While the number of female directors at the helm of the US top 100 grossing films dropped to a paltry 2% in 2013 according to Variety Magazine, the number of female filmmakers at the Byron Bay International Film Festival continues to grow.
One-third of BBFF’s 2014 programme is thanks to women filmmakers and on International Women’s Day, Saturday 8th March, BBFF celebrates their talent with a special showcase of their work.
In Burra Jurra, a surfing charity seeks to promote positive social change in local indigenous communities by reconnecting indigenous children with their roots through surfing. The world premiere screening will be attended by Director/Producer, Juliet Carrington and Burra Jurra Patron, Layne Beachley. Trailer: http://vimeo.com/72864162
The highlights include:
- World premiere of Aussie surf film Burra Jurra (Ocean), a doco about the life-changing indigenous surf charity that features patron Layne Beachley and a long roll call of Aussie surf talent including Adam Melling, Joe Haddon, Pauline Menczer and Sean Kay.
- World premiere of Aussie documentary A Woman’s Deeper Journey Into Sex, by Director/Producer Sally McKenzie, which explores if women need emotional connection?for good sex and features the infamous Heidi Fleiss and Jesse Jane.
- World premiere and Closing Night film Rise of the Eco Warriors, by award-winning Director Cathy Henkel, which traces the journey of a group of passionate and adventurous young people in Borneo. Their mission is to confront one of the great global challenges of our time, saving the rainforests and endangered orangutans.
- Australian premiere of New Zealand film Pretty Brutal, by Director/Producer Monica De Alwis, follows self-titled girl skaters Pieces of Hate, Kid Vile and Naki Kronik into the full-contact world of New Zealand’s first Roller Derby league.
- Australian premiere of American documentary Coney Island: Dreams For Sale, about the struggle to protect the renowned amusement park from an unscrupulous developer. American filmmaker Alessandra Giordano will be in attendance.
- Ones to watch, Young Australian Filmmakers, former Tropfest winner Genevieve Clay (The Interviewer), Natalia James (Tritch) and Charlotte Hamlyn (The Dangers of The Aquarius).
Festival Director, J’aimee Skippon-Volke says, “This year’s selection of films by female filmmakers is outstanding. At a time when the number of female directors is shrinking in film capitals like Hollywood, we thought it was important to showcase and celebrate the achievements of female filmmakers.” Skippon-Volke adds, “This year we have around one-third female filmmakers. I look forward to the day that reaches one half.”
“We were fortunate to be able to schedule the films to coincide with International Women’s Day on Saturday 8th March, an annual flagpole inspired by gender equality and recognising the value women’s perspectives bring to our world balance.”
AFI Award-winning Australian director, Cathy Henkel says, “Women represent half the population and a different point of view. I think it’s essential that audiences by able to experience that point of view.”
Henkel adds, “Australia fares better than the US – we have a lot of talented female producers and directors – but there’s definitely room for more. And a comment like Cate Blanchett’s in her Oscar’s speech helps enormously to bring attention to this continuing imbalance in Australia.”
Don’t miss this incredible all female line up at Byron Bay Film Festival 2014 on Saturday 8th March.
Burra Jurra: Saturday 8 March 6.30pm SESSION 29 at Byron Community Centre. http://vimeo.com/72864162
A Woman’s Deeper Journey Into Sex: Saturday 8 March, 8.30pm SESSION P5 at Pighouse. http://awomansdeeperjourneyintosex.com/trailer/
Rise of the Eco Warriors: Saturday 8 March 6.30pm, Closing Night Gala Party Film at Palace Cinema. http://vimeo.com/71936468
Pretty Brutal: Saturday 8 March, 10.30am SESSION 26 at Byron Community Centre. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFBw_m28q2o
Coney Island: Dreams For Sale: Saturday 8 March1.00pm SESSION 27 at Byron Community Centre. http://vimeo.com/67427702
Female Young Australian Filmmakers: Saturday 8 March 3.30pm SESSION 28 at Byron Community Centre. http://vimeo.com/67427702
For tickets, program information and news, visit www.bbff.com.au
A night of great music at The Blue Kat, Byron Bays weekly jazz & blues club. See our house trio with Steve Russell, Thierry Fossemalle & David Sanders. Joined by headline vocalist Dee Dee Lavell & opening vocalist Caroline Agostini.
Wednesday 5 March, doors open at 7pm
SOHO Lounge – Upstairs 9 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay
Doors open at 7pm for $8 sunset cocktails between 7 & 8pm. Show starts at 8pm – 11pm. $12 entry on the door! SOHO Lounge – Upstairs 9 Fletcher Street, Byron Bay. Serving wines, fine cocktails, beers and yummy tapas in a sophisticated relaxed seated atmosphere.
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Byron Bay is a popular pet friendly destination, and sounds like bmag’s Helen Goltz with her dog Atlas.B. Goltz had such a great time they didn’t want to leave!
Laid back Belongil Beach is just out of town – but an easy walk, and it is one of Byron’s dog friendly beaches. Dog lovers will enjoy that the story includes the holiday from the dogs point of view.
In the fine but inebriated tradition of luxurious Parisian salons , we bring you two of Australias’ most stunning burlesque artists , for a night of lush drawing and seductive performance.
Art-monkeys and bohemians will be enthralled by the smouldering glamour of the stunning Miss LILA LUXX and the statuesque beauty of flame-haired JACQUELINE FUREY ! Both models are legends of the Brisbane burlesque world, and will treat our artists and audience to a darkly elegant evening of sultry tease and artistic inspiration.
As a special treat, our guest MC for March is the one and only, the luminous and captivating, MISS B B leBUFF !
With all these gorgeous and talented performers , we guarantee another unique night of beauty, fun, art, titillation and inspiration for artists and non-artists alike. Do yourself a wonderful favour and escape to Dr Sketchys’ for a decadent night of creativity and joie-de-vivre!
DrSketchys’ is held at the BYRON BAY BREWERY on THURSDAY MARCH 6TH, and entry is a very seductive $15.
Doors open at 6.00pm and the show runs from 6.30pm to about 9.30pm. Absolutely everyone is welcome whether drawing or not, as long as you’re 18 or over and are prepared to have a brilliant time and embrace your inner hedonist.
DR SKETCHYS’, WERE CABARET MEETS ART!
A precious selection of sacred relics of the Buddha and many other Buddhist masters is currently touring the world and will be on display in its only Northern NSW visit at Byron Bay’s Crystal Castle on Friday night 7th, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th March, with free entry.
This is a rare opportunity to view these relics, whichresemble beautiful, pearl-like crystals. Buddhists believe relics embody the master’s spiritual qualities of compassion and wisdom and are deliberately produced by the master at his death.
Visitors often report experiences of inspiration and healing when in the presence of the relics. The relics are clearly visible inside display cases that encircle a statue of the Maitreya Buddha. Visitors may participate in a Blessing Ceremony where the relics of the Buddha are gently placed on the crown of the visitor’s head as a personal blessing.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has viewed the Relics and offered 8 Relics of Shakyamuni Buddha to the collection.
“The very name ‘Maitri’, that’s loving-kindness. Now in today’s world, we really need the promotion of Maitreya, Maitri, loving-kindness.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Buddha Relics Tour, Free Entry – March 2014
Opening Ceremony: Friday 7th 6pm – 8 pm
Also on display: Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th 10am-5pm
Crystal Castle, Mullumbimby
For further information visit www.crystalcastle.com.au
The 8th Byron Bay International Film Festival, 28 February to 9 March – Australia’s independent showcase for the edgiest filmmakers on the planet – today announced its official selection for 2014 and list of award nominees.
Festival Director, J’aimee Skippon-Volke says, ‘This year’s official selection is without doubt our most exciting yet. With more films and premieres than ever before, it’s an exceptional array of deep and inspiring films from Australia and 36 countries around the world.’
‘Every year a theme naturally emerges in the programming and 2014’s is all about being comfortable with who you are and your place in the world.’
‘As an independent festival, we’re proud to walk to the beat of our own drum. We accept no funding from mining, that’s part of the reason Josh Fox selected us as the festival for his Australian premiere of Gasland Part II, which is a huge honour and being anti-fracking, something close to our hearts in Byron Bay’.
‘The best part is, we love putting on a great event that is so much fun and allows visitors from outside the region to really immerse themselves in a community that’s not only beautiful and full of colourful personalities but highly progressive and a hub for bleeding-edge culture and thinking.’
BBFF2014 will screen across four regional venues including the Byron Bay Community Centre and charismatic arthouse cinemas, Pighouse Flicks Byron Bay, Star Court Theatre Lismore and Regent Cinemas Murwillumbah.
With solid year-on-year annual growth and around 1,000 films submitted for entry this year, Skippon-Volke says BBFF is now the country’s biggest regional film festival and is fast becoming a ‘must do’ for independent filmmakers the world over.
For further information visit www.bbff.com.au
Roses are red violets are blue and Bay Cabaret has a Valentines themed show just for you! Ooooh Love is in the air and it’s that time again when ‘Bay Cabaret’ opens its doors to bring you an extravagant night filled with classy adult cabaret entertainment from the genres of music, comedy, dance, burlesque & musical/physical theatre.
As our next show is on the 15th February we thought it only right that we extend the day of ‘Luuurrve’ to bring you a Valentines show with a twist dedicated to cupid and his rusty arrow.
Our fabulous line up of amazing local and interstate performers dazzling you with their talents will be;
Bombshell – song, cabaret
The Fanny Bam Bams – burlesque
Caroline Agostini – song
Ghostboy & Sir Lady Grantham – neo-cabaret, absurdist comedy
Mr Boxman – sideshow, magic, comedy
Miss Magnolia Knife – burlesque
Hosted by – Miss Belle Benét
Find out more about our performers at www.baycabaret.com/
Show Only $35
Meal & Show $65
Both include a complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival
For our new menu provided by the new owners of ‘The Deck at Byron’ and to purchase tickets go to www.baycabaret.com/tickets
Bay Cabaret has proved extremely popular for our locals as the only regular Cabaret Club in Byron Bay and tickets sell fast. To ensure you get to see our fabulous new show it is advisable to purchase your tickets & reserve your tables early to avoid disappointment. Tables seat 2, 4 & 6 and single/double ticket holders will be seated with other
like-minded Cabaret guests if tables are not reserved.
Venue – Byron Bay Golf Club.
Theme – As always our theme for the night is ‘Glitz & Glamour’ Choose your favourite era and get your best glad rags on!
Prizes for best dressed males, females & couples donated by our awesome Major sponsors Ana of The Pleasure Consultant & Melissa of Bronzed and Beautiful – Mobile Beauty Spa and Pamper Parties to be announced soon.
The day after Valentines Day for even more Cabaret in the Bay… you bet your chocolate box!
Bay Cabaret is a strictly over 18′s event.
For more information visit the events Facebook Page.
Sponsored by Belle Property, the weekend will feature acclaimed artist and photographer Joseph McGlennon, an international art veteran breaking new ground.
Having worked in London, South East Asia, Amsterdam and Australia (and now living in Singapore) Joseph has over the last 25 years been a central player in the highly visually charged world of design and marketing.
He was formerly Design Director with Landor Design Singapore, and prior to that was Creative Director with Bates Asia where he headed up the creative team on Audi and Nokia. As Regional Creative Director for Young & Rubicam he worked on the Nike account and has also worked on creative for Sony, Sing Tel, Asia Pacific Breweries, Ericsson, and The Taj Hotels India.
Since resuming his personal art practice two years ago and returning to his passion for personal expression, his only two exhibitions have sold out. His haunting, thought provoking images have captured the attention of art and nature lovers across the globe. They toy with ideas of Australian identity, created by the layering of up to 30 of his own photographs.
“Kangaroo Study’s are a continuation of my fascination of Cook’s arrival back in England in 1771, carrying a vast number of Australian specimens of plants and animals previously unknown to Europeans, the strangest of which was a kangaroo, shot at Endeavour River for voyage naturalist Joseph Banks” said McGlennon. “My work seeks to locate the proud but (to European eyes) exotic animal within an unfamiliar (to Australian eyes) and equally exotic European landscape. Thus immersing itself in the dialogue that continues to this day to establish visual definitions of what was and truly is Australian.”
McGlennon’s stunning and much celebrated representation of the thylacine or Tasmanian tiger represents the iconic extinct mammal in all its former glory. His photographic works feature in numerous public and private collections and exhibitions.
Michael Reid of Sydney’s Michael Reid Gallery will join Belle Magazine Editor in Chief and judge on ‘The Block’ Neale Whitaker to interview the artist and discuss his artworks, influences and daily artistic processes at a special dinner to be held on Friday March 7. Set against the pristine rainforest backdrop of the Byron at Byron, canapés and a three course menu will be served.
- Four course Belle Art Dinner March 7 with matching premium Wolf Blass wines $135 per person.
- One night package for two people in a one bedroom suite including Belle Dinner and buffet breakfast and yoga $680
- Two night package for two people in a one bedroom suite including Belle Dinner, buffet breakfast and yoga $1070
Bookings 02 6639 2105 or email@example.com
Global movement saying NO to violence against women and children.
The world is rising, we have had enough!
Continue to break the chain.
“There seems to be two types of risings on the planet right now. One is a sexual violence typhoon that is impacting most countries in the world. It’s been happening forever but, like climate change, it’s suddenly impossible to ignore.” – Eve Ensler in The Guardian
Women, young women & girls, men & boys, come and stand up for respect for women and children.
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Check out the Break the Chain dance steps with Debbie Allen, choreographer:
Share this with your friends, learn the dance,
Empower yourself. Help empower others.
We wore RED, and we are ready to be the change we want to see.
It was a 7.30am flashmob dance moment and optional naked swim after.
NORPA, the region’s premier performing arts company is inviting you to dive into a world of the imagination when it reveals all the shows it’s bringing to the stage this year with a free event at the Lismore City Hall on Friday 7 February 6pm.
The evening will feature live music and performances to launch the year in style. Artistic Director Julian Louis will also give his insights into each of the shows NORPA is presenting this year, from national touring companies to work created in our own backyard. A licensed bar is open from 6pm and the pop-up diner will be operating from 7:45pm if you want something scrumptious to eat while you pore over NORPA’s 2014 Season brochure and decide what shows you want to dive into.
“We always like to start the year with a bit of fun,” says Artistic Director Julian Louis “The launch is an opportunity for the community to come together, get a taste of the shows we’re bringing to the region and nab the best seats! People will be spoilt for choice with the range of incredible shows we have this year.”
All shows in NORPA’s 2014 season will go on sale at the launch. You can purchase tickets to individual shows or choose to become a NORPA subscriber and get a 20% discount when you purchase tickets to your choice of 3 shows.
Free event but please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 1300 066 772 by 2pm, Monday 3 February.
NORPA 2014 SEASON LAUNCH – FREE EVENT
FRIDAY 7 FEBRUARY, 6PM
NORPA at LISMORE CITY HALL
1 Bounty St, Lismore