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.


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.

Sandra Tiltman  Photos: John Pond


March 28, 2017


unspecified-3.jpegApplejack Hospitality’s popular beachside restaurant, Bondi Hardware, at 39 Hall Street, Bondi Beach recently celebrated its 5th birthday in great style, with a fantastic party like only they know how to throw.

Not only was it a birthday celebration but it was also a relaunch. Applejack Hospitality’s Neutral Bay venue SoCal had taken over the venue for the summer and now this has come to an end, with Bondi Hardware returning better than ever.


The birthday party gave guests the opportunity to have an exclusive first look at the refreshed venue. Bondi Hardware has retained plenty of elements from its rustic roots, but with a lighter boho and industrial feel plus lots of fresh whites, lush greenery and Moroccan textiles and of course the same warm, laid back vibes it’s famed for.


There’s also an exciting new menu that Group Executive Chef Kasper Christiansen worked with the Bondi Hardware team to create. Some of the venue’s most popular dishes have been re-visited and re-worked. During the evening we tasted lime-cured Kingfish tostadas, kimchi paste, avocado & nori dust as well as sriracha buttermilk fried chicken sliders, Monterey jack and bacon mayo. Crispy lamb salad, hummus, feta, Israeli couscous, pear and mint yoghurt was my favourite. Baked artichoke dip with toasted pita breads and feta & sundried tomato polenta bites with basil sour cream topped off these culinary treats.

I tried two very easy to drink cocktails during the evening. The one I enjoyed most was the Garden Party: Blueberry infused Beefeater Gin, elderflower liqueur, basil, lemon, vanilla & rhubarb bitters, although I think the Young Cuban: Havana 3 year old Rum, Aperol, lime, fresh mint & sparkling wine came in a very close second. There was also a selection of beers, ciders and wine available, but who can resist a cocktail or two. I’ll just have to make another visit to Bondi Hardware to test the cocktails again.

Sandra Tiltman


January 9, 2017


Sydney’s Bondi Beach is now home to lululemon athletica which recently opened their first local concept store in Australia. Situated right opposite the world famous beach on Campbell Parade, this store is one of only five in the world and the very first in the Southern Hemisphere.

A yoga inspired athletic apparel company, lululemon designs products to create transformational experiences for people to live happy, healthy, fun lives and keep people active and stress free. Setting the bar in technical fabrics and functional designs, lululemon works with yogis and athletes in local communities for continuous research and product feedback.


As well as selling a curated collection tailored for the Bondi lifestyle, the store is much more than a traditional retail space, acting as a hub for people to meet, exercise and work on personal development.

At the opening function, Kyle Housman, Vice President & GM Aus/NZ, said “This location will take a traditional retail store and turn it into a connection point for those in the Bondi Beach community who exemplify lululemon’s culture and values”.

As a company that creates technical apparel for sweaty pursuits, lululemon has a natural connection to the coastal lifestyle synonymous with Bondi Beach. The store’s unique product assortment for both men and women supports sweaty activities, both above and below the water, reflecting the needs of local Bondi residents.


The design aesthetic for this new location, plus the in-store features that celebrate the beauty and active lifestyle of Bondi Beach, have been brought to life by lululemon’s in-house store design team. Some of these features include a hydration station with sparking and still water taps, installed for the community, as well as a dedicated community space offering the perfect environment for meetings, co-working, creating and connection.

With only five locations in the world, lululemon local concept stores are smaller, hyper-local community stores that focus on connecting with customers and athletes in communities where the brand wouldn’t otherwise reach. Other lululemon local stores can be found in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Fort Collins Colorado, Bend Oregon and Sun Valley Idaho. http://www.lululemon.com.au.

Sandra Tiltman Photos: John Pond


December 16, 2016

Celebrating its 26th year, Flickerfest, Australia’s only Academy® accredited and BAFTA recognised short film festival was launched at Bondi Icebergs recently. Flickerfest is second to none on the Australian short film festival circuit, with its loyal patrons continuing to support the much loved and respected fixture on Sydney’s summer calendar.

During the evening, the crowd was transfixed with the screening of the world premier of the official Flickerfest trailer that featured an all indigenous cast and crew, with a Wizard Of Oz theme descending on Bondi Beach. Directed and written by award winning indigenous director Dena Curtis, the trailer stars Miranda Tapsell as Dorothy, Christine Anu as the Good Witch and Jeremy Ambrum as the Lion, Bjorn Stewart as the Tinman, Meyne Wyatt as the Lion & Alexis Lane as Wicked Witch.

Following the trailer’s unveiling, the launch screened the Australian premier of a wonderfully comedic new Australian film “The Eleven O’Clock”. Written and produced by Josh Lawson, produced by Karen Bryson and directed by Derin Seale, this film will certainly entertain audiences. Starring Josh Lawson, Damon Herriman and Alyssa McClelland, the film tells the story of a delusional patient of a psychiatrist who believes he is actually the psychiatrist. As they each attempt to treat each other, the session gets out of control. I was so disappointed when the trailer ended as I was totally drawn into the mayhem. Guess I will have to go along to the full screening when Flickerfest gets underway.

Speaking to the crowd about the sensational year to come, Festival Director, Bronwyn Kidd, stated that after 26 years she was proud Flickerfest continues to be a platform for the best of Australia’s and the world’s most talented filmmakers. Bronwyn is looking forward to showcasing these brilliant short films to eager audiences, not just in Sydney, but at over fifty venues in all states of Australia on their national tour.

Receiving over 2,400 film submissions this year, Bronwyn and the selection committee will handpick the very best 100 films for the 2017 programme to showcase across Australia from January until May.

Flickerfest, which is an all-weather event, will run in Sydney for ten days at the Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach, from 6-15 January 2017, before touring nationally from January to May 2017 in over 50 venues.

For tickets and full programme go to www.flickerfest.com.au

Sandra Tiltman   Photos: John Pond


July 23, 2016


Bondi Beach recently attracted interested onlookers who came to view a ‘see through loo’, which was located on the promenade beside the iconic Bathing Pavilion.

The ‘see through loo’ was on display to raise awareness for the global sanitation crisis and the sad fact that 1 in 3 women worldwide don’t have access to a toilet. Because these women don’t have access to a toilet, they are forced to go out in the open where they risk attack, shame, rape and deadly disease.

DSC09475 (1)Quick to draw a crowd, this ‘see through loo’ gave those who were interested, the opportunity to experience what life would be like without the clean bathrooms we have become accustomed to.

Domestos has partnered with UNICEF and pledge to globally help 25 million people get access to a clean and safe toilet by 2020. Women are particularly vulnerable to the sanitation crisis, as the lack of access to a safe toilet exposes them to the risk of violence and harassment, plus it affects school attendance, thereby perpetuating cycles of inequality. Women and girls living without a toilet spend 97 billion hours each year looking for a private place to go. Time that could be much better utilised.

Krstina Nicolai, Domestos Brand Manager said “Domestos is passionate about supporting this campaign as we know how vital toilets are in empowering women and giving them a better future. We are urging all Australians to take notice and take action. We have committed to build toilets in communities where they are needed and every bottle of Domestos sold makes a contribution”.

Felicity Wever, Head of International Programs at UNICEF Australia added “The partnership is enabling UNICEF to reach vulnerable girls, women and families around the world to provide access to proper sanitation facilities to reduce the spread of disease and improve education outcomes”.

Every specially marked bottle of Domestos sold from July to December 2016 contributes directly to tackling the global sanitation crisis.

Sandra Tiltman     Photos: John Pond

Girls gather outside a school after attending a Participatory learning and action session at a school in village Ghadoli, Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh.


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


December 16, 2015
Abby Earl - Flickerfest's "Marilyn"

Abby Earl – Flickerfest’s “Marilyn”

FLiCKERFEST, Australia’s only Academy® accredited and BAFTA recognised short film festival, recently held their official launch event to kick off the summer film festival season for 2016.

Celebrating its 25th year, the launch was held at Icebergs Dining Room & Bar, overlooking Bondi Beach where Festival Director, Bronwyn Kidd, who continues to be the driving force behind FLiCKERFEST, spoke to the crowd about the sensational year to come. Once again, Bronwyn and the selection committee have received record numbers of film submissions (over 2,400 this year) and will tailor the 2016 programme to showcase the very best 100 films to audiences across Australia from January until May.

Those present enjoyed a night of entertainment, including world premiers of the official FLiCKERFEST trailer as well as a witty and moving short film developed and produced through The Exchange program, an initiative of Screen Australia’s Indigenous department.

Guests were treated to a world premier screening of the witty and moving, drama, “Nan And A Whole Lot Of Trouble” produced by Lois Randall, written by Sue McPherson and directed by Dena Curtis. Starring Noeleen Shearer, Pamela Young and Amba-Rose Atkinson, I really enjoyed watching this story which was told with warmth and humour. The film tackles cultural taboos around death and grief, highlighting the complexities and tensions that arise around culture, traditional and identity in a modern multicultural community, even within one family.
Another exciting part of the evening was watching the official FLiCKERFEST trailer which was unveiled for the very first time. Written and directed by talented Flickerfest alumni DSC07859Kacie Anning, the trailer sees a glamorous Marilyn Monroe (played by the gorgeous Abby Earl) descend upon Bondi Beach. The play on ‘Marilyn comes to Bondi’ culminates in Marilyn singing a very well deserved ‘happy birthday to Flickerfest’. Abby Earl leads a star-studded cast with additional appearances from Callan McAuliffe (The Great Gatsby, Flipped, I Am Number Four), Bruce ‘Hoppo’ Hopkins (Bondi Rescue) and Roy Billing (Underbelly – A Tale Of Two Cities).

FLiCKERFEST is second to none on the Australian short film festival circuit with loyal patrons of the event continuing to support the much loved and respected fixture on Sydney’s summer calendar. A selection of the festival’s fans who made it along to the launch included Alyssa McClelland, Anna Bamford, Abby Earl, Matt Day, Adrienne Pickering, Damian Walshe-Howling and Roy Billing to name a few.

Playing at the Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach from 8 January until 17 January 2016, FLiCKERFEST will run for ten days before taking the rest of the country by storm. The festival will screen at 50+ venues across Australia between January and May.

Tickets on sale and full programme released on 18 December 2015. Go to FLiCKERFEST website www.flickerfest.com.au for all the details.

Sandra Tiltman