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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Nova Peris Address to Senate

The address by Senator Nova Peris to the Senate just took place. And it was powerful and kinda gripping.

Did you watch?

Much was said, and a transcript is to come.

These very powerful, emotionally-charged words were delivered by Nova right at the end:

"There are three things guaranteed in life:

We will all die at some stage.

Each day the sun will set.

And it will rise again tomorrow. Today is just one of those days."

What did you think of it all?

More of the speech. Senator Peris said:

"I categorically reject any wrongdoing. I have done nothing wrong.

"It pains me to talk about my private life, but the publication of these emails is part of a long-running, and very difficult child-access and financial estate dispute."

Senator Peris would yesterday neither confirm nor deny the emails were authentic, saying they were private and “it appears they were not lawfully obtained by a third party”.
She denied any wrongdoing but refused to answer further questions about the funding allegations or racial comments.
Senator Nova Peris made this emotional statement in response to her alleged affair with fellow Olympian, Trinidadian sprinter Ato Boldon.
The Labor senator  also asked federal police to investigate the leaking of private emails that led to allegations she sought taxpayer funding for her 'secret lover', and sent him ­racially charged emails claiming white Australians “hate black people”.
Email excerpts published by the NT News (read the full, original story here) contain claims that “white people hate black people in this country” and “white men can’t control black women they think they can but can’t”.
Addressing the allegations that Peris referred to Cathy Freeman as "so, so dumb", she responded:
"I have spoken in person to Cathy Freeman. Our friendship remains strong, and we will continue to support each other."

Kim and Kanye: whatwouldyeezuswear.tumblr.com

It's the Tumblr people are talking about: http://whatwouldyeezuswear.tumblr.com

And on Insty here: http://instagram.com/what_would_yeezus_wear

Two friends - Kathleen Lee and Katie Burroughs - decided they wanted those paparazzi style shots. And who to be inspired from? Kim and Kanye. Of course. Watch their clothing and character swap:

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

'Supervenus' by Frédéric Doazan: VIDEO

In this new short movie by Frédéric Doazan, one of the best short of the Brussels Short Film Festival, a plastic surgeon creates - in real time - the 'new goddess of beauty'.

It certainly makes you look for ways to make you think about the standards of beauty, and all that a woman is made to achieve them, inviting us to rethink the ideal of a perfect body.


Sunday, 26 October 2014

'Once My Mother': ABC TV Screening

'Once My Mother': I blogged about this Australian movie over on my other blog page, called 'Our Sandwich Generation', because the moment I was told about it, it touched a raw nerve. It's about a mother and daughter's journey through life and dementia.

When I blogged about it at the time, it was on the eve of my mother's trip to hospital - she never returned home from that trip, although I had no idea that would be the case at the time. Sadly, she died three weeks later.

I think back to the person I was then and can barely breathe… they were vastly different times, although it was the 'me' I was living only two months ago.

No, I thought my beloved mother and I would still be doing the daily dance of dealing with her dementia as best we could.

One of my mum's carers, who became my friend (they all did, they were from HammondCare, and they were all incredible) said to me not long after mum's death: "Your mother's dementia will never advance from that point, when she died." The words jolted and jarred on me a little, but it was the truth. My beloved mother's beautiful brain would the same it was in August 15. I would be no better and no worse. Her dementia would never be any more difficult or easy. That was it. It had reached its finite point. The end.

Back to the movie. Here are what the (incredibly well-known Australian filmmaker) critics are saying:

“An epic story of survival told against a backdrop of war and its aftermath. With consummate skill, Sophia Turkiewicz weaves the personal with the historical, giving depth and meaning to both.” Peter Weir

“It is inspiring to see something made with passion directly from the heart. Sophia’s mother's story is amazing almost beyond belief and the interweaving of her saga with Sophia’s own story very deft, revealing and fascinating. It's a rare human story told with compassion and insight. You will touch people all over the world with this film.” Bruce Beresford

And here are some movie stills from 'Once My Mother':

Above is Sophia Turkiewicz (right), the filmmaker of 'Once My Mother', with her mother Helen.

Their story goes like this:

Abandoned in an Adelaide orphanage at the age of seven, Sophia feels betrayed by her mother, Helen. In early adulthood, Sophia still feels angry and resentful. Her mother is now married with two more children. Sophia rejects her new family and refuses contact with her mother.

In her twenties, Sophia is now a filmmaker living in far away Sydney, embracing her independence, but deep down, blaming her mother when things go wrong in her life. Yet Sophia finds herself drawn back to her mother’s life, using Helen’s stories as inspiration for her films but disguising them as fiction.

Thirty years on, Helen has dementia. Sophia starts to question their deeply troubled relationship. She digs out an unfinished documentary film about Helen that she’d started as a film student years before and finds herself compelled to finish it.

Returning to her mother’s former homeland of Eastern Poland in what is now Ukraine, Sophia begins to trace her mother’s traumatic childhood. Orphaned as a young girl, Helen grows up in a rural Polish village. As an adolescent, she’s illiterate and homeless, somehow surviving on the streets.

As Sophia re-examines her mother’s life, she discovers the historical truth behind Helen’s deportation to a Siberian gulag. Helen was one of almost two million Poles who were incarcerated in Russian gulags during World War Two. The truth behind this little known episode of history reveals a dark story of betrayal involving Stalin and the Allies.

Miraculously given their freedom, Helen is part of a vast exodus of Poles who travel from Russia with no food or organised transport. Over months, they trek thousands of miles to Uzbekistan and eventually, freedom in Persia.

Most of the Poles perish on this treacherous journey. Helen is one of the few survivors and she’s sent to a Polish refugee camp in Lusaka, Africa. Here she meets Valdiero, the love of her life, an Italian prisoner-of-war who becomes Sophia’s father.

Finally, a decade after leaving Poland, Helen and her baby daughter arrive in Australia as refugees. Not long afterwards, she abandons Sophia in an orphanage.

With growing insight, Sophia starts to re-assess the troubled relationship with her mother. But as Helen slips out of reach, Sophia must confront her own demons. Did she ever truly know this woman who became her mother? Does she have it in her heart to forgive her? And is it too late?

The awards garnered by 'Once My Mother' are listed below:

AUDIENCE AWARD – Krakow Film Festival
BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY - Australian Directors Guild Awards
BEST OF THE FEST - The only documentary among five films
AUDIENCE AWARD BEST FILM - Canberra Film Festival
Selected for Tasmania Action Day Screening, BOFA Film Festival
Awards (Australian Academy of Cinema & Television Arts)

'Once My Mother' was written and directed by Sophia Turkiewicz; the producer was Rod Freedman.

ABC TV will screen 'Once My Mother' on Sunday, October 26, at 10.15pm.

You can watch the entire movie right here, for two weeks from today (October 26, 2014)

Movie trailer below:

'Fashion Bloggers': Watch Full Episodes

Are you keeping up with the E! channel show 'Fashion Bloggers'? 

You can watch full episodes her, below… (or if it looks a little small here, go straight to this link here).

Friday, 24 October 2014

'Forbidden love': Aussie woman in Lebanon: Sunday Night - VIDEO

On Channel 7's 'Sunday Night' program, they follow the Australian couple who made headlines a few months ago when a young mother fled the country for Lebanon, and later asked the Australian government for assistance in returning.

Here is more to the story, below. But first, from the show's Facebook page:

'The shocking story of an Australian mother controlled by Islamic law - hunted by her estranged husband, charged with adultery and disowned by her family for being with a man who loved her.'
As per the 'Sunday Night' Facebook page:

'We follow the unthinkable struggle of an Australian woman fighting to leave a controlling marriage to be with the man she loves. But Mahassan has been shunned by her family and her culture and labelled a criminal.'

Here is a trailer for the interview, which screens this Sunday:

'Sunday Night' will screen on Sunday (and each Sunday) at 8pm, on Channel 7.

More photos of the couple released to media at the time of the headlines:

Between Two Ferns: Zach Galifianakis and Brad Pitt - VIDEO

The new ep of 'Between Two Ferns' by Zach Galifianakis is here, and it's Brad Pitt in the firing line. And yeah… there's an allusion to Jennifer Aniston…

Watch the soon to be viral madness:

For more, click here.