year Award), Aref Ramazani (Photographer, Filmmaker, and Refugee Advocate) and Steph Darling (REACH Facilitator and Trainer) as they share their insights into finding calmer waters, building a support crew, and setting sail with confidence.


Audience members are invited to participate in this Q&A, which will then be followed by an interactive performance with Melbourne Playback Theatre’s ensemble of professional actors, musicians, and MCs. MPTC have been captivating audiences for over 30 years with their unique form of improvised theatre; transforming shared, real-life events into powerful and engaging stories on the stage.


Take a voyage with us as we explore pathways to better mental health.


Panellists include:

Philly - Hip Hop/Rap Artist and Winner of the 2015 National Indigenous Music Awards New Talent of the Year Award

Steph Darling - REACH Facilitator and Trainer

Aref Ramazani – Photographer, Filmmaker, and Refugee Advocate


Melbourne Playback Theatre Company:

Creative Director of Voyager – Rachael Dyson McGregor

Artistic Director - Emily Taylor

Company - Sermsah Bin Saad, Danny Diesendorf, Rachael Dyson McGregor, Allen Laverty, Mike McEvoy, Diana Nguyen, Michelle Nussey, Alex Sangster, Emily Taylor, Lenka Vanderboom

Company Musicians - Ernie Gruner and Karen Berger

Lighting - Alan Davies


“Playback theatre is certainly not your usual black box theatre experience, but if the standing ovation that MPTC received at the end of this provocative performance is anything to go by, it is an incredibly rewarding one.” -  Theatre People (SticksnStones - May, 2016)

What’s On at ACMI: Wednesday 28 September to Tuesday 4 October 2016


ACMI’s Spring school holiday program – FINAL DAYS
Until Sunday 2 October
In the final few days of ACMI’s Spring school holiday program, kids and families can still enjoy plenty of free and paid activities, and super cheap cinema screenings.
Tickets: Disneynature Festival $7, Workshops from $35 (non-member)
ACMI Cinemas screen Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie (CTC) NOT SUITABLE FOR KIDS.  NO FREE TICKETS
Until Saturday 1 October
Widely lauded as a MIFF 2016 program highlight and so far attracting record audiences at ACMI Cinemas, one of the year's most acclaimed documentaries Louis Theroux: My Scientology Movie sees Theroux make his cinematic debut with director John Dower and two-time Academy Award-winning producer, Simon Chinn (Searching for Sugar Man, Man on Wire).
Tickets: Full $17, Concession $13. Member $10. No free tickets.

ACMI Cinemas screen Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (18+)
Until Tuesday 11 October. Exclusive limited season.
acmi.net.au/ mapplethorpe
Exploring one of the most complex and provocative figures in 20th Century photography, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures looks at the life and work of Robert Mapplethorpe who achieved notoriety for photos depicting sex, gay sadomasochism and nudity in New York City’s hedonistic art scene from the late 60s through to the 80s. ACMI Cinemas screen the first full Melbourne season, exclusively from Thursday 22 September, following its recent Australian
Tickets: Full $17, Concession $13, Members $10

The 18th Annual ACMI Seniors’ Film Festival screens at ACMI Cinemas
Sunday 2 to Friday 7 October
ACMI’s 18th annual Seniors’ Film Festival once again delivers a week of popular film screenings with $5 ticket prices for seniors’ card holders. The program is part of the broader 2016 Victorian Seniors Festival – a Victorian Government initiative that sees more than 1500 free and low-cost individual events and activities held across the state. 
Tickets: Seniors $5

Free talk Being Real is the next INTERMIX event (ACMI’s ongoing free programming for young people aged 15 to 25)
Thursday 29 September, 5pm
ACMI’s dynamic and innovative youth program INTERMIX offers an extensive program of free events, developed in consultation with young people aged 15 to 25. Providing opportunities to create, debate, design and interact, INTERMIX brings young creatives together.  Tickets: FREE

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

2016 Workplace Giving Excellence Awards

Date:Entries are open until September 30, with finalists announced in October.

A distinguished panel of judges has been announced for the 2016 Workplace Giving Excellence Awards.


Chaired by Dr. Andrew Young, CEO of The Centre for Social Impact, the judges will bring considerable corporate, philanthropic, government, community and academic experience to their evaluation of entries.


“Having assembled such an experienced and respected group of judges shows that Workplace Giving has evolved into an important funding channel in Australia. We are looking forward to learning how leading employers are harnessing the power of Workplace Giving – not only to achieve great outcomes in the community, but also as a tool to bring their organisation’s values to life in a way that is engaging and motivating for their staff,” says Dr. Young. 


The Awards are part of the One Million Donors campaign that was launched by The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull, MP, in 2014. The campaign’s mission is to see one million Australians donating to charity from their pay by 2020.  Achieving this would create an additional donation flow of over $250 million each year for community.


The Workplace Giving Excellence Awards are a key pillar of the campaign, recognising the achievements of those employers and their staff who are making significant contributions to the community through Workplace Giving. 

What’s On at ACMI: Wednesday 21 to Tuesday 27 September 2016

Date:Wednesday 21 to Tuesday 27 September 2016

Presented in Partnership with MUMA
ART + FILM screening + Skype with artist - Amie Siegel: DDR/DDR
Monday 26 September
ART+FILM is ACMI’s free monthly program that showcases short and feature-length films by leading Australian and international artists. In September ART+FILM looks at Amie Siegel’s feature film essay DDR/DDR, a non-fiction investigation of cultural memory in former East Germany. Siegel weaves a history of surveillance techniques and technologies through interviews with psychoanalysts, former Stasi employees and a former East German group of Native American sympathisers and excerpts from surveillance videos and GDR feature films. Interrogating film itself as a tool of observation, surveillance and propaganda, Siegel does not exempt herself, or her art, from film’s capacity for exposing and being exposed. The screening of DDR/DDR will be followed by a Skype conversation with the artist.
ART + FILM Tickets: FREE, registrations essential

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (18+)
Opens Thursday 22 September. Exclusive Limited Season.
acmi.net.au/ mapplethorpe
Exploring one of the most complex and provocative figures in 20th Century photography, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures looks at the life and work of Robert Mapplethorpe who achieved notoriety for photos depicting sex, gay sadomasochism and nudity in New York City’s hedonistic art scene from the late 60s through to the 80s. Following screenings at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, along with its recent Australian premiere at Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), ACMI Cinemas screen the first full Melbourne season, exclusively from Thursday 22 September. Co-directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato use their unrestricted access to Robert Mapplethorpe’s archives to create the first feature-length documentary since the artist’s death in 1989. American Senator Jesse Helms famously condemned his work with four words: ‘look at the pictures’. While Mapplethorpe’s work still remains contentious to this day, he is credited with transforming photography into a fine art form. The film features interviews with Mapplethorpe’s former lovers, family members, and collaborators. Interviewees include Debbie Harry, Fran Leibowitz and Brooke Shields – and the artist’s youngest brother, Edward Mapplethorpe, who worked as his assistant.
Tickets: Full $17, Concession $13, Members $10

Weiner (M)
Opens Thursday 1 September - Exclusive Limited Season
ACMI brings the political documentary Weiner to the big screen in an exclusive Melbourne season – hot on the heels of fresh developments in the life of democratic congressman Anthony Weiner. The critically acclaimed stranger-than-fiction tale of political fodder and contemporary morality won Best Documentary at Sundance 2016 and subsequently enjoyed sold out sessions at the Melbourne International Film Festival and Sydney Film Festival. Anthony Weiner was a political figure on the rise when a ‘sexting’ scandal forced a humiliating resignation. Two years later, he ran for New York City mayor, betting that his ideas would trump his indiscretions. With unprecedented access, Weiner takes us inside this fascinating political comeback-turned-meltdown.
Tickets: Full $17, Concession $13. Member $10

Beauty and the Beast (La belle et la bête) screens as part of ACMI’s Seniors’ Cinema program (M)
Saturday 17 to Monday 26 September
Screening as part of ACMI's ongoing Seniors' Cinema film program Beauty and the Beast (La belle et la bête) follows the youngest daughter of an impoverished merchant who sacrifices her freedom to spare her father. Christophe Gans’ visually ravishing adaptation of the eighteenth century French fairy tale features the stunning Léa Seydoux (Farewell, My Queen) as Belle, Vincent Cassel (Black Swan) as the Beast, and Andre Dussollier (Un Coeur en Hiver) as Le Marchand. Thierry Flamande’s production design and Christophe Beaucarne’s cinematography are glorious – with similar attention lavished on the film’s sumptuous sets and costumes.
Tickets: Seniors $7, Members $6, Non Seniors $13

Presented by the Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia
Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia (CaSFFA) 2016
Wednesday 14 to Friday 23 September
The 2016 Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia (CaSFFA) takes place at ACMI from Wednesday 14 to Friday 23 September, and includes a pick of several of the greatest film adaptations of Czech and Slovak literature. The program weaves together beloved fairy tales brought to life, films based on graphic novels, and a screen program augmented by art, poster exhibitions, panels, and workshops. "Text and Texture", is the theme for the 4th annual festival, which draws  inspiration from Melbourne (2008) and Prague's (2014) shared status as “UNESCO Cities of Literature” with UNESCO Melbourne and Prague City of Literature Offices being official partners of the 2016 festival. CasFFA also co-presents the Melbourne Cinematheque session on Wednesday 14 September (for more information on the Melbourne Cinematheque visit acmi.net.au/cinematheque)
Tickets: Full $18, Concession $15, Member $14

The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month

The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Month presented by Citi is back with a bang from October 1-31, 2016 with all-new one-off events, money-can’t-buy experiences plus tried-and-true favourites, taking over Sydney and regional NSW for what is to be the most delicious October to date.


Throughout the entire month, Sydneysiders can expect a moveable feast of bartenders and baristas, providores and producers, plus a rollcall of NSW’s best restaurateurs and chefs including program cover stars Matt Moran, Kylie Kwong, James Viles and Paul Carmichael (plus a few special overseas guest appearances), headlining over 185 delectable events.


This year’s program, released today in The Sydney Morning Herald (September 6) and available online at goodfoodmonth.com, features a mega menu of masterclasses, long lunches and dinner dates plus event highlights such as Sydney’s swankiest picnic, the Spring Social, a garden party like no other that takes over Centennial Park on October 30.


A midnight feast at cult favourite Golden Century will see legendary chefs such as Peter Gilmore, Neil Perry and David Chang share war stories over steamed prawns and pigeon. The perennially popular Night Noodle Markets, complete with a stellar stallholder line-up and main stage entertainment, will return better than ever from October 6-23.


The good food feeling will continue into January when Kondo Takahiko, head chef of the world’s number one restaurant, Osteria Francescana, arrives in Sydney to join Chef of the Year, Federico Zanellato of LuMi Bar & Dining and Alessandro Pavoni of Ormeggio for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.


Good Food Month Creative Director Myffy Rigby said: “We’re back again this October and as excited as ever to be bringing you a rainbow of fruit flavours and exciting events.


“We’ve worked closely with restaurants around the state to bring you original ideas to get excited about this October.”


Citi returns in 2016 as the national presenting partner of Good Food Month. Director of the Global Experience Team for Citi Australia Tanya Smith said: “We are delighted to see this evolving food festival return to Sydney in what is sure to be the biggest and best yet. Our national partnership with Fairfax and Good Food Month, along with our Citibank Dining Program, are prime examples of how Citi continues to support the Australian food and wine industry, which remains a strategic focus for us.


“This year, we’re delighted to bring Citi customers a range of exclusive benefits at what are sure to be many of Good Food Month’s most sought-after events, including Citi’s very own feature event – a head to head battle for Britain’s best dish. The North vs. South event will feature leading British Chefs, Citi Dining Ambassador Gary Mehigan and The Morrison’s Sean Connolly compete to make Britain’s best dish.”


More information on feature events is available below, as well as in the program and on the revamped Good Food Month website.


Dungog Festival

Date:Thursday 27 October to Sunday 30 October 2016

The Golden Ticket option includes access to the entire film program, dining under the stars down the main street at the Long Table Dinner, Settlers Arms Friday night gig and the Saturday night Dungog Festival Party with the Enormous Horns. The early bird Golden Ticket secures a place for the sell-out Dinner along with the package of entertainment for $220, rising to $250 once general tickets are released.
A newly announced initiative is The Weekend Indulgence Ticket, also on sale on Monday, providing the best access to the culinary delights that Dungog Festival 2016 has to offer. With an early bird price of $360, rising to $390 for general sale, the exclusive ticket provides access to the entire film program, the Settlers Arms Friday night gig and Saturday night party with the Enormous Horns, as well as places at the Saturday star event, Christine Manfield’s Wine Matching Lunch and the popular Sunday Long Lazy Lunch.
The quirky, picnic-style Long Lazy Lunch is set in a mystery location with the journey and setting sure to provide the best view of the region. A new addition to this year’s program, the Wine Matching Lunch is a special degustation luncheon hosted by the renowned chef and food personality Christine Manfield, showcasing locally grown produce and matched Hunter Valley wines.
The musical program at this year’s festival is sure to bring down the house. Join the Saturday night party with the Enormous Horns for an entertaining mix of rock, pop, soul and big band swing or catch some retro magic, with a soon to be announced big name band on Friday night at the Settler’s Arms.
The Short Film Competition will recognise the film history of Dungog and the iconic James Theatre. Spanning a number of different genres, festival-goers can check out the entries throughout the weekend.
A variety of additional free and ticketed activities such as the night markets, a growers market, craft beer brewing and bread baking workshops and a tractor parade are just a few of the offerings to be experienced alongside the main program of events at Dungog Festival.

National Young Writers' Festival

Date:September 29 - October 2 2016

A masquerade ball, a science party, pop-up street events and a bunch of open mic nights lead the program for National Young Writers’ Festival 2016.

This year’s event boasts the largest artist count in NYWF history with 117 writers coming from every state and territory as well as New Zealand. Among the many making their way to Newcastle will be Osman Faruqi, Alia Gabres, Liam Pieper, Briohny Doyle, Zohab Khan, Alison Whittaker, Omar Musa and Shu-Ling Chua. For the full program click here.

This smorgasbord of talent will be workshopping, reading, debating and panelling their way through the many challenges, trends and revolutions of the contemporary writing scene over a whopping 99 events, covering topics like imposter syndrome, (re)writing gender, censorship, publishing from the underground, and comedy in Australia.

Expect to see a return of festival favourites like the Late Night Readings, Zine Fair and the annual festival ball – a Labyrinth-inspired masquerade party of ghouls and goblins.
Over four exciting days, Newcastle will transform into a thriving hub of activity in a bold celebration of creativity and inclusivity.
Held as part of This is Not Art (TiNA) alongside Crack Theatre Festival and Critical Animals, NYWF will inhabit spaces across the city – cafes and pubs, the Newcastle Museum and tram, and the streets, nooks and crannies of Newcastle.
We’re thrilled to offer a number of cross-festival events this year with our TiNA co-presenters Crack and Critical Animals, including daily TiNA talks and an improvisational art attack.

It’s time to get lost in the Australian writing maze. See you in Newcastle September 29 – October 2! #NYWF2016 #TiNA2016

Breathing Corpses

Venue:Candyland Arts Space - 224 Normanby Ave, Thornbury
Date:15 September - Saturday 1 October, 2016
Time:Mon – Sat 7:30 pm
Fee:$35 Full, $30 Concession
Booking:03 9660 9666 and www.melbournefringe.com.au

When a man has lost all happiness, he's not alive. Call him a breathing corpse.


Amy keeps finding bodies in the hotel bedrooms she cleans, Jim’s been trying to ignore the smell coming from one of his self storage units, and Kate’s annoyed she had to waste her whole day talking to the police. As each of these separate stories is linked through gruesome discoveries, the worlds around Amy, Jim, and Kate begin to fall apart...


Dark, funny and confronting, Breathing Corpses explores our instincts for death, sex and power.


Breathing Corpses is the premiere season from theatre collective One Little Room. Performed in Thornbury’s new Candyland Arts Space, this converted industrial site will put the audience in the thick of the action. A unique Melbourne Fringe offering not to be missed!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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.


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.

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

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.

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.

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