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Film 101** Lovelace review


Considered to be one of the most famous pornographic films of all time, Deep Throat caused a sensation when it first screened in 1972. The film’s protagonist Linda Lovelace, aka Linda Boreman, instantly shot to stardom, but what really happened behind the scenes is the subject of a new film, Lovelace.


Based on Linda’s autobiography, Ordeal, Lovelace tells the ‘true story’ of the grit behind the glam, depicting the abusive relationship between her and her husband Chuck Traynor, who drove her to star in the film. Played by Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard respectively, the plot follows the couple’s relationship from their initial courtship, whilst she was still living at home with her strict, traditional parents (played by an almost unrecognisable Sharon Stone and Robert Patrick) to their sticky demise.


As soon as she moves in with Chuck, the cracks begin to appear. His domestic violence begins and he starts forcing her to watch porn, learn explicit sex moves, and even pimps her out to friends and complete strangers. He then introduces her to his porn film producing friends, including a slick Anthony Romano aka Chris North (best known as Sex And The City’s Mr Big), and her porn career is launched.


The film is immediately a huge success and she gets to live the high life, attending movie premiers and socialising with the likes of Hugh Hefner, played by a cheeky James Franco. However, as Linda’s fame grows, so does Chuck’s jealousy and violence, until she is forced to leave him and the industry altogether. The audience is then shown Linda six years on, living a ‘normal’ life with a husband and child and battling to produce the book that will really show what happened during those years.


Lovelace is solid viewing, and the star-studded characters are well cast, however there is a dissatisfying feeling that not enough insight has been shown into how everything really affected Linda and the people around her. There are some really deep, dark issues at play here, from domestic abuse to rape and prostitution, but it almost skims the surface of the repercussions of these terrible actions.


Some have argued that despite taking a polygraph test before writing the autobiography, Linda was simply trying to cash in on her fame by writing the book, due to the fact that she went on to make more porn films and wrote two pro-porn memoirs following Deep Throat, so it’s hard to watch this film completely objectively with that fact niggling in the back of your mind.

Lovelace is playing at Dendy cinemas and nationally now.

Lovelace was viewed and reviewed by Sydney Social’s latest contributor: Helen Lear.

Social Spy** George Main Stakes Day at Royal Randwick

The Sydney Spring Carnival well and truly kicked off in head turning style yesterday as the George Main Stakes Day got underway at Royal Randwick, after undergoing recent renovations the grandstand was looking super slick and it is now an impressive world class stadium.

We love any excuse to get dressed up and what better reason than the races. The ladies (and several gents) did not disappoint. Exquisite millinery, tweed blazers and designer dresses flocked through the gates in time for the first race at 12.45.

Race day highlights included a pop up Clinique Lounge where ladies were welcomed for makeup touch ups (or for a well earned rest for sore feet) and XXXX Gold Retreat, a two-level bar with an interactive XXXX Gold Island challenge (which also provided some of the best views of the finish line).

In between races race goers lounged in gardened areas while sipping champagne and snacking on pulled pork burgers and sausage sizzlers while local djs provided the tunes.

Whether you’re a serious horse racing fan or just seeking a fantastic day out a race day at Royal Randwick is a must do. With the season just kicking off and many fantastic days coming up in the racing calendar I highly recommend you get one pencilled in your diary.

The Spring Carnival was reviewed and attended by Sydney Social’s latest contributor, Susan Black.


Social spy** THE FUTURE HAS ARRIVED…Safari Style

Sydney Social 101 had the ultimate pleasure of being invited to the VIP party to reveal the line up for 2014’s Future Music Festival.

At sunset, Bondi saw Sydney’s VIP crowds flock to the The Bucket List in Bondi for the Future Music Festival 2014 Launch Party. The balmy atmosphere was prime setting for all nighter as celebrities were in full swing dancing to the sweet tunes with the likes of Adam Goodes, Sarah De Bono, James Tobin, Tyler Atkins, Ashley Adam Cooper and Kate Peck enjoying the exclusive performance for the night, by British four-piece Rudimental.

The weather came as a blessing, with the sun beaming down on the 15×15 metre high custom-built stage on the venue’s grassy knoll – the first time ever for The Bucket List. Nova’s Red Room hosted the afternoon live from 5pm, announcing the first line-up for Future Music Festival 2014 with acts including Rudimental, Deadmau5, Phoenix, Cut Copy, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Tinie Tempah.

Guests enjoyed Elderflower Cider and plates of Paella while grooving to the special performance by Rudimental who wowed punters with their incredible sound and crowd favourites including ‘Not Giving In’ and ‘Feel the Love’. The night finished off with DJ performances by Timmy Trumpet, Tenzin and GG Magree.

Future Music Festival 2014 will be held from March 1st-10th of next year with further line-up announcements to be made.



Group 1 racing returns to Royal Randwick this Spring as the thoroughbred stars step out for George
Main Stakes Day at Royal Randwick. Sydney’s best weight for age horses will compete in the day’s
highlight event, the Group 1 George Main Stakes, against the backdrop of the brand new Grandstand.

This 1600m race draws a strong field every year with $350,000 in prizemoney up for grabs.

WHO: Race Day Ambassadors – Australia’s premier hat maker and the official milliner for the Sydney Spring Carnival, Nerida Winter and celebrated Australian actor Roy Billing will be available for picture opportunities and interviews prior to the event and on the day.

WHEN: Saturday 21 September 2013

Gates Open: 11.00am First Race: 12.45pm Final Race: 5.10pm

WHERE: Royal Randwick

Alison Rd, Randwick NSW 2031

TICKETING: For all ticketing and hospitality information and purchases please visit Pre-purchase and save $5 on general admission tickets, discount available until 11.59pm the day prior. Alternatively tickets are available at the gates on the day.


 XXXX Gold Retreat: two-level bar with interactive XXXX Gold Island challenge
 Football finals games broadcast around the course
 Themed bars and entertainment
 Clinique Lounge: makeup touch-ups, gift
 Gentlemen here to help: race day essentials, unique race day experience
 Go Racing for Real SMS competition: winners allocated a feature race horse and invited to watch from the
Winning Post. The participant allocated the winning horse wins $2000
 A free bus service will be available to transport guests from Royal Randwick to The Star in the afternoon


The ‘ULTIMAT EXPERIENCE’ Short Film Competition is now open! Proudly supported by ULTIMAT VODKA in Australia


ULTIMAT VODKA, one of the world’s leading and ultra-premium vodkas, is giving away over $5,000 and exclusive prizes in the Ultimat Vodka Short Film Competition.

The competition invites all aspiring and professional filmmakers to answer the question ‘What is the Ultimat Experience’ and submit their original 30 -90 second video by 30th September 2013.
“Our film competition is about finding your sublime experience, your ‘Ultimat’, whether it’s summiting Everest, celebrating a million-dollar deal, headlining a festival or something else…” said Michael McAdam, Brand Manager for Ultimat Vodka. “For some filmmakers, it will be getting unprecedented exposure with a premium international brand.”

Prizes include:

Judge’s Choice – $3500 + VIP pass to Rolling Stone Awards where your winning entry will be screened + a bottle of Ultimat Vodka

Editor’s Choice – $1000 + VIP pass to Rolling Stone Awards where your winning entry will be screened + a bottle of Ultimat Vodka

People’s Choice (most votes) – $500 + a bottle of Ultimat Vodka

The video must be 30sec – 90sec and consist of an Ultimat Vodka bottle prop in the footage. The film must adhere to the Terms and Conditions and follow video format guidelines. The judging criteria considers; creativity & originality, the story angle, the quality and the share ability with social media.

ULTIMAT VODKA, distributed in Australia by Southtrade International, is one of the leading premium vodka’s in the world. Created in Poland, it is the only vodka distilled from grains and potato, with the result an unrivalled, truly distinctive, pure spirit that sets the standard for ultra-premium vodkas. Ultimat is distilled four times, then uniquely filtered with pure artisan well water and bottled in a skillfully crafted, elegant, cobalt blue decanter. The luxurious spirit is owned by the Patrón Spirits Company, maker of Patrón Tequila – The world’s #1 premium tequila.

ULTIMAT VODKA is the ULTIMAT INDULGENCE. Hurry to register and submit your short film before the end of this month and be part of this premium Australian competition – the ULTIMAT EXPERIENCE.

Please register and download the creative brief here: Or contact:




For the first time in Australia, from 6th September until 13th October 2013, Sailor Jerry presents Hotel Street (12 Kellett St. Kings Cross), a venue dedicated to live music, film, clothing and an exhibition of over seventy distinctive and pioneering pieces of artwork from the legendary tattoo artist Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins. Sydney Social was invited to the opening night, it did not disappoint!!!


Named after the infamous Hotel Street District, in Honolulu, Hawaii, where Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins defined his style and built his reputation in the crucible of the tattoo arts. Hotel Street is a place where people can immerse themselves in the Sailor Jerry culture and enjoy a Sailor Jerry drink.


The art has been brought together for the exhibition following extensive restoration by The Conservation Centre for Art & Historic Artefacts (CCAHA) in Philadelphia, USA. The newly preserved collection of original artwork includes a range of stencils, rubbings and hand drawn design sheets – known as ‘flash’ in the tattoo industry – that were used in Norman Collins’s tattoo parlour in the gritty Hotel Street district.

Established to ensure his legacy lives on, the lifestyle brand that bears Norman Collins’s nickname, ‘Sailor Jerry’, is partnering with CCAHA on a long-term project to ensure as much of the iconic artist’s work and life is rejuvenated and archived for future generations to enjoy. The world’s largest exhibition of his work has been displayed in museums in the USA and in London at Hotel Street in 2012 before arriving in Australia. The level of expertise and detailed work involved was captured on film and can be viewed at


Commenting on the collection, Enda O’Sullivan, Sailor Jerry Global Brand Director said: “Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins was quoted in 1972 saying, “I don’t want to just copy the work of the old masters; I want to give it my own thrust”. The restoration of his old-school artwork really brings this to life as the bold colours, detailed drawing style and innovative tattoo techniques are shown off at their best. Norman Collins was a pioneer for American tattooing and his independent spirit, zest for good times and uncompromising attention to detail are traits we aim to keep alive not only through this collection, but the clothing, the music events and the rum that carries his name.”


Hotel Street will transform into a socially-integrated, interactive experience. By using RFID technology to link with Facebook, Hotel Street guests will be able to check-in and post photos automatically via flash tattoo-inspired smart pendants (wearable-tech that doubles as an entry pass). Interactive points around Hotel Street will include the live music stage and the art exhibition, extending the exclusive Hotel Street experience onto social platforms, allowing guests to share Hotel Street with friends around the world.


To go with a Sailor Jerry, Sydney’s favourite food truck Eat Art Truck will be serving up American BBQ street food the way it should be. Run by renowned Australian chef, Stuart McGill (ex Tetsuya’s), Eat Art Truck (EAT) has created a bangin’ BBQ sauce incorporating Sailor Jerry’s Rum, which will be served on some of EAT’s old favourites, exclusively at Hotel Street, and can be washed down smoothly with a spiced rum or two.

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Hugh Payten Smith, Sailor Jerry Brand Ambassador says, “Hotel Street will get under the skin of The Man and the cultural following around him, all the way from the music and his art to the drinks”


Alongside this unique exhibition, Norman Collins’s life and influence on tattoo design can be seen in the film Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry and book, Homeward Bound: The Life & Times of Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry. Both chronicle the life and artistic legacy of Norman Collins and the emergence of this enduring art form.


Forty years after his death, his work is more influential than ever. Look around almost any tattoo parlour today and you’ll see artists practicing his techniques and his style.

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Movie 101: Hidden Universe 3D

Last week SydneySocial101 was invited to the preview screening of Hidden Universe 3D at the IMAX in Darling Harbour. When I was younger, for about a year, I wanted to be an astronomer. If I had seen this documentary back then, then I would have kept that passion alive for a lot longer.

The film is narrated by Miranda Richardson who talks about the world’s most powerful telescopes and what they have been able to accomplish through them. It shows the billions of stars and how they are born through clouds of gas. Then what happens when a star explodes in a supernova and what is left behind.

I do enjoy a good documentary like Blue Planet and Planet Earth. Besides not seeing any animals, or aliens, those are the closet programmes I can compare it to. It is incredible how close they can now film and take pictures of the landscape of Mars. The best part was that it took you to the edge of the universe, well as far as the telescopes are able to see. You can’t help but wonder what is beyond that and if it ever stops. The vivid colours are incredible. Especially when you see the large number of other galaxies that are bigger than our own, The Milky Way. You can not comprehend how small you are in the universe until you see this.

I have seen 3D films in at the IMAX before but they never immersed me in the environment like this did. At times you really felt that you were moving through space and it was a surreal feeling. I did see some people reach out to try and touch the stars. Not me obviously, I know it was only a film!!…….

One of the best facts I heard of the night is that 45% of Americans don’t know that the sun is a star. Shocking I know!!

SydneySocial101 gives Hidden Universe 3D a 9/10. If you have 45 minutes to spare then i highly recommend you seeing this. Definitely one for all the family.

Syrus Wynne attended the screening in behalf of Sydney Social 101.

The giant-screen documentary adventure will take audiences on an extraordinary journey deep into space. With the full power of IMAX 3D cinematography, the deepest reaches of our universe will be brought to life with unprecedented clarity through images captured by the world’s most powerful telescopes.

The trailer can be viewed here:

HIDDEN UNIVERSE 3D is a December Cinema Productions film produced in association with Film Victoria, Swinburne University of Technology and the European Southern Observatory. Executive produced by Emmy®-award-winning producer Tony Wright, produced by Stephen Amezdroz and written and directed by Russell Scott. Produced in association with MacGillivray Freeman Films.

HIDDEN UNIVERSE 3D will be releasing at IMAX Darling Harbour on 5th September and IMAX Melbourne Museum on 12th September 2013.

IMAX Darling Harbour – 31 Wheat Rd, Darling Harbour –
IMAX Melbourne Museum – Rathdowne St, Carlton –

SOCIAL SPY** Fancied Launch at Hugo’s Lounge


Getting fancied just got a whole lot easier… as a brand new dating app is now available for those looking for love!

Sydney singles, media and socialites came together for the official launch at hosted Hugo’s Lounge on Friday night.

Slices of the establishment’s famous pizza made the rounds and guests were invited to have their pictures taken with fun signs.

The newest dating app on the market is free, and the idea is that it helps you to break the ice with people you’d fancy meeting in social settings.

It goes that extra step to show you where you can meet and date the people you’ve liked, and once you’ve downloaded it, you are also able to connect to your Facebook account and invite friends!

If you’re single, you should download this flirty new app, as it not only shows you who to meet, but also where and you can check-in at various hot spots around town to find that perfect partner.

For more information, go to or visit iTunes.

Fancied can be downloaded at the App Store here:

Photo credits: Luke Latty




Movie 101: The Act of Killing

Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer and executive produced by acclaimed documentary producers Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man) and Errol Morris (The Fog of War), The Act of Killing is as confronting and stomach churning as you would expect from this heavy weight trio.

The documentary follows former members of Indonesian death squads headed up by Anwar Congo, founding father of the pro-regime paramilitary group, Pancasila Youth. The group, along with its band of dedicated followers, participated in the murder of over one million alleged Communists during the 1960s in northern Sumatra. To this day, they remain unpunished for their crimes and instead have been elevated to the status of national heroes.

Oppenheimer has somehow convinced Anwar and his followers to re-enact a series of murders in the style of their favourite American movies, including western, gangster and even a musical. They initially jump at the chance, laughing and joking as they act out the horrendous scenes with little thought for the reality behind them. Anwar and closest friend, Herman Koto, play the perfect comedy duo, both as ridiculous as each other and almost likeable, until you are reminded, with gut-wrenching reality, of who they really are and what they have done.

The levels of corruption, violence and brainwashing within the Pancasila Group and its followers, whose members still consist of numerous senior government officials and journalists, is beyond frightening and gives a chilling insight into the workings of the Indonesian government. The leaders’ reiteration that they are not gangsters, but purely ‘free men’ (their interpretation of the word) acting out what was best for the country, shows the level of propaganda that has gone on for decades and that still holds influence today.

The only glimpse of hope in this film is at the end when finally, after many hours of shooting and following a scene where he plays one of his victims, Anwar appears to feel a sense of remorse. But is it too little to late? We can only hope that the true story of what happened will now begin to surface and that the victims of the massacres can gain some closure.

The Act of Killing is playing for a limited season nationally from Thursday 3 October.

The review was written by Helen Lear


SOCIAL SPY** Vogue Fashion’s Night Out – The Social Party

It is one of the most anticipated nights of the year in every fashionistas calendar, a celebration of shopping and fashion hosted by Vogue Magazine.

Sydneys CBD was taken over with exclusive events, offers, catwalk shows and beauty workshops.  But the hottest ticket of the night was on Level 7 of David Jones at The Social Party.


When I thought my love for David Jones (my favourite department store in Australia) could not be any stronger I was proven wrong with my introduction to Level 7.  An incredible space with high ceilings, floor to roof windows with stunning views of Hyde Park.  When I was told the space was used for Christian Dior’s first Couture show in Australia in the 1960s I was in heaven.

The official partners of Vogue Fashion Night Out were Ultimat Vodka and Patrón Tequila who served a choice of two cocktails at the Pelicano Bar, Ultimat Vodka Pelicano Martini’ (a sweet passionfruit cocktail with vodka, pomegranate syrup and fresh mint – my personal favourite) and a ‘Patron Tequila Lemon Granita’ (a refreshing frozen cocktail served in a Patron jam jar)

As guests sipped on mouth wateringly good cocktails djs mixed tunes including a set from the stunning Robyn Lawley.  The super stylish were out in force and celebrities including Megan Gale, Camilla Franks and Sophie Falkiner were all spotted mingling in the crowd.

The Social Party was another statement of style from Sydney’s most glamorous.  A fashion obsessed girl’s dream party.  Roll on next year.

Susan Black attended and reported on the event for Sydney Social 101.

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