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DESIGNER ANDREW VAN DER WESTHUYZEN








The team behind design and film collective Collider were experimenting with some visual techniques and created a shark to test out an idea. A friend of co-founder and designer Andrew Van Der Westhuyzen asked him if he had heard about the Australian Marine Conservation Society. “I hadn’t heard of them but after reading about them was impressed by how much they’d done for the marine environment in...

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PHOTOGRAPHER + FILM MAKER KIRSTEN UTZON POPOV







“It was only recently that I picked up the still camera again and fell back in love with its immediacy,” says Sydney-based photographer Kirsten Utzon Popov. She found the experience liberating after working in the film industry on productions that required millions of dollars and a large cast and crew to help create a collective vision. That said, I will always hold a flame for film, but I have...

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writer & filmmaker kirsty de garis








Every now and then I meet someone who is living my dream life. And when I talk about dream life, I'm talking about living out the deep-seated desires I've had since I was a child.
Kirsty de Garisis a writer who has worked at The Observer newspaper in the UK and Belle magazine in Australia. Currently she is a regular contributor for Vogue Living. But the killer punch is that in Kirsty's "spare"...

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stylist & set dresser briar stanley







I've never written them down, but I do have a secret list of fantasy jobs I'd like to do "some day". One of them is to work as a set designer. Some of my favourites on film: Bright Young Things, Marie Antoinette, anything by Catherine Martin. Briar Stanley has been lucky (and hard-working) enough to work with the aforementioned CM (on the film Australia), and she's also a regular stylist for real...

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an education






Sorry for the lack of posts this past week. I've been sick with a cold and flu and unfortunately it coincided with a major styling shoot - four setups in one day (Friday). As it happened that was the worse day of my illness but there was no way I couldn't plough through and just get the job done - a location, photographer (up from Melbourne), numerous couriers and removalists had all been booked....

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Hayley Allen's inspired by...


The creative genius behind Tika, Hayley Allen, is inspired by the film The Ice Storm by Ang Lee:

"I have to say my inspiration this week has been from watching my favourite movie The Ice Storm bt Ang Lee for around the 10th time. The art direction, the locations, the props and costumes are truly inspiring! The key party scene is truly hillarious, and the scene where the mum is riding down the hill...

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Monique Germon's inspired by...




Monique Germon
is creative in everything she does. This is what she's inspired by...


"Two films: To Kill a Mockingbird & Fearful Symmetry - The Making of To Kill a Mockingbird.

"The opening scene from To Kill A Mockingbird sums it all up really - from the little treasure box to the crayon & the marbles to the whistle and all the while the child's humming & laughter which folds into the music.

"Be...

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hollywood production designer jon hutman







It's funny what can happen to you on the way to work. The other week I suddenly had to pull over because I had a phone call from Los Angeles to interview production designer Jon Hutman. He's the talent behind the looks for films including Something's Gotta Give and the recently released It's Complicated. Other examples of his work include The Time Traveler's Wife, The Holiday and Quiz Show. He was...

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film director & vanity fair contributor matt tyrnauer






Politics and fashion seem a funny mix. But not really when you think about it. They're both about egos and image, and often great stories are embedded within the drama.  Matt Tyrnauer spent much of the early years of his career writing about politics - in 1992 he edited a special edition of the New York Observer on the Democratic Convention in NYC - and went on to write regularly for Vanity Fairma...

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valentino: the last emperor











I actually studied documentary-making as part of my Master of Arts degree many moons ago and a love for that medium has stayed with me. When a documentary is done well it can be just, if not more, rivetting and entertaining than a fictional feature film.  (And one day I hope to make another documentary - yes, it's on the long list of my to-do list.)

This weekend I watched Valentino: The Last...

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