The power of inclusion adds a new wave of speakers to its line up of game changers

The Power of Inclusionsummit has added more multi-hyphenate, courageous and inspiring speakers to its line-up, who will come together in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand on 3rd and 4th October 2019, to focus on pertinent issues in the inclusion and representation space in the screen, entertainment and technology landscape.

The Power of Inclusion summit will bring people together, presenting a myriad of world views and positing future action to create a more inclusive industry and world; all enveloped in the special environment that Aotearoa New Zealand and its peoples have to offer.

Speakers include writers, directors and producers making ground breaking work; activists, founders, executives and researchers from companies and initiatives leading the way in inclusion; top tier US studio and SVOD executives; and leading practitioners from Aotearoa New Zealand.

Joining previously announced speakers that included New Zealand Prime Minister Rt Hon. Jacinda Ardern and writer and director Niki Caro is Tilane Jones Vice President of visionary grass-roots film distribution collective ARRAY (13th, Selma, When They See Us) and actor and advocate Magda Szubanski(Kath&Kim, Babe), who was a driving force in Australia achieving marriage equality.

Jones said, “I am honoured to represent our distribution collaborative, ARRAY at The Power of Inclusion summit. ARRAY has a ten year history of amplifying filmmakers of colour and women on and off the screen, including our recent 23rd film acquisition MERATA by Māori filmmaker Hepi Mita. Joining together with artists and advocates for change in New Zealand is pivotal as we work towards a more inclusive entertainment landscape around the world.”

Source: New Zealand Film Commission


Sydney Coliseum Theatre: Keith Urban, Tina Arena, Dame Edna, Amy Shark, John Butler tickets on sale

Grammy Award-winning global star Keith Urban has announced that Australian artists Amy Shark and John Butler will join him for the official Grand Opening of the Sydney Coliseum Theatre, West HQ on Saturday 21 December in a specially created show titled “Keith Urban and Friends”.

ARIA award winning Butler and Shark have both been hand selected by Urban to accompany him on what is set to be one of Australia’s biggest venue opening nights of the decade. “The announcement heralds for West HQ our vision to be the leading landmark destination for Entertainment, Fitness, Lifestyle, and Accommodation in the Western Sydney region. Our new Sydney Coliseum Theatre will be a magnificent world-class facility, fit for world-class performers, and our opening line-up is proof of that” said Richard Errington, CEO, West HQ.

The announcement follows the news that tens of thousands of fans have joined the Sydney Coliseum Theatre pre-sale waitlist to secure tickets to the highly coveted Opening Night performance at Sydney’s landmark new theatrical venue. In response to the unprecedented demand, Urban has also announced two new “Keith Urban Live in Concert” shows which will see the current CMA Entertainer of the Year perform with his band on Sunday 22 and Monday 23 December.

In addition to the Grand Opening performance, the Sydney Coliseum Theatre’s Opening Week Program includes a stellar line up of world-class, all Australian talent: International award-winning performer Tina Arena, presented in association with the Michael Cassel Group, will play two exclusive shows on Saturday 14 December and Sunday 15 December created especially for the Opening Week celebrations.

ARIA Hall of Fame inductee and Order of Australia recipient Tina Arena will perform songs from her remarkable career spanning more than 40 years, including hits Chains, Burn and Sorrento Moon in what will be Arena’s first Australian concert since her Innocence to Understanding Tour in late 2017.

The grand dame of world theatre, Dame Edna Everage will be bringing Dame Edna My Gorgeous Life to the Sydney Coliseum Theatre, West HQ on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 December – marking the historic end of her Australian tour.

In addition to the Grand Opening performance, award winning musician John Butler will also perform an exclusive solo concert on Friday 20 December, just over twenty years since the release of the debut John Butler Trio album. Boasting a global fan base Butler is widely known as one of Australia’s most accomplished singer-songwriters.

The announcement heralds yet another huge milestone for the $100 million development, a magnificent new addition to Greater Western Sydney’s cultural landscape and Australia’s booming entertainment industry. “Our Opening Program Week is just the first step in putting the genius and creativity of the Australian entertainment industry on the global cultural map; an achievement Greater Western Sydney can call its own and be truly proud of,” Errington concluded.

Source: Sydney Coliseum


Moulin Rouge! - The Musical Australian production unveiled

Gerry Ryan and Carmen Pavlovic on behalf of Global Creatures together with the Victorian Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Martin Pakula, have announced that the critically acclaimed and lavish Australian production Moulin Rouge! The Musical, will open in Melbourne at The Regent Theatre in 2021.

Currently playing to packed houses at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Broadway where it opened on Thursday 25 July, Moulin Rouge! The Musical is based on the 2001 20th Century Fox Motion Picture by Baz Luhrmann.

Gerry Ryan and Carmen Pavlovic said “It was an honour for our Australian born company to premiere a new musical on Broadway and receive such a warm reception from critics and audiences alike. We’re thrilled to bring Moulin Rouge! The Musical home to Melbourne, the heart of fashion, art and culture, in 2021.”

“The show’s artistic ethos of ‘Deluxe Maximalism’ is reflected in its opulent set, costumes, music and choreography making it a perfect match with the grandeur of the Regent Theatre.”

“We’re grateful to Premier Andrews, Minister Pakula and the Victorian Government for their support and determination to bring the show to Melbourne. Their vision for the city’s cultural experiences sits at the heart of the show’s artistic ambition and values. We feel certain that Melbourne and Moulin Rouge! the Musical will together make a memorable event for audiences and become a defining moment in the show’s international life.”

Minister Pakula said “Melbourne’s thriving cultural scene and its major events calendar are renowned around the world, and securing huge productions like this is why we are so highly regarded.”

“Moulin Rouge! The Musical is going to be a major winner for Victoria when it lands in 2021 and it’s fantastic that it will open in a rejuvenated Regent Theatre.”

As in the film, Moulin Rouge! The Musical celebrates some of the greatest popular music of the last 50 years. The stage musical features many of the iconic songs from the movie and also includes recent hits released since the movie premiered 15 years ago.

Released by 20th Century Fox, “Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge!” premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. At the 74th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, and won two.

The Moulin Rouge of Paris is a dazzling and spectacular universe, the symbol of the Parisian way of celebrating since 1889. Starting life as a popular cabaret and dance hall, the venue became an iconic music hall in the Roaring Twenties, and then a theatre where numerous famous French and international artistes stepped out into the limelight.

Source: Moulin Rouge! The Musical


Champagne Bollinger launches La Grande Année 08 over dinner at Fred's

Champagne Bollinger has unveiled the new La Grande Année 2008 vintage at an intimate dinner event held at Fred’s Restaurant in Paddington, revealing a wine of infinite depth from one of the most anticipated vintages of Champagne since the start of the 21st century. 

Guests including Chef Dan Hong, Magdalena Roze, Heidi Middleton, Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy, Tamsin and Patrick Johnson, Genevieve Smart and Megan Morton enjoyed a gastronomic experience that celebrated some of Australia’s greatest producers paired perfectly to the exceptional 2008 vintage from Bollinger, showcasing the craftmanship of this exceptional cuvée.

A highlight of the bespoke menu created by Fred’s included a seafood dish created specially to match with Bollinger La Grande Année. Featuring a rare type of mollusc known as a Razor Heart which is sourced off the west coast of South Australia, the dish offered guests the opportunity to taste a true delicacy so unique that is has not been commercially available for 30 years.

Guests left the event with a beautiful handwritten recipe card to recreate their own perfectly paired Bollinger dish at home and a pair of rustic linen napkins featuring the distinguished Bollinger crest emblem.

La Grande Année is the embodiment of the carefully preserved traditional expertise of Bollinger Champagne House. The wine is exclusively vinified in old small oak barrels and Bollinger has never abandoned this traditional craft method, which helps develop aromas of great finesse. After a prolonged ageing on its lees, even today every bottle of La Grande Année is still riddled and disgorged entirely by hand.

A wine over ten years in the making, the release of La Grande Année 2008 signifies an elevated direction for the cuvée, which features a complete redesign of the bottle and packaging, including an elegant gift box featuring a wood and white design for the case.

La Grande Année 2008 will be available nationally in August 2019 across selected retailers including The Wine Emporium, The Champagne Gallery and Prince Wine Stores with an RRP of $250.

Source: Champagne Bollinger 


CATS trailer meows into town

Universal Pictures have released the first look trailer for the epic musical CATS featuring an all-star cast: James Corden, Dame Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift,  Rebel Wilson, and introducing Francesca Hayward.

Universal Pictures and Working Title’s Cats is a most-unexpected film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s beloved smash musical “Cats” and the poems from “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” by T.S. Eliot. Oscar®-winning director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables, The Danish Girl) brings astonishing new technology to transform his cast members. Acclaimed casting director Lucy Bevan is casting the film adaptation.

The epic will be produced by Hooper and Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, as well as fellow Les Misérables producer Debra Hayward—who brought the idea to Working Title. CATS will be produced by Working Title Films in association with Monumental Pictures and The Really Useful Group and executive produced by Lloyd Webber, Angela Morrison and Jo Burn. Hooper and Lee Hall (Billy Elliott, War Horse) have adapted the story for the screen.

One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, “Cats” received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981—where it played for 21 record-breaking years and almost 9,000 performances.

The groundbreaking production based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” was the winner of the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical. In 1983 the Broadway production became the recipient of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and ran for an extraordinary 18 years.

Source: Universal Pictures