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Life in the Inner West Est. 2005 Yamma Boys drop in on Summer Hill Neighbourhood Feast The Inner West says ‘YES’ to marriage equality Making a statement in fashion this Spring Burwood Festival: arts, cars and Cyrus GIVEAWAYS Double passes to the Lavazza Italian Film Festival Free Issue 308 Sept/Oct 2017 ‘The Food Issue’


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SPECIAL EVENT SUMMER HILL NEIGHBOURHOOD FEAST SUNDAY 8 OCTOBER, 10AM — 4PM LACKEY STREET, SUMMER HILL The annual Summer Hill Neighbourhood Feast returns once again, a street festival celebrating the area’s rich culture. Serving up a range of eats from local eateries, including from the Middle East, Italy and Thailand, your mouth will be watering with the tastes of the world in no time. There’s also a Kid’s Zone with a petting zoo and jumping castle, and a pop-up bar to boot. SPECIALTY SHOPS The Neighbourhood Feast will play host to a range of speciality shops showcasing their unique products. From Urban Euphoria, the gift store to end all gifts stores, Sweets Workshop, an art gallery and retail shop, to local photography stores and ASHBug, a local bicycle group, there’ll be something for everyone to treat themselves to. The Trading Circle, a Fair Trade retailer empowering women in poverty, will also be at the festival, offering artisan handmade products made by women in developing countries. SPONSORS The Summer Hill Neighbourhood Feast is presented by Wests Ashfield Leagues Club, with special thanks to Slater & Gordon Lawyers Ashfield and Ray White Summer Hill for their contributions. ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM While you’re muching on the scrumptious offerings, feast your eyes on this jam-packed entertainment schedule. It includes dance performances, a belly bursting pizza-eating competition, and plenty of live music. 10am — Inner West Music College Kicking off the festival is the Inner West Music College who are celebrating their 10th birthday this year. These gifted musicians will be showcasing their talent and entertaining the crowds with both solo and group performances. 10.30am — Jam On Toast! Come and sing! Come and dance! Come and jam! If your kids love to sing and dance, then Jam On Toast! is an experience for your family. This high-energy show performed by children’s musician, Jamie, will have the young ones on their feet from start to finish! 11.50am — Sydney Dance Rhythms Summer Hill The dance floor will be set on fire by a dazzling beat and the impressive moves of Sydney Dance Rhythms. Get ready to be on your feet during this high energy interactive performance. 12.50pm — The Yamma Dance Group featuring The Budawang Man Back by popular demand, the Yamma Dance Group featuring The Budawang Man will mesmerise the audience. This traditional Aboriginal dance group will take you on a Dreamtime story through didgeridoo music playing, song and dance. 1.30pm — Irish Dancing There will be dancing in the street when the Kennedy Irish Dance School take to the stage. Kick up your heels and tap your feet to the rhythmical percussion sounds of Irish dancing. 2pm — NSW Police Band The longest standing concert band in the country, the 33-piece NSW Police Band will be gearing up to provide an exciting afternoon lineup of music for locals. 2.45pm — Pizza Eating Competition Sign up early to be part of the annual Pizza Eating Competition. Note: serious competitors should definitely undertake some basic training prior to the event! Get ready for lots of mozzarella. 3.20pm — Martial Arts Display Sydney Self Defence will be showcasing their martial arts display on stage, and throughout the day there will be plenty of opportunities to try out your own skills at kickboxing and martial arts. -2-


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Inner West Whispers Council results roll in While the Greens vote did quite well throughout the metro area, rising in most councils, the party performed relatively poorly in Inner West Council elections. There was a huge swing against them in Balmain (-10%), with Rochelle Porteous failing to even make quota, although scraping in on preferences. The final composition of the 15 seat council will share its strength between Labor and the Greens, with just two Liberals and two Independents joining them. Several ‘independents’ fared decently in Canada Bay — of the two independent candidates, one was Neil Kenzler, who split from the ALP after an apparently acrimonious dummy-spit over pre-selections, and the other was Daniella Ramondino (elected), who is rumoured to be “close to Angelo” (says a Liberal Party source). Daniella preferenced Labor, and vice versa, but ex-ALP stalwart Neil Kenzler is out in the cold despite an active campaign. Mayor Helen McCaffrey, who was number four on the Liberal ticket, is out too, having not made quota, but Angelo Tsirekas (Labor) will likely be back to snag the top spot. Truth ‘gobbled’ up Another publication’s front page brought news of another “victim” being “gobbled” up by the hated WestConnex motorway last month. The victim? A car dealership, one of those dreary eyesores once regarded as synonymous with Parramatta Road’s blight. If you read a little closer, though, it turns out that the owner of Muirs Motors was actually “extremely happy” to be “gobbled”, and, according to the Roads and Maritime Services, he had approached them! Someone seems delighted to be trousering a truck-load of money (thank you very much, WestConnex Authority), and the family business will look for new Parramatta Rd premises — but perhaps “business very happy” didn’t fit the page space or someone chucked a spanner in the works. What c*** you say? A small victory for fans of free speech, as Danny Lim wins his appeal against a $500 fine for wearing a sign that called Tony Abbott a c***. The sign read: “Peace smile. People can change. Tony you can’t,” with the ‘a’ in “can’t” printed upside down. A self-described ‘peace activist’, Danny has lived in Strathfield for 40 years and has previously dipped his toe in local politics. He’ll be happy to not have to pay his fine, and get a nice media boost for his message while he’s at it. The famed mural is gone for the moment No longer a jungle Outrage has erupted in Newtown after the locally-famous “it’s like a jungle sometimes” mural on Enmore Road was painted over by a new mural advertising the Hollywood movie ‘Mother!’. Locals were unhappy with Apparition Media, the company coordinating the artwork, for their perceived disrespect for a community treasure, and made this fact known with sustained social media backlash. Apparition has since pulled out all stops on the PR front, apologising to residents for their ignorance and vowing to work with the original artist to restore the mural. It’s been painted blue with a small Lifeline logo in the meantime. We hope some positive storytelling will emerge from the drama. Light rail relief The increasingly crowded Inner West light rail is to receive another 95 weekly services to the timetable to help cope with rising commuter levels. It’s hard not to feel like you’re crammed in like sardines when riding the trams in peak hour. The numbers reflect the reality, with government figures suggesting that journeys increased by 60 per cent between 2013 and 2015. Here’s hoping that the extra services provide some much needed relief for the light rail. Rubbish rates We’re hearing that local residents are outraged by the 45 per cent price hike in the cost of Strathfield Council’s picking up household garbage bins. Residents in the Strathfield local government area are now among the highest paying ratepayers in the state for domestic waste services, where the annual standard waste service price has increased from $485 to $705. It’s ‘rubbish’, indeed. Latte Leftie Latte Leftie reassures nervous nellies that the mindless masses can be encouraged to vote as their social betters instruct them Dear LL – Given the lower order’s penchant for indulging their most reactionary impulses whenever they’re gifted the opportunity to ‘have their say’, I’m beginning to worry that the plebiscite may not be the laydown misère as predicted. I realise 115 per cent of Australians say they approve of man-onman marriage, but I’m wondering if the poll data is skewed — possibly by respondents’ (inexplicable) apprehension that expressing an inappropriate view will result in a frenzied mob of tolerance-loving leftists doing everything possible to destroy their career and ruin their lives. I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that the outer-suburban bogans who watch Monday night sportsball instead of Q&A are the kind of people who’ll mumble the correct opinions when challenged, nod whenever anybody portentously declares ‘love is love’, but then go and gleefully kick we much-maligned ‘inner city elites’ in the nuts in the privacy of the ballot box (or post office, as the case may be). Cyril, Leichhardt LL replies: Indeed! At the time of writing, the leading voices for same-sex nuptials are Alan Joyce and Dr Kerryn Phelps. Both impressive individuals, I can assure you. However, I do wonder how much appeal an icily patrician AMA president and union-busting, job-cutting CEO are going to have to Joe and Joanne Sixpack. I can only hope that the knockabout David Marr can belatedly be appointed the sole spokeshuman for the equal marriage cause. I’m sure his larrikin wit and man-of-the-people manner would win over backsliders in drinking taverns, shopping malls and sportsball ovals across this wide, homophobic land. We are Ciao Things we love Pride flags flying from council buildings and community centres, messages of support displayed from the windows of local businesses and households, murals painted in rainbow — we at Ciao are loving the how the Inner West community is coming out in full swing to support marriage equality this month, ahead of the national postal survey that’ll be asking you if the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry. The message is simple: love is love, and rights in society should be distributed to everyone regardless of gender or sexuality. The world will keep turning, just with a little more equality. Kudos to the Inner West for taking the lesson in ‘love your neighbour’ and plastering it on the walls. ons A pride flag flies in Concord The Landsdowne sports a simple message Newtown embraces love Advertising:, Editorial: Creative: Accounts: General: No responsibility is accepted by Ciao Magazine for the accuracy of advertisements or information. The opinions expressed in Ciao are those of contributors, indemnifying the publisher from inaccuracy or consequences arising from its reproduction. No material is to be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. © All rights reserved. Contributors: Nigel Bowen, Lianna Taranto, Jada Bennett-Cross, Russell Edwards, Lucia Moon, Winsor Dobbin, Alison Xiao, Sophia Chrysanthos, and Maria Zarro. 460A Parramatta Road, Petersham 2049 (02) 9518 3696, M:0405 509 805 Ciao is locally owned and produced. Please recycle. 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LEICHHARDT BOWLING & RECREATION CLUB 2017 NRL ACTION SEMI FINAL SAT 16TH SEPT PRELIMINARY FINAL SAT 23RD SEPT GRAND FINAL SUN 1ST OCTOBER Leo’s at Leichhardt Wednesday & Thursday 5pm - 8.30pm Friday - Sunday 12pm - 9pm 88-92 Piper St Leichhardt | Ph: 9569 1936 / 9560 3574 LIVE ON THE BIG SCREEN IN HD EVERY GAME LIVE. WWW.LEICHHARDTBOWLINGCLUB.COM.AU FREE ENTRY 2 HOUR FREE PARKING THE ITALIAN FORUM, LEICHHARDT KIDS FUN DAY SUNDAYS SUNDAY 24TH SEP 2017 DESPICABLE ME 3 DANCE PARTY SHOW 2:00PM - 6:00PM The Italian Forum will be transformed into a children’s wonderland. Full of excitement and fun with LIVE SHOWS from some of your favourite characters plus music, magic, face painting and much more. The Italian Forum - 23 Norton St, Leichhardt NSW 2040 | | (02) 9564 9744 | All events are FREE and open to the community. Co.As.It. reserves the right to cancel or postpone an event due to weather or other circumstances. Please validate your parking ticket in the Italian Forum Cultural Centre.


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What’s On A BLOODY GREAT NIGHT OUT Le Montage, Lilyfield Join this fundraiser for world-leading clinical research at Concord Hospital, treating blood cancer patients. FRI 15 SEPT ROUND SHE GOES FASHION MARKET Marrickville Town Hall, Marrickville The last Round She Goes for 2017, grab a bargain on women’s preloved fashion from designer items to retro vintage. SAT 16 SEPT, 10AM PRECINCT 75 MARKET DAY 75 Mary St, St Peters Local artisans, quirky fashion brands, sweet eats and homewares, all in a rustic industrial space. What more could you want! SAT 1 6 SEP T, 9AM — 3PM RUMOURS: 40TH ANNIVERSARY Leadbelly, 42 King St, Newtown Unite with other fans for this tribute to one of the greatest bands in history, Fleetwood Mac. FR I 2 2 SEP T, 6PM URBAN GUERILLAS GUERILLA RADIO LAUNCH Petersham Bowling Club, 77 Brighton St, Petersham These Sydney rebel rockers will celebrate the launch of their 14th album, Guerilla Radio. T HU R S 2 8 S E P T, 7:30PM RIVENDELL FLOWER SHOW Thomas Walker Estate, Hospital Rd, Concord Create a vertical garden using recyclable items, get an introduction to composting and more, all while celebrating the great outdoors. 23 — 24 SEPT SPRING BIRD CENSUS Sydney Olympic Park Calling all bird lovers! Observe birds in their habitat and record data for the census. BABIES PROMS CONCERT Balmain Town Hall Peter and the Wolf will enchant, entertain and educate audiences. Introduce your young ones to orchestra at this interactive event. 23 — 24 SEPT, 11AM COOKING FOR TEENS The Essential Ingredient, 731–735 Darling St, Rozelle By the end of this course with a professional chef, your child will be able to cook an Asian inspired feast! TUES 3 OCTOBER, 7AM WED 4 OCTOBER, 10AM ROCKY HORROR INTERACTIVE SCREENINGS Dendy Cinemas, Newtown Dress up as your favourite character at this special screening of cult classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. MO N 25 SEP T, 6:30PM THE LAUGH STAND GALA Harold Park Hotel, 70A Ross St, Glebe The spectacular comedy night will feature MC Melanie Bracewell and headliner Cam Knight. TUES 2 6 SEP T, 8PM CROSSING THE LINES Ashfield Library Historical crime novelist Sulari Gentil will present her new thriller, Crossing the Lines. WED 4 OCTOBER, 6PM ARCHITECTURE ON SHOW Herb Greedy Hall, 79 Petersham Rd, Marrickville Local architects and guest speakers will discuss community urban spaces and how to accommodate increased housing density. WED 4 OCTOBER, 6:15PM CD DREAMCATCHER WEBSITE Balmain Library Weave colourful CD dreamcatchers with beads, wool and your creativity. THURS 5 OCTOBER, 2:30PM SCULPTURAL CERAMICS WITH ODETTE IRELAND Tom Bass Sculpture Studio, 1A Clara St, Erskineville Learn how to sculpt with porcelain and raku, and apply patinas to finish your work. SAT 7 OCTOBER, 10AM SOUL MESSENGERS Garry Owen Hotel, 778 Darling St, Rozelle Join Sydney soul revivalists as they celebrate the launch of their new EP, ‘Vision and Faith’. FRI 13 OCTOBER, 8PM Get out and about with the floral scents of Spring. -6-


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WHAT’S ON CIAO’S PICKS U N D E R TA K I N G 6 — 30 SEPT, WED — SAT, 7.30PM This psychological immersive thriller will have you gripping the edge of your seat. Headlining Sydney Fringe this year, Mongrel Mouth is taking subversive theatre to a new level with ‘Undertaking’. It’s set over 20 rooms, and allows audience members to move freely throughout the scenes to follow the story as they choose. Directed and co-written by locals Duncan Maurice (Chippendale) and Sharon Zeeman (Alexandria), the local ‘choose your own adventure’ production has critics raving. Note: this isn’t a show for kids, containing nudity, violence and graphic imagery. Sydney Fringe HPG Festival Hub, 225 Euston Rd, Alexandria DEMENTIA AWARENESS WORKSHOP MONDAY 18 SEPT, 10AM — 12PM With almost 1200 locals currently living with dementia in Drummoyne, it’s important to be aware of the disease. As part of Dementia Awareness Month, Drummoyne is holding a free community forum conducted by Alzheimer’s Australia NSW. “You are not alone” is the theme of this free event, which will allow attendees to better understand dementia and ageing memory loss by teaching ways to maximise well-being and keep a healthy brain. The team of experts will assist families and carers, and the free workshop is open to everyone in the community, just RSVP in advance. Scalabrini Village, 1A Lyons Rd, Drummoyne SAKSHAM’S MAGICAL MADNESS SATURDAY 23 — SUNDAY 24 SEPT At just 15 years of age, Saksham is already a veteran of the stage. He’s spread his magic across Sydney, redefining the genre with high energy and interactivity, combining illusions with comedy and dance. The fun-filled family show will be part of Sydney Fringe Week, and it’s an awesome chance to catch a young rising star coming into his own in the craft. From birthday parties and school functions to the bright lights of large stages and festivals, his spectacular illusions will entertain you and always keep you wondering. The multi award-winning illusionist is sure to not disappoint. Leichhardt Town Hall, 107 Norton St, Leichhardt BIG BIKE DAY S UNDAY 24 SEPT, 11AM — 2PM Get ready to cycle your way across the Inner West, as the second annual Big Bike Week hits the area. Workshops and events will cater to avid and casual bike riders, culminating in Big Bike Day which will feature a guided 6km ride, leaving the War Memorial Park at 11.30am. You can also participate in face painting, pedal-powered smoothies and obstacle courses on the day, while Bike Leichhardt will guide a 15km ride around Balmain for cyclists with a little more experience. Other events during the week include a City Cycle Confidence Course in Annandale and Bicycle Maintenance Workshop in Croydon. War Memorial Park, Lilyfield LEGO JAM 24 — 26 SEPT, 10AM — 3PM Explore this city’s future at a LEGO exhibition! The community is being encouraged to use their imagination to design the future of the City of Canada Bay, with entries open for all to produce a unique design for the exhibition. While the exhibition is on display, there will also be a play zone for families to come in and create. Registration is completely free for young and old, and you can interpret theme however you wish, whether it be creating the kind of homes the Inner West will see in the future, or how we will work and play in decades to come. Prizes will be awarded to each category. Cabarita Conservatory, 138 Cabarita Rd, Cabarita WHAT’S THE JOKE? THE ANDY JONES SHOW THURSDAY 5 OCT, 10.45AM — 12PM Fill these school holidays with laughter by joining bestselling author and entertainer Andy Jones. The show is open to kids aged 6–12 years old, who are bound to enjoy this wildly popular musical extravaganza — the fun music and atmosphere will have them in stitches as they get up on their feet while dancing, acting and joke-telling. Parents and carers are encouraged to come along too, and kids under 10 will need adult supervision. The fun interactive event is sure to be a highlight of the holidays. Marrickville Town Hall, 303 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville In / • Lawn bowls, apparently, with Balmain Bowling Club hitting a record five-year high thanks to booming membership. • Driverless trains … in 2024, which will carry 40,000 customers per hour. The Marrickville, Dulwich Hill and Sydenham stations will be upgraded in the meantime. • Tony Abbott ‘marrying himself ’ in a Redfern mural for marriage equality. • Heat waves. Beach weather in September is getting us excited for the summer! • Still talking about the 2016 US election — Hillary Clinton’s new tell-all ‘What Happened’ will surely keep the watercooler discussions alive and well. Out • The spate of robberies happening in Ashfield. • The libs, who suffered an 8% drop in the newly amalgamated Inner West Council elections. • Speaking of elections, American Horror Story’s new season ‘Cult’, based around Trump’s victory, saw a drop in ratings for the show. • The iPhone 8. Make way for the newcomers — iPhone X and the newly revealed watch models — which will make sure this Christmas is a tech bonanza for some. Get ready to scrape the bottom of your bank account. Ciao Giveaway: Taikoz Workshop Taikoz, a Taiko Japanese drum ensemble based in Ultimo, will be welcoming Hachijodaiko master Hiroo Asanuma as he comes to Sydney to lead exclusive workshops for experienced and beginner taiko players from 27 September to 1 October. Taiko refers to a broad range of Japanese percussion instruments — drums that range from the massive 250 kilogram o-daiko right down to the small, handheld uchiwadaiko. Asanuma-sensei has dedicated his life to Hachijodaiko: a traditional side-on style of playing the drum that is flamboyant and graceful, yet powerful and joyful in its movement and rhythm. For beginner taiko players who are keen to experience an introduction, the ‘Focus on Hachijodaiko’ Community Workshops are a great opportunity to learn technical basics, cultural context, background and history from a true master. Ciao readers can win a double pass to the workshop on Sunday 1 October. Just email info@ with your name, suburb, and where you found your copy of Ciao. Drum your way to fitness with ancient taiko -7-


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MOVIES Wedgies for kids, angst for parents Admit it, the fact that one of our planets is called Uranus is pretty funny. But if you’ve lost the ability to laugh, there’s always Australia Day October highlights “Very mild crude humour” in the only rating warning for Captain Underpants CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS ★★★★ One criticism I read of Dreamwork’s latest infectiously exuberant animation is that it “relies too heavily on toilet humour.” What? In a genre that doesn’t know how to resist a fart joke? In a movie with a character called “Professor Poopypants”? Where its “hero” (a dim-witted headmaster hypnotised by two cheeky kids into believing he has superpowers) is dressed only in his undies – and there’s “toilet humour”? OMG! Who knew? In Girls Trip – an adult comedy that has been getting stellar reviews (four stars from the SMH), and is universally praised for “empowering the sisterhood” or some such nonsense, its big comic set piece is a woman urinating like a garden hose all over a crowd. That was so hilarious they did it twice. An earlier critical and box-office success, the girl-power comedy Bridesmaids wowed its appreciative audience with a scene involving female defecation. I have no idea who finds that “empowering”. And there’s nothing so crude in Captain Underpants, which is funny and Dreamworks is honest – it knows its audience has the mental age of a 6-year-old. G from Sept 21. AUSTRALIA DAY ★ In Kriv Stenders’ last film Red Dog: True Blue, Australia was a sunny place inhabited by good people and a flatulent pooch. Where did that happy country go? Judging by his latest, a Dendy/Foxtel co-production which all but drowns us in ugly stereotypes, it’s now a hellish place. Family breakdown, racism, exploitation, guilt, economic distress and sex trafficking are all part of our national cesspool apparently, so are drug overdoses (two, just in case one wasn’t enough), ethnic violence, bogans behaving badly, torture, suicide and violent deaths (I lost count of how many). And in one completely superfluous scene, incest – snuck in just in case we didn’t get the point. All these events occur in three separate interlinked stories on Australia Day for no apparent reason other than the day’s heavy-handed symbolism. Spliced into these scenes of degradation are TV clips of the country Australia is a miserable cesspool, apparently celebrating – girls in bikinis, Aussie flags and the world’s biggest meat pie-eating competition – you get the drift… But behold – riding into town on in a white hat is Aussie icon Bryan Brown (also in Red Dog: True Blue). He plays a decent bloke who helps a Chinese sex-slave fleeing her captors, but he’s also just lost his family farm after a dodgy trade deal with (more loaded symbolism, wait for it...) the Chinese. Sigh… None too happy about that, morose in fact, but rather than just vote for One Nation he’s got something far more drastic in mind. This is the sort of self-hating miserabilism that goes down well with those who want to ban Australia Day – no doubt now a high priority agenda item for our progressive new council. But those people don’t go to the cinema, nor are they Foxtel’s audience. What were they thinking? MA15+ from Sept 21. Decline and Fall DVD giveaway Based on the brilliant but little-known Evelyn Waugh novel, Decline and Fall follows the misadventures of a young divinity student, Paul Pennyfeather (Jack Whitehall). After being expelled from Oxford, he takes a teaching position at sub-standard boarding school in Wales, where he meets an array of fabulously eccentric characters including a jovial alcoholic bigamist and the wealthy, fun-loving mother (Eva Longoria) of a student, with whom he falls in love. To say too much more invites spoilers, though his later superbly comic travails involve white slavery and a stint in prison – all through no fault of his own! Waugh was a brilliant writer, and the book is full of cruel satire and memorable caricature. But while he was side-splittingly funny, his wit was also brittle and savage. This 3-part adaption, which aired recently on BBC-First tones down the venom a notch. Which is just as well – so caustic were his views on the “elites” that today he’d probably be prosecuted for hate-speech! MA15+ on DVD from Sept 9. ■ Giveaway - see right -8- Portrait of an artist FINAL PORTRAIT ★★★★ Treasures from the recent Sydney Film Festival continue to be rolled out this month. This gorgeous-looking gem from Stanley Tucci drops us into Paris in 1964, and into the shoes of a young American writer James Lord (Armie Hammer), who impulsively agrees to pose for a painting by Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush), a renowned surrealist sculptor then at the top of his game. It’s supposed to be single sitting before he flies back to New York. But four weeks later he’s still stuck in the studio with the volatile, self-doubting perfectionist. Hammer, the spitting image of a chain-smoking Don Draper here, has little to do but wait, listen to the rants, re-book his flights and impatiently observe the soap-opera of the studio’s daily routine – which involve a vivacious prostitute, her pimps and the artist’s put-upon wife – who is having an affair of her own. Ahhh, so that’s how great art is made! Rush, who is clearly having a ball, has rarely had a better role. M from Oct 5. Blue: It turns out we’re the killers BLUE ★★★★ Few of us stop and think while we’re flinging “twofor-a-dollar” tasty tuna snack packs into our shopping trolleys. But as Karina Holden’s galvanizing doco about the industrial-scale exploitation of our oceans shows, it is time to stop viewing our oceans as some vast limitless resource and dumping ground. Amidst the stunning underwater footage of ocean life in are scenes that that are truly horrifying, almost too much to comprehend. Watching sharks have their fins sliced off and then just casually and cruelly dumped is stomach-churning enough, but there are far worse scenes. Fortunately the film doesn’t overplay the outrage, and packs a punchy message in an economical running time. And helpfully concludes with an “action plan,” but be warned – you may not be ordering that Ocean Platter again for a while. PG from Oct 12. Win double passes We have 5 double passes to both Final Portrait and Blue to give away, plus 10 DVD s of Decline and Fall. To enter just email your name and address to info@ letting us know where you picked up your copy of Ciao. You can enter for them all in one email, but do give us a preference. ■ Reviews - Russell Edwards


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MOVIES Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2017 Ever since most cinema-lovers can remember, September has been a special month on Norton Street. For that’s when the Italians come to town Established in 2000 by Palace Cinema’s founder Antonio Zeccola, the Lavazza Italian Film Festival has continued to grow every year, as well as being enthusiastically welcomed by audiences all over the country. So much so that it is now the largest Italian film festival in the world outside of Italy, and this yearwill run for a full month at Palace Norton Street, Palace Verona and Chauvel Cinemas. For a while now Antonio’s cinema-loving daughter Elysia Zeccola has been the festival’s director. Once again she has carefully selected films to satisfy lovers of all things Italian as well as serious film buffs, with a broad range of new comedies, engrossing dramas, romantic stories, crime thrillers and festival hits – the latter often straight from their Venice, Rome, Berlin and Cannes Festival premieres. Outstanding cinematography and exuberant Italian humour feature in many, and as always, Italian directors just love to righteously expose the sleazy side of their national life, while not-so-secretly reveling in it. This year, the festival’s eighteenth, the line-up of hard-hitting films is particularly strong, and for the first time Palace will present an official competition – similar to the one run by Sydney Film Festival. Six outstanding films will compete for a $10,000 prize in The Bulgari Cinema Award, and the winner selected by an esteemed panel of six judges (including actor and festival patron Greta Scacchi, Radio National’s film critic Jason di Rossi and local director Ruth Borgobelo) will be announced on Sept 20. The six films in competition are Fortunata, an emotional charged story of a single mother; the offbeat and internationally acclaimed Indivisible; a visually superb redemption drama I Was A Dreamer; exciting new director Roberto De Paolis’ Pure Hearts, which was selected for Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight; an evocative mix of fairy tale and Mafia crime, Sicilian Ghost Story; and the funny yet poignant satire At War For Love from the maker of the hit The Mafia Only Kills in Summer. Those more attuned to popular mainstream hits have plenty to choose from too. A good start would be the winner of the 2017 Italian Golden Globe for Best Comedy Let Yourself Go – which Indivisible opens the festival with many more screenings throughout the month. It’s a screwball comedy with smart, fast-paced dialogue and top-notch performances from director Francesco Amato. Toni Servillo stars as an uptight psychoanalyst, whose life is upended when a zesty an attractive personal trainer (Veronica Echegui) drags him into a swirling vortex of mishaps and misunderstandings. One lovely little gem deserves a special mention. Katia Bernardi’s Sea Dreaming Girls is a joyous doco about living Fortunata carefree at any age. In a tiny Northern Italian mountain village, a group of elderly women plan a holiday to the ocean, something most of them have never experienced. But first they have to raise enough money. Led by the plain-speaking chain-smoking Erminia, the grannies soon find a way to wiggle their toes in the surf. The festival wraps on October 8 with a classic – LIFF Closing Night will feature a special 20th anniversary screening of Life Is Beautifull starring Roberto Benigni, Italy’s undisputed king of slapstick. For the full program, ticket sales and more info about all the films and special events, head to the festival website. And don’t delay too long before you book. Screenings often fill up and as we know only too sadly, often festivals are the only time these high quality films will be shown in this country. ■ Sept 12 – Oct 8. Info – Festival ambassador GRETA SCACCHI It would be hard to think of anyone more appropriate for the role of Festival Ambassador than Milan-born Italian/Australian actor Greta Scacchi. She’ll be participating in Q&As at selected festival screenings of Tenderness, Gianni Amelio’s latest film, in which she features. Scacchi made a name for herself internationally in films such as White Mischief, Presumed Innocent and The Player, but locally she’s probably best known for her AFI Award-winning performance as the rebellious Josie’s mum in Looking for Alibrandi. The 1999 film, a near perfect representation of growing up Italian-Australian, is much-loved in the inner west. In fact, during the festival, check it out again (it’s available on Stan and Foxtel) – if only to see how much the streets of Haberfield, Glebe and Leichhardt have changed in two decades. Hint: there were more Italians then! Win double passes Emma ■ Ciao has given away tickets to the Lavazza Italian Film Festival every year since 2006 - almost since we started publishing. Once again we have 10 double in-season passes to festival films up for grabs. And as always it’s really easy to enter, just email your name and address to letting us know where you picked up your copy of Ciao. But be quick, these tickets will be in hot demand! Best of the festival: Four very different films about Italy today F O R T U N ATA Sergio Castellitto’s colourful and florid melodrama has everything we love about Italy – appalling men behaving badly and loud women making terrible choices. Jasmine Trinca gives a mesmerising performance as a single mum fighting for the custody of her daughter, while Steve Accorsi is just incredible as perhaps the world’s most unprofessional family therapist. File this one under Only in Italy! IT’S THE LAW A box-office smash hit in Italy, It’s the Law is a slapstick satire of political misadventure in a small town, and maybe a warning. After a cleanskin mayor is installed, the residents soon decide honesty and efficiency doesn’t work at all, and conspire to bring back the good old days of under-the-table deals, graft and influence-peddling. Any resemblance to what has just happened in the inner west local elections is pure coincidence. INDIVISIBLE The grim surroundings and luridly sleazy company the beautiful conjoined twins Daisy and Viola live with could only exist in some place like hell, surely. But that’s the modern-day Italy of Edoardo De Angelis’s striking family drama, which is busy scooping up festival awards wherever it screens. Its fantastic opening shot looks truly post-apocalyptic. Turns out its just a typical Southern Italian beach after a wild night of partying. -9- I Was A Dreamer I WAS A DREAMER Michele Vannucci has made an exciting directorial debut with gorgeous-looking film set in a typically bleak place – urban Italy. It centres around the efforts of a professional crim to turn his life around. Surprisingly there is hope and beauty in unlovely places, though those tomatoes planted in a lot overshadowed by a multi-storied car park were never going to work. Dream on! ■ Russell Edwards


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COMMUNITY Taking to two wheels DOCKLESS BIKE SERVICES SHAKING IT UP IN SYDNEY A dockless bike service has popped up overnight on Sydney’s streets. The yellow fleet belongs to Obike: a private, Singaporebased company currently active in both Melbourne and Singapore. The company follows hot on the heels of Reddy Go, the red bicycle service which appeared in Sydney in mid-July. Obike differs from Melbourne’s traditional bike service as it functions without docking stations. Instead, an app is used to register, find and unlock bicycles. It costs $1.99 to ride for half an hour, and each bike is equipped with a helmet. Increased usage of the service could potentially decrease road traffic, decrease emissions, and increase the visibility and safety of Sydney’s slowly blossoming bicycle network. Of course, increased usage of app-based bike services could also potentially decrease work for those mechanics making and mending take-home bikes for the Inner West community. Cycling is a great way to get around, to keep fit, save money and help the environment at the same time. The Inner West is a particularly pleasant place to ride, featuring many tree lined streets and some bike paths. Leichhardt council is making cycling easier by creating a network of bicycle routes and, where possible, making streets more bike friendly. It is now possible to access maps and routes of bicycle paths on council websites. Unfortunately, Sydney’s roads are still daunting for many riders, with the 2016 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans reportedly stating he was intimated by Sydney’s roads and didn’t ride while he was in the city. Obike has already caused controversy in Melbourne, where users have continually dumped bicycles in inappropriate places such as up a tree, in the Yarra, and on a portaloo. Melbourne mayor Robert Doyle put the company on notice last month, because the bikes were causing public obstruction and cluttering the streets. Bicycle NSW said it welcomed the introduction of bike share schemes as a way to ‘try before you buy’ and encourage new riders. Let’s hope bicycle dumping stays at a minimum, and more people take to two wheels! Words by Lucia Moon Local History Concord Sports Store Known to some families as the bike store that counts down the weeks til Christmas each year, Concord Sports Store has been putting bikes under Christmas trees and servicing the local area since 1943. It underwent a colour change recently, and was painted a bright red in place of its previous blue, but the store also has a longer history in the local area. The story of the family business began back in 1943, when the store was opened by two twin brothers on Majors Bay Road in Concord. It was originally a multiple-purpose general business, selling goods as varied as china and televisions, in addition to bicycles. Bob moved the store just up the road in 1979, and found it a new home on the corner of Corner and Brought Streets in Concord, which is where it stands at present. Since then, the business has both narrowed in focus and expanded in size. It’s grown over the last few years to take up 40–46 Crane Street, and now serves a niche market by selling bicycles, scooters, skateboards and rollerblades. Obike’s city-ready yellow fleet The bike store’s home since ‘79 BEST HAIRDRESSER                               !     Kim Sun Young has been a long business representative of the Korean community for 30 years and with this achievement we would like to thank all of our longtime loyal customers for their endless love and support. Also with Beautyworks winning the award in the first year of operations we would like to thank all of our customers and promise them we will continue to strive to bring them the very best K-beauty products at best prices! Thank you so much! -10-


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SPECIAL EVENT BURWOOD FESTIVAL 2017 SUNDAY 8 OCTOBER, 11AM — 6PM BURWOOD PARK The Inner West’s largest free event is back and bigger than ever! Attracting 70,000 visitors from all across Sydney in 2016, this year hopes to bring new life to the festival, which means new attractions and new visitors. The main stage in Burwood Park will feature a diverse range of performers, giving space to local schools, community groups and professional artists. There will also be a special kids area, food stalls, merchandise, rides and a classic car show, artisan demonstrations, workshops, model boats and a program of roving performers — just in case there wasn’t enough to keep you busy. The family-friendly atmosphere will be bucketloads of fun so it’s not one to be missed. IMMERSE YOUR SENSES AT BURWOOD This year, Burwood Festival is hoping to take their guests on a sensory journey by asking them to touch, taste, listen and see throughout the day. From live art demonstrations and delicious food trucks to exciting local musicians, there will be plenty to ignite your senses. INDULGE IN TASTE AND SMELL Tantalise your taste buds with the rich aromatic smells of awardwinning food trucks from all over Sydney, offering delicious cuisine from across the globe. All the continents from around the world will be represented in celebration of Burwood’s diversity. MUSIC TO YOUR EARS All-star heartthrob and X Factor winner Cyrus headlines a stellar lineup of entertainment at the Anson Main Stage, including Strings of Fire, who will combine circus stunts with live music to leave you breathless, Platinum Vocal Studios, Japanese Drumming Corp, and local schools and groups. There will be plenty of interactive performances, with the Dreamworks’ Troll Show and a live Hip-Hop Dance and Demonstration. SEEING IS BELIEVING Be amazed with artists from across Sydney undertaking live art installations on the day, including street art by Street Art Murals Australia, 3D art from Leonardo Uribe, illustrations from Zeke’s Lunchbox, masonry works by The Village Blacksmith and various sculptures and installations. You’ll also have the chance to create or take home your own piece of art with various workshops and exhibitions throughout the festival. GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL The Burwood RSL Classic Car Show and Shine returns, with the finest cars in NSW on display. You can hear the roar of a V8, inspect the fine details of classic luxury cars, or feel the fine upholstery as you sit inside an authentic American muscle car. You won’t be able to keep your hands to yourself, either, with the return of everyone’s favourite animal petting zoo. Crowd favourites including the Model Boat Show and Pony Rides will be making a return. -12-


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SPECIAL EVENT MAIN STAGE HIGHLIGHTS Dreamworks’ Trolls Show Join the stars of Trolls — Poppy and Branch — as they make friends with festivalgoers and entertain your little ones. Always carrying a song in their heart, their infectious spirit will bring a smile to your face. Japanese Drumming Corp A free-spirited, primal and dramatic drum performance will have your heart pumping and your energy lifted. The vibrant performance of Japanese drums will showcase the drummers’ dynamic and refined skills, whether it’s by performing the delicate melodies of shakuhachi or the thunderous impact of the odaiko. Hip-Hop Dance Show It’s a high-energy dance genre, and arguably one of the most exciting types of dance to watch. Come to the mainstage to see a show-stopping performance from local Inner West hip-hop dancers. Live Hip-Hop Demonstration Class Always wanted to dance like a pro but never known where to start? It’s time to get on your feet! This interactive demonstration class will be a fun and active part of your day, and perhaps let you work off some of that overindulgent eating done earlier in the afternoon. Strings on Fire This will be a truly unique combination of circus stunts, with live music that will leave you breathless. It’s the only act that combines the eccentric combination of violins, circus, tango and fire, all live on stage. After three world tours and 1000 live performances, this act is sure to light up the stage. Cyrus The 20 year old winner of X Factor 2015 adds a star dimension to this year’s Burwood Festival, and will have the audiences singing along while he performs his hit singles ‘Stone’ and ‘Hurt Anymore’. Dynasty Drumline This highly choreographed visual spectacle of drums is one of Sydney’s most celebrated percussionist groups. The 11-piece ensemble have appeared on Channel 7’s The Voice and The Great Australian Spelling Bee, showing off their ferocious grooves and show stopping moves. Timetable of entertainment 11.08am DREAMWORKS’ TROLLS SHOW 1.11pm JAPANESE DRUMMING CORP 2.47pm HIP-HOP DANCE SHOW 3.07pm LIVE HIP-HOP DEMONSTRATION CLASS 3.40pm STRINGS ON FIRE 4.20pm CYRUS 5.08pm DYNASTY DRUMLINE -13-


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Sunday 8 October 2017 - 11am to 6pm IMMERSE YOUR SENSES AT BURWOOD PARK • Cyrus • Strings on fire • Dynasty Drumline • Dreamworks’ Trolls show and village • Live Street Art • Sensory Journey • Food Trucks • Classic Car Show • Rides Main stage sponsor Classic car show and shine sponsor Event supporters In-kind sponsors Presented by:


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