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Archive for March, 2009

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696 gallery turns 2!

Happy Birthday 696 Gallery!

Expression Fashion Gala and Exhibition 2009

The Expression Fashion Gala is a parade featuring fashion creations by young, local designers, held during National Youth Week. It has a strong emphasis on promoting positive messages in relation to body image and well being by celebrating youth culture and embracing diversity.

The Gala will be followed by an Exhibition in the weeks after, with an official opening on Wednesday 15 April from 2:00-4:00. The Exhibition will provide people with the opportunity to have a closer look at some of their favourite designs, as well as the possibility of meeting some of the designers.

Gala – Friday 3 April 2009 (tickets still available)
Exhibition – Wednesday 15 April to Sunday 10 May 2009
Chapel Off Chapel
12 Little Chapel Street Prahran, VIC

Mary & Max film giveaway

Two Flat Whites have ten (10) double passes to giveaway for the new Australian claymated film featuring the voices of Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Eric Bana.


MARY AND MAX is a Claymation feature film from the creators of the Academy Award ® winning short animation Harvie Krumpet.

It is a simple tale of pen-friendship between two very different people; Mary Dinkle, a chubby lonely eight year old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max Horovitz, a 44 year old, severely obese, Jewish man with Asperger’s Syndrome living in the chaos of New York.

Spanning 20 years and 2 continents, Mary and Max’s friendship survives much more than the average diet of life’s ups and downs. Like Harvie Krumpet, Mary and Max is innocent but not naive, as it takes us on a journey that explores friendship, autism, taxidermy, psychiatry, alcoholism, where babies come from, obesity, kleptomania, sexual difference, trust, copulating dogs, religious difference, agoraphobia and much much more.

Only at the movies April 9, 2009

If you would like to win the tickets, please email your name & postal address to info {at} twoflatwhites(.)com

Competition closes Sunday, 5th April 2009.

Vivid Sydney 2009

Vivid Sydney is a festival of music, light and ideas from the 26 May – 14 June.

Vivid Sydney features:

• Luminous, a music festival at the Opera House curated by Brian Eno
Luminous will feature 30 music acts, performances, light installations and talks across Bennelong Point as part of Vivid Sydney from May 26 to June 14.

• Smart Light Sydney, including a free ‘Light Walk’ that will illuminate the city with stunning low energy light art installations
Sydney locals and visitors will be treated to an amazing array of dynamic light art sculptures this year, when legendary musician and multimedia artist Brian Eno takes part in the inaugural Smart Light Sydney event, part of Vivid Sydney, 26 May – 14 June. Eno’s spectacular lighting display on the Sydney Opera House sails will be a highlight of the Light Walk, a free public walk, showcasing dozens of local and international artists around Sydney’s iconic harbour precinct from Sydney Observatory, through the Rocks and Circular Quay to Sydney Opera House, nightly from 6pm to midnight.

• Fire Water, a free event featuring three nights of flame, food and spectacle in The Rocks
Experience three nights of flame, food and spectacle as fire sculptors, musicians, live performances and local restaurateurs create a unique harbourside experience never seen before in The Rocks. Each evening on Friday 12, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority will present Fire Water, a thrilling free event of performance and art installations that incorporate fire, on and around the harbour, and the water of Campbells Cove, The Rocks.

• Creative Sydney, a series of creative industry seminars, workshops and performances
Creative Sydney is a festival celebrating the wealth and diversity of the city’s creative talents from May 27- June 13. In its inaugural year, Creative Sydney will feature a provocative talks program and event series at the Museum of Contemporary Art; a conference, Creative Futures, held at Sydney Opera House on Saturday.

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Clare Bowen talks about film, life and what’s next!

Two Flat Whites caught up with actress Clare Bowen. Clare recently starred in the feature film ‘’The Combination’ which explores the lives of Lebanese youths and their struggle with violence, racism and social identity. Clare was a shining light starring along side George Basha and guided extremely well by David Field in his first film as a director.

Where did you grow up & where do you hang your hat?

I grew up all over the place. My parents both worked for Qantas when I was little, and so smuggled me along with them most of the time. Childhood was spent between overseas, Sydney where I went to school, and down the South coast of NSW, Stanwell Park, which was home. I’ve moved further down the coast since and now live on the Minnamurra River.

Tell us a bit about your latest movie – The Combination?

Well, it seems to have caught people’s attention for a few different reasons! It’s not a timid film. It’s a love story about honour, family, the choices you have to make, and the reality of consequence. David Field and George Basha portray a beautiful facet of the culture in Sydney’s Western Suburbs that a lot of people don’t get to see, but they don’t shy away from showing the audience how rough life can get, just because of the colour of your skin. David unearthed a group of very talented individuals to play the boys – some of whom are first time actors! They brought a beautifully unique dimension to the film.

What inspired you to become involved with The Combination?

Inspired? Well I nearly expired when I got a call from David Field offering me the role of Sydney! Couldn’t believe it, rang him and John Pirrie back twice to make sure they weren’t pulling my leg. It was just the type of thing that happens to other people. I never imagined that I’d have the opportunity to work with such an exceptional group of people as the cast and crew of The Combination.

I had a lot of fun playing Sydney. She’s not a typical fatalist – she’s awkward, flawed, occasionally ignorant, but at the same time very forward thinking and independent. She’s comfortable in her own skin, but an obvious black sheep in her family. Sort of like a puzzle piece that doesn’t quite fit. Displaced, not so unlike the Lebanese characters in the film, who get called Aussie in one environment, and Wog in another. I can only hope I did her justice. David Field gave me the opportunity of a lifetime when he offered her to me.

Tell us about the cast & crew. What was the vibe like on set?

Always exciting! It was my first time on a film set, but I didn’t even get the chance to be nervous because there were so many seasoned professionals around me like Toby Oliver, Doris Younane and David Field, who were so wonderfully generous with advice and guidance. The cast was hilarious, the crew was hard working but easy going, there was never, ever a negative vibe on set. Everyone hung out with everyone – very much like family, but without the crazy uncle no one talks about.

There were many themes including racism and violence. In your opinion, what were the major messages portrayed by the movie?

Because the film employs such realism, ultimately it’s left to the audience to make up their own minds about the story they’ve just been a part of. But the film shows the futility of violence, it throws the every day injustice of the real world right at your feet. The heartbreak and fury I’ve witnessed different audiences experience whilst watching some scenes in the film is indicative of a common understanding. The film’s moral standing is organic, like life – lots of grey areas.


Short Stack phenomenon thus far

Short Stack is fast emerging as the hottest new young band in Australia. Their new single “Princess” was the highest debut single in the first week of March 2009. Their music is a blend of many genres, including punk, glam and indie. Their lyrics are honest, witty and tongue in cheek all stitched together with teenage confessions.

Over the last 18 months, the band has tapped into the power of the internet to showcase their musical abilities to astounding effect.  They placed clips of their music on YouTube & MySpace which led them to a recording deal. They have also established a following of 40,000 people worldwide & counting.

New Eyes Open Exhibition

The New Eyes Open Exhibition features works by thirty talented Australian artists. The exhibition runs from the 1st April to 9th April 2009.

New Eyes Open
aMBUSH Gallery
4A James Street, Waterloo, Sydney.

Shea Fisher – Album giveaway

Two Flat Whites in conjunction with our friends at Universal Music are giving ten (10) lucky people the chance to win Shea Fisher’s new album which was released on the 20th March 2009.

Two Flat Whites recently caught up with Shea for an interview. Shea has a unique style fusing country with pop. A true country girl at heart, Shea is a fantastic talent and has the skills to handle herself in the music industry. To view the interview click here.

If you would like to win the album, please email your name & postal address to info {at} twoflatwhites(.)com

Competition closes Sunday, 5th April 2009.

Quilt Relief – Some people go to Sound Relief others hit the sewing machines

Slotted between Mah Jong, Line Dancing and playgroup, 5 women meet every Tuesday at The Leisure Learning Centre at Balcombe Heights Baulkham Hills to quilt. Anne has been with the group since 1999 and explains the language of the craft, “Quilting has a language of its own such as ‘fat quarters’, piecing, stippling, blocks, rotary cutter, ‘Jelly Rolls’, rotating mat, templates… special names to reflect the finished appearance e.g. Grandmother’s Garden, Shoo Fly, Ohio Star, Flying Geese.”

Quilting has a history that spans the entire globe with ancient beginnings in most unlikely places.  The Bangladeshis quilted, the Dutch, Hawaiians did too, in fact, and all are still at it.  But perhaps the most influential are America’s Amish people. And yes, Anne assures me, men do quilt.


Samson & Delilah (2009)

Writer/Director Warwick Thornton is from the Katej people of Central Australia and grew up in Alice Springs.  His passion is to document his people’s stories and share them on a big screen.  He makes movies about his community, for his community.  While Thornton’s short-films have received numerous accolades from international film festivals, ‘Samson & Delilah’ is his debut feature-length film.

‘Samson & Delilah’ follows a straight narrative, with a beginning, middle, and end – or three acts.  The first shots of the film are centred on an adolescent Aboriginal boy, Samson (played by first-time actor Rowan McNamara), as he wakes up in his makeshift single-mattress bed.  The blazing Central Australian sun is streaming into his room, and his radio, tuned to an Indigenous country music station, is bursting with song praising the beautiful new day.  Samson adorns himself in a radiant yellow checked shirt, sweeps his sun-bleached matted hair from his face, and reaches for his morning mug.  These images are all quite delightful, so when we then see Samson engulf his entire mouth and nose in the mug, and inhale deeply, the depressing reality shatters this illusion.  Inside the mug is not freshly brewed coffee, as one may have thought, but greasy, grotty petroleum.  This opening montage sets the tone for the film, and informs the audience that there will be no rose-coloured glasses approach.

Despite this grim introduction, Thornton’s film is still best labeled as a (very raw) love story.  Samson’s clumsy and juvenile displays of affection are directed towards Delilah (also a first-time acting performance, played by Marrisa Gibson) – a girl around the same age, who lives with and cares for her elderly grandmother (Mitjili Naparangka Gibson).  At first, Delilah shrugs off Samson’s persistent advances, although her grandmother cackles at what she sees as an inevitable romance.  It is not until Delilah by chance spots Samson dancing in the middle of the night that she sees something in him that sparks an unconditional love.  Even as a voyeuristic audience member, there is a real feeling of intimacy in watching the half-naked young man express himself free of all inhibition.  Perhaps this outpouring of pure freedom is what ignites Delilah’s senses, and gives her a vision of hope for a brighter future.  In any case, it is a really profound moment and one that will be forever etched into the history of memorable scenes from great Australian films.


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