The Hunger Games: The Exhibition

The Hunger Games: The Exhibition is currently on at ICC Sydney until February 5th.

After successful seasons in New York City and San Francisco an exhibition based on The Hunger Games film series is now in Australia and on at the International Convention Centre Sydney in Darling Harbour.

After stepping into the exhibit area visitors are welcomed with a video message by Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket) in character and then as herself as she introduces the exhibition.


Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) costume – The Hunger Games. Designer: Judianna Makovsky

After the video welcome the doors open and visitors can move at their own pace through 7 themed areas, including District 12, Tribute Train, The Capitol, Making the Games, District 13, Katniss’s Journey, and Fan Gallery.

There are over a 1000 props and costumes from the four films (The Hunger Games [2012], The Hunger Games: Catching Fire [2013], The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 [2014], The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 2 [2015]).

Highlights include ‘The Girl on Fire’ dress, the Mockingjay dress, the Mockingjay armour, Katniss’ wedding dress and her hunting bow.


Cinna (Lenny Kravitz) costume – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Designer: Trish Summerville and Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) costume – The Hunger Games. Designer: Judianna Makovsky


Mockingjay Dress – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Designer: Trish Summerville and Mockingjay Armor – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. Designer: Kurt and Bart


Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) hunting costume – The Hunger Games. Deisgner: Judianna Makovsky and Katniss’ Wedding Dress – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Designer: Trish Summerville


Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) & Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) costumes – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Designer: Trish Summerville

There are also several hands-on interactive activities including an interactive map of Panem and a stunt choreography challenge.

At the end there is an extensive gift shop with a variety of Hunger Games souvenirs. I purchased the Mockingjay fridge magnet.

Tickets are available online from Ticketek or at the venue.

May the odds be ever in your favour!


Sydney NYE 2016

I am not normally one to make a big deal about celebrating New Years but this year I was in Sydney, Australia, so I took in the fireworks on the Sydney Harbour.


Sydney sees the New Year in 2 hours behind my home country of New Zealand.

For 2016 NYE two friends and I went on Beyond the Wharf’s New Year Eve Cruise aboard the Sydney Ferries’ historic Lady Northcott.

Lady Northcott, is the oldest Lady ferry still in service. It was launched in 1975 and is predominantly used on the Mosman and Taronga Zoo services.

The large green and yellow ferry weighs 366 tons and can travel at a speed of 13 knots.

We checked in outside the AMP Building on Alfred Street and were given yellow wristbands – a great memento for the night.



After boarding the ferry the boat cruised around the harbour, participating in the Harbour of Lights Parade and offering views for the 9pm family fireworks and midnight fireworks.

The Harbour of Lights Parade began at 9.15pm and selected vessels that were illuminated by rope lighting travelled around the harbour, from Goat Island to Cockatoo Island and back.


Cruising past the Sydney Opera House – check out the crowds!


Cruising Sydney Harbour


Harbour of Lights Parade


Harbour of Lights Parade

A cruise on the Harbour gives you amazing views as the fireworks illuminate the night sky around the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The two firework displays featured an estimated 7 tonnes of fireworks, which included 12,000 shells, 25,000 shooting comets and 100, 000 individual pyrotechnic effects.


Midnight fireworks – Sydney Harbour


Midnight fireworks – Sydney Harbour Bridge


Midnight fireworks – Sydney Opera House

This cruise option was more family friendly, as there was no alcohol or smoking onboard. It was also an opportunity to save a little bit more money and have flexibility as it was BYO picnic.

We brought early bird tickets for $350. Normally $399.

If you get the opportunity it is worth spending New Years in Sydney at least once in your lifetime. Put it on your bucket list!

Happy New Year and all the best for 2017. Make it your year!

Ulumbarra Theatre Bendigo

The Ulumbarra Theatre is a performing arts complex in Bendigo, Victoria that is housed in the old Sandhurst Gaol.


I visited as part of the Sandhurst Gaol Tour. Tours are on Tuesdays at 11am and Saturdays at 2pm. Bookings are essential, book online or through the Bendigo Visitor Centre.

The Sandhurst Gaol opened in 1863. It was designed around the pentonville prison model where the wings radiate from a central tower. It operated as a prison until the First World War when it was used as a military detention centre. It later operated as the HM Bendigo Training Prison from 1954 until its closure in 2006.




In June 2013 work began on the 25.8 million dollar project to transform the historic prison into a state-of-the-art theatre complex.  The theatre officially opened on 17th April 2015. It is amazing how they have combined the historic walls of the prison with modern architecture.

The Ulumbarra Theatre includes a 950-seat theatre, music, drama and dance studios, and a commercial learning kitchen. Students from Bendigo Senior Secondary College use the facilities including the kitchen for hospitality classes and other areas for performing arts classes.



The word ulumbarra (pronounced u-lum-ba-ra) means gather together or meeting place in the language of the Dja Dja Wurrung people.

The theatre is located at 10 Gaol Road, Bendigo, between the Bendigo Senior Secondary College and the Tom Flood Sports Centre.

Scorsese at ACMI

An excellent exhibition on filmmaker Martin Scorsese is currently on at the ACMI in Melbourne, Australia.


The exhibition curated by Deutsche Kinmathek, Museum for Film and Television, Berlin, explores the work of American filmmaker Martin Scorsese, who has over 60 credits, including films such as Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Goodfellas (1990), Casino (1995), Gangs of New York (2002), The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006), Hugo (2011), and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).

After scanning your ticket visitors head downstairs to the basement exhibition space. The entrance is painted in blood red and Scorsese’s 1967 student film The Big Shave is looped on a big screen.

The exhibition, which features around 600 objects, begins around the Scorsese family with a replica of his parent’s New York City living room. The walls are lined with framed family photographs, which tell the story of Scorsese growing up in Little Italy, Manhattan.

There is a wide range of production materials displayed throughout the exhibition including correspondence, production stills, annotated film scripts, and storyboards.

Script from Taxi Driver (1976)

Script from Taxi Driver (1976)

There are also costumes and props on display including costumes from Hugo, The Aviator, and Gangs of New York designed by Academy Award winner Sandy Powell. This is the first time Powell’s costumes have been exhibited in Australia. And yes the boxing gloves and shorts from Raging Bull are there!

Costumes worn by Gwen Stefani as Jean Harlow and Cate Blanchett as Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator

Costumes worn by Gwen Stefani as Jean Harlow and Cate Blanchett as Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator (2004)

Costumes from Hugo

Costumes from Hugo (2011)

Shirt worn by Robert De Niro is New York, New York

Shirt worn by Robert De Niro in New York, New York (1977)


Boxing gloves and shorts from Raging Bull (1980)

Screens throughout the exhibition play clips from Scorsese’s work. A highlight is a four screen theatre displaying some of the thematic visuals found in his work.

There is a free audio guide narrated by Australian actress Rachel Griffiths, with commentary from Scorsese and his editor Thelma Schoonmaker, which can be accessed using ACMI’s free Wifi. So remember to bring your own device and headphones.

ACMI (Australian Centre for Moving Image) is located in Federation Square. The exhibition is open Saturday to Thursday 10am to 5pm and 10am to 9pm Friday. Tickets are $25. Concession is $18, ACMI members $17.

Exhibition is due to close on Sunday 18th September 2016.