The Fate of the Female Film-maker

With women making up half of film schools why are the rates of female directors getting their films funded so dismal and how does a historically white-guy dominated industry change to give women more opportunity? The For Film’s Sake festival in Sydney seeks to empower female directors and celebrate their work while shedding light on rampant discrimination in the film industry.

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This was one of many fun pieces I wrote during my year of interning one day a week with Marie Claire Australia- It was so much fun and so interesting being a part of the digital team and writing stories that aren’t really examples of hard hitting journalism but fun to write nevertheless!

9 Things you didn't know about Love Actually
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It’s December: which means it’s time to pull out the Christmas gear, the shopping lists, brace yourself for a messy Christmas office party and of course have your annual Love Actually, viewing session.

From Hugh Grant’s reluctance in THAT dance scene, to Billy Bob Thorton’s facial hair phobia, here are 9 things you didn’t know about the beloved Christmas movie.

Bill Nighy in Love Actually
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1. The Cast was meant to be completely British.

Director Richard Curtis apparently intended the whole cast to be British but changed his mind during casting. Laura Linney told The Daily Beast in 2013: “I got a letter in the mail from Richard Curtis saying that he’d been trying to cast this part, and he’d kept saying to his partner, Emma Freud, that he’d been looking for a ‘Laura Linney type,’ and she said, “Why don’t you ask Laura Linney?” My part was originally written for another Brit, but he asked me to do it, and I was so excited to be asked.”

Sexy Karl
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3. Billy Bob Thorton’s phobia of past US president Benjamin Disraeli’s facial hair affected filming.

In an Elle Interview in 2003, Director Richard Curtis said “[He told us,] ‘The strangest phobia I’ve got is I’m disturbed by photographs of Benjamin Disraeli. Specifically his facial hair.’  It was really unfortunate for him that this would be the only time in his life that there is a photograph of Disraeli on the stairs in a major film he’s going to do [at the prime minister’s home]. We just had to walk him past the photograph. [He said] ‘I’ll just turn away at that moment and I’ll be fine.’

Sam and Johanna
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3. Hugh Grant wasn’t a fan of the best scene in the film aka. the dance scene.

Hugh Grant, playing the character of the British Prime Minister, refused to rehearse his charmingly goofy dance scene that infiltrated the hearts of audiences and was “hugely grumpy about it,” according to Director Curtis. Grant wanted to approach the role of Prime Minister in a more serious light and was not happy with the song choice: originally a Jackson 5 song before rights were refused.

4. Emma Thompson wore a fat suit and improvised that heartbreaking crying scene.

“I knew just how to play that part [of a wife who has stumbled across evidence of what might be her husband’s infidelity], I’ve had so much bloody practice at crying in a bedroom and then having to go out and be cheerful, gathering up the pieces of my heart and putting them in a drawer.”

Rohan Atkinson
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5. The Director’s kids were in the movie.

Richard Curtis, the director and Emma Freud, his wife and screen writer watched the film for the first time since the premier last year, with Emma live tweeting the affair and providing glorious new insights into the classic.

6. She was also the “kissing consultant,” and designed the kiss between Colin Firth and Lucia Moniz.

7. Andrew Lincoln’s giant cards scene was based on Bob Dylan’s ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues,’ video and he wrote them himself because he thought he had good handwriting.

The Director also wrote 5 versions of the scene and then enacted them on female crew members to make sure it wasn’t too cheesy. Perhaps It was. But adorable nevertheless!

That cards scene
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8. Actual Claudia Schiffer was cast instead of ‘someone who looks like Claudia Schiffer.’

Liam Neeson’s character has a crush on Claudia Schiffer in the movie and was meant to meet a potential love interest who looks like her… No such actress surfaced so Richard Curtis cast the real Claudia Schiffer.

Claudia Schiffer
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9. Colin Firth and Lucia Moniz had to pretend to swim in 18 inches of water.

The lake in the movie was actually more a puddle in terms of depth and was also infested with mosquitos, which led to Colin Firth requiring medical attention with an avocado sized elbow.

Happy viewing!

Original Article on Marie Claire Australia: 2016

9 Things you didn't know about Titanic

It’s one of the highest grossing – and most epic films of all time – but there are some things you may not have known about James Cameron’s heart breaking masterpiece.


1. Beloved Leo and Kate weren’t the first picks for the lead roles.

Titanic could have looked very different with studios wanting Mathew McConaughey to play Jack, but James Cameron insisted on Leonardo Dicaprio. Other actresses considered to play Rose included Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicole Kidman, Madonna, Jodie Foster, Cameron Diaz and Sharon Stone.


2. Gloria Stuart, who played old Rose was the only person on set alive when the Titanic sunk in 1912.

She was also the oldest person, at 87, to be nominated for an Oscar.


3. Kate Winslet got pneumonia after filming the water scenes and almost quit production.

Kate was the only cast member to forgo a wet suit while filming the water scenes and almost quit production when she got pneumonia. Most of the scenes were filmed in pools with warmish water however the water used when Rose is looking for Jack in the flooded corridors of the ship was from the Pacific Ocean.

The scenes in the ocean after the ship has sunk also took place in a pool that was only 3 feet deep.


4. There actually was a J. Dawson on board the Titanic.

James Cameron discovered that there was a real J. Dawson who died on the Titanic after the script was finished. It was later revealed that the mystery Dawson was an Irishman who worked in the engine room. He is buried in Halifax with a gravestone, where multiple victims of the tragedy are buried and since he was discovered fans have been known to leave flowers and tributes.

5. James Cameron is the artist behind Jack’s drawings.

Although not surprising that Leonardo Dicaprio isn’t the one responsible for Jack’s drawings, you may be delighted to find that Director James Cameron is. It’s his hands that are filmed sketching Rose and he is also the talent behind the rest of Jack’s sketches.


6. ‘I want you to draw me like one of your French girls…’

One of the most famous and memorable scenes in the film was also the first shot, way back when Kate and Leo weren’t the besties they are today and had just met. To break the ice and to dilute the awkwardness that comes with baring your hot bod to a stranger whilst being filmed, Kate flashed Leo on set prior to filming.

Leo was then so nervous during that scene that instead of saying “lie on that couch,” he said “lie on that bed, I mean couch” and it was adorable so James Cameron kept it.


7. The piece of wood that Rose floats on is based on an actual artefact.

If you find yourself screaming at the television for Rose to shove over every time you watch the movies tragic finale and want to speculate more as to whether 2 people could have fit on that piece of wood, you could check it out in person. The wood that Rose floats on is based on an actual artefact that survived the sinking and is on display at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Bonus: Other aspects of the film that were true IRL-

  • Cameron gave over a hundred of the extras actual names of passengers and scenarios.
  • Jack’s description of the water being “like a thousand knives,” is based on a quote from a Titanic survivor.
  • If your tears were jerked by the old couple who died in bed together whilst water flooded the room- they were based on real people. They were Ida and Isidor Strauss, the owners of Macy’s department store in New York. Ida was offered a seat on a life boat but instead chose to stay with her husband saying, “as we have lived together, so we shall die together.”
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8. The cast and crew ended up high on the final day of shooting after a chowder spiking incident.

A few unknown people spiked the clam chowder served to the cast and crew with PCP, otherwise known as angel-dust, symptoms of which include vivid hallucinations, landing 80 people in hospital.


9. ‘I’m the king of the world,’ was totally improvised.

Hats off to Leo for winging one of the most famous and memorable lines in cinematic history. The line was completely improvised, as were many others in the film as cameron was a big fan of ad-libbing. The scene where Rose thanks Jack for saving her and he teaches her to ‘spit like a man,’ was almost entirely improvised. Kate Winslet then took inspiration from this when Rose tries to escape from Cal while the ship is sinking. She spits in his face and Billy Zane (who plays Cal) was not informed of this spontaneous script change.


Still one of the best ever screen couples from an amazing movie.


*This* is how real women dress – by Marina Trajkovich

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Over the weekend, claims emerged that US President Donald Trump prefers his female staff to “dress like a woman”.

Within hours, social media had erupted and the hashtag #dresslikeawoman had started to trend. 

The claim that Trump likes womanly dressing originally came from political media website Axios, which quoted an unnamed sourced as saying: ‘

“Trump likes the women who work for him “to dress like women… Even if you’re in jeans, you need to look neat and orderly.” We hear that women who worked in Trump’s campaign field offices — folks who spend more time knocking on doors than attending glitzy events — felt pressure to wear dresses to impress Trump.”

So what does “dressing like a woman” actually mean? 

Here are some of our favourite social media reactions. 

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likes – View Post on InstagramDirector/producer/writer/academy award winner in her office with a view. I’ll dress how I damn well please thankyouverymuch #dresslikeawoman

“Director/ producer/ writer/ academy award winner in her office with a view. I’ll dress how I damn well please thank you very much #dresslikeawoman,” shared actress Brie Larson to her Instagram followers.

Decent Dissenter 🙅 on Twitter

Hooray! The Duchess Of Cambridge’s Glow Comes In A Bottle

How does the Duchess of Cambridge keep her skin looking so gorgeous?

The answer, according to multiple sources, is with Beuti’s Beauty Sleep Elixir, an overnight face oil that is the signature and only product of the independent UK based company.

Beuti Skincare’s founder Leila Aalam even claims that Kate keeps three of the bottles on her bedside table.

“I wanted to make a product that truly makes your skin glow and that was as organic as possible,” she says in an interview with People magazine.

“We were ecstatic to know that [the Duchess of Cambridge] liked it and was actually using it. Kate has got great skin, but as she gets older she will need to use more targeted skin care – plus, having children makes your skin more sensitive.”


The oil is 100% natural and 98% organic, boasting nutrient dense ingredients and 14 natural oils.

Aalam, a trained beauty therapist, also included Caribbean coral extract in the formula: a powerful anti-inflammatory that helps to neutralise one of the enzymes responsible for irritating and inflaming the skin, giving the oil it’s anti-ageing properties.

According to Aalam, the Beauty Elixir was given to Kate directly through a friend.

If you have no such friend that delivers miraculous, glow-enhancing gifts then the highly sought oil can be purchased online for $AUS72.


Insta’s from Burning Man, the arty desert festival loved by your favourite celebs – by 
A Round Up Of Celebrity Insta's From Burning Man
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Burning Man- the fantastically strange art festival in the middle of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert.



How does one begin to explain Burning Man?

Scott Eastwood is a fan, saying “I recommend it to anyone who wants a life changing cultural experience that will expand your mind,” and the website describes it as a  “crucible of creativity.”

The large- scale art event sees the annual creation of Black Rock City- A temporary metropolis in the middle of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, where tens of thousands of people gather to celebrate all things art and expression.

This years theme: Davinci’s Workshop.

Check out these celebrity Instagrams to truly relish the desert spectacle.

Katy Perry taking the dust hazard that comes with traipsing in the Nevada desert very seriously with funky eye protection and a mask.

The Delevingne sisters, Poppy and Cara rocking braids and shades in a go-car, as shot by writer Derek Blasberg.

L.A based DJ Diplo posing by an art installation and jumping on the Harambe train, where internet users show mourning for the fallen gorilla. (You may remember Harambe getting put down when a child wandered into his enclosure.)

A vid shared by Karlie Kloss, who realised the dream of driving a giant vacuum cleaner through the desert.

We’re eyeing Karlie Kloss’ Burning Man mani with envy.

Shanina Shaik may have been sad to miss out this year but that didn’t stop her from sharing this smokin’ pic from last years Burning Man event.

Gaïa Jacquet-Matisse, at the festival.

Cara Delevingne shared this pic, embracing neon nightlife.

Model Nina Agdal, looking like a desert Goddess.

Celebrity hairstylist Laura Polko shared this pic of the stunning Poppy Delevingne rocking pink and green braids.

“I recommend it to anyone who wants a life changing cultural experience that will expand your mind.”

Thanks for the advice Scott Eastwood, here the hottie poses with Cara Delevingne.

Paris Hilton showed off a few of her Burning Man snaps on insta… we are jealous of her desert-vikingesque outfit and her car stage.

Paris and her brother Barron Hilton, with Poppy and Cara Delevingne showing that siblings do it best.

Karlie and Cara feeling the love. “Ran into this burner in the desert 😘 @caradelevingne”.

Take a squiz at Emilia’s new and not-so-humble abode – by Marina Trajkovich



Inside Emilia Clarke's new Californian home

She’s world-famous for playing Khaleesi, mother of dragons – and Emilia Clarke’s palatial new $6million home is certainly fit for a queen.

The two-bedroom, three-bathroom home in Venice, California, boasts a pool and is just steps to the beach. And at 2800 sq ft there’s probably room for a few dragons….


15 of Rachel Zoe’s Greatest Red Carpet Hits

From Jennifer Lawrence’s Oscars dress to Keira Knightley in an iconic white column dress by Valentino, these are stylist Rachel Zoe’s most memorable glam moments – by 
15 Of Rachel Zoe's Greatest Red Carpet Hits

Rachel Zoe is one of Hollywood’s most influential and coveted stylists, a fashion entrepreneur with a designer label, reality show and a seemingly endless list of celebrity clients and friends under her incredibly stylish bohemian-esque belt.

From saving Nicole Richie from her ‘Sweet Life’ self who preferred stripey highlights and bandanas to chic simplicity, to dressing the likes of Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Hudson on the red carpet, check out some of Zoe’s styling works of wonder.


1. Jennifer Garner at the 2004 Acadamy Awards


Jennifer Garner was Rachel Zoe’s first high profile client who launched her into the celebrity spotlight in 2004. Zoe went full out when selecting this vibrant orange, vintage Valentino couture gown for the Dallas Buyers Club star, who has sought Zoe’s expertise ever since.

2. Cameron Diaz at the 2009 Golden Globes


Rachel Zoe is known for her daring yet effortless styling of Hollywood A-listers, and this pink one-shoulder gown chosen for Cameron Diaz is no exception! Diaz stole the show in this Chanel haute Couture gown at the 2009 Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills.

3. Nicole Richie at the 2010 CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists

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Not only is Rachel Zoe Nicole Richie’s celeb stylist, but the fashion forward pair are also best friends! Pictured here in this Missoni zebra stripe inspired maxi dress, Nicole Richie attended the 2010 CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists awards with Rachel Zoe (in her signature oversized sunglasses) by her side.

4. Keira Knightley at the 2006 Golden Globes


Making it top the top of everyones best dressed list for the 2006 Golden Globes red carpet, British-beauty Keira Knightley dazzled in this strapless white column dress. With a flower and tassles at the waist, Zoe picked this stunning Valentino design just for Keira.

5. Jennifer Lawrence at the 2013 Academy Awards


Rachel Zoe, who was Jennifer Lawrence’s longtime stylist up until the dynamic duo recently parted ways, nailed it with this bridal inspired, white strapless Dior Haute Couture gown with a structured bottom. Attending the 2013 Oscars as a nominee for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook, Lawrence received her first Academy Award in what we’re guessing will be one of many.

6. Kate Hudson at the 2015 Golden Globes


Another celebrity client, another incredible white gown from Rachel Zoe! Zoe selected this phenomenal Versace dress with a plunging neckline and bejeweled cut-outs for Kate Hudson’s red carpet moment at the 72nd Golden Globe Awards last year.

7, 8 and 9. Anne Hathaway! 


The always charming Anne Hathaway was a client of Zoe’s for over a decade before their recent (amicable) split. The Hollywood super-stylist selected these distinguished, glamorous looks for Hathaway’s red carpet appearances over the years.

10. Kate Beckinsale at Elton John’s 2008 Academy Awards After Party


Zoe hand-picked this chocolate brown one-shoulder number for the leading lady as she attended Elton John’s coveted, star studded Oscars after party in 2008.

11. Eva Mendes at the 2009 Golden Globes


Rachel Zoe had the forever-stunning Eva Mendes looking like a total goddess in this Christian Dior dress! Zoe paired this classic strapless white design with a peplum overlay and emerald necklace to make Mendes shine just that much more as she walked the red carpet at the 2009 Golden Globes.

12. Keira Knightley at the 2006 Academy Awards


Styling Keira for her second award show of the season, Zoe dressed the Pride and Prejudice star in this custom made, burgundy Vera Wang gown fit with a full fishtail design and one-shoulder detailing.

13. Nicole Richie on ‘The Today Show’ in 2013


Zoe went full casual-chic when styling Nicole Richie for her appearance on ‘The Today Show’ in 2013. Looking glam-yet-laid back, Richie wore this white J Brand vest and trousers combo with an Alexander Wang black crop underneath (and shoes to match!)

14. Nicole Richie at the Net-A-Porter celebration for the Rachel Zoe capsule collection in July, 2016


Dressed in a silver, tassled kimono and chic white office shirt and trousers, Nicole Richie was joined by celeb stylist and best pal Rachel Zoe during a celebration of Zoe’s recently launched Net-A-Porter capsule collection earlier this year. The A-lister best friends are pictured here embracing by the pool.

15. Jennifer Garner at the 2007 Golden Globes


Back when Ben & Jen were still totally loved up, Zoe dressed the Hollywood actress and super-mum in this spectacular white and gold Gaultier gown.