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Scandinavian Film Festival
The third Scandinavian Film Festival is here. Twenty-two films will screen across all genres, from Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Sweden, at Palace Chauvel, Norton Street and Verona. One big drawcard for Sydney audiences is the long-awaited sequel to As It Is In Heaven – the 2004 Swedish film that played the Hayden Orpheum for over two years. As It Is in Heaven 2: Heaven on Earth is set in the same remote village and is another story uniting love, music and dance. One of the film’s stars, Jakob Oftebro, will be in attendance at the screenings. As a special retrospective, Nicholas Winding Refn’s Pusher trilogy (1996-2005) – three classics of Nordic noir – will screen for the strong of stomach. Refn would go on to make Bronson, The Driver, and Only God Forgives – and win the Sydney Film Prize twice. Here are ten more picks of the festival. 10. Welcome to Norway The festival opens with director Rune Denstad Langlo’s black comedy about an aspiring hotel owner’s decision to turn his half-built alpine hotel into a state-funded refugee asylum centre. Set near the Norwegian-Swedish border, the film comments on the highly topical subject of Europe’s migration crisis. 9. Land of Mine Set in post-WWII Denmark, Land of Mine is a powerful, morally complex thriller that tells the stories of a young group of German prisoners of war under the supervision of a cruel Danish sergeant. Based on true events, the film examines retribution and forgiveness. 8. The Fencer This biop
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The Sackville Hotel is hosting a long winter lunch matched with the taste of Tassie, care of three craft brews from Moo Brew and three wines from Moorilla Wines. The lunch is priced at $60 a head, and includes roasted beets with baby watercress and feta as a starter, followed by salt and pepper bugs with kimchi cucumbers and wasabi mayo. Your main will star a grass-fed beef tenderloin with seasonal vegetable sides and for dessert a chocolate fudge brownie should take care of any lingering sugar cravings. This lunchtime bounty will be accompanied by a pilsner, hefeweizen and dark ale from Moo Brew, alongside a sparkling riesling, sauvignon blanc and a pinot noir from Moorilla. This is the sort of event it pays to arrive hungry for, and with four courses and matched beverages included in the ticket price, it's also great value for an indulgent afternoon.
Laugh Your Pants Off at The Star Event Centre
Bears hibernate in winter but Sydneysiders would be mad to do the same. Especially when there’s a cracking night of some of Australia’s funniest and most famous comedians on at The Star Event Centre – part of The Star's campaign to brighten up the cold season in Sydney. Laugh Your Pants Off is two hours of guaranteed hilarity that will star Akmal Saleh (recently of I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Here); Merrick Watts (legend of radio, TV and the comedy stage); Tom Gleeson (always a hoot on The Weekly with Charlie Pickering); and the acerbic Nazeem Hussain (Legally Brown). They’ll be joined by the inimitable Bev Killick (who brought the house down at Time Out’s recent Melbourne Pub Awards); dry charmer Katie Burch (National Raw Comedy runner-up); Dave Eastgate (A Moody Christmas); and veteran laughmeister Steve Allison. As an added incentive all ticket holders are entitled to a 15 per cent discount at Harvest Buffet, the all-you-can eat buffet at The Star featuring top seafood, roasts, soups, Italian, Indian and Chinese food as well as a tempting range of desserts and cheeses. Because hey, no one likes to laugh it up on an empty stomach. The Star Event Centre is up on Level 3 of The Star at 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont. Find out more about The Star’s winter attractions.
Max Brenner High Tea at the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay
Here’s one way to ease the pain of another whole month of winter in Sydney. Stillery Cocktail Bar at the InterContinental Sydney Double Bay is hosting a chocolate high tea created by the Max Brenner chocolatiers. You’re welcome. The Max Brenner Signature High Tea is a three-tiered stand of unique creations including a chocolate caramel cheesecake, choc chip scone, éclair, white and milk duo mousse, fudge cookie and chocolate lick dip. Costing $59 per person, the high tea comes with a pot of warm, pure melted chocolate, fruit, whipped cream and tea or coffee. For an additional $10 you can add on some savouries too, and Champagne paring is $20. If you have littlies in tow they can have the kids’ high tea, which is $27 for a fudge cookie, chocolate caramel cheesecake, lime coconut marshmallow and chocolate lick dip with strawberries. It’s the perfect winter treat to enjoy next to the fireplace and it’s available every weekend in August. Be sure to reserve in advance, chocoholics. You’re not going to want to miss this one.
The Game Changers
Meet the Game Changers — the Australian entrepreneurs who are making waves in their respective industries. From the world of fine dining to skate and surf publishing, these men have carved out fascinating careers for themselves. They’re doing things on their own terms, in their own way, in their own time.