WESTPAC OPENAIR REVEALS SUMMER 2020 PROGRAM

Westpac OpenAir has unveiled a phenomenal line up of films for its 2020 season, to be screened at the beautiful Mrs Macquaries Point between 9 January and 21 February.

The summer program will feature a line-up of 14 premieres and preview screenings over the 44 nights, opening with the special gala preview of the hotly-anticipated Bombshell starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, John Lithgow and Margot Robbie. Oscar® contender Little Women (Meryl Streep, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Timothée Chalamet) will join Guy Ritchie’s pulsating London crime drama The Gentlemen (Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell, Hugh Grant), and Taika Waititi’s TIFF Audience Award-winner Jojo Rabbit (Scarlett Johansson, Rebel Wilson, Sam Rockwell), as three New Year releases sure to be in high demand on the harbour.

The program will also feature a selection of 2020’s most talked about films, including:

  • The premiere of Robert Egger’s acclaimed The Lighthouse (starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe);
  • Preview screenings of True History of the Kelly Gang (Russell Crowe) and the Jamie Foxx drama Just Mercy;
  • The Toronto hit biopic A Beautiful Day in The Neighbourhood featuring two-time Oscar® winner Tom Hanks;
  • The hilarious comedy Like A Boss starring Rose Byrne and Salma Hayek;

  • Armando Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield;
  • A stunning new adaptation of the British drama Emma featuring Anya Taylor-Joy and Bill Nighy;
  • The Current War starring Benedict Cumberbatch;
  • The Marie Curie biopic Radioactive starring Oscar® nominee Rosamund Pike;
  • The Full Monty director Peter Cattaneo’s touching and hilarious Military Wives and;
  • Hotly-anticipated biographical drama The Professor and the Madman starring Mel Gibson and Sean Penn.

On top of all that, an Australian classic will be re-imagined when Westpac OpenAir partners with the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) and Paul Mac on Saturday, 15 February for the world premiere of NFSA Restores: The Sentimental Bloke, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the film with a new digital restoration. ARIA award-winner Paul Mac has composed an extraordinary musical score to one of Australian’s greatest silent films and will be performing this live at Westpac OpenAir. A Sydney summer experience not to be missed!

Audiences can also look forward to another opportunity to see some of 2019’s biggest and brightest box office hits on the harbour screen with Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, Charlie’s Angels, Ride Like a Girl, Hustlers, Rocketman, Fisherman’s Friends, Official Secrets, Ford V Ferrari, Marriage Story, Blinded by the Light, Downton Abbey, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Knives Out, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Cats, and Pain & Glory.

The world-class program will be complemented by a choice of a full service restaurant or gourmet casual dining with previously announced high-profile chefs James Viles (Biota, Bertha’s Meats) and Clayton Wells (Automata, A1 Canteen) in charge of creating the 2020 menus for the world’s most beautiful cinema.

Tickets for Sydney’s most sought after summer event are on sale via Ticketmaster.

Source: Westpac Open Air


First look of Sequoia at Mount Lofty House and Tasting Australia event

South Australia will have a brand new super-luxe offering for local and international visitors with Sequoia set to rival the world’s best when it officially opens in the Adelaide Hills in September 2020.

A private and secluded sanctuary with uninterrupted panoramic views, the $15m luxury lodge will offer guests the ultimate six-star experience and be the first of its kind on mainland Australia. Overlooking the patchwork Piccadilly Valley, Sequoia is proudly South Australian owned and operated by David Horbelt and his business partner Malcolm Bean.

Named after the three giant Californian Redwood trees planted by the original owner Arthur Hardy, Sequoia will feature 14 contemporary guest suites with access to a private club lounge, gardens, sundeck and natural spring-fed hot pools.

Overseen by Horbelt with input from local architects and designers, every room in the spacious 75sqm open-plan suites will enjoy spectacular, unparalleled 180 degree views. The sunken lounge room will feature a Basket Range stone-clad gas fireplace while guests can sleep under the star-filled sky on a king-sized bed.

The iconic 30-acre Mount Lofty estate has long been synonymous with decadence and celebration. Perched on the valley rim and separate to the original house, the private retreat will have its own dedicated guest relations team and secure entrance to attract VIP guests.

Offering an unrivalled level of highly personalised service, Sequoia guests will have access to all of the property’s lavish amenities including the three-hatted Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant, Arthur Waterhouse Lounge and Stables Day Spa.

They can also choose from a catalogue of bespoke experiences that celebrate South Australian stories. Not available to the general public, think private behind-the-scenes tours with local winemakers, getting up-close and personal with native icons or connecting with local identities and brands.

Known for its spectacular rolling hills and quality local wine and produce, the Adelaide Hills region is quickly becoming the first choice for Australians looking for a respite from bustling city life.

Conveniently located just 15 minutes from Adelaide CBD and 30 minutes from the airport, Mount Lofty House offers a short escape that feels a million miles away, yet is close to everything you could need.

Mount Lofty House will give an exclusive sneak preview of the lodge, six months ahead of its official opening, with a sensory inspired experience featuring the best food, wine and music from South Australia. The overnight Tasting Australia adventure begins with a limousine transfer to the estate and Sequoia Sparkling beneath the giant tree that shares its name.

From here guests can choose to relax during a 30-minute spa treatment or discover the nuances of Adelaide Hills gin during a guided tasting. Evening canapés will be served as the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra performs live before guests connect with representatives from flagship South Australian brands RM Williams and Jurlique.

On Tuesday 31 March experience a menu crafted by Hardy’s Verandah’s own awarded chef, Jin Choi and internationally celebrated ‘paddock to plate’ chef, Jared Ingersoll, while the menu on Wednesday 1 April sees a visionary gastronomical collaboration between Duncan Welgemoed (Africola) and Paul Bentley (Magno Brasserie) derived from an infusion of native Australian ingredients with unique Mexican preparation techniques.

Both menus will be expertly matched with wines by iconic South Australian producer, Penfolds to complete a picture that will linger in your memory forever and a bottle of Bin 28 Shiraz per couple with a Kangaroo Karmine leather wine bag will see you take a little of the experience home with you too. Before you retire, gather around a bonfire for after-dinner marshmallows, stories and stargazing before turning in to Sequoia for the night.

Tickets $3000 per room. Event information: https://tastingaustralia.com.au/events/the-luxury-brands-of-south-australia

Source: Mount Lofty House 


TWO SPARROW swimwear: pieces made from plastic bottles and fishing nets found in the ocean

Two Sparrow Australia is a sustainable swimwear brand with a focus on creating comfortable, luxurious swimwear for the socially conscious woman.

All Two Sparrow swimwear fabrics are made of recycled plastic bottles and fishing nets found in the ocean, aiming to reduce the impact fast fashion has on the earth.

It takes over 200 years for regular swimwear made of nylon to degrade in landfill when thrown out (Generic classification based on chemical composition as defined by the Textile Fiber Products Identification aCT (Manufactured Category))

Two Sparrow is aiming to close the loop by ensuring the brand’s swimwear does not end up in landfill by participating in the ‘Recycle your Kini’ program. When a Two Sparrow swimsuit’s life comes to an end, the owner can send a message via the ‘Recycle your Kini’ enquiry form for a return postbag (Recycled Poly Mailer) which will be mailed out free of charge. From there the swimwear will be sent back to its original source to be further recycled, ensuring it does not go to landfill like regular swimwear which can take up to 200 years to degrade if it was not further recycled.

Two Sparrow Australia is the creation of Jade Sewell-Robertson who says, “Sustainability is not just a hot topic – it’s the actions we can all take to ensure we do not continue to deplete our natural resources; reducing the ecological imbalance fast fashion creates.”

There’s a two-part mission to Two Sparrow – Sewell-Robertson wants to be a part of the change in making all fashion sustainable including materials, manufacturing and packaging as well as creating beautiful, flattering styles that encourage happiness in women.

Sewell-Robertson of Two Sparrow is fully focused on reducing the impact fast fashion has on the earth through ensuring the right fit and style using AI technology to encourage confidence, wherever in the world you may be.

Sewell-Robertson’s background is in both business and technology says using AI technology helps to get the right fit encouraging sustainability further through less returns and less waste through appropriate sizing – “through our digital fitter, our products are able to find the perfect size, first time round ensuring maximum confidence when wearing bathers because they actually fit”, says Sewell-Robertson.

“When purchasing swimwear for summer, invest in swimwear that is ethically and sustainably made”, says Sewell Robertson. “Buy less, buy better quality and better fitting swimwear to reduce waste from fast swimwear”.

Not only is Two Sparrow ticking the boxes from an ethical and sustainability point of view, Sewell-Robertson made sure the swimwear brand contained something for everyone. “I wanted to create something I wanted to wear to the beach or that my girlfriends would feel comfortable wearing, says Sewell- Robertson. The launch collection contains underwire tops, soft cups, off the shoulder, high waist, V-bottoms, Midi-bottoms, low back one-pieces and rashie-styles.

Source: Two Sparrow


POP SENSATION KESHA JOINS MARDI GRAS PARTY LINE-UP

The party don’t start till she walks in! Glitter goddess and self-proclaimed dance commander Kesha, has officially been announced as a performer at the official Mardi Gras Party on Saturday 29 February, 2020.

Kesha has established herself as a defining voice of the decade, having topped the charts with her iconic debut “Tik Tok” and the anthemic “We R Who We R”, as well crafting a smorgasbord of 2010’s top-ten hits which include “Blah Blah Blah”, “Your Love Is my Drug”, “Take It Off”, “Blow”, “Die Young” and her ground-breaking 2017 comeback “Praying”.

Since her debut in 2009 Kesha has gone on to become one of the most successful recording artists of the 21st century and has sold over 134 million records worldwide. She has amassed a stellar assortment of accolades including: the 5th best-selling single in digital history with “Tik Tok”; 24 award wins comprising the Billboard Women in Music Trailblazer Award and the Gretchen Wyler Genesis Award; and 89 award nominations including seven Billboard Music Awards, two Grammy Awards and three American Music Awards.

Kesha last week dropped both the song and video for “My Own Dance”, the irreverently witty new single from her hotly anticipated upcoming album ‘High Road’ (out Jan 10 on Kemosabe/RCA Records). The release continues the wave of addictively fun and perfectly crafted pop started by the acclaimed gospel-inspired rave banger “Raising Hell” (feat. Big Freedia).

One of the music industry’s most prominent LGBTQI rights activists, Kesha received the 2016 Human Rights Campaign’s Visibility Award for her outstanding efforts in promoting equality, and was nominated for outstanding musical artist at the 2018 GLAAD Awards. In 2010 Kesha lent her voice to Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” campaign and wrote her chart topping smash ‘We R Who We R’ as a direct response to news that bullying had led to multiple suicides of gay youth.

Joining the previously announced pop sensation headliner Dua Lipa, is Kesha who along with stacked line-up of eccentric and extraordinary performers and DJs from home and abroad who will fill the atmosphere with pulsing techno, tantalizing house and euphoric gay anthems till the early hours.

The Mardi Gras Party is Australia’s most treasured LGBTQI Party! 2020 will see Mardi Gras transform The Hordern Pavilion and surrounding areas into a brand-new adult play land, bursting with music, light and performance across new fantasy worlds for you to immerse yourself. Continue riding the joyous vibes post-Parade as our communities come together in this multi-sensory feast.

Get in quick, fourth release tickets are on sale now and selling fast! To book, go to www.mardigras.org.au.

Source: Mardi Gras


Inside the the NGV Gala 2019

The third annual NGV Gala has celebrated the opening of the unprecedented, world premiere exhibition, Keith Haring & Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines which intertwines the work of two of the world’s most celebrated conceptual artists.

In an Australian exclusive appearance, international hip-hop/rap group Salt-N-Pepa performed their hit songs “Push It”, “Let’s Talk About Sex”, “Shoop” and “Whatta Man”. International lenders to the blockbuster exhibition were In attendance at the NGV Gala including original stylist to Madonna and famed polaroid photographer Maripol, Warhol Muse and art collector ‘Baby’ Jane Holzer and International superstar artist KAWS.

The night also included three highlight fashion moments on the red carpet with Australian model AKIIMA styled in a spectacular avant-garde Victor & Rolf couture creation, actress Tasia Zalar wearing an elegant dress and jewellery by Indigenous designers Lyn-Al Young and Maree Clarke (both featured In Vogue’s 60th anniversary Issue), Australian model Andreja Pejic dressed in custom Romance Was Born and Gina Riley’s daughter up and coming actress Maggie McKenna In custom Jason Grech.

KEY GUESTS WHO ATTENDED:

  • Georgia May Jagger & Lizzy Jagger: models and daughters of Jerry Hall & Mick Jagger
  • Salt-N-Pepa: Hip Hop/rap duo
  • Andreja Pejic: Supermodel
  • Akiima: Australian Model
  • Tasia Zalar: Actress
  • Rachel Griffiths: Actress

  • Megan Gale and Shaun Hampson: Australian Model/ Retired footballer
  • Phoebe Tonkin: Australian Actress
  • Gemma Ward: Australian Model
  • Isabel Lucas: Australian Actress and Model
  • Samantha Harris: Australian Model
  • Courtney Barnett: Musician
  • Isabella Manfredi: Australian Musician
  • Bella Heathcote: Australian Actress

  • Magda Szubanski: Australian Actress
  • Isabella Giovinazzo: Australian Actress
  • Kate Ceberano: Musician
  • Jacob Luppino & Anthony Pittorino; J’Aton Designers
  • Rebecca Judd: TV Presenter/ Wife of Chris Judd
  • Cameron Robbie: Social Influencer/ Brother of Margot Robbie
  • Natasha Oakley: Social Influencer
  • Elliot Garnaut: Stylist

Source: NGV