PEOPLE OF NOTE: MITZI RUHLMANN BY MICHAEL BRUNT AND BIANCA FARMAKIS
Off the back of the 2021 Foxtel series, Love Me, SIDE-NOTE chats to rising talent, Mitzi Rhurlmann on landing her career-shifting role. Lensed by Michael Brunt and written by Bianca Farmakis.
PEOPLE OF NOTE: MEGAN MACKENZIE AND CATHERINE VĂN-DAVIES
Commercial surfing has long been epitomised by a masculine bravado and an air of nonchalance. Theatre veteran Catherine Văn-Davies, and newcomer Megan MacKenzie inject new life to the story of 70s Australian surf culture in ABC’s Barons. Lensed by Julian Schulz, interview by Annabel Newland.
PAST FORWARD BY LUKE SCHUETRUMPF
While the process may be analogue and near extinct, the development of stills in a dark room offers photographer Luke Schuetrumpf a world of creativity to develop not only his images but his conceptual process. Matilda Dods writes of Schuetrumpf's recent pursuit and the importance of the dark room as a catalyst in pushing creative boundaries.
PEOPLE OF NOTE: BOYS OF BARONS BY ROBBIE FIMMANO
Exploring 1970s Australia, a time categorised by fluidity, free-love and rebellion, Barons is a television series that charts the tension between two friends on the precipice of billion-dollar success, and the idea of a chosen family. SIDE-NOTE sits down with Lincoln Younes, Ben O’Toole, Alexander England and Kick Gurry - friends, former house mates and co-stars.
A FRESH TAKE BY NICOLE BENTLEY
There is something energising about discovery, the sheer thrill of the new that breaks from the norm and ushers ideas out of thin air. Nicole Bentley captures fresh faces Evie Ashby and Eva Hardwick and talks to Tatiana Farley on the genesis of her process.
LIGHT THEORY BY MICHAEL COMNINUS
An idea can deliver clarity where once the world, or instance, felt overwhelmingly opaque. To possess an idea is to possess a torch, deliverance from mundanity, inequity, apathy or looming deadline. Australian photographer Michael Comninus considers the role of light in the evolution of his aesthetic with Egyptian model Leila Greiss.
PEOPLE OF NOTE: CHARLEY BY JULIAN SCHULZ AND GRETTA RAY
"Charley's fiercely unwavering passion for her refined, commanding pop project is the breath of fresh air that the Australian music industry needs in 2022”, says fellow musician, Gretta Ray. Julian Schulz captures up and coming pop singer Charley, for our latest PEOPLE OF NOTE profile.
PEOPLE OF NOTE: THOMAS COCQUEREL BY MICHAEL BRUNT AND BIANCA FARMAKIS
From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen, film and television has long afforded us an escape from our realities. And in a time when the world in which we know has dramatically changed, period drama ‘The Gilded Age’ has found space to flourish in the endeavour of escapism. Michael Brunt captures Australian actor Thomas Cocquerel on the eve of the release, directed by Julian Fellows.
SCENT OF HOME BY SAM WONG AND NAT TURNBULL
When an exterior space transforms into something unfamiliar, the walls that close you in offer comfort and exhalation, and scents can offer a subconscious agreement of surrender. A surrender to a memory, place, or moment, surrounding you with a peculiar common safety that the outside can not offer. Nat Turnbull and Sam Wong explore the idea of comfort at home though a sensory journey, posing the question, how are our homes defined by smells?
CONSCIOUS SELF – A PROJECT WITH CHANEL BEAUTY BY DARREN MCDONALD
A departure from excess and artifice, a feeling for the future and a reverence for the au naturale — CHANEL sets its sights high as its cultivates a change in atmosphere with the new, enduring beauty of No.1.
A NEW LIGHT - GEMMA WARD BY KELLY GEDDES AND JACK BIRTLES
When we shoot the 33 year old in NSW’s Fingal Bay, the stirring stillness of her adopted locale seems worlds away from the frenetic mode of the early 00’s. Less waif and more whole, it is as if the devoted mother of three finally feels seen.
THE PURSUIT OF EASE BY GRACE O’NEILL AND HOLLY GIBSON
For the last two years we haven’t been in the throes of war, but at times it’s felt close. The idea that in amongst that chaos we should still spend time seeking out pleasure for pleasure’s sake
SEA. LARA WORTHINGTON BY DARREN MCDONALD
The gravitational push and pull of the moon is such that it sways the tide as it orbits around the earth. For six hours the ocean will creep up the shore, before receding for another six hours, and on and on it goes. Much like the ceaseless lunar allure makes the waves, the siren call of the sea is as constant as it is crisp — a formative blue interlude that reminds us who we are. Darren McDonald shoots Lara Worthington in Sydney, Australia.
PEOPLE OF NOTE: CLAUDE SCOTT-MITCHELL IN PARTNERSHIP WITH JAN LOGAN
Sans makeup and social media Claude Scott-Mitchell is a clean break from the standard code of conduct for someone of her age and vocation, opting to express herself through character arc rather than publicise her private moments. JAN LOGAN’s newest collaborator is quietly chartering her own path to greatness. Dan Roberts shoots Australian actress, Claude Scott-Mitchell.
THE OUTER LIMITS OF INNER SPACE BY EDWARD MULVIHILL
I cannot recall a more noisy time than this: 24-hour news cycles, facts, stats, personal truths and untruths.
Nothing is ever old any more, always news.
FEELS LIKE HOME – A PROJECT WITH R.M.WILLIAMS BY KIDSOFBILL AND SAM ARMSTRONG
From generation to generation, South Australia to SoHo, the R.M.Williams brand endures thanks to the integrity of its design and signature code of practical polish... but as the fresh prairie mood of its latest release, ‘On The Road’ proves, nostalgia still leaves wide, open space to explore a spirited kind of newness too. Featuring notable Australian export, Victoria Lee, and in partnership with R.M.Williams FEELS LIKE HOME makes clear the importance of remaining in connection to your roots, but being open to where the road may lead.
PEOPLE OF NOTE: SOPHIE WILDE
SIDE-NOTE catches up with Sophie Wilde to discuss the ever-evolving nature of herself and her practice as an actor. There’s a sweetness to this woman. Grounded in the roots of her upbringing, yet eager to make her mark in the acting world, she recognises that it is now her time to step into greater self-exploration and expansion.
LARA IRL BY BEN MORRIS, VANESSA COYLE AND GRACE O’NEILL
In the below images Lara wears a combination of clothes owned and loaned, in a photographic series intended to be from a different lens. It may not be as perfect as previous shoots, but it’s something more raw and—like the evolution of Lara’s style—something that’s different. The resulting images sit more like a montage of moments that we’ve been let in on. It’s collaboration in its purest form: a visual conversation between photographer, stylist and subject.
THIS IS ME – A PROJECT WITH NOBODY DENIM BY JAKE TERREY AND JAMES CAMPBELL
Side-Note partners with Nobody Denim to celebrate five of Australia's most influential women at current. We delve into their self-expression journey, the importance of embracing one's individuality, and the freedom of self-expression that is not yet granted to all. In discussion with these influential women, we present a lineup of trailblazers whose mindsets leave us in utter admiration.
LOST ROMANCE BY JAMIE HEATH, ADY NESHODA AND ISABELLE TRUMAN
‘90s nostalgia is more prominent than ever. But, more often than not, rewatching the rom-coms that permeated our culture in our most formative years leaves a sour taste in the mouth. Stories matter—and the way they’re told and who’s telling them influences our society more than we realise.
En Arriére, En Avent – A project with Chanel by Darren McDonald and Grace O'Neill
With exclusive access to the company’s archives—established with the assistance of Chanel—Side-Note and Darren McDonald travel through the last six decades of The Australian Ballet.
PEOPLE OF NOTE: Gretta Ray
To call Gretta Ray’s career charmed would do a disservice to the years of effort she has exerted in pursuit of her goal. But magic? Well, there’s a certain dose of that present, a dash of pixie dust she carries around on her shoulder and let’s find its way into every encounter.
PEOPLE OF NOTE: Chanel Contos
Chanel Contos is taking on Australia’s antiquated approach to consent education—and winning. Side-Note catches up with a true woman of note.
PAS DE DEUX – A PROJECT WITH CHANEL BY DARREN MCDONALD AND GRACE O’NEILL
In celebration of Chanel’s living heritage partnership with the Australian Ballet, Side-Note joins forces with prima ballerina Amber Scott and photographer Darren McDonald.
WINEDARK – A PROJECT WITH SARAH & SEBASTIAN BY JAKE TERREY AND KIDS OF BILL
In the uncertainty of today’s world, strength comes from even the smallest of corners. Samantha Wong talks to Sarah Munro, Creative Director of Sarah & Sebastian, about the driving force of strength behind the brand’s latest collection, Odyssey.
LIP SERVICE – A PROJECT WITH CHANEL BEAUTY BY JAKE TERREY AND HARRY GLASSBOROW
Rich, radiant, plumping and pigmented - CHANEL launches 20 new signature shades. Gabriella Brooks road tests the colours of Rouge Coco Bloom in Lip Service, a beauty story.
RETURN TO COUNTRY BY CHARLEE FRASER AND NICOLE BENTLEY
Model and First Nation Fashion + Design ambassador Charlee Fraser discusses her poignant, transformative journey of cultural discovery.
MALLORCAN YOUTH CULTURE BY BEN MORRIS
Ben Morris documents Mallorcan youth culture, exploring with Nina Cohen, what it is like growing up in and being in that stage of life where all ideas are exciting and possibilities are endless, on an island with such a schizophrenic personality.
PEOPLE OF NOTE: Gabrielle Penfold in partnership with Emma Lewisham
A modern woman in many ways (Penfold’s break, and subsequent momentum has been helped along by social media), the 27 year old is quick to affirm her reverence for tradition, preferring to sell her work by way of galleries rather than DM’s. Instagram has proved a seminal and ongoing asset to her commercial success, and yet, Penfold is adamant “I don’t want to be an influencer, I want to be an artist.”
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.