Having been chugging along on the ‘X-Men, X-Perience’ worldwide publicity train for days already, you’d think that Peter Dinklage would be at least slightly less forthcoming when I meet him at the Melbourne press junket.
Dinklage lesson one: never underestimate the man’s ability to turn on the charm. Flanked by clipboard-wielding staff and looming cameras, the actor smiles warmly at yet another batch of journalists filing into the bright hotel room. He greets us in an American accent that takes a moment to adjust to, if (like me), you’ve been following his precarious journey as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones with white-knuckled concern.
But we’re not here to discuss the Iron Throne, dragons and trials by combat. Today is all about X-Men: Days of Future Past, and our allotted slice of junket time is already ticking away.
This week, representatives from My Green World and Cee4Life arrive at Indonesia’s ‘Zoo of Death’, to administer medication and provide free training. Says Melbourne’s My Green World director Natalie Kyriacou, “Earlier this year, an 18-month old lion was found hanged in his tiny cage. A few months later, a Komodo dragon died of unknown causes – and these were just the high-profile deaths.” Time Out spoke to Natalie about her mission before she boarded the plane to Juanda.
Natalie, can you tell us more about My Green World?
My Green World supports 15 environmental and wildlife charities around the world, and one of our functions is a mobile application allowing users to assist in real-life conservation efforts. By travelling to areas such as Surabaya, we are personally involving ourselves in the rescue of animals, and able to work alongside one of our partner charities, Cee4Life.
Your plan is to provide worming medication to the animals at Indonesia’s Surabaya Zoo, and run an education program.… Read more
“Sometimes it’s hard for me to take in. Did I really just experience these two worlds? Now that I’m in New York as an international model, I’m like, ‘Wow, life is different.’”
‘Different’ hardly begins to describe the journey that model Ajak Deng has taken to get to the Melbourne Fashion Festival. Google her name and you’ll encounter the story of a girl who fled Sudan as a child, lost her mother to malaria in Kenya at age 12 and started a life in Melbourne in 2004 as the carer of seven siblings.
Equally as staggering is her new life on the other end of the spectrum. After finishing high school, Deng’s modelling career catapulted almost instantly. At 24, she now lives in New York, making her long-limbed presence known on the runways of Jean Paul Gaultier, Givenchy, Valentino and Chloe. On Friday 21st March, she made her return to Melbourne as the face of UK high street giant River Island, launching the brand’s partnership with Australian fashion website The Iconic by walking their runway.… 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.… Read more
The widely rumoured casting of Peter Capaldi (that’s 10 Downing Street spin doctor Malcolm fucking Tucker to fans of The Thick of It and In the Loop) as the new Doctor Who was confirmed over night in the live broadcast. We at Time Out HQ could not be more excited… we may see a whole new swearier direction for everyone’s favourite Time Lord. Or not. But at the very least it means we can get away from all that dreamboat Doctor stuff and back to the hard-core sci-fi.
We spoke to Peter Capaldi… er, we mean Malcolm Tucker, about the DVD release of In The Loop a few years ago, and here’s what he had to say about those who might suggest he wash his mouth out with soap.
Our mum always told us that swearing was neither big nor clever. How would you respond to our mum?
I suppose you’d expect me to say something like, “You’re an ignorant prudish boring cunt but that’s alright because you’re old and you’re about to piss yourself for the last time and when you die you won’t have to listen to any more profanity.… Read more