Offical launch of Flickerfest 2020 at Bondi Icebergs

The 29th Flickerfest short film festival has launched at a star-studded event at Bondi Icebergs Dining Room and Bar.

A record 3,500 entries from over 100 countries have been received for Flickerfest 2020; a testimony to the fact that Flickerfest is one of the world’s leading and most respected platforms for short film. From this large entry field only around 200 of the very best most creative and inspiring shorts will be screened at the Festival, across 16 competitive programmes and four showcase programmes all guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and gasp with delight.


Key highlights from the Australian program, which will feature 55 films in total with some brilliant entries for 2020. Many of these films selected will have their World or Australian Premiere at Flickerfest or have been recognized at A- list international festivals including Venice, Tribeca, Sundance and BFI London.

Some of which include the world premiere of Chicken by Papua New Guinean-Australian director and writer, Alana Hicks and The Sand That At The Sea by Matthew Thorne. The Hitchhiker by Bondi local and emerging talent, Adele Vuko the woman behind the viral hits Activewear and I Got That Flow.

The Australian Premiere of Diver a film by Michael Leonard and Jamie Helmer, which had its world premiere at Venice Film Festival and the NSW Premiere of Backpedal by Dani Pearce who won the Cannes Young Director Award at the Cannes New Creators Showcase earlier this year. The International program will feature the Australian premiere of White Echo, the third short film project which American actress Chloë Sevigny, has written and directed. Also featuring fresh from its Venice premier is The Tear’s Thing by acclaimed French actress Clemence Poesy (Harry Potter) and the captivating thriller Talk starring William Baldwin.

All films officially selected at Flickerfest are competing for a number of awards across various areas of the filmmaking craft, including the Flickerfest Award for Best International Film, the Yoram Gross Award For Best Animation and the Flickerfest Award For Best Australian Film- all Academy Qualifying.

Flickerfest is Australia’s only Academy®TM accredited and BAFTA recognised short film festival and, in its 29th year, is one of Sydney’s most enduring and adored summer events. Flickerfest kicks off the summer cinema season each year under the stars at Bondi with panoramic outdoor cinemas screening the very best short films on offer from Australia and around the world. After wrapping up the 10-day festival in Bondi, the very best flicks from the festival will then hit the road to 50+ destinations across the country for its annual tour between January and May 2018.

Flickerfest screens a vast array of film styles and genres and proud to be bringing back beloved showcase categories such as FlickerKids – a full day of delightful family programming, Rainbow Shorts, featuring the highest quality LGBTIQ+ shorts, Short Laughs – a program of pure joy and side-splitting laughs, Love Bites – juicy stories about relationships and will also feature the very special FlickerUp National Youth Competitions for talented Australian filmmakers under 18 plus an all new ASEAN Region Competition for 2020 in partnership with DFAT and Australian Now 2019.

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Christmas and NYE With Pier One Sydney Harbour

Celebrate Christmas in relaxed style harbourside at The Gantry. Guests will be taken on a four-course meal journey expertly crafted by Head Chef Thom Gorringe with highlights such as Spencer Gulf kingfish sashimi and an exquisite chocolate desert with dulce de leche, buckwheat and cocoa nibs. The Christmas menu will be expertly paired with quality Australian wines and a range of beers, making it a Christmas to remember.

Dates: 24th & 25th December 2019

Pricing:$349 pp.


Indulge this Christmas at The Gantry Restaurant, with a very special Luxe Christmas all-you-can-eat Buffet menu at the One Hat harbourside dining destination.

Perfectly framed against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour and Walsh Bay, The Gantry is serving Christmas favourites such as turkey breast and maple ham, using only the finest ingredients and produce, as well as a live carvery station serving hot roast pork and lamb. In prefect Australian Christmas style, there is an abundance of fresh seafood including Sydney rock oysters, Balmain bugs and blue swimmer crab. For sweet lovers, an unbelievable array of expertly made cakes, pastries and desserts will leave you dreaming of sweets for many Christmases to come!

Date: 25th December 2019 12:30pm-3:30pm

Premium (18+) – $349 pp
General (18+) – $299 pp
Teen (13-17) – $199 pp
Child (5-12) – $99 pp


NYE with Pier One Sydney Harbour is an unforgettable experience. With uninterrupted views of Australia’s famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and the world renowned New Year’s Eve Fireworks, Pier One Sydney Harbour is the place to be to welcome in 2020 in premium style.

All-inclusive tickets give party goers access to all you can eat premium street food style stalls along the Pier, and quality drinks all night from the selection of pop up bars. Choose from both indoor or outdoor spaces to enjoy the views with some of Sydney’s best DJ’s providing the soundtrack to your night.

Ticket limits are strictly limited to ensure guests celebrate in the ultimate comfort and style. Beat the crowds of Circular Quay and celebrate at Pier One Sydney Harbour.

Date and Time:
31st December 2019 7:00pm- 1st January 1:00am

General Ticket (18+) – $599 pp
VIP Ticket (18+) – $899 pp


Celebrate NYE in comfort and style with a very special six-course NYE menu at One Hat harbourside dining destination, The Gantry Restaurant.

Perfectly framed for NYE against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour, The Gantry menu has been specially crafted by Head Chef Thom Gorringe to showcase the best of Australian produce, with special touches for the festive occasion accompanied by quality Australian wines and a range of quality beers.

Guests also have the option to upgrade their ticket for +$200 to join the celebrations at the NYE @ Pier One Party following their dinner. Witness stunning views of the Sydney NYE Fireworks over the Harbour Bridge.

Date and Time:
31st December 2019 6:00pm-8:00pm

Dinner-Only Tickets: $799 pp
Dinner & Party Tickets: $999 pp


Wellington: First City in NZ to be named an International City of Film by UNESCO

New Zealand’s coolest capital, Wellington, has just been named an international City of Film by UNESCO. Wellington is the first city in New Zealand to be designated this title and one of only 17 globally, making them part of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Incredible films which have been made in Wellington include Avatar, Planet of the Apes and of course Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit Trilogies. However, as stated by Andy Foster, the Mayor of Wellington, this accolade also “recognizes the vibrancy of our entire film community. We’re a place that flocks to events like the New Zealand International Film Festival, the Māoriland Film festival, 48 Hour Film Festival and Roxy5, we have a strong screen education sector and a very talented creative community.”

Take a tour through Wellington’s filmmaking history by exploring the following locations where the magic of the movies has been brought to life:
– Wellington Airport: As soon as you land be immediately immersed in Welly’s filmmaking history. Greeting you in the arrival hall are three massive Middle-earth giants – Gandalf and the eagles, Gollum and his fishes, and Smaug the dragon.

– Thunderbirds Are Go Behind the Scenes Experience: Visit the Thunderbirds Are Go shooting stage at Weta Workshop and discover the genuine props, models and miniatures behind the modern-day remake of this popular television series.
– Weta Cave & Weta Studio Tour: The first stop for film buffs and LOTR fans, Weta Cave is the shop front of the multiple Oscar-winning Weta Workshop, the brainchild of Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor.
– Stone Street Studios: Co-owned by the Oscar-winning trio of Sir Peter Jackson, Sir Richard Taylor and Jamie Selkirk, Stone Street Studios’ facilities were extensively used by New Line Cinema, Universal Pictures and Warner Brothers for the production of The Lord of the Rings, King Kong and The Hobbit Trilogy.

– Park Road Post Production: Developed by Sir Peter Jackson for filmmakers, it houses a unique combination of services; from a world-class laboratory, through telecine, digital intermediate and HD post-production, to Academy Award® winning sound post-production.

– Victoria Street: Wellington doubled for a futuristic version of Hong Kong in the film adaptation of acclaimed Japanese manga Ghost in the Shell. Shot at Stone Street Studios, Avalon Studios and on location at Victoria Street in the central city, it was the first time urban New Zealand had been showcased as a sci-fi setting on the silver screen.

– Museum of NZ Te Papa Tongarewa: The film community make their mark on Wellington not just through movies, but also through their art. Izzat Design, whose artists created props for films such as Avatar, The Lord of the Rings and King Kong, has contributed to a range of exhibitions at Te Papa, including recreating seven extinct birds of New Zealand for the Blood, Earth, Fire exhibition.

– Lyall Bay: A cliff face by Lyall Bay, a popular surf beach along Wellington’s rugged South Coast, was the setting for Dunharrow in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. On their days off during filming Billy Boyd (Pippin) and Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) learned to surf at Lyall Bay.

Source: UNESCO

THE TWO POPES Trailer Starring Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins

From Fernando Meirelles, the Academy Award-nominated director of “City of God,” and three-time Academy Award nominated screenwriter Anthony McCarten, comes an intimate story of one of the most dramatic transitions of power in the last 2,000 years.


Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins). Instead, facing scandal and self-doubt, the introspective Pope Benedict summons his harshest critic and future successor to Rome to reveal a secret that would shake the foundations of the Catholic Church.

Behind Vatican walls, a struggle commences between both tradition and progress, guilt and forgiveness, as these two very different men confront elements from their pasts in order to find common ground and forge a future for a billion followers around the world. *Inspired by true events


Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce as Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis in The Two Popes. The Two Popes launches on Netflix on December 20 with exclusive theatrical engagements beginning December 5.

Source: Netflix

LANDMARK by Lexus – The Inaugural Premier Design Project, Exclusive to Australia's Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Infusing Lexus’ Japanese values of warmth and hospitality, with design inspirations taken from Australia’s rich native landscape, luxury lifestyle brand Lexus has proudly unveiled plans for Australia’s premier design project over the course of the annual Melbourne Cup Carnival, LANDMARK by Lexus – formerly known as the Lexus Design Pavilion.

With the Japanese brand value, ‘Omotenashi’ (meaning to wholeheartedly look after and anticipate guests needs) guiding every touch point of the project, Lexus places the spirit of hospitality, warmth and an unwavering commitment to design and innovation at the heart of the concept.

Transporting guests into the world of Lexus, over the course of the week, a team of world-class collaborators come together to present a brave and immersive experience across a three-level structure that pays homage to all-things Australian, and culminates in the celebration of the Lexus Melbourne Cup – the race that stops the nation.

‘We are dedicated to creating amazing experiences and memories for our customers, this creation of LANDMARK by Lexus is our pledge to progressive luxury where people can experience the Lexus lifestyle without getting behind the wheel of one of our cars. For us, LANDMARK by Lexus encapsulates this philosophy’ says Lexus Australia Chief Executive, Scott Thompson.

The focal point of LANDMARK by Lexus will be the Australian-first prototype reveal of the new luxurious Lexus LC Convertible – a daring and highly sought-after vehicle of brave design, defined by a strikingly curvaceous, aerodynamic body and athletic proportions.

Complementary to the design of the largest ever-seated dining room within a Birdcage pavilion, the 90-seater level three restaurant will be directed by emerging Australian chefs, Matt Stone & Jo Barrett of hatted restaurant, Oakridge in Victoria’s Yarra Valley. Stone says, of the four-course menu that patrons can, ‘expect to see Australian native flavours coupled with the vibrancy of re-purposed spring produce that will give life to food that would otherwise be wasted’.

Guests on level two can expect a casual culinary offering as they peer across the expansive balcony to the uninterrupted views of the sweeping track. Here, long-term Lexus Ambassador and renowned Australian chef, Neil Perry, will be on-site creating bento boxes using only premium produce, served in reusable wooden boxes that guests can take home.

First-time Lexus Melbourne Cup collaborators Eazy Peazy, will also work alongside the Lexus Ambassador to serve hot barbeque classics crafted from fresh seasonal ingredients using a Japanese hibachi grill, following a minimal food wastage concept.

Exclusive to LANDMARK by Lexus throughout the carnival is the automotive brands influential cast of Ambassadors, including racing royalty Emma Freedman and Kate Waterhouse, two-time Melbourne Cup wining jockey Corey Brown, media personality and businesswoman Megan Gale, world-renowned chef Neil Perry, former NRL player Anthony Minichiello, and professional golfer, Dimitrios Papadatos.

Source: Lexus