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Media and entertainment stories

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Monaco win for teen racer

Eighteen-year-old Alex Peroni from Hobart is well on the way to his Formula One dream, after a stunning victory in Monaco in May. In the most important win of his career, Peroni claimed victory on Monaco’s fabled Formula 1 3.3km street circuit 4.3 seconds ahead of his nearest rival – his biggest margin this year – and he told The Mercury: “It was as near to a perfect that I’ve ever driven…To win any race at this famous circuit, in front of the Formula 1 teams, is just amazing.” The race is part of the 2018 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup series, and it was Peroni’s fourth victory out of the seven starts so far this year. It also elevated him to eighth position on the leader board. This win makes Peroni’s Formula 1 aspirations tantalisingly close, with his manager, David Quinn, telling The Mercury he has the makings of a champion: “I think he can go all the way to F1 and that’s what we are targeting. It would be great for Tasmania if we had our very own F1 driver. Alex would be a great role model for young Tasmanians.” Ironically, while Peroni races around these circuits at 250 km/h, he is yet to get his driver’s licence.

12 June 2018, Edition 195

Joshua brings jazz back home

A young Tasmanian jazz musician – who is quickly making his mark in New York – is back home for a tour of his favourite haunts. Joshua Dunn, 27, moved to the Big Apple in 2016 after obtaining a scholarship to study at the William Paterson University which is an exclusive school for talented jazz musicians. Since moving to New York, Joshua has also established himself as a sought-after guitarist in the jazz scene playing in more than 300 shows, ranging from the Lincoln Centre to Brooklyn dive bars. As far as Joshua is concerned he is living the dream; jamming alongside his jazz heroes on a vintage 1940 Gibson L7 guitar. He also told a university publication that being Australian has helped him stand out: “If jazz is a music based on innovation, then having a point of difference can be valued. Having an Australian accent to my playing jazz made me interesting in the US.” Joshua’s talents were apparent from an early age, and he began studying at Tasmania’s Conservatorium of Music when he was just a fifteen-year-old boy, balancing University studies alongside regular schoolwork. For more information on Joshua’s Tasmanian tour, which includes MONA and Dark Mofo, visit: www.joshdunn.com.au.

12 June 2018, Edition 195

Queen honours environmental champion

Former Greens leader and champion of the environment, Christine Milne, has received Tasmania’s top honour in the Queen’s birthday awards. She has been made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for her service to the Australian and Tasmanian Parliaments, and for her contribution to environmental preservation and protection. Ms Milne told The Mercury: “It is rare that dedicating your life to activism to protect the natural environment is regarded as worthy of recognition…I hope it will be reassuring to other activists that the community does value what they are doing.” Ms Milne was leader of the Australian Greens from 2012-2015, and was Tasmanian Greens leader from 1993-1998. She rose to public prominence leading the campaign against Gunns' controversial pulp mill at Wesley Vale. Another six Tasmanians were honoured as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), including The Hon. Justice Stephen Estcourt for services to the judiciary, and Elizabeth Swain for her role as a mentor to women in engineering. A total of 15 Tasmanians received a medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). Those honoured include, Foodbank Director Ed Gauden, and Andrea Gerrard who has been fighting for headstones for unmarked graves of Tasmanian veterans. Inspector Fiona Lieutier, who has long championed improved relations between the LGBTI community and the police force, received the Australian Police Medal.

12 June 2018, Edition 195

Tasmania stars in Attenborough Documentary

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Our quirky wildlife and rugged wilderness are the stars of a stunning new David Attenborough documentary about Tasmania that will be watched by millions across the globe.

11 June 2018, Edition 195

Polar adventurer home in Hobart

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Hobart is gateway to the Antarctic and home to a passionate group of polar experts. Among their ranks the intrepid Dr Frederique Olivier – adventurer, scientist and documentary film-maker.

8 May 2018, Edition 194

IT innovator ‘bites’ into global market

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Hobart high-tech start-up, Biteable, is quickly becoming recognised as a world leader in its niche market – proving you can make it big without leaving home.

3 May 2018, Edition 194

Royalty charms Hobart

Tasmania received royalty with the Earl of Wessex paying the state a visit. The Earl – better known as Prince Edward – was in Hobart in April to celebrate the bicentenary of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. The Queen’s youngest child also officially opened the Gardens’ new Lily Pad decks and joked that he would, “try and make this look slick and professional, it has taken years and years of practice, and I am still practicing.” It was 50 years ago that Queen Elizabeth II also visited the gardens, bestowing them with the Royal prefix. During his visit to Hobart the Earl also made an effort to meet with Tasmanian youngsters, including having a hit of tennis with junior stars at the historic Hobart Real Tennis Club and calling on students at St Aloysius Catholic College at Huntingfield. Along the way he charmed the crowds, including St Aloysius student Nicholas Shelverton who told The Mercury the prince came across as a ‘nice bloke’: “We talked about the mountain bike track and what we’ve been doing in our mountain bike club. He’s very warm and welcoming, and very nice.”  The Earl of Wessex visited five cities while in Australia, attending 32 events in eight days, including the Commonwealth Games.

3 May 2018, Edition 194

Adventures at ‘wild’ film festival

It would have to be one of the world’s ‘wildest’ film festivals. Hundreds of movie buffs headed to Tasmania’s remote central highlands in early April for The Cradle Mountain Film Fest. Now in its fourth year, the festival is held on the fringe of the Wilderness World Heritage Area and is appropriately dedicated to the screening of adventure movies. Based at Cradle Mountain Village it featured some of the best new adventure films from around Australia and overseas. Tasmanian offerings included The Lorax Project, a film about climbing and BASE jumping from Frenchman’s Cap, and Overland which was described as a new take on walking the iconic Overland Track. One of the most highly anticipated movie screenings was John Shocklee: A Fairy Tale which celebrated older adventurers by recounting the tale of an American ski fanatic. However, appropriately this adventure film festival also included some real-life action. One of the festival highlights was a Mountain Huts Film Trail where film buffs took part on a challenging day of hikes to see short films screened in five remote mountain huts.

3 May 2018, Edition 194

Dark MOFO goes bigger

Dark Mofo has been forced to upsize some of its events in the wake of unprecedented demand. The hugely popular mid-winter festival continues to go from strength-to-strength, with tickets to the June event snapped up at record rates. Tickets worth $1.5 million were sold immediately on release – an increase of 50% over the same period last year. This also resulted in a number of shows being quickly sold-out and leaving a growing number of people on waiting lists. However, organisers responded quickly with Dark Mofo creative director Leigh Carmichael telling The Mercury: “We’re currently working pretty madly to try and move some gigs into bigger venues.” Organisers have already announced that sold-out shows, Laterne by Berlin Atonal, and the experimental music event Borderlands will be moving to larger premises. Initial ticket sales also indicate there is more interest this year from outside of Tasmania, with 65% of tickets sold to date going to people who live interstate or overseas. Dark Mofo 2018 runs from June 13 – 24 and will feature regular highlights including the annual Winter Feast and Nude Solstice Swim.

3 May 2018, Edition 194

Tim Paine home in Hobart

One of Tasmania’s favourite sons, Tim Paine, was back home in Hobart in April and giving an insight into how he plans to captain the Australian cricket team through one of its darkest periods. The 33-year-old – Australia’s 46th Test Skipper – told The Mercury: "I've just tried to be myself and be relaxed around the team. I think going forward as captain it's important for me to keep doing that…I'm just going to go about things the way Tim Paine goes about things. I'm not an overly vocal captain, I'll just be trying to lead by example." The Tasmanian was thrust into cricket’s top job when then-captain Steve Smith, and vice-captain David Warner were sacked in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal. However, Paine also insists he is no stop-gap captain and is here for the long-haul: "I'm going to be doing everything I can and to be doing it for as long as I can…At the moment, I'm captain for as long as I'm around.” The Tasmanian will now lead a cultural overhaul of the team; worlds away from just over a year ago when he was on the verge of retiring from cricket altogether after on-going injury set-backs. Paine is the second Tasmanian to captain the Test Team following in the footsteps of Ricky Ponting.

3 May 2018, Edition 194

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