True Blue content call on plan to flip film script
This changed to: “The centrality of the artist: supporting the artist as a worker and celebrating their role as creators of culture”.
A spokesman for the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts did not explain why the reference to ‘telling Australian stories’ was omitted, but instead described the call for submissions as a means of initiating a debate on what a national cultural policy should be.
Hatherley argued that it was “technically possible” to “support the excellence and special role of artists and their creative collaborators” while making Hollywood films in Sydney.
“But it overlooks the opportunity to support Australian ideas, the development of Australian intellectual property and the sharing of Australian stories,” she said.
Leonie Marsh of Screen Vixens, a group of Australian female film and television producers, agreed, adding that it was essential to “define Australia and Australian stories”.
“Otherwise, it will be others, like Hollywood, who will do it for us, with potentially vested interests that don’t represent our cultural values as a nation,” Marsh says.
This week, the Oscar-winning producer Emile Shermansinger-songwriter Jaguar Jonze and theater and festival director Wesley Enoch have been hand-picked by Federal Arts Minister Tony Burke to join a group of 15 members who will guide the government in developing a national cultural policy.
Panton hits the town
Of Julie Bishop‘s “plus one” to Sydney’s recently released solo socialite David Panton jumped into the cocktail party with gusto at Mercedes-Benz’s epic Thursday night party to launch its new electric EQS.
As a parade of vintage Mercs passed by, including a priceless 1969 Pagoda 280SL, it was vintage silver fox Panton who appeared most enamored of the damsels in his line of sight. He assured the PS that, contrary to rumours, he is single.
In the meantime, it was a happy reunion for Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Sally Obermeder. KAK revealed that in 2013, while going to Mater Hospital for breast cancer surgery, she discovered that Obermeder, whom she did not know, was having the surgery the same day. “Something inside me made me seek her out. Before I was diagnosed, I had followed her story and thought she was incredibly inspiring. I just wanted to say hello,” Kennerley said.
The women have become strong friends, privately sharing the highs and lows of their respective ordeals, and both are grateful to still be here.
Catlin’s Southern Discomfort
It wasn’t just the antics of Macquarie Street that grabbed the headlines this week. South of the border, the resignation of the Victorian Liberal leader Matthew GuyChief of Staff Mitch Catlin piqued the interest of the PS.
As the Age reported, Catlin proposed that a donor donate more than $100,000 to his marketing company, Catchy Media Marketing and Management, for services described as “supporting business interests.”
But Catlin, who is more comfortable with celebrity pimps, is also well known around that other Melbourne institution, the Flemington birdcage enclosure during the Spring Races carnival.
After the 2018 Melbourne Cup, it was conveniently leaked to the press that Catlin had been held up in a “top secret” operation to rebuild and then besieged. Today host Karl Stefanovicthe picture of. Stefanovic apparently “opened his own wallet to secure the services of marketing guru Mitch Catlin.”
Hmm, guru? Catlin was best known for his walking celebrities – from Liza Minnell and Elle MacPherson at Nicole Kidman and a cardboard cutout of Kim Kardashian (no kidding) – under the Melbourne Cup marquees.
Catlin’s gig with Stefanovic was short-lived and he had all but disappeared from PS’s radar until this week’s revelations surfaced.
Jewelry fit for a margarine queen
Woollahra has become Australia’s bling capital as two of Queen Street’s leading auction houses have auctioned off some of the country’s most extravagant and intriguing jewellery.
Bonhams is previewing pieces ahead of next week’s Australian jewelery auction. The collection includes objects from the end Joan Crebbinof the estate, who together with her also deceased husband Dick Crebbinwere arguably the “king and queen of margarine”, their company Marrickville Holdings manufacturing the Miracle and ETA brands of spread.
The couple were also patrons of the arts, lived in a house designed by Walter Burley Griffin in Castlecrag and avid collectors of jewelry. Bonhams offers 64 sets of Crebbin jewelry. She died two years ago, aged 94, but began collecting jewelry in the 1950s, including avant-garde pieces by Andre Grima, Rod Edwards and Gerald Benny.
A few doors along Queen Street and the Leonard Joel auction house are betting on size over track record in its Important Jewels sale, which is collectively expected to fetch up to $8.5 million.
Highlights include a rare corner-cut and modified square brilliant-cut natural diamond weighing 21.13 carats, which could fetch up to $900,000, the same expected price for an equally rare Burmese ruby and diamond ring from 5.29 carats. PS understands that both parts are sourced from international suppliers.
Little’s great creative talent
He was best known as a television personality Joan “Ooooh aaah! Dahhling!” Little’s husband, but three years after his death, a former Sydney decorator Barry SmallThe archives of were included in the Caroline Simpson Library and Research Collection, joining the works of Leslie Walford and Marion Hall Best.
The collection of scrapbooks documenting his many projects was donated by his daughter Katie Small.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Sydney’s leading interior designers were household names, their design opinions sought by the media and their photos appearing on social pages.
Barry Little was president of the Society of Interior Designers of Australia (SIDA) for five years between 1971 and 1976.
He and Jeanne both worked in their own dedicated rooms in their home in Paddington. While Jeanne’s frantic workshop was strewn with fabrics, sequins, wire netting and pots of glue to create her eccentric wardrobe, Barry’s was a study in serenity with bespoke Hong Kong-made rugs and japanese temple blinds.
As for Jeannie’s famous collection of over-the-top and hilarious dresses, those that still survive are in storage, though her daughter is convinced they will eventually end up in the Powerhouse Museum.
Many dresses, hats and accessories were made of perishable items, such as the Easter bonnet that featured polka-dotted sausages and mash that she wore on her The Mike Walsh Show.
Jeanne asked Mike if the sausages were still hot. “I only cooked them this morning in case you fancy it. Everybody loves a sausage. Do you want a darling?
She made tinfoil jackets and balloon-covered dresses, or pale pink shrimp crackers and milk bottle caps.
“I still have about a dozen of her dresses that she made for TV, including one covered in Christmas decorations that I stupidly wore, not realizing she had wired holly on the dress…I was there. ‘agony,” Katie told PS. .
“They both left a great creative legacy that really captured an era.”
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