FLICKERFEST SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

January 16, 2018

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Flickerfest, the annual international short film festival that has been wowing audiences for 27 years at Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach, as well as at venues all round Australia, is currently playing at the Bondi Pavilion until 21 January 2018.

Over 2,500 entries from across the globe were received for this year’s competition, but only 100 have been selected for screening during the Academy Accredited and BAFTA recognized short film competition. The festival includes at least 22 different programmes, featuring short films ranging from animation to documentary and comedy plus other genres.

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The Best of European Union shorts is back, showcasing shorts from the EU in partnership with the European Union Delegation to Australia.

Young filmmakers are also given an opportunity to join in the festival by taking part in SAE FlickerUp, the national schools and youth competition.

Film lovers are sure to enjoy an evening out under the stars at this open air venue, viewing one of the programmes that changes daily.

When Flickerfest concludes its ten day run at Bondi Beach it will begin a national tour to over fifty cities including Bendigo, Perth, Mackay, Cairns, Hobart and ending in Kalgoorlie on 19 May 2018.

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Sandra Tiltman  Photos: John Pond

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FLICKERFEST SHORT FILM FESTIVAL

January 15, 2018

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Flickerfest, the annual international short film festival that has been wowing audiences for 27 years at Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach, as well as at venues all round Australia, is currently playing at the Bondi Pavilion until 21 January 2018.

Over 2,500 entries from across the globe were received for this year’s competition, but only 100 have been selected for screening during the Academy Accredited and BAFTA recognized short film competition. The festival includes at least 22 different programmes, featuring short films ranging from animation to documentary and comedy plus other genres.

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The Best of European Union shorts is back, showcasing shorts from the EU in partnership with the European Union Delegation to Australia.

Young filmmakers are also given an opportunity to join in the festival by taking part in SAE FlickerUp, the national schools and youth competition.

Film lovers are sure to enjoy an evening out under the stars at this open air venue, viewing one of the programmes that changes daily.

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When Flickerfest concludes its ten day run at Bondi Beach it will begin a national tour to over fifty cities including Bendigo, Perth, Mackay, Cairns, Hobart and ending in Kalgoorlie on 19 May 2018.

Sandra Tiltman  Photos: John Pond


VERSATILE WALLET

January 11, 2018

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A colourful funky little wallet style handbag/purse was one of the best Christmas presents I received and has been my bag of choice when going out. It certainly beats taking my usual large bag that holds the contents of a small house.

One of the wallet’s best features is the side hand strap so I can just have it hanging off my wrist, without the need to put it down and then find someone else has picked it up.

This very versatile wallet also has a detachable strap that can act as a shoulder bag or be worn across the body.

I became so attached to my new wallet that I took it on my recent holiday and found myself using it every day, as its colourful exterior matched all my outfits.

The Sak is one of the USA’s largest handbag companies that has been around for the last 24 years. Their Sakroots bags feature colorful & original art with a relaxed vibe. www.thesak.com.au &

www.sakroots.com.auSandra Tiltman  Photos: John Pond

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“VICTORIA & ABDUL” ON BLU-RAY, DVD & DIGITAL

December 19, 2017

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Queen Victoria, perhaps England’s most interesting monarch, lead an extraordinary life throughout her remarkable reign that began at eighteen and ended sixty-three years later, in an era that was constantly changing. Widowed at 42 when her beloved Albert died, Victoria went into deep mourning and at her death, it was said that the sun never set on the British Empire.

An amazing true story has come to light relating to a period in the latter part of Queen Victoria’s life and is now the subject of a delightful film. “Victoria & Abdul” explores the roles of companionship and loyalty in the relationship between Her Majesty and Abdul Karim, a young clerk, who travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and, much to his surprise, finds favour with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that the Queen’s inner circle attempts to destroy.

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As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity. The film is a charming portrayal of one of histories most unlikely friendships and beautifully depicts an unusual bond between two people from opposite worlds.

Directed by Stephen Frears, this emotional film stars the glorious Academy Award® winner Judi Dench and Ali Fazal in the title roles, with excellent performances from Eddie Izzard, Addel Akhtar and Michael Gambon.

Running for 1hr 52 mins, “Victoria & Abdul” is now available on Blu-rayTM, DVD & Digital

Sandra Tiltman


MASTERPIECES FROM THE RIJKSMUSEUM

November 27, 2017

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The first major exhibition of Dutch masters in Sydney, featuring 78 exceptional works of art from Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, including a room dedicated to Rembrandt, is on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age showcases Dutch art and life during the 17th century, an era of wealth, power and cultural confidence. Dutch artists only began to depict distinctively Dutch landscapes in the 17th century, inspired by their unique environment with its terrain, windmills and abundant waterways. Scenes of everyday life, especially those set in the home, were incredibly popular during this time, with works portraying feasting and drinking with family and friends, children being cared for and people simply reading or sitting in quiet contemplation. The sea has always been a dominant factor in Dutch history, shaping the country’s life and commerce and during the Golden Age, marine painting emerged as another area in which Dutch painters excelled.

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Landscapes, townscapes, architecture and interior scenes as well as marine scenes were the subjects of many of the era’s paintings. The Dutch Republic gave rise to a huge number of talented painters, but while most specialised in a single genre, such as portraiture, still life or landscape, Rembrandt painted almost everything.

Exhibition curator, Peter Raissis, said Vermeer’s “Woman Reading A Letter” (1663) and one of Rembrandt’s greatest works, “Self-portrait as the Apostle Paul” (1661), are at the heart of Sydney’s exhibition and are viewed by hundreds of thousands of visitors each year in the Rijksmuseum’s famed Gallery of Honour.

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Alongside masterpieces by Vermeer and Rembrandt, where an entire room is dedicated with seven of his paintings and 16 etchings, are outstanding paintings by Jacob van Ruisdael, regarded as the greatest landscapist of the Golden Age and Jan Davidsz de Heem, renowned for his dynamic, colourful compositions of flowers and Judith Leyster’s painting of “The Jolly Drinker”.

It was customary for the affluent Dutch middle class to have themselves portrayed in paintings, whereas, in most European countries this was a privilege reserved for nobles and aristocrats. The exhibition’s portraits of merchants, scholars and artists reflect the increasing self-confidence and prosperity of the Golden Age’s society.

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During the exhibition, a variety of educational programs are available for visitors of all ages. The Gallery will host a lecture series featuring local and international experts, late night programs, music, daily guided tours and many other events to give visitors the opportunity to enjoy interactions with the artworks.

The exhibition runs until 18 February 2018.

Words: Sandra Tiltman Photos: John Pond


BLOODY MURDER

November 10, 2017

The Genesian Theatre’s current production of “Bloody Murder” is a very entertaining combination of comedy and murder mystery. Written by Ed Sala, this play will have the audience guessing “who dunnit” right from the start.

Lady Somerset has invited six guests to her isolated country estate and when one is murdered, just before revealing a dark secret, she refuses to let her party be interrupted, even by the police. The action heightens when the murderer strikes again and the remaining guests come to the realisation that they must work together to find out who is actually making the choice of who will live and who will die.

Directed by Michael Heming, this play is unlike any ordinary murder mystery, as it has the audience laughing right from the first victim. The acting skills of the excellent cast keep the audience on the edge of their seats while they look for clues and try to find answers

“Bloody Murder” is currently playing at the Genesian Theatre, 420 Kent Street, Sydney until 2 December 2017. Friday & Saturday nights at 7.30pm with a Sunday matinée at 4.30pm.

Sandra Tiltman


THE CROWN, SEASON 1 ON DVD and BLU-RAY

November 8, 2017

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Royal watchers and history buffs are in for a treat with The Crown, Season 1 due for release on 15 November 2017, just in time for Christmas. The Blu-rayTM, DVD and Premium Collector’s Edition DVD will make wonderful presents for friends and family or why not buy one for your own enjoyment.

Claire Foy is brilliant as the 25 year old newlywed Queen Elizabeth II, bringing to life the era when the British Empire was in decline and the political world in disarray. A new era dawns when Queen Elizabeth II takes the throne, facing the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill, played by John Lithgow.

Created by Peter Morgan, The Crown, with its opulent sets and ornate costumes, explores the Queen’s private journey behind the public facade with daring frankness. A winner of Emmys and Golden Globe awards, The Crown, is both an exceptional and lavish account of Queen Elizabeth II’s rise to the throne.

Sandra Tiltman

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