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January, 2021

 

2021 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Film Independent has unveiled its nominations for the 2021 Independent Spirit Awards. Eliza Hittman’s Never Rarely Sometimes Always scored a leading seven nominations, including for best feature, with Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari landing six nods and George C. Wolfe’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland scoring five nominations each. All four films are nominated for best feature alongside Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow, which was also nominated for best director and best supporting male (Orion Lee). Regina King’s One Night in Miami received the Robert Altman award, given to one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast. NomineesRead More


2021 ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL

      For a glorious respite from the challenges of our present reality, look no further than the Alliance Française French Film Festival, which will return from early March until mid-April for its luminous 32nd season. Presented by the Alliance Française in association with the Embassy of France in Australia, this joyous and evocative celebration of French culture will screen in splendour at Palace Cinemas across seven cities and two satellite locations.  The strictest Covid protocols are adhered to in each state, including social distancing, sanitising and circulation of clean air,Read More


PIPER-HEIDSIECK AND AUSTRALIAN OPEN SERVE UP THE ULTIMATE 2021 TOURNAMENT EXPERIENCE

The most awarded Champagne House of the Century, Piper-Heidsieck, will once again bring its signature style and audacious attitude to the Australian Open 2021, returning for its third year to celebrate the message that all things in life are better when shared together. Tennis fans and champagne lovers alike can sip sauvage and Piper-Heidsieck’s award winning Cuvée Brut served across the precinct in licensed outlets and at the all-new Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Bar located at the Rod Laver Arena terrace. Melbourne Park’s Garden Square will also feature vibrant Garden Cabanas, unmissable in Piper-Heidsieck’s trademark cherry red. TheRead More


GRACELAND LAUNCHES VIRTUAL TOURS

One of Memphis’ most famed attractions, Graceland, has for the first time announced the introduction of Virtual Live Tours. Available from next week, the tours will provide fans from anywhere around the world with behind the scenes access and never before seen highlights of the Mansion, the Lisa Marie jet, and Elvis Presley’s Memphis exhibit and entertainment complex. Hosted by one of the world’s foremost experts on all-things Elvis Presley, Vice President of Graceland Archives and Exhibits Angie Marchese, the Virtual Live Tours will provide guests a VIP experience withRead More


Dita Von Teese Launches Size Inclusive Range

Burlesque star Dita Von Teese and her global lingerie partner AB Enterprises, are collaborating with plus size lingerie experts Playful Promises to launch a size inclusive lingerie collection. The new extended size collection includes a selection of Dita’s popular lingerie styles in bras ranging from a B to H and brief’s ranging from 18 to 24. “I’m thrilled to offer my lingerie collections in an extended size range. I’ve always been an advocate for body positivity and want to make women of all shapes and sizes feel glamorous and sexy,”Read More


Peter Pan in Neverland and HONK! Jr coming to Fairfield Amphitheatre

Families can look forward to fun outdoor performances of Peter Pan in Neverland and HONK! Jr when they light up the stage of the Fairfield Amphitheatre, 19 – 23 January 2021.   “We are so excited to be presenting some of the first live theatrical productions for families following the challenges we all faced in 2020” said Director Robert Coates.  “It’s going to be such a delight for audiences, and our talented young cast members alike, to come together in person again and share the magic of theatre. Both of these shows are a perfect fitRead More


BOUX AVENUE LAUNCHES NEW SPORTS COLLECTION

Boux Avenue have launched their new Boux Sport collection to encourage customers to get active in the new year! 2021 is time for women to take control of their own destiny, starting with their workout. No one gets to choose how you exercise or what you wear other than you! Whatever that may look like, Boux Avenue says you should believe in the power of you. The new collection encourages customers to feel confident, empowered and supported, all whilst wearing Boux Sport. The latest collection brings new shapes, new colourwaysRead More


Film Review: Summerland

Director:    Jessica Swale Cast:    Gemma Arterton, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Courtenay, Penelope Wilton, Lucas Bond, Dixie Egerickx, Amanda Root Rating:    PG Running Time:    99 Australian Distributor:    Icon Films   “Summerland” begins like it’s going to be one thing, and then becomes something different. When it does that, my entire outlook on the film shifted. What started out as something of a familiar “odd couple” premise turns into an emotional story of what it means to become a parent, and how to see yourself as responsible forRead More


Courtyard by Marriott announces two new outer Melbourne hotels

Courtyard by Marriott, part of Marriott International, has announced the signing of agreements with Suleman Group for two new hotel developments coming to Melbourne’s outer suburbs. The hotels are expected to open in December 2023 and December 2024.  Located within 25km of the city, Mulgrave (south) and Truganina (west) are both rapidly expanding metropolitan centres that possess a broad range of growing demand drivers for visitor accommodation.   Offering smart and easy amenities and services, Courtyard by Marriott hotels enable ambitious travellers to succeed through an environment that inspires creativityRead More


Curious – The pulse of W Melbourne

Curious will defy expectations, spark imagination and ignite guests’ fuel for life when it opens at W Melbourne in February 2021. The centre of the action and the pulse of the hotel with a design as impressive as the evocative cocktail list; Curious will be the place to see and be seen in. Blending music programming, creative concoctions and a menu of small bites and sharing plates for an all-night experience. A secret laneway entrance on Market Street will draw guests in, encouraging them to embrace their inner child. HeadingRead More