January 31, 2016

Ghost The Musical Jemma Rix and Rob Mills DSC_8299

It’s now Australia’s turn to experience the magic of “Ghost The Musical”, which is soon to be performed live on stage and will be delighting audiences around the country. Based on the Oscar winning film “Ghost” which starred Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze, this stunning production is brought to the stage by The Ambassador Theatre Group Asia Pacific, GWB Entertainment and Red Live. The Sydney premiere will be held on Saturday 19 March 2016 at the Theatre Royal in King Street.

Tony Award winning Director, Matthew Warchus, will showcase breathtaking illusions and special effects along with emotional performances that will highlight the power of love.

After successful international seasons on Broadway and London’s West End, the Australian season of “Ghost The Musical” will star Rob Mills as Sam Wheat, Jemma Rix as Molly Jensen and Alex Rathgeber as Carl Bruner, direct from his Helpmann Award Winning performance in Anything Goes. Wendy Mae Brown, the British theatrical and television actress, will play Oda Mae Brown, the role made famous by Whoopi Goldberg.

Ghost The Musical Jemma Rix and Rob Mills The Kiss

Set in modern day New York City, “Ghost The Musical” is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. Walking back to their apartment one night after a romantic dinner, Sam and Molly are mugged, leaving Sam dead on a dark street. Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next and unable to leave Molly, whom he learns is in grave danger. With the help of Oda Mae, a phony storefront psychic, Sam tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of saving and protecting her.

Employing special effects never before seen in a stage musical, “Ghost The Musical” features an incredible array of illusions. Sam as a ghost walks through a solid door, inanimate objects take on a life of their own while spirits ascend to the heavens and subway passengers are thrown in the air and people disappear and reappear.

Written by Oscar award winner Bruce Joel Rubin, with music and lyrics by Grammy award winners Dave Stewart & Glenn Ballard, the musical score will also feature the song “Unchained Melody”, made famous by The Righteous Brothers.

“Ghost The Musical” will play at Sydney’s Theatre Royal from Friday 18 March 2016 with evening performances on Tuesday through Saturday and matinees on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

Sandra Tiltman


January 23, 2016
Sandra Tillman boarding Masteka II for App Launch

Sandra Tiltman boarding Masteka II for App Launch

Brandon Reynolds (21) and Jarrad Hrotek (22), two young tech entrepreneurs from Adelaide, recently launched their SOCIABL celebrity video chat charity app in Sydney aboard the multi-million dollar superyacht Masteka II.

Brandon Reynolds

Brandon Reynolds

SOCIABL, the brainchild of this dynamic duo, offers an intimate one-on-one video call with your favourite idol and with half of the proceeds going to charity. Along with your live call, you will have a digital copy to remember as well as share your experience.


SOCIABL co-founder Brandon Reynolds said “I’ve always loved the power of celebrity. With the fast development of social media and the interaction between stars and their fans increasing I feel that SOCIABL is a natural progression.  It offers the opportunity of a more intimate and unique relationship for people to meet their idols and raises money for charity at the same time.”


The future looks promising, with SOCIABL expecting more celebrities to sign up daily. It is a far cry from its humble beginnings when Brandon, at the age of 19, tracked down the contact details of every person on the BRW rich 200 list and pitched them the concept of SOCIABL for funding. Brandon heard back

Jarrad Hrotek

Jarrad Hrotek

from 20 members of the rich list, then got interviews with 5 of them. One invested $50,000. In his second round of seed funding, it has been said Brandon rejected an offer from a BRW rich lister to own 50% of the company for $2.5million and now finds himself heading up a purportedly $9million dollar company at 21 years of age.

 Sandra Tiltman     Photos: John Pond


January 18, 2016
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Famous for the magnificent artworks and antiques which decorate the interiors of their ships, Holland America Line has now raised the bar even higher, with their latest programme which will feature a “museum at sea” with art reproductions, cultural activities and more.

ms Oosterdam at Sea

ms Oosterdam at Sea

Holland America Line is celebrating its Dutch heritage in a new partnership with Rijksmuseum, the most visited national museum in the Netherlands, as well as becoming a new sponsor of the Rijksmuseum. Through the collaboration, the “Rijksmuseum at Sea” created by Rijksstudio will be installed on ms Oosterdam during its scheduled dry dock in April 2016 and then move fleetwide over the next few years.

Reproductions of some of the museum’s most famous masterpieces will be showcased throughout ms Oosterdam and a dedicated space onboard will allow guests to explore their own creativity through guided art workshops. Videos about the museum and its collections will be screened on the in-cabin television and guests will also have the opportunity to purchase special branded Rijksmuseum merchandise in the onboard shops.

Enrichment programs and presentations by Rijksmuseum staff will be available on select cruises.

On Board Art

On Board Art

Rijksmuseum was founded in The Hague, the Netherlands, in 1800 and offers a representation of Dutch art and history, as well as European and Asian art from the Middle Ages to today. Rijksmuseum moved to Amsterdam in 1808 and was located in the Royal Palace, moving to its current location in 1885.  In 2003, the main museum closed for a ten year renovation and reopened in April 2013. Today the museum hosts nearly 2.5 million visitors. Rijksmuseum has a collection of a million objects dating back to 1200, with 8,000 works currently on display. Museum visitors can see masterpieces by Dutch painters including Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer and Jan Steen.

Pinnacle Grill

Pinnacle Grill

“Both Rijksmuseum and Holland America Line are historic brands with proud Dutch heritage.  We’re grateful that through our new partnership, Holland America guests from around the world will be able to experience our impressive collection at the Rijksmuseum at Sea, created by Rijksstudio,” said Wim Pijbes, General Director of the Rijksmuseum.

Sandra Tillman relaxing on shipboard art

Sandra Tiltman relaxing on shipboard art

Holland America Line’s fleet of 15 ships offers more than 500 cruises to 415 ports in 98 countries. Fleetwide, the company features Signature of Excellence enhancements, a commitment totalling more than $500 million, that showcases the Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine, a state of the art onboard show kitchen where more than 60 celebrated guest chefs and culinary experts provide cooking demonstrations and classes, Explorations Café powered by The New York Times, Digital Workshop powered by Windows, teens only activity areas and all new stateroom amenities highlighted by flat panel TVs and plush Euro-top Mariner’s Dream Beds.

Sandra Tiltman    Photos: John Pond


January 18, 2016


Sydney’s Genesian Theatre has been delighting theatre lovers since the opening night performance of their first production on 29 January 1945. One of Sydney’s most active companies, the Genesian Theatre Company provides a training ground for young theatre professionals and those who just love theatre. As well as presenting six stage productions each year, they also run classes and workshops. Operating from a historic church building at 420 Kent Street, the theatre’s alumni include many of Australian theatres most famous names such as Bryan Brown, John Bell and Baz Luhrmann.

The 2016 programme for their 72nd season, which the Company recently launched, promises to be an exciting mixture of plays that should appeal to both their loyal subscriber base as well as attract new patrons.

Australia’s master dramatist David Williamson has the honour of opening the season on 2 April with his play “Nothing Personal”, exploring the rivalry between two women in a publishing company.

Thomas Hardy’s popular novel “Far From the Madding Crowd” that has been adapted for the stage by Mark Healey opens on 21 May. No season would be complete without an Agatha Christie and opening on 9 July is “Appointment With Death” set in Petra.

The Olivier Award winning musical “Our House” has its Sydney premiere on 3 September. This not to be missed production, with a script by Tim Firth, one of Britain’s leading playwrights, features songs of super group Madness, such as “It Must Be Love” and “Wings of a Dove”.

Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” opens on 22 October and William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” opening 28 January 2017 concludes the season.

Sandra Tiltman     Photo: John Pond


January 10, 2016


Celebrating its 25th year, FLiCKERFEST, Australia’s only Academy® accredited and BAFTA recognised short film festival, opened their 2016 season at the Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach on Friday 8 January.

DSC07972Festival Director, Bronwyn Kidd welcomed the opening night crowd and gave an overview of the exciting and varied films that will be screened under the stars during the ten nights of the Festival, which runs through to Sunday, 17 January 2016.

Bronwyn also introduced the Producers / Directors from the seven films selected to be screened that evening, who each gave an entertaining and informative talk about their films and the challenges they faced.

The opening night audience was shown a selection of seven films from the Festival’s programme. Each of the films kept me totally spellbound and left me wanting more. I particularly enjoyed the six minute Australian film “Nulla Nulla” telling the tale of a white cop, fresh out of the police academy, who experiences life in an Aboriginal community and the fifteen minute “Ave Maria” about the nuns in a convent on the West Bank whose prayers are interrupted by a Jewish family needing help after crashing into the convent’s wall.

International, Australian, Documentary, Greenflicks, From the Oscars, Short Laughs Comedy, Windows on Europe, LoveBites are some of the categories making up the Festival. There is even a special category for kids and a Schools Shorts competition.

Sandra Tillman at Bondi Beach Pavilion

Sandra Tillman at Bondi Beach Pavilion

Over 2,300 entries from around the globe were received for Flickerfest 2016, but only 100 will be officially screened in competition.

When FLiCKERFEST finishes its run in Bondi, it will screen at 50+ venues across Australia, from Kununurra in WA to Launceston in Tasmania, between January and May this year.

Go to FLiCKERFEST website www.flickerfest.com.au for all the details.

Sandra Tiltman     Photos: John Pond


January 10, 2016
Tina Arena Entertains

Tina Arena Entertains

Publisher, Phil Harte recently launched The Celebration Edition of Classic Lifestyle 2016 Annual at Sun Studios in Alexandria.

DSC07813Gracing the cover of this glossy publication, akin to a hard cover coffee table volume, is Australian singer Tina Arena, who also features within its pages in an article by Sandra Sully.
A highlight of the evening was a concert with Tina Arena and her band, who delighted guests with a performance that showcased many of her hits, including Chains.

During the evening, Phil Harte acted as auctioneer, successfully bringing his gavel down on the exclusive items listed in the charity auction. Items included surfing lessons with Sally Fitzgibbons and a limited edition Canon EOS 100D White.

Cuba, Italy’s Amalfi Coast, Dubai and Santa Monica are just some of the many destinations featured in Classic Lifestyle 2016, as well as luxurious hotels and resorts from Mexico to Paris plus a cruise on board the four masted Star Clipper, Star Flyer. 

Sandra Tiltman     Photos: John Pond