Hoges returns to the Big Screen - Paul Hogan to star in ‘THE VERY EXCELLENT MR DUNDEE!’

Following on from the extraordinary success of the ‘Dundee’ Australian Tourism Campaign, Transmission Films is pleased to announce that the real Crocodile Dundee himself, Paul Hogan, is indeed heading back to the big screen in a new feature film entitled, The Very Excellent Mr Dundee! And this time it’s for real!

The Very Excellent Mr Dundee! sees Paul Hogan playing himself and on the brink of receiving a Knighthood for services to comedy. “Don’t do anything to mess this up”, his manager tells him. However, despite all his best efforts, the next six weeks sees his name and reputation hilariously destroyed.

The Very Excellent Mr Dundee! is to be directed by Dean Murphy (Charlie & Boots, Strange Bedfellows) who is producing alongside Nigel Odell. Executive Producers are Kathy Morgan from LA based KMI who is handling international sales, Christopher Figg & Robert Whitehouse from London’s Piccadilly Pictures, Sherman Ng from Singapore’s Salt Media and Andrew Mackie & Richard Payten from Transmission Films. Fulcrum Media Finance and several equity partners complete the financing.

The film will be set in Los Angeles and starts production in July with shooting taking place in Australia, Los Angeles and Vancouver.

Whilst the producers are being tight lipped about the supporting cast, Hogan said ‘to watch this space as I’ve been honoured to have many of my friends and colleagues, whose work I adore, agree to join us for this hilarious new adventure’.

Source: Transmission Films

Moët & Chandon long weekend Grand Day

Moët & Chandon announced its annual Moët & Chandon Grand Day on Saturday 9th June, a day of sparkling celebrations around the globe where, for 24 hours, friends and guests of the Champagne House come together to raise their champagne glasses in a worldwide toast to the memorable moments that bring joy to their lives.

This year, Moët & Chandon renamed the annual “Moët Party Day” rendezvous that debuted in 2016, continuing its festive tradition with an even more glittering lineup of extraordinary events planned for Moët & Chandon Grand Day in over 80 countries that will bring together over a million people from Hong Kong to Lagos and Geneva to Montreal.

From day to evening and well into the night, Moët & Chandon raised a bubbling toast at each of the worldwide celebrations with its full range of delectable champagnes.

Locally, Moët & Chandon partnered with leading hospitality group, Merivale, for the second year running. Together they hosted two exclusive #MoetGrandDay events on Saturday, 9th June – the Moët Grand Brunch at Sydney’s iconic Establishment Main Bar and Moët Grand Party at sophisticated cocktail bar, Hemmesphere. The Grand Party saw a stunning headline acoustic performance by Sydney icons and critically acclaimed band, The Preatures and DJ Set by electronic musician, Basenji.

Moët & Chandon Ambassador, Jesinta Franklin was excited to be returning to the event this year, “People have been celebrating their own special moments with Moët for years, so being able to bring the world together to raise a toast to these occasions together is really incredible, I’m excited to be involved!”

Since 1743, Moët & Chandon has been a master at creating memorable celebrations, and some of its pioneering celebratory installations, like the champagne pyramid, have become a worldwide tradition. Today the champagne pyramid is a signature symbol of the House and will be the spectacular centerpiece of the events planned on Moët & Chandon Grand Day, to set the “flow” for this day of overflowing and festive generosity.

As guests partook in the festivities, a countdown to the top of each hour culminated in a toast around the champagne pyramid to set the cheerful cadence for this magical day.

“The name Moët & Chandon is synonymous today with celebration because for 275 years, we have combined our ‘savoir-faire’ (know-how) with our own art of the fête to perfect a unique ‘savoir-fête’ that has made our champagnes a great choice for toasting both intimate moments and important milestones,” says Nathalie Normand, Moët & Chandon International Marketing and Communications Director.

“On Moët & Chandon Grand Day, we share the magic of champagne and celebrate a day dedicated to the joys of life.” Globally, Moët & Chandon Grand Day flowed from hour to hour with uniquely enchanting experiences, starting with day-time celebrations and gourmet brunches served at elegant poolside lounges, decorated rooftop bars and beach front venues.

Source: Moet & Chandon

Ovolo Hotels teams up with Justin North to bring Mediterranean flavours to Darling Harbour

Ovolo Hotels has teamed with renowned Sydney-based chef, Justin North, on their latest project, Mister Percy, a dedicated Mediterranean-style wine bar and kitchen housed in the heritage-inspired designer boutique hotel, Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour. The venue will be a neighbourhood staple for Mediterranean wine varietals, share plates and friendly service with a touch of old-school cheek, slated to open late-July.

Mister Percy moves into an intimate space at the front of this former woolstore, reimagined by renowned interior designers, Luchetti Krelle, to incorporate an eclectic bistro-style aesthetic melding vintage decor with modern taste and sensibility. Comfortable lounge furniture in a mix of plush fabrics, leathers and cane bark will feature beside Venetian- style painted pieces in a palette of greens, red, blues and pinks, inspired by gum trees.

North has worked closely with the Ovolo Hotels team and head chef Luca Guiotto (ex-A Tavola, Catalina) to develop a coastal European menu, in good company with the drinks programme curated by consulting sommelier and author, Chris Morrison. Ovolo Hotel’s also welcomes Group Wine Curator Shun Eto (formerly of QT) to the fold, who has worked beside Morrison on the wine selection and will oversee the list’s ongoing direction and regular updates upon opening. The wine list will focus on Mediterranean-style wines and varietals such as Jamsheed Rousanne from Beechworth and Nick Spencer ‘Dry Red’ Touriga-Shiraz blend from Gundagai, with many available by the glass.

The edited menu will include a selection of pinchos and larger share-style dishes showcasing classic Mediterranean flavours anchored by local Australian produce. Expect a grilled Port Lincoln sardine tart with tomato, black olive and basil; chargrilled Clarence River baby octopus with local chorizo and pickled green chilli or, perhaps, local burrata with prosciutto dressed with pea shoots, fried potato skins and grissini.

Justin North said: “We’re taking our guests on a journey with beautiful wine matched with Mediterranean-style pinchos showcasing the best local ingredients. We’ve drawn on flavours from around the European coastline and it’s not surprising that it’s exactly what we like to eat and drink here.”

The name, Mister Percy, is a tribute to Percy Ewart, a former wool classer who worked at the original woolstore. Ovolo 1888’s General Manager, Amanda Cottome said: “When we came to choosing a name we jumped at the opportunity to pay homage to Percy and the building’s rich history. Percy’s name is engraved into one of the sandstone blocks in the hotel and has always been one of the many stories that can be told about the property.”

Mister Percy aims to be a comfortable meeting place for hotel guests, neighborhood friends and inner west residents to drink, graze and perhaps, spin a yarn, just like Percy.

Source: Ovolo

Hayley Allen launches chic new bag line 'Carry'

Carry is the latest venture from Designer Hayley Allen. With her previous success as the creator of the hugely renowned international brand Skipping Girl, Hayley is now debuting a refined, versatile and classic line of canvas accessories.

Carry is designed and made in Australia, with a focus on quality and sustainability. The styles are understated allowing the excellent design details to shine; from the striking colour palettes to the custom zippers and hand picked linings. Beach bags, market totes, clutches and make up pouches; Carry is an authentic Australian lifestyle brand.

Allen found inspiration from her years of travel all over the globe and has designed pieces she wished she had on those journeys. “I created this range for women with lives that are full, women who are balancing the demands of a busy lifestyle but want to maintain a strong sense of personal style. They need a bag that’s as adaptable as they are. Carry is designed to inspire and made to last,” said founder and designer, Hayley Allen.

Made from highly durable water resistant Japara canvas, each well-crafted bag is lined with a lightweight summer horse-rug canvas. The different sizes and various styles are available in a range of soft colour-ways from navy to silver. The exquisite lining shows Allen’s truly vivacious character, with a variety of fun and colourful checks.

Source: Carry

Ski season at Thredbo kicks off in fine party style.

Okay, it may have been the start of the Australian ski season, but the Queen’s Birthday long weekend is never really renowned for dumpings of snow!

Instead there is always so much going on in each of the ski fields that are gearing up for their seasons ahead including some pretty fabulous walks to the top of the mountains especially on bluebird days.

We ventured down to Thredbo over the weekend and while the snow wasn’t dumping the vibe was certainly thumping with events, gigs, ice sculptures, bobsledding, a Heiniken party, a Tinder (umm, hosted) party 😂😂 and a massive fireworks display – all part of what has become a really good fun weekend.

In between the social side of the ski season it was just so nice to wander around and get the chair lift up to the Eagle’s Nest cafe and have a hot chocolate and look out to what will, in a week or two‘s time be full of snow. The team at Thredbo how old are so laid-back and relaxed and possibly full of some of the coolest ski peeps around.

The Denham, Keller, Schuss Bar and Thredbo Alpine Hotel were thumping. We chose to stay at the Thredbo Alpine apartments – which were perfect as there were six of us and they’re great size – check them out.

So, good luck for the season all you ski bunnies!

Take a look at some of my pics & you’ll get the idea.

*For details and information about how to book visit the Thredbo website www.http://thredbo.com.au/stay