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The first ever British Film Festival

Here’s yet another reason to check out the brand new Palace Norton Street – some new unseen films from Britain, plus some old favourites.

Surprisingly, quite a few deserving films from Britain never make it to our shores, especially ones from Northern Ireland and the hard-hitting “difficult” ones that distributors get jittery about. This year’s inaugural British Film Festival aims to redress that. It’s being presented exclusively by Palace Cinemas (at Verona as well as Norton St) and happily, Ciao has been able to preview some of the offerings.

Highly recommended: How I Live Now (set after a nuclear attack on London); opening film One Chance (an inspirational rags to riches tale); Good Vibrations (edgy but lovable rock flick set in Belfast), Le Weekend (just hilarious) and Dom Hemingway (potty-mouthed nasty crims like Sexy Beast, just as funny!). Then there’s the BFI top 5, all time faves like the noir classic The Third Man and ripping adventure yarn The 39 Steps. Eric Bana is the Festival guest.

Full program details at www.britishfilmfestival.com.au or Palace’s own website. At Palace Norton St and Verona from Nov 21 to Dec 1.

We have 10 double in-season passes to the 2013 British Film Festival to hand out.
For details on how to enter, see our Giveaways page.



whats-on-palace-cinemaPalace Gala

Excitement is growing as the rebuilt Palace Norton Street gets ready to be unveiled. Don’t miss the celebrations (and chance to score a free ticket!)

After months of hard work the stunning new Palace Norton Street Cinema, designed by architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer, is ready to be uncovered, featuring eight luxurious cinemas plus an expansive bar and entertaining area, including a magnificent atrium-style foyer. To celebrate Palace is holding a special Gala Re-Opening on Friday 22nd November, with drinks on arrival and a preview screening of the The Book Thief, followed by the Gala Relaunch Party.

The event is so highly anticipated that it has completely sold out – but one lucky reader still has the chance to score themselves a golden ticket (see details below).

Continuing celebrations throughout Opening Week, the cinema will also be screening the best films of the 2013 Lavazza Italian Film Festival in a limited season from November 21st to 26th. So if you missed the festival the first time round or loved it so much you want to enjoy it all over again, this is your chance! For a full program visit www.italianfilmfestival.com.au.

To WIN a double pass to the Best of the 2013 Italian Film Festival or the exclusive Gala Re-Opening Night, see our Giveaways page.



Until Sat 23rd November
Outside the Circle

Outside the Circle is an exhibition from artists, Siân McIntyre and Harriet Body, which investigates the intricacies of place and explores identity and existence. Both of these artists spent much of 2013 overseas; Harriet had a residency at La Fragua Artist’s Residency in southern Spain while Siân travelled across Mexico, North America and Europe. This exhibition is based largely on their experiences of living in foreign nations, being outside the circle as it were.

On Saturday 23rd November there will be a lunch and an open discussion led by university lecturer Dr Anik Waldow on the exhibition.

Where: Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Camperdown.


Saturday 16th November
Concert Fundraiser

Internationally renowned Sydney soprano, Catherine Bouchier, and young virtuoso cellist, Annabelle Oomens, will come together with Camdenville Community Choir at 1pm for a delightful afternoon of song at the ‘A Voice from the Heart’ concert. Leichhardt pianist Bradley Gilchrist has organised the program featuring works by uccini, Verdi, Brahms, Massenet and Rachmaninov.

Entry is $15 and all funds raised will go to the Heart and Lung Transplant Unit of St Vincent’s Hospital. If you’re in the area pop in to support a good cause while taking in a great show.

Where: Leichhardt Town Hall.


Weds 20th – Sun 30th November
Newtown Exhibition

Harley-Davidson has teamed up with Australia’s edgiest street artists to showcase a unique art exhibition titled ‘For the Love of Lids’ in celebration of the launch of their new Vintage Bar & Shield helmet.

The diverse range of artists, handpicked by Harley-Davidson, include Ben Brown, Blair Sayer, Eddy-Lou, Lachlan Bruce, Mike Watt, Nanami Cowdroy, Kim Rattenbury, Sindy Sinn and Sofia Fitzpatrick – and each will be creating a unique customised helmet for the exhibition, which will be on display at Mary’s Newtown from November 20th -30th.

Following the show, Harley-Davidson will donate the proceeds of two major works to a charity.

Where: 6 Mary St, Newtown.


Sunday 1st December
Balmain Fun Run

Challenge yourself with a run through the beautiful grounds of Callan Park during the Balmain Fun Run to raise money for Balmain Public School P&C. Kicking off with registrations at 7am, the event offers a 2km (for primary school children), a 5km and a 10km course, which start and finish at King George Park, Rozelle.

This year organisers are introducing a novelty race too – the Porte a Partner 100m dash, where you’ll need to carry a partner over the finish line. There are also plenty of other fun activities and giveaways happening on the day so don’t forget to come along and cheer on participants!

Adults entry costs $35, and children are $15 (although there are special early bird rates for those who enter before November 22nd).

More info at http://balmainfunrun.com.


Sunday 1st December
A Christmas Conundrum

Celebrating their 15th fabulous year as a choir, the Leichhardt Espresso Chorus will be performing A Christmas Conundrum, a concert arranged by artistic director Michelle Leonard.

Beginning at 3pm at The Italian Forum, Leichhardt, and accompanied with cupcakes and champagne, this concert promises to be a great way to launch into the festive season with highlights from Vivaldi’s stunning composition Gloria and music especially written for the Espresso Chorus. Contributing Australian composers include: Sally Whitwell, Alice Chance, Dan Walker and Anastasia Pahos, with performances by the full adult choir, the chamber orchestra and the newly formed Espresso Kids Choir.

Ticket prices start at $15 for children and $25 for adults.

To WIN one of two double passes to A Christmas Conundrum, see our Giveaways page.


Saturday 7th December
Masquerade Ball

The FMK Hair Charity Masquerade Ball will be held at Lauriston House this year, with all funds raised going to the Westmead Childrens Hospital. The evening starts with pre-dinner drinks at 6.30pm and tickets are $90 per son or $900 for a table of 10 (call the Fairfield Heights store with your credit card details on 9604 5264 to purchase tickets).

If you’d like to sponsor the event, FMK is looking for three prizes to auction off on the night as well as raffle items so please contact organisers Lesleye Mason on 0407 233 098 or Courtney Mason on 9604 5264 to get involved! The raffle prizes will be listed on tables, as well as the details of whom donated the prizes.

Where: 146 Marsden Rd, Dundas Valley.



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