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An unlikely cast of Australian identities and celebrities-turned-actors, including the former Premier of Victoria, The Hon. Steve Bracks AC, will battle for ego supremacy without a safety net for a one-off charity performance in an adaptation of David Williamson‟s hit play, Emerald City at The C.U.B Malthouse on June 1st.

These 13 well-known identities have agreed to come out of their comfort zone and sign on for this unique charitable event called One Night in Emerald City, which will be directed by Glenn Hazeldine.

The Hon. Steve Bracks AC, businessman, John Elliott and socialite and hairdresser-to-the-stars, Lillian Frank will be making their acting debuts. They will be joined by Channel 7 personality, Andrew O’Keefe (Deal Or No Deal/Weekend Sunrise), media identity, Ita Buttrose, Denise Drysdale (The Circle), comedians Mikey Robins (Good News Week) and Carl Barron and acclaimed actors, Lucy Bell (Bell Shakespeare) and Anna Volska, Ali McGregor (soprano), chef Tobie Puttock and David Field (City Homicide).

David Williamson has revived the original characters in Emerald City and written special roles for this unique cast to read. All the non-actors are playing their alter egos, with Steve Bracks playing „Tony‟ – an Olympic swimming champion who has found a new, socially constructive vocation. The role of Tony was played by Ian Thorpe and Ian Roberts in previous productions of the play. The audience will also see John Elliott play a cranky old producer, Ita Buttrose as a Hungarian Jewish woman with a taste for fashion and great accents and Lillian Frank as her flamboyant sister Azizza.

“What the audience will be seeing is actually David Williamson‟s EMERALD CITY 11 – a look at the Emerald City right now,” says Tanya Lee, the producer of the event. “It will be a scurrilous, opinionated and accurate look at a politically, socially and artistically mismanaged city that any sane person would be fleeing to go and live in Melbourne,” she added.

David Williamson promises no one will leave the theatre not offended. His adaptation reintroduces playwright, Colin (Andrew O‟Keefe), who is obviously not sane. Colin has come to the Emerald City thinking it still has its sparkle, but he soon discovers the glitter has gone. Its infrastructure is crumbling due to decades of Governmental neglect, but the mad scramble for money has only intensified and people still pay crazy money for crumbling piles of residential junk, as long they have harbour glimpses.

Colin‟s wife, Kate (Lucy Bell) is very dubious about the shift and with good reason. Only the big players can survive in this jungle and the big question is whether Colin has got what it takes. Probably not!

The eclectic cast of celebrities have been persuaded to come out of their comfort zones with the aim of raising money for their favourite charities by Tanya Lee, who is producing the theatrical show. As Chairperson of the CorriLee Foundation, Tanya came up with this unique concept to raise money for her charity and others and persuaded David Williamson and the celebrities to get on board. Over $150,000 has been raised to date for over 14 charities through performances of the play which have been staged in Sydney and Noosa.

The Sydney based CorriLee Foundation is a fundraising entity that is named after Corrie Lee (Tanya Lee’s Grandmother). Her virtues and a never-give-up attitude inspires her family to maintain the perseverance, determination, optimism, generosity, kindness and commitment that Corrie Lee lives her life by. The CorriLee Foundation in its 2 year history has raised money for SANE Australia, Oasis (Sydney‟s homeless youth), AFAP (The Australian Foundation for the peoples of Asia and the Pacific), Educating Africa, The Deb Bailey Foundation, Angel Flight, The Lighthouse Shelter Orphanage, The Saville Foundation & Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Tanya was more surprised than anyone when David Williamson and the cast of high profile identities agreed to participate in the production. “I couldn‟t have asked for a better outcome. Everyone I approached surprisingly agreed to participate, starting with David, who agreed to adapt his wonderful play and its characters for these amazing and brave people to perform,” she said. “This act of generosity gives us a unique opportunity to raise money for our charities and that‟s what it‟s all about. I cannot wait to see what this medley of celebrities will bring to the stage; it‟s going to be a special evening.”

Major Sponsor of One Night in Emerald City is The Trust Company.
Tickets now on sale through the C.U.B Malthouse by calling 03 9685 5111 or visiting

Limited VIP Premium Tickets are $169 and remaining tickets are $89.

For more information on the Sydney 2010 performance of One Night in Emerald City, see

1. Steve Bracks (Tony) – Charity – Western Chances,
2. Mikey Robins (Ian) – Mikey’s charity – The Mirabel Foundation,
3. Ita Buttrose (Zara) – Ita’s charity of choice – Alzheimers Australia,
4. Lillian Frank (Aaziza) – Lillian’s charity of choice – The Royal Children’s Hospital,
5. John Elliott (Malcolm) – The Duke of Edinburgh & Robin Boyd Found, /
6. David Field (Mike) – Dave’s charity of choice – Kids Helpline,
7. Denise Drysdale (Maureen) – Denise’s charity – The Kids Foundation,
8. Lucy Bell (Kate) – Lucy’s charity of choice – SANE Australia,
9. Carl Barron (Seth) – Carl’s choice of choice – Educating Africa,
10. Ali McGregor (Helen) – Ali’s charity of choice – Parkinson’s Australia,
11. Andrew O’Keefe (Colin) – Andrew’s charity – White Ribbon Day,
12. Anna Volska (Elaine) – Anna’s charity of choice –Voiceless,
13. Tobie Puttock (Gregor) – The Stepping Stone Foundation,

David Williamson – charity of choice – Hike4Hunger,
MC’s are Steve Abbott (aka the Sandman) and Corinne Grant
Director Glenn Hazeldine (A NIDA graduate and a well known actor and director)

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A Massive Line-up was announced a couple of hour ago for Soundwave revolution festival. The bands touring will be:

– Van halen

–  Alice Cooper

– Bad religion

– Steel Panther

– The pretty reckless

– Panic at the disco

– Machinehead

– Hole

– Danzig

– The used

– Hellyeah

Also will include: Yellowcard,  Thursday, Cro-mags,  The sisters of mercy,  Gojira, Hatebreed, Four year strong, every time I die, Funeral for a friend, hellogoodbye, Madina Lake, D.R.U.G.S, Unearth, Face to Face, Times of grace, Relient K, Whitechapel, Versaemerge, Zebrahead, Terrible things, Kevin Devine, The dangerous summer, Kvelertak, Hollywood undead, The swellers, Make do and memo, Black veil bridges, The acacia strain, In this moment, Street dogs, Young guns, We are in the crowd, The world alive, Holy grail, Framing Hanley and  Attack! attack!


Festival Members* pre-sale
Tuesday 24 May 9am, Brisbane AEST
Wednesday 25 May 9am, Sydney AEST
Thursday 26 May 9am, Melbourne AEST
Friday 27 May 9am, Adelaide (CST) and Perth (WST)

General Public on sale
Thursday 2 June, 9am AEST
Through, Ticketek 132 849 and other retailers

For more info check:

Image from: Soundwave Revolution Facebook page.

As part of its First Look program, from 10 to 13 June the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) presents How to Start Your Own Country, directed by Canada’s Jody Shapiro. A fascinating and highly entertaining film about the concept of nationhood, the season will also include two Q&A screenings with the director!

A film that asks the question “What’s to stop you from starting your own micro-nation?” How to Start Your Own Country explores the concept of nationhood through interviews with lawyers, diplomats and the self appointed leaders of micro-nations around the world. Meeting many intriguing characters on his search, Shapiro’s travels include the Republic of Molossia with a population of six people, the eco-friendly haven of North Dumpling Island, and the 18,500 acreage of Hutt River Province – north of Perth, Western Australia – where Prince Leonard and Prince Shirley reside complete with their own national anthem, currency and stamps.

Inspired by Erwin Strauss’ book How to Start Your Own Country, the documentary raises many questions surrounding the concept of nationhood. From discussions about the legal and sociological implications of starting your own country to the importance of sovereignty and shared history, the film also explores the futuristic vision of The Seasteading Institute; an organisation working towards building independent cities out at sea. Speaking to Monsters & Critics, Shapiro admitted he still struggled to answer the question of what it means to be a country. “It’s a tough question to answer – and all the political scientists, international lawyers, and ambassadors that we asked agreed as much. No two answers were the same. At first I thought this was a political question, but by the end of making the film I realised it’s actually more of a philosophical one.

Shapiro will be a special guest of ACMI when he participates in two Q&A sessions following screenings of How to Start Your Own Country on Sunday 12 and Monday 13 June (Queen’s Birthday public holiday).

ACMI Film Programmer Kristy Matheson says, “Jody Shapiro is a great example of how versatile and inventive independent filmmakers can be. From working as a producer for Guy Maddin to co-directing the wonderful Green Porno series with Isabella Rossellini to his latest documentary feature, Shapiro continually succeeds in bringing engaging and inventive stories to the screen.”

Jody Shapiro is a filmmaker and photographer whose work has been exhibited worldwide. He produced Guy Maddin’s upcoming feature film Keyhole (2011) and was the producer and director of photography for Maddin’s award winning feature film, My Winnipeg (2007). He also worked with Maddin on Brand Upon The Brain (2006) and My Dad Is 100 Years Old (2005). In 2008, Shapiro co-directed and co-produced a series of short films with Isabella Rossellini for the Sundance Channel titled Green Porno. These films explored the way bugs and insects reproduce and were designed for viewing on the internet.

The First Look season of How to Start Your Own Country screens at ACMI in Melbourne from Friday 10 to Monday 13 June, 2011. Jody Shapiro will participate in two Q&A sessions following screenings of How to Start Your Own Country on Sunday 12 and Monday 13 June.

Please visit for program information and session times.

Jody Shapiro, 72 mins, Canada, 2010, Digital Betacam. Source: Everyday Pictures. Courtesy: Everyday Pictures.

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And the wait it’s Over! because as we have been reporting,  in few more hours Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon will host the Australian premiere of  Francis Lawrence’s “Water for Elephants” and we will be there “ON THE SPOT” doing our best to get close to the stars and maybe an interview with them!.

The black tie event, will take place at Sydney’s State Theatre May 6th, and will also be attended by the film’s director Francis Lawrence and an array of glamorous VIP Australian celebrities.

The official synopsis of the film:
Based on the international best-selling novel, Water for Elephants is an epic romantic drama of forbidden love, set against the enigmatic and alluring world of a travelling circus.  Jacob played by Robert Pattinson, a handsome but penniless student, meets and falls in love with the show’s beautiful & glamorous star performer Marlena, played by Academy Award winning actress, Reese Witherspoon.  They come together through their compassion for a special elephant, Rosie.  Against all odds – including the wrath of Marlena’s charismatic but dangerous husband August, the domineering circus -owner played by Academy Award Winning actor, Christopher Waltz, Water For Elephants is a unforgettable story of love, hope, redemption, second chances and finding happiness.

“Water for Elephants” is released in cinemas on may 12th 2011

Our full coverage of the venue will be here tomorrow as well, so stay tuned and don’t forget to check out the review we did for the film here.

Opera House pic via.wallpaperstock

While Sally Fitzgibbons, currently ranked number 1, will fight it out with Stephanie Gilmore, four year running world champion, in the surf, a wave of Layne’s celebrity friends will battle it out on the sand and shore to win $5,000 for their selected charity in a volleyball and surfing tag team challenge.

What: Celebrity Challenge

in association with the Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic

Where: Dee Why Beach in front of Surf Club

When: 1:00 – 2:30pm, Saturday 7th May 2011

Everyone is welcome and it’s free to cheer on Lincoln Lewis, David Jones-Roberts, NSW Treasurer Mike Baird, Dustin Clare, Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson, Paul De Gelder, Guy Leech, Peter Phelps, Matt Hall, Kerri Pottharst, Kirk Pengilly and Rob ‘Millsy’ Mills.

For more information on the Classic, visit

At the Commonwealth Beachley Classic on Saturday 7th May, 12 Australian personalities will form teams lead by one of the Top 17 female surfers in the world for a few hours of fun, entertainment and of course, competitiveness. All celebrities will ride a long board, which will surely result in a few tumbles to the delight of crowds. The team with the highest points total will win $5,000 for their selected charity.

Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson says of competing for a second year, “This year I’m ready to win the Celebrity Challenge at the Beachley Classic. I’ve been training long and hard all year for this. They won’t know what’s hit them.”

The Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic is an ASP Women’s World Tour event, where the world’s best female surfers compete for the largest prize-purse on the tour and points for the highly coveted world title. The sixth annual Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic will run at Dee Why Beach from 3 -8 May 2011.

Hillarious local comedian Lawrence Leung will be performing this weekend at the Parade Theatre in  Kensington as part of the Sydney Comedy Festival his act “Lawrence Leung wants a Jet Pack”.

Lawrence Leung has a dream…A dream that one day, all humankind can stand side-by-side (but not too close to each other’s jet turbines) and take off into the skies. Programs like Beyond 2000 told us that by now we’d all be flying in jetpacks, but much like their opening titles where a robot nanny pushes a child on a swing, it’s all disappointment and rusty pipe-dreams.

In his latest comedic venture, Lawrence explores the dizzying heights of obsession, daydreams, backyard  MacGyvers, falling and picking oneself up again. In the process, he discovers that he’ not the only one keeping the dream of single-person jet propulsion aeronautics alive.

Mostly known by his show on ABC , funnyman Lawrence Leung will be performing only this weekend.

Don’t miss it! 

It’s a must see show!

Dates:     Fri 6 – Sat 7 May at 7:30pm

Tickets: Adult $29.50, Conc. $25, Groups (8+) $25

Location: Parade Theatre 215 Anzac Parade, Kensington. NSW 2033

For more info visit:
Sydney Comedy Festival and Lawrence Leung’s Facebook page

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Thanks to Fox we had the honour to Watch “Wather for Elephants” before the Australian premiere of the film.  This is our review for the film, and remember there is no absolute true in any review, you have to go to your local cinema and watch the film, there is no better critic than yourself!

Based on the best-selling book by Sara Gruen, Water for elephants, directed by Francis Lawrence (Constantine, I am legend) tells the story about Jacob (Robert Pattinson), a veterinary student who lose everything after his parents are killed in a car accident.

Searching for a new life Jacob gets into a train that will change his life forever. The train is nothing else than a traveling circus managed by temperamental August interpreted by brilliant Oscar winner actor Christoph Waltz. To do things more complicated his beautiful wife Marlena (Oscar winner Reese Whiterspoon) and her horses are the main attraction of the circus attracting Jacob from the first moment.

The film shows the dark and at the same time colorful life in the circus. August hire Jacob as the circus vet and buys “Rosie” the new attraction, a majestic elephant that will be the new main act. The training with Rosie and Marlena establishes a new status in the relation between August and the young vet to became friends and of course the forbidden love between Jacob and Marlena.

One of the great things of the film is the way it shows the love story using a non typical way as you might think after seen the posters for the film. Moreover, the love story is not the main topic, because is all about the circus’ life supported by a world-class actor like Christoph Waltz. The characters are developed in a way to keep the story going the entire time making the audience been part of the crowd at the circus.

Another remarkable think is the use of animals in the film, it’s true there are some CGI on them, but the scenes with the horses and Rossie, the elephant were made thanks of the hard training of the actors for the film, making the scenes with a total realistic focus.

The drama based in the 30’s have remarkable photography,  gorgeous cinematography and production design with fantastic scenes of the circus and their acts, that brings you back to your childhood memories and the magic of the circus. Moreover, the great performance of Christoph Waltz as the evil and sadistic circus manager and fragile Reese Whiterspoon as the object of both Pattinson and Waltz’ affections make this film a must watch love story and be aware because the ending will blow you away and Welcome to the most spectacular show on Earth!

Remember, our reviews don’t have the absolute truth. We share the idea that there is no review 100% accurate, because we think that everyone has to be their own critic and the best way to do a review of a film, a concert, etc is doing it yourself, going and experiencing all “on the spot”, so if you like circus stories, you wanna see High class actors performing together or if you want to see Robert Pattinson in a role different than Twilight, “Water for Elephants” is a must watch film and don’t forget to let us know what do you think of the movie.

In addition to this, don’t forget about the Australian premiere of the film this friday May 6 at Sydney’s STATE THEATRE (Market Street) with Academy Award(r) winning actress Reese Witherspoon and  Robert Pattinson walking the red carpet alongside some local Australian celebrities.

Water for Elephamts will hit Australian cinemas on May 12th 2011