Academy Award winner Geena Davis joins the Power of Inclusion Summit

Academy Award® winner Geena Davis has joined the ground breaking The Power of Inclusion summit. Davis will speak alongside over 35 international and local history makers from the entertainment industry and beyond, at this pivotal event in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand on 3 and 4 October 2019. The summit will present a two day programme on pertinent issues in the inclusion and representation space in entertainment.

Known for her vast acting roles including the iconic Academy Award® winning film Thelma & Louise, Davis is a longstanding advocate for gender parity in the entertainment and media industry. In 2004, stunned by the lack of female representation on screen as well as negative stereotypes perpetuated therein, Davis founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount Saint Mary’s University with the mantra, ‘if she can see it, she can be it.’

A powerhouse organisation, the Institute’s ground breaking research and guidance has prompted significant change in onscreen portrayals at major networks, studios, advertisers, production companies, guilds and agencies. It was recently announced that Davis will be the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the upcoming 2020 Academy Awards®.

New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) CEO Annabelle Sheehan said “It is such an honour to welcome Geena Davis to The Power of Inclusion summit. Her body of work and her activism are an inspiration. The Power of Inclusion hosts a ground breaking line up of entertainment sector speakers, of a depth and breadth not seen before in New Zealand and Australasia. The siren call of the conference has attracted speakers from across the global screen industry and in New Zealand, whose activism and production work are inextricably linked to the core issues of diversity and inclusion. As an industry we have a responsibility to empower, to amplify and to focus on equity in front of and behind the camera.”

 

Source: Power Of Inclusion


Taylor Swift headlines the Melbourne Cup Carnival

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) has announced ten-time GRAMMY® Award-winning, record-breaking global superstar Taylor Swift will perform at Lexus Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday 5 November, 2019.

The American singer-songwriter will sing two of her latest hits in the Mounting Yard ahead of ‘the race that stops a nation’™ at Flemington Racecourse (Melbourne, Australia).

It will be Taylor’s only public appearance in Australia following the release of her critically-loved smash seventh studio album Lover.

Lover is Australia’s highest selling album for 2019 and achieved the highest week one sales in Australia since the release of Taylor’s previous album Reputation in 2017.

Lover delivered the year’s biggest first-week US sales in just one day and has generated over 1 billion streams in Australia alone.

VRC Chief Executive Officer Neil Wilson said the Club was thrilled to welcome Taylor Swift to Flemington for Cup Day.

“Lexus Melbourne Cup Day is the most celebrated day on Australia’s major event calendar and with a reach of 1 billion people globally, it’s only fitting the VRC welcomes the world’s most celebrated star for the event,” Mr Wilson said.

“To think you can come to Flemington and watch not only the race that stops a nation but see one of the world’s biggest, if not the biggest, entertainer perform for the cost of a general admission ticket is phenomenal. We look forward to welcoming Taylor Swift to our wonderful event in just under 54 days.”

The 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival begins with AAMI Victoria Derby Day on Saturday 2 November, followed by Lexus Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday 5 November, Kennedy Oaks Day on Thursday 7 November and Seppelt Wines Stakes Day on Saturday 9 November.

Source: Victoria Racing Club


Dame Edna - My gorgeous life tour - commences next week!

The grand dame of world theatre, Dame Edna Everage, has been forced out of retirement by the demands of her adoring “Precious Possums”, announcing a surprise tour of Australia in September and October.

The tour commences in Canberra next Tuesday 17 September and then travels to Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Geelong, Newcastle, Melbourne and Perth.

Tickets to Dame Edna My Gorgeous Life national tour are on sale now, check www.tegdainty.com for all details.

In a letter to her fans, Dame Edna apologised for upsetting them when she announced her retirement from public life, blaming her manager, “failed actor and attention seeker” Barry Humphries.

“One of the reasons I am adored pretty much worldwide is that I’ve always told you the truth; mostly the truth about yourselves, and even sometimes about me,” Dame Edna said.

“However this is an apology. It’s an apology for once telling you a wicked fib: a porkie, a cruel deceitful lie. I told you I had retired. That was a few years ago and when my announcement got around the globe a lot of people ‘freaked out’ to employ a phrase I never use. Some people actually lost the will to live. Some even self-harmed!”

While every star had to make allowances for minor acts of embezzlement, she said, Humphries had his hand in the till up to his armpit.

“My new team of advisors said I should close down all my companies, even my charitable foundation Friends of the Prostate, and re-start my career on a clean page,” Dame Edna said.

“That’s what I’m doing. That explains my so-called ‘retirement’ and withdrawal from public life. Now I’m reborn, fit as a fiddle, and rid of the leech who tormented me for so long. So, Possums, please do come and say hello to me. It would be lovely to see your faces again.”

Paul Dainty, President and CEO of TEG DAINTY, said he was delighted to welcome the reborn Dame Edna as she opened a new chapter with Dame Edna My Gorgeous Life.

Since she first appeared on stage as purple-rinsed Melbourne housewife Mrs Edna Everage, Dame Edna has toured Europe, the US and the Middle East, picking up a Tony Award for the 2000 Broadway production Dame Edna, The Royal Tour and a Tony nomination in 2004 for Back with a Vengeance.

“Dame Edna Everage is a great Australian export, an iconic performer, artist and star of stage and screen,” Mr Dainty said. “She has toured the world since the mid 1950s and we are delighted she has emerged from retirement so we can welcome her home again.”

Source: Teg Dainty


Full Cast Announcement: The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo have now confirmed 1521 cast for Sydney’s upcoming production, in a new record as the largest Tattoo ever in its 69-year history.

Unrivalled in its pageantry, this historic Tattoo will play four shows at ANZ Stadium 17 – 19 October 2019.

Over 14 nations from around the world will be represented, boasting traditional uniforms and colourful costumes, including the UK, Switzerland, France, India, Tonga, Fiji, Cook Islands, New Zealand and Australia as well as for the first time ever, acts from Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Samoa and Vanuatu.

Set against a full-size replica of Edinburgh Castle, the iconic Scottish spectacular will feature 33 musical, cultural and military groups, including:

15 files of proud and traditional-tartan-wearing Pipers and Drummers, 11 highly-spirited Military Bands,
40 amazingly deft Precision Marchers,
40 Fiddlers, guaranteed to break your heart,
7 Pacific Nations poised to share their culture through performance,
40 awe-inspiring Maori Kapa Haka performers,
100 Highland Tattoo Dancers,
40 of the Australian Defence Forces’ finest and funkiest musicians making up the House Band, 40 singers representing Gondwana Choirs,
Australia’s Federation Guard featuring 100 celebrated serving personnel, and Australian Indigenous Song Men and dancers.

Brigadier David Allfrey, Producer and CEO of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo said “I am delighted with the extraordinary focus, imagination and hard work that has been put in by so many people to bring the Tattoo to Sydney. Whilst we have brought the best of our own pipers, drummers, military musicians, traditional artists and dancers to join up with your own formidable talent, I hope you will be further enthralled by the colour, sounds and traditions that we have gathered from around the world.”

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP said it’s a spectacle not to be missed. “The staging of the largest Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo ever in our great Harbour City reinforces Sydney’s reputation as a truly global city. This is an incredibly unique opportunity to witness an event of this scale and prestige.”

The Sydney 2019 season will feature all the hallmark elements of this world-famous military and cultural event, including world-class pipes and drums, military marching, catchy traditional and contemporary tunes and breath-taking special effects. Tickets for this extraordinary theatrical event can now be purchased online through Ticketek.

Source: The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 


Yara Shahidi: THE POWER OF INCLUSION ADDS A NEW SPEAKERS TO LINE UP OF GAME CHANGERS

Incredible actress and activist, Yara Shahidi has been added to The Power of Inclusion summit along with programme details. She joins over 35 international and local history makers from the entertainment industry and beyond, at this pivotal event in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand on 3 and 4 October 2019. 

Shahidi came to attention in her breakout role in the Golden Globe nominated TV series Black-ish and then landed a starring role in the spinoff Grown-ish, which has been greenlit for season 3. Lauded for her activism and advocacy, she founded Eighteen x 18, an education platform focused on providing information and resources to new voters across the country.

The young star created Yara’s Club in partnership with The Young Women’s Leadership Schools in NYC. She served as a spokesperson for DoSomething.Org and 3M’s STEM campaign, which raised funds for classrooms in need of science and tech resources, and worked with the Obama White House around STEM initiatives.

Shahidi is an advocate for women’s issues, including diversity in media, girls’ education, and has worked with the United Nations Girl Up on global initiatives. Her work has been spotlighted in the New York Times, TIME Magazine’s annual 30 Most Influential Teens list, and Forbes 30 Under 30. She recently appeared on the cover of British Vogue magazine’s September issue guest edited by Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex as one of the ‘Forces for Change.’

Also announced at the summit are social critic and producer Heather Rae (Academy Award® nominated Frozen River) who has an overall producing deal with Amazon Studios, iconic New Zealand actors and creators Rachel House (Thor: Ragnarok, MOANA) and Oscar Kightley (Hunt for The Wilderpeople) and Heperi Mita, director of critically acclaimed MERATA: How Mum Decolonised the Screen, a documentary paying homage to his late mother, the widely regarded godmother of indigenous cinema, Merata Mita.

The Power of Inclusion summit will bring people together, presenting myriad world views and positing future action to create a more inclusive industry and world; all enveloped in the special environment that Aotearoa New Zealand and its peoples have to offer.

Source: New Zealand Film Commission