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PEOPLE OF NOTE: Nathalie Morris and Carlos Sanson Jr

PEOPLE OF NOTE: Nathalie Morris and Carlos Sanson Jr

When we catch Nathalie Morris and Carlos Sanson—breakout stars of the breakout Australian dramedy Bump—they’re on the Pacific Highway, headed back from a four-day short film shoot on New South Wales’ South Coast. In person, the pair mirror the same easy chemistry that has made Bump such a blockbuster success. The series—a Stan original created by Australian TV veteran Claudia Karvan—broke viewing records within days of its January release. It was quickly renewed for a second season. The story hinges around a ‘will-they won’t-they’ love story between teenagers Oly and Santi (Morris and Sanson), who are in their final year of high school when their lives are upended by Oly’s cryptic pregnant—a phenomena in which women don’t know they are pregnant until they give birth.

WHAT GOES AROUND – A PROJECT WITH THE DAILY EDITED BY DANIEL GOODE AND JAMES CAMPBELL

WHAT GOES AROUND – A PROJECT WITH THE DAILY EDITED BY DANIEL GOODE AND JAMES CAMPBELL

This week, the Daily Edited launched it’s first recycled nylon collection – the five piece capsule is the brands first foray into recycled fabrications.

INSIDE OUT BY ED TRIGLONE, ISAAC BROWN AND ISABELLE TRUMAN

INSIDE OUT BY ED TRIGLONE, ISAAC BROWN AND ISABELLE TRUMAN

You can’t start a fashion label anymore without the question of sustainability arising. But Maggie Hewitt, founder of Maggie Marilyn, doesn’t think doing the bare minimum is enough. In fact, she thinks it’s unsustainable in the true essence of the word. Breaking away from the wholesalers who helped to skyrocket her brand to the international success it now has, Hewitt is forging her own path - a path towards a truly sustainable future for all.

THE SPACE BETWEEN BY LEVON BAIRD AND JORDAN WATTON

THE SPACE BETWEEN BY LEVON BAIRD AND JORDAN WATTON

“... please tell
us where the slope inclines and can be climbed;
for he who best discerns the worth of time
is most distressed whenever time is lost.”

JUST KIDS BY DAN ROBERTS AND HENRY COUSINS

JUST KIDS BY DAN ROBERTS AND HENRY COUSINS

Thanks to the internet, Generation Z is more socially and politically aware than any who came before them, spearheading activist movements and creating real, tangible change before they’re even able to vote. But when they were already being dealt an unfair hand, - managing Trump, a climate crisis and puberty all at the same time - the addition of a global pandemic would be almost comical, if it wasn’t so terrifying.

ISLAND IN THE SUN BY DANIEL GOODE

ISLAND IN THE SUN BY DANIEL GOODE

Two days before Christmas, when the tease of summer was upon us, we took a small crew of creatives and Chanel's Cruise 2021 collection to South Cronulla beach to capture what we hoped would be the essence of a time year that now seems too often sentimentalised. We are so very lucky that on this island in the sun, 2021 is already bright - creative pursuit is possible, and across a plethora of industries, abundant. Daniel Goode captures Australian model Georgia Fowler in the clothes we want most.

PHYSICAL BY JAKE TERREY

PHYSICAL BY JAKE TERREY

A series that documents tension - the consideration of the physical and the case of the chemical. Suppression and release, friction and flow. 

REPOSE BY CLAUDIA SMITH

REPOSE BY CLAUDIA SMITH

Stillness is a virtue
A shapeless thing that hums Beneath the surface of being Momentarily punctuating time

STAND FOR SOMETHING – ZIGGY RAMO BY VANESSA SWEDÉRUS, RHYS RIPPER AND GRACE O’NEILL

STAND FOR SOMETHING – ZIGGY RAMO BY VANESSA SWEDÉRUS, RHYS RIPPER AND GRACE O’NEILL

Ziggy Ramo recorded his year-defining album, Black Thoughts, in 2015 — but he held on to it for five years, told by the music industry that an Australian public so in denial about their own racist past (and present) couldn’t handle its contents. On May 25th, as a global race reckoning began to take shape, he uploaded the album in full —it’s gone on to be dubbed the most important Australian album of 2020. Grace O'Neill spends an hour in conversation with the magnanimous rapper.

THE SOCIAL DILEMMA – YAN YAN CHAN BY PIERRE TOUSSAINT & GRACE O’NEILL

THE SOCIAL DILEMMA – YAN YAN CHAN BY PIERRE TOUSSAINT & GRACE O’NEILL

Social media gets a bad rap these days. Justifiably so, for anyone who has seen The Social Dilemma and then fallen into a dark hole of existential despair, convinced Facebook is slowly melting our minds and chipping away at the foundations of modern democracy. But our ‘social media = bad’ conversations tend to lack a little nuance. Grace O'Neill talks to Sydney Creative and Digital Influencer, Yan Yan Chan on the evolving dynamic that is social media.

SUMMER BY THE SEA – A PROJECT WITH OROTON BY JAKE TERREY

SUMMER BY THE SEA - A PROJECT WITH OROTON BY JAKE TERREY

Subtly nostalgic and artfully modern, 'Summer By The Sea' celebrates the season we do best. From the discipline we’ve demonstrated to the reward that awaits; we count down to everything that warmer weather brings.

THE LOST ART OF DIALOGUE BY GRACE O’NEILL

THE LOST ART OF DIALOGUE BY GRACE O’NEILL

I still believe that the only way to real progress is to effectively out-argue the people we disagree with; I believe that treating straight white men as if they’re ‘the enemy’ is childish and unhelpful and I believe that many complicated social issues have been reduced to opaque good/bad binaries, and that this is driving people further along the extremes of the political spectrum. Grace O'Neill considers American politics, now.

HOUND OF LOVE BY PETER VAN ALPHEN AND VICTORIA PEARSON

HOUND OF LOVE BY PETER VAN ALPHEN AND VICTORIA PEARSON

If you, like us, have found yourself in this cesspool of a year exploring some ways in which you can be doing good, or doing more, allow us direct your attention to greyhound rescue and advocacy.

TREADING LIGHTLY –  A PROJECT WITH SUPERGA BY PETER VAN ALPHEN AND DANIELLE PAYNE

TREADING LIGHTLY – A PROJECT WITH SUPERGA BY PETER VAN ALPHEN AND DANIELLE PAYNE

In partnership with Superga, SIDE-NOTE presents, ‘Treading Lightly’, a project that honours life's simpler pleasures, the essence of togetherness and the pursuit of a greater respect for our natural environment.

STATELESS BY NADINE VON COHEN

STATELESS BY NADINE VON COHEN

Imagine you’re a pregnant refugee with chronic pain and little to no English. You’ve spent the last seven years in a prison camp and all you know of Australia is the inside of a detention centre. Writer and refugee advocate, Nadine Von Cohen documents who she's fighting for.

FOR BEIRUT – لبيروت BY GEORGES ANTONI

FOR BEIRUT – لبيروت BY GEORGES ANTONI

When SIDE-NOTE began our portfolio of seven Lebanese-Australian creatives in the aftermath of the disaster, the overwhelming response during our interviews was this: The people of Lebanon are resilient.

HOME GROWN BY KELLY GEDDES AND LAURA AGNEW

HOME GROWN BY KELLY GEDDES AND LAURA AGNEW

“Prosperity is not a thing to grab, but an idea to cultivate; a mindset and a way of life”, Laura Agnew maps her path to Permaculture.

THE BEST OF MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

THE BEST OF MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Curated by Publicist and Producer, Jess Carrera, SIDE-NOTE wraps up the best of MIFF 68½, the digital iteration of Melbourne's acclaimed International Film Festival.

STILLNESS IN MOTION BY ISAAC BROWN & GRACE O’NEILL

STILLNESS IN MOTION BY ISAAC BROWN & GRACE O’NEILL

Grace O'Neill talks to Australian model, Agi Akur on the changing pace of her profession.

IN OUR OWN BACKYARD BY DANIEL GOODE

IN OUR OWN BACKYARD BY DANIEL GOODE

Our new found need for less, yet decidedly more thoughtful clothes, finds its match in stripped back reliable staples for adventure in all its forms. There's a renewed focus on awareness—choices that are more sustainable, ethically made and locally produced. A curation of clothing ready for anything, and at last, considered.

NOBODY’S HERE – A PROJECT WITH NOBODY DENIM BY SASKIA WILSON

NOBODY'S HERE - A PROJECT WITH NOBODY DENIM BY SASKIA WILSON

Denim where people were not. Shot last month, mid lockdown, on location at what would ordinarily be Sydney's busiest thoroughfares.

I HAVE MEASURED OUT MY LIFE WITH COFFEE SPOONS BY VICTORIA PEARSON AND ANNA POGOSSOVA

I HAVE MEASURED OUT MY LIFE WITH COFFEE SPOONS BY VICTORIA PEARSON AND ANNA POGOSSOVA

There is a semi-deflated black orb gathering dust on a shelf in my home that taunts me whenever it veers into my eyeline. Its pearlescent sheen and accompanying yoga mat are silent and still, but may as well be shrieking and shaking with the force at which I’m confronted by their daily cry: We have been abandoned. Victoria Pearson considers how history will remember our time.

SENSE OF AN ENDING BY GRACE O’NEILL

SENSE OF AN ENDING BY GRACE O’NEILL

Even for women who hadn’t bought a magazine in years – and of those, we know, there are many – there was a sense of something ending on Tuesday. In one deft manoeuver three of the final stalwarts of the Australian fashion magazine landscape were wiped out. Harper’s BAZAAR, ELLE, InStyle. Gone, gone, gone. Grace O’Neill laments our loss.

NINE NANNAS BY JAKE TERREY

NINE NANNAS BY JAKE TERREY

Here are nine healthy Nanna's. To these women, this period of time has been tough. To break up the bad news we thought to pay them a (distanced) visit, and drag Jake along too.

ESSENTIAL WORK BY DEREK HENDERSON & GRACE O’NEILL

ESSENTIAL WORK BY DEREK HENDERSON & GRACE O’NEILL

If there’s any kind of creative legacy that marks this moment we’re in, we hope it’s this one: a return to something delicate, understated and familiar.

INTO MY ARMS

INTO MY ARMS

In consideration of their unwavering embrace, we asked a handful of Australian photographers to capture that which is constant, comforting and common in the time of Corona.

Self Portraits by Claudia Smith

Self Portraits by Claudia Smith

I value respect. I am inspired by history. I am challenged by ideas about how people see themselves, how I see myself. 

AUSTRALIAN STORY BY STEFAN WELLSMORE

AUSTRALIAN STORY BY STEFAN WELLSMORE

For over 10 years my mother has worked as a nurse in remote communities around Australia, and more than five of those years she has spent with her husband in Maningrida.

A Place To Call Home by Michael Brunt

A Place To Call Home by Michael Brunt

Farmland hugs the cliffs that wrap and wind their way around the impending shore. Your nostrils are greeted with the distinct, rare blend of cow manure and sun-dried seaweed. The breeze picks up and you know you’re home. Photographer Michael Brunt explores the blueprint of identity in 'A Place To Call Home'.

LAID BARE – HELENA VESTERGAARD BY BEC LORRIMER

LAID BARE – HELENA VESTERGAARD BY BEC LORRIMER

Helena on being raised all over the world, her mental health and the change in her identity since starting a family.