Instagram Data reveals most buzzed about posts during Melbourne Cup 2018

Following the Melbourne Cup 2018, Instagram has released data revealing the most buzzed about topics, attendees, posts and horse after seeing 5 million interactions related to the Melbourne Cup 2018 on Instagram.

The Melbourne Cup has garnered a reputation for being one of the most star-studded events on Australia’s social calendar. Instagram has confirmed this today, revealing the top five attendees who gained the most buzz during the Cup on Instagram, with first place going to British pop-icon, Sam Smith followed by Australian model, Elyse Knowles.

  1. Sam Smith
  2. Elyse Knowles
  3. Lara Worthington
  4. Olivia Molly Rogers
  5. Rachael Finch

*Note the “most buzzed about” results are determined by total number of Instagram mentions by either tagging or including the name/title in captions or comments on photos or videos posted to Instagram

The Cup’s Top-Liked Photo on Instagram, goes to Sam Smith gaining over 266k likes in under 24 hours, posting an image of him preparing to perform at the Melbourne Cup (

This was followed by Nathalie Kelley’s selfie at the race ( with 47.6k likes, and her photo series from the day ( gaining 35.9k likes.

Elyse Knowles’s little ray of sunshine outfit amidst the rainy weather ( came in third place with 32.7k likes.

The Cup’s Most-Watched Video of the day goes to Usain Bolt for popping champagne bottles with a horseshoe gaining 322.2k views in under 15 hours.

Nathalie Kelley’s slow motion champagne shower ( earned 203.7k views.

Megan Gale with horse Magic Circle ahead of the race ( earned 48.4k views.

Instagram has revealed the most buzzed about horse of the day on Instagram goes to The Melbourne Cup champion, Cross Counter.

Source: Instagram

Luxury yacht - Infinity Pacific

Agency B& Co hosted 40 guests on board to experience the Pacific Hotel Group’s 40m, Italian-designed luxury superyacht, Infinity Pacific – the largest superyacht available for charter in Sydney Harbour this summer.

Guests were stunned by it’s vastness and stunning layout and design, the hands on attention from the permanent staff and of course the gorgeous food curated by Noosa Beach House chef, Peter Kuruvita and brought to life by Sava from Plated.

Accompanied by Dom Perignon on arrival and free-flowing Veuve it was the most spectacular afternoon for all.

Nominees announced for the 2018 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel

With just five weeks until the 2018 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel, anticipation surrounding the nation’s top screen awards increased as the the Australian Academy has announced the nominees in all categories.

The winners will be announced at the two major 2018 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel events, held at The Star Event Centre in Sydney, home of the AACTA Awards: The Industry Luncheon on Monday 3 December, and the AACTA Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 5 December, telecast on Channel Seven with encore screenings on Foxtel. Tickets to both events are on sale now from

The 2018 AACTA Awards mark the 60th Anniversary of AFI | AACTA, giving the Australian Academy and the screen industry the opportunity to celebrate its incredible history, talented practitioners and world-class productions.

Comedy-drama LADIES IN BLACK, drama series MYSTERY ROAD and gay rights movement mini series RIOT lead the way with 11 nominations each, followed closely by Australian western SWEET COUNTRY with 10 nominations.

In another record-breaking year, a total of 19 feature films have received nominations, with five films competing for the highly coveted AACTA Award for Best Film presented by Foxtel: BOY ERASED, BREATH, CARGO, LADIES IN BLACK and SWEET COUNTRY.

The five nominees for the inaugural AACTA Award for Best Indie Film presented by Event Cinemas – which honours the finest Australian films of the past year with a budget of under $2 million – are: The Jacobson Brothers’ dark comedy BROTHERS’ NEST; Benjamin Gilmour’s JIRGA, which was recently announced as Australia’s entry for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar®; Stan’s first Australian ‘Original’ feature film, Mairi Cameron’s THE SECOND; Alena Lodkina’s Venice Film Festival Biennale College funded film STRANGE COLOURS; and Jason Raftopoulos’ WEST OF SUNSHINE, whose star, the late Damian Hill, also received a posthumous nomination for Best Lead Actor.

Leading individual nominations are Joel Edgerton (BOY ERASED) and Simon Baker (BREATH), who compete in four categories: Best Film, Best Direction, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor. Not only does this mark first-time production and direction nominations for the AFI and AACTA Award-winning auteurs, it also marks the first time in AFI | AACTA history that an individual has been nominated in both direction and acting categories in the same year.

Egderton and Baker compete for Best Direction alongside two past category winners; Cannes Golden Camera Award winner Warwick Thornton (SWEET COUNTRY), and two-time Oscar® nominee Bruce Beresford (LADIES IN BLACK), whose nomination marks his seventh Best Direction nomination, tying him with Paul Cox for the most nominations in the category.

Emmy winner Julia Ormond receives her first AACTA Award nomination for LADIES IN BLACK, while Oscar® nominees Lucas Hedges and Rooney Mara follow past recognition at the AACTA International Awards with nominations for their performances in BOY ERASED and MARY MAGDALENE, respectively.

Also receiving nominations for BOY ERASED are Oscar® and multi-AFI and AACTA Award winners Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman, who is vying for her second consecutive Best Supporting Actress win.

SWEET COUNTRY’s Hamilton Morris and Natassia Gorey-Furber both receive nominations for their acting debuts, while Daniel Monks receives a Best Lead Actor nomination for his feature film debut in PULSE.

Feature films BREATH and SWEET COUNTRY are nominated for the inaugural AACTA Award for Best Casting presented by Casting Networks alongside television mini series’ FRIDAY ON MY MIND and RIOT.

In television, 51 productions compete for 21 awards, with five nominees competing for the AACTA Award for Best Drama Series: JACK IRISH, MR INBETWEEN, MYSTERY ROAD, RAKE and WENTWORTH.

The AACTA Award for Best Comedy Program sees four previous AACTA Award-winning and nominated productions – ROSEHAVEN, TRUE STORY WITH HAMISH AND ANDY, THE LETDOWN and BLACK COMEDY – compete against the first AACTA nominated stand-up special, NANETTE, which had garnered worldwide critical acclaim following its release on Netflix in June.

Nominated for Best Direction in a Television Drama or Comedy are Rachel Perkins (MYSTERY ROAD), Nash Edgerton (MR INBETWEEN), Jeffrey Walker (RIOT) and last year’s winner Glendyn Ivin (SAFE HARBOUR).

Oscar® nominee and eight-time AFI and AACTA Award winner Judy Davis – who currently holds the record for most wins across performance categories – receives her first nomination in a television category for MYSTERY ROAD.

Among those receiving their first nominations are: Hannah Gadsby (NANETTE); Hazem Shammas and Nicole Chamoun (SAFE HARBOUR); Xavier Samuel (RIOT); and the five nominees for the Subscription Television Award for Best New Talent, Inez Currõ (PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK), Markella Kavenagh (ROMPER STOMPER), Nick Riewoldt (AFL 360), Chika Yasumura and Scott Ryan (MR INBETWEEN).

Celia Pacquola’s nomination for ROSEHAVEN marks her fourth nomination for Best Performance in a Television Comedy and sees her chasing her fourth consecutive AACTA Award win. Other actors receiving consecutive nominations include: Tina Bursill (DOCTOR, DOCTOR), Leah Purcell (WENTWORTH), Wayne Hope (BACK IN VERY SMALL BUSINESS), and Richard Roxburgh, who received his seventh Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama nomination.

Also chasing a fourth consecutive AACTA Award win is MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA, which receives its eighth consecutive nomination. Other productions receiving consecutive category nominations include: WENTWORTH (Best Drama Series); ROSEHAVEN and TRUE STORY WITH HAMISH & ANDY (Best Comedy Program); AUSTRALIAN SURVIVOR and MY KITCHEN RULES (Best Reality Series); HARD QUIZ, JULIA ZEMIRO’S HOME DELIVERY and LITTLE BIG SHOTS (Best Entertainment Program); and SELLING HOUSES AUSTRALIA, which is vying for its second consecutive win for Best Lifestyle Program.

In Subscription Television, presenters Margaret Pomeranz (SCREEN), Shaynna Blaze (SELLING HOUSES AUSTRALIA), Yvonne Sampson (LEAGUE LIFE, BIG LEAGUE WRAP, THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTY, SUPER SATURDAY) and Andrew Winter (LOVE IT OR LIST IT AUSTRALIA, SELLING HOUSES AUSTRALIA) all see consecutive nominations in the Best Presenter categories. Nominated in Best Live Event Production are BATHURST 2017, CMC MUSIC AWARDS 2018, JEFF HORN V GARY CORCORAN WORLD TITLE FIGHT and SKY NEWS LEADERSHIP SPILL.

Also announced today were the nominees for the inaugural AACTA Subscription Television Award for Best Sports Presentation: AFL 360, FINALS FOOTY ON FOX: RICHMOND V COLLINGWOOD, LEAGUE LIFE and SUNDAY NIGHT WITH MATTY JOHNS.

GURRUMUL and MOUNTAIN lead nominations in the documentary categories with five each, both receiving nominations for Best Feature Documentary alongside GHOSTHUNTER, JILL BILCOCK: DANCING THE INVISIBLE and WORKING CLASS BOY.

Nominated for Best Documentary or Factual Program are: AFTER THE APOLOGY, EMPLOYABLE ME, HAWKE: THE LARRIKIN AND THE LEADER, THE QUEEN & ZAK GRIEVE and YOU CAN’T ASK THAT. This year’s AACTA Award for Best Online Video or Series sees BC EXPLAINED, DEADLOCK, HOMECOMING QUEENS, KIKI AND KITTY and SMALL TOWN HACKERS all receive nominations.

“AFI | AACTA has been celebrating our industry and its immense talent since the first AFI Awards in 1958, where ten awards were presented. 60 years on, we have 395 individuals from 105 productions competing for a total of 54 Awards, recognising excellence across all industry sectors, including feature film, television, documentary, short film, online, visual effects and animation,” said AFI | AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella.

“We’re thrilled to see such a wealth of screen talent recognised at this year’s Awards – from some of the earliest AFI Award winners to many emerging and early-career practitioners – and we look forward to celebrating their fine achievements, as well as our 60th Anniversary as the longest standing national screen culture and industry development organisation at the 2018 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel in Sydney.”

NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said, “The NSW Government has a strong commitment to the State’s screen industry and is proud to support the AACTA Awards in Sydney. This year’s nominees reflect the exceptional talent and success of the Australian film and television industry and I congratulate them on their achievements – particularly those from NSW.”

Source: AACTA

Mov'in Bed - Outdoor Bed Cinema is Back

With a spectacular 150 beds under the stars, Mov’in Bed is the biggest outdoor bed cinema in the world and surely the most comfortable one too. Blanket, pillows, glow side table, … Recline and unwind this summer at the Entertainment Quarter in Sydney.

The MIB (Mov’in bed) Team literally spend months selecting the best movies. Get ready for the latest blockbusters with the amazing A Star is born, Bad times at the El Royale, Venom, First man … or enjoy movie classics such as Love actually or the Nightmare before Christmas and get the family out with the Incredible 2, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms … We don’t play twice the same movie, It’s an outdoor movie Festival !

If you think a breakfast in bed is cool, try a dinner in bed under the stars ! The very exclusive “Bed delivery” take the movie experience to the next level. Mov’in bed is partnering with the Rockpool Dining Group – Fratelli Fresh, Bavarian Bier Café and Burger Project for a unique culinary experience. The food is delivered straight to your bed and the Bar will be serving wines, champagne, ice cream, candy and popcorn so that you are all set up for the perfect night.

Let’s make Cinema affordable for everyone ! Mov’in bed is offering to all movie lovers, very cheap ticket options on the grass. Tickets are limited per night, you can bring your blanket and your picnic and enjoy your favourite movie under the stars with your friends for as little as $9 per head. That’s a deal !

Source: Mov’in Bed

Lexus Design Pavilion 2018 first preview

Luxury lifestyle brand Lexus announced earlier this year its newest five-year sponsorship property as principal partner of the Victorian Racing Club and naming rights sponsor of the Melbourne Cup – the race that stops the nation™.

The Lexus Design Pavilion will this year take pole position within the world-famous Birdcage at Flemington Racecourse, guided by the concept of ‘Utopia’ – an experiential state that elevates the guest experience to a place in which everything is sublime.

A curated collection of Australian artisans in emerging and established disciplines have been brought together to create an experiential masterpiece that combines world-class design with exhilarating dining and hospitality experiences across Derby, Cup, Oaks and Stakes Day.

The guest experience begins the moment the Lexus luxury vehicle fleet transport them to the track. Arriving at the new, black pavilion structure, the bold and minimalist exterior is juxtaposed with a stimulating and texturally rich interior. It is inspired by the craftsmanship within every Lexus vehicle, including the UX – the brand’s all-new luxury compact SUV that will be shown to the public for the first time in Australia ahead of going on sale in late November 2018.

The three-story structure is an evolution of Joost Bakker’s ‘Futurecave’. It is a natural light filled space that has been reinterpreted with ‘The Gallery’ on Level One. It will showcase Lexus’ LF-1 Limitless – a dramatic concept vehicle that showcases the potential for a future Lexus flagship crossover – alongside a 2.5 by 2.5 metre horse sculpture by internationally renowned artist Anna-Wili Highfield that celebrates the amalgamation of horse racing and automotive.

Greeted at the pavilion by a grand staircase, guests will ascend to an open oasis that overlooks the track. The expansive balcony is an uninterrupted vista from the internal space to the track that is softened with Japanese natives by Australian landscape architect Jack Merlo.

As guests move through the pavilion, they will interact with bespoke lighting and furniture pieces by Melbourne-based designers Volker Haug Studio and Grazia & Co. Exploring textures and tones, Studio Twocan has moulded two ombre coloured concrete dining tables that act as the focal point of the Level Three dining room. Florals throughout the pavilion by Cecilia Fox will draw focus and attention to the natural design detail of the blooms through oversized magnification glass pieces suspended from the ceiling.

Lexus design ambassador and acclaimed industrial designer Henry Wilson said: “The Lexus Design Pavilion is one of Australia’s superior design events. Each year, Lexus evolves the harmony between Japanese humility and craftsmanship – reflected in the choice of exceptional collaborators and the new structure itself.”

Cuisine remains a firm focus for Lexus to provide peak culinary experiences for guests. Chef of one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and Lexus culinary ambassador, Ben Shewry, will create a boundary-pushing dessert called Black Ant Lamington – an ice cream lamington with black Australian ants and coconut paired with chocolate grown and hand made in Daintree Forest of Queensland.

On Level One, progressive new Melbourne restaurant Future Future will serve guests reinterpreted Japanese favourites including a Katsu-sando and ice-cream mochi and will include an outward facing sparkling iced tea bar for passers by in the Birdcage enclosure.

Lexus’ culinary ambassador and celebrated Australian chef Neil Perry will provide a casual and informal offering to pavilion guests on Level Two. Standout dishes include Spanner crab with wasabi tartlet, Hiramasa kingfish, sesame and togarashi on nori crisp and for later in the day, signature dishes from The Burger Project –cheeseburger and fries with chipotle salt and mayonnaise.

Meanwhile on Level Three, the Lexus Design Pavilion will house the largest ever seated dining room within a Birdcage pavilion, holding up to 76 guests at one time. Directed by Chef Shaun Quade of Lume, the artful and refined culinary experts will serve a four-course menu, showcasing their master craftsmanship through food, as Lexus does with its vehicles.

Further unique moments will be presented within the pavilion – guests can be photographed by esteemed Australian photographer Lauren Bamford, to a powder room and touch-up bar by MECCA Cosmetica and personalised race books by The Letterettes.

‘The 2018 Lexus Design Pavilion will welcome guests to experience an unprecedented level of excellence across every aspect – from design to culinary. Our new pole position within the Birdcage celebrates the Lexus Melbourne Cup as the fourth ever principal partner of the Victoria Racing Club in its 157-year history. It reaffirms our pledge to progressive luxury and amazing experiences,’ said Lexus Australia chief executive Scott Thompson.

Exclusive to the Lexus Design Pavilion throughout the carnival is the automotive brand’s influential raft of ambassadors, led by Derby Day special guest Elle Macpherson.

Lexus brand ambassadors include racing royalty Emma Freedman and Kate Waterhouse, media personality and businesswoman Megan Gale, eminent chefs Ben Shewry and Neil Perry, two-time NRL premiership-winning player Anthony Minichiello and two-time Rugby World Cup winning captain John Eales.

Source: Lexus