"Jack Edwards Joins The Team" (17/5/17)

 

17 year old young gun Jack Edwards has recently joined the team at Sunstar. The talented 195cm all-rounder hails from the Northern Beaches of Sydney and plays for Manly Warringah in the Premier Cricket competition alongside older brother and NSW Blues Rookie Mickey and Test bowler Steve O’Keefe -  both of whom are also on the Sunstar team. 

 

Those who have seen Jack bat in the Pathways system over the past 12 months have seen him dominate bowling attacks before; firstly at the top of the order for NSW Metro at the Under-17 championships and then for the Cricket Australia XI in the Under-19s.

 

Jack was also one of the shining lights in the Australia U’19s team in their recently completed 6 match series against Sri Lanka. He scored a debut century for Australia against Sri Lanka at just 16 years of age.  Whilst he was the youngest member of the squad, he had one of the biggest impacts on the series – scoring 273 runs at 54.6 including the century in the 3 day fixture. He went on to be named joint player of the series alongside fellow NSW squad member Param Uppal.

 

"I wasn't really expecting too much at all coming into the series, I just wanted to have fun," Jack said after the series.

 

 "The enjoyment that I took into it helped me perform as well as I did, so I'll definitely keep using that in the future. If I just keep having fun, I know that the performances will come.”

 

Jack is now back to school, studying hard in Year 12, with the HSC being his current focus. 

 

 

 

Mitchell Starc Named in ICC Champions Trophy Squad" (19/4/17)

 

Mitchell Starc has been named in Australia' 15-man squad for the Champions Trophy which begins in June over in the UK.

 

Mitchell is currently on the sidelines after injuring his foot in the recently completed tour of India although is expected to be fit in time for Australia's opening fixture on June 2.

 

The quadrennial eight-team event will be played in the UK between June 1 and 18, where Australia will be grouped with hosts England as well as Bangladesh and New Zealand in Group A, while defending champions India are pooled with South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Group B.

 

The members of the squad not currently in the Indian Premier League or English County Cricket - Hazlewood, Starc and Wade - will depart for England on May 18, while those in the IPL will stay with their respective franchises.

 

The full squad for the tournament is:

Steve Smith (C), David Warner (VC), Pat Cummins, Aaron, Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinos, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.

 

 

 

 

 

"Alyssa Healy Wins Belinda Clark Medal" (2/4/17)

 

Alyssa Healy has capped off an outstanding season by winning the major Cricket NSW Women's award - The Belinda Clark Medal. The presentation dinner was before more than 400 guests atthe Hilton Hotel on Saturday night.

 

Healy’s 479 runs was third overall in WBBL|02, complimenting her nine catches and eight stumpings, five more dismissals than any other wicket-keeper. This ensured Healy was also named the Sydney Sixers WBBL|02 Player of the Tournament.

 

Alyssa also captained the Sixers to their Maiden WBBL title after Ellyse Perry missed the back end of the tournament due to injury.

 

In the WNCL she hit her highest score, 159 in just 116 balls against Tasmania, and finished the season with a more controlled 56 not out from 69 balls in the Lendlease Breakers’ comprehensive final victory.

 

Alyssa is currently having a few weeks break before joining the Southern Stars for their camp in May.

 

 

 

"LION Makes Its Mark As The 5th Most Successful Australian Film Of All Time At The Local Box Office" (13/3/17)

 

LION is now the fifth most successful Australian film of all time at the local box office. It has taken a massive $27,736,300 pushing The Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge into the sixth and seventh positions over the last three days.

 

LION has held a position near the top of the box office chart since its release back on 19 January 2017. The film also continues its success overseas with the international box office now over AUD $140 million. In New Zealand it recently returned to the #1 spot in its sixth week – unheard of for any movie, let alone an Australian independent film.

 

"What a magnificent journey this has been. Saroo’s incredible story has become ingrained in our popular culture earning it a place in history as one of the biggest Australian films of all time. And LION still has a lot of roar left in it yet, with audiences going back to see it a second and third time," said Richard Payten and Andrew Mackie from Australian distributor Transmission Films.

 

LION is directed by Garth Davis from a screenplay by Luke Davies and it stars Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Sunny Pawar. See-Saw Films (The King’s Speech) produced the film in association with Aquarius Films and Sunstar Entertainment. Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder are producers with Andrew Fraser, Shahen Mekertichian and Daniel Levin executive producing.

 

** Top five highest grossing Australian films of all time:

1. Crocodile Dundee $47,707,045

2. Australia  $37,555,757

3. Babe $36,776,544

4. Happy Feet $31,786,164

5. Lion $27,736,300

 

 

 

"Steve O'Keefe Takes Record Breaking 12 Wickets" (25/2/17)

 

 

Steve O'Keefe has capped a remarkable match as the most successful foreign spinner ever in a single Test in India.

 

Steve collected 6-35 on Saturday to go with his 6-35 in India's first innings to finish with match figures of 12-70 and zoom past former record-holder and compatriot Jason Krejza, who claimed 12-358 in Nagpur in November, 2008.

 

The 31-year-old now boasts the best match figures by any Australian left-arm spinner and was the driving force behind Australia securing a 1-0 series win, their first victory in India since 2004.

 

Operating from around the wicket on day three, Steve removed right-handers Murali Vijay (2), Virat Kohli (13), Ajinkya Rahane (18), Ravichandran Ahswin (8), Wriddihiman Saha (5) and Cheteshwar Pujara (31) inside 13 chaotic overs.

 

Steve had the ball on a string on Saturday to mesmerize the home side considered to be the best players of spin in the world.

 

His haul of 12-70 is the fourth best by an Australian bowler away from home, with only Bob Massie's 16-137 at Lord's in 1972, Fred Spofforth's 14-90 at The Oval in 1882 and Clarrie Grimmett's 13-173 in Durban in 1936 ahead of him.

 

With the wicket of Kohli, O'Keefe moved past Ray Bright's 7-182 in the 1986 tied Test in Madras (now Chennai) as the best match figures by an Australian southpaw spinner on Indian soil.

 

Steve becomes just the sixth Australian left-arm spinner to take 10 wickets in a Test match, and the first since Michael Bevan in January 1997, joining Bert Ironmonger, Charlie Macartney, Allan Border, Bright and Bevan.

 

Only two other Australian left-arm bowlers have taken a 10-wicket haul in the subcontinent; Allan Davidson claimed 12-124 in December, 1959, and Geoff Dymock produced 12-166 in October, 1979. 

 

Steve's figures were the 10th best by an Australian of all-time, home or away, and the best match return by an Australian in 27 years, since Bruce Reid's 13-148 in the 1990 Boxing Day Test against England.

 

Congratulations SOK!

 

 
 

"LION Receives A Stunning 6 Oscar Nominations!" (25/1/17)

 

 

LION is set to become one of the most acclaimed Australian films of all time receiving six Academy Award nominations, including for Best Picture.

 

Nicole Kidman was nominated for for best supporting actress, Dev Patel for supporting actor, Luke Davies for adapted screenplay, Greig Fraser for cinematography and Dustin O'Halloran and Volker Bertelmann for original score.

 

The news follows LION’s record-breaking opening weekend in Australia. The $5 million weekend box office was the largest opening ever for an Australian independent film. LION remains at number one on the Australian box office charts.

 

The film was adapted from the incredible true story “A Long Way Home,” written by Saroo Brierley with Larry Buttrose.

 

“We are humbled and grateful this morning for this fantastic honour. It’s so wonderful that the Academy has connected with LION, a film about hope, and one which portrays the best aspects of humanity. It is so exciting to see so many people who have worked so incredibly hard on this film nominated, and to be able to bring the true story of Saroo and his families to an international audience,” said LION producers Emile Sherman and Iain Canning from See-Saw Films and fellow producer Angie Fielder.

 

This is Nicole Kidman’s fourth Oscar nomination. She won the Best Actress Award for The Hours.

Ms Kidman said:  “It is such as thrill to be part of a Australian film that has received such critical acclaim and been embraced by audiences around the world. My deep appreciation to the Brierley family for allowing us to tell their personal story and particularly Sue Brierley for trusting me me to portray her life.”

 

Richard Payten and Andrew Mackie from Australian distributor Transmission Films said:  “What a perfect way to end the opening week at the Australian box office for this remarkable film!  LION is truly a film that Australian and international audiences have fallen in love with and it is thrilling to see it getting the critical acclaim it deserve.  Our congratulations to the filmmaking team and amazing cast.”

 

LION was directed by Garth Davis from a screenplay by Luke Davies. See-Saw Films produced the film in association with Aquarius Films and Sunstar Entertainment. Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder are producers with Andrew Fraser, Shahen Mekertichian and Daniel Levin executive producing.

 

Sunstar’s Andrew Fraser and Shahen Mekertichian said: “We are humbled to be part of such a special film and working with such an amazing team of people. We want to acknowledge the incredible work of director Garth Davis, who put his heart and soul into this project. The 6 Academy Award nominations are a fitting tribute to Garth’s vision and creative genius. And of course the Brierley family for allowing us to share their story with the world.”  

 

 

 

 

 

"Mitchell Starc Earns Test Player Of The Year Award" (23/1/17)

 

Fast bowler Mitchell Starc has added his name to a celebrated list of Australia cricketers by being awarded the Test Player of the Year prize in recognition for his stellar 12 months. Starc, who missed much of the first half of last year after undergoing ankle surgery late in 2015, received the honour at tonight’s Crown Lager Allan Border Medal presentation at Star Sydney.

 

The left-armer was his team’s leading wicket-taker for the voting period – stretching from 8 January 2016 to 7 January this year – during which his team endured a rollercoaster ride of Test match form. That included a five-match losing streak against Sri Lanka and South Africa where Starc was not only Australia’s most effective bowler but a rare bright spot in what became a gloomy landscape.

 

When the Test team was radically revamped in the wake of Australia’s thumping defeat at the hands of the Proteas in Hobart last November, Starc continued to lead the attack with his remarkable capacity to take early wickets with the new ball. He finished ahead of his captain Steve Smith – the other consistent performer in the red-ball format throughout 2016 – and vice-captain David Warner in the voting to win the coveted award for the first time. In doing so, he joined a prestigious list of former winners that includes ex-Test captains Michael Clarke (2009 and 2012-14), Ricky Ponting (2003-04, 2007) and Smith (2015), as well as Glenn McGrath (2000) and Shane Warne (2006).

 

More notably, he became the first bowler to be recognised as Australia’s premier Test player for almost a decade, with the prize being shared exclusively by batters since Starc’s fellow fast bowler Brett Lee earned the honour in 2008. Starc’s form since returning from a lengthy lay-off in the middle of last year has been compelling, finishing with 52 wickets at an average of 24.29 having taken five wickets in an innings on three occasions. The next-best bowler over that time was his new-ball partner Josh Hazlewood, who finished the voting period with 48 wickets at 25.10 from two more Test appearances.

 

The 26-year-old attributed some of his consistency and effectiveness to the surgery that successfully removed a 2cm piece of bone spur that had detached and was floating in his right ankle joint. When a stress fracture in the same foot that he sustained during the historic day-night Test against New Zealand in Adelaide in November 2015 provided a fortuitous time in which the ankle problem could be addressed by surgeons. “Having that (floating) bone taken out the back has done wonders for it,” Starc said shortly before he returned to Test cricket against Sri Lanka at Pallekele last July. “That movement has been fantastic, ever since I started bowling again after surgery. 

 

 

“There has definitely been no pain there through the West Indies (ODI campaign last June) and through the start of this tour.  “It's a fantastic result and I'm looking forward to hopefully playing a much longer period of cricket now.” Since returning from the surgery, Starc has not missed a match through injury and will play a key role in Australia’s of defying history and expectation when they undertake their four-Test Qantas tour of India next month.

 

 

"Mitchell Starc Promotes LION On His Bat" (1/1/17)

 

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc cracked a superb 91-ball 84 against Pakistan on Friday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to help his side pull off a remarkable victory on the final day of the Test Match.

 

And other than pleasing Australian cricket fans across the country with each run he was out in the middle for, there was one man, in particular, he was pleasing: Andrew Fraser, Starc’s agent. Starc batted like a millionaire and swung with the fury of a lion on Friday in his record-breaking knock, in more ways than one.

 

In the lead-up to the Test series against Pakistan, Fraser asked Starc if he’d be willing to promote the new movie LION, which he’s an Executive Producer of, by wearing a sticker on the back of his bat for the Boxing Day Test, to which Starc agreed. The sticker was the movie poster with a picture of star Dev Patel with the word "LION" emblazoned on the back of Starc's blade.

 

“I was just hoping that he would have a big innings where it could get some good coverage and he pulled off a remarkable, record breaking knock – it was just brilliant. I owe him a few beers now!,” Fraser said. 

 

The Australian quick hit his second highest ever Test score and in the process broke the record for the most sixes hit in an innings at the MCG and the sticker was exposed to millions of viewers both in Australia and around the world.

 

LION is released in Australia on January 19.

 

 

"LION Scoops Festival Awards Ahead Of USA Release" (8 /11/16)

 

 

Following on from a runner-up People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, LION has taken home Audience Awards from film festivals across the USA in recent weeks.

 

LION is the inspiring true story of a man's search for a life forgotten and opens in select theatres in the USA on November 25. It will open in cinemas around Australia on 19 January, 2017. 

 

Below is a table of the current Awards status for LION;

 

Asia Pacific Screen Awards

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Dev Patel

Nominated

 

Austin Film Festival

Marquee Audience Award

Lion

Won

 

Chicago International Film Festival

Audience Award

Lion

Won

 

Hamilton Behind The Camera Awards

Breakthrough Screenwriter Award

Luke Davies

Won

 

Hollywood Film Awards

Hollywood Supporting Actress Award

Nicole Kidman

Won

 

Middleburg Film Festival

Audience Award/Best Narrative Feature

Lion

Won

 

Mill Valley Film Festival

Overall Audience Favorite

Lion

Won

 

Toronto International Film Festival

People's Choice Award

Lion

1st Runner-up

 

 

 

 

 

 

"LION Set for London Film Festival Gala Presentation(18/8/16)

 

The 60th BFI London Film Festival has announced that LION, starring Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Nicole Kidman will be the American Express Gala at this year's Festival. The film will receive its UK premiere on Wednesday 12 October at London's Odeon Leicester Square, with Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman expected to attend.

Directed by Garth Davis, and adapted from Saroo Brierley's engrossing memoir A Long Way Home, Lion tells the true story of how a wrong train takes a five-year-old Indian boy hundreds of miles from home; he survives many challenges before being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, haunted by memories of his childhood, he learns of a new technology called Google Earth, and sets out to find his lost family.

BFI London Film Festival Director, Clare Stewart says: "We are delighted Garth Davis's Lion will be this year's American Express Gala. This sweeping adaptation is a rousing tribute to the tenacity of the human spirit, and is more intricate in its texture, and more astounding in its narrative twists than most works of fiction."

Garth Davis, director says: "While Lion traverses many continents, it has a very special home here at the BFI London Film Festival and we are honoured to be a part of it. Dev Patel gave us everything for this story, and this being his hometown, makes it deeply special."

Dev Patel says: "Lion is in essence, a story about mothers and sons and it's a real honour for me to be in London among so many of my colleagues, friends and family to share this triumphant, immersive and visually breathtaking story."

Lion is a Weinstein Company presentation in association with Screen Australia, a See-Saw Films Production in association with Aquarius Films and Sunstar Entertainment. Produced by Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder, executive producers are Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, David C Glasser, Andrew Fraser, Shahen Mekertichian and Daniel Levin.

 

 

"NSW Govt Community Service Award - Andrew Fraser" (1/6/16)

 

 

Sunstar’s CEO Andrew Fraser has been presented with the 2016 NSW Government Community Service Award.

 

Andrew was presented the award by NSW Premier Mike Baird at Manly Warringah Cricket Club’s annual presentation dinner. The Premier released the following statement.

 

“Andrew has made an exceptional contribution to both the cricket club and the wider Manly community. In his role as Honorary President of Manly Cricket Club over the past 13 years, Andrew has helped shape hundreds of young cricket players to be responsible, community minded young men,” said Premier Baird.

 

“Outside of the cricket club, Andrew set up and oversaw the ‘All in for Alex’ fundraising campaign that raised over $1 million in just eight weeks, for his terminally ill niece Alex Piper, her blind husband Matt and their three young children. It is the most successful crowd-funding campaign for a charitable cause in Australian history.”

 

“I could not think of a more deserving recipient of this prestigious award.”

 

Congratulations Andrew! 

 

"Weinstein Announces Lion US Release Date" (3/3/16)

 

The Weinstein Company (TWC) have announced a USA Thanksgiving week release date of Nov. 25 ,  2016 for LION, starring Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel. The Friday after Thanksgiving is historically a hot spot for TWC when it comes to platforming its awards season fare. The November date is where Carol, The Imitation Game and The King’s Speech launched in recent years. Mara recently landed her second Oscar nomination and won best actress at the Cannes Film Festival for TWC's Carol

 

“We are very excited for LION coming out this season. This touching and beautiful family story has tremendous performances by Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara and will work really well during the holiday season,” said Harvey Weinstein.

 

Lion is the Tasmanian/Indian true story about adopted orphan Saroo Brierley, who used memory and Google Earth to work out where his family lives in India.

 

Garth Davis is directing from a Luke Davies script, propelled into feature films by his co-directing on Top of the Lake and his awarded, international level career as a TVC maker.

 

The producers are the Oscar winning (Kings Speech) See-Saw team of Emile Sherman and Iain Canning, with Angie Fielder. 

 

The executive producers are Andrew Fraser and Shahen Mekertichian of Sunstar Entertainment, who optioned the story. Sunstar Entertainment is also credited as co-producers with See-Saw Films.

 

 A Lion release date for the Australian market is expected to be announced soon.

 

 

 

 

 

"Steve O'Keefe returns to the Australian Test Team" (8/1/16)

 

Steve was called into the starting side for the Australian Test Team for their third and final Test against the West Indies at the SCG.

 

The decision came as Australia have decided to play two spinners for the first time on home soil in ten years - the last time was in 2006 against when Shane Warne and Stuart MacGill lined up alongside each other.

 

When asked of his views playing alongside another spinner at the SCG, Steve said "I enjoy playing with Nathan, he is a humble, lovely guy who I admire a lot and I'm excited for having the opportunity. The year we won the Shield we had some good performances and to play two Spinners in a Shield Final is a pretty cool thing to happen I guess. There are a couple of situations we have bowled the majority of the overs and enjoyed going each side of the bat."

 

Due to the heavy rain in Sydney all week the match unfortunately ended in a draw with Australia finishing the series with a 2-1 victory. Steve was the stand out performer for Australia in the field - taking 3/63 to be Australia's highest wicket-taker and most economic bowler for the match.

 

Steve's next goal is to make the Test squad for upcoming tour to Sri Lanka in July which includes 3 Test matches.

 

 

"Sunstar Options The John Maclean Story" (26/11/15)

 

Continuing a passion to produce films based on true Australian events, Sunstar Entertainment has optioned the remarkable true story of athlete John Maclean.

 

John was hit by an 8 tonne truck while training for a triathlon on his bike in 1988. He suffered multiple breaks to his pelvis and back, a fractured sternum, punctured lungs and a broken arm, which left him a paraplegic.

 

Somehow, this near fatal accident, was the making of him.

Although he feared he would never walk again, rather than give up he swam the English Channel, completed the Hawaiian Ironman and represented Australia in rowing at the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

25 years later, John astounded the medical world and in 2014 he got to complete the triathlon he was training for all those years earlier – with his wife and son by his side.

 

Sunstar CEO Andrew Fraser has known John Maclean for 20 years and bumped into him recently at a fundraiser. 

 

“John and I got chatting and when he found out about our business model at Sunstar, he started telling me about all the interest he’s had in the USA following some speaking gigs he did over there. John is such an inspirational guy and his story is phenomenal, so it was no surprise to hear plenty of companies wanted to option his rights – so I’m pleased he chose us,” Fraser said.

 

“We look forward to working closely with John and bringing his incredible story to life on the big screen.”  

 

John’s upcoming book, ‘How Far Can You Go’ which be released in 2016 and will chronicle his journey to become an elite wheelchair athlete and to walk again.

 

The turning point came in 2013 when John approached neurophysics therapist Ken Ware, who put him through the ‘WareK Health Trigger Process.’

 

Since 1998 John has had his own charitable foundation which provides support and assistance to Australian wheelchair users under the age of 18 – The John Maclean Foundation.

 

This is Sunstar’s fourth project based on a true Australian story, following LION, TRUE SPIRIT and HICKS – INMATE 002.   

 

 

 

 

"Ellyse Perry Wins Outstanding Woman In Sport Award" (28/10/15)

 

Southern Stars allrounder Ellyse Perry named "Outstanding Woman In Sport" for her achievments with bat and ball.

 

Ellyse Perry has added yet another accolade to her growing list of achievements, receiving the 'Outstanding Woman in Sport' award in Sydney on Tuesday night.

 

Ellyse, who was player of ther series when the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars regained the Women's Ashes  from England earlier this year, was recognised for her achievements in both cricket and soccer at the annual 'I Support Women In Sport' awards.

 

She was also nominated for the "Fair Fighter" award, while Southern Stars Meg Lanning earned a nomination for the 'Leadership Legend' award.

 

The Southern Stars - who are the current world champions in both one-day and Twenty20 cricket and are the No.1 ranked team across all formats - were nominated for A-Team of the Year.

 

Cricket Australia chief executive James Suthlerland James congratulated Ellyse on receiving the award, which was selected by Minister for Sport Sussan Ley.

 

"It is great recognition of Ellyse's dedication and commitment both on and off the field. It is also a credit to how she is always generous with her time encouraging young athletes and girls around the country to grow their skills and realise no dream is too big".

 

"Sport Plays a wonderful role in motivating and inspiring people to lead active, healthy lifestyles, and we are proud of Ellyse and her Southen Stars teammates as role models on and off the field."

 

The 'I Support Women In Sport' awards are run by Women's Health Magazine and are designed to celebrate the achievements of athletes from grassroots to the elite level.

 

 

 

 

"NSW Blues Win the Matador Cup" (26/10/15)

 

The NSW Blues have won the 2015 Matador Cup after defeating South Australian Red Backs by 9 wickets at North Sydney Oval. Steve O'Keefe and Mitchell Starc were instru mental in helping the Blues win their first Domestic One Day title in the last ten years. 

 

After a great collective effort from the bowling group with Hazelwood (3-28), Starc (3-39) and Abbott, Lyon and O'keefe all chipping in with wickets, the Blues were able to bowl South Australia out in 46.3 overs for a well below par score of 221.

 

Nic Maddinson got the Blues off to a flyer after scoring 44 off 29 before Cowan (88 not out) and Smith (84 not out) chasing down then remainder of the runs with ease to pass the Redbacks total in 29.5 overs.

 

Steve O'Keefe performed strongly taking 8 wickets at 27 for the series and scoring 58 runs at 29.

 

Mitchell Starc was simply outstanding - the 196cm left-armer captured 26 wickets at the amazing average of 8 and strike rate of 12.2. This was not a surprise to many given Mitchell's incredible form this year, highlighted by him winning Player of the Tournament in Australia's victorious World Cup campaign.

 

Mitchell finished the Matador Cup as Player of the Tournament and is now also the record holder for the most wickets in an Australian One Day Domestic Season.

 

The Blues play the Red Backs again on Wednesday in the first round of the Sheffield Shield at Adelaide Oval.

 

This is followed by the commencent of the Australian Test teams series against NZ beginning on November 5 at Brisbane.

 

 

"Matt Hall Aces Vegas, Claims Second In World Title" (19/10/15)

 

 

Australian pilot Matt Hall has stormed to victory in the final Red Bull Air Race of the season at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday but his second victory of the year wasn’t enough to overhaul Paul Bonhomme for the world title.

 

Needing to win or finish second in Las Vegas to have any chance of catching Bonhomme’s eight-point series lead, Hall delivered in spades – but with the Englishman finishing second the title was just out of reach. It was still a watershed year for the former RAAF fighter pilot who finished on the podium in seven of the eight races on the calendar and improved last year’s sixth place overall by four places.

 

Prior to the 2015 season Hall had five career podium finishes to his name and was yet to claim a race – now he has stepped onto the dais 12 times and won twice.

 

“I came here to win this race and I was able to do that which is really satisfying,” Hall said. “I knew we couldn’t control what Paul (Bonhomme) did. He had a lot of pressure on him and he was able to get the job done to claim the title but we pushed him all the way. The team and I can be very proud of that.”

 

Hall began the day by defeating Hungarian great Peter Besenyei by 1.8 seconds in their man-on-man Round of 14 clash in a heat where both pilots hit a pylon. Immediately after he touched down, Besenyei, considered the ‘Godfather’ of the Red Bull Air Race, announced his retirement from the sport.

 

In the Round of 8, Hall squared off against Czech Martin Sonka, the only man to stop the Australian in that round all season when he caused a boilover to defeat the red hot Australian in Budapest in July. In the end Hall won that battle easily after Sonka was hit with five seconds of penalties and the 43-year-old Australian set his sights on the Final 4.

 

Flying second after German Matthias Dolderer, Hall smashed the track record then held on as Japan’s Yoshi Muroya and Bonhomme tried in vain to knock him off the top step.

 

“I knew I had nothing to lose when I flew that Final 4,” Hall said.

 

“The title was already gone and I wanted to achieve what I set out to do and that was get the win.”

 

The Australian will now return to Australia on Thursday before beginning planning for the 2016 season

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Hall Claims Maiden RBAR Victory" (7/9/15)

 

 

On his 24th attempt, Australian pilot Matt Hall has broken through for a career first victory by taking out the sixth round of the Red Bull Air Race in Spielberg, Austria.

 

Flying overhead the Red Bull Ring, Hall stormed to the win by just 0.057 from the sport’s biggest name, Brit Paul Bonhomme. American veteran and another former world champion Kirby Chambliss was third. Czech pilot Martin Sonka flew first in the Final 4 and posted a 58.422 before Chambliss jumped into the hot seat with a 58.291. Hall was next and laid down a sizzling personal best for the track of 56.851, holding off Bonhomme’s last chance 56.908.

 

Incredibly, Bonhomme, who has twice been world champion and won more races than any other pilot’s in the sport’s history, was ahead of the Australian in the first three of four sector times and Hall looked set for a fifth career runner-up finish and third of the season behind Bonhomme.

 

Hall now moves to 50 points in the world championship standings, five behind Bonhomme and a massive 20 ahead of the third placed Austrian Hannes Arch. Local star Arch was the day’s biggest casualty, hitting the start gate and climbing out of the track in the round of 14, receiving no points for the round.

 

After landing, Hall climbed out of his cockpit and celebrated wildly, standing on the wing of his plane in front of the massive crowd at the Austrian Formula 1 track. It was obvious the victory meant a lot.

“Finally. I think I just removed that monkey off my back. People can stop asking me those questions about when I’m going to win a race,” a jubilant Hall said with his feet firmly planted on terra firma, but his head definitely still in the clouds.

“We have been working so hard and we knew if we kept working on our consistency the win would come eventually. To do it here in Austria where the race and Red Bull has so much history is just amazing.”

 

Hall said he was looking forward to the season’s final two rounds and continuing his blossoming rivalry with Bonhomme.

 

“Paul is always so consistent and so strong but we are in there with a shot now for the end of year,” Hall said.

“The key for us is going to be to make sure we don’t change anything and continue to prepare to race every day the way we have been. As far as we are concerned, the focus is now on the first training run in the next race, then the second training run, and so on, until our final flight of the race. If we take our eyes off that and look towards the championship we will go off the rails.”

 

Hall, the 43-year-old former RAAF fighter pilot, who is based at Lake Macquarie airport, began the day by dispatching Spain’s Juan Valarde in their man-on-man round of 14 match-up, despite hitting a pylon in the strong winds. He later described it as the toughest run of his career. In the round of 8 he came up against German Matthias Dolderer and came away with an almost three-second victory, although Dolderer’s time included two seconds for a penalty.

 

Then came the final 4 – Hall’s fifth in the six rounds so far this season – and a wonderful victory.

The series now heads to the USA with the penultimate round at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth on September 26 and 27, before the season finale in Las Vegas on October 17-18.

 

Australian viewers can watch the Spielberg race on various replays across the Fox Sports platform on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

 

PIC: Predrag Vuckovic/Red Bull Content Pool

 

 

 

 

 

"Southern Stars Win Women's Ashes" (1/9/15)

 

The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars have regained the Ashes on UK soil for the first time since 2001, taking out the multi-format points-based system 10-6.

 

It's been a long journey for the Stars since the first one-day international in Taunton on July 21 and their victorious tour of the British Isles has seen them win the ODI leg of the Ashes 2-1, thrash England in the standalone Test and defeat Ireland 3-0 in a Twenty20 series before succumbing to the hosts in the three-match T20 portion of the Ashes 2-1.

 

Sunstar trio Ellyse Perry, Meg Lanning and Alyssa Healy all played pivotal parts in the series in what was a fantastic collective team effort. Alyssa was immaculate behind the stumps and also provided important contributions with the willow throughout the series.

 

Meg Lanning led from the front with her strategic nous as captain and second leading run scorer in the series with the only player to register a century.

 

Ellyse further stated her status as the best Female Cricketer in the World –She finished the series with 264 runs at an average of 33 and 16 wickets at 13.43, Ellyse topped both the run-scoring and wicket-taking tables and was deservedly named player of the series. Incredibly, it is the second time Ellyse has managed the feat, after she was also named the series' best player in 2013-14 after topping the runs table and finishing equal-first in the wickets alongside teammate Rene Farrell.

 

The girls now have a well deserved break before embarking on their domestic season with the WNCL and highly anticipated WBBL. 

 

The Australian Men's side didn't have the desired success of the Women's team after losing their Ashes series to England 3-2. Mitchell Starc had a solid series and was Australia's highest wicket-taker with 18 wickets at 30 with two 5-wicket hauls. He also chipped in with two half-centuries. He is now about to commence a 5 match ODI series against England followed by a short break in Australia and then a tour to Bangladesh in October.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Jessica Watson Visits Syrian Refugees In Lebanon And Jordan As WFP Ambassador" (30/7/15)

 

As the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) Youth Ambassador, Jessica has just returned from a visit to Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan where she witnessed their remarkable strength in facing arduous daily challenges resulting from the conflict in Syria.

 

In Lebanon, Jessica set sail with five Syrian and Lebanese youths from the capital Beirut to a port to the north. Her symbolic “Sail with WFP” initiative aimed to highlight the daunting journeys made by so many young people from their homes in Syria to Lebanon, Jordan and beyond.

 

“I experienced one of the most incredible trips of my life. Young people in the region are having to bear an unimaginable weight on their shoulders at a time when they should be pursuing their hopes and dreams,” Jessica said.

 

“I hope that this trip will help raise awareness among my peers back home and abroad about the struggle of the Syrian people.”

 

In Jordan, Jessica spent a day in Azraq refugee camp with Manal, a single mother from Syria, and her eight children. She listened to their stories, joined the family on a grocery trip to the camp’s only supermarket – where refugees buy food with WFP’s electronic food cards. She learned how to make kabsa, a traditional Syrian rice dish, and visited a Save the Children International youth centre in Amman and met young people from both Syria and Jordan.

 

Her trip came at a critical time when vulnerable Syrian refugee families are struggling to survive with reduced rations that WFP was forced to introduce early this year due to lack of funding. WFP is funded entirely by contributions from governments, companies and private individuals.

 

Its regional refugee operation is 81 percent underfunded and needs US$138 million to keep helping desperate refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey and Iraq through September.

 

WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food in emergencies and working with communities to build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries.

 

Click here to read Jessica's diary entries from the trip on the WFP website.

 

"Southern Stars Depart For Women's Ashes" (13/7/15)

 

The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars departed Melbourne today for the highly anticipated Women's Ashes series in the UK.

 

It is the Southern Stars first International tour after a lengthy break from their series against the West Indies in November 2014. This extended break has given the squad a chance to hone their skills in the off-season and they are all now very eager to finally get back out on the pitch and regain the Ashes on English soil.

 

We are pleased to announce Southern Stars Wicket-keeper batsman Alyssa Healy has also recently joined the Sunstar team alongside teammates Ellyse Perry and Meg Lanning. Alyssa is a fantastic talent and will be looking to further stamp her name as one of the leading players in Women's Cricket.

 

"As a team and individuals I think we’ve done everything we can to prepare ourselves to play some good cricket - I think everyone is excited to get over there,” Alyssa said.

 

“We’ve been building over the last few Ashes series to win one back, we’ve come away with a few tough losses, but I think the squad we have at present is a really exciting one and I think we’ll go over there and play some attacking cricket and hopefully bring the trophy home.”

 

Alyssa departed for the UK early to support Fiance and fast-bowling superstar Mitchell Starc, who has taken the World by storm the past 12 months with his performances for the Australian Men's team.

 

"We've had some wonderful rivalries between ourselves and England over the last few years, but we haven't managed to win the Ashes back," said Ellyse.

 

"But we've had some great success in World Cups against them, so it's a really big one for us, something we've prepared really well for."

 

Beginning July 21, the Women's Ashes consists of three ODIs, three T20 matches and a single Test match, and is determined on a points basis.

 

Southern Stars captain Meg Lanning said the team's training intensity had been a positive sign looking towards the first ODI.

 

"We've had a really good preparation; we've spent a lot of time up in Brisbane at the National Cricket Centre which has been great. We've trained the house down." she said.

 

The first match is an ODI at Somerset on July 21.

 

Good luck Girls!

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Matt Hall Leads Red Bull Air Race" (22/6/15)

 

Australian top gun Matt Hall has grabbed a share of the world championship lead after a stunning third place in the third round of the Red Bull Air Race in Rovinj, Croatia.

 

Hall came through a roller-coaster day with his third consecutive podium finish to move to 25 points and a place atop the overall standings with two-time world champion Paul Bonhomme of Britain.

 

It was the first time in his four-year Red Bull Air Race career that Hall has had three consecutive podium results or sat at the top of the series ladder.

 

Austria’s Hannes Arch (54.012) won the day from Czech pilot Martin Sonka (54.083) and Hall’s 54.160. American veteran Michael Goulian was fourth. Arch, another former world champion, moved into third in the overall championship, eight points behind Hall.

 

The result was a far cry from how the day had begun for the Australian who had qualified in third place and been a standout performer in the event’s training sessions. Hall (54.818) started the day by losing to Britain’s reigning world champion Nigel Lamb (54.702) in their round of 14 heat by a mere 0.116. After a nervous wait the former RAAF Wing Commander progressed through to the round of 8 by virtue of being the ‘lucky loser’ – the fastest of the seven pilots defeated in their heat.

 

Hall’s crack at the top 8 placings was justified as he had the fourth quickest time of the round but as the ‘lucky loser’ he had the misfortune of coming up against Bonhomme in the head-to-head elimination quarter-final. With his race on the line the 43-year-old from Merewether in NSW laid down the flight of his life to clock 53.166 for the fastest time of the day, forcing Bonhomme to fly to his absolute limits. Two thirds of the way through his run the Brit looked to have Hall on the brink of elimination for the second time in two hours, only to bust through the race’s 10G limit, causing an instant Did Not Finish ruling.

 

Hall then entered the final four as a hot favourite but Arch and Sonka were too good, the Australian again falling just short of a maiden Red Bull Air Race victory. “That close again, huh,” Hall said.

 

“Coming to work this morning I was confident I could make the podium if I had a little bit of luck on my side. It didn’t start the way I had hoped, having to scratch through the round of 14 as the fastest loser but I was really proud of myself in the round of 8."

 

“Once again I think any of us could have won today and I’ve just been pipped again by mere tenths of seconds. It’s good to be gathering points and it’s good for a third podium but geez I keep pushing for that win.”

 

Hall paid tribute to his team and said they remained focussed on the overall goal of a top finish in the end of season world championship standings.

“We’ve had a few things not go our way in the last three races, just things that happen from time to time to all teams but my team has always managed to bounce back and be really strong and positive on race day,” Hall said.

 

“I’m really proud of the team. We’ve got a great aircraft, DG Gliders have done a good job with the winglets, the team is putting the plane together well and making sure I’m in the right spot all the time. If we just keep doing what we are doing, after three podiums in a row, keep that sort of form going we’re going to be right up there at the end of the year.”

 

The next round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championships will take place in Budapest on the first weekend in July before further stops in Ascot (UK), Spielberg, Dallas/Fort Worth and Las Vegas.

 

 

 

 

 

"Mitchell Starc Arrives In Antigua" (28/5/15)

 

Mitchell Starc has arrived in Antigua after the IPL was wrapped up this week. Mitchell's side Royal Challengers Bangalore made it to the qualifying final against Chennai Super Kings and they unfortunately bowed out of the tournament finishing in 3rd position.

 

Overall the season was a success for both RCB and Mitchell as their was plenty of exciting and entertaining Cricket being played. Mitchell missed the first three games of the competition due to a minor knee injury, he made an immediate impact upon his return to India claiming various man of the match and best bowling figures in a match for RCB. 

 

Despite missing the first three games, Mitchell finished the IPL as 5th leading wicket taker on 20 wickets,  and amongst the top ten bowlers he finished 1st in bowling average on 14.55, 1st in bowling economy rate of 6.76 and 3rd in strike rate on 12.90. The left-arm speedster has now captured 62 wickets at the incredible average of  just 14.6 so far this calendar year and is in career best form.

 

This year has no sign of slowing down as there will be two Test matches played in the Caribbean against the West Indies which commence on June 3, followed by the Ashes  series in The UK starting from early July.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Five years Since Jessica Sailed Back Into Sydney" (15/5/15)

 

Today, 15 May, 2015 marks five years since Jessica stopped the nation and sailed back into Sydney Harbour, after 210 days at sea during her solo, non-stop and unassisted voyage around the world.

 

Jessica still remembers the day clearly. It was a day that changed her life forever. Greeted by 1,600 support boats and an estimated 100,000 people lining the harbour foreshore, it was a day she will never forget.

 

“Everyone asks me what I remember most about that day. It was all so surreal and a bit of a blur, as I hadn’t seen a person for 7 months. But there’s one moment I remember. When I switched on the TV in the hotel that evening, to see footage of myself sailing into Sydney Harbour. I remember watching it, as if it was someone else. I couldn’t believe it was me. The vision was just incredible and it was then that it sort of hit home,” said Jessica. 

 

“Every now and then I remember the moment and it brings back so many great memories – it is hard to believe it was 5 years ago today."

 

It was an extraordinary day for everyone who witnessed it. It was just a magic moment. The girl with a fear of the ocean, a fear of water, who sailed 24,285 nautical miles around the world and overcame so much adversity to achieve her dream and inspire so many others around the world, who share the journey with her, via her blog.

 

She survived the monstrous waves, fastened into a lap belt as an Atlantic Ocean storm drove her tiny pink vessel Ella’s Pink Lady upside down four times in one night. She learnt to feel wave patterns, hear wind changes; smelled the land as she neared the Australian coastline; how home had a distinct scent that made her spirit soar.

 

Jessica is currently completing a communications and sociology degree while managing a diary of charity appearances, talks and sponsorship commitments.

 

Jessica is also involved as a consultant in the development of the movie, TRUE SPIRIT, with the script now completed and a talented director, Sarah Spillane attached to it.

 

Happy 5th anniversary Jessica and Pink Lady – thanks for the wonderful memories.

 

Click here to view a video from her homecoming.

 

 

 

 

"Meg Lanning Wins Major Wisden Award" (10/4/15)

 

Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars captain Meg Lanning has been named the inaugural Leading Woman Cricketer in the World by the iconic Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. In its 151st year, 2015 marks the first time the English cricket magazine has had a designated women’s award, with Wisden Editor Lawrence Booth lauding the performances of the Australian superstar.

 

“Meg was the natural choice for Wisden’s inaugural award,” Booth said. “She’s a genuine star, and I’d be surprised if her name doesn’t feature regularly on our list of winners in the years ahead.”

 

Meg had an exemplary 2014 in the green and gold, tallying 490 runs at an average of 49.90 in one-day international cricket and a peerless 625 runs at 52.08 with a strike-rate of 145.34 in Twenty20 internationals. Those runs broke the record for the most women’s T20 international runs in a calendar year, surpassing Englishwoman Sarah Taylor’s 616 in 2012.

 

Meg also became the youngest ever Australia captain – male or female – when she took over from Jodie Fields in 2014 at just 21 years of age.

 

She went on to lead the Southern Stars to a third-successive Women’s World T20 crown in Bangladesh as well as series sweeps over Pakistan and world No.2 West Indies at home.

 

“I am incredibly honoured and humbled to receive this award,” Lanning said, “particularly being the first female to be recognised by Wisden in this way.”

 

“I never dreamt that my name would one day be included in the Almanack but now that it has, I hope this is the beginning of a long tradition of female cricketers to receive such an honour. It’s been a big 12 months of cricket for the Australian team."

 

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the extra challenges that have come with captaincy and have been particularly buoyed by the support I’ve received from my teammates. Together we have achieved great things."

 

“I want to thank everyone for their support, especially my family and teammates. This is something I will look back on with great pride when I finish my career.”

 

 

 

"Rooney Mara & David Wenham Join Nicole Kidman & Dev Patel In The Cast Of LION(8/4/15)

 

Academy Award® nominee Rooney Mara (SIDE EFFECTS, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO), David Wenham (BANISHED, TOP OF THE LAKE) and Divian Ladwa (DETECTORISTS) have joined Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel in the stellar cast of the feature film LION.

 

Also featuring in the film are several of India’s best-known actors including Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Priyanka Bose, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Deepti Naval.

 

After completing several weeks on location in India, LION begins filming in in Melbourne and Hobart in mid April.

 

Adapted from the incredible true story “A Long Way Home” written by Saroo Brierley with Larry Buttrose, LION is directed by Garth Davis (TOP OF THE LAKE) from a screenplay by Luke Davies (CANDY, LIFE).

 

The project is being produced by See-Saw Films in association with Sunstar Entertainment and Aquarius Films. Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder are producing with Andrew Fraser and Shahen Mekertichian executive producing.

 

In LION, five-year-old Saroo finds himself alone and travelling on the wrong train away from his home in northern India. Frightened and bewildered, he winds up thousands of kilometers away, in chaotic Kolkata.

 

Somehow he survives living on the streets, dodging all sorts of terrors in the process. Eventually ending up in an orphanage, Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple, and finds safety and love as he grows up in Hobart. Not wanting to hurt his adoptive parents’ feelings, he buries his past, his emotional need for reunification and his hope of ever finding his lost mother and brother.

 

But a chance meeting with some fellow Indians reawakens his secret yearnings. With just a small store of memories, and the help of a new technology called Google Earth, Saroo embarks on one of the greatest needle-in-a-haystack quests of modern times…the search for where he came from.

 

Producers Emile Sherman and Iain Canning of See-Saw Films said:  “We are thrilled with the incredible work of our cast and crew in India and look forward to welcoming Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Dev Patel, David Wenham and Divian Ladwa to the Australian leg of the shoot.”

 

Transmission Films will distribute LION in Australia and New Zealand. The Weinstein Company acquired LION at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where they closed the deal for worldwide distribution excluding Australia and New Zealand. The film is being co-financed by Screen Australia.

 

 

 

"Mitchell Starc Wins Player Of the ICC Cricket World Cup" (1/4/15)

 

Paceman Mitchell Starc has been named the 2015 Cricket World Cup player of the tournament after taking his 21st and 22nd wickets of the tournament to play a leading hand in Australia’s fifth World Cup triumph.

Mitchell beat out the likes of fellow paceman Trent Boult and Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara for the top honour, finishing the tournament with an incredible average of 10.18, economy rate of 3.50, strike rate of 17.40 and a record of taking at least two wickets in each of Australia’s eight matches.

The left-armer's performances this summer have also catapulted him to the top of the world ODI bowling rankings for the first time of his career.

Mitchell took 2-20 from eight overs in the final – including the key wicket of New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum in the match’s opening over – to again figure as an instrumental factor in his side’s success.

 

The 25-year-old delivered his most devastating performance of the tournament in Australia’s one defeat of the campaign, also against New Zealand, during the pool stages when he ripped through the Black Caps order to claim 6-28.

 

"I don't know what words to use. It was an amazing tournament,"

"I've worked really hard at it for a number of months, a few series ago I sat down with Craig McDermott and worked out a little plan. To see it all come to fruition tonight and through the whole tournament really has been phenomenal." Mitchell said.

Mitchell is currently nursing a small knee niggle and will depart for India in a couple of weeks to link up with Royal Challengers Bangalore for IPL8 in India. He joins fellow Aussie's Sean Abbott and Nic Maddinson at the franchise alongside other International super stars such as Virat Kohli, AD De Villiers and Chris Gayle. 

 

Full schedule for the tournament can be found here.

 

"Sunstar Seals Brian Lara At Fox Sports For The Cricket World Cup" (10/2/15)

 

Former West Indian Superstar Brian Lara will join the commentary team at Fox Sports Australia for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup hosted in Australia and NZ.

 

Fox Sports has assembled an extraordinary cast of former and current greats to lead its commentary team headlined by West Indian “Prince” Brian Lara, 1987 World Cup-winning Australia skipper Allan Border, colourful England star Kevin Pietersen, Mark Waugh, Damien Fleming, Brendon Julian and current Aussie stars Ryan Harris and Sunstar's Ellyse Perry. Brian brings a wealth experience and insight to the panel, having played International Cricket for 17 years and scoring over 22,000 runs in the process. He is without doubt one of the all-time great batsmen.

 

Sunstar secured the deal for Brian with Fox Sports and will act as his representatives during his stay for the World Cup and all commercial arrangements whilst in Australia.

 

The tournament commences February 14 in Christchurch and concludes on March 29 at Melbourne.

 

 

 

"Meg Lanning Signs With Sunstar" (9/2/15)

 

We are excited and pleased to announce that Australian Women's Cricket Captain Meg Lanning has recently joined the Sunstar stable.

 

Meg is only 22 years of age and is currently the Captain of the Australian Women's Test, ODI and T20I teams. Meg also recently received the Belinda Clarke Medal in Sydney. This was the second-consecutive time Meg has been awarded the prize for Australia’s top international women’s cricketer, recognising the 22-year-old’s role in leading the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars to a third-successive ICC World Twenty20 crown in Bangladesh as well as clean sweeps of Pakistan and the West Indies at home.

 

Individually, Meg's performances were exemplary, tallying an impressive 490 runs at an average of 49.90 in one-day international cricket and a peerless 625 runs at an average of 52.08 and a strike-rate of 145.34 in Twenty20 internationals.

 

Meg joins fellow Australian team-mate Ellyse Perry as the second Female Cricketer that we represent.

 

The next tour for the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars is for the Women's Ashes 2015 series in the UK commencing on Jully 21.

 

"Sunstar Cricket Update " (29/1/14)

 

Mitchell Starc has been in some great form with the Australian side this past month, with back to back Man Of The Match awards against England and India which included his career-best haul of 6-43 against India. In four ODI matches thus far in the Trianagular Series, he has taken 12 wickets at the amazing average of 13. Mitchell was also named in the Australian ODI team for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup which will be taking place in Australia and New Zealand commencing on the 14th of February.

 

Ellyse Perry has been once again starring for the NSW Breakers in the WNCL and WT20 competitions with dominant performances accross the whole Summer in all formats. Recently in the WNCL Semi-Final, Ellyse received Player Of The Match for for scoring 61 and taking 1-31 off 10 overs. She then scored 57* and took 2-19 off 10 overs in the WNCL Final to help the Breakers reach their 10th consecutive title. Yesterday in the WT20 Final in Canberra, she scored 13* and had figures  of 0-9 off 4 overs to seal a dominant victory over Melbourne.

 

Jordan Silk has been arguably the most improved performer of BBL|04 with strong performances for the Sydney Sixers over the course of the campaign. He finished the tournament as the 4th leading run-scorer with 272 runs at the average of 54 and a Strike Rate of 137. This included 2 half centuries, and a match winning innings of 69 Not-Out off 43 balls against the Sydney Thunder, with Steve O'Keefe hitting consecutive boundaries off the last two balls to seal a nail-biting win for the Men in Magenta at the SCG.

 

The Sixers then faced first placed Adelaide Strikers in the Semi-Final, with the Sixers making a franchise high-score of 181. They then followed this up with a clincal display with the ball to bowl the Strikers out for 94 inside 15 overs with Steve O'Keefe taking 2-17.

 

Next stop Manuka Oval in Canberra VS the Perth Scorchers for the BBL|04 Final. After being restricted to 4-49 early, Henriques and Carters steadied the ship to post a very competitive total of 4-147 on a slow wicket. The Scorchers ended up sealing the victory on the very last ball of the innings in what was a great game of Cricket.

 

Jordan Silk was rewarded with a new 3 year deal at the Sixers for his strong performances accross the season. Watch his incredible catch against the Thunder here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Dev Patel & Nicole Kidman Cast In Lion" (20/11/14)

 

Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman will star in Lion, the drama based on the tru story of Saroo Brierley, an Indian-born Australian who found his birth Mother 25 years after they were separated. Patel will play the lead with Kidman as his adoptive Mother.

 

Saroo was five when he fell asleep on a train bound for Calcutta. Alone, he was forced to live on the streets. He was adopted by an Australian couple, John and Sue Brierley and raised in Tasmania.

 

Patel, who starred in the hugely successful Slumdog Millionaire, is on a hot streak with roles in John Madden's upcoming The Second Best Marigold Hotel; Daniel Espinosa's Soviet-era thriller Child 44 with Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace; The Road Within, Gren Wells' remake of German hit Vincent Wants to Sea; and Neill Blomkamp's robot action-thriller Chappie with Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver and Sharlto Copley. 

 

Lion will commence production in early 2015.

 

Sunstar's Andrew Fraser and Shahen Mekertichian are Executive Producers on the film.

 

 

 

 

"Sunstar Cricketers Hit Fine Form" (19/11/14)

 

The past two weeks has seen some strong performances from all of Sunstar's Cricketing Talent hitting some fine form.

 

Ellyse Perry finished up her International Season with the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars in terriffic fashion, finishing the 4 match ODI Series undefeated and receiving the player of the series trophy. Ellyse scored 4 half centuries totalling 263 at and average of 132, and 7 wickets at an average of 21. She is now arguably the best all-rounder in the Womens Cricket with her batting improved significantly over the past 12 year.

 

Mitchell Starc has returned from the UAE and has been in superb touch. He joined the NSW Blues for round 2 of the Sheffield Shield and took match figures of 7-117 including the match-winning wicket to seal the victory for the Blues at Adelaide Oval against South Australia. He was then recalled to the third ODI against South Africa in Canberra where he produced another superb effort to get the ball swinging both ways and in the process taking 4-32 to help Australia take a 2-1 lead in the series.

 

Steve O'Keefe also returned for the NSW Blues in Round 2 of the Sheffield Shield after making his Test Debut for Ausralia in the UAE. Steve captured 5/24 in the second innings against South Australia to state his case for a place in the Australian Test side this Summer against India.

 

Jordan Silk recently scored 97 not out to help Tasmania secure the win against Victoria in Hobart. He is set to have a strong 2014/15 after a great off-seaon with the National Performance Squad. The next round of Sheffield Shield begins Tuesday (25/11/14).

 

 

 

"Steve O'Keefe Makes Test Debut In Dubai" (26/10/14)

 

Steve O'Keefe has just completed his first Test Match for Australia. Although not the result Steve and the Aussies were after, it was a dream come true for the left-arm tweaker who has been plying his trade with the NSW Blues for the past 9 seasons.

 

After a strong performance in Australia's warm-up match against Pakistan A where he took 3-76 in the first innings, Steve was called up to play alongside Nathan Lyon for the first match of the two Test series against Pakistan at Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

When Dean Jones presented Steve with baggy green number 439, his mother Jann noticed the irony in the ceremony.

"Steve's first bat we found in the shed and it was a Dean Jones Supreme bat," Ms O'Keefe says. "He mucked around in the backyard with it. He also had a navy blue Victorian shirt as well with Jones' name on it. 

"I didn't know much about cricket but I knew he loved Dean Jones."

Steve managed to gain invaluable experience from his first Test, bowling on a flat pitch to two of Pakistan's greatest ever players in Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq in the scorching Arabian Sun. He ended the match as Australia's leading wicket-taker with 4 wickets out of the 11 taken.

 

The Australians were outplayed in all facets of the game by the Pakistanis and deservedly won the game on the final session of day 5.

 

The second and final match begins this Thursday (30/10) at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi. (5PM AEDT on FOX Sports).

 

 

"Matt Nable Joins Hit US TV Show Arrow as Ra's al Ghul" (10/9/14)

 

Matt Nable has secured a role in the hit US television series Arrow, where he will play one of the most iconic supervillains in the DC Comics universe.

 

Matt, 42, has been signed to play Ra's al Ghul, the leader of the "League of Assassins". Ghul is considered one of DC Comics' most iconic villains and, in the pages of the comic books at least, is a major nemesis of Batman. In Arrow, however, he will not meet Batman but rather go head to head with the show's star character, Arrow, played by Stephen Amell.

 

The deal, which puts Matt on a major US television series and on the payroll of a major US studio, Warner Bros, comes as he has finished filming on the Nine Network's Gallipoli miniseries. Matt's profile continues to rise after his role in Riddick last year starring alongside Hollywood Superstar, Vin Diesel.

 

Matt wrote the screenplay for A Sunday In The Village and Diminished Flow - both of which are Feature Films in Development with Sunstar. Matt is playing the lead-actor in both Films.

 

Arrow Season 3 Premieres in the US on October 8.

 

 

 

"Steve O'Keefe Named In Australian Test Squad" (8/9/14)

 

Steve O'Keefe has just been announced in the Cricket Australia Test Squad to take on Pakistan in the UAE. The first Test is in Dubai on October 22.

 

The announcement comes as both massive excitement and relief for the 29 year old left-arm orthodox spinner as he has been pushing his claim for a Test birth for some time now - Steve has been statistically the best spin bowler in the Country since Shane Warne's retirement collecting 128 wickets at 24.72.

 

After topping the Sheffield Shield wicket-takers list last season claiming 41 wickets at 20.43, propelling NSW to the Shield title in the process and performing strongly for Australia A and NSW over the last month, Steve is as ready as he has ever has been to prove his worth on the International stage.

 

"We are unsure what pitch conditions we will encounter in the UAE but we need to be prepared to play two spinners. Steve was the highest wicket-taker in the Bupa Sheffield Shield last season and we are confident he can perform at the next level." Chairman of selectors Rod Marsh said.

 

The inclusion of Steve highlights the hard work, persistence and determination he has shown throughout his career to never let go of the goal of earning a prestigeous Baggy Green. We wish him all the best!

 

 

 

 

"Jessica Watson meets US Secretary of State John Kerry" (13/8/14)

 

Jessica today had the pleasure of meeting the US Secretary of State John Kerry, whilst visiting the National Maritime Museum in Sydney, as she joined him with a group of school students on a tour of the Endeavour replica tall ship. 

 

During their meeting, It was evident the Secretary and Jessica had a lot of common, with the pair chatting about their love of sailing and passion for protecting the oceans. Jessica enjoyed talking all things nautical and briefly sharing her around the world experience with the Secretary.

 

 “Secretary Kerry said he had been sailing since he was 3 years old and grew up on the water, so he asked some questions about my around the world voyage,” said Jessica.

 

“He continues to be instrumental in spreading a global message on the importance of protecting our oceans, an issue he is incredibly passionate about. I just wish I had more time to share some stories with him, but he’s a busy man and I felt very honoured to speak with him today.”

 

Click here to view a recent blog from the Secretary on the state of our oceans.

 

 

 

 

 

"Matt Hall Heads to Ascot for Round 5 of RBAR" (10/8/14)

 

Matt Hall has arrived in the UK for the upcoming 5th round of the Red Bull Air Race in Ascot (August 16th-17th) and will be looking to emulate some of teh successes of Australian horses, trainers and jockeys in recent years at the same track.

 

Matt heads into the Race with some solid momentum after capturing back to back podiums over his past two races at both Putrajaya,Malaysia (3rd) and Gdynia, Poland (3rd).

 

The seven points Matt earned in Poland move him up a place to fourth in the overall standings at the halfway mark of the season, his 21 points within striking distance of third placed Nigel Lamb (26).

 

Matt recently announced he will again be taking part in the NYE celebrations on Sydney Harbour for the next 3 years, full story on his website here.

 

He also appeared on Channel 7's Sunrise show for a feature story which can be found here.

 

 

 

 

"Mitchell Starc Completes His Debut Season In The IPL" (16/6/14)

 

Mitchell Starc has completed his first season of the Indian Premier League with the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

 

RCB had a tough tournament and struggled to find momentum for prolonged periods, with the Vijay Mallya owned franchise ending up finishing a disappointing 7th despite a star-studded lineup which included the likes of Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle. The squad showed glimpses of their brilliance but were unfortunately unable to a win a few tight games - which proved to be a fatal blow to their play-off aspirations.

 

Mitchell had a solid debut season claiming 14 wickets and 9 catches. He ended up finishing as the 5th most valuable player in the competition after the completition of the round games which is a great achievement for his first stint in the IPL. He was a fan favourite and is set to come back bigger and better with RCB in 2015.

 

"It was a fun experience playing in front of the packed crowds and a few guys that I have not had the chance to play with before. Unfortunately as a unit we didn't perform to our potential but there are a lot of positives we can build on as a team for next season." Mitchell said.

 

He has now returned to training with the Australian set-up in the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane and will take part in the upcoming ODI series against South Africa and Zimbabwe in Harare in August followed by the Test, ODI and T20I series against Pakistan in the UAE in October.

 

 

 

"CANNES: The Weinstein Company Team With Producers For Lion(20/5/14)

 

 

The Weinstein Company has closed a $12 million deal for worldwide rights for “Lion,” a movie based on Saroo Brierley’s book “A Long Way Home.”

 

 

Production will start in August on “Lion,” which recounts the survival of a five-year-old Indian boy who takes a wrong train and winds up thousands of miles away from home and family.

 

 

“Lion” will be produced by See-Saw Films in association with Sunstar Entertainment and Aquarius Films. Producers are Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder; Andrew Fraser and Shahen Mekertichian are executive producing.

 

 

Sherman and Canning teamed with TWC’s Harvey Weinstein on 2010′s “The King’s Speech.” Garth Davis (“Top of the Lake”) will direct from a script by Luke Davies.

 

 

The film is co-financed by Screen Australia. The TWC deal excludes Australia and New Zealand.

 

 

Brierley’s book recounts his family in India being thrown into poverty by his father leaving his mother in the mid 1980s. At the age of five, he was separated from his family after he and his older brothers began begging at the railway station for food and money. He wound up on the streets of Calcutta, where he was eventually rescued and adopted by an Australian family. Brierley learned English and grew up as a typical Australian but decided as an adult — using Google Earth and only a few faint clues — to try tracking down his mother and was reunited with her in 2011.

 

 

Brierley’s ordeal was the subject of a “60 Minutes” story last year. Watch it here.

 

 

“When we read the script we were simply blown away by this emotional story,” Harvey Weinstein said in a statement.

 

 

“Coupled with the fact this project gave us the opportunity to continue our relationship with See-Saw we jumped at the chance to join the ‘Lion’ team. Iain and Emile have this innate ability to make films that inspire and resonate with people. I look forward to sharing this fascinating and life affirming story with audiences all over the world.”

 

 

David Glasser, Robert Walak, Dan Guando, Negeen Yazdi and Michal Steinberg negotiated on behalf of TWC. Craig Emanuel of Loeb and Loeb represented the deal on behalf of Cross City Sales and the producers, See-Saw Films and Sunstar Entertainment.

 

 

 

"First Leg Of IPL 7 In The UAE Completed " (2/5/14)

 

Mitchell Starc and the Royal Challengers Bangalore have completed the first leg of the 2014 IPL in the UAE. This part of the tournament saw each team play 5 games.

 

RCB started the tournament in strong form winning their first two games convincingly although unfortunately lost their last 3 games due to a lack of execution with their batting. This leaves RCB in equal 4th posistion on 4 points.

 

Mitchell Starc has been in fine form with the ball in his debut IPL season and is equal 3rd in the wicket-takers list with 7 wickets at an average of 18.7 and economy rate of 6.55.

 

He has also taken some spectacular catches in the outfield. They can be viewed here.

 

The next phase of the tournament for RCB commences on Monday the 5th of May at their home ground in Bengaluru against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

 

Full schedule can be found here.

 

 

 

 

"A SUNDAY IN THE VILLAGE Commences Casting" (17/4/14)

 

Sunstar Entertainment have begun the casting process for A SUNDAY IN THE VILLAGE, which is scheduled to go into production in September in New York.  

 

The screenplay was written by the multi-talented Matt Nable (RIDDICK) who will also play the lead role of Tommy Burgess in the film. In the tradition of “IN THE BEDROOM,” A SUNDAY IN THE VILLAGE is a family based drama that has an unequivocal look at how one person’s decision can have an everlasting effect on those that they care most about.

 

Brian Andrews will direct the film.

 

More updates soon once roles are filled.    

 

 

 

 

 

"Jessica Watson Helps Launch UNIQLO in Australia" (16/4/14)

 

Jessica Watson helped launch Japanese Fashion giant UNIQLO's first Australian flagship store this week in the Melbourne CBD. Jessica is one of six local ambassadors chosen to launch the brand in Australia, other ambassadors include champion golfer Adam Scott and actress Sophie Lowe.

UNIQLO Melbourne was the first of its kind in Australia, and is one of 1,350 stores internationally. Owner Tadashi Yanai is Japan's richest man with as estimated net worth of $19 Billion.

 

The alignment with UNIQLO is a perfect one for Jessica, as she is promoting their comfortable and practical LifeWear range.

 

"There are some great items in their range that are really practical for me to be wearing out and around the water, such as the HEATTECH range which keeps you warm without having to pile on lots of layers. The clothes they make are so clever, they are able to do much more than just ordinary clothes! I'm very proud to be an ambassador of this iconic global brand." Jessica said.

 

 

Australian UNIQLO website can be found here.

 

 

 

 

"Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars Win Third Successive WT20 Title" (7/4/14)

 

Ellyse Perry and the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars have won a third successive World T20 title after defeating England in the final at Dhaka, Bangladesh.

 

After a loss in the first round fixture against New Zealand, the Southern Stars fought back to have wins over South Africa, Ireland, Pakistan, West Indies in the semi-final and finally arch rivals England in the deciding match of the tournament.

 

Ellyse had a great tournamnent personally and has proved once again that she is one of the best all-rounders in Women's Cricket. She finished with 106 runs at the impressive average of 53 and 8 wickets at 12.8 runs a piece with the tidy economy rate of just 5.15.

 

These statistics included a fantastic performance in the final taking 2/13 off 4 overs, a crucial catch and then hitting the winnings runs to finish 31 Not Out from 32 deliveries. Ellyse was named in the team of the tournament alongside Australian Captain Meg Lanning.

 

Ellyse has also recently been named in a World XI side to take on an MCC England side at Lord's as part of a Bicentenary match on Monday 19 May.

 

 

 

 

 

 

"NSW Blues Win 2013/14 Bupa Sheffield Shield" (26/3/14)

 

NSW Blues have won the 2013/14 Bupa Sheffield Shield after a rain-affected draw against Western Australia at Manuka Oval in Canberra, with Sunstar client Steve O'Keefe playing a crucial role during the match.

 

NSW elected to bat on a good wicket and were cruising until they lost 5-25 and slumped to 6-189 and in desperate need of a partnership. Steve delivered for the Blues, combining with Moises Henriques to put on a partnership of 90 before Steve fell victim to a dubious LBW decision for 41. But it was a telling partnership. Henriques went on to score an outstanding 140.

 

Josh Hazelwood was the destroyer in Western Australia's first innings taking 6-50 to restrict them to 180. Steve was only required for 14 overs and finished with the tidy figures of 1-19 which left the Blues with first-innings points.

 

The rest of the match was affected by rain and the game was called off early on the 5th and final day with NSW placed at 4-197 with Skipper Steve Smith posting an impressive 103 not out.

 

This was Steve 's first Shield title victory and is a credit to his work ethic and continual improvement over recent years. He finished the season as the leading wicket taker in Australia with 41 wickets at an amazing average of 20. He also now has 126 First Class Wickets at an average of 24.50 from 40 matches which makes him statistically the best spin bowler in the country.

 

Great work SOK!

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Steve O'Keefe takes Career-Best Figures" (6/3/14)

 

Steve O'Keefe is on absolute fire after capturing career-best figures and claiming Man Of The Match in the Bupa Sheffield Shield Fixture against competition leaders South Australia at Adelaide Oval.

 

Steve took 5-89 off 36 overs in the first innings and backed it up a superb 6-70 off 27 overs in the second innings. The massive hauls keeps him as the leading wicket taker in the Australian Domestic competition for 2013/14 and takes his season tally to 38 wickets at the incredible average of 20. He also has a career batting average of 27 - the second highest in Australia for a frontline spinner behind Johan Botha.

 

His achievements are even more astonishing considering he badly injured his shoulder only a month ago and missed the last Shield match.

 

Steve is statistically the best current spin bowler in Australia, has improved his game signifficantly over the past 12 months and continues to push his case for higher honours with the Australian Test side.

 

The NSW Blues take on Western Australia next week at Manuka Oval in Canberra, with a win securing them a spot in the Bupa Sheffield Shield Final.

 

 

"Congratulations Cate and Catherine" (4/3/14)

 

It has been a big day for Aussies in Hollywood with Cate Blanchett winning the Oscar for best actress, to become the first Australian to win two Academy Awards for acting. She received the award for her role in Blue Jasmine and was up against international stars Sandra Bullock and Amy Adams.

 

"There is so much talent in Australia," Cate said at the end of her speech.

 

Joining Cate in the winner’s list was Catherine Martin, who became the most successful Australian at the Academy Awards ever, winning Oscars for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design for The Great Gatsby.

 

This was a wonderful result for the Australian film industry and we congratulate Cate, Catherine and all the other winners and nominees.

 

The full list of winners are:
-Best Picture: 12 Years A Slave
-Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
-Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
-Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
-Best Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
-Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o, 12 Years A Slave
-Best Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley, 12 Years A Slave
-Best Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, Her
-Best Cinematography: Gravity
-Best Editing: Gravity
-Best Art Direction: The Great Gatsby
-Best Original Score: Gravity
-Best Song: 'Let it Go', Frozen
-Best Makeup: Dallas Buyers Club
-Best Costume Design: The Great Gatsby
-Best Live Action Short: Helium
-Best Animated Short: Mr Hublot
-Best Animated Feature: Frozen
-Best Documentary: 20 Feet From Stardom
-Best Documentary Short: The Lady in Number 6
-Best Foreign Language Film: The Great Beauty (Italy)
-Best Sound Mixing: Gravity
-Best Sound Effects Editing: Gravity
-Best Visual Effects: Gravity

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Mitchell Starc Joins Royal Challengers Bangalore for IPL 7" (13/2/14)

 

Mitchell Starc has been bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for IPL 7 at day 1 of the player auctions being held at the ITC Gardenia, Bengaluru.

Mitchell was the 8th highest earner at the auction, pulling in an impressive 5,00,00,000 INR ($889,000 AUD) for his services this year. With his ability to bowl near 150 kph, swing the bowl both ways and extract sharp bounce, Mitchell is one of the most destructive limited-overs bowlers in World Cricket. This is evident by him taking the most wickets in the 2012 T20 Champions League held in South Africa, being leading wicket taker in the T20 English Domestic Competition in 2012 and more recently being named in the ICC ODI World Team Of The Year for 2013 and the Australian T20 World Cup squad which is beginning their campaign next month in Bangladesh.

 

Mitchell joins some of the superstars of International Cricket when he joins the Challengers with the likes of Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers, Yuvraj Singh and Muttiah Murilitharan all apart of the star-studded squad for 2014. The coaching staff include NZ Great Daniel Vettori,  South African Fast Bowling Legend Allan Donald and highly respected batting and fielding coach Trent Woodhill.

 

The tournament begins April 8th with the final match being played on the 30th of May.

 

 

 

 

"Sunstar Cricket Update" (3/2/14)

 

 

Sunstar Cricketers Ellyse Perry, Jordan Silk, Steve O'Keefe and Mitchell Starc have all had success in their own right during the past month with some prestigeous awards and fantastic statistics amongst the headlines.

Ellyse Perry was named Player Of The Series after being the most consistent performer in the recently completely Commonwealth Bank Women's Ashes Series. Ellyse amassed 286 runs at the incredible average of 95.3 and she also snared 12 wickets at an average of 25.5. This is yet another amazing feat added to Ellyse's long list of achievements during her career. The Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars begin their ICC T20 Women's World Cup Campaign next month in Bangladesh.

 

Jordan Silk has capped off an impressive start to his season by claiming the highly prestigeous Bradman Young Cricketer Of The Year Award. The Bradman Young Cricketer Of The Year Award is presented annually at the Allan Border Medal and it goes to a Cricketer under the age of 24 who is voted by current First-Class Cricketers over the previous 12 months as the most outstanding young player. In nine Shield matches in the voting period, Jordan scored 768 runs at an average of 42.67, adding a further 238 at 39.67 in the Ryobi Cup. "I was very surprised, there are a lot of good young cricketers' going around at the moment and it was a great honour to win the award." Jordan said. He also took one of the best catches you will ever see in a game of Cricket when the Sydney Sixers took on the Brisbane Heat in the KFC BBL. The catch went viral on social media channels and it has over 600,000 views on YouTube. It can be found here.

 

Steve O'Keefe has been in the form of his career and is currently the leading wicket-taker in the Sheffield Shield after capturing 24 wickets at the impressive average of 22. He has also being playing a key role with the Sydney Sixers with their push to the finals in the KFC BBL although Steve unfortunately had a bad injury to his right shoulder in the last round game vs the Sydney Thunder and his come back date is yet to be finalised. We wish him well for a speedy recovery.

 

Mitchell Starc has finally made his return to International Cricket after a long lay off due to a stress fracture in his back sustained on the Aussie's Ashes tour to the UK. He is now back fully fit and is already starting to recapture the form which earned him a place in the ICC ODI Team Of The Year. Mitchell will soon be heading off to South Africa to compete for Australia in the T20I's followed by the ICC T20 World Cup and IPL7.

 

 

 

 

 

"Jessica Watson Set To Compete In 2013 Sydney to Hobart" (16/12/13)

 

It was announced today that Jessica will be aboard the supermaxi Perpetual Loyal for the 69th Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race, which sets sail on Boxing Day. There will be 90 yachts competing in the great ocean classic and Perpetual Loyal is one of the favourites to take line honours.

It is a very different yacht from the previous one she sailed in 2 years ago in the iconic race.

"It is going to be so different from anything I have ever done, sailing on Perpetual Loyal, but I am really looking forward to it. I've done the race before on a 38-footer but to do it on a 100-footer is going to be a great experience and a lot quicker,” said Jessica.

The annual race is considered one of the toughest and potentially perilous in the world with six men losing their lives in the deadly 1998 event and the racecourse taking the fleet across the infamous Bass Strait, a body of water renown for steep, nasty seas. The radical, hi-tech and multi-million dollar super maxi skippered by Anthony Bell is a world away from the tiny yacht Ella’s Pink Lady, which was Jessica's home for seven months during her around the world voyage.

But unlike some of her crewmates Jessica, 20, does have prior Sydney to Hobart experience after skippering her own crew to Hobart aboard Another Challenge in 2011 where she finished second in her division.

"It will be nice to have someone else in charge for a change,'' Jessica said.

Jessica is the last celebrity named in the crew which is bidding to take line honours in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart while raising money for the Loyal Foundation charity.

Jessica will join a 23-strong crew of professionals and the likes of TV celebrities Larry Emdur and Karl Stefanovic, chef Guillaume Brahimi and former Sydney Swans AFL player, Jude Bolton.

The movie of Jessica’s exploits, which saw her go from an unknown teenager to worldwide headlines, is slated to go into production in 2014.  The movie is based on her book True Spirit with Jessica acting as a key consultant for the project and assisting with the casting.

 

 

 

 

"Sunstar Cricketing Talents Start the Season In Fantastic Form" (25/11/13)

 

The cricketers at Sunstar have started the season in scintillating fashion, with some strong performances over the first few rounds of the Australian Domestic Summer.

21 year-old opening batsmen for Tasmania Jordan Silk has compiled an impressive 369 runs with an average of 46.13 after the first four rounds of the Sheffield Shield. This puts him 5th on the list for most runs scored so far this season. He now has scored 4 centuries and 3 half centuries in only 9 First Class matches and is without doubt one of the most promising young batsmen coming through Australian Cricket.

 

Left-arm orthodox spinner Steve O'Keefe has also started his season brilliantly by claiming 15 wickets at an average of 21.6 for NSW. This places Steve third in overall wickets taken so far this season with the best economy rate and average amongst all bowlers over the first 4 rounds of the Sheffield Shield. In the recently completed match at the SCG against QLD, Steve claimed his 100th First Class wicket. He now has 100 wickets at an average of 25.76 and is statistically the best spin bowler in the country - he also has over 1000 First Class runs at an average of 28.61.

 

Dual-International Ellyse Perry has been in solid form for the NSW Lend Lease Breakers - they are currently leading the WNCL and WT20 Leagues due to their undefeated start to the season in all formats. Ellyse received player of the match in the WT20 match against ACT on Sunday after her 56 not out off 48 balls, she was was also in fine form on Friday in the One-Day Fixture smashing 40 not out off 30 balls. The Commonwealth Bank Women's Ashes Series begins on January 10 at the WACA.

 

Mitchell Starc is recovering well from the stress-fracture in his back and is aiming for a return to Cricket at the back end of the KFC BBL|03 campaign with the Sydney Sixers.

 

 

 

 

"Matt Hall Returns to the Red Bull Air Race in 2014!" (8/10/13)

 

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship will be back in the skies in February 2014 with a full seven-race World Championship staged in 6 countries on 3 continents…..And Aussie Top Gun Matt Hall will be there!

 

The return of the world’s fastest motorsport series was announced at a news conference at the Putrajaya Maritime Centre in Malaysia today.

PUTRAJAYA (Malaysia), October 8th 2013: “We’re delighted to announce that the new Red Bull Air Race World Championship will be launched on February 28th in Abu Dhabi (UAE),” said Erich Wolf, CEO Red Bull Air Race GmbH.

 

“We’ve all worked very hard over the last three years fine-tuning some of the safety aspects and bring the sport to a new level. We never took our eye off the target and neither have these fantastic pilots or the great fans around the world. Their interest in the sport remained unbelievably high during these past few years. We can’t wait to get back in the air in February 2014.”

 

The series will be back with Australian Matt Hall and the defending world champion Paul Bonhomme in the 12-pilot field after it took a three-year break to improve safety and reorganize.

 

Hall, who was third in the world championship standings in his rookie season in 2009, a record for a pilot on debut, said he was excited to again have the opportunity to test himself against the best in the world.

 

“We have been hoping this day would arrive for a few years and we knew the Red Bull Air Race organisers were working hard behind the scenes to make it happen,” Hall said. “The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is the ultimate in air racing and I am delighted to again have the chance to take on the best pilots in the world.

The new race schedule is an exciting one and I can’t wait to get back in the track in what is less than six months.”

 

There will be a number of technical improvements, including standard engines and propellers for all pilots, changes to the lightweight nylon pylon material to make them even easier to burst apart if they are clipped by plane wings and raising the height of the pylons that the pilots pass through from 20 to 25 metres. The modus and rules have also been tightened, for example to prevent any pilots from exceeding the set limits.

 

 “I am very pleased to see the Red Bull Air Race comes back as it is truly an event that gives worldwide exposure to air sports. The improvements made to the race format and race track by the Red Bull Air Race Management are convincing and will no doubt add extra attractiveness to the event,” said FAI President Dr. John Grubbström.

 

In the sport created in 2003 and watched by millions of fans at 50 races until being suspended in 2011, the competitors race in high-performance airplanes between 15 and 25 metres above the ground and navigate a challenging obstacle course of Air Gat pylons at speeds of up to 370 kph.

 

www.redbullairrace.com

 

 

 

 

 

"Matt Nable Stars in 'Riddick' Alongside Vin Diesel" (23/9/13)

 

Matt Nable has recently featured as "Boss Johns" in the latest instalment of the Riddick franchise starring Vin Diesel. Matt plays the leader of a team of Mercenaries looking to capture notorious criminal Richard Riddick (Vin Diesel).

"Vin is just overwhelmingly passionate about the story and the characters. He is an incredibly gentle guy with a gentle soul, it has been great. Jordi Moller was also extraordinary to act against, acting against him was a little intimidating but he certainly brought out the best in me that's for sure" Matt said.

 

The film is the third in the franchise after "Pitch Black" (2000) and "The Chronicles of Riddick" (2004). The film has already grossed over $74M world wide and is set to be Matt's biggest success at the box office as an actor thus far.

 

The trailer for "Riddick" can be viewed here and the interview here.

 

 

 

 

"Ellyse Perry Joins The Fox Sports Network" (15/9/13)

 

FOX SPORTS today announced that one of the country’s most exciting and talented athletes, Ellyse Perry, will join Australia’s Sports Leader to appear across a range of sports broadcasts and magazine shows.

As one of Australia’s brightest young athletes, the dual international will add a fresh perspective and a unique view to FOX SPORTS’ coverage. Gary Burns, Head of FOX SPORTS Channels said: “It’s a huge coup for FOX SPORTS to have Ellyse on board. She has achieved incredible things in football and cricket and is an inspiration to a generation of young athletes.”


“We’ll work with Ellyse and get her involved in a number of our broadcasts and programs with a long-term view to her development as a sports broadcaster.”


“Ellyse’s star is rising and she has plenty more to achieve in her sporting career andwe are thrilled that we will be part of the journey. We are proud to have her as part of the team,” Gary said.


Ellyse said: “It’s a huge honour to join such a wonderful broadcaster like FOX SPORTS. I’ve always had a great time when I’ve worked with the team in the past and to be able to do this more and in an official capacity is really exciting for me.”


“It will definitely be a different experience for me - as the majority of sport I’ve been involved in I’ve been playing - so I’m looking forward to taking a step back and looking at it from the other side.”


“It might also be beneficial from my own playing in terms of viewing and accessing things in a different way or maybe learning a thing or two that I wouldn’t necessarily see when you’re playing,” Ellyse said.

 

Full media release here

 

 

 

"Mitchell Starc Sidelined With Stress Fracture in Back" (9/9/13)

 

It has been confirmed today by Cricket Australia that Mitchell will unfortunately be sidelined from the field due to the finding of an early stage stress fracture in his lower back. The exact recovery time is not yet known and will be confirmed in the coming days, but it is suspected to be a prolonged period of a couple of months.

The injury comes after he was sent home from the UK at the beginning of Australia's limited overs tour when he was reporting back pain. It is a frustrating time for Mitchell after having ankle surgery ealier this year and trying to secure his posistion in the starting line up.

 

"It is dissapointing to be injured again this year after overcoming my ankle problem, but i have full faith in the CA Medical staff and my body that i can regain 100% fitness and hopefully make a positive impact over the Aussie Summer" Mitchell said.

 

Mitchell joins other fast bowling stars James Pattinson, Pat Cummins and Jackson Bird on the sidelines who all have back injuries.

 

"After the age of 25, injury rates level out and like most other high intensity sports, increase once athletes are in their 30s. In the most recent Ashes series, Australian fast bowlers under the age of 25 (Pattinson, Starc, Faulkner bowled 239 overs, whilst English bowlers under the age of 25 (Finn & Woakes) bowled 49 overs for the entire series. This demonstrates our reliance on the younger bowlers at international level, which will be great for us in the future once they have physically matured in 2-3 years; they will not only be more resilient but will have the benefit of Test match cricket experience behind them." Australian Physio Alex Kountouris said.

 

We wish Mitchell a speedy recovery!

 

 

 

"Ellyse Perry Joins Jockey As An Ambassador" (26/7/13)

 

Super talented dual-international Ellyse Perry has recently joined the team at Jockey as a brand ambassador. The partnership adds even more strength to Ellyse's already flawless profile in both the Sporting and Corporate landscape in Australia.

Added to her Sporting ability, Ellyse exudes the kind of pizzazz that is a marketer’s dream – she has youth, likability, ambition, looks, perfect health and an amazing work ethic. It is these characteristics that attract some of the biggest corporates in Australia and the World for Ellyse to portay their brand values and image.

 

Jockey joins other sponsors supporting Ellyse such as Adidas, Red Bull, Commonwealth Bank, Toyota and the SCG Trust.

 

"I am thrilled to join the team at Jockey in what is hopefully a long and successful partnership together. The partnership is a unique one which is something i have not previously done, so i am grateful to Jockey for the opportunity" Ellyse said.

 

Ellyse departs Australia on August 1 with the Australian Southern Stars for their Ashes Tour of England.

 

 

 

"Mitch Starc, Steve O'Keefe & Jordan Silk Sign With Sydney Sixers" (25/7/13)

 

Sunstar Cricketing talent Mitch Starc, Steve O'Keefe and Jordan Silk are all confirmed members of the Sydney Sixers squad which will be competing in the third season of the highly successful KFC T20 Big Bash League.

 

The Sixers will start their campaign with a bang when they take on inner-city rivals the Sydney Thunder at the SCG on December 21. With some exciting recruitment taking place over the off season, the Sixers will be looking to capitalise on having some of the best mixture of experience and youth in the competition and repeat the success of winning BBL|01 and the Champions Trophy in South Africa.

 

Mitch Starc and Steve O'Keefe have been members of the side since the inception of the competition, and have tasted success at the highest level of T20 with both having represented Australia and also winning BBL|01 and the Champions Trophy in South Africa.

 

Jordan Silk is an exciting new addition to new Sixers, Jordan had a fanatastic debut season with the Tasmanian Tigers in 2012/13 and he has also recently been on the Australia A tour to the UK. Coach Trevor Bayliss labelling him "One of the best young fielders in the country, an up and coming talent and an excellent athlete"

 

Mitch remains in the UK with the Ashes squad who start the 3rd test next Thursday at Old Trafford, Steve O'Keefe is training hard in pre-season with the Blues and Jordan is over in Sri Lanka on a Centre Of Excellence Tour.

 

Sixers media release here.

 

 

 

 

 

"Saroo Brierley - Book Launch & 60 Minutes Story" (19/6/13)

 

Saroo Brierley has been on an amazing journey the past 12 months. After countless  hours writing about his incredible story, we are pleased to announce his book, titled “A Long Way Home” will be released on Monday 24 June, 2013 by Penguin Books Australia.

 

Saroo has also just returned from India, shooting a feature story with 60 Minutes, which includes vision from his home town in Hobart and numerous locations in India. This inspirational piece of television captures the heart-felt perspectives from both his Australian and Indian families and the 26 year journey of tracking down his birth mother against all odds – eventually finding her through Google Earth.

 

The story airs on the Nine Network Australia this Sunday at 7:30 PM (AEST). A preview of the story can be found here 

 

Following the release of Saroo’s book on Monday, he will be on a national promotional tour for “A Long Way Home”.

 

Saroo will also be a consultant on the film, which will be produced by Sunstar Entertainment and See Saw Films in 2014.  

 

 

 

 

"Mitchell Starc and Jordan Silk leave for the UK" (24/5/13)

 

Sunstar Cricketing talents Mitchell Starc and Jordan Silk leave for the UK this weekend after finishing their preparation with the Australian Cricket squad.

21 year-old Jordan has been selected in the Australia A squad after a successful finish to his debut season at First Class level with Tasmania. Jordan fortunately got to experience a bit of the conditions last season playing in the UK and he will be pushing hard to make his mark as a Test opener for the future.

 

23 year-old Mitchell was selected in the ICC Champions Trophy and Ashes squads. Mitch has had an amazing run the past 12 months after success in all 3 forms of the game for Australia.

 

After having ankle surgery to remove bone spurs in March, he is almost back to full fitness and looking to be the spearhead for Australia in gaining back the Ashes urn. Mitchell has had experience in the UK before, playing for English County side Yorkshire last season. He finished his stint at Headingley capturing 32 wickets at an average of 15 accross all 3 forms.

 

Detailed fixtures and broadcasting information on all of Australia's matches in the UK can be found here.

 

 

 

 

"Happy Third Anniversary Jessica!" (15/5/13)

Today, 15 May, is three years since Jessica stopped the nation when she sailed back into Sydney Harbour aboard Ella's Pink Lady, to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe, non-stop and unassisted.

Those who were there or witnessed it on television, will never forget this epic homecoming, which was later voted as Australia’s Favourite Event of 2010. An estimated 100,000 spectators gathered around Sydney Harbour to welcome Jessica home. And it was chaos on the water with 1,600 vessels there to greet her plus millions of viewers tuning in to the live broadcasts in Australia, many of whom shed a tear as she crossed the finish line.

“It was such a special day and one that I will never forget,” said Jessica today.

“It has also been a wonderful 3 years since then and I have had the pleasure of meeting so many great people.”

On 15 May 2010, Jessica really did prove anything is possible and she has become an inspiration to us all.

 

 

"Ellyse Perry Named Most Marketable Athlete in Australia" (15/5/13)

 

Respected British magazine SportsPro, in conjunction with Eurosport released a list of the 50 most marketable athletes on the planet. Criteria include value for money, age, home market, charisma, willingness to be marketed and crossover appeal. 

 

Ellyse was named 36th in the World, and 1st in Australia. The inclusion of Ellyse on this list is fantastic news for the 22 year-old dual-international, who has represented her country in Football and Cricket. She is the only Australian in the top 50 and the seventh highest woman. Virat Kohli is the only other cricketer.

 

The magazine pays tribute to her international caps, her commitment to both sports, and the fact she was the first woman to play Sydney men’s grade cricket in 117 years.

 

Off the field, Ellyse has found time for an economics and social sciences degree at the University of Sydney, and roles in radio and television.

 

Ellyse is also fortunate enough to be sponsored Adidas, Red Bull, Commonwealth Bank, SCG Trust and another very exciting sponsor to be announced in the coming weeks!

 

Full article can be found here

 

 

"Jordan Silk Signs With Sunstar" (3/5/13)

We are delighted to announce promising young cricketer Jordan Silk, as the most recent addition to our team of talent at Sunstar.

 

The 21 year old made a blistering start in the First Class arena with Tasmania, scoring two centuries in his first three games, including an impressive 108 in the Sheffield Shield final they won last month against Queensland.

 

He was rewarded with selection in the Australia A squad that will tour the UK in June.

 

Born and bred in Sydney, Jordan made the move south to Tasmania, to further his cricket career and he has made the most of his opportunities.

 

Jordan is one of four cricketers now represented by Sunstar, joining Mitchell Starc, Ellyse Perry and Steve O’Keefe.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Garth Davis announced as Director of A Long Way Home(26/4/13)

See-Saw Films and Sunstar Entertainment have attached Top of the Lake co-director Garth Davis to their project, A Long Way Home based on Saroo Brierley’s autobiography.

 

Australian director Davis has had considerable success as a commercials director, winning gold at the London International Award show and the Gold Lion at Cannes, and in 2010 receiving a finalist nomination from the Directors Guild of America for best commercials director. Top of the Lake was his biggest TV break to date and A Long Way Home would mark his feature debut.

 

At five-years-old, Brierley found himself 1,500km from home, having fallen asleep aboard a train bound for Calcutta. Scared and alone he was forced to live a life on the streets.

 

Saved from an orphanage by an Australian couple, he was brought up in Tasmania always wondering if he would ever see his Indian family again. Aided by the support of his adopted parents and the technology of Google Earth, he was able to track down his Indian mother and family, ending a 25-year journey.

 

Saroo's autobiography will be released by Penguin in June.

 

Read the full media release here

 

 

 

 

"Saroo Brierley Speaks At The Google Big Tent Conference In India" (22/3/13)

Saroo was a guest speaker at Google’s Big Tent conference in Delhi, India yesterday. He had the opportunity to share his incredible life journery with around 400 guests for Google.

 

He also had the pleasure of meeting Google Chairman, Eric Schmidt, who was captivated with Saroo’s story.  

 

"It has been such an amazing experience to share my story with people from all around the globe. Today was very surreal speaking in front of so many incredible people. I am grateful to Google for giving me this opportunity." Saroo said after his presentation in Delhi.

 

Saroo has also finished writing his book with Penguin, details of the release date will be posted shortly.

 

More to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Mitchell Starc Has Successful Ankle Surgery" (22/3/13)

Mitchell went under the knife yesterday to have surgery on his right ankle to remove bone spurs after been flown back to Australia at the conclusion of the Third test in Mohali.

The surgery was successful on Thursday and the recovery time for Mitch is expected to be between 2-3 months.

 

It was only a matter of time before the operation had to be done, so Cricket Australia have agreed that this is the best time to get Mitchell back to 100% fitness for the upcoming Champions Trophy and Ashes series in the UK.


“Mitch has been experiencing ankle pain related to bone spurs during the India Test series and whilst manageable, this represents an appropriate time for Mitch to have the surgery with a view to having him fully fit for the Ashes in late June,” Said Australian team doctor Peter Brukner.

 

"It is a relief to get the operation done now so i don't have to worry about the injury further down the track. I am looking forward to getting my body back to full fitness and hopefully being part of a successful squad for the Champions Trophy and Ashes." Mitchell said.

 

We will keep you updated on the recovery process.

 

 

"New Sunstar Edit Facilities Are Up & Running" (15/3/13)

3 state of the art editing facilities at Sunstar Entertainment are now available for in-house rental. Featured in a secure and modern building, each suite is fully self contained and lockable. Suites are available individually or in a booking of 3. Car spots are available for each edit suite with a Café in the Building. Contact Us for More Information

 


EDIT SUITE 1
APPLE Mac Pro 12-Core 2.66GHz Intel Xeon. 16GB Ram. 1TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA. ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB. 18x SuperDrive. 2 x Phillips 24 Inch Monitors. 4TB firewire external drive. BLACKMAGIC DeckLink HD Extreme 3D+. 
Avid Media Composer 6.5, After Effects CS6. Premier Pro. Photoshop CS6


EDIT SUITE 2
APPLE iMac 27” 3.4Ghz Quad i7 Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz. 16GB RAM. 1TB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX 1GB GDDR5. 1 x Phillips 24 Inch Monitor. 6TB thunderbolt external drive. BLACKMAGIC Decklink Intensity Extreme

Avid Media Composer 6.5, After Effects CS6. Premier Pro. Photoshop CS6. Final Cut X


EDIT SUITE 3
APPLE iMac 27” 3.4Ghz Quad i7. 8GB RAM. 1TB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm. AMD Radeon HD 6970. 1 x Panasonic 24 Inch Monitor. 1TB firewire external drive. BLACKMAGIC Decklink Intensity Extreme

Avid Media Composer 6.5, After Effects CS6. Premier Pro. Photoshop CS6. Final Cut X. Final Cut Pro. Apple Motion. Apple Color. Logic Audio Pro.

 

 

 

"Ellyse Perry Stars in Women's World Cup Final" (19/2/13)

Ellyse Perry and the Southern Stars have produced a fanastic team effort to claim a record 6th ICC Women's World Cup last night by beating the West Indies in the final which was hosted by India.

Ellyse had missed all of the Southern Stars Super-Six matches in the tournament due to an on going ankle injury that unfortunately kept her off the field. She was deemed fit enough to play in the final against the West Indies and she didn't dissapoint - smashing 25 N.O off 22 balls to help take the score to a very respectable 259.

 

After coming on to bowl and failing to get through her first two deliveries due to her ankle problem, Ellyse pushed through the pain barrier and ended up taking 3-19 off 10 overs to secure victory by 114 runs for the Aussies.

 

"Absolutley thrilled to be part of a squad of such amazing girls and to bring home the Women's World Cup for a 6th time. I was pleased i got through my overs and was able to make a contribution to the team" Ellyse said

 

In some other exciting news, Ellyse was named in the Matilda's training camp by new coach Hesterine de Reus.

 

Since arriving back in Australia she will see her specialist regarding rehab on her ankle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

"ACADEMY AWARD®-WINNING SEE-SAW FILMS AND SUNSTAR ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE PRODUCTION OF MAJOR NEW INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM (7/2/13)

Sydney, 7 February 2013 – Academy Award®-winning production company See-Saw Films (The King’s Speech) and Sunstar Entertainment announced today that they have secured the rights to the autobiography by Saroo Brierley, whose incredible life story made headlines and touched hearts around the world last year. 


Born in India, Saroo lost his way in an overcrowded city, almost 1500 km from home, at the age of five and was then separated from his family for 25 years. Adopted by a family in Tasmania, Australia, where he grew up, he finally tracked down his Indian birth mother after searching for years using only Google Earth and a childhood memory of his hometown. The film will be based on Saroo’s autobiography, which will be published by Penguin later this year. 


“As a filmmaker, Saroo’s life story is irresistible. The moment we heard it, we knew it had all the elements that make for great cinema. There is perhaps no greater human drive than the desire to find out who we are and to know our mothers. This, along with the incredible contrast between our high tech world and the streets of Calcutta, make for an unforgettable story,” said Emile Sherman and Iain Canning. 


Sunstar Entertainment CEO Andrew Fraser said: “This partnership marks a great milestone in the evolution of Sunstar and we’re thrilled to be working with Emile and Iain at See-Saw Films.” 
“Saroo’s story is one of courage, perseverance and triumph and we look forward to working with the team behind ‘The King’s Speech’ to bring this amazing project to the big screen.” 


Saroo Brierley said: “I am humbled that my story is being made into a movie and I know it is in great hands with Sunstar and See-Saw. I’m looking forward to working closely with the production team in my capacity as a consultant on the project.” 


Academy Award®-winning producers Emile Sherman and Iain Canning founded See-Saw Films in 2008. See-Saw is a UK and Australian company specialising in international Film and Television. Recent productions include the multi-Academy Award®-winning The King’s Speech, directed by Tom Hooper, and starring Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter. See-Saw followed up The King’s Speech with Steve McQueen’s award-winning Shame, starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan. See-Saw has just completed production on Jane Campion’s six-part television series Top of the Lake and is currently in production on Tracks, a film directed by John Curran and starring Mia Wasikowska. 


Sunstar Entertainment was formed in 2010 and is helmed by Andrew Fraser, Daniel Starling and Shahen Mekertichian, who also recently announced they would produce the highly anticipated film TRUE SPIRIT, the true story of Australian sailor Jessica Watson who in May 2010 became the youngest person ever to sail solo around the world, non-stop and unassisted. It is slated for release at the end of 2013. The film will be shot in Australia, with locations in Sydney and the Gold Coast. Paramount Pictures Australia has acquired domestic distribution rights. Sunstar Entertainment represents both Jessica Watson and Saroo Brierley. 

 

www.see-saw-films.com 
www.sunstarentertainment.com.au 

 

 

"Manly Surf 2013 Broadcast Schedule" (18/1/13)

For Australian viewers, the final 4 x episodes of Manly Surf Series 3 will air nationally at 4:30pm on the Nine Network on the following dates:

 

Ep 5 - Sunday, 27 January

Ep 6 - Sunday, 17 February

Ep 7 - Sunday, 24 February

Ep 8 - Sunday, 3 March

 

There's some great stories within each of these episodes. In episode 5, Matt has more than surfing on his mind when he sends the boys on a once in a lifetime adventure and takes them to an island paradise in Sumatra called the Mentawais.

 

In episode 6, One of Matt’s closest friends, 2 x world surfing champ
Tom Carroll, is one of the most loved surfing icons in the world, but few know Tom has battled depression.
Hear how Tom dealt with one of the world’s biggest illnesses.

 

In episode 7, The Legacy Club supports all children who have lost their family members to war. The Club’s ambassador, Victorian Cross winning hero Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith, brings down some very special kids for a
surfing treat.

 

In episode 8, For the end of summer party Matt brings down the legendary hypnotist Martin St James, where the team have some end of season fun and learn about his amazing talent.

 

Nine's digital channel GO! will also broadcast all of Series 3, accross 8 consecutive Sundays, commencing Sunday March 10 at 1:30pm.

 

We hope you enjoy the show!

 

 

"Matt Hall announces biography to be released in January" (28/11/12)

The Sky Is Not The Limit – the life of Australia’s Top Gun , written by Matt Hall and co-authored by David Lyall, is a walk through the extraordinary life of Matt Hall.

The biography, that has been a lifetime in the making and two years in writing and editing, will give readers an insight into Matt’s love affair with aviation, his time in the Air Force including a graphic account of his service in combat over Iraq, the trials and tribulations of the Red Bull Air Race and Matt’s lessons on chasing your dreams.

The thrill-a-minute tome, with a forward by Air Marshall Geoff Brown AO, the Chief of the Royal Australian Air Force, will captivate, inspire and entertain, all the while encouraging the reader to be the best they can be at whatever they choose.

The book, published by ABC Books, will be in stores on January 22, 2013 for $32.99. Matt will also be travelling the country promoting the book in late January and February next year including at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon in Melbourne.

 

 

"Hazem El Masri continues his partnership with the NRL" (16/11/12)

Hazem El Masri has been announced as a NRL Community Engagement Officer along other recently retired NRL greats Petero Civoniceva and Nathan Hindmarsh.

 

The announcement was made at the NRL’s Harmony Gala Day for 150 migrant children of Middle Eastern, Pacific, African and South-east Asian background at Lidcombe Oval. The Harmony Gala Day is the culmination of a six-week Rugby League program which focuses on developing social cohesion through sport.

 

NRL Interim Chief Executive, Mr Shane Mattiske, said the trio would start official duties as NRL Community Engagement Officers on Monday (19/11/12), working on game development, community development and welfare in key communities across Rugby League.

 

Hazem will be based in Sydney, being heavily focused on multicultural and new migrant programs.

 

“Rugby League allowed me to achieve things I never thought possible, so I am really grateful to get the chance to use the game and my position to inspire and motivate people to achieve their goals in life, whatever they may be,” Hazem said.

 

 

"Manly Surf Episode 1 airs 4:30pm November 4 on the Nine Network!" (2/11/12)

The first episode of Manly Surf Series 3 airs nationally this Sunday, at 4.30pm on the Nine Network.

After an amazing summer of filming the most incredible people and their stories - Series 3 will without doubt be our most intriguing and inspiring series to date.

 

There will be 8 x half hour episodes all in the 4:30pm Sunday afternoon timeslot on the Nine Network.

 

In episode one, Werris meets David Hicks who has come to Manly Surf with the hope that surfing can help the healing process. And Froth lives a dream making his debut in Demolition Derby. Plus plenty more – it is a great ep, so tune in on Sunday 4.30pm!

 

"Jessica helps launch Windows 8" (26/10/12)

The Australian launch of Microsoft's Windows 8 was held today in Sydney at the Hordern Pavillion, where Jessica was announced as an ambassador for the brand campaign.

As part of the launch, Jessica had a dedicated precint that feautured a 14 foot Skiff aspart of a nautical theme.

 

Jessica is feautured in one of the Windows 8 televiision commercials that started airing today. To view the TV, click the link below:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3EiA5oXPOI

 

 

Microsoft and Jessica have shared a partnership over the past 2 years, previously via her involvement with the Imagine Cup campaign. She was delighted to be involved in the Windows 8 campaign.

 

The most rewarding achievements for me haven’t just been the big projects. Obviously sailing back into Sydney Harbour after 210 days alone at sea, crossing the Sydney to Hobart finish line and writing a number one best-selling book are pretty huge career highlights, but I’m just as proud of the little things I’ve managed to achieve too - like getting my driver’s licence, finishing school and kicking off Uni,” said Jessica.

 

“It’s a huge juggle but it’s important to me to try and balance it all. The one thing I can’t live without is my Windows 8 Dell XPS 12 Duo – my life literally lives in that calendar and I would be lost without it!”

 


 

"Matt Nable joins our team!" (24/10/12)

 

We are pleased to welcome on board the multi-talented writer/actor Matt Nable, as an exciting new addition to the Sunstar team.

 

Matt starred in The Killer Elite alongside Clive Owen and Robert De Niro and 33 Postcards alongside Guy Pearce. He also wrote and starred in The Final Winter (2007), an independent Australian film that has since been released internationally, and appeared in the series of East West 101 (SBS Television).

 

Two of his screenplays are currently in development.

 

Matt is well known to Australian audiences, having played the lead in the recent Australian TV series Bikie Wars: Brothers In Arms (2012) on Network 10 and Underbelly: Badness (2012) on the Nine Network – both of which were hugely successful in Australia.

 

Matt is the author of the novels We Don't Live Here Anymore (2009) and Faces in the Clouds (2011).

 

He is currently writing the script for the feature film True Spirit, the Jessica Watson story which will go into production in 2013.  


 

 

 


 

"Matt Hall set to brighten New Years Eve showpiece" (19/10/12)

For the third year in succession Merewether-based aviator Matt Hall will provide the pre-fireworks entertainment over Sydney Harbour for the City of Sydney's world renowned New Year's Eve celebrations.

 

Hall will fly his MXS-R in formation with team newcomer Dan O'Donnell piloting the Matt Hall Racing Extra 300L for the evening's first display at 6pm before returning to the sky overhead the pristine harbour for a dynamic low-level solo routine at 8pm before the night's two forework displays.

 

It is the first time in his three years with the City of Sydney showpiece that Hall has included a formation routine and the former RAAF Fighter Combat Instructor is brimming with excitement about the night.

 

"It goes without saying that New Years Eve is my favourite event of the year because it's not every day you fly right over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and then get to perform low level aerobatics within a stone's throw from the Bridge, the Opera House, Fort Denison and a million people," Hall said.

 

"To be able to bring a second aircraft this year and have Dan there with me flying formation in the Extra just makes it even more special."

 

"We'll simulate a few races, do some basic dog fighting routines and generally show off what both aircraft can do before i come back at 8pm and display in the MXS which is the fastest, mots powerful and manoeuverable aerobatic aircraft in the country."

 

The New Year's Eve displays will close a busy 2012 for Hall and provide the perfect sequel to 2013 where he will be one of the headline acts at the Australian International Airshow at Avalon near Melbourne, release his biogrpaghy and continue to grow his burgeoning Maitland based joy flight business.

 


 

"Ellyse Perry & Mitchell Starc perform strongly in Sri Lanka" (10/10/12)

Both Ellyse Perry and Mitchell Starc have had very successful tours of Sri Lanka in their respective ICC T20 World Cups which concluded last week.

 

Ellyse was included in the ICC T20 Women's World Cup team of the tournament for her recent success with the Southern Stars. She received player of the match in the semi-final against the West Indies and claimed 1-24 and 2 catches in the final which Australia won by a thrilling 4 runs against arch rivals England.

 

Ellyse has now arrived back in Australia where there is no signs of slowing down for the talented dual international. She begins training with her new Football club Sydney FC and the NSW Breakers Cricket side.

 

Mitchell was also included in the ICC T20 Men's World Cup team of the tournament. The tall left-armer has been in fantastic form for the Aussie's who were unfortunateky knocked out in the semi-final against the West Indies. Mitchell recorded 9 wickets at 14 runs a piece during the tournament.

 

He now has headed to South Africa with the Sydney Sixers who are competing in the Champions League T20 tournament.

 

 

 

 


 

"Casting for Jessica's film "True Spirit" has begun !" (9/10/12)

Casting for Jessica's film "True Spirit" has begun with the first auditions taking place in Sydney recently with plenty of amazing young talent on show to play Jessica.

 

"It was very, very strange watching other people be me! There was some incredible young actresses and I can't wait for production to start - it will be an amazing experience." Jessica said when asked about what she thought about someone playing her part in "True Spirit".

 

The film is expected to be released in late 2013 and distributed in Australia and NZ by Paramount Pictures.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

"Hazem El Masri receives honorary doctorate from UWS" (26/09/12)

He is the NRL’s highest-ever point scorer, a passionate and tireless community leader, and an inspirational role model  to many – now Rugby League legend Hazem El Masri can add the title ‘doctor’ to his list of many achievements.

 

The University of Western Sydney awarded Hazem El Masri an honorary doctorate of letters in recognition of his distinguished service to the communities of western Sydney and for being a role model and leader in the Arabic community.

 

During his playing career and since his retirement from Rugby League, Hazem has dedicated much of his time to community service, travelling to schools across Australia to mentor and build the aspirations of young people, as well as being an ambassador for countless community organisations and charities.

 

UWS Vice-Chancellor, Professor Janice Reid, says there are few in the community who embody the same values of the University as much as Hazem El Masri.

 

“Through his actions both on and off the field, Hazem has exhibited a rare, modest dignity that has earned him the respect of all Australians. He has sought to channel his sporting fame and public profile into bringing about positive change, mentoring and inspiring a generation of young people, and working for the betterment of the community.

 

“One of his most admired qualities has been his willingness to devote his time and energy to helping bring Australians together, promote tolerance, and to improve the understanding between Australians of diverse religious and cultural backgrounds.

 

“The University of Western Sydney is delighted to confer this award on Hazem El Masri, in recognition of his outstanding service to the communities of Greater Western Sydney and making a significant contribution to Australian public life.”

 

Congratulations Hazem !

 

"Ellyse Perry part of T20 World Cup promotional campaign" (21/09/12)

Ellyse Perry has recently featured in a Cricket Australia promotional campaign for the Women's T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.

There is a number of short films which go into a behind the scenes view of what it is like to be a professional female cricketer.

 

Film 1: Defending the title | Souther Stars prepare for the ICC Women's T20 World Cup. Click here to view.

 

Film 2: Ellyse Perry | On the future of cricket. Click here to view.

 

Film 3: Ellyse Perry | On training. Click here to view.

 

The Southern Stars first game begins on September 27 against India.

 

 


 

"Steve O'Keefe starts strongly for NSW" (21/09/12)

Steve O'Keefe and the NSW Blues have had a convincing start to their Sheffield Shield season this week at the WACA in Perth.

NSW beat WA inside 3 days and displayed some fantastic signs of form to kick start the season. Steve had a strong game scoring 74 with the bat in the 1st innings and taking 3 key wickets throughout the match to help NSW secure the win.

 

"It was an impressive start to the season from the boys over at the WACA, although the key now is to back this win up so we can gain some more momentum over the coming weeks. I'm looking forward to what is sure to be a tough match against Tasmania next week."Steve said.

 

Full scorecard here

 

 

 


 

"Ellyse Perry signs with Sydney FC" (6/09/12)

Dual international Ellyse Perry will switch from Canberra United to Sydney FC for the upcoming 2012/13 W-League season. This is great news for Ellyse as she can continue playing both Football and Cricket at the highest level.

"I'm excited to be able to play for Sydney FC and also grateful to both clubs (Sydney FC and Cricket NSW) for allowing me to continue my dream of playing both sports" Ellyse said. "It's no secret that i want to continue to play both sports and this allows me to do so."

 

"Sydney FC has always been one of the best teams in the W-League with some amazing players and i look forward to joining them and hopefully playing a part." Ellyse said.

 

 


 

"Mitchell Starc claims back to back Man of the Match awards" (29/08/12)

Mitchell Starc has had a perfect start to his tour in the UAE by claming consecutive Man of the Match awards.

The tall left-armer produced some brilliant bowling in Australia's one off ODI against Afghanistan to finish with the figures of 4-47 to help Australia secure their first victory on their tour in the UAE.

 

Mitchell then backed up 2 days later with some more of his scintillating form to capture career best ODI figures of 5-42 against Pakistan in the first One day International at Sharjah.

 

After a huge amount of training and preparation over the past few months, Mitchell is reaping the rewards he deserves by becoming one of the frontline bowlers for Australian Cricket.

 

The Aussie’s have a 1-0 lead in the 3 match series against Pakistan. Game 2 starts on Friday August 31.

 

"Jessica Watson's Feature Film "True Spirit" announced at the AIMC !" (20/08/12)

 

Jessica Watson's epic true story of her journey sailing around the world has been announced as a Feature Film at the Australian International Movie Convention (AIMC) this evening.

The film "True Spirit"will be distributed in Australia & New Zealand by Paramount Pictures, and will be co-produced between Sunstar Entertainment and Brookwell Macnamara Entertainment (BME).

Paramount Pictures Vice President of Australia and New Zealand, Mike Selwyn said of today’s announcement “We are delighted to be working with BME and Sunstar to bring Jessica Watson’s story to the big screen where it belongs. This is a wonderful story of courage, perseverance and triumph that will appeal to all audiences”.

Andrew Fraser CEO of Sunstar Entertainment said “Jessica Watson is an inspiring story that ultimately proves that we all have the power to live our dreams – no matter how small or big they are! This is a great Australian story on a great Australian”.

"True Spirit" is scheduled to shoot in early 2013 and slated for release at the end of 2013. The film will be shot in Australia, with locations in Sydney and the Gold Coast.

To view the official media release from Paramount Pictures, click here.

 

"Jessica Watson attends the Mater Foundation Charity" (13/08/12)

 

Jessica attended the Mater Foundation's Red White and Sparkling Dinner last week. The Mater foundation helps to extend the boundaries of healthcare and medical research to over half a million Australian's each year.

The auction at the fundraiser contained a limited edition signed lithograph from Jessica, which sold for $3200. The evening raised over $50,000 for charity - a superb efort !


Thanks to Jessica's fantastic sponsor MTA Travel for supporting the event.

 

"Mitchell Starc stars for Yorkshire in Quarter Final" (27/07/12)

Well done to Mitchell Starc on taking 3/24 for Yorkshire in the Quarter Final of the Twenty20 County Competition against Worcestershire.

Mitchell is still leading the wicket taking tally in the Twenty20 competition - a great achievement considering it has been his first time playing in the UK.

Mitchell has now joined the Australian A squad with their first fixture against Derbyshire starting tonight.

Quarter final scorecard here:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/county-cricket-2012/engine/match/542717.html

 

"Saroo Brierley signs with Penguin Publishing" (20/07/12)

Saroo Brierley has recently signed a global publishing deal with Penguin Publishing. This is fantastic news for Saroo as he can now get his fascinating story out to people all over the world through one of the most reputable & successful publishes in the market.

"I am looking forward to publishing a book about my journey and share my story with thousands of people around the world. Thanks so much to Penguin & Sunstar for making it happen," said Saroo.

Saroo has begun writing his book with a 2013 release date.

Stay tuned for some more exciting news over the coming weeks !

 

"Matt Hall's Latest Blog" (20/07/12)

Matt Hall has recently started to post blog updates on his website outlining everything that he has been getting up to lately.

To view his latest blog follow the link below:

http://matthallracing.com/archives/category/matt-says

 

" Manly Surf Series 3 close to finishing Post-Production" (20/07/12)

Series 3 for Manly Surf is due to complete post-production in the next 2 weeks and it will be going to air in October. Stay tuned for some more info on what is going to be without doubt the most amazing series we have created thus far.

 

 

"Steve O’Keefe & Mitchell Starc re-sign with the Sydney Sixers" (19/07/12)

 

Both Steve O’Keefe and Mitchell Starc have re-signed with the reigning KFC Big Bash Champions, the Sydney Sixers. This is fantastic news for the pair and the Sixers as they look to further their success from last year and win consecutive Big Bash titles.

“I owe the Sixers a lot. They looked after me last year when I was injured and missed half the season, so I would like to think I've been loyal in that respect. Hopefully we can produce the same goods as we did last year." Steve said after been approached to play for the Sydney Thunder.

The Sixers squad heads to South Africa in October to compete in the highly contested Twenty20 Champions League, followed by the KFC Big Bash League starting in Australia early December.

http://www.sydneysixers.com.au/news

 
“Mitchell Starc in fantastic form” (16/07/12)

Well done to Mitchell Starc who has had a successful past couple of months with Yorkshire in the English County League. Mitchell took 29 wickets at the impressive average of 16 during his time in the UK, and was the country’s leading wicket taker in the Twenty20 competition with 18 wickets at 10 runs apiece.

Mitchell has improved significantly under the watchful eye of former Australian fast bowling legend and Yorkshire coach, Jason Gillespie. "Mitch is leading the wicket tally and going at less than a run a ball. He is absolutely blitzing it, simplified his game. I have told him to hit the track hard, bowl yorkers and not to worry about anything else." Gillespie said of Mitchell’s recent performances.

"I think the main thing he has done is keeping a simple game plan, nailing the basics and it is working. We finished at the top of the table in the T20, and having a great time with Dizzy getting the most out of us." Mitchell said of Gillespie’s coaching influence.

 

Mitchell joins the Australia-A tour of England starting at the end of July, and going through August. This is another great opportunity for him to improve his experience in English conditions and take some more wickets.

In some more great news, he was selected in the One-Day and Twenty20 squads for Australia's upcoming tour against Pakistan in the UAE.
News release here:
http://www.cricket.com.au/news-list/2012/7/16/uae-squad

 
 
 
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