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- A Summer to Remember with Taylor Swift
One summer weekend in Melbourne where Taylor Swift played the biggest show of her life. A world record-breaking crowd is not just a concert, it's a cultural phenomenon. We're talking about a crowd so massive that even Taylor herself couldn't believe her eyes. Melbourne, I am starstruck - Taylor Swift Melbourne didn't just roll out the red carpet for Taylor, they practically paved the streets with glitter. From Swift-themed academic symposiums to lighting up Flinders St Station, the anticipation leading up to the Eras Tour was palpable. And let me tell you, getting seats to the sold out show was harder than winning a golden ticket to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory in 1971. The Eras Tour, the highest-grossing tour of all time (yes, you read that right!) With 96,000 fans in attendance three nights in a row and thousands outside on the grass at Melbourne’s MCG stadium, it was the crescendo of Swift's career. This is the biggest show that I have done on this tour or any tour ever - Taylor Swift Now, let me confess, I was a little late to the Taylor Swift game. Don’t get me wrong, it's not like I hadn’t danced to her catchy hits, but I didn’t know all the albums by heart. It wasn't until I found myself on a road trip across Australia, with zero service, that my Spotify kept playing Taylor, a moment of fate that would have me lost in the middle of nowhere with nothing but Taylor Swift. That's how it happened. Outside the MCG stadium was its own Coachella, complete with ice cream stands, food trucks, and several merch booths. Everyone knows I'm extremely passionate about merch. As I associate happiness with material objects. So of course, I waited for 45 minutes in line to get an official Taylor Swift Era’s Tour T-shirt for $65. All the small sizes were sold out, so I got a medium, which honestly is more like an XXL, but hey, it is official and is says "Van Nuys, CA, 91402" so I will wear it. But let's talk about the real stars of the show, the fans. Melbourne Swifties brought their A-game, with costumes crafted with painstaking devotion over years. Bedazzled cowboy boots, hair braids adorned with diamonds – they spared no expense in their sartorial tributes. It was a spectacle fit for the screen, Baz Luhrmann himself would be jealous. Personally, the standout for me was "Lonely Starbucks Lover" not just because I have an undeniable caffeine addiction, but also due to the inspiring level of simplicity put into his creation. The excitement was so overwhelming, I needed extra sugar. After lining up to get three cinnamon donuts for $5 and an ice-coffee for $8 (inspired by Lonely Starbucks Lover), a little girl about five years old approached me on the grass and handed me a pink friendship bracelet with "LOVER" written on it. It was so sweet, I wanted to give her something back, but I had already inhaled all the donuts! So, I settled for a hug and took this photo instead. As for the vibes inside the stadium - Electric doesn't begin to cover it. From start to finish, Taylor delivered a masterclass in entertainment, clocking in an impressive three and a half hours of pure euphoria. Each album Era was meticulously represented, from the dreamy hues of Lover to the gritty edge of Reputation. Complete with wristbands that changed colour and communicated secret codes to the Swifties, genius! Witnessing the entire stadium erupt as the colour changed to Red, you see her fans know what this means and they start singing the song before she can. But amidst all the glitz and glam, there is an authenticity to Taylor's performance. Sure, some banter may have been scripted, but the tears she shed during "Champagne Problems" were real. And the emotional rollercoaster that was the 10-minute rendition of "All Too Well”. But perhaps the most touching moment was when Taylor stopped mid show, removed her earplugs, and stared out at crowd awestruck for what must have only been a few minutes (but felt longer) it was the kind of moment that gives you goosebumps. My friend Emily has a cool story, she spotted Papa Swift (Taylor's Dad) by the stage. Legend has it that he attends every show and carries Taylor's guitar picks in his pocket to hand out to a lucky fan. I was feeling brave, so I walked up to him, said hello, and offered him a bracelet I made, it said 'Peace' the title of one of my favourite songs from Folklore, which he graciously accepted and gave me a 'Long Live' one. He then reached into his pocket and handed me two Midnights themed guitar picks. Elated, I said "thank you so much" and skipped back to my seat - Emily Don't believe me? Check out her Insta video. Let me tell you, there's nothing quite like belting out "Are You Ready For It!!!" at the top of your lungs with 96 thousand of your closest friends. It was raw, emotional, and magical. With voices hoarse from singing our hearts out, it was clear, Taylor Swift sure does bring people together. The Eras Tour wasn't just a concert, it was a musical event that changed culture and we were pretty lucky to be there. Thanks to Canon Australia
- Top 10 Classic Movies Worth Watching Over & Over Again
As the holiday season rolls around, we have curated our Top 10 list of classic films that have become cherished in our home. These aren't just movies, they're timeless companions that we watch and rewatch, with our family and friends, creating memories, laughing and crying bringing us together, through the years. Forrest Gump (1994) Director: Robert Zemeckis Tom Hanks takes us on a magical journey through decades of American history, delivering a tale of love, resilience, and the extraordinary in the ordinary. Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get. Thelma & Louise (1991) Director: Ridley Scott A road trip like no other, this iconic feminist film explores friendship, rebellion, and the pursuit of freedom. You get what you settle for. Home Alone (1990) Director: Chris Columbus The holiday classic that combines laughter, mischief, and the importance of family, making it a perennial favorite for the season. Keep the change, ya filthy animal! Rain Man (1988) Director: Barry Levinson Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman deliver a poignant and humorous portrayal of brotherhood, neurodiversity, and the discovery of one's true self. I'm an excellent driver. Almost Famous (2000) Director: Cameron Crowe A rock 'n' roll coming-of-age tale immerses us in the world of music journalism, friendship, and the pursuit of one's passion. I am a golden god! True Romance (1993) Director: Tony Scott A wild ride of love and crime unfolds as a couple goes on the run after stealing a valuable suitcase, blending romance, action, and a memorable cast. You're so cool! American Beauty (1999) Director: Sam Mendes A thought-provoking exploration of suburban life, beauty, and the pursuit of happiness, revealing the complexities beneath the surface. Look closer. Boogie Nights (1997) Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Anderson's mesmerising journey through the '70s and '80s adult film industry, offering a unique blend of drama and dark comedy. This here's the future. Videotape tells the truth. Father of the Bride (1991) Director: Charles Shyer A heartwarming comedy that navigates the highs and lows of parenthood and the chaos that ensues when planning a wedding. Don’t worry dad, no permanent damage done. Wedding Crashers (2005) Director: David Dobkin A hilarious romp that follows two friends as they navigate the wild world of crashing weddings, blending comedy and unexpected romance. I’m a little too traumatised to have a scone. Doesn't matter how many times we watch and re-watch these films, they never get old.
- Silhouettes in the Dust: Kitty Green's The Royal Hotel
In Kitty Green's cinematic realm, the expansive Australian Outback transforms into a captivating canvas in her latest film, The Royal Hotel. Teaming up once again with Julia Garner, the radiant star of The Assistant, Green weaves a narrative that delves into the mysterious depths of a remote Australian pub, laying bare the nightly trials faced by two resilient backpackers. Set in a rural Outback town where phone reception is elusive, Hanna (Garner) and Liv (Jessica Henwick) find themselves as barmaids, navigating a landscape fraught with hostility after depleting their funds in Sydney. The austere setting, simultaneously unwelcoming and paradoxically inviting, serves as the backdrop for encounters with an alcoholic boss, Billy (Hugo Weaving), and a clientele of handsy, inebriated men. The camaraderie between Hanna and Liv, a potential comedic duo, takes a dark turn as they confront insidious misogyny, transforming the film into a profound exploration of Australia's drinking culture. In Australia, we have this way of talking about things, where we’re like, don’t worry about him. He’s alright. Even when someone’s a little funny, we often put up with it. I was trying to highlight that sometimes it’s OK to stand up for yourself and say no - Green Within the dimly lit passages of The Royal Hotel, Green spins a tale echoing her own wanderlust-filled youth. Drawing inspiration from her couch-surfing adventures through Europe, the film portrays the dynamic friendship between Hanna and Liv—a poignant reflection of the cautious and carefree duality of travel companions. It’s about two young women standing up for themselves. I don’t know if older generations do that so much, but young people do - Green The film, akin to a haunting melody, crescendos as micro-aggressions transform into macro threats. Hanna and Liv grapple with the persistent menace of violence, challenging societal expectations. Green eschews conventional horror narratives, opting for subtlety. The film's influences, ranging from zombie tropes to western motifs, provide a nuanced backdrop to the infectious chaos fueled by alcohol. Toby Wallace, Ursula Yovich, Daniel Henshall, James Frecheville, and Herbert Nordrum also join this cinematic journey. Premiering at Telluride, The Royal Hotel is produced by Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Liz Watts, and Kath Shelper—a testament to Kitty Green and her visionary team's exploration into the heart of the Australian wilderness.
- Blinded by Rainbows
ARTICLES A Summer to Remember with Taylor Swift Quick View Kodak Ektar H35 Quick View Back to the Future Print Quick View Corduroy Cap Camel Quick View Kodak Ektar H35 Quick View Entertainment Tote Quick View Film Club Cap Dusk Articles ARTICLES Top 10 Classic Movies Worth Watching Over & Over Again FILM Silhouettes in the Dust: Kitty Green's The Royal Hotel BOOKS Coming-of-Age with Melina Marchetta and Felicity Castagna FILM Bassendream brings 90's Nostalgia to SXSW Sydney THEATRE Girls in Boys' Cars - Riverside Theatre ARTICLES Standing Strong with SAG-AFTRA and WGA DOCUMENTARY The Matildas Docuseries by Katie Bender Wynn ARTICLES SPA Awards with Ones to Watch FILM The Female-Led Power Duo of Aquarius Films FILM American Cherry - Apple TV About Blinded by Rainbows is an award winning entertainment company that embraces creativity, diversity and visionary artists to cultivate new stratospheres of storytelling. Theatre Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta presents Girls in Boys' Cars by award-winning writer Felicity Castagna, adapted and directed by Priscilla Jackman opening 18th October. Two friends, an accidental road trip, and a whole lot of trouble. Featuring mesmerising performances from Ziggy Resnick (Griffin Theatre Company’s A is for Apple), Nikita Waldron (Winner of the Australian Theatre for Young People), Suz Mawer (bAKEHOUSE Theatre Company’s The Laden Table), Ella Prince (Bell Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors) and Alex Stamell (Hulu’s Nine Perfect Strangers). Get your tickets here. Film Directed by Emerald Fennell and captured on Kodak 35mm film by Linus Sandgren. Saltburn is a pitch-black satire about obsession and desire, power and privilege, wealth and class. Set in the mid 2000s, the film follows Oliver Quick, a new student struggling to find his place in university life at Oxford. Oliver becomes obsessed by Felix, his charming, aristocratic and handsome classmate, and spends a summer at the eccentric Catton family's Saltburn estate. Fennell, winner of the Best Original Screenplay Oscar for Promising Young Woman, wrote, directed and produced Saltburn , which stars Barry Keoghan, Jacob Elordi, Rosamund Pike, Richard E. Grant, Alison Oliver and Archie Madekwe. Docs This intimate behind-the-scenes story follows the journeys of the Matilda's , unveils the sacrifices they've made and the struggles they've endured in their quest to become the best in the world's most popular sport. Across six episodes, join the players on and off the field as they work towards their biggest challenge yet, the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Behind this remarkable production stands director Katie Bender Wynn , whose vision and passion have brought this captivating series to life for Disney+. Screen The Ones to Watch program by Screen Producers Australia is an initiative that recognises and celebrate emerging screen producers from across the country. As part of our commitment to diverse and inclusive storytelling Blinded by Rainbows has been selected for Ones to Watch. Instagram Vinyl In an industry where artists often struggle to maintain control over their own work, Swift is an example of the importance of creative freedom and the power of artists to shape their own destinies. Swift's decision to take control of her music is particularly significant in light of the recent controversy surrounding her previous catalog, which was sold without her knowledge to a private equity firm. Midnight's 3am on Vinyl.
- Motion Picture Film
ARTICLES Top 10 Classic Movies Worth Watching Over & Over Again FILM Silhouettes in the Dust: Kitty Green's The Royal Hotel FILM Bassendream brings 90's Nostalgia to SXSW Sydney ARTICLES Standing Strong with SAG-AFTRA and WGA ARTICLES SPA Awards with Ones to Watch FILM The Female-Led Power Duo of Aquarius Films ARTICLES Screen Forever with Ones to Watch FILM American Cherry - Apple TV ARTICLES Blinded by Rainbows partnered with Aquarius Films for Ones to Watch FILM Suburban Joy in Call Jane by Phyllis Nagy FILM Spotlight on Female Filmmakers ARTICLES SPA Ones to Watch Producers Unveiling the Rising Stars in the Industry FILM Find Your Greatness with Blinded by Rainbows DOCUMENTARY Paul McCartney - Eating Our Way To Extinction FILM Inside an American Magazine in The French Dispatch by Wes Anderson TV Kodak Brings Back Ektachrome for Euphoria FILM Zola based on Tweets by Janicza Bravo DOCUMENTARY An Extraordinary Hero, Sandra Pankhurst in Clean ARTICLES Deadline Contenders - AMPAS, BAFTA & Guild Members FILM The Sinners on Amazon with Kaitlyn Bernard ARTICLES Heartland Drive-in for The Color Rose Quick View Romeo and Juliet Print Quick View Lord of the Rings Print Quick View Groundhog Day Print Quick View Euphoria Print Quick View Great Gatsby Print Quick View Back to the Future Print Quick View Moulin Rouge Print Quick View Rainbow Theatre Print
- Television Steaming Now
ARTICLES Standing Strong with SAG-AFTRA and WGA DOCUMENTARY The Matildas Docuseries by Katie Bender Wynn ARTICLES SPA Awards with Ones to Watch FILM The Female-Led Power Duo of Aquarius Films ARTICLES Blinded by Rainbows partnered with Aquarius Films for Ones to Watch TV Welcome to Shantaram with Charlie Hunnam ARTICLES SPA Ones to Watch Producers Unveiling the Rising Stars in the Industry TV Hollywood Noir in I Am The Night by Patty Jenkins BOOKS Tell Me Lies - Debut Novel TV Kodak Brings Back Ektachrome for Euphoria ARTICLES Deadline Contenders - AMPAS, BAFTA & Guild Members Quick View Kodak Ektar H35 Quick View Back to the Future Print Quick View Corduroy Cap Camel Quick View Kodak Ektar H35 Quick View Entertainment Tote Quick View Film Club Cap Dusk Quick View Lord of the Rings Print Quick View Heritage Camera Strap Quick View Gratitude Journal Quick View ILFORD Pan 400 B&W Film Quick View Romeo and Juliet Print Quick View G7X Silicone Camera Case Quick View Film Club Cap Maroon Quick View Crewneck Sweater White Quick View Rainbow VHS Case Quick View Rainbow Theatre Print Quick View Kodak Ektar H35 Quick View Euphoria Print Quick View The Gratitude Journal Quick View Film Club Cap Malibu Quick View Blue Jean Tote Quick View Carhartt Sherpa‑Lined Vest Quick View Great Gatsby Print Quick View The Place Laptop Case Quick View Groundhog Day Print Quick View Daylight Film Camera Quick View Corduroy Cap Navy Quick View Classic Weekender Quick View The Place Carry-All Quick View Moulin Rouge Print