If you’re feeling a bit jaded about this city and want to see Melbourne through new eyes, artist Nathan Kaso has the solution. Miniature Melbourne is a tilt-shift time-lapse film shot over 10 months and clocking in at four rather magical minutes and 35 seconds. Fittingly, it will be screened at White Night Melbourne, but you can have a sly watch of it here.
By using the tilt-shift technique, which blurs the top and bottom of the frame, and shooting footage from a sniper’s perspective, it miniaturises a scene. This effect imbues the city with an innocence; turning it into our playground. Diggers and cranes swing and whir away as workers beat their paths back and forth, and you can practically see a chubby little hand guiding the Spirit of Tasmania out of Port Phillip Bay.
The slightly jerky effect of the sped-up footage is reminiscent of home cinefilm. Kaso heightens the effect of being a tourist in our own town by focusing on events like Moomba, Chinese New Year and New Year’s Eve. Carousels whirl and the flames on the boardwalk outside Crown Casino erupt into life with a staccato beat.… Read more
If Baz Luhrmann’s idea of Australia wasn’t your idea of Australia, perhaps you’re going to enjoy Tracks more. Starring Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland), it’s the true story of Robyn Davidson, who made a solo trek from Alice Springs to WA in the 1970s. Well… solo, but for four camels and her dog Diggity.
It’s due for release on March 6, 2014, and quite apart from the epic landscapes, should strike a chord with anyone who’s ever just wanted to be alone.
Tracks is made by the Academy Award-winning producers of The King’s Speech and is directed by John Curran (The Painted Veil, Praise).… Read more
After the success of the first two runs, the Color Run is back and rolling into Albert Park Raceway in 2014. By now, you probably would have either posted, or seen a kooky rainbow-powder-coated portrait on your Instagram feed, or been inadvertently smudged with powdered paint on the tram by revellers on C’Run afternoon. Here are some of the results from the Time Out team’s Color Run own adventures. If you want to join in the fun run, registration is now open…
Last week we reported that the Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood was under threat, after a complaint from a neighbour about the noise of the awesomely noisy bands.
The owners met with VCAT and set up a petition for locals to protest the proposed closure. They report back:
“We had a phenomenal response with over 10,000 signatures in 48 hours! Your support played a pivotal role in stalling the Yarra Council’s interim order in VCAT and working with the Bendigo to find a solution. We are still in negotiations with Council, but things are looking good and all future gigs will be rocking on. We’ll let you know when we have completed negotiations and what else we can all do to ensure all live music venues in Melbourne are better protected in the future.”
Let your feet grow furry and ditch the fake tan, because Booking.com have come up with some destinations which are focused on cosying up.
In honour of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which opens on Boxing Day, they’ve put together some hidey-holes they’ve put together across the globe. You can find the Nothofagus Hotel & Spa in Chile, the Elkep Evi Cave Hotel in Turkey and the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel in the UK on the Booking website.
Dear The Internet,
Clive Palmer prides himself on calling a spade a spade (or, more accurately, calling a spade “a flat, metal thing… um, it’s for when you… look, I don’t have that information in front of me, and the AEC is corrupt”). And so when he calls himself a bogan, you know that he’s not messing around.
Sure, it’s a desperate piece of damage control after an embarrassing email leak from a disgruntled former party member, who decided the world should know that QLD Palmer United Party MP Alex Douglas reckons that the voters are “bogans” living “empty lives” fuelled by a “diet of grease”, but – like so much else about the baffling rise of the PUP – it’s a notion whose time as come.
In the wake of Palmer’s storm in an email, the papers are filled with editorials praising Australian’s bogan culture as being part and parcel of our rich larrikin heritage. And this is a refreshing thing. After all, who needs all your fancy culture and uppity book learnin’? And you may as well get on board, because our current education policies and arts funding levels are geared towards finally eliminating both.
So, in order for you to more easily make the transition from Time Out reading inner-city hipster to zeitgeist-embracing Proper Strayian, please consult the following table and make your replacements accordingly:
Written by Andrew P Street
Art by Robert Polmear… Read more
“You see innovation, bravery, determination, examples of people you want to be. It makes you excel in everything you believe in”
At just 30 years old, Siddharth Chakravarty is already a veteran of three Sea Shepherd campaigns. He gave up a salary as a seaman in the merchant navy to volunteer, and is about to captain the Steve Irwin on Operation Relentless, into Antarctica.
With Captain Paul Watson and Sea Shepherd USA currently legally prohibited from patrolling the Southern Ocean, it’s now the three ships of the relatively new Sea Shepherd Australia that have taken the baton.
Despite such heavy responsibility and having seen the sort of things you’ll never forget under the toughest circumstances, Chakravarty still comes across like the sort of humorous chap you’d like to have a beer with. (He used to read Time Out in Bombay so it’s fair to say he’d know the best sort of places to go…) Time Out Melbourne talked to him above the Steve Irwin.
Sid, what will Operation Relentless involve?
The aim is simple: find a whaling fleet. Get onto the slipway of the Nishin Maru, stop the harpooning of whales and give them a bad season – cut into their profits like we’ve done every year.… Read more
This month Melways launches Melways Mini – perfect for slinging in your bicycle basket or shoving in the glove box. We’re going to make sure we always have us for those trips in which we’ve burned out our phone battery playing the Boss or for those times you just feel like flicking through it and choosing your own adventure.… Read more
Dear the Internet,
In case you’ve not heard as yet, the Big Day Out have responded to the departure of Blur from the 2014 line up with not one, not two, but three bands: US metallers Deftones, Swedish power-pop-punkers the Hives, and Beady Eye, aka The Last Lineup Of Oasis Plus Some Guys Minus The One That Knew What A Tune Was.
It’s a bold and exciting move that should placate approximately zero point none per cent of the ticket holders irked by the departure of the Britpop legends a week or so back.
Why is that? Well, it’s because of the graceful interplay of fan enthusiasm for all the different elements involved, which I have illustrated graphically because I am very talented:
My impressively professional-quality use of free online Venn diagram creators can be broken down as follows:
1. Some Hives fans are Blur fans, some Deftones fans are Hives fans, but no Blur fans are Deftones fans.
2. While there are many Blur and Hives fans, the act of complaining about Blur pulling out has more fans than both bands combined, and
3. There is no such thing as a Beady Eye fan, and anyone who claims otherwise is being deeply sarcastic.… Read more