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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Barnaby Joyce + Vikki Campion First Interview: Questions on personal life have shifted from “inquiry to malice"

In this frank first interview, Barnaby Joyce and his pregnant partner Vikki Campion claim they have been hounded out of their rent free apartment, and fear their baby son will be viewed "somehow less worthy than other children".

The FULL interview can be read HERE.

It's an exclusive interview with Fairfax Media in Armidale, a fortnight after their relationship came to light,with  the couple made a direct appeal to politicians and members of the public: "It's time to move on."

The interview is accompanied with photos of Mr Joyce in the home he shares with Ms Campion.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Pierre Haddad Death: Celebrity Hairdresser Passes Away

Pierre Haddad, celebrity hairstylist to high profile people including Sydney Fashion Blogger, has died.

According to social media posts, he died in his sleep of a heart attack.

Only last week he posted on social media that it was his "First day outside the house for 3 days."

He leaves behind his wife Carol and two young sons, Jacob and James.

His wife lost two brothers last year in the fiery car crash in Sydney's CBD, at Harbour and Pier Streets, beside the Novotel Rockford Hotel.

The $200,000 Nissan GT-R R35 'supercar' crashed and burst into flames in Sydney’s CBD killing three people, two of which were Wiley Park brothers Steve and Jeff Nasr, Carol's brothers.

Pierre had, at the time, the heartbreaking task of organising their funerals.

In this article, he pleaded with everyone out on the road to be extra safe.

“I would say think of your family. Think of how much you would hurt your family and what could happen,” he said.

“It is such a dangerous life out there. And it’s a terrible way to hurt somebody, yourself or others.

“Definitely safe driving is the highest recommendation.

“As a general message to everybody speeding is stupid and it is selfish and it hurts so many people.”

Pierre also added that the family was struggling to accept the horrible tragedy.

“It’s just been a massive shock,” Pierre said at the time.

“I’ve been concentrating on making sure my wife Carol and my mother-in-law are OK," Pierre said, adding that his mother in law had lost her husband not long ago.

Pierre Haddad was an award winning hairdresser, beginning his career in the hair industry in 1990, and described himself on social media as 'CVO' (chief visionary officer) of his company and brand.

It was in 2001 when Pierre founded his salon Pierre Haddad Hair Management in the Sydney CBD.

Pierre was the first hairdresser in Australia to bring Thermal Reconditioning into the country, directly from Japan. Pierre also introduced Guava Latino to Australia.

Pierre was also renowned for bringing the latest trends in hair extensions, exclusively importing his own hair for extensions from regions all around the world including Russia, India, Brazil, Spain and Peru, using the Copper Bells application method.

Here is Pierre in action, and below some celeb client pics.

Rest in peace, Pierre.

Also, this heartbreaking post by his cousin Dr Joseph Ajaka, Cosmetic Surgeon @CosmosClinic in Sydney:

And a beautiful post by Fab Romano, makeup artist and beauty influencer:

A post shared by Pierre Haddad (@pierrehaddadhair) on

A post by his wife and kids for his birthday in August last year:

Tropfest 2018: ALL films, winners and red carpet PHOTOS

Are you a Tropfest fan?

Josie's Juice is, and if you're not... you're seriously missing out!

We went along to the annual event over the weekend, and totally loved the short film offerings. World class, people!

Tropfest Australia, supported by foundation partner CGU Insurance, announced Greta Nash, 23 (East Melbourne, VIC) as the winner of Tropfest Australia 2018 with her film Two Piece.

The short film was unanimously selected by an extraordinary panel of industry leaders including: Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon (wow, you guys... this woman is off the radar stunning in person), Oscar-nominated actress Rachel Griffiths, Primetime Emmy-nominated filmmaker Garth Davis (Lion), BAFTA-nominated Aussie documentarian Jennifer Peedom (Mountain), and Logie award-winning actor Rob Collins (Cleverman).

Two Piece screened to a packed out audience in Parramatta Park, attracting over 45,000 Tropfest fans throughout the day. The film was also live broadcast on ABC COMEDY, as well as on YouTube for audiences across the world to enjoy.

Missed it? And all the offerings for the day? IT'S ALL HERE!

Greta’s film is about every teen girl's worst nightmare – shopping for a bikini with her mum. Two Piece lead actress Freya Van Dyke, 14 (Melbourne, VIC) was also awarded Best Female Actress for her nuanced performance.

“A huge congratulations to Greta on being crowned winner of Tropfest 2018 tonight, at just 23 years old! The films we enjoyed this evening represented a great mix of diverse Australian narratives,” said Founder and Executive Chair John Polson. “It’s films like Two Piece that highlight what Tropfest is all about – sharing great stories that might not otherwise be told.”

Nick Baker and Tristan Klein (Petersham, NSW) took home Second Prize with Rock Bottom, and Third Prize went to Damian McLindon (Fitzroy North, VIC) for The Last Time I Saw You. Best Male Actor was awarded to Hugo Johnstone-Burt (Combination Fried Rice) for his role as a terrified delivery man. The $3,000 prize for each short film star was generously donated by Nicole Kidman.

John Polson also announced “CANDLE” as the Tropfest Signature Item (TSI) for 2019, which filmmakers must include in their short films as literally or as subtly as they like.

Greta is the recipient of a new Holden Equinox LTZ valued at over $45,000 courtesy of Holden; $10,000 cash courtesy of Kennedy Miller Mitchell; and a film immersion course and ‘week of meetings’ in Los Angeles, with agents, studio executives and other industry professionals courtesy of the Motion Picture Association.

Greta will also receive a Studio Filming Prize Package valued at $12,500 from Western Sydney University, a 12-month Event Cinemas Gold pass, and a trophy exclusively designed by Dinosaur Designs.

This year Tropfest partnered with Holden and for the 7 Second Film Competition, inviting filmmakers to create a short film that encapsulates the theme of ‘nothing to prove’ in the shortest time - just 7 seconds. Judged by Tropfest juror Rachel Griffiths, the winner is Ben Kumanovski (Brighton Le Sands, NSW) with his film In-Laws, about a defiant wife serving up fairy bread for lunch to the in-laws. Ben won a long weekend away in a Holden Equinox and a $2,000 prize.

The winners of the 2018 Tropfest‘s Craft Awards have also been announced, recognising excellence in seven vital fields. The winners are: Damian McLindon (The Last Time I Saw You) for screenwriting; Lachlan Thompson and Nick Ward (Boys Don’t Cry) for cinematography; Ben Joss (The Last Time I Saw You) for editing; Megan Carnes (I’m Still Here) for scoring; Elena Lyons-Dawson (The Last Time I Saw You) for design; Nick Baker and Tristan Klein (Rock Bottom) for VFX; and the team from The Last Time I Saw You for sound - Juan Pablo, Tom Day, Beth Bezzina, Greg Fitzgerald, and Andrew Miller.

Tropfest is supported by Foundation Partner CGU Insurance, Presenting Partner Melrose Park by PAYCE, Exclusive Automotive Partner Holden and Strategic Partners Western Sydney University, Parramatta Park Trust, and the City of Parramatta. The ABC is the Exclusive Broadcast Partner and YouTube the Live Streaming Partner. Tropfest is also supported by Major Government Partner, Screen Australia.

All finalist films will be available on here on ABC Collection

Catch up on ABC iview or see the YouTube link above.

For regular updates on all things Trop visit:
Website: www.tropfest.org.au
Twitter: www.twitter.com/TROPFEST  
YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/TROPFEST 

And now, the red carpet!