To keep you entertained and active during isolation, we have put together the following list of links.
We will be continually adding to these so make sure you check back here regularly.
World Nomads runs travel writing scholarships each year. Check out the winning stories here
BIAV Update – video
Some of the World’s most famous film festivals are joining forces for a one week event. It will run on YouTube from May 29 to June 7, with a free program of films, shorts, documentaries, music and conversations. Subscribe to the YouTube channel to receive notifications.
The Wine Show @ Home
Join us at home (well, in Joe’s attic) to find out how Britain’s local wine merchants are lifting spirits across the country. Joe will be tasting three wines each day and answering your wine questions.
It could be said that wine expert, Joe Fattorini is the heart and soul of The Wine Show. His knowledge and humour make wine accessible to everyone and his passion about the wonderful world of wine is addictive. In bite size YouTube videos Joe shines a spotlight on a different winery or wine merchant each week. An enjoyable watch while you’re cooking dinner or enjoying a glass of vino on the couch.
A bit of fun from the US Newsletter, Scuttlebutt. The 10 Commandments of Beer Can Racing
Broadsheet Book Recommendations – The team behind Broadsheet.com.au share what they are reading to relax during the pandemic.
MTC Now – A look behind the curtain at the Melbourne Theatre Company, plus recommendations, recordings, quizzes and so much more!
ACMI are doing a Wednesday night double feature movie club – Follow them on Facebook for details
Many sites are offering their paint and sip classes live streamed or on demand with the choice of using your own materials or ordering a painting pack. Click here
MoMA (Museum of Modern Art in NYC) – Courses
MoMA (Museum of Modern Art in NYC) – Virtual Views
Bunjil Place presents the New Black Vanguard. Presented as part of the PHOTO 2020 International Festival of Photography, ‘The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion’ features vibrant portraits and conceptual images that fuse the genres of art and fashion photography in ways that break down long-established boundaries. Virtual Tour
Staff Suggestions for 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.
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.
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
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.
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+