Isolation Entertainment Ideas

 

To keep you entertained and active during isolation, we have put together the following lists of links, podcasts and movie reviews.

We will be continually adding to these so make sure you check back here regularly.

 

GRAND FINAL DAY
Attica at Home: Grand Final Day

Builder’s Arms Hotel Grand Final BBQ Feast

Pre-order Grand Final Feasts From Some of Melbourne’s Favourite Restaurants

 

FANCY “GOON BAGS” FOR SUMMER PICNICS
Blackhearts & Sparrows: Hacky Sack Rose

Mr West: Cocktail Bagnums

Seven Seeds’ Coffee Goon Bags

 

OTHER QUICK LINKS

The Best Hikes and Cycling Routes Around the World (for when we can travel again)

Providoor Special Edition Boxes

3D Virtual Photography Exhibition

Diggin’ in the Cellars

Talay: Thai Food to Get Your Hands Dirty For 

Make-Out Meals: DIY Kits 

Support Victorian Wineries 6-Packs 

Pentridge Cinema

Recipe: Rustic Bean and Chorizo Hotpot

The Five Greatest Wine Heists in History

Order from Melbourne’s Best Ghost Kitchens, Pop-Ups and Once Offs

Curated Picnic Boxes

Challenge for Change

Best Action Films on Netflix

Gertrude Opera

Ultimate regional getaway at home

Korean Film Festival goes digital and free

10 dinner and movie ideas for a great night in

Immersive At Home Theatre: Visitors

Noisy Ritual Virtual Wine Tasting

Lee Ho Fook Yum Cha

Tokyo Tina’s Bingo Academy Live

Moonlight Cinema is coming back in January

Melbourne’s Best Gourmet Picnics

Just Utensils: BYO Cutlery

Arts Centre Melbourne: Keeping the Curtain Up

Re-Travel Live: A Conversation with Dr. Jane Goodall

10 Most Incredible Travel Experiences in the World

Eggs Baked in Avocado

Favourite Cities Around the World

Impactology: 3 Day Festival of Inspiration

8 Things to do if You’re Feeling Down

The One Trip Every Aussie Should Experience in their Lifetime

The Best Movies on Stan Right Now

Virtual Party Featuring a Slew of Next Level DJs

12 Months of Food Travel: Australia through the seasons

Make limoncello at home

The Arts Centre presents “Choose your own variety with Ali McGregor”

Grown Alchemist Skin Support 2.0: Pay what you can skin care

Supernormal Cooking Class with Andrew McConnell

IMAGINARA: A post-lockdown immersive experience

Australia’s most beautiful bike paths

Celebrate Spring Racing at home with Melbourne Racing Club’s Super Boxes

Virtual Olive Oil Tasting

A Blue Moon is Coming this Halloween

Find the Swooping Magpie Hot Spots with this Map

Rochford Wine’s Big 90s Party!

Treat yourself to an at home spa treatment with these Victorian labels

Reusable Aussie cleaning products you can buy at the supermarket

Slow Stays: Unique off grid holiday options

What’s it like to live on the world’s most densely populated island? 

Best picnic spots in Melbourne

Royal Melbourne Show goes online (19-29 September) 

TED Talks: Ideas worth spreading 

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards: 2020 Finalists

Vine Boy: Potted plant care package with extras

Koko Black’s Australian Classics Collection

Ice-cream flavoured beer & beer flavoured ice-cream?

Lancefield Animal Sanctuary: Chicken Coop

The Stand-Up Sessions

Big Night In

 

Staff  Suggestions for Podcasts

8 True Crime podcasts to keep you up at night

MTC Audio Lab: Theatre for your Ears

Travel related podcasts

Clear and Vivid with Alan Alda

This is so interesting. I’ve always loved Alan Alda (Hawkeye from M*A*S*H), but listening to him interview big names in every industry about how they communication is fantastic. Genuinely clever and funny conversation ensues. Alan Alda has a foundation that focuses on teaching professionals in the STEM fields how to communicate better with the general public and thos creating public legislation, so that everyone is as informed as possible and has all the correct information when making decisions.

Ear Hustle

This podcast is about the lives of the men in San Quentin prison in America and is incredibly eye-opening.  Heartfelt, funny and very honest, this podcast is recorded on site between the inmates, particularly Earlonne Woods and a local visual artist Nigel Poor. Episodes offer a nuanced view of people involved with the American prison system and those reintegrating into society after serving time.

Emsolation

Australian Comedian, Em Rusciano has created “Emsolation, you can’t lock down glitter”, with her best friend Michael Lucas and her husband Scott.

True to form, Em in her feminist and outrageously funny, open and honest manner talks through life in isolation and how she and her family are coping. Hubby Scott is there to answer listeners burning life questions and to solve all their problems.
*course language warning.

 

Movie and TV Reviews

Brave New World (2020) (Stan)                                                                                                                                                                                                                In a utopia whose perfection hinges upon control of monogamy and privacy, members of the collective begin to question the rules, putting their regimented society on a collision course with forbidden love and revolution. Based on Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel set 600 years in the future, this TV series is incredibly intriguing with plenty of parallels to be drawn with our current way of living.
Hot Tip: Push past the pilot episode and you’ll be hooked.

David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (Netflix)                                                                                                                                                                            David Attenborough recounts his life, and the evolutionary history of life on Earth, to grieve the loss of wild places and share his vision for the future.

The Boys in the Band (Netflix)                                                                                                                                                                                                                   At a birthday party in 1968 New York, a surprise guest and a drunken game leave seven gay friends reckoning with unspoken feelings and buried truths.

I am Woman (Stan)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           I Am Woman is the story of Australian singer Helen Reddy, who within months of landing in NYC, became one of the biggest superstars of her time and an icon of the 1970s feminist movement, empowering women to fight for change.

Harlots (Stan)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Featuring an all-star cast, HARLOTS is a powerful drama set against the vibrant cosmopolitan backdrop of 18th century Georgian London, offering a bold take on the city’s most valuable commercial activity – sex.

Mrs America (Binge)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tells the story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendments (ERA), and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly.

Best sports documentaries on Netflix

Enola Holmes (Netflix)
When Enola Holmes-Sherlock’s teen sister-discovers her mother missing, she sets off to find her, becoming a super-sleuth in her own right as she outwits her famous brother and unravels a dangerous conspiracy around a mysterious young Lord.
A fun movie with a little bit of everything thrown in. Perfect for the whole family.

This recommendation comes from Guy and Tina Schofield.
Hector and the Search for Happiness (SBS on Demand)
Hector (Simon Pegg) is a quirky psychiatrist who has become tired of his humdrum life, yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting happier. So he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness.

Travels with My Father (Netflix)
Comedian Jack Whitehall and his stuffy father, Michael, take unusual and amusing trips to foreign lands in an attempt to strengthen their bond…starting with a “gap year” in South-East Asia. What could possibly go wrong?

Movie of the Week – Hunt for the Wilderpeople (SBS on Demand)
New Zealand adventure comedy-drama film written and directed by Taika Waititi follows Ricky, a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous uncle in the wild bush.
Starring Sam Neill and Julian Dennison this family friendly comedy will have you crying tears of laughter. I know I did when I saw it at the movies. Available on SBS on Demand until the end of September.

Sour Grapes (Netflix)
This documentary shines a light on a dizzying chronicle of excess and deception, dissecting a fascinating case of fine-wine fraud and the con man who cheated investors out of millions.

As the lead investigator says, “the motivation of the investigator is to show the elegance of the hustle”…and what a hustle it turned out to be.

Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix)

Follow Phil Rosenthal, creator of “Everybody Loves Raymond” as he explores different cuisines in cities around the world.
From street food to fine dining, Phil’s infectious, childlike joy of discovering new foods and meeting new people makes this show one of the most enjoyable in the genre of food & travel documentaries.
There are currently 3 seasons available including stops in Bangkok, Saigon, Venice, Lisbon, New Orleans and Buenos Aires.

Nadiya’s Time to Eat (Netflix)

Nadiya Hussain shares a mouth-watering selection of stress-free recipes that will save you time in the kitchen. Her down to earth and realistic approach to simple, yet tasty cooking doesn’t shy away from instant noodles, garlic powder, or tinned goods. Tune in and be inspired. It’s time to eat!

The Great (Stan)

From Oscar-nominated writer Tony McNamara (The Favourite) comes the wildly comedic rise of Catherine the Nothing to Catherine the Great, in a genre-bending, anti-historical ride through 18th century Russia. Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult are fantastic in this strange, but intriguing modern re-telling of  Catherine the Great in a way that no one has ever seen before. I’ve been looking forward to this series for ages and I don’t think it is going to disappoint.

Normal People (Stan)

Based on Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel, Normal People tracks the tender, but complicated relationship of Marianne and Connell, in an exquisite, modern love story that shows how two people can profoundly impact each other’s lives. Poignant and heartbreaking, Normal People is an emotional rollercoaster of the best kind. Never has a TV series left me feeling so empty, yet so satisfied.

Encore! (Disney+)
Former high school classmates are reunited from around the US to re-stage the musicals of their youth, year’s after they originally performed them.

Watch alumni share old memories, reflect on life and attempt to get back into their old stage roles. Through it all, these unlikely groups of friends, along with the help of Broadway’s best, just might pull off standing ovation performances of beloved musicals including Beauty and the Beast, Oklahoma and The Sound of Music.

Heartfelt, hilarious and brave, this show will have you cheering from the side lines and maybe even joining in a standing ovation…

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Disney has knocked it out of the park with this gorgeous live action version of the classic 1991 animated movie.

With a mix of songs from the original animation, as well as the Broadway show and some new songs specific to the movie, Alan Menken really proves why the soundtrack will stand the test of time.

Emma Watson leads an all star cast including Dan Stevens (the Beast), Luke Evans (Gaston), Josh Gad (a hilariously camp le Fou), Ewan McGregor (Lumiere), Ian McKellen (Cogsworth) and Emma Thompson (Mrs Potts).

A firm family favourite. Watch it today on Disney+