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The masters come alive in Canberra Here it is, they say, the greatest blockbuster exhibition the National Gallery of Australia has ever had – and, despite the Budget deficit, ACT taxpayers are helping out, too. JORIAN GARDNER was at the announcement and is counting the sleeps (and the cost) til December. “THIS truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for art lovers and first-timers, students and families to see these renowned works that many have grown up with in art history books,” waxed Federal Arts Minister Peter Garrett at the announcement of the “Masterpieces from Paris: Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond”. Presented in association with the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Canberra will be the world premiere for this exhibition between December 4 and April 5, which will then travel to Tokyo and San Francisco.
“Van Gogh's Bedroom at Arles” (detail) by Vincent van Gogh (1889).
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“Starry Night” (detail) by Vincent van Gogh (1888). Mr Stanhope said. "Tourism is vital to the ACT's economy contributing over $1.2 billion and accounting for almost 13,000 jobs. We knew we had to seize the chance to support this outstanding exhibition.” “Masterpieces from Paris” illustrates the arrival of modern art in Europe. The exhibition showcases seven van Goghs, nine Gauguins, eight Cézannes and eleven Seurats. In addition, there are many paintings by Bernard (five), Bonnard (nine), Denis (10), Monet (five) and Vuillard (eight), among others. Visitors will see van Gogh’s 1889 painting “Bedroom at Arles”, Gauguin’s famous 1891 work “Tahitian Women” and Cézanne’s beloved “Mount Saint-Victoire” (1890).
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Among the 114 paintings included in the exhibition are some of the best-known works of modern art including masterpieces by Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne, Georges Seurat, Pierre Bonnard, Claude Monet, Maurice Denis and Edouard Vuillard. “This is the most important exhibition to come to the National Gallery of Australia,” said director Ron Radford. “Never before have so many famous masterpieces been brought together for one exhibition in this country. These works almost never leave the Musée d’Orsay even singly and never before in these numbers.” The paintings are on tour during renovations at the Musée d’Orsay. The ACT Government is assisting with costs associated with the exhibition by pumping $500,000 from the yet-to-be announced “autumn event” budget, with Tourism Minster Andrew Barr saying that the NGA show will form the centrepiece of the autumn event to be announced later this year. “You can gauge from this that it might have some sort of French feel,” Mr Barr told “CityNews”. “There will be night openings of the NGA exhibition, food and wine events and other activities. All will be revealed before Christmas.” Chief Minster Jon Stanhope emphasised the importance of the NGA’s announcement to Canberra’s economy. "In the current economic climate… this exhibition will provide a boost to the ACT economy,”
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Danielle down and dirty
By Megan Haggan
WHEN Danielle Neale was in training for her trek along the Kokoda Track, she was a little concerned about how she would handle the insects and the monotony. But the 5½-day hike in the most difficult terrain imaginable has given her a new respect for the Australian servicemen who completed the gruelling journey during World War II, for the companions and Papua New Guinean porters who trekked with her, and for living in the moment. “I’m fairly fit, and our group did a lot of strategic training which we ramped up beforehand – so I didn’t contemplate an injury happening to me,” she says. Danielle, who featured on a “CityNews” cover in April, suffered an ilio-tibial band injury, which meant a great deal of physical pain on top of the physical demands of the trek itself. “Basically, the big muscles down the sides of my thigh locked up,” she told “CityNews”. “Getting uphill was painful, but downhill was worse – at times, I literally shook with pain.
“And we would often be going downhill for four or five hours at a time; the ups and downs are vertical, and what’s flat is swamps and river crossings that are as slippery as ice. “There’s no looking around at scenery, no eating on the way: There’s not one step that’s not deliberately placed, because it’s just too dangerous.” Despite her injury, Danielle found the strength to push on and complete the trek, which her group had organised to undertake to raise awareness for Gift of Life. Originally worried that the monotony of just walking each day would faze her, she found in the end that it wasn’t just comforting, but a matter of safety. “I miss it and I’m still adjusting to being back! It was implicit in the isolation – we’d get to the campsite, eat dinner, tell stories, and then bang, it was the next day and we’d start again. Monotony was reassuring because you didn’t know what sort of terrain you’d see the next day.” Danielle says meeting many of the people of Papua New Guinea – including
the oldest living Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel, who is 104 years old – was a highlight of the walk. “We also drew strength from thinking about what the World War II soldiers went through. “They weren’t trained, they weren’t equipped, they were malnourished and lugging cannons with them, and they had thousands of Japanese trying to kill them! And they still did it, and saved PNG and Australia.” Danielle and her companions went to Kokoda to raise awareness about organ donation, and with a new appreciation of life, Danielle urges Canberrans to talk to their loved ones about donating their organs in the event of their death. “Think about it, talk about it with your family – you could save a number of lives. Only three of us in the group were registered organ donors when we left, but we all (of 10 group members) are now.” And would she do it again? “Definitely,” she says. “It was a magnificent experience, it really was.”
Why there’s no place for prayers RECENTLY, former WA Premier and Federal MP, Carmen Lawrence in an op-ed piece in “The Sydney Morning Herald” strongly criticised the practice of beginning each day’s proceedings in Federal Parliament with two prayers. The first asks “Almighty God” to bless the Parliament and “direct and prosper” its deliberations for the advancement of “His glory” and – almost as an afterthought – “for the true welfare of the people of Australia”. The second is the Christian “Lord’s Prayer”. Carmen says some members – mostly on the Labor side – wait outside the chamber in a lobby till it’s done rather than take part in an exercise that blurs the lines between religion and politics. I applaud their strength of principle and would do the same. Politics is the art of the possible; religion admits no other possibility but that of the believer. It has no place in the Parliament of a secular, inclusive nation such as Australia. But what Ms Lawrence did not know is that the practice didn’t originate with either the Constitution or ancient Parliamentary practice as we all might imagine. In fact, it was introduced by one William
tactics that branded “The Prop” as it was known, as the epitome of the “capitalist oppressors” of the day. By Robert Macklin Elected to the Victorian Legislative Knox. And he was a real piece of work. Council in 1898, three years later while a By chance, I had come across Mr Knox director of BHP, he won a seat in Federal quite recently. Indeed, one of the joys of Parliament. It was he who wrote the writing books is that each one opens the prayer and moved a motion in the House door to a new world of utterly unexof Representatives for its recitation (with pected information. And next month my the “Lord’s Prayer”) each sitting day just magnum opus on the remarkable history before Question Time. of BHP Billiton hits the books stores, all I suspect that if the present-day Labor 530 pages of it, encompassing more than members knew the real story of the a century of our country’s industrial and prayers, even more would wait in the lobpolitical development. bies until the ritual ended, despite their Written with my frequent co-author present leader’s well-known religious Peter Thompson, it traces the amazing propensities. story of the Big Australian from its Incidentally, Knox’s Seat was Kooyong, humble beginnings in the Outback around which would later be occupied by a much Broken Hill to its pre-eminence on the more famous member, the great Robert international bourses as the biggest Menzies. But there, too, hangs a company miner in the world. tale that I have no room to relate here. But prominent within the early years However, as readers of our tome will of its journey is none other than William come to appreciate, it was for very good Knox. A former accountant, Knox became reason that in the 1950s a favourite chant secretary of the company in 1885 and in student campuses across the land rose to the board by masterminding, was, “There’ll always be a Menzies/while BHP’s vicious battles against the miners’ there’s a BHP”. union. Indeed, it was Knox’s aggressive firstname.lastname@example.org
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The disastrous whiff of corruption EVEN a whiff of corruption spells political disaster. This is one of the reasons that Malcolm Turnbull got a rush of blood and blindly leapt into the “Utegate” affair without thought and without due diligence. A political party that accepts bribes is tainted with inappropriate cash or does favours after receiving donations gets short shrift from voters. And rightly so! Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has just witnessed former Labor Minister Gordon Nuttal being jailed after receiving a seven-year sentence for corruptly receiving $360,000 in secret commissions. Now the Premier is wrestling with the pressure of inappropriate political donations. She is trying to clean up the taint of corruption associated with purchasing access to ministers. Memories of the corruption and cronyism of the Jo Bjelke-Petersen days are exacerbated by Labor “mateship”, special favours and the culture of “you owe me, mate”. Queenslanders are particularly sensitive. It is only two decades since the Fitzgerald Royal Commission revealed widespread political, bureaucratic and police corruption. After nearly 20 years of silence, Tony Fitzgerald recently launched a scathing attack on the ethics and accountability of the Queensland Government. Political parties across the nation will be watching how Ms Bligh provides leadership in handling this serious crisis. In the ACT, the Labor Party has moved to get rid of its dependence on gambling money and, with all other jurisdictions, should also pay attention to the issues being raised in Queensland.
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By Michael Moore Former ALP National Secretary and campaign director, Tim Gartrell, summarised the problem on ABCTV’s “Lateline” when he warned of the danger of going down the path of the American dependency on large political donations. He argued: “The core thing that drives campaign directors to go out and raise lots of money is this arms race. You know, the other side's out there doing it, you've got to match them”. He is absolutely right in suggesting that the key reform to ensure that our democracy is not handed over to big money is limiting the amount of spending. Big money has big influence. It is not just big donations from business and foreign influence, but also the level of donations from unions. In modern politics, party donations simply buy influence. Otherwise donations would be made to the one party that most closely aligned with the goals and aspirations of the donor. A quick scan of electoral declarations illustrates that the most-common form of large donation is one that goes to both parties. The overwhelmingly dominant reason for donors taking this approach is to purchase access and influence. And it works. Campaign dinners where business people spend multi-thousands of dollars to have dinner with a minister or other MP are currently the prime focus for Premier Bligh. Even though the money is not personal and goes to party coffers, purchasing access and influence in this way certainly has the smell of corruption. However, it is also good politics for the Queensland Premier to focus on this issue rather than more fundamental issues such as limits on spending. Getting rid of the fundraising business dinners suits Labor and, in the long term, will give it an advantage. Labor has a strong base of donations that come from the unions. The Liberals and Nationals rely much more heavily on business donations, making them more vulnerable to this approach. Attempts to address such concerns at a national level have bogged down in the Senate. Michael Moore is a former independent member of the ACT Legislative Assembly and minister for health.
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Hot-to-trot, Gary hits the hustings By Jorian Gardner
IS that the faint whiff of a Federal election? It certainly seems so if you go by the recent media statements and latest comments of the recently re-preselected ACT Liberal Senator Gary Humphries. A former Liberal Chief Minister, Humphries has previously said that as a federal representative he would, in general, stay off his former stamping ground of ACT politics – until it suits him, that is. But the senator knows that local politics impact on Federal elections and putting the boot into a perceived deflated local Labor outfit is an election-winning strategy. He has recently taken on Chief Minister Jon Stanhope over paid parking in the parliamentary triangle and criticised him about Co² emissions targets. Now he’s focusing on Labor’s in-fighting and the state of the Labor-Greens agreement. “It’s a government that appears to have fallen out of touch with the community, and no longer has their eye on the ball – or commitment to delivering for the ACT community,” Senator Humphries told “CityNews”.
“I sense no strategy or focus – the best evidence of which is the ballooning out of the ACT Budget deficit… they basically have lost the appetite for hard decisions.” Senator Humphries isn’t impressed with the local Greens, either, and given their stunning gains at the recent ACT election, he’d be worried that that might translate into the Federal poll. “The Greens are contributing to the malaise the Government has fallen into, by challenging all the tough decisions and posing before the cameras whenever a spending announcement is being made,” Senator Humphries said. “If the Greens had wanted to demonstrate an ability to buttress good government in this territory, they would have taken seats at the cabinet table. Instead, they focus continually on a range of small issues where their ‘solution’ is invariably the same: spend money the Territory taxpayer doesn’t have!” And in the event that Jon Stanhope doesn’t live to fight another day, who should take over from him as Chief Minister? “There’s only one viable replacement for Stanhope: Zed Seselja,” Senator Humphries said.
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Why those suits are sinking swimming Swimming’s governing body FINA has done its best to destroy the history and credibility of the sport, adding to dinner-table debates about the role of technology in elite swimming, says sports columnist TIM GAVEL. IT has taken a public outcry over the polyurethane swim suits to force FINA into action. If it wasn’t for the negative reaction to 43 world records at the world titles, the impression gained might be that FINA would have been quite happy to promote the “open slather” approach to the governance of swim suits. The bells should have been ringing loud and clear when FINA gave the go ahead for the shark-skin suits in 1996. Instead, we’ve witnessed a gradual progression of swimmers break records wearing suits that not only create buoyancy but correct stroke technique mid race. If this is not performance enhancing, what is? If world records were not so important to swimming then possibly it wouldn’t be a factor if, and only if, all swimmers at the elite level had access to the suits. The thing is that world records give swimming credibility. It is the same with many other sports. FINA, though, has a history of accommodating technological changes. Much of the success in swimming in the past was put down to improved training techniques with coaches such as Gennadi Touretsky studying the way fish move through the water and applying it to swimmers such as Alexandre Popov. But it appears FINA is not satisfied with getting the best out of an athlete by improving stroke techniques and training. There are new starting blocks at the AIS pool which allow swimmers to get greater projection off the blocks, new pools being built with special lane ropes and overflow guttering that disperses turbulent water.
You have to ask yourself; when is enough, enough? In track and field, the sport’s governing body modified the javelin because of complaints that it wasn’t spearing into the turf. So in 1986 the men’s javelin was modified, changing the centre of gravity. This resulted in the javelin head sticking into the ground, but also led to a decrease in distance. In response, manufacturers added holes and dimples to increase the distance before this was outlawed in 1991. All records set using such modifications were removed from the record books. Track and field though, still doesn’t know how to deal with the 400 metres world record set by the East German runner, Marita Koch, amidst allegations of systematic performance-enhancing drug use by Eastern Bloc athletes at the time. I have written about this many times and each time I get more upset about the fact that this record is still allowed to stand. It was set at Bruce Stadium in 1985. Since then, no runner has gone close to breaking it. Koch has not admitted to using drugs but the innuendo exists to this very day. Cricket is another sport which prides itself on records but it is hard to compare different eras when Don Bradman played on uncovered wickets. Now records are being set on wickets that are covered and are more batsman-friendly. Thankfully, cricket moved quickly to ensure aluminium bats were outlawed after the Dennis Lillee fiasco in 1979. Judging by the outcry over the super swim suits, sporting administrators need to be mindful of the heritage of their sports before they consider any change.
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The Indonesian Embassy will celebrate Independence Day with a free “Festival Indonesia”, featuring Indonesian food, music and dancing at 8 Darwin Avenue, Yarralumla, 10am-4pm, on Saturday, August 15.
Chief Minister Jon Stanhope presented $180,000 in grants to 100 community organisations at the Canberra Southern Cross Club’s Annual Community Support Grants luncheon. The grants were presented to community organisations that provided a range of services including health, education, palliative care and cultural activities.
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Maria’s site puts fun into fresh food KIDS need the opportunity to learn more about healthy eating and exercise – and it needs to be fun to engage them, says Maria Efkarpidis, director of the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets and creator of the new website activekids. bffm.com.au. Maria, mother to Soa, six and Argyri, eight, began plans for the website after hearing predictions that today’s generation of children would have a very high prevalence of Type II diabetes – which is frequently linked with poor lifestyle choices – in adulthood. Worried for her girls’ peers, she thought up the characters Broc, Alana, Tommy, Caz and more – and hopes they’ll become enduring local characters that will educate children about healthy eating for years to come. “When today’s kids grow up and if the markets are still around, they’ll be able to tell their own kids that they met Broc and shook his hand when he rst came out,” she says. The site, designed by wysdesign, has recipe ideas for kids as well as promoting existing Belconnen Fresh Food Markets’ projects such as the Crunch Club. “The more fun it is, the more kids will want to look at the site and explore different aspects of good food,” says Maria
Maria Efkarpidis, director of the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets and creator of activekids.bffm.com.au “They can go online, learn a few fun facts and jokes about fruit and vegetables – because kids always remember fun facts and enjoy passing them on – play games, and take part in giveaways and competitions.” Maria says it’s all part of a trend towards helping children and their parents make healthy lifestyle choices. “At the moment, schools are doing the same sort of thing: Making children more aware of health and tness issues,” she says.
“My children have to ll in an ACT Government booklet to show how active they are; it’s all compiled and then the school receives a grant for sports equipment.” A key message for healthy eating is that fast food isn’t as fast as it sounds, says Maria. “One time my children and I were leaving school – I was dropping the little one to ballet class, and the older said she wanted to get some fast food. “I said, ‘look at the line to buy it!’ It’s much easier and quicker to go home and get a healthy snack there, which is what we do. “Eating healthily isn’t hard, and it doesn’t have to take longer – we live in such a fast society now that healthy, quick options are there, too. “In the shops at the Belconnen Fresh Food Markets, there’s food packaged to be cooked or eaten quickly – things like ready-made stir fries and soups that the retailers put together – and it’s a lot better for you!” The site will be formally launched at the markets on Saturday, August 15, between 10am and 1pm. Kids can meet Broc and play on the website on the active terminals available on the day. For more information, visit activekids. bffm.com.au.
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Hospital planning clash COME September, ACT Health is to commence a billion dollar redevelopment program, mainly at the Woden hospital site. Step one, demolish the three-storey car park and build a nine-storey, 134 metres wide car park tower on a larger footprint on the same site. Trouble is, this car park tower will clash with National Health Facilities Guidelines. ACT Health planners must have known this long ago. The new car park will span the northern boundary of the planned new acute care mental hospital site – which is being designed as a single-storey building surrounded by landscaped gardens. Under the guidelines, acute mental health care requires “quiet spaces”. This car park tower will attract 10,000 vehicle movements per day, as the main traffic hub for the hospital. The guidelines also note: “Location of the unit needs to ensure that the general public and patients in other parts of the facility cannot see into the building or outdoor areas. This may be an issue with adjoining multi-storey buildings creating sensations of being overlooked thus compromising privacy, and also creating sensations of being ‘hemmed in’.” How can such a major planning error occur in Canberra?
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ENJOYED your article about speed cameras in the current edition of “CityNews” (CN, August 6). You may wish to check with local traffic agencies or other sources, but you may find that the strip in the middle of a duplicated road is called a “median” strip, rather than a “medium” strip. The origin of the term most likely comes for the meaning of the word “median” which refers to half being on one side and half being on the other side of that median point (this is also a term used in statistics, meaning the mid-point of a series of data with half of the values greater than, and half of the values less than the median value)
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By Catherine Carter such as ANU’s Professor Will Steffen; Achmin Steiner, the executive director of the UN Environment Program and Professor Hubert Gijzen, who directs the UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific. Local and international environmental groups are represented, too. Paul Gilding, former CEO of Greenpeace International, for example, will be speaking. Geoscientists and energy engineers will speak of renewable power options for homes and offices as well as vehicular transport, and the final day of the conference will be looking towards the future. This event, presented by organisations that include the Property Council, the UN Association of Australia (ACT), the ACT Government, the ANU Climate Change Institute, the Conservation Council and See Change, is the perfect opportunity to address the progress Canberra has made in the past 12 months and to introduce the new initiatives needed for successful steps forward towards a cleaner, green future. Catherine Carter is the executive director of the Property Council of Australia (ACT). Winners among the Bollywood bash – Page 26
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When Fred went flirting abroad By Helen Musa WHAT an example Frederick McCubbin is to all of us when it came to his brief flirtation with “overseas.” Born in Melbourne in 1855, McCubbin was essentially a stay-at-home. Living either in suburban Melbourne or at Mount Macedon, the father of seven never gave up his day job teaching drawing after the National Gallery of Victoria’s Art School. He simply took six months leave of absence in May 1907 to go to Europe. His students presented “the Prof” with an inscribed bag and 100 sovereigns. “They loved him,” says exhibition curator and head of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Australia, Anna Gray. Her new exhibition at the NGA,
“McCubbin: Last Impressions 1907–17” is built on the premise that the works McCubbin produced after he got back from o/s in November 1907, were his finest. NGA director Ron Radford, is embarrassed at sounding “harsh and even unpatriotic,” but nonetheless derides McCubbin’s early Australian bush paintings as “sentimental as subjects and uninspired in execution”. That’s a bit harsh, Gray says. His earlier efforts “captured the essence of the bush”. But it is quite extraordinary that nobody thought of doing this exhibition of late works before. As his old classmate Tom Roberts wrote to him, “you’ve left the best wine till last”, but alas, McCubbin’s melancholy bush paintings ensured that his reputation was locked back in
Frederick McCubbin “Collins Street” c 1915.
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the 1890s. Until now. Unlike his contemporaries Arthur Streeton and Roberts, McCubbin was an unrepentant expat, openly dismissive of the snobbery in the London Academy, though impressed by the works of his idols JMW Turner and Constable. Once in Paris, he was influenced by Monet, though his previous knowledge of Camille Pissarro ensured that he “walked down the Boulevarde Montmartre with Pissarro’s eyes”. After about six months, he went home with no sense of “I’m just a colonial”. Back in Melbourne, he worked like a man inspired, splashing, pouring and flecking with his brush and palette knife – “a bit like Jackson Pollack,” Gray says. By 1909, McCubbin was writing to Roberts, “in our past work we have been too timid”. Newly aware that “we have more colour in our landscape escape than they have in England and more light”, he abandoned his early grey-greens and adopted a full palette with purples and golds. There was no timidity either in paint handling or in subject matter. His early paintings had been about people of the past,” Gray says, “but now in his paintings he encompassed the modern world – cities, factories, industry, trams”. He even bought himself a motorcar in 1915. Bush pixies from an earlier time were painted out and replaced with real children, his own. He painted optimistic subjects with spectacular sunsets and people actually doing things. Gray says McCubbin was never bowed by the traditions of Europe. On the contrary, she concludes, his time overseas “gave him a shot in the arm”. “McCubbin: Last Impressions 190717”, until November 1.
Rhonda Burchmore… “I’ll be showing a lot of cheek, that’s for sure!”
Red, hot and Rhonda By Jorian Gardner “You’ve got to use what you got while you’ve still got it!” laughs Australian entertainment legend Rhonda Burchmore as she talks with “CityNews” during a break from rehearsals for her new show “Red, Hot and Saucy”. “This will be Rhonda as you have never seen her before!” she says, promising her Canberra shows later this month at the cabaret venue Teatro Vivaldi will be an evening of “cheekiness”, combined with what Burchmore is renowned across the nation for – singing up a storm! Rhonda Burchmore is one of the most universally loved Australian performers. She’s been treading the boards since the age of two and throughout her career has made a distinctive impression on audiences with her dazzling dance steps, su-
perb comic timing, and effervescent personality – not to mention her easy-on-the-eye good looks. “Now the show is called ‘Red, Hot and Saucy’ – that’s ‘red’ for my hair, ‘hot’ for the red-hot songs we’ll be doing and ‘saucy’ – well, it ain’t the bottles on the tables – I’ll let you work that one out,” she says. “For this show, I’ll be showing a lot of cheek, that’s for sure! “There’ll be songs from the likes of Sophie Tucker, Bessie Smith, and Mae West as well as tongue-in-cheek humour à la Bette Midler. I am basically paying tribute to the naughty ladies of cabaret and theatre – all those ‘great women in control’ sprinkled with other favourites. I even do a version of ‘Help Me, Rhonda’.” “Red, Hot and Saucy”, Teatro Vivaldi’s at the ANU, August 21 and 22.
‘Kate’ tests comfort zones “Beautiful Kate” (MA) RACHEL Ward’s first screenplay adapts an American novel into a powerful drama that she has directed into a cracking good film, which no single generic label adequately describes. “Beautiful Kate” is an art-house film deserving wide public acceptance like “Shine” and “The Piano” had. Telling it like it is, from a dying man’s intimate dysfunctions to those of a damaged family, it evokes Tennessee Williams at his most provocative. It challenges our comfort zones. It ventures confidently into erotic fields, one not far removed from that which in a different context recently drew opprobrium from narrow minds including the Prime Minister’s, another touching on an age-old taboo. Ward’s husband Bryan Brown (who co-produced) plays widower Bruce carrying the grief of daughter Kate’s death in a road accident and the suicide of his eldest son 20 years ago. Kate’s twin Ned (Ben Mendelsohn) returns to the run-down family farm in SA to see Bruce before he dies. There’s been ill feeling between the two since before Ned left. Brown and Mendelsohn deliver knockout performances. Rachel Griffiths brings compassion to younger daughter Sally, who has sublimated her own chance of a fulfilling life to caring for Bruce. Sophie Lowe is marvellous as the tragic, vulnerable Kate. I consider contests to choose a creative endeavour as “best” in its category, to be hubristic delusions based on subjective evaluations manipulated to satisfy self-interest. But creative achievements occasionally come along that genuinely deserve all the praise and adulation they get. “Beautiful Kate” merits selection in most major categories at the next AFI awards. At Dendy
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“The Ugly Truth” (MA) ABBY (Katherine Heigl) produces a morning TV talk show. Mike (Gerard Butler) has a late-night TV opinion show. Abby anonymously phones Mike to dispute his attitudes about men, women and sexuality. Next morning, Abby arrives at the studio to learn that Mike has just been signed up for a gig on her show.
When the wider world called THIS extraordinarily successful play, based on a popular novel, film and earlier play, is neither a hilarious farce nor a sentimental comedy. Rather, the story of two institutionalised characters let loose takes a pretty serious look at the “odd couple” situation. Though originating in Norway, the situation where people are released from an asylum into the wider world and asked to cope is very familiar to Australians. Quietly directed by Pamela Rabe, the quirkiness of the characters Elling, played by Darren Gilshenan and Kjell-Bjarne, played by Lachy Hulme, takes a while to unfold. Only at the end when furniture and books are being thrown around the stage does Gilshenan get to play any of the breakneck farce for which he is famous. But mostly he and Hulme play it for real – and they still get their laughs. This is a well-balanced cast, with Glenn Hazeldine as Frank, the “voice of reason” social worker, Yael Stone petite and weird as all the
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“Sense and Sensibility” Adapted by Jodi McAlister from Jane Austen’s novel, directed by Liz Bradley for Free Rain Theatre, Courtyard Studio, until August 22. Reviewed by Helen Musa
IN this mildly-scary animation of a children’s story by Neil Gaiman, 10-year-old Coraline rebels against the lifestyle change when her parents move to an old country house where they can write books. A secret door in an upper-floor room leads Coraline to a wonderful new world where new replicate parents are only too happy to pander to her every wish. But having a wish granted can lead to undesired consequences. Giant spiders and other creepy-crawlies make her life a challenge needing all her courage to meet. Director Henry Selick and his animators do a fine job illustrating the story. If the excited six-year-old boy sitting in front of me is any guide, the scary bits are not so frightening as to render the film unsuitable for single-digit ages. Only once did the plot appear to confuse him and when it got sorted out, his enthusiasm continued unabated. He’s going to recommend it to his friends. Who am I to decry such worthy ambition? At all Canberra cinemas
Sophie Lowe… “Marvellous as the tragic, vulnerable Kate in ‘Beautiful Kate’.” “The Ugly Truth” is a romantic comedy that tries to analyse the difference between sex with and without love. Within five minutes, we know how the romance will end. As comedy, the screenplay by Karen Lutz wastes many opportunities to be clever. It invites Abby to choose between her somewhat conventional neighbour Dr. Colin (Eric Winter) and Mike’s non-conformism. Its only really comic passage comes when, at a company function, Abby, wearing knickers containing a built-in vibrator, accidentally drops the remote control, which another guest finds and tries to use. But Abby’s orgasms don’t compare with Sally’s in “When Harry Met Sally”. At all Canberra cinemas
IN her adaptation of Jane Austen’s ironic novel about a bereaved family making its way in society, Canberra writer and performer Jodi McAlister uses broad brushstrokes rather than subtle interaction. This gave a coarse flavour to the production that director Liz Bradley could not ward off, though she elicited restrained and convincing performances from Alex de Toth as Elinor, James Scott as Col. Brandon and Martin Searles as Edward Ferrars. They left their emotions where they belonged – on the inside. By contrast, Ylaria Rogers as the poetic sister Marianne let it all hang out; throwing herself around the stage in an un-Austen excess of behaviour that gave no hint of a refined sensibility. Ben Westcott as Mr Willoughby was too young and green to play a subtle character who is half-bounder, half genuine lover. Hilarious as it was, Anna Voronoff’s portrayal of the wicked stepsister Fanny was straight out of Victorian melodrama. Dahlia Kruyer as the ingratiating Miss Lucy Steel was heavy-handed in her hypocrisy. Backed by a set of slide projections that overshadowed the action and crammed on to a tiny stage, the cast had little scope for the elegant physical movements that would have indicated both sense and sensibility.
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“Elling” Adapted by Simon Bent, directed by Pamela Rabe for Sydney Theatre Company at the Playhouse. Season closed. Reviewed by Helen Musa women and Frank Whitten mysterious as the elderly poet Alphonse, who enriches the play’s “real world.”
Unpretentious and engaging Beckett EMOTIONAL isolation was captured in a profound way by actress Micki Beckett; the moments of remembering and speaking blurred present and past in a fixed state of capture. There was no clicking clock; only bells announcing some beginning and end of moments which repeat with varying intensity. Micki Beckett’s delivery of Winnie’s words was also filled with a sigh of resignation. The absurdity of her character’s situation was evident. Yet there was nothing she could do; nor does she desire to do anything about it. What does this say about life? Graham Robertson highlighted this dilemma in a controlled performance that elevated the sculpture of the work into visual poetry. In his
“Happy Days” By Samuel Beckett, directed by Geoffrey Borny, Tuggeranong Arts Centre, season closed. Reviewed by Joe Woodward final moments as a crawling figure in a dinner suit, he managed to convey the sense of otherness and impossibility. Borny’s direction was clear and precise in the spirit of Beckett’s writing. It is hoped the work will be revived for additional seasons. Beckett’s work opens so many doors for theatrical and artistic expression. It bridges the gap between theatre and installation. This production achieved this connection in an unpretentious and engaging way.
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By Wendy Johnson MORE Canberra suburbs are offering great little places to eat, including the Torrens shops, which has a new restaurant where Pinocchio operated for 23 years. Pistachio Dining at Torrens is chef David Keeley’s first restaurant. He’s hit a nice level and describes the experience as “beautiful dining”. While at night Pistachio has white table cloths, lovely music and attentive service, the price is right so you can afford to visit regularly. When you first walk in you notice the feature wall painted in the pale yellowgreen colour of the pistachio and, when seated, small white dishes filled with this distinctive flavoured nut. David has worked with top-notch players in the industry. He learned traditional technique while working with Belgian chef Jean Luc Obers at the former Chez Moustache and then multiple award-winning James Mussillon at Aubergine and Courgette. David then became executive chef at Mussillon’s third restaurant, Sabayon: “I always wanted to own a place where people can dine without having to travel far.” Pistachio’s menu isn’t huge, but it holds strong interest. Entrées are $16 and mains $25. The ravioli braised rabbit with Jerusalem artichokes and braising juices was wonderful – the meat tender and flavours rich and sweet. Rabbit farming is a fastgrowing industry here and if you’ve never tried the meat, you should. My entrée was just as delightful… crumbed lamb brains with crisp spec, baby spinach and split jus. I was curious about how pista-
Seared scallops with herb gnocchi, butternut pumpkin and crisp sage leaves. chios would play out on the menu and We thoroughly enjoyed the 2008 Ministry so ordered the stuffed chicken breasts Senator Chardonnay from Murrumbateman for my main. The dish was created ($28 or $8 by the glass). Although tempting, with pistachios, mushroom duxelle and there was no room for dessert this time. But pot-roasted vegetables. It’s a winner. My I’ll be back and promise to indulge then. friend, a duck lover through and through, pronounced the confit duck leg with Peking p.s. Here’s a tip for opening pesky duck pastie, savoy cabbage purée and pistachio nuts (the ones with the shell only sherry vinaigrette another winner – it was open a tiny bit). Don’t use your finger nails the evening’s second rich dish, but worth or teeth. Grab another nut, push its small, every bite. pointy end into the nut you’re trying to Pistachio’s wine list only offers open and give it a good twist. Voila – you regional wines, all fantastic quality. David have your nut! has cultivated relationships with local wine makers and decided to entirely support the Pistachio is open Wednesday to Friday region. “Why go somewhere else, when lunch (12pm to 3pm) and Tuesday to it’s all here in our own backyard?” he asks. Saturday dinner (6pm to 10pm).
Library hosts Mexican great THE Embassy of Mexico in Australia together with the Civic Library has launched an exhibition of photographs taken in the 1920s by one of Mexico's finest photographers, Tina Modotti. The revolutionary Italian avant-garde photographer began her career as an actress and model, posing for photographers, including Edward Weston. In 1923 Modotti moved with Weston to Mexico City, where she ran his photographic studio in exchange for lessons in photography. Her early work explored elements of nature and architectural detail. Later influenced by the great political and cultural fervour during the Mexican revolution, she used the camera as an instrument of inquiry and political communication. She photographed artists and people in daily life, as well as exploring the genre of still life. The exhibition runs until August 31.
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ARTS IN THE CITY THE master of shock rock Alice Cooper plays the Royal Theatre on August 26. Renowned for his highly theatrical and entertaining shows, who knows what he will get up to on this tour! Tickets from ticketek. com.au. local boy Bruce Davie, of Torrens, has been nominated for best short film at the 42nd annual AWGIE Awards, which celebrate the best of Australian scriptwriting. Prizes will be presented by The Australian Writers' Guild in Sydney on August 28. CANBERRA’S latest acronym is ACTMEN, the ACT Music Educators Network, which despite the abbreviation has plenty of women, though the masterminds appear to be Michael Sollis, from Music Viva, and Matthew Irving, of Radford
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Alice Cooper… the master of shock rock. College. Visit www.actmen. org.au. LOCAL rapper and slam poet Omar Musa will appear in a first-draft play about life in Sydney at the NIDA theatre on August 18. Staged by British choreographer–director Jonzi D, the play has been in workshop for the past month. After returning to London to script the work, he will be back to stage the full version in early 2010.
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Spring means the beginning of bridal season and time to get planning, whether it’s a long engagement or short! There’s such a big to-do list: cake, flowers, photography, make-up and hair, celebrant, stationery, cars… not to mention finding the perfect venue not just for the reception, but hen’s and buck’s nights, rehearsal dinners and more.
Whichever way we look at it, the wedding day is a big investment of time and money. So to help Canberran couples get ready for their big day, “CityNews” got some advice from some of the ACT’s top wedding suppliers…
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WOMEN want to look and feel their best on their wedding day, inside and out, says Lina Prego, of Avida Wellness Clinic in Bailey’s Corner, Civic. “The bride is the centre of attention, and the number-one objective of the cameras!” she says. “It’s fundamental that her face, body and skin are firm, luminous and looking their best. “It’s not just about getting their hair and make-up done. It’s a whole body image, making non-invasive cosmetic procedures very high in demand – and why not, when you can look your very best on your wedding day, and every other day, naturally without surgery or injectables?” The most popular treatments are non-surgical liposuction for the belly, bottom, arms and legs, she says; as well as cellulite removal, oxygen facials, skin lifting, permanent hair reduction, teeth whitening and body wraps.
PRESTIGE is much more than just a magazine and internet publisher of some of the most popular wedding guides in the country, the Queensland company also operates major wedding fairs, including the Canberra Bridal Expo. The expo, to be held on August 23 at Exhibition Park in Mitchell, has been held biannually for many years, and is regarded as the biggest and best in Canberra. The event is run in conjunction with Prestige’s popular site weddingguide.com.au, which is a source of great ideas, useful information, stunning bridal images and a complete wedding planner to help couples plan their wedding. “Our guides spring to life at the Wedding Expo”, says publisher Jeff Vink. “There are tonnes of great exhibitors with everyone you’ll need to plan your wedding, as well as great demonstrations and magnificent fashion parades – a must for every bride-to-be.”
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Wedding photos should celebrate the couple’s personalities, says Robeccer McLean.
Capturing something creative ONE of the biggest trends in wedding photography is towards creativity and fun, rather than staid shots, says Robeccer McLean, of Adori Studios in Wanniassa. Robeccer, who recently won three Australian Institute of Professional Photography Awards, says: “Many couples want something creative that’s unique to them, and to make sure their personalities re-
ally come out in their wedding photos – that their quirkiness is captured. “They want a true representation of what it is they’re about.” This can mean ensuring that small but important details which can mean a lot to people – “for example, if the bride’s father has passed away and she has attached his wedding ring to her dress – things like that which a lot of photographers
don’t see” – are represented in the photos. “It’s really important to connect with your photographer; if you connect with them, you’ll be happy with the end product, which will be all about you. “Wedding photos are something which will last for many years to come!” For more information visit www.adoristudios.com.au or call 0412 084415.
Low-fuss, high-style precinct THE NewActon precinct, a unique mix of heritage and ultra-modern elements, is the perfect place for contemporary weddings, say its tenants – as it’s virtually a one-stop-shop. “There’s everything here from a spa to a hotel; so many options are all here together,” says Bria Sydney, owner of the Parlour Wine Bar at NewActon. “We have the ability to cater for so much: there’s a day spa here, a boutique hotel where the couple and their guests can stay; and Du Jour make beautiful cakes.”
Konstanze Werhahn, marketing manager of the Diamant Hotel, agrees. “You don’t have to go anywhere else! We have everything on the ground at NewActon, which is great – and interstate family and friends can stay in a wonderful heritage room and no need to worry about finding a taxi. “We’re so close to the lake and have landscaped gardens all around which are a beautiful view from the window, and of course are so close for wedding photographs.”
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All the fun of the wedding fair MAY next year will see a host of local bridal providers exhibit at the Canberra Wedding Fair, showcasing everything from celebrants and make-up artists to photographers, venues, stationers and gowns. More than 90 local businesses will be featured, says event organiser Andy Obst. Two fashion parades will feature bridal wear for all members of the bridal party. “You’re in for a real treat, with local vendors lending their designer gowns, men’s suits, elegant jewellery and gorgeous floral bouquets to inspire the bride and groom for their big day,” Andy says.
A highlight will be the wedding fair competition, with prizes donated by participating vendors. Visitors need to enter the draw before attending, by visiting a participating vendor’s business. The Canberra Wedding Fair will be held on Sunday, May 16, at the Australian Institute of Sport, from 10am to 4pm. Entry is $8, with the competition draws taking place at 3.30pm and the fashion parades at 11.30am and 2.30pm. For more information visit www.canberraweddingfair.com.au or call 1300 654 086.
Well-kept secret IT’S a unique heritage setting for weddings – yet it remains one of Canberra’s best-kept secrets for functions, says University House’s Walter Sauer. “The number of people who say they didn’t know it was here, or that it could be used by the public, is amazing,” Walter says of the boutique hotel and venue. As well as offering a heritage setting with original artwork – the 1950s building, which was built as accommodation for academics, has been carefully preserved – there are tranquil gardens which can accommodate functions for 1000 guests. “When the bride and groom have retired, friends and family can stay back at the same venue and retire to the small bar and then go back to their room – so it’s a one-stop-shop on the night.” For more information visit www.anu. edu.au/unihouse or call 6125 5211. University House… heritage setting.
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advertising feature A matter of trust WHEN it comes to capturing once-in-a-lifetime events such as weddings, there’s nothing more important than being able to trust your photographer, says award-winning photographer Kelly Tunney. “Everyone knows someone who’s had a bad wedding photography experience – which is why it’s so important to choose a professional, full-time photographer with a lot of experience in shooting weddings,” she says. “Weddings are unpredictable, and alive with their own atmosphere all day long, so you need a reliable photographer to capture that.” A good photographer can be trusted to always have a Plan B up his or her sleeve if there are any problems, such as rain when an outdoor shoot had been planned. There are a couple of good ways to start our search, says Kelly – first, getting recommendations from family and friends, and second, seeking help from a professional organisation such as the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (see www.aipp.com.au). Kelly suggests we always make the time to develop a relationship with a photographer we’re considering, and ensuring that he or she understands what we want from our photographs, and the theme of the big day. “Because photography’s such a visual medium, people really need to like what they’re looking at.
Photography by Kelly Tunney… all about capturing the spirit of an individual marriage. “That’s why I always ask lots of questions about what a couple’s looking for, to make sure we’re the right fit. “I’ve done everything from very formal, traditional ceremonies to very relaxed weddings; and shot in really unusual spots like shopping centres, Bunda Street in Civic and even underground car parks.” For more information visit www.kellytunney. com.au or call 6251 8555.
Event planner at your service THE expanded and refurbished Rex Hotel is currently putting together its new wedding packages, and boasts a dedicated event planner. The Rex has several meeting rooms available
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As a wedding reception venue, The Canberra Rex Hotel offers a range of beautiful rooms perfectly suited to hosting one of the most important and joyous days of you life. Offering tailor-made, yet affordable packages with great ﬂexibility – catering for smaller intimate wedding banquets to large wedding receptions. You can relax in the knowledge that our professional, capable and caring team has a wealth of experience and will work in partnership with you from the early planning stages to ensure you have a captivating and unforgettable day. At the Canberra Rex Hotel, nothing is impossible! If you are planning an event to remember, please organise a personalised tour of the current facilities by contacting our Events Department on 6248 5311 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Capture the moment A BIG trend in wedding photography is photojournalism, says Thierry Nguyen, of Nomad Photography. “A lot of photographers will call themselves photojournalism wedding photographers and just snap everything on the ‘set’ – but a professional wedding photographer is a story-teller, not a happy snapper,” says the awardwinning photographer. “A good photojournalism wedding photographer is one who knows what to look for, where and when to look for it, and be ready to capture it. “The emotion of the mother of the bride, grandma or father of the bride is not something you can ask to pose! You only have one chance to capture it, and you have to do it right.” Thierry suggests couples book their wedding photographer a year ahead, to ensure they get the accredited photographer they want. “It gives the couple the peace of mind that a professional will help to preserve their most important day.” For more information visit www.nomadphotography.com.au or call 0402 185397. Book ahead for peace of mind, says Thierry Nguyen.
A different wedding experience MEN of the Hour Productions are a Canberrabased multimedia company that produce high-quality professional videos of your special day. “We like to think that we give a uniquely different wedding video experience,” says Daniel Sanguineti, from Men of the Hour. “Being feature film and short-film makers, we shoot and edit your wedding like a personalised documentary, styled and suited by you months before the event.” From conception to final product, Men of the Hour look to produce wedding videos that
couples will treasure forever with the most competitive pricing in the national capital. “On the big day, we strictly follow our planned schedule,” enthuses Daniel. “We strategically place ourselves so we are able to catch every intimate moment from different aspects.” With some of Canberra’s leading video professionals and creative’s, Men of the Hour Productions can guarantee a distinct and memorable record of your wedding day. To book a consultation call 0409 072549 or email email@example.com.
advertising feature It’s all about gowns that flatter THE average first-time bride is 28 years old, according to latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics – by which time she’s likely developed her own personal style. It’s one reason why many local brides choose Anita J Bridal, says owner and designer Anita Sommer, who told “CityNews” that she tends to design gowns which flatter and suit individual brides, rather than being dictated to by the whims of fashion. Many of her styles are inspired by vintage and Hollywood glamour, says Anita. “Lots of ruching doesn’t always cover up bellies and so on – instead, a very simple, beautifully-fitting gown will do much more for a bride. “Extra layers can make someone look bigger than she
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says it’s simpler for her to tailor her styles to suit each bride. She also creates garments for flower girls, mothers of the bride or groom, and bridesmaids. Anita says it’s important that brides feel comfortable with the dress they’ve chosen, as it’s a focal point of their big day. “Don’t be too easily swayed by other people’s opinions,” she advises. “A lot of people bring an entourage when they’re dress shopping, which can be a bit off-putting for the bride, and she can end up with something that other people like. Bridal gowns need to flatter “My dresses are about an individual bride, says flattering the bride, rather than designer Anita Sommer. letting her be overwhelmed by really is. I’m all about flattering her dress.” the figure.” For more information visit Because she’s a designer anitajbridal.com.au or call 6297 herself, not just a stockist, Anita 1558.
Valerie likes to tailor the ceremony USING a celebrant gives couples the room to move many of them want in order to tailor their ceremony to their own needs and wishes, says Chapman celebrant Valerie Sellers. “It seems to be quite a big trend these days,” she told “CityNews”. “People can personalise their wedding – have it at the beach, the park or the back garden. It takes away a lot of the restrictions.” Many 21st-century couples write their own vows, she says. “And particularly with second marriages,
it’s nice to be able to involve children and extended family to make the day even more special.” Once a couple has ascertained that a celebrant is authorised, they should make their choice based on how well they connect personally with the celebrant, Valerie says. “Then all the legal paperwork is completed and lodged, and it goes from there.” For more information visit www.valliecelebrations.yodel.com.au or call 6288 9632.
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RYDGES Capital Hill offers a tranquil setting in luxury surroundings, with function rooms able to cater for up to 150 guests. With options suitable for intimate gatherings or more extravagant occasions, there’s an indoor garden atrium with a private room which opens on to it; and fully private upstairs rooms with a large outdoor terrace. The indoor atrium also offers a wet weather solution, with natural surroundings – and the hotel also has honeymoon suites with nextday champagne breakfast. For more information visit www. rydges.com or call 6295 3144.
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A lot of Canberra couples are looking past the traditional limousine to something different for bridal transport – and a performance car is a fun (and often noisy!) way to arrive at the ceremony, says Rob van Heuzen, manager and founder of Performance Wedding Cars. “We offer something a bit different – people want a bit of excitement at their weddings!” he told “CityNews”. With a line-up of cars including classic Mustangs and CBrock Commodores, and modern performance cars such as HSV Clubsports, a Chrysler 300C, Holden Monaros and Ford XR6 Turbos, there’s a wide range to
BUILT in 1927 to house those who came to Canberra for the opening of Old Parliament House, the Brassey Hotel in Barton has always been a place of accommodation, says the hotel’s Mark Huck. With a heritage backdrop that’s ideal for wedding photographs, the four-star, AAA-rated hotel boasts a private courtyard that offers privacy for the photographic session, Mark says – and its grand entrance faces the Belmore Gardens.
choose from, he says. “Every one of these cars is owned by an enthusiast, and the classic ones have been immaculately restored. “People are moving away from subtle colours like white, too, and we often find that black cars provide a great contrast to the wedding dress. “The cars can also fit in with colour themes – for example if someone’s doing a red and black theme we can supply black cars with a stand-out red one. “It’s a really different bridal experience – fun and noisy!” For more information visit www.pwcars.com.au or call 6262 3899. This 1965 Ford Mustang Coupe makes for a different bridal experience.
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“It’s one of our little secrets. We’ve had corporate guests who didn’t even know it was there, and it can’t be seen from the street. “There’s a ballroom which can take up to 140 with a dance floor (all weddings want one!) and smaller rooms for weddings with 60 guests. “We’re not a member of a chain, or just an old hotel, but a unique heritage building.” For more information visit www. brassey.net.au or call 6273 3766.
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BRIDAL bouquets and flower arrangements are all about flexibility, says Lisa Walsch, of Flowers With Love – whether it’s as simple as a bouquet or as complex as a huge wedding with all the trimmings. “Many couples are quite conservative and want traditional bouquets; others want to come and design something really different or over the top – I do it all!” she says “Most of my appointments are after hours as well, which suits a lot of people.” Lisa says that about 80 to 90 per cent of her work is with fresh flowers, but being able to offer artificial blooms as well gives her brides a lot more options. “This year, I’ve done a fair few artificial flowers, though – I think people realise they can keep them that way; or sometimes they really want a flower that’s out of season. “I have one bride whose fiancé is Dutch, so they really want tulips; but they’re getting married in December so they’ll use artificial flowers. “The quality these days is so wonderful that you can’t tell the difference.” For more information call 6255 8355.
IT’S important that the bridal couple get a chance to relax during their big day, says Brad Coelho, of the Rydges Lakeside. “That’s why we have complimentary canapes – when they’ve finished taking the wedding pictures, we have in our packages some time for them to go up to the bridal suite and relax with canapes and champagne before heading into the next actionpacked few hours,” he says. The Rydges also offers the honeymoon suite as a complimentary part of its wedding packages. “We can organise as much or as little as people like,” he says. “We have a lot of brides who come in quite frazzled at the prospect of how much there is to do, and our conference staff are very good at
taking them through the process and helping them decide what they want.” The Rydges Lakeside offers personalised wedding menu tastings to the bridal couple when the reception’s in the planning stages, and can help them work through their decision, including which wines to present. “We do a lot of very different weddings – from very small ones to big ethnic weddings, including one recently where we had live musicians brought up from Melbourne; we also do shared platters for those whose culture prefer them – we’re very flexible.” For more information visit www.rydges.com or call 6247 6244.
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Hilary Wardhaugh – who has won the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers ACT Photographer of the Year five times in the last nine years – is changing her business to become more environmentally sustainable, she told “CityNews”. “This means I’m conscious of how I run the business, in terms of everything from how management to transport,” she says. Hilary has just begun a service whereby she puts together hand-bound wedding albums in the ACT, rather than sending them away to be processed. “I’ve sourced some fine art paper which is completely archival and which can be printed and put into an album locally. “Many albums use a lot of petroleum-based products and I think a lot more couples want something more sustainable.” Hilary says that when it comes to the photography itself, she’s a fan of capturing the spirit of the day – “there’s a limited number of posed shots – I take a softer approach to wedding photography, which is aimed at letting people feel comfortable.” For more information visit www.hwp.com.au or call 6286 9631.
Bridal make-up is seeing a return to glamour, says make-up artist Melissa Rusconi, of Rogue Models. “It’s a very glamorous, smoky-eyed look, with nude lips and dewy skin,” she says. “The focus tends very much to be on eyes, and we’ve had a number of requests for false lashes. “I love these, as I have a stage make-up background, and I think this look is becoming more popular because brides know it comes up so well in photographs. “It’s also the most lasting look and won’t date quickly.” For more information, visit www. roguemodels.com.au.
Beautiful bridesmaids The bride isn’t the only one who wants to look great on the wedding day – it’s also important to consider the feelings of bridesmaids, says Melissa Rusconi, of Bovolino, in the Canberra Centre. “Wedding parties these days don’t necessarily go for one specific style to try and suit every girl in the party,” says Melissa. “These days brides are opting to go for a theme, for example a colour scheme so that each bridesmaid can have a style that suits them.” This way there’s still a cohesive “look” to the party, yet every member is able to look their best, she says. Bovolino is new to City Walk in the Canberra Centre and is also suitable for guests looking for something glamorous. “We have a lot of fashion that previously was only available in Sydney and Melbourne: Lots of overseas labels, very red-carpet gowns as well as cocktail dresses.” For more information call 6257 1111
Make-up with experience When choosing a make-up artist for the wedding day, it’s important to look for a supplier with experience, says professional make-up artist Melissa Delfino, who has worked for more than 10 years in Sydney, Melbourne, Italy and now Canberra. Melissa, who has worked on celebrities such as Jackie O, Geoff Jansz and Ita Buttrose, as well as doing fashion parades and corporate work, now specialises in Canberra weddings and uses the MAC brand. “The most common question I’m asked is what brand I use – and it’s important to use a professional brand like MAC because it’s made for professional artists. It’s not drying like colourfast make-up, but it does have staying power. “It’s also very important to keep up to date with new techniques, which is why I constantly go to Sydney to attend MAC masterclasses and training sessions. “A good make-up artist will always do their best to
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