9 December

Aussie indie film shines a light onto Melbourne’s music scene – and it needs your help

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So you’re hoping to make an independent feature film in Australia, and you don’t have any government or commercial funding. If you’re not already packing some serious coin, bringing your film to life isn’t going to be easy.

Your solution? Like many musicians, artists and filmmakers, crowd-funding could very well be your saviour. Such is the case with indie film Play it Safe: a Melbourne flick that dives into our city’s music scene.

Play it Safe is the story of 26-year-old musician Jamie, who gets a soul-crushing job at a school after his band breaks up. It’s a sticky place that most artists find themselves in at some point or another: do you break out on your own and take the risk of failure – or do you play it safe?

Melbourne writer and director Chris Pahlow is the driving force behind the film. A long-time lover of the local music scene, he’s directed music videos for the likes of hip-hop artists Mantra and Allday.… Read more

8 December

So Frenchy So Chic are hosting a free pop-up picnic this Wednesday


What are you doing for lunch on Wednesday? Heading to the Treasury Gardens for a free pop-up picnic? We thought so.

In the lead-up to January’s most magnifique French festival, you’re invited to enjoy a gourmet lunch hamper on the lush lawns of the Treasury Gardens, courtesy of innovative catering company Bright Young Things. The first to arrive will receive hampers filled with chicken baguettes, broccolini and summer pea tarts and decadent Opera cakes. Soak up the sun while you take in the latest So Frenchy So Chic album, and dream of watching the artists live at the Werribee Mansion festival.

Make sure you get in quick – your French amis only have 150 of the hampers to give away on Wednesday. Tickets are still available for the January festival.

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5 December

Merry Lynchmas, Melbourne: Jazz Party presents a Twin Peaks Christmas party

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Until right this second, you never knew how much you wanted to go to a Twin Peaks-themed party. Now that you do, you’re happier than Agent Cooper tucking into his first damn good cherry pie.

While Santa’s saddling up his reindeer, the John Curtin Hotel will transform into One Eyed Jacks (that’s the casino/brothel in Twin Peaks, if your memory is a little rusty). The event is courtesy of the guys from Melbourne music collective Jazz Party – and they’re really committing to the theme.

Take the food and drinks, for example: there’ll be coffee and pie, as well as cocktails including the spicy Fire Walk With Me, the sweet Agent Cooper’s Breakfast Syrup and the mysterious Log Lady’s Secret. Tunes-wise, get set for live sets by Mojo Juju, Daniel Merriweather, Loretta Miller, Simone Page Jones and Kira Puru, as well as DJ sets from Percy Valentine and Chinabone.

But most importantly, what are you going to wear?… Read more

4 December

Tomato Battle (La Tomatina) comes to Melbourne

Tomato Battle

There’s something Spanish coming to Melbourne and it’s not David Villa. It’s a recipe for both laughter and disaster, and it requires tomatoes: 136 thousand kilograms of Roma tomatoes, to be exact.

If you haven’t heard of La Tomatina, it’s a tomato-throwing festival held in the Valencian town of Bunol. Purely for fun, people come together to get splashed with scarlet mush. At first glance, it’s a horrific sight – reminiscent of a scene out of the Shining – but take a closer look at the huge smiles in the crowd and you wish you were there.

Finally, you can be. Melbourne is getting its own Tomato Battle in February, diluted somewhat by booze and beats that go well into the evening. It’s held at the Flemington Racecourse, so you know it will be huge. Feeling anxious? Don’t be – all participants are required to sign a waiver, and are asked to crush tomatoes before throwing them.… Read more

3 December

The Shadow Electric Open Air Cinema announces its summer program

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Shadow Electric

Situated in the historic grounds of the Abbotsford Convent, the Shadow Electric Open Air Cinema is gearing up for its fourth year of screening old, new, mainstream and arthouse cinema.

The full program is now online, and it’s a sharp selection of new releases, arty flicks and old favourites. The fun kicks off with acclaimed 1984 feature-length concert doco Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense (Fri Jan 2), followed by US drama Whiplash (Sat Jan 3); currently in cinemas. Get yourself down there early for happy hour at the bar and settle down for a night of movie magic and tasty food trucks.

Other highlights include:

What We Do in the Shadows (Sun Jan 4), Nightcrawler (Mon Jan 5), Only Lovers Left Alive (Wed Jan 7), Boogie Nights (Fri Jan 9), Boyhood (Thu Jan 22), Interstellar (Sun Jan 25) and Vertigo(Wed Mar 25).

For the full program, visit the Shadow Electric website.

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