Category Archives: Adelaide

Screwdriver: PTSD – new ground for Arab cinema (Film Review)

Media Screening
Mercury Cinema / Palestinian International Film Festival
Drama (Palestine) – Original Title: Mafaks
Duration: 108 minutes

“Did you know that there are 6300 prisoners in political detention?  A fifth of Palestinians have been detained at least once.  … if a prisoner dies in detention, his body is returned only after his sentence is served”.  It’s moments like these in a scene that open people’s eyes and is often unventured territory for the bigger movie studios.

Screwdriver is a film about a man who pays the ultimate price for loyalty in an aggressive political climate between the Arabs and the Jewish.  Returning to a world after 15 years and attempting to find your place in a city presents many challenges under normal circumstances, but even more so in one that’s in chaos.

The film focuses on Ziad (Ziad Bakri), a Palestinian who was imprisoned in an Israeli jail as a teenager for murder after making the choice to keep silent in order to protect his friends.   There are continual undertones to mental health and post traumatic stress to explain the withdrawal depicted.  Some of the reactions one might interpret as nonsensical or foreign are not necessarily attributed to weakness in the script, it’s a mirky area that’s subjective to the viewer’s contextual knowledge and familiarity with its culture’s norms.

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On today at Mercury Cinemas, Adelaide – click for tickets

What’s to be commended is the storyline itself which highlights a topic rarely, if at all, dealt with in Mediterranean cinema, that in itself is groundbreaking.

The purpose of supporting cast and stories are questionable at times. There’s a strong balance in positives though, as powerful scenes between Ziad’s sister and mother are used to delve into the psyche of a broken man.

The title of the movie itself wont make sense until the end as it represents a choice that’s difficult to predict after we follow Ziad’s journey out of the black hole he spends the entire film climbing out of.



How different was the limited edition burger we got to the one in the poster?

The limited edition “Lobster Experience” at Betty’s Burgers is a perfect fit for the Darling Harbour foot traffic which catches a diverse mix of Pyrmont, Ultimo and Haymarket locals cutting through to and from work, the visiting conference and exhibition delegates of the ICC and international guests roaming the many destinations in the harbour horse shoe.    So this special makes sense.  It has a nice summer seafood spin to its usual menu, comes with fries and a glass of your choosing from the four wines pictured above.

It didn’t look exactly how we were led to believe, slightly flatter most likely because it was a different bun to the one in the poster, but it tasted exactly how we imagined and more.  The portion of filling also differs slightly from the way one might perceive it from the poster, so you try it and decide.

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RNB Fridays: The Old School playlist

Australia’s leading promoters (Illusive Presents & Frontier Touring) and biggest radio network (Hit Network) have joined forces to create the country’s most talked-about concert series in a generation.

Since its inception in 2016, RNB Fridays Live has endured an absolutely meteoric rise to already become the largest music event series in Australia. By its third year in 2018, the RNB Fridays Live brand was selling out stadiums nationally and moving over 180,000 tickets across five shows. There has simply never been anything like it in the market.

The brainchild of Illusive Presents and Frontier Touring, RNB Fridays Live capitalised on the hype of the Hit Network’s weekly RNB Fridays radio show which launched in 2014.  Just like its namesake, the concert series puts together the most notable and iconic RNB and hip-hop artists from across eras and generations. The result is an all-day spectacle of back-to-back party jams and the biggest block party the country has ever seen.


Where and when:

Friday 8 November – HBF Park, Perth (18+)
Saturday 9 November – Marvel Stadium, Melbourne (18+)
Sunday 10 November – Adelaide Showgrounds, Adelaide (18+)
Friday 15 November – Brisbane Showgrounds, Brisbane (18+)
Saturday 16 November – Giants Stadium, Sydney (18+)


A look back:

As the countdown begins here’s a playlist of essentials to get you through the long wait to the epic night of the season!

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Interview: Podcast with Kwame Duah

Today’s interview is with Kwame, a world champion bodybuilder, health and fitness influencer, ninja warrior, humble giant and down to earth legend.   We talk about his own training and nutrition, his own obstacles he has had to face with keeping a strong mindset throughout a bicep tear that could of ended his career, what he has planned for his future and how training should be about self contentment rather then seeking gratification from other people to train.

Listen to the full interview below – Press Play

Train with Kwame at the upcoming Melbourne Fitness Show on the weekend of 26 and 27 October at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre running from 10am to 5pm.


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The Suite Life: 5 new Hyatt properties that just opened and to consider for your next dream vacation

It’s a brand that sets the expectations in international travel and it recently enjoyed the commendations of the ‘Best Business Hotel Brand in the World” which was awarded at the 2019 Business Traveller Asia-Pacific  Awards for the 15th time!   9 properties including Bangkok, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Macau, Melbourne, Shanghai, Saigon, Sydney and Tokyo were also voted “Best Business Hotel”  Shortly before that, Seoul enjoyed recognition as ‘Best Meetings Hotel”  at the Meetings & Conventions Asia’s Stella Awards.

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It’s an undisputable record that sets precedents and expectations on new properties that have opened across its global network.

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Client Event at Grand Hyatt Melbourne
“We create meaningful, personalized and memorable experiences,” said Carina Chorengel, senior vice president, Commercial, Asia Pacific.  “As we mark our 50th anniversary in Asia Pacific this year, this honor goes to all our colleagues in the region who have shown incredible dedication, passion and creativity that help build loyalty among our customers and differentiate our brands and hotels from the competition.”

Let’s jump straight into the suites at the newest properties that have opened in the last couple of weeks shall we?

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Domino’s Hacks: Your quick guide to scamming free pizza

We  did an experiment, putting the delivery guarantee to the test.   For an extra $5, Domino’s at Pyrmont, guarantees your pizza within 15 minutes or for an extra $3 – they promise safe passage to you within 20.  Ok Pyrmont, let’s play…..

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Roller Skating Disco Party: 18-21 September

Roller-Palooza 2019 is a three day skating jam that brings a custom built outdoor skating rink to campus along with live DJs, skates for hire and a rotating party themed atmosphere designed to get the roller-party started!

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WHERE:  Maths Lawns at The University of Adelaide North Terrace Campus.
Wednesday 18 September – Friday 21 September
3:00pm – 4:30pm – 90’s RnB themed party
4:30pm – 6:00pm – Noughties themed party
6:00pm – 7:30pm – Disco themed party
7:30pm – 9:00pm – UV party

TICKETS: $5-$12