The Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour Arrives in Sydney

The Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour and Lexus campaign, Making of Amazing continues has continued it’s memorable journey, making a stop in Sydney’s iconic Campbell Cove in Circular Quay.

To welcome the Lexus Melbourne Cup, Lexus Ambassador and two-time Melbourne Cup winning jockey, Corey Brown was in attendance alongside Lexus Ambassador and racing icon Emma Freedman.

At this activation from the Making of Amazing campaign, Lexus were thrilled to unveil plans for this years Lexus marquee in the birdcage announcing it’s visionary LANDMARK by Lexus, formerly known as the Lexus Design Pavilion within Flemington’s Birdcage enclosure.

‘LANDMARK by Lexus is about creating a place where people can experience the ethos of the Lexus lifestyle without getting behind the wheel of one of our cars’, says Lexus Australia Chief Executive Officer, Scott Thompson.

In its second year as naming rights sponsor and taking pole position, the three-level LANDMARK by Lexus structure has been defined by the brands Japanese values – a spirit of hospitality, warmth and unwavering commitment to luxury design and innovation.

LANDMARK by Lexus, inspired by Lexus global platform Intersect by Lexus (in Tokyo, Dubai and New York) will offer 3 levels of luxury hospitality experiences. This includes world-class design, culinary experiences, entertainment and a hospitality offering that signifies what Lexus stands for – we’ve been expecting you.

Internationally recognised designer and advocate for sustainable living, Joost Bakker, brought a floral expression of the Lexus Melbourne Cup experience to this stop of the tour, which was displayed within the LC Coupe – a pinnacle model celebrating Lexus performance and craftsmanship.

‘I’m honoured to have the opportunity to bring the natural world inside and outside LANDMARK by Lexus, blurring the lines between interior and exterior. My piece will draw to attention the beauty and importance of nature’, says Joost.

The arrival of the Lexus Melbourne Cup in Sydney marks the final stop of the Making of Amazing, which has seen Lexus take elements of their Cup experience around the country to build anticipation towards the Lexus Melbourne Cup.

Source: Lexus Melbourne Cup

Remembering and Celebrating The Golden Years of Bill Collins

“Mr Movies”, Bill Collins, was be remembered and celebrated at a special event, hosted by Foxtel in Sydney. Bill passed away peacefully, at the age of 84, in June, bringing down the curtain on a remarkable life.

Bill’s passion for cinema led to an early career change from school teacher to television movie host in 1963. From the ABC, he went on to work at the Nine, Seven and Ten Networks before signing with Foxtel for its launch in 1995 and staying for the rest of his working life.

The Saturday night movie presentations, Bill Collins’ Golden Years of Hollywood, are fondly remembered across generations of Australians and are still available on Foxtel on demand.

Bill’s dedication to sharing his love of movies earned him awards and accolades, including the Order of Australia Medal in 1987, the TV WEEK Hall of Fame Logie Award in 2009 and, in July 2013 he was presented with the inaugural ASTRA Award for Lifetime Achievement.



Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh said “Bill Collins was an iconic figure on Australian television for over 50 years and a treasured member of the Foxtel family.

“It is only fitting that we remember his extraordinary contribution and celebrate his illustrious career with a special event for work colleagues, friends and fans. It will be a great salute to a television legend.”

The celebration of Bill’s life on September 15 will be held at Foxtel on Oxford, in Paddington, Sydney.  The afternoon will include memoirs from some of those who worked with Bill over the years, both on and off camera, excerpts from some of his interviews and hostings and a screening of Bill Collins – Mr Movies, a one hour tribute special.

Source: Foxtel

HMS Pinafore at Hayes Theatre From November, 2019

Maverick director Kate Gaul makes her Hayes Theatre Co debut with this re-imagined, gender-bending, hyper-theatrical and kinky take on this Gilbert & Sullivan classic.

Starring Billie Palin, Katherine Allen, Tobias Cole, Rory O’Keefe, Thomas Campbell, Bobbie Jean Henning, Jermaine Chau, Sean Hall, Gavin Brown, Zach Selmes and Dominic Lui.

Mistaken identity, class warfare, sisters, sailors and the trickiest of tongue twisters abound in this nautical caper. The Hayes stage is a playground where performers sing, tell stories, play multiple musical instruments (all while changing not a word or note of Gilbert & Sullivan’s excellent work).

Gilbert and Sullivan were the undisputed masters of comic operetta, and the proud parents of the modern musical. Ample proof of their lasting brilliance is that their works are as in demand today as they were when created over a century ago, thanks to their ability to bend and adapt to modern eyes and ears.

Aboard the ship H.M.S. Pinafore, the captain’s daughter, Josephine has fallen in love with a lowly sailor, Ralph Rackstraw, despite her father’s plan to marry her to the First Lord of the Admiralty, Sir Joseph Porter. As the lovers lament their predicament and plan their escape, a surprise disclosure from an unlikely quarter shows that not all is at it seems.

“H. M. S. Pinafore answers the burning question of who, among equals, is the most equal and whether love can level ranks,” said director Kate Gaul, whose unique and fresh vision for Pinafore caught the eye of Hayes Theatre Co. “In this quirky chamber version, love is celebrated as the 21stcentury collides with the 19thcentury in unexpected ways, and the (mostly) young company re-claim G & S, test its boundaries and have a ship-load of fun.”

Featuring songs like I am the Monarch of the Sea, I’m Called Little Buttercup and He is an Englishman, H.M.S. Pinafore is a sharp and timeless satire of the social hierarchical system of the Victorian Age, promising a nautical flag dance with a message in semaphore; costumes, makeup and tattoos inspired by vintage post cards; silk cloth, knots, ropes, and a pulley or two – and at least one floatation device.

Source: Hayes Theatre

Georgia Fowler announced as special guest of the 2019 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Carnival

Hot off the New York Fashion Week (NYFW) catwalk and straight to Caulfield Racecourse, celebrated international model Georgia Fowler is set to add a touch of glamour as she attends the 2019 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Day on Saturday 19 October.

A special guest of the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC), the 27-year-old, New Zealand-born model rounds out the impressive line-up of celebrities making an appearance trackside this spring to take part in the New York City inspired festivities.


Having grown up between New Zealand and Australia, Georgia worked locally as a model before signing with IMG Models at 16 and making the career-defining move to the Big Apple. Now calling New York City home, she has swiftly become one of the world’s most sought-after fashion faces and is listed as one of the top earning models of 2018.

Georgia has graced the runway of the Victoria Secret Fashion Show for three consecutive years and worked for high profile fashion and beauty brands including Miu Miu, H&M and Prada as well as strutted her stuff for Chanel and Kanye West’s Yeezy label – travelling all corners of the globe.

With a professional golfer as a father, Georgia’s love of sport is in her blood. She is sure to make herself at home at Caulfield this spring where she will enjoy world-class racing including the Group 1, $5.15m Stella Artois Caulfield Cup, as well as the finest food, entertainment and trackside fashion.

Returning to Australian shores, Georgia is looking forward to experiencing one of Melbourne’s acclaimed sporting events and discovering how her home city of New York is translated trackside.

“I’m excited to be attending Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Day and seeing how Caulfield Racecourse will be brought to life like New York City. I love calling New York my home now, and I’m happy to be bringing a touch of the city with me to Melbourne,” said Fowler.

“I’ve always loved Melbourne and what is has to offer, its food, fashion and general vibe, and I’m looking forward to experiencing the fusion of this with New York at the Carnival”.

Peta Webster, Chief Commercial Officer at the Melbourne Racing Club shared the Club’s delight in having Georgia attend this year’s Carnival.

“Georgia is a charming character that has built a highly successful career in the fashion industry from a young age. We would love to call her our own but we’re truly excited to welcome her to Australia and to Caulfield to join in the celebration of New York City. We expect she’ll bring a sense of impeccable style and fun to Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Day,” said Webster.

Georgia joins a star-studded list of MRC special guests for this year’s Carnival including US-based musician and son of Actor Daniel Day Lewis, Gabriel-Kane Day Lewis, and power couple Jobe Watson and Virginia Slaghekke.

New Yorkers at heart, Georgia, Gabriel-Kane, Jobe and Virginia will share their love of the Big Apple trackside at Caulfield this year, taking part in the Carnival’s reimagination of New York City.

Source: Melbourne Racing Club

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