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COMPETITION 101** 3 x Pair of Maltesers Moonlight Cinema tickets up for grabs

Sydney’s favourite outdoor cinema, Maltesers Moonlight Cinema, has only a few weeks left!

To celebrate an amazing season of cinema, Sydney Social 101 has teamed up with Maltesers Moonlight Cinema to offer lucky Sydney Social 101 readers the chance to win one of three pairs of free tickets up for grabs!

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Don’t miss your chance to see a film under the stars before it draws to a close on 23rd March.

Films screening in the coming weeks include Cuban Fury (plus special salsa performance and dance lesson), Pompeii, The Grand Budapest Hotel, American Hustle and Jaws.

To enter simply like Sydney Social 101 on Facebook and tell us in less than 25 words below why you should be selected as a winner!

Moonlight Cinema is located at Belvedere Amphitheatre, Centennial Park.

Competition closed at 5pm on Thursday 13th March 2014. Winners will be announced at 6pm.

For further information and to buy tickets, visit

Beauty 101** The ultimate travel buddy and beauty essential this summer + Competition

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NOTE: This competition has now closed, the winners have been notified and they are Charlotte S Cotton and Nicole Kent. 

Thank you so much for all your entries – stay tuned for more competitions coming on Sydney Social 101.

Every so often I get asked to review a product, new technologies, beauty essentials for Sydney Social 101. I am usually reluctant unless it has a great fit with the site, and my readers! This is one of those occasions where I just can’t keep this little beauty secret to myself!

Oral-B and Braun have partnered up and designed the new Black 7000 electronic toothbrush model, creating one of the most high performing, multi functional electric toothbrushes ever.

After trying the Black 7000 for four weeks I can honestly say I will never go back to using a regular toothbrush again! A bold claim I know, but a true one!

The impressive gadget has a huge variety of modes including deep clean, sensitive, whitening, massage and tongue cleaning as well as five different brush heads for precision cleaning.  It evens lets you know when you are brushing too hard.  There is literally nothing this brush cannot do.

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“With 48,800 movements per minute, the Oral-B 7000 Black features unique oscillating, rotating and pulsating bristles that provide a tooth-by-tooth clean – a technology heralded by independent reviews for removing up to twice as much plaque as a regular manual toothbrush” (Oral-B spokesperson).

The toothbrush comes complete with a slick travel case and a digital timer which signals dentist recommended brushing times.  Finished in a stylish black matt the Black 7000 ticks all the boxes and is definitely worth its price tag (RRP $299).  You will not be disappointed, I wasn’t and my teeth have never felt cleaner.

Don’t forget to pack this bad boy for your summer vacations, it is a must-have – bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase: “Don’t forget your toothbrush!”

If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning one of  2 x Oral-B BLACKs (worth approx. $300 each) simply like Sydney Social 101 on Facebook and tell us in 25 words or less why you should be picked!

Competition closes 5th February 2014 at 17:00.

Competition 101** Win – Exclusive VIP Italian-Australian Dining Experience with new Sydney restaurant, Vapiano


Sydney Social 101 is excited to reveal an exclusive opportunity for one lucky reader to win VIP access to the invite-only opening of Vapiano for themselves and five of their friends.

Enter for your chance to win a dining experience with just-launched Sydney hotspot Vapiano, a new concept restaurant that is focussed on fresh, quality Italian meals prepared fast and in front of you.

Vapiano is a restaurant like no other, blending Italian flavour with Australian style to produce a fresh, fast, stylish and fun dining experience. Vapiano restaurants serve old-fashioned Italian recipes using local meat, produce and cheese. The concept began in 2002 in Hamburg, Germany and now has more than 65 locations worldwide. Another 100 stores are currently in development in the United States, Europe and the Middle East.

You will win the chance for you and five friends to attend the Official Grand Opening Party of Vapiano Sydney on the evening of Monday 16 December, as well as a voucher for you all to come back at your leisure for a sit down dining experience on us.

To win, simply like our Facebook page and tell us below in 25 words or less what you love about fresh, vibrant Italian food!

*winner will be notified on 13th December 2013. competition closes midnight 12/12/13. Prize is non transferable and cannot be exchanged for cash.



PLEASE VOTE: Sydney Social 101 selected as a Finalist for the Pedestrian.TV Blogster Awards

Every so often I’ll find myself asking why I run three blogs for no income and work over 75 hours a week… Well it’s times like these that I get such fulfilment and reward for dedciating so much of my time into doing something that I love!


I started Sydney Social 101 in Feb 2012 as a ‘hyper-local’ blog to provide what’s on, behind the scenes, social spy, product/ event/ venue reviews and go-to guides for Sydney.


The blog has since gone from strength to strength and regularly gets over 5,500 UV per month. I’m really excited to say that the hard work has paid off and that Sydney Social 101 has been selected as a finalist in the Pedestrian.TV Blogster awards in the ‘Tech, Media and Design’ category – specifically the ‘media’ section!


Click to vote!

Click to vote!


It is especially a great achievement for me as I’ve actually been in the UK since Nov last year due to having to have a serious operation, so have been running this blog remotely for the past 10 months! With the help of a team of amazing contributors, I have been able to continue the growth and success of


Click the link and then click 'Like' to register your vote

Click the link and then click ‘Like’ to register your vote


Whilst back in the UK I’ve also launched Manchester Social 101 and London Social 101 too, suffice to say I’m a busy girl, ha!


I would be forever grateful if you could please click on this link and click ‘like’ to share on FB and tweet and +1 to get the word out about Sydney Social 101 having the massive honour of being selected.


The name of the game is to get as many ‘likes’ as possible on the site and I’m game for the challenge!


It is so rewarding to see hard work paying off! I have no advertising on any of the blogs, I don’t do sponsored posts and I have a team of volunteers who attend events and movies for me whilst I’m in the UK!


Fingers crossed that Sydney Social 101 makes an impact and gets lots of likes 🙂


You can check out various Sydney Social media channels here:






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Thanks so much in advance!


Lisa x


SKYY Vodka is running a national competition to find the new face of its ‘LIVE FULL VOLUME’ campaign.

Contestants are invited to go to one of the many chosen bars Australia wide and have their photo taken in a specially crafted photobooth. The photos are automatically uploaded to the SKYY Vodka Facebook page where participants are entered into the ‘Live Full Volume’ competition.

X3 Major Prize Winners will win ( as judged by a panel of judges)

• Become the face of Skyy and see your photo on billboards around your city!
• A cheque for $1000
• A years subscription to RUSSH Magazine
• A case of SKYY Vodka

People Choice Winner (whoever gets the most amount of votes on facebook)
• A cheque for $1000
• A years subscription to RUSSH Magazine
• A case of SKYY Vodka

For full details please log into


Easton’s Hill Hotel
646 South Pine Road Albany Creek QLD 4035 Friday 24 May 10pm- 1am

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Club Bay View
12/20 St Quentin Avenue Perth WA Sunday 26 May 10pm- 1pm

The Leeeerville Hotel
Newcastle Street Leederville WA 6007 Wednesday 29 8.30pm-11.30pm

Eaton’s Hill Hotel
646 South Pine Rd Albany Creek QLD 4035 Friday 31 May 10pm-1am

Baxters Lot
302 Brunswick Street Fitzroy Saturday 1 June 9pm- 12am

The Shed
69-71 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge, WA 6003 Saturday 1 June 9pm- 12am

Coolibah Hotel
15-25 Sherwood Road Merrylands, NSW 2160 Friday 14 June 8.30pm- 11.30pm

The Mill Hotel
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Miranda Hotel
590 The Kingsway Miranda NSW Saturday June 8.30pm- 11.30pm


SOCIAL SPY** Tropfest


Back for it’s 21st installment, Australia’s largest short film festival Tropfest had a stellar line-up of talent and celebrity guests yesterday!

This year, taking to the black carpet was a host of Aussie superstars, including Hollywood heavyweight Sam Worthington, who was one of this year’s judges.


The ‘Clash of the Titans’ star, who won ‘Best Actor’ at the ‘2000 Tropfest festival’ for his role in short film ‘A Matter of Life’, revealed to the media beforehand what he was looking out for while judging.

“The thing I want to see is how the films connect with the audience,” he confided.

Also attending the bash as judges, was ‘Packed to the Rafter’s’ Rebecca Gibney, ‘Kath and Kim’ star Magda Szubanski and actor Richard Roxborough.



The traditional signature item in each film this year was a balloon, and the story lines in each flick were original, ranging from water fights to time travel or milkshake bombs and many other themes portrayed in the 16 finalist clips.

The official event was held yesterday at The Domain in Sydney, with live sites set up across the country in Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Wollongong, Hobart and Surfers Paradise.

The winner of the evening was Nick Clifford for his masterpiece ‘We’ve All Been There’, about a pregnant waitress who is down on her luck. Nick scored himself the top prize with a heap of goodies as well as a trip to LA for a week of meetings with film industry directives.

An impromptu award was created by ‘Avatar’ star Worthington yesterday, who offered $3000 for best personality in a feature. He handed this to Sydney Pensioner and dancing busker Raymond Borzelli, who appeared in Jefferson Grainger’s film ‘Better Than Sinatra’, which came in second place.

For more information on winners, check out the official website now –

Sydney Social’s roving reporter Jennifer Fletcher attended last night’s event.






The Surfing Life’s Oakley Big Wave Awards have been playing a huge part in Australasian surfing culture for over 10 years, celebrating the huge achievements of these incredibly fearless surfers – and this year is no different!


The Annual awards night was hosted last night by Glen Moriarty & Nick Carroll, at Simmer On The Bay, Dawes Point, with some of surfing’s legendary hero’s in attendance along with some of surf’s fresh and upcoming talent.


Categories in this year’s competition included: ‘Biggest Wave’, ‘Biggest Slab’ and ‘Biggest Paddle-In’ with the winner of the Biggest Wave ridden taking a massive cheque for $20,000 and another $15,000 award up for grabs in other categories.


Tori Jane, Ali Daher

Tori Jane, Ali Daher

This year’s finalists were solely decided on by the surfers themselves who were asked to vote for their favourite wave across each category. The winners were left in the capable hands of an elite panel of big wave experts to ultimately decide who wipes out the competition!


Lil Jon

Lil Jon

Big-wave prodigy Marti ‘Moose’ Paradisis took out the 2013 grand title of ‘Biggest Wave’ scoring himself a cool $20,000 cheque. Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker took out the ‘Biggest Slab’ title and the award for the ‘Biggest Paddle-in’ went to the infamous Jeff ‘Camel’ Goulden.

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The Surfing Life’s Oakley Big Wave Awards has been an ongoing event which supports and celebrated the best of the best in big wave surfing, each year challenging the surfers to take it that one step further to win the ultimate Big Wave title.


WHO ATTENDED: Lil Jon, Nacho Pop, Bondi Rescue Crew, Dingo, Kurt Tippett, Perth Standlick, Delta Riggs, Short Stack, Tom Whitaker & many more of your favourite big wave surfers


Ben McCarthy (NSW) has won Trop Jr, the biggest short film festival for little people with a big imagination. Ben’s winning entry was Bumper, a claymation film about a frog who can’t jump.

One of the youngest of 16 finalists, 12 year old Ben is passionate about filmmaking, and spent most of the day today grilling Sam Worthington about Hollywood and how to make it in the film industry. Inspired by last year’s Trop Jr runner up the I Think You Stink Show, McCarthy’s Bumper is the only Claymation entry to make it to the finals this year at Trop Jr.

McCarthy says the film took him six months, which included making the figures entirely on his desk at home and creating a really huge mess. He has aptly named his future production company “Messy Desk Productions”. His inspiration to work with Claymation came from the creator of Wallace and Gromit, Nick Park.

The Trop Jr Signature Item for 2014 was also announced: next year it will be “Monster”, which should inspire some fun ideas from budding young filmmakers. Trop Jr follows the same structure as Tropfest: the film must be seven minutes or less and contain a reference to the TSI.

This year’s Trop Jr winner was awarded $2000 cash and a $500 ticket voucher, $1800 worth of AFTRS Open short courses and a PlayStationVita LittleBigPlanet bundle. McCarthy can’t wait to tell all his friends at boarding school about it!

‘The Screen Seekers Club’ was awarded the runner-up prize for their horror-comedy-mockumentary How to Make a Horror Movie. The club, made up of six boys aged 12-15 from South Australia didn’t even know each other until their parents brought them together to collaborate on this project. They cite Scream and Chuckie as their favourite slasher films.

Harri Gilbert (NSW) also picked up a runner-up prize for Where’s My Sandwich? The 15 year old won the Trop Jr Fearless Filmmaking prize last year and loves telling stories and making films. His film explored the trials and tribulations of a teenager who has lost his sandwich.

The runner-up winners took away prizes of $750 worth of short courses at Metro Screen.

Trop Jr was judged by actor Sean Keenan, author and presenter Gretel Killeen, actress Samara Weaving and children’s entertainer Sam Moran.

Tropfest managing director Michael Laverty was delighted by this year’s Trop Jr selection. “I’m always so excited to see the finalist entries for Trop Jr,” he said. “Their incredible talent and creativity is a great sign for the future of film in Australia.”

The young audience and their families enjoyed a day of entertainment in the sunshine with Australia’s Got Talent dance wonders Ziggity Crew breaking loose on the stage and host Ash London keeping things moving.

This year’s Trop Jr finalist films spanned many genres, from drama to comedy to documentary, and showcased a huge amount of talent and technical skill.



Tropfest has announced the 16 talented finalists for 2013’s short film festival, whose films will screen to the crowd at the Domain, Sydney, and free to air on SBS One on Sunday 17 February 2013. This year’s selection is an eclectic mix of experienced and new filmmakers and a diverse selection of genres.

From documentary to animation, with the staple comedy and drama packed in between, Tropfest 2013 is shaping up to be a brilliant showcase of the work of Australia’s creative minds. You can tell just by reading the notes on the making of these films that we’re in for an amazing night of film – the stories in these production notes are film-worthy themselves.

This year’s filmmakers have shown incredible dedication to the cause by facing creepy haunted buildings, extreme weather and various run-ins with the authorities, all in the name of independent film.

For example, the locations in this year’s films have gone above and beyond the average: a 19th Century gothic mansion in Katie Wall’s Scene 16; an abandoned mental asylum in Matt Cerwen’s Inside; the depths of Canadian winter in Tim Blackburn and Lyndal Moody’s Monobrow and even dangerous cartel territory in the Mexican desert in Michael Noonan’s Remote.

You’ll witness guest appearances from Mel and Kochie (playing Mel and Kochie) in a film shot on set at Channel 7’s studios (Daniel Reisinger’s CA$H COW – a 63% True Story). And although Tropfest serves up some of the best films made by talented Australians, this year’s film selection features three internationally shot pieces (Mexico, Canada and LA).

Tropfest introduced the Nikon DSLR Film category in 2013. Established to recognise the immense range of capabilities and versatility of video recording on DSLRs, the category offered filmmakers a new, accessible outlet through which to express their creativity.

Over a quarter of all entries were made on DSLR and Tropfest is excited to announce that five of the sixteen finalist films were submitted in the DSLR category!

Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts, George Souris, said the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, is proud to support Tropfest 2013, the world’s largest short film festival.

“Tropfest has a long history of success in Sydney, a city that is not only recognised as a UNESCO City of Film, but is also Australia’s creative hub,” Mr Souris says.

“Tropfest is an important feature on the NSW Events Calendar, and joins a number of Sydney’s fantastic free outdoor events including Sydney New Year’s Eve, Sydney Festival and Sydney Mardi Gras Parade. A launch pad for filmmakers of all ages, having a film screened at Tropfest can be the start of a very exciting career in film. I would like to wish all finalists the best of luck.”

This year APRA Tropscore, Tropfest’s competition for screen composers, will reward one of ten finalists for their vital contributions to film.

Matt Bird, a Tropfest Finalist for the third year in a row with his 2013 Finalist film Taser, provided the film for Tropscore 2013, a beautiful piece of cinema and a clean musical slate for which all entrants composed a score. Tropscore winners receive a neat $5000 cash prize along with the chance to perform their score live on stage at Tropfest.

On Sunday February 17, the Finalist films will screen live at the Domain, Sydney and at venues across Australia to a crowd of around 150,000 and to a judging panel of celebrities and industry heavyweights – past judges include Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor & Geoffrey Rush – who will together decide the champion of Tropfest 2013.

The talented winner will leave a richer, more mobile and better-equipped filmmaker in an all-new 2012 Toyota Corolla Levin ZR, holding $10,000 cash prize courtesy of Kennedy Miller Mitchell, and preparing for a trip to Los Angeles for a week of meetings with film executives organised by Motion Picture Association and the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft. The victor will also take home the latest Nikon D800 and $2000 RRP worth of lenses and accessories.

And don’t forget: not only can you watch this show live on SBS that night, but Tropfest runs three days’ worth of parties, film nights and talks including Tropfest Roughcut leading up to the night.

For more info about past winners, themes or Tropfest’s global events, head to


From over 200 submissions, the 12th annual Bondi Short Film Festival has selected 14 of Australia’s most talented up and coming filmmakers for its 2012 shortlist of finalists. The finalists will compete for a prize pool valued at over $10,000, judged by a panel of highly respected award winning members of the Australian film and television industry.

The award categories presented by this year’s Festival sponsors include: Hoyts Kiosks ‘People Choice Award’, Proof Sunglasses ‘Best Script Award’, Boca Lupo ‘Best Music Award’, Spectrum Films ‘Best Production Award’, WeWood Watches ‘Best Actor Award’, Santa Vittoria ‘Best Cinematography Award’ and Showtime Movie Channels ‘Best Film Award’.


The 12th annual Bondi Short Film Festival finalists include:


Thin Air  Directed by Natalie Nalesnyik

A teenage gymnast watches a questionable relationship unfold between her teammate and her coach. Confronted by mixed feelings of jealousy and suspicion, she struggles in knowing the truth behind his actions. She must decide, despite her doubts and fears, whether to follow her instincts.


The Art of Boxing– Directed by Andrew Flakelar

We all know boxing to be a brutal pursuit, but few recognise and appreciate the artistry of its finesse, strategy and heart. Seen through the eyes of Newton “The Butcher” Kidd, a grassroots professional fighter from the Bronx, New York, The Art of Boxing takes a cinematic view of the complexity and poetry of boxing by shattering the commonly held view of a simplistic and barbaric contest, elevating the drama, determination and struggles of this passionate boxer.

Push & Pull – Directed by Dorothy Pranolo

Lisa, a young Asian-Australian girl, feels forever pressured by her mother to be the perfect violinist. When tensions between the two collide at Lisa’s much anticipated violin audition, which path will she follow? The life she wants, or the one her mother has paved for her?


Embellish – Directed by Chris Radburn

Chris doesn’t talk about his acting career because he hasn’t got one. But he soon realises sometimes the only thing you can do is embellish.


Mug’s Game – Directed by Lav Bodnaruk and Michael Mier

Shad Newbolt has been a boxer for as long as he can remember, but something has changed. For the first time in his career he is gripped by fear, but Shad’s manager is unconcerned by his fears and presses the point that he doesn’t just box for himself and it would be even more dangerous for him to quit. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, in his tormented mind, Shad only sees one way out!


Grandma – Directed by Michelle Lia

Sean is walking home to his grandmothers after seeing his friend at the park. In the meantime, Sean’s grandmother receives a letter that will potentially change her grandson’s life. She positively can’t wait until he gets home to tell him the good news. Now…when is he coming home?


Reason For Living – Directed by Graeme Simsion

He’s a computer expert in his early 40s, fit and financially independent. He travels widely, has a range of interests and enjoys socialising. What he wants more than anything else is someone to share his life with. But his relationships seldom progress past the first date. He doesn’t seem to be wired for romance. Then he meets someone.  Fate has dealt her a bad hand, but she is destined to become his reason for living. From the author of The Rosie Project, a true story about finding love.

 Young Blood – Directed by Billy Otto

The lives of three extremely vulnerable young men from New Zealand, Australia and Vietnam are traced as they reflect on their desire for acceptance. All coming from broken families, they retell their experience in their local gangs.

The Grand Design
 – Directed by Samuel Bartlett

A metaphysics student that believes he can scientifically decipher fate, must choose between saving his own life or that of a stranger after living the same day twice.


A Place Like This – Directed by David May

A RAAF pilot’s extraordinary survivor tale of a night he will never forget told in a garden paradise that he has created.


The Maker – Directed by Christopher Kezelos

A strange creature races against time to make the most important and beautiful creation of his life.

Julia – Directed by Brodie Rocca

A coming of age film that explores themes of manhood, the fight for beauty and classic romance in a modern concrete world. George, the wounded hero who has yet to accept the end of a relationship meets a mystery girl. Young, intelligent and dangerous, she’s about to give him the push he needs.

Resistance – Directed by Blake Borcich
A Nazi officer is blown into a cellar during the bombardment of a French town. Two women are seeking shelter in the same cellar and they become suddenly trapped. But where is the danger – outside or within?

The Gnome Garden – Directed by Elena Hattersley

A documentary that follows the story of Kerry, a collector of all things gnome, who gives the audience a peek into her world and how she ended up with over 300 gnomes.

WHAT: 12th annual Bondi Short Film Festival

WHEN: Saturday, November 24th 2012

WHERE: Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach

TICKETS: Moshtix – or 1300 438 849

COST: $33 + booking fee


  • Matinee Session – 3pm (Main Theatre) Doors open at 2pm

  • Evening Session 1 – 7:30pm (Main Theatre) Doors open at 6pm
  • Evening Session 2 – 8:15pm (Seagull Theatre) Doors open at 6pm


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