Levi's launches the first 24hr music mental health hotline

Support Act is delighted to announce the launch of its long-awaited Wellbeing Helpline, made possible with support from Alberts’ The Tony Foundation and Levi Strauss Australia.

 

“The launch of this service is in direct response to requests from our colleagues working in music to help improve overall mental health and wellbeing,” said Clive Miller, CEO Support Act. “Based on our consultations and research, we believe that a specialised service specifically tailored to the unique challenges faced by artists and music workers will be of enormous benefit to all people working in our industry.”

The Support Act Wellbeing Helpline, will be staffed by professional counsellors* who will offer expertise in all areas related to mental health (e.g. depression, anxiety, addiction, suicidal ideation) as well as issues which can be mental health related (such as loneliness, relationship breakdown, financial worries, illness and workplace conflict).

The free and confidential service is available to anyone working in Australian music who needs to talk to someone about any aspect of their wellbeing. The service will also offer specific urgent support for people who may be a risk to themselves or others. It is accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days per year by calling 1800 959 500 within Australia.

“We are thrilled to see this idea brought to fruition in less than 12 months under the dynamic leadership of Jo Caveand the team at Support Act,” said Emily Albert, Executive Officer at The Tony Foundation, which provided seed funding for the initiative. “We have gone from initial conversations at the BIGSOUND Mental Health Summit last September around how to best support wellbeing in the music industry, to the helpline being made available this week. Alberts is delighted to have been able to contribute to enabling this vision to become a reality and to making this much needed service available to people working across the music industry in Australia.”

Nicky Rowsell, Marketing Manager of Levi Strauss Australia & New Zealand, which has provided additional funding and expertise, added: “Levi’s is proud to be a part of such an important initiative that will see our local musicians and music industry workers receive Australia’s first mental health and well-being help line.

This is a critical first step in a longer journey that Levi’s is heavily invested in; to really give back to the music (and wider) creative community in a meaningful way that we hope will make a real difference. We look forward to continuing to work with SUPPORT ACT on breaking down stigma and raising awareness around mental health. If this work can help to save lives – then I think we all need to make it a priority to protect the future of the music industry itself.”

To access the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline please call 1800 959 500 within Australia. Enquiries can also be made at www.supportact.org.au.

Source: Support Act


NETFLIX Hannah Gadsby: Nanette - Trailer Debut

In her hilarious debut Netflix Original stand-up special, Hannah Gadsby: Nanette, comedian Hannah Gadsby gets up close and personal about her life and growing up gay on the small island of Tasmania.

Recently hailed by the New York Times as a “major new voice in comedy,” Hannah keeps her audience at the Sydney Opera House laughing with her sharp observations as she takes aim at everything from pride parades, unsolicited opinions and the whole history of art before she turns her punchlines into sucker punches, silencing the laughs and flipping the art of comedy completely on its head.

Source: Netflix


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


AN EVENING WITH JANE FONDA

A once-in-a-lifetime audience with one of the most recognisable women of our generation. This August, Australian audiences will get to hear about the incredible life of one of the most legendary actresses and activists of our time – Jane Fonda.

She is one of the most recognisable women of our time: Academy Award winning legendary actress, activist, author, philanthropist, revolutionary and fitness guru. The life and work of Jane Fonda has challenged boundaries for six decades on every stage imaginable. Hear her remarkable story unfold in an intimate evening of stellar memories and passionate visions for the future.

Jane will share stories about her life growing up in Hollywood royalty, her own acting career, her activism, the causes that are important to her and her current projects, both on and off screen.

AN EVENING WITH JANE FONDA
Monday August 27, Sydney Opera House
Tuesday August 28, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne

A pre-sale commences on Tuesday June 12 register here for pre-sale information

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday June 18
Sydney tickets visit Sydney Opera House
Melbourne tickets visit Arts Centre Melbourne

TICKETS FROM $99* (TICKETING CHARGES MAY APPLY)


Mission: Impossible - Fallout | Halo Jump - Stunt Featurette

Check out the immense training, preparation and risk-taking that has gone into Tom Cruise’s latest stunt in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT.

Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie and Starring: Tom Cruise, Henry Cavill, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Angela Bassett, Vanessa Kirby, Michelle Monaghan, Alec Baldwin, Wes Bentley, Frederick Schmidt.

Synopsis: The best intentions often come back to haunt you. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT finds Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) along with some familiar allies (Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan) in a race against time after a mission gone wrong. Henry Cavill, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Kirby also join the dynamic cast with filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie returning to the helm.

Source: Paramount Pictures