Monday, 11 February 2013


HUGO WEAVING, DON HANY and XAVIER SAMUEL headline an all-star Australian cast of established and emerging Australian actors for Craig Monahan’s new feature HEALING, which commences principal photography February 18 on locations in regional Victoria and Melbourne.

HEALING is a powerful, moving story of redemption produced by director/writer Craig Monahan and Australian film industry stalwart Tait Brady. Co-written by Alison Nisselle (Curtin, Janus, Phoenix),the film brings together Hugo Weaving (The Hobbit, Priscilla, Proof, Cloud Atlas etc) opposite multiple AFI/AACTA, ASTRA nominated and LOGIE Award winning Australian star Don Hany in his first major feature film lead role. Don is well known to audiences for roles in TV’s East West 101, Offspring, Devil’s Dust and Jack Irish; in addition to the feature film Lucky Miles.

Joining the cast is Xavier Samuel (Twilight: Eclipse, Bait, hot off the success of the Sundance Film Festival favourite Two Mothers and soon to be seen in Catherine Hardwicke’s Plush), star of stage and screen Jane Menelaus (Janus, The Dish), Anthony Hayes (Animal Kingdom, Devil’s Dust, The Slap), Mark Leonard Winter (Dangerous Remedy, Balibo), Robert Taylor (A&E’s Longmire, The Matrix), Justine Clarke (Look Both Ways, Tangle) and Laura Brent ( A Few Best Men, Chronicles of Narnia )
HEALING will also reunite Craig Monahan’s lead cast from The Interview in Hugo Weaving and Tony Martin (Candy, False Witness).

Director of Photography is Academy Award® and BAFTA winning cinematographer Andrew Lesnie, whose credits include The Hobbit, Babe, The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, I Am Legend and Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, amongst many others.

HEALING is a life-affirming journey of inspiration and the discovery of hope.  Viktor Khadem (Don Hany) has spent 16 years in prison and has almost given up on life.  For his final 18 months, he is sentenced to Won Wron, a low-security, pre-release prison farm, where Senior Officer Matt Perry (Hugo Weaving) has established a unique program to rehabilitate broken men by giving them the responsibility for the rehabilitation of injured raptors – beautiful, fearsome proud eagles, falcons and owls.  Against all odds, Matt takes on Viktor as his number one test case, introducing him to Yasmine, a majestic Wedge-tailed Eagle.  If these two can tame each other, anything is possible.
Director/writer/producer Craig Monahan said : “ the script is inspired by true events and the powerful connection forged by humans with birds and animals. This project has attracted a remarkable cast and crew and we are privileged to be working with them and the dedicated staff at Healesville Sanctuary.

HEALING is being produced through Monahan’s PointBlank Pictures and will be distributed in Australia by Pinnacle Films, whose CEO Sherard Kingston commented :

Pinnacle is thrilled to be involved in HEALING and congratulates the team on assembling such a brilliant cast and crew.  Our association with the film only reiterates Pinnacle's commitment to distributing fine Australian projects”.

Craig Monahan is best known for directing The Interview, starring Hugo Weaving, which was nominated for 9 AFI awards, winning Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor. The film was invited to over 30 international film festivals, was sold into 25 territories and garnered much acclaim including: Jury Prize at Flanders, Best Film at Seattle, a FIPRESCI (International Critics) Award and Best Actor Award at the Montreal Film Festival.  His other credits include the 2005 feature Peaches and documentary feature film Animated.

Tait Brady has over 25 years experience in the Australian film industry including Feature Film Evaluation Manager at the Film Finance Corporation Australia (FFC) and General Manager at Palace Films where he managed acquisition and release of numerous Australian films including Chopper, Head On, Japanese Story and Lantana. A former Director of the Melbourne International Film Festival, Tait’s production credits include The 25th Reich and The Last Days Of Joe Blow, currently in post.

HEALING has received financing from Screen Australia, Film Victoria, Deluxe and ABC TV ; and is
filming in regional Victoria with the support of the Victorian Government’s RLAF Fund.

International Sales are being handled by Los Angeles-based Sales Agent Lightning Entertainment - Richard Guardian, sales consultant on the film for Lightning is introducing HEALING to buyers at the Berlin Film Festival’s European Film Market which commenced this week.

An early 2014 release is planned.

AT LAST The Etta James Story Starring VIKA BULL and the ESSENTIAL R&B BAND Sydney Opera House – one week only

Vika Bull, one of Australia’s most respected, powerful soul singers, is set to tell the
story of one of the most influential soul singers of all time: Etta James.
Written by critically acclaimed UK author John Livings, At Last: The Etta James
Story will premiere at Melbourne’s Athenaeum Theatre from 19 February 2013
(just over a year after Etta James’ death in January 2012), before heading to
Sydney Opera House opening on 30 April for one week only.

Vika Bull is a commanding singer with an impressive career, having sung
alongside some of the Australia’s most iconic voices including Paul Kelly, John
Farnham, Tim Finn and The Black Sorrows, and supported world famous
musicians Bob Dylan, Sting, Joe Cocker and Billy Joel.

“Etta James has had a huge influence on my musical journey. Someone played her
record to me when I had just started performing, and from then on I was hooked.
She had a voice so powerful it could knock you over, and I just love her sassy
cheekiness on stage!” says Ms Bull.

The narrative concert will see Vika put her heart into telling the story of Etta’s
turbulent life and give over her soul to voice Etta’s most beloved songs including
‘Tell Mama,’ ‘Something’s Got A Hold On Me’, ‘Pushover’, the heart rending
‘I’d Rather Go Blind’, her iconic signature song ‘At Last’ and many more.

Etta James’ prolific career was shadowed by recurring problems with drug
addiction; her time spent playing to thousands of fans juxtaposed with periods
inside several prisons and rehab clinics.

“Like many famous musicians Etta had a tough life, but she kept on coming back -
singing and performing until she became ill in 2010. Now, a year after her death we
are telling her story, and all I can say is I hope I can do her justice,” says Ms Bull.
Producers Moira Bennett and Simon Myers are thrilled to have Vika Bull tell the
story of Etta James.

“Vika is a phenomenal singer – her voice has a similar raw strength and depth of
emotion to Etta’s, and that combined with her depth of experience in the music
industry make her the perfect fit,” says Ms Bennett.

Vika has maintained a successful music career since the 1980s, when she and her
sister Linda helped The Black Sorrows to achieve multi-platinum status. Since then
they have released their own albums (the first produced by Paul Kelly) and
performed on some of the biggest stages in the world.

In the 1990s Etta became recognized as one of the first to bridge the gap between
rhythm & blues, rock & roll and pop. She has since inspired the careers of a new
generation of artists such as Christina Aguilera, Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse
and Adele.

Backed by a sizzling hot 8-piece band, Vika Bull will sing Etta James songs with
raw emotion, punctuated by an intimate telling of Etta’s tumultuous life.
‘It was hearing an Etta James CD when I was thirteen that
made me want to sing’ Adele

What: A narrative concert about the life and music of Etta James
Who: Vika Bull leads an 8-piece R&B band
Where: Playhouse, Sydney Opera House
When: 30 April to 5 May 2013
Bookings: Box Office 02 9250 7777 / OR 136 100
Tickets: Concession $79.00 / Adults $89.00
For more information visit: Twitter @ettajamesstory


The hugely popular BROADWAY UNPLUGGED returns to Sydney. Born as an idea to support the
musical theatre industry and to provide a platform for performers to do what they do best > perform in
a supportive environment.

BROADWAY UNPLUGGED will be held on Monday 25 February at The Vanguard, Newtown.
The night is comprised of two segments – the first a selection of featured performers (see below) who
will open the night. This is followed by ‘open-mic’. Open-mic participants have the chance to compete
in BROADWAY UNPLUGGED and AussieTheatre's 'Project X', giving them the opportunity to win a
featured spot at BROADWAY UNPLUGGED and a fully produced, solo show.

BROADWAY UNPLUGGED believes that Australia has an industry that is rich with talent and aims to
support those working in the music theatre industry. It was launched in June 2012 in Sydney and
Brisbane and quickly became one of the industries favourite nights out. BROADWAY UNPLUGGED,
aims to provide a platform for current artists and the artists of tomorrow. This year the event will
expand to Melbourne and Perth.

"Whether you are a professional performer, an emerging artist or just interested in getting up and
performing your favourite song, BROADWAY UNPLUGGED
is a great opportunity to showcase your talent" Producer, George Youakim

Featured Artists:
Nic Kyle - (Just finished touring with Elaine Page, direct from New Zealand)
Josie Lane - (Priscilla, Avenue Q, Fame)
Jenna Baxter – West Side Story
The Vanguard
42 King Street, Newtown
When: Monday 25 February
Tickets: Advance tickets and table reservations available online
$10 general / $45 dinner and show (includes main meal)
At the door > entry by donation
Time: Doors open at 7pm
Show Starts at 8pm
Open Mic from 9:30pm
Open Mic registration:

GODDESS: Ronan Keating, Laura Michelle Kelly and Magda Szubanski confirmed to appear in Melbourne

Irish sensation Ronan Keating, West End and Broadway star Laura Michelle Kelly and much-loved comedian Magda Szubanski will attend the world premiere of their new Australian film GODDESS in Sydney on Wednesday, March 6 following an appearance in Melbourne on Thursday, February 28.

Directed by Mark Lamprell, Goddess is the first starring film role for both Keating and Kelly.

An Oliver Award winner, Kelly is one of the musical theatre world’s brightest stars having appeared in Beauty & The Beast, Les Miserables, Mama Mia and My Fair Lady but it was her title performance in Mary Poppins for which she won the most acclaim, a role she reprised on Broadway.

Based on the 1996 cult hit one-woman show, Sink Songs by Joanna Weinberg, Goddess is a feel-good musical full of catchy, original songs, vibrant dance routines and a cast of unforgettable characters.

When young mum Elspeth Dickens (Kelly), mother of naughty twin boys, installs a webcam in her kitchen, her funny sink-songs make her a cyber-sensation. While her husband James (Keating) is off saving the world’s whales, Elspeth is offered the chance of a lifetime by advertising guru Cassandra Wolfe (Szubanski) but when forced to choose between fame and family, the newly anointed internet goddess almost loses it all.

The film’s talented Australian ensemble includes Tamsin Carroll (Dusty: The Musical), Dustin Clare (Spartacus: Blood and Sand, McLeod’s Daughters), Lucy Durack (Legally Blonde: The Musical), Celia Ireland (Wentworth, All Saints), Hugo Johnstone-Burt (Cloudstreet) and Pia Miranda (Looking for Alibrandi, Garage Days). Cameron Lyon, comedian Corrine Grant and Australia’s most subscribed video blogger Natalie Tran also make their feature film debut.

Goddess is yet to be rated (Likely Classification PG) and will be released in Australian cinemas on March 14, 2013.


Due to overwhelming demand, McManus Entertainment is thrilled to announce that Chris Isaak will play a second Sydney date on his upcoming Australian tour. Owing to the sell-out success of his previously announced date at Sydney’s State Theatre, a new show has been added on Tuesday 9 April at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre.

Music’s coolest crooner will now begin and finish his national “Beyond The Sun” tour in Sydney, also visiting Perth, Melbourne, Byron Bay, Deniliquin, Thredbo, Rockhampton, Cairns, Townsville and Caloundra.

Tickets for the newly announced Sydney show go on sale through Ticketek on Monday 18 February 2013. Tickets for all other dates are now on sale through various outlets.

Chris Isaak says, “Australian audiences are the best! I think I have a show they are gonna dig! We are playing all the hits and it’s really fun to throw in a whole “show within the show” where we play a bunch of the real early rock n roll hits like “Ring Of Fire” and “Can’t Help Falling In Love”. We roll out an upright piano and a stand up bass and I think it’s the most fun I’ve ever had on stage. I’m looking forward to surfing till soundcheck and playing all night”.

From crooner to retro-rocker to one of music’s most sensitive singer-songwriters, Chris has been making some of the coolest music for the past 25 years. In addition to being a multi-platinum artist, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, acclaimed actor and all-round great guy, Chris is a charismatic showman and entertainer. His live shows are spectacular events that keep his audiences coming back again and again. His stories alone are enough to keep people wanting more! His long-time legendary band, Silvertone, featuring Kenney Dale Johnson on drums, will accompany Chris on his upcoming Australian tour.

Chris Isaak has had an impressive recording career since his 1985 debut Silvertone to last year’s Beyond The Sun, which pays tribute to some of music’s greatest artists including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison. Beyond The Sun debuted at number 3 on the Australia ARIA album chart.

Some of his biggest hits include Wicked Game, Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing, Dancin’, Blue Hotel and Somebody’s Crying.

Chris Isaak will be joined by special guest Jon Stevens at all the shows (except Melbourne). Kasey Chambers will join Chris for the Melbourne show at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

New album Beyond The Sun is available to buy or download at or at all good music retail stores now

Proudly presented by Empire Touring, TV Week, MAX and Mix.


Wednesday 20 March                Sydney            State Theatre                                       136 100
Saturday 23 March                     Perth, West Coast Blues n Roots Festival                 1300 438 849
Tuesday 26 March                     *Melbourne Sidney Myer Music Bowl                136 100
                                      *With Kasey Chambers                                                 
Thursday 28 March                    Byron Bay, Bluesfest                              
Saturday 30 March                     Deniliquin, Deni Blues & Roots Festival                   132 849
Sunday 31 March                       Thredbo, NSW Snowy Mountains                     136 100
Tuesday 2 April                          Rockhampton Great Western                   (and venue) 1300 762 545
Thursday 4 April             Cairns Cairns Convention Centre                 1300 855 835
Friday 5 April                             Townsville Townsville Entertainment Centre                        07 4771 4000
Sunday 7 April                           Caloundra Events Centre                            07 5491 4240
Tuesday 9 April              Sydney Enmore Theatre                                          132 849


Six Degrees Management is thrilled to announce that Australia’s most successful male artist, Guy Sebastian, will embark on his biggest tour yet playing over 40 shows as part of his regional ‘Get Along’ tour. Guy will hit the road to play to regional fans in April, May and June, playing shows throughout South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania, Western Australia and Queensland. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 13 February 2013 at 9:00am.

After nine successful years, Guy has earned a place in Australian music history as the Australian male artist with the most number one singles. His recent single Battle Scars (featuring US rapper Lupe Fiasco) debuted at number one on the ARIA singles chart, where it remained for an amazing six consecutive weeks. Battle Scars gave Guy his first American hit, peaking at number one on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Chart. Guy performed it on the Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in New York City with Lupe Fiasco.

Guy is looking forward to playing songs off his latest album Armageddon, which was released in October, hitting number one on the ARIA album chart. “I can’t wait to get back on the road again and play songs from my new album to all of my loyal regional fans,” Guy says. “Of course I’ll play all the old favourites too!”

Guy is one of Australia’s greatest singer-songwriters and has proved his place as an Australian idol. After winning the first series in 2003, Guy captured the hearts of Australians with his unique and incredible vocal talent. Since then his success has carried over into seven multi-platinum albums and countless sell-out tours. Add to this his string of awards and the fact he is the only Australian male artist in Australian music history to achieve six chart-topping singles – Battle Scars, Angels Brought Me Here, All I Need Is You, Out With My Baby, Like It Like That and Who’s That Girl? – and you can see why Guy truly is a world-class talent.

Make sure you get along to Guy Sebastian’s biggest tour yet … this is a show you don’t want to miss!

Guy’s new album Armageddon is out now through Sony Music.
Tickets on sale Wednesday 13 February from the below outlets.