Jerry Hall heading to Australia as Mrs Robinson in The Graduate

KNOWN for her magnificent long blonde mane, long legs and high profile marriage to Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger, the Texan model and actress Jerry Hall is heading back to Australia.

Ms Hall will reprise her role as Mrs Robinson in the well-known movie and now play, The Graduate.

Having once shared an apartment with Grace Jones, been engaged to Bryan Ferry and going on to have four children with Mick Jagger, the life of Ms Hall has certainly been an interesting one.

Jerry and Mick’s daughter, Georgia May Jagger, 23, has continued the famous route of her parents, having successfully established herself in the modelling world.

The 59-year-old celebrated model and actress will reprise her role as seductress Mrs Robinson for the very last time in the Sydney season of The Graduate, having come a very long way since being discovered on the beach in St Tropez in the 70s.

Impressing audiences in this iconic piece of American culture in the West End, Toronto, Broadway, North America, Perth and Melbourne, Jerry Hall will make her way to Sydney Lyric Theatre next year.

“I am so thrilled the stars have finally aligned and I am bringing the sultry Mrs Robinson to Sydney,’’ says Ms Hall.

“As this will be the last time I play this role it makes the Sydney season very special to me.

“I have always loved Sydney so I am very much looking forward to returning next year with this amazing production of The Graduate and to spend time in your glorious city.”

The NSW Government says it is delighted to have secured the farewell season of The Graduate through the tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

“We anticipate the production will deliver more than $1.6 million to the NSW economy,’’ said the NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres.

“As Australia’s home of live performance, Sydney is the perfect location to farewell this iconic production and we look forward to welcoming Jerry Hall and The Graduate cast and crew to Sydney in 2016.”

Further to her role as Mrs. Robinson, Jerry Hall has numerous theatre credits to her name, including originating the role of Sugar in Bud Shrake’s Benchmark, directed by Michael Rudman at the New End Theatre in Hampstead.

She also has had roles in the U.S. and West End productions of Bus Stop, the West End productions of The Vagina Monologues and The Play What I Wrote. She was the guest star with the North American Tour of The Vagina Monologues in Austin, Texas, and toured England with Picasso’s Women, a 52-minute monologue. Jerry also performed in the West End hit production of Calendar Girls.

Sharing the stage with Ms Hall, who will turn 60 next year, and starring as the young, wide-eyed Benjamin Braddock is Tim Dashwood.

Tim has been working as an actor since graduating from University in 2005 and has performed extensively with the Queensland Theatre Company in productions including Managing Carmen, Romeo and Juliet, The Importance of Being Earnestand The Exception and The Rule.

The stage play of The Graduate is adapted from Charles Webb’s novel and the Oscar winning film, The Graduate about a coming of age story as well as being a dark comedy.

It is also set against a soundtrack of some of the most memorable songs of the sixties including Wouldn’t It Be Nice by The Beach Boys, Everybody’s Talkin’ by Harry Nilsson and of course, The Sound Of Silence and Mrs Robinson by Simon & Garfunkel.

The Graduate is adapted and originally directed by Terry Johnson, from the novel by Charles Webb and the screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry.

This production will be produced in Australia by Kay & McLean Productions, Michael Coppel Theatrical and Jerry Hall while it was originally commissioned and produced on the London and Broadway stage by impresario John Reid and Sacha Brooks and has been a huge success wherever it has played.

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Chanel designs custom rugby balls – could they get any more chic?

To celebrate the Rugby World Cup, CHANEL has designed four leather rugby balls featuring the iconic quilting of the House.

Gabrielle Chanel, a keen sportswoman herself often referred to menswear in her designs. Today Karl Lagerfeld throws her the ball by creating a sporting accessory that is both collector and perfectly in tune with the zeitgeist. Exceptional quality, attention paid to every detail and artisanal savoir-faire, the CHANEL rugby ball comes in four colourways: white, burgundy, navy blue and black.

The CHANEL rugby ball is available on special order.

L'Oréal heralds our leading women in science over dinner at est in Sydney

The 2015 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science winners were announced at a ceremony being held at EST. restaurant in Sydney.

Presenting the $25,000 Fellowships to the three Australian and one New Zealand fellows were Rodrigo Pizarro, Managing Director, L’Oréal Australia & New Zealand along with honourable guest the Hon. Karen Andrews, Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry for Science and Industry.

The 9th Annual L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science Australian Fellowships, and the inaugural New Zealand Fellowship, recognised four remarkable early-career female scientists, each at the cutting edge of research.

The four 2015 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science winners are;

  • Dr Jodie Rummer – marine biologist , James Cook University, Townsville
  • Dr Muireann Irish – cognitive neuroscientist, Neuroscience Research Australia/UNSW, Sydney
  • Dr Shari Breen – astronomer, CSIRO Sydney
  • Dr Christina Riesselman – geologist, University of Otago, Dunedin

For 17 years, the global L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program has strived to support and recognise accomplished women researchers and to assist young female scientists to progress their careers. Over 2250 female scientists have been recognised globally in over 110 countries for their excellence in science.

The program aims to shine a light on the gender equity gap that exists in science and to proactively help address the issue. In 2014 women accounted for only 30% of the world’s researchers and of the 864 Nobel Laureates only 46 are women. And in Australia the figures tell a similar story and highlight the decline in the number of women staying in science through the post doctorate years. Women comprise more than half of science PhD graduates and early career researchers, but just 17% of senior academics in Australian universities and research institutes. 

“We are delighted that the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program recognises and rewards early-career female scientists for their outstanding work and contribution to society,” says Rodrigo Pizarro, Managing Director, L’Oréal Australia & New Zealand. “Research and innovation is at the heart of our business, so we are immensely proud that we can provide support for these women at a critical time in their career and help them to tackle some of the most pressing problems our society faces”.

Dr Chris Brown & budding photographer becomes ambassador for Canon

Dr Chris Brown kicks off his Ambassadorship as the judge for the Canon Light Awards this month, calling for responses to his brief ‘Pet Personalities’

“This is ‘Stubby’, a pet piglet from country Queensland. He was born with only one trotter and three deformed legs, but as you can see, he has an irresistible spark. I love his story and this photo because it shows not his deformity, but how curious and full of life he is.”

Sydney, Australia, 6 September 2015 – Joining the ranks of Australian personalities Steve Waugh, Lisa Wilkinson, and Guy Sebastian, Canon is thrilled to announce the appointment of beloved veterinarian, television personality and author, Dr Chris Brown, as an official brand ambassador. Sharing his love for animals with a passion that lies behind the lens, Dr Chris Brown will inspire and engage Australians with his journey in photography.

“Besides being an esteemed veterinarian and highly-regarded TV personality, Chris is great with a camera and has an incredible dedication to capturing moments in new and creative ways,” says Jason McLean, Director – Consumer Imaging, Canon Australia. “No one sees it like Chris does; we’re thrilled to have him on board as a Canon Ambassador, where he can share this perspectives and skills.”

Kicking off his ambassador role from 1 September 2015, Dr Chris Brown features as a judge for the Canon Light Awards – a monthly competition by photographers, for photographers – setting September’s brief as Pet Personalities. In line with his love for all creatures big and small, Dr Chris Brown invites participants to submit entries that capture their pets’ personalities in a way that almost shows what they are thinking, and brings to life their most special characteristics.

“I’m lucky that I get to travel for work, so I do come across a lot of animals and try to photograph as many as possible,” says Dr Chris Brown. “Photography is my secret pleasure no one really knows about. Most people are used to seeing me in front of the lens but actually I’ve been behind the lens using Canon cameras since I was a kid. I use them every single day to document both animals and landscapes, so to be a Canon Ambassador is really exciting. I’m especially keen to see all the fantastic submissions for the Canon Light Awards this month, and invite everyone to take up the challenge to capture their pets’ personality and condense it into a frame!”

For more details on the Canon Light Awards and Dr Chris Brown’s brief on Pet Personalities, please view his video, tips and current entries here.

See more of Dr Chris Brown’s photography here.