Moncler Supports AmfAR Cinema Against Aids in Cannes

Moncler once again partners with amfAR for the Cinema Against AIDS Gala After Party, at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Cap d’Antibes during the Cannes Film Festival.

As with previous years, the event will take place on the panoramic terrace of Eden-Roc, a unique location set between the rocks and the sea on one of the most exclusive and picturesque stretches of the Côte d’Azur.

The theme of this year’s event is 1920s Hollywood, and Moncler interprets it with an original hand, with technological research and the Maison’s own style combining to encounter the cosmopolitan and sophisticated atmosphere of those years.

The amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala is one of the most eagerly anticipated charity events of the Film Festival, owing to the multitude of appearances by international artists and stars.

Carine Roitfeld will curate the show of exclusive models created by designers from the most prestigious international fashion houses, which will also include the Moncler Gamme Rouge.

All the garments will be auctioned during the evening to raise funds for amfAR.

Remo Ruffini, President of Moncler comments: “We have been collaborating with amfAR for several years, because I firmly believe in their ‘Countdown to a Cure’ project, which is aimed at finding a cure for AIDS by 2020.

The progress made thanks to constant hard work in the sector of research, prevention and education has helped to strengthen my enthusiasm for adhering to this mission, which amfAR has been supporting for decades.

It is a battle undertaken not only to eradicate a terrible disease, but also to promote great research and education programmes”.

Source: Moncler

Geoffrey Rush and Jai Courtney Cast in the Highly Anticipated 'Storm Boy'

A contemporary re-telling of the 1976 iconic family film, Storm Boy will begin principal photography this July across South Australia.

Geoffrey Rush will star as Mike “Storm Boy” Kingley, who recounts his childhood adventures to troubled teen granddaughter Madeline in an effort to prevent her from making the same mistakes he made years before.

He tells her the story of his boyhood – a heart-warming tale about unusual friendship and unconditional love.

Winner of numerous international accolades, Rush’s awards include the rare Triple Crown of an Oscar®, an Emmy and a Tony, three British Film Academy Awards, three Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, four Screen Actor Guild Awards and more recently the 2017 Berlinale Camera Award.

Rush is currently starring in National Geographic’s scripted 10 part TV drama series GENIUS as Albert Einstein and in the upcoming Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Jai Courtney stars as “Hideaway Tom”, a protective father who after the untimely death of his wife and daughter, removes himself and his son from society to live on a remote isolated coastline.

One of Australia’s most successful acting exports, Courtney has appeared in numerous Hollywood blockbusters including, A Good Day to Die Hard with Bruce Willis, Jack Reacher with Tom Cruise, Suicide Squad, Unbroken, Insurgent and Terminator: Genisys.

He also stars in the soon to be released feature, The Exception, alongside Christopher Plummer and Lily James.

Prior to commencing filming on Storm Boy, Courtney will be seen on stage starring as Macbeth in the Melbourne Theatre Company’s production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Award winning director Shawn Seet (Two Fists One Heart; Deep Water; The Code) will helm Storm Boy, using cutting edge CGI technology, 3D animation and live footage.

This new production of Colin Thiele’s Storm Boy is set to capture (and re-capture) the imagination of audiences, young and old.

Produced by Ambience Entertainment’s Michael Boughen (Tomorrow, When the War Began, The Loved Ones, Killer Elite) and Matthew Street (Tomorrow, When the War Began, The Bank Job, W, The Messenger), the adaption is penned by Justin Monjo (The Secret Daughter, Spear).

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill welcomed the casting of Rush and Courtney and looks forward to welcoming them to the State’s Coorong region for filming.

“It’s great to have two global superstars in Geoffrey Rush and Jai Courtney onboard to help tell this iconic South Australian story,” Mr Weatherill said.

“The State Government is thrilled to support this film and the 100-plus jobs it is expected to create during production.”

Financed by Screen Australia, the South Australian Film Corporation, Piccadilly Pictures (UK) and Aurora Global Media Capital (Singapore), and Salt Media & Entertainment (Singapore), Storm Boy will be released in Australia and New Zealand in 2018 by Studiocanal and is being sold internationally by Kathy Morgan from KMI.

“This film, retelling Colin Thiele’s classic tale, will open the story to a whole new generation of young people, not only across South Australia, but around the world.”

said South Australian Minister for the Arts Jack Snelling “I am really excited that internationally renowned actors Geoffrey Rush and Jai Courtney are joining the cast- it is a testament to the story and to filmmaking in our state.”

Source: Storm Boy

Sydney Film Festival Previews 2017 Guest Line-up

The 64th Sydney Film Festival has announced South Western Sydney audiences will have a curated program of five films and a Gourmet Cinema event at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre during the Sydney Film Festival, 8-19 June.

“The Festival will screen a strong line-up of films: home-grown Muslim comedy Ali’s Wedding, delightful Indian comedy Hotel Salvation, family friendly Oscar-nominated stop-motion French film My Life as a Zucchini, and One Thousand Ropes from the director of and of the first-ever Samoan feature (The Orator, 2011) Tusi Tamasese,” said Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley.

“Gourmet Cinema fans can also take a culinary and cultural exploration of the barbecue traditions across the globe in Barbecue, by Adelaide filmmaking duo Matthew Salleh and Rose Tucker,” said Casula Powerhouse Acting Director Craig Donarski.

“Paired with an exotic South American BBQ onsite at Bellbird, foodies will be in heaven.

Film-only options are also available.”

Casula Powerhouse, Liverpool City Council and Sydney Film Festival have partnered for more than two years to bring world class Festival films to screen locally at the Powerhouse in Liverpool, both through a monthly program of cinema and during the Sydney Film Festival.

Sydney Film Festival at Casula Powerhouse films, guests and events include:


  • Ali’s Wedding Saturday 10 June, 7:30pm, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
  • Barbecue (Gourmet Cinema) Saturday 17 June, 3:00pm, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
  • Hotel Salvation Sunday 11 June, 1:30pm, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
  • My Life As A Zucchini Monday 12 June, 11:00am, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
  • One Thousand Ropes Sunday 18 June, 1:30pm,

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre Events:

  • Gourmet Cinema (paired with the screening of Barbecue) Saturday 17 June, 3.00pm, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

Source: Sydney Film Festival

Rachel Griffiths Joins Forces With Art Campaign 'No Robe'

The campaign, running from 1 May to the 15 June across the Group’s seven hotels invites guests to sleepover and strike a pose in the privacy of their hotel room and be life drawn by one of the Art Series Hotel Group’s team of artists for their very own take home masterpiece.

Rachel will reveal her very own nude (or ‘no robe’) artwork and talk about the importance of the arts in Australia and celebrating self-expression.

Will Deague, CEO, Art Series Hotel Group will discuss the campaign and concept and Mark Schaller, namesake artist of the Group’s Bendigo Hotel (The Schaller Studio), will talk to the importance of life drawing over the course of an artist’s career.

Source: No Robe Campaign

Billions of Coral Sperm Cells Banked

Billions of coral sperm cells were banked in Taronga’s CryoReserve facilities during the annual coral spawning event on the Great Barrier Reef late last year.

The Reef has suffered greatly again from mass coral bleaching for the second consecutive year, highlighting the critical value in Taronga’s efforts to protect genetic diversity of the precious reef and restore local areas of dead or damaged reef by propagating key coral species.

Taronga’s team of research biologists, together with our colleagues at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), collected coral sperm, eggs, and other cell tissues from a record 60 individual coral colonies over eight nights.

A total of 643 cryotubes of coral sperm were frozen, containing a billion sperm cells each and four new species.

The frozen coral collection is available for scientists to learn more about the biology of corals, coral genetics and for use in assisted reproduction; to repair, reinstate, or create new reefs in the future.

The Taronga CryoReserve at Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, now has the largest collection of frozen coral cells anywhere in the world.

Taronga Science has a 3-tiered donor program that offers some fantastic and unique opportunities such as science field trips, annual passes to Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoo, behind the scenes tours as well as invitations to briefing evenings and more.

For more information, or to learn about specific science projects for which we are still seeking funding, contact Francesca Hynes on 9978 4668/0419 266 595 or at

Or support our work by making a donation by clicking the link here, at any level you choose.

Source: Taronga Zoo