4 December

Hilarious Flickerfest trailer has a licence to kill

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Bondi short film festival Flickerfest launched its 2015 season last night – its 24th year of existence if you can believe it – with a trailer spoofing the James Bond franchise, featuring Robyn Nevin, Rodger Corser and Samantha Harris.

In previous years the festival has promoted itself with tributes to The Blues Brothers (complete with Dan Aykroyd cameo), Blue Hawaii, Breathless, Star Wars and Jaws.

Flickerfest plays Bondi Pavilion January 9-18 and tours Australia thereafter. Award winners qualify for consideration in the Academy Awards.… Read more

3 December

AACTA Award nominations announced: more glory for The Babadook

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The Babadook, Jennifer Kent’s acclaimed horror film that was yesterday named Best First Film by the New York Society of Film Critics, has added to its swag of kudos with six nominations in Australia’s answer to the Academy Awards, the AACTAs.

The film was nominated for Best Film, Best Actress (Essie Davis), Best Direction, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing and Best Production Design.

Formerly known as the AFI Awards, the AACTAs also saluted the Spierig Brothers’ cerebral science fiction film starring Ethan Hawke, Predestination with six nominations. Josh Lawson’s comedy The Little Death also received six nominations, including in every acting category.

What do these three movies have in common besides six nominations? The answer is indifferent box office.

Despite favourable reviews, Australian audiences bestirred themselves to see them in their cinema runs in very small numbers.

By contrast The Babadook has been a box office hit in the UK and received acclaim from such quarters as the director of The Exorcist, William Friedkin, who said on Twitter that “I’ve never seen a more terrifying film than The Babadook.”

The favourite to be named Best Film at the main award ceremony in Sydney on January 29, The Babadook competes in the lead category against Charlie’s Country, Predestination, The Railway Man, The Water Diviner and Tracks.… Read more

2 December

Taylor Swift announces Australian tour dates for 2015


Attention, Taylor Swift fans of Sydney: the pop superstar has decided that she is most definitely getting back together with you. Earlier this morning, the much-loved singer revealed the extent of her Australian dates for the 1989 tour. She’ll be at ANZ Stadium on Sat Nov 28 with opening act Vance Joy, and while it’s the only show she’s yet to announce, something tells us that may change once tickets go on sale next week. Stay tuned for more details and find out all the information you need about getting your tickets to the show on the Time Out Sydney website.… Read more

1 December

Sydney’s tough lockout laws eased for New Year’s Eve

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The NSW government is relenting (a bit) on the lockout laws that have impacted Sydney’s nightlife since their introduction earlier this year.

Acting on the advice of police and the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing, the state government will give Sydney pubs and bars a lockout-free night on December 31 so revellers can enjoy the New Year’s Eve fireworks amid safety concerns that shutting people out of venues would create dangerous crowds, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The one-night-only rule will allow partygoers to enter licensed venues in lockout zones around the city and Kings Cross until 3am. Trading hours and the time at which last drinks are served – 3am – will remain unchanged, as will the 10pm curfew for obtaining takeaway alcohol.

Deputy premier Troy Grant told the Daily Telegraph that the temporary lift was also about “making sure it was clear that Sydney’s New Year’s Eve celebrations remain of world renown. This is a common-sense approach for what is the biggest night on the Sydney calendar.”

If you’re looking for the best places to party on NYE, stay tuned for our round-up.

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27 November

Kat Von D to visit Sydney for Sephora store opening


Cosmetics retail giant Sephora is stepping up its game ahead of the launch of its first Sydney store by inviting American tattoo artist and model Kat Von D to Pitt Street Mall for an exclusive meet and greet with fans. The first 300 people to purchase a Kat Von D product at the store on Friday December 5 will have the opportunity to meet the LA Ink star the following day.

Earlier today KVD posted on social media: “AUSTRALIA…GET READY, CUZ I’M COMIN’ FOR YOU!!! In celebration of the first ever Sephora opening in Australia, I’m flying to your beautiful country for the FIRST TIME EVER!!! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?!”

Kat Von D will be at the Pitt Street Mall store at 2pm on Saturday December 6, where she says she plans to “hug the hell outta you all!” The lucky 300 people to meet KVD also receive a bag of goodies including a studded bracelet and a mini Kat Von D studded Kiss lipstick.… Read more