Help raise money for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

I’ll start this post by saying I am not a celebrity and never will be one. That is why to do something like this and to raise funds for me is so difficult, because I do not have the pull that those people have.

My birthday was on March 13 and I aimed to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. I had very little response so I am putting a plea out again.

The goal I was setting out to achieve was $3,105 to be met by June 1. Why $3,105 and June 1? 32 years ago this year I had open-heart surgery and the date of the surgery was on 31 May, 1983.

If you could help me reach the goal by then it would be greatly appreciated with all funds going to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

https://give.everydayhero.com/au/nadine-s-birthday-2015

AACTA Award Winners

Credit – AACTA.org

Hosts Cate Blanchett and Deborah Mailman were today joined on stage by a star-studded line up of presenters including Geoffrey Rush (AACTA president), Lachy HulmeStephen Curry and cricketer Brett Lee to honour Australia’s best achievements in Australian film and television at the 4th AACTA Awards Ceremony, held at The Star Event Centre in Sydney. Continue reading

Mini-review – The Best of Me

The Best of Me is a film by Michael Hoffman based on the Nicholas Sparks best seller of the same name. It stars James Marsden as Dawson and Michelle Monaghan as Amanda. Dawson and Amanda were high school sweethearts before they parted ways and the film focuses on them reconnecting years later at which point Amanda is married with a family.

Like previous Nicholas Sparks books that have been turned into films, we see the usual template emerge. Love, angst and heartbreak.

By the time the film has ended it has all of those areas covered. I haven’t read the book, so I cannot say whether or not the film stays true to it, but if you like romantic dramas then this film will interest you!

Q & A – Virginia Gay

Australian performer Virginia Gay has been a presence on our screens since she graduated from WAAPA. Not content with acting only on screen, Virginia has excelled on stage too including writing some cabaret shows.

Virginia was kind enough to do a Q & A for this site. She can currently be seen on Winners & Losers on Channel 7 whilst at the same time trying to perfect the art of Twitter.

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The Babadook Q&A with Jennifer Kent

I became aware of the Australian film The Babadook back in 2012 when it was in pre-production. A few months passed before a Kickstarter campaign was launched for the film. Around this time, I managed to arrange a Q&A with the writer/director Jennifer Kent to be conducted for my site once the film was released.

My thanks to everyone involved in the making of the film and in particular Kristina and Jennifer for arranging this Q&A.

Disclaimer: I was one of the contributors to the Kickstarter campaign. Continue reading

Mini-Reviews: Carlotta and Edge of Tomorrow

Carlotta

Performances are top notch in this telemovie that depicts the life of Richard Byron who would later be known to the world as Carlotta.

Jessica Marais and Eamon Farren’s performances in particular are outstanding to watch. I’ve been fortunate enough to see Eamon Farren on stage a couple of times and am glad that a bigger audience gets to see his talent present in this telemovie.

On top of the telemovie, the DVD contains a number of extras, which are definitely worth watching.

Airs on ABC1 on 19 June 2014 at 8:30pm and will be released on DVD on 2 July 2014.

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Resurrection soon on Seven Network (Australia)

Resurrection will be premiering soon on Seven Network in Australia

Credit to Seven Network Australia

  •  13.3 million watched US premiere, highest rated show of the night
  •  Best premiere for any new mid-season drama on broadcast television since 2012
  • 2nd most-watched new drama debut this season (behind INTELLIGENCE, also soon on Seven)
  • Averaged a 3.6 adults 18-49 rating, and increased viewers from its first half hour to the second