Bistro Guillaume pops up at Caulfield Racecourse for the 2018 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Carnival

In yet another exciting partnership for the 2018 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Carnival, Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) has today announced that Crown’s hatted Bistro Guillaume will take up residence on the home turn across the Carnival, beginning with Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Day on Saturday 13 October and finishing with Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Day on Saturday 20 October.

The partnership follows the success of previous restaurant residencies within the Heath Enclosure, including Teage Ezard’s fine dining restaurant, EZARD in 2017, Estelle by Scott Pickett in 2016 and Stokehouse in 2015.

Pleased to welcome the French Bistro to its new trackside location, MRC’s Chief Commercial Officer, Peta Webster, encourages savvy racegoers to book their place now, with the popular restaurant marquee known to sell out well in advance of the spring season.

“To have yet another hatted restaurant take up residency trackside this year is a true testament to our world- class Carnival.“It’s a real honour to welcome Bistro Guillaume to the MRC family and we can’t wait for our guests to enjoy the creations of one of Australia’s best restaurants, from one of the most spectacular views on course,” Webster said.

With tickets now on sale, the fine food experience of Bistro Guillaume at the Heath will deliver racegoers an authentically French trackside experience, featuring four courses and paired with matched wines from Penfolds.

To mark this special occasion, guests of the restaurant on Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Day will be treated to their first taste of Penfolds new vintage wines from the 2018 Collection. Penfolds wines will be paired with each course, featuring the coveted Bin range, including Bin 311 Chardonnay, Kalimna Bin 28 Shiraz and Bin 51 Eden Valley Riesling. The highly anticipated 2014 Grange will also be available for guests to purchase on the day.

Brahimi hopes that while inside, guests will be transported to the streets of France, with authentically modern French aromas, flavours and an aesthetic that reflects the restaurant’s modern chic, fresh feel. Only to be brought back to the present as the horses thunder past the home turn.

“Working with (MRC Executive Chef)Julian Robertshaw and the team at Caulfield Racecourse, I see a lot of pride in what they bring to their guests, and I look forward to doing the same this Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Carnival,” Brahimi said.

“For me, bistro food is the food I want to eat in my home, and Bistro Guillaume is my “home away from home”, so I am thrilled to be bringing that to Caulfield.”

Tickets for Bistro Guillaume at the Heath include an all-inclusive four-course lunch with beverages; exclusive indoor and outdoor decking area that looks directly onto the home turn; television screens and exclusive betting facilitates within the marquee; racecourse and Heath Enclosure admission, and a racebook per guest.

Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Day: $430pp
Catanach’s Jewellers Blue Sapphire Stakes Day: $325pp
Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Day: $580
Tickets can be purchased online at:

Source: Melbourne Racing Club

Inside the iQ4 Foxtel party at Fox Studios

Without going too technical on you, this soirée was one for serious high definition TV lovers. Mega 4K TVs are well & truly out there – & perhaps some of you have one already.

So, Foxtel boss Patrick Delany hosted a packed event – lots of suits in one room! – in one of Fox Studios mega sound stages (aka the former fruit & veg produce hall to be precise) to officially unleash iQ4, informing guestswhat they are going to do with the technology on a channel onthesubscriptionplatform from October, with sport – natch – a huuuuge part of the ‘4K’ roster.
 Mr Delany announced the launch of its own 4K channel which he says will deliver next-generation TV to its subscribers. 
A swag of subscription talent were there – the female names dressing up like there was no tomorrow and many snapped against a signature orange media wall.

Some of the names I spotted were Janine Perrett, Brian Walsh, Edwina McCann, Liz Deegan, Kate De Brito, Fraser Stark, Stephen Baldwin, Kathy Lipari, Julian Delany and Campbell Reid.

Not forgetting  Paul Murray, Craig Wing, Luke MacIlveen, James Manning, David Knox, Cameron Daddo and Steve Crawley.

The new channel will launch in October and will also showcase documentaries, concerts and movies in seriously sharp images.You’d wanna hope to be having a nice skin day.

The Spiel: The iQ4 box is designed to be continually upgraded with newerfeatures and  will also enable subscribers with a compatible 4K TV to access Foxtel’s entertainment and sports service in both HD and 4K.

The 4K announcement comes three months after Foxtel and Fox Sports merged into a single company, with News Corp (the publisher of now the majority owner.

As we saw, we could basically see every pore & bead of sweat of every players skin. Let alone every wood splint on a cricket stump. (Pretty sure it would pick up sandpaper usage as well.)

Warnie was SO looking the goods. As svelte asanything  as was his TV hosting cricket buddy Adam Gilchristand Brett Lee along with Brendan Julian.

Some of the big wave surf action they showed was seriously, nail-biting sensational. Surfer and photographer Tim Bonython Is the surf master & his vision is extra-ordinary.
Ok, so that’s sport is sorted. (Plus they’ll be showing live music gigs as well.)  In fact, the night was capped off with a live performance by Alessia Cara.

Now it’s about a great pop culture/entertainment/style/fashionshow that could be made with4Kin mind?

Yes please!!

*News Corp owns 65% of the combined Fox Sports and Foxtel entity.

By Melissa Hoyer

All Pics by Belinda Rolland

Development of Helena Rubinstein Project Announced by STUDIOCANAL Australia

STUDIOCANAL Australia announces feature film Helena as the first development project to be funded through the STUDIOCANAL Cultivator Fund. A bio-pic about Polish- Australian-American cosmetics businesswoman, art collector and philanthropist Helena Rubinstein, this unique project is produced by Antony Waddington (The Eye of the Storm) and AACTA and International Digital Emmy® Award winner Marcus Gillezeau (Storm Surfers 3D,Scorched). It is written by Gold AWGIE winner Katherine Thomson (Answered by Fire).

Established to further the growth of local stories, the STUDIOCANAL Cultivator Fund focuses on the development and production of unique Australian and New Zealand stories which will resonate locally and transcend to international markets. The fund fortifies STUDIOCANAL’s already significant place in the local market by bolstering the local film industry, developing local talent and creating feature film stories for broad audiences.

For the development of Helena, STUDIOCANAL is partnering with Scripted Ink, an innovative, not-for-profit script development company that aims to shape, build and invest in the Australian screen industry by supporting writers and creating new pathways for script development. Scripted Ink incubates and accelerates quality Australian writing through direct development funding, showcasing writers and their work to the industry and brokering creatively and commercially successful partnerships.

Award winning writer Katherine Thomson has easily connected with Helena Rubinstein, bringing to the material a dynamic, fresh approach that will translate strongly to a major feature film.

In 1928 Helena Rubinstein is at the height of her powers, with famous salons in Melbourne, London, Paris and New York all booming. The first businesswoman to beat the men of Wall Street at their own game, Helena faces a challenge that forces an incredibly difficult decision: give up control of her empire or lose her marriage with Edward Titus and her children.

STUDIOCANAL Head of Sales & Acquisitions and Development Manager Greg Denning says,“STUDIOCANAL is delighted to be to be partnering with producers Antony Waddington and Marcus Gillezeau, writer Katherine Thomson, Scripted Ink and Create NSW in the development of Helena. It’s an inspirational story of a true social and entrepreneurial trailblazer whose worldwide legacy continues to this day. Helena’s timely story will no doubt captivate audiences both here in Australia and around the world. It’s an exciting project thatSTUDIOCANAL is very proud to be partnering with through our Cultivator Fund”.

Scripted Ink Head of Development Tim Pye comments, “Scripted Ink is absolutely thrilled to bepartnering with STUDIOCANAL, producers Antony Waddington and Marcus Gillezeau and writer Katherine Thomson in the development of Helena. It’s a compelling story with a fantastic creative team behind it.”

Producer Marcus Gillezeau says, “It’s exciting to bring to the big screen this compelling and important story about an extraordinary woman who began her rise to fame and fortune in the cosmetics industry in rural Australia, before taking to the world stage. Her story of balancing the demands of family life along with managing an empire that spanned several continents and employed over 10,000 staff at its peak, will resonate strongly with contemporary audiences.”

Source: Studio Canal

Coming soon - The Australian premiere of Stalker: The Musical.

RPG Productions, the team behind last year’s surprise hit Big Fish (Hayes Theatre), is thrilled to bring to Sydney the Australian premiere production of STALKER: THE MUSICAL.

STALKER: THE MUSICAL is a brand new piece of Australian musical theatre. It is the brain child of three Australian writers: Andy Peterson, Alex Giles and David Russell, who have been working tirelessly over the last several years to make this show a reality.

The title is deliberately provocative, but the show isn’t about peeping toms or creepy voyeurs. It’s set in a dystopian world where ‘stalking’ is the norm, and there is only one rule in town: people cannot and do not fall in love.

The town is thrown into chaos when a stranger arrives on the scene, He has no idea how he came to be there, and no idea how to leave. Worse still, he introduces the town to the concept of ‘love’, with tumultuous results.

STALKER: THE MUSICAL comes to Sydney after successful seasons at the 2015 New York International Fringe Festival and the 2016 Chicago Music Theatre Festival.

WHEN: 19 September – 6 October 2018

WHERE:The Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville

TIMES: Wednesday – Saturday 8pm & Saturday matinees 2pm

PRICES: Previews, Cheap Wednesdays $32 | Concession $38 | Full $45


Source: Stalker The Musical

There is literally an island dedicated to wine, launching this summer

Back for its fourth consecutive year, Sydney’s favourite wine and food festival,Wine Island will once again give holidaymakers the opportunity to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and escape to the tropics of Wine Island.

From Friday November 2nd to Sunday November 4th, Clark Island will play host to an impressive smorgasbord of boutique Australian and international wines, island cocktails, treasure hunts, silent discos and delicious epicurean eats whilst providing postcard views across the world famous harbour.

To get everyone in the holiday spirit, a glass of bubbles will be provided on the journey over by none other than the original makers of the famous peach Bellini cocktail from Venice, Italy.That’s right, the Bellini Boats brought to you by Bellini Cipriani will be the perfect way to settle into your wine adventure.

Once you arrive on its idyllic shore, you can head on over to the popular masterclasses by the crew at Wine Selectors. They’ve got a fluid line up of entertaining classes coming your way including the music and wine matching phenomenon that is the Wine Island Silent Disco, topped off with the sweet-as Dessert Island thanks to Ashley Smith, Head Pastry Chef at 12 Micron.

Wine not your thing? (Said no one ever) 2018 will see the biggest line up of alternative bevvies – start with a visit to the Gage Roads Brewing Co. Beer Garden who will be pouring their award-winning ales from Freo,WA, pop over to the Archie Rose Gin bar where you can indulge in a curated menu of premium gin cocktails including the Island Spritz or visit the Pimms Garden bar to indulge in a refreshing Pimms Cocktail.

A short saunter up to the highest point of the island will bring you to the ‘Unwined with Cellarmasters’ chill-out zone.Vibing with all the festival feels, this is a special place to relax and soak in the island’s best views while enjoying award-winning wines.

Serving up satiable sustenance for our stranded islanders, the delicious menu is jam packed with juicy burgers, loaded fries, Mediterranean pitas, fluffy boa buns by Chur Burger Food Truck along with cheese platters and oysters galore!

So, whether you want a picnic with your friends on the hilltop, or a first-class experience aboard the island Superyacht, visitors can create their ideal itinerary from the three ticket packages; 5 Star, 7 Star and 10 Star.

Packages to paradise begin at $99 for the 5 Star experience and includes 5 wine tastings, a Wine Island tumbler, ferry transfers and a glass of Bellini Cipriani for the journey across to wine lovers paradise.

For $199, the 7 Star experience includes unlimited wine tastings, ferry transfers and a glass of Bellini Cipriani on board the ferry to the island, Wine Island tumbler and bag, exclusive access to the 7 Star Bar with premium vantage point and VIP masterclasses, and a meal voucher to choose from one of the bespoke island menus.

The 10 Star luxury Superyacht experience will transfer the top end of town to Wine Island where the yacht will form an exclusive base for the day. From $399 per head, guests will enjoy all that comes with living an indulgent life from Grant Burge’s premium wines along with delicious food from your private chef, to wine tastings on the island. Limited tickets are available.

All tickets to be purchased via
Group Bookings (10+) – Friday 3 August at 9am
Pre sale to members* – Friday 10 August at Midday
General on sale – Monday 13 August at 9am

*Become a member at by Thursday 9 August to receive the exclusive link to access pre-sale tickets. For more information on ticket inclusions, please refer to the Wine Island website.

Source: Wine Island