March 29, 2013

AUST PROD WAR HORSE - Joey rearing

War Horse, the multiple Tony and Olivier Award winning play is wowing audiences at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre.

Brought to Australia by the National Theatre of Great Britain and Global Creatures, War Horse has been adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, from Michael Morpurgo’s book which tells the heart wrenching story about Joey, the much loved horse belonging to Albert, a Devon farm boy.

AUST PROD WAR HORSE - Joey & Albert close upAt the outbreak of World War I, Joey is sold by Albert’s father to the cavalry and shipped to France.  Joey is soon caught up in enemy fire and fate finds him serving on both sides, before ending up alone in no man’s land.  Albert cannot forget Joey and, although not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find his beloved horse and bring him home.

The astonishing puppets, created by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to life on the stage.  Life size horses, which are strong enough for men to ride, traverse the stage, their flanks, hides and sinews built of steel, leather and aircraft cables.  Actors working with these dynamic puppets, make the audience believe they are watching real horses, not puppets.

“War Horse is a life affirming story about friendship, courage and family, which appeals to all ages. This is a production that brings the family together, we get people coming back again and again, and they always have the same reaction. It awakens something in you,” says Chris Harper, Producer, National Theatre of Great Britain.

The Sydney season will run at The Lyric Theatre until 12 May 2013, when it will head to Brisbane.  Sandra T.



March 29, 2013

400To celebrate the 60th year of the Sydney Film Festival, Minister for the Arts, George Souris, launched a free online publication.  This digital only publication has thousands of pages of content and images, so large it could never have been printed.

Sydney Film Festival 1954 to Now: A Living Archive, features over 1,000 photos and over 50 archived videos including award-winning short films, news clips and trailers plus a list of all 8,580 films that have screened at the Festival.

Festival Director, Nashen Moodley, commented “This free digital archive provides a thorough historical overview of the festival, which has challenged, delighted and entertained Sydneysiders for six decades.  Within its pages you will find a multi-layered, 444multi-dimensional chronicle of Sydney Film Festival – its past, present and future, seen from many perspectives and told with many voices.  It is an amazing resource full of multimedia, interviews and analysis of the history of the festival, its relationship to the local and international film industries, its position in
cinema history and its role in the development of local art, culture and entertainment.”

The City of Sydney bestowed the Sydney Film Festival with a special history grant through their History Publication Sponsorship Program.  “The City of Sydney is pleased to support this wonderful archive which shows how significant the Festival’s impact has been to the evolution of the city’s cultural life over the past 60 years,” said Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore.

Words & Photos:  Sandra Tiltman.



March 29, 2013
Matt Moran's Entree for the Challenge

Matt Moran’s Entree for the Challenge

T-QUAL Tick, the Australian Government’s national symbol of tourism quality, has launched a campaign that will see three bloggers racing around Australia, visiting high quality tourism experiences in destinations such as Brisbane, Darwin, Adelaide and Hobart.

Chef Matt Moran, T-Qual Tick Ambassador

Chef Matt Moran, T-Qual Tick Ambassador

During the eight day race, the bloggers will put their skills to the test whilst experiencing tourism products endorsed by the T-QUAL Tick.

Renowned chef and T-QUAL Ambassador, Matt Moran, oversaw the first challenge of the T-QUAL Tick Race at Aria Restaurant this week, marking the first of many challenges the bloggers will take part in as they race around Australia.

Using the pre-prepared ingredients, the bloggers drew on their culinary and memory skills, while battling it out to reproduce the entrée that Matt had shown them prior to the start of the challenge.  Matt then judged the winner.

“As co-owner of ARIA, I understand the importance of promoting quality in the tourism industry and I’m excited for the bloggers to get a taste of what I experienced. They are in for a treat!” said Matt, who then saw the bloggers off by giving them their next clue for the Sydney leg of the race.

One of Australia’s most followed Instagrammers will be documenting the race in pictures published through the social network.

Sandra Tiltman    Photos:  John Pond