Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy in cinemas Thursday

Following its world premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival last week, the new feature documentary

Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy will be released in cinemas nationally from this Thursday, 23 August.

Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy will be shown on over 220 screens across the country, the biggest cinema footprint of any Australian documentary in history, and the biggest documentary release since Michael Jackson’s This Is It in 2009.

Australian audiences will now have a chance to understand how the once unknown boy, James Dixon Swan, became the household name and Aussie icon we know today as Jimmy Barnes.

Acclaimed director Mark Joffe (Jack Irish, House of Hancock, The Man Who Sued God) has crafted an unflinching, powerful and transcendent documentary that is raw, confronting and at times darkly funny.

Jimmy Barnes insists he was nervous to see his life played out in film, but knew friend and director Mark Joffe was the man for the job.

“I trust Mark artistically and emotionally, we’ve been through a lot together and he’s a close, dear friend. I knew he would do a good job and to be honest, he’s exceeded my expectations,” said Barnes.

The film explores Jimmy’s childhood as he retraces his earliest steps through the hard streets of Glasgow before reliving his South Australian upbringing all while uncovering the deep and raw themes of domestic violence, poverty and alcoholism.

The documentary also features captivating musical moments of Jimmy, Cold Chisel and special duets by Jimmy’schildren, Mahalia Barnes and David Campbell, plus his brother- in-law, Diesel. A new collaboration with RichardTognetti’s Australian Chamber Orchestra is another highlight.

This landmark feature documentary is based on Jimmy’s acclaimed memoir, Working Class Boy. His self-pennedbook won the 2017 ABIA Award as Australia’s ‘Biography of The Year,’ and spent a staggering 16 weeks at #1. It soldover 250,000 copies, making it one of the biggest autobiographies in our country’s history. Jimmy Barnes: Working Class Boy is produced by CJZ with principal funding from Screen Australia, with the assistance of Create NSW. It releases nationally in cinemas from Thursday, 23 August for a limited release through Universal Pictures.

Working Class Boy – The Soundtracks is out now on Bloodlines Music with Jimmy Barnes giving his royalties from the album sales for this year to help drought relief efforts.

Source: Universal Pictures

Princess reveals name of fifth Royal-Class ship

As Princess Cruises’ fleet expansion continues, the premium international cruise line revealed the name of the ship it will launch in 2020 – Enchanted Princess.


Enchanted Princess is scheduled to debut on June 15, 2020 sailing on a series of European voyages. Bookings for her maiden season, Summer 2020, will open on November 8, 2018.

“The name Enchanted Princess is captivating and conveys the elegance and grace of our new ship which will introduce more travellers to the pleasures and value of cruising,” said Jan Swartz president of Princess Cruises. “We are certain Enchanted Princess will exceed the expectations of our guests, ensuring they have the most memorable cruise holiday.”

Ms Swartz said Princess has the strongest pipeline of premium new ship builds in the world. The arrival of Enchanted Princess will be followed by the debut of the sixth Royal-Class vessel for Princess Cruises in 2022. The cruise line also has two new Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) powered ships on order, bringing its new ship order to five ships in six years.

Construction of the 143,700-ton, 3,660-passenger Enchanted Princess will take place in the Fincantieri Monfalcone shipyard with the ship set to feature an evolution of the design platform used for the cruise line’s previous Royal-Class ships.

Princess Cruises currently operates a fleet of 17 modern cruise ships, sailing voyages around the globe. Enchanted Princess is a sister ship to four other Royal-Class ships in thecruise line’s fleet – Royal Princess, Regal Princess, Majestic Princess and Sky Princess (joining the fleet in October 2019).

Source: Princess Cruises

Lorna Jane continues to rock

You would be hard pressed to find a woman in Australia who isn’t familiar with Activewear brand Lorna Jane. From yogis to gym junkies, students to mums on the school run, Lorna Jane boasts over 25 years at the very top of the Athleisure category and is the leading wellness and lifestyle brand to watch globally.


“I started designing Activewear because I wanted to change the way women live, to transform the way they think and most importantly how they feel about being active – and you know what – I think it’s working” Lorna Jane Clarkson

With the belief that wearing Activewear motivates you to be more active, Lorna Jane not only designs THE BEST Activewear but is also dedicated to empowering and educating women towards health and fitness with their Active Living philosophy and daily practice of Move, Nourish, Believe.

Lorna Jane has been changing women’s lives since 1989 and is recognised as being one of the first companies to design and sell Activewear globally. Based in Brisbane, it has its origins in Australia but is now sold in over 21 countries including China, USA, Canada, South Africa and New Zealand – and has over 2.5 million social media followers.

The brand’s key markets are Australia, USA and China. And Lorna Jane operates 125 stores in Australia, 32 stores in the USA and has highly successful on-line stores in both countries. The brand continues to grow in key markets such as China, where it has the number one sports bra sales position on Tmall (Chinese online retailer). The Company also has a number of excellent near-term growth opportunities such as continued expansion into China and the USA, entry into New Zealand, Canada and Singapore markets and its continued online store roll out.

CHAMP Ventures acquired a 40% interest in Lorna Jane in 2010 and has partnered with founders Bill and Lorna Clarkson to grow the brand globally and become one of Australia’s most successful and iconic lifestyle and wellness brands.

Given the strong performance of Lorna Jane and the Activewear and wellness categories globally, there has been a high level of in-bound interest in the company. As a result, CHAMP Ventures and the founders feel it is a good time to take a step forward and consider their options for the Companies future. KPMG has been retained to conduct a strategic review of Lorna Jane and will report back to the shareholders over the next few months.

The founders Bill and Lorna Clarkson remain absolutely committed to the Company (Lorna Jane) and see this as part of a broader strategy to further grow the brand to reach its full potential.

“Activewear won’t change the world – but the women who wear it will”

Source: Lorna Jane

Qantas Releases Video To Celebrate The Spirit Of Australia

Qantas has joined with its partners – including sports teams, Olympians and Paralympians, and leaders in the arts – in a new video celebrating the importance of diversity to national life.

The 60 second video opens with actor and Qantas Ambassador Hugh Jackman on Maroubra Beach, talking about the Australian spirit and “standing up for a fair go”.

It then moves on to feature a range of talented Australians representing groups that Qantas has worked with for many years, standing together in celebration of inclusion and diversity. They include:

  • Indigenous leader, Qantas Ambassador and former AFL player, Adam Goodes at a NAIDOC week celebration at Qantas head office.
  • Athletes from several Qantas sport partners, including Rugby Australia, Football Federation of Australia, Cricket Australia, Australian Olympic and Paralympic Committees:
    • National teams the Qantas Wallabies, and Matildas and Socceroos
    • Australia’s champion mixed Wheelchair Rugby Team taking on the Olympic Gold Medal winning Australian Women’s 7’s Rugby team
    • Members of the Australian men and women’s cricket teams playing a game of beach cricket
    • Defence Force veteran and Paralympian Curtis McGrath
    • Olympic swimmer Bronte Campbell swimming with Paralympian Ellie Cole
  • Indigenous dance company Bangarra and members of the Australian Ballet
  • Qantas Indigenous School Based Trainees and students from Australian Indigenous Education Foundation program
  • Qantas staff celebrating Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, which the airline has supported for over 25 years
  • Singer Bernard Fanning providing vocals to the song underpinning the video.

The video is part of the national carrier’s longstanding support for equality and inclusion – something it has championed through gender diversity (including encouraging more women to train for traditionally male dominated aviation roles), Indigenous reconciliation and support for LGBTI issues.

Qantas Group Executive, Vanessa Hudson, said: “We carry over 50 million people a year from all walks of life. And we have over 30,000 people working at Qantas who represent a cross section of the community. We don’t all think, look or act the same and that’s a huge asset. This video is about celebrating the strength that comes from diversity and why it’s one of the great things about the kind of place Australia is.”

The video will be screened during the Bledisloe match between Australia v New Zealand on 18 August on Fox Sports, thanks to Rugby Australia, as well as at the stadium to an audience of up to 80,000 people. It will also appear across social media channels for Qantas as well as several of the sporting bodies involved, and screen on board Qantas flights.

Comment from Rugby Australia CEO, Raelene Castle: “One of the great things about rugby is that it brings together people from all sorts of backgrounds and it shows how they can all unite. We’re proud to support Qantas in celebrating why diversity and inclusion matter.”

Comment from Australian Paralympic Committee CEO, Lynne Anderson: The Australian Paralympic Committee is passionate about diversity and inclusion. We believe in the power of sport to positively lead change in the community. We are proud of our partnership with Qantas and to stand with them as they celebrate equality.”  

Comment from Adam Goodes: “As a Qantas Ambassador since 2013 I continue to proudly stand up with Qantas and support their commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in Australia and celebrating the contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people this great nation.” 

Comment from Bernard Fanning: “I’ve never been involved in an ad before but think this is such a pivotal time in Australian culture for ideas that promote fairness. I think it’s really significant that such an iconic Australian company and so many prominent Australians would promote the ideas of diversity, equality and inclusion in such a public way. Standing up for the vulnerable and disadvantaged should be a fundamental part of all societies.” 

Comment from David McAllister, Artistic Director, The Australian Ballet: “Australia is such a vibrant, creative place because we celebrate difference. The Australian Ballet is pleased to stand with Qantas in support of inclusion.”

Source: Qantas

Wild Turkey Longbranch exclusive launch event

Wild Turkey celebrated the launch of its much-anticipated latest release – Longbranch, with an exclusive launch event at Stanton and Co.

Master Distiller Eddie Russell flew in from Kentucky to unveil the premium bourbon which was created in collaboration with Matthew McConaughey and inspired by his Kentucky and Texan roots.

Media and influencers enjoyed Soy Truffle Oysters and Chorizo Corn Dogs alongside a Longbranch Plumwood Old Fashioned before being seated for a three-course dining experience prepared by Executive Chef, Reagan Porteous.

Each course was meticulously paired with specially curated Longbranch cocktails and Master’s Keep 1894 served neat to demonstrate the different ways bourbon can be enjoyed.

Guests were personally taken through the portfolio by Eddie Russell who shared his anecdotes about working side-by-side with Matthew to create the new release.

Bottles of the rare small batch bourbon displayed perfectly complemented the rich heritage of the rustic venue while tree branches delicately placed throughout the room gave a nod to the branches of the family trees that inspired the name – Longbranch.

Wild Turkey Longbranch launch menu & cocktails:

Soy Truffle Oysters & Chorizo Corn Dogg served w Longbranch Plumwood Old Fashioned

Chicken Liver Parfait, Jamon, Guindillas served with Wild Turkey Longbranch Neat

Tuna Tartare Barley Miso served with Longbranch Citrus Highball

Rubbed Smoked St Louis Spare Rib with Truffled Mash and Crisp Brussel Sprouts with Pecorino served with Longbranch Manhattan

White Chocolate Textures served w Wild Turkey Master’s Keep1894 neat

Attending guests included: Model Natalie Bascur, Beard Season Founder Jimmy Niggles and Tyson Mayr

Source: Wild Turkey