We love these awesome photos of the iconic 1950s Greek cafés & milk bars of Australia that brought ‘exotic’ food and art deco glamour to our suburbs and country towns. Since the 1930s, Greek families had opened cafés & milk bars across Australia at all hours, seven days a week with some having American names like The Niagara, Astoria and The Paragon and decorated in glamorous art deco style while serving coffee, milkshakes, fancy sundaes, steak and eggs with chips. For hundreds of images and stories, check out the website for the new book Greek Cafés & Milk Bars of Australia, which documentary photographer Effy Alexakis and historian Leonard Janiszewski have spent 30 years researching, and as it turns out, were uniquely Australian. Just another reason to love this country! 🙂
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PACMAN: Inspired by the 1979 cult gang film The Warriors, ‘PAC-MAN: Come Out to Play’ is a gritty live-action short film of the classic Pac-Man arcade game created by Australian movie studio, Fury Fingers. Rocking a late 70s/early 80s inspired track, PACMAN takes fight choreography cues from Jackie Chan to give the film a fun and retro 80s feel. Awesome work – love it! 🙂
Werrington House: Yesterday, for the first time in 183 years, Historic Werrington House was open to the public. We ventured along, as did a few other hundred people, sadly it was only open for three hours and there was a two hour wait to snout through the house so uninterrupted photo ops weren’t to be. It’s hidden right in the middle of 70s constructed suburban dreams so if it wasn’t for the new gates, you’d never know it was nestled in there. For many years it was home to the ‘Father of Federation’ Sir Henry Parkes, Premier of NSW on five separate occasions from 1872 to 1891 and is now owned by former NSW Opposition Leader Captain Peter Collins and his wife Jennine. The restoration is fantastic and it’s great that the owners have remained faithful to the historical value of the property – let’s hope they open up Werrington House again some time soon. 🙂
Hipsta: We can’t get enough of the new re-worked track ‘Hipsta’ by Timmy Trumpet & Chardy but now featuring comedy duo the Bondi Hipsters, which lampoons the everyday life of the modern Australian hipster, a breed of dickbag all Aussies love to hate. LOL, it’s very clever and nails it on so many different levels – we’ve been laughing since it first dropped. Definitely worth a watch – check it out below 🙂
Balls: Inspired by the athleticism and sports-loving nature of Australians, digital artist Mimi Leung started thinking about the huge variety of balls-related games out there, made a list of types of balls and set that list to music. She then took this idea and developed an animated video, hand drawn, frame by frame, for the song which focuses on speed, fluidity and…well…balls! This is awesome, enjoy! 🙂
Elliot Schultz: We love the work of artist Elliot Schultz who created a mesmerising series of embroidered zoetropes as his graduating project from Australian National University, animating the embroidered designs by placing them on turntables with strobe lights synced to the rotation of the discs. Fantastic stuff! 🙂
The Wizard of Oz and Age of Ultron Mashup: We LOVE this short video by Australian visual effects artist Darren Wallace, who has put together this awesome The Wizard of Oz and Age of Ultron Mashup. It’s a must-watch – so clever!
Donna Stevens: We love the work of New York based, Australian photographer and artist Donna Stevens, who through her ‘Idiot Box’ series, photographs children while they’re watching television, capturing the mesmerised faces, passive and slightly zombified, and exploring the relationship we all share with technology and the media. Fantastic stuff! 🙂