Groundbreaking Film Explores Julian Assange’s Journey: ‘The Trust Fall’ Hits Theaters

In a groundbreaking development, the highly anticipated Australian documentary, “The Trust Fall: Julian Assange,” has secured screenings at the country’s three major cinema chains: Event Cinemas, Hoyts, and Village Cinemas. Starting today, March 6, 2024, audiences can experience this compelling film at these premier venues. Notably, the documentary is currently captivating audiences in numerous cinemas across Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

Directed by Australian filmmaker Kym Staton, this critically acclaimed production marks his debut as a director and is garnering widespread recognition for its examination of the situation, treatment, and broader implications surrounding Julian Assange—the most renowned political prisoner of our time. The film includes an exclusive, never-before-seen interview with a victim of the infamous Collateral Murder incident.

Despite being hailed as the most decorated journalist of the modern era, Assange has endured nearly five years of solitary confinement at England’s Belmarsh Prison. His imprisonment stems from his exposure of U.S. war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. The documentary illuminates his journey and the impending decision from the U.K. High Court Judges regarding his potential extradition to the U.S. Facing charges under the U.S. Espionage Act, Assange confronts the daunting prospect of a 175-year prison sentence.

Already garnering acclaim in the film industry, “The Trust Fall: Julian Assange” has received several awards, including Best Emerging Director at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, Best First-Time Director at the Cine Paris Film Festival, and an official selection at the Warsaw Film Festival. This cinematic masterpiece promises to be a thought-provoking and award-winning exploration of one of the most significant figures in contemporary journalism.

This article was sourced from a media release sent by Carly Lincoln of NIXCO.

Four Big Awards for GMA Network at the 20th Philippine Quill Awards

Leading media company GMA Network begins the year with four big wins at the 20th Philippine Quill Awards. Projects encouraging compassion for the environment and appreciation for Philippine culture and tradition prove once more that the Network provides more than world-class entertainment to audiences while ensuring these are accessible across multiple platforms.

Three projects of the Network won under the Communication Skills Division. First is “Sinking Cities,” which is part of the Climate Change Special Reports series of “24 Oras.” The feature delved into the critical issue of places beginning to sink due to rising sea levels caused by climate change.

Next is “The Importance of Sierra Madre,” from late-night newscast “Saksi,” which highlighted the vital role the mountain range plays in protecting places from powerful typhoons.

These special features secured Excellence Awards for GMA Integrated News under Category 22 Audio/Visual.

Further, original Spotify podcast “Sounds and Stories of the Philippines” produced by GMA Integrated News and GMA Public Affairs, received an Excellence Award under Category 21: Digital Communication/Communication for the Web. The podcast is aimed at showcasing the best in Philippine culture and designed to be accessed and appreciated by a wider audience. It is also another step undertaken by the Network in distributing quality content available on online platforms. “Sounds and Stories of the Philippines” is told by veteran voiceover artist Shirley Escalante through ASMR.

“On behalf of 24 Oras, Saksi, Online, and the entire GMA Integrated News, a big thank you to the 20th Philippine Quill Awards for recognizing our work. These awards fuel our commitment to delivering impactful news and storytelling, inspiring us to keep striving for excellence,” says Oliver Victor B. Amoroso, GMA Network’s Senior Vice President and Head of GMA Integrated News, Regional TV, and Synergy.

Rounding up GMA Network’s recognitions is the Merit Award received by the Kapuso ng Kalikasan (KnK) project under the Communication Management Division, Category 15: Corporate Social Responsibility.

KnK is the Network’s flagship program and green strategy. GMA Network, through this platform, influences stakeholders in a national effort to mitigate the impact of climate change. KnK spearheads strategic collaborations with industry leaders to integrate environmental consciousness into institutional programs. By making full use of the Network’s wide reach and commitment to delivering trusted information, KnK utilizes diverse genres in disseminating compelling content designed to foster awareness in environmental protection and conservation.

“This award reminds us at GMA Network of our role in upholding effective business communication,” says Angel Javier-Cruz, GMA Network Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Communications, regarding KnK’s recognition. “While we want to keep our audiences entertained, we also have the responsibility of educating them on matters about the environment and climate change. Our Kapuso ng Kalikasan project embodies our commitment to promoting environmental awareness, while also taking on the challenge of creating interesting and informative content that encourages our audience to take part.”

The Philippine Quill Awards is an annual event that honors professional communication practitioners and student communicators that exemplify global standards of excellent, effective, and purposeful business communication. It was launched in 2004 by the Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

New Heights of Harmony: Ben&Ben Collaborates with Belle Mariano in Duet Version of ‘Autumn’ for ABS-CBN Series!

Nine-piece Filipino band Ben&Ben introduces a duet version of their single “Autumn” with new gen phenomenal actress Belle Mariano as part of the official soundtrack of ABS-CBN’s hit primetime series “Can’t Buy Me Love.”

“Autumn” tackles the distance between two people who are grappling to make their relationship work. It was composed by Ben&Ben’s Paolo Benjamin and Miguel Benjamin who also produced the song collaboration alongside ABS-CBN Music creative director Jonathan Manalo and Jean Paul Verona. Previously, The band released its original version last November.

Recently, Belle released her second album “Somber” which included several hit singles such as “Bugambilya” and “Somber and Solemn.” The album claimed the top spot of iTunes Philippines album chart upon its release while its tracks charted in the top 30 of singles chart.

Aside from her music, she also became prominent as a talented actress following her successful series “He’s Into Her” and romcom flicks “Love Is Color Blind” and “An Inconvenient Love.” Currently, she stars in “Can’t Buy Me Love” along with on-screen partner Donny Pangilinan.

Meanwhile, Ben&Ben is an award-winning folk-pop band from Manila, Philippines. The band has endeared itself to many with their heartfelt lyrics, unique musicality, and their electric vibe onstage. They dedicate themselves to bringing richness to the music they create through songs of hope, love, and positivity.

Together, they have amassed more than two billion streams on Spotify alone, charting on Spotify Philippines Top 50 with 10 songs simultaneously ranking and also currently holding the record for most #1s on the platform for OPM, and the most streamed OPM artist overall.

Check out Ben&Ben and Belle’s duet version of “Autumn” available on various streaming platforms. For more details, follow Star Pop on FacebookX (Twitter)Instagram, and TikTok.

Sir Stamford Circular Quay Hosts StarCentral Media Group’s Grand Year-End Celebration

StarCentral Media Group is gearing up for an extraordinary end-of-year event at the prestigious Sir Stamford Circular Quay on December 17th, starting from 11 am. This event will joyously signify the culmination of a vibrant year, celebrating the Christmas spirit and a year of achievements. It aims to bring together sponsors, collaborators, friends, and industry partners for a grand celebration.

In a thrilling collaboration with MS Entertainment Network, Flagcom, and APCO, this highly-anticipated event promises an evening of elegance and splendor. The gathering is set to feature various special events, including the much-anticipated StarCentral Magazine’s People of the Year Awards and the captivating Kings and Queens fashion exhibition.

Notably, this opulent affair will unfold at the esteemed Sir Stamford Circular Quay, located at 3 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, providing a luxurious backdrop for this glamorous occasion.

Esteemed sponsors, including Cubecorp, PW Mortgage Partners, and Parramatta Community College, have played a significant role in making this event a reality.

Adding to the event’s allure, GEM Models and TV6 Network will make special appearances, promising an evening brimming with talent and excitement.

This event is the perfect occasion for networking, merriment, and a celebration of the achievements and collaborations of the past year. StarCentral Media Group cordially invites everyone to join in this prestigious gathering, set to be a truly memorable and grand finale to an eventful year.

For more information or to participate in the Kings and Queens fashion exhibition, kindly get in touch with us at your earliest convenience.

Let’s mark the end of this fantastic year with an evening of opulence and celebration at the Sir Stamford Circular Quay.

For further inquiries, please contact Krissy at krissy@starcentralmag.com.

Real Talk With MMJ Episode 6: Introducing Mark Coronel!

In the dynamic realm of real estate, only a select few professionals possess a unique blend of skill, strategic acumen, and a genuine dedication to their clients’ needs. Mark Coronel, the Sales Director at Cubecorp Projects Pty Ltd, exemplifies excellence within the industry. With a wealth of 17 years of sales experience, Coronel is esteemed as a visionary leader, known for achieving results while focusing on providing essential solutions to those seeking assistance.

Coronel’s journey in the sales industry spans close to two decades, a testament to his enduring commitment and fervor. Throughout his career, he has refined his expertise in various areas of the real estate landscape, encompassing residential and commercial real estate, project management, project marketing, and investment properties. His proficiency extends to guiding first-time home sellers and investors, particularly within the sphere of residential investment properties and real estate development.

An integral aspect of Coronel’s approach is his belief that sales fundamentally revolves around offering solutions. This foundational philosophy underscores his dedication to understanding the unique needs of his clients and tailoring his services accordingly. Whether he is assisting clients in discovering their dream homes, identifying lucrative investment prospects, or navigating the complexities of real estate transactions, Coronel’s approach is centered on empowering clients to make informed decisions.

Coronel’s status as a professional, effective, and supportive sales director isn’t merely an empty title; it is validated by a substantial track record. In the past five years alone, he has effectively aided over 1,000 clients throughout Australia in accomplishing their real estate aspirations. This significant accomplishment not only highlights his expertise but also underscores his ability to foster enduring relationships founded on trust and mutual success.

Beyond the realms of real estate, Mark Coronel adopts a multifaceted approach to life. Driven by an unyielding passion for people, he has positioned himself as a mentor and advisor, generously sharing the wisdom and insights amassed throughout his journey. His sales acumen is matched by his proficiency in wealth creation, a skill he wholeheartedly believes in sharing for the betterment of those around him.

BINI Takes Center Stage with Their Exciting Comeback Single ‘Karera’

Members of the female pop group BINI kickstart their new era with the release of their comeback single “Karera” which dropped on music streaming platforms last month.

The upbeat track highlights the importance of enjoying the moments of life as everyone has their own time and phase. FlipMusic’s Gianina Camille “Nica” Del Rosario, Julius James “Jumbo” De Belen, and Jose Miguel Cortes composed the song while BINI members Colet, Mikha, and Stacey wrote its rap parts.

“Karera” also serves as a preview of BINI’s upcoming EP which will be released this November. Catch their comeback performance on “It’s Showtime” (Sept. 23), Watsons Playlist Concert (Sept. 24), 101.1 Yes FM and 96.3 Easy Rock (Sept. 26), MOR Good Time To (Sept. 27), and Wish Bus (Sept. 28).

Dubbed as the Nation’s Girl Group, BINI has captivated the hearts of listeners with their empowering messages that transcend through their music. Last year, they released their sophomore album “Feel Good” which has earned more than five million streams on Spotify and also topped the iTunes albums chart Philippines. Their single “I Feel Good” was also nominated in Brazil’s BreakTudo Awards for Music by International Music Artist.

Check out BINI’s newest single “Karera” available on various music streaming platforms this Friday. Get regular updates by following BINI_ph on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and TikTok, and subscribing to their official YouTube channel, BINI Official.

Filipino Music Extravaganza: 1MX Sydney Artists Take Over Sydney Streets and Local Hotspots

Photo Credit: Rey Saballa

In an extraordinary prelude to the highly anticipated 1MX Sydney Music Festival, Filipino music icons, including KZ Tandingan, Ben&Ben, Maymay Entrata, and BINI, have orchestrated surprise busking sessions and community visits across Sydney. The city is set ablaze with their impromptu performances and delightful interactions with fans.

George St Serenade and Surprise Visits

The bustling George St in Sydney recently played host to a musical extravaganza when KZ Tandingan and Maymay Entrata surprised fans with an impromptu busking session. The unexpected encounter turned the iconic Sydney street into an unforgettable stage, with fans joining in the musical celebration. Adding an extra layer of excitement, KZ, Maymay, and BINI will explore Filipino restaurants and shops around the Rooty Hill area on Saturday, October 7, fostering a sense of community connection.

Rain or Shine Resilience in Blacktown

Undeterred by rain, KZ, Ben&Ben, Maymay, and BINI took their talents to the streets of Blacktown. The TV6 team witnessed firsthand the resilience and unwavering talent of these Filipino music sensations, applauding their dedication to delivering an extraordinary musical experience, rain or shine.

1MX Sydney Music Festival Anticipation

As the clock ticks down to the grand 1MX Sydney Music Festival on October 8 at The Hordern Pavilion, excitement reaches a fever pitch. With eight full concerts scheduled from noon to sundown, the festival promises an immersive musical experience. The Ticket Booth opens at 10 a.m., and gates swing open at 12 p.m., inviting music enthusiasts to revel in a day of non-stop entertainment.

Star-Studded Lineup and Community Engagements

Experience the harmonious convergence of Filipino and Australian musical brilliance at #1MXSydney, where Maymay Entrata and KZ Tandingan, along with other stellar artists, will grace the stage. In a unique twist, these artists will also explore the vibrant Filipino community around Rooty Hill, fostering a deeper connection with local fans. On Saturday afternoon, October 7, Ben & Ben will enchant the streets of Chatswood, while Milky Day and William Singe will add musical magic to George St Sydney through busking sessions.

Flash Sale Alert: For those eager to be part of this extraordinary musical celebration, a flash sale offers an enticing 50% discount for purchasing at least two tickets. Secure your spot via this link (1MX Sydney) and immerse yourself in the rhythmic symphony at 1MX Sydney on October 8 at the Hordern Pavilion.

TV6 Exclusive: Pageant of the World’s VIP Night Shines in Spectacular Fashion

In the glittering world of beauty and pageantry, Pageant of the World cemented its status as a global powerhouse with a VIP night that unfolded on Tuesday, September 26th. The event, hosted at the breathtaking Bedouin in Double Bay, was a star-studded affair that brought together media partners, sponsors, stunning models, beauty queens, and fashion aficionados in an extravagant celebration of elegance and talent.

Pageant of the World ensured that every moment of the VIP night was captured in the spotlight. The pageant of the World team showcased the brand’s commitment to excellence and its ability to draw in influential players in the media landscape.

Hosted by Icons of Elegance

Guiding the audience through a night of glitz and glamour were the charismatic hosts John Eussen and the esteemed 2019 Woman Of The World, Miss New Zealand, Christy Taylor. Their presence added a layer of sophistication to an evening that was already laden with beauty and style.

The Enchanting Venue: Bedouin in Double Bay

The choice of venue played a crucial role in elevating the VIP night to a realm of luxury and grandeur. Bedouin in Double Bay, with its stunning backdrop and opulent ambiance, provided the perfect setting for an event that celebrated beauty and talent.

Runway Royalty: Male and Female Contestants

The VIP night witnessed a parade of elegance and charisma as seven male contestants — Enoque Santiago, Fadi Jorjus, Buya Ser-Od, Angelo Joaquin Basa, Hayden Johnson, Rishabh Sharma, and Eric Phan — alongside thirteen dazzling female contestants — Xyrilla Jean Antonio, Rachel Farah, Nyamdulam Shinebayar, Maddy May, Ekam Makkar, Hiba Al Malky, Chloé Gouneau, Leila Mokdad, Kizza Raj, Yukina Sato, Bruna Vasconcelos, Samikshya Shrestha, and Elika Bunter — took to the runway. Their introduction to the captivated audience marked a prelude to the main event — the Grand Coronation on Saturday, September 30th, at Sofitel Wentworth.

The Countdown to Grandeur

As the VIP night concluded, the excitement and anticipation reached a crescendo. The runway showcase was not merely a display of beauty but a teaser for the grand spectacle that awaits at the Sofitel Wentworth on September 30th. Pageant of the World has set the stage for an event that promises to be an epitome of grace, style, and excellence.

In the world of pageantry, Pageant of the World’s VIP night has not only created a buzz but has set a new standard for elegance and glamour. The global audience eagerly awaits the Grand Coronation, where the finest talents will be crowned. Stay tuned for the crowning glory that will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on the world of beauty and pageantry.

1MX Sydney: An Epic Fusion of Music, Culture, and Talent And Is Coming Down Under!

From a triumphant tour in London just two months ago, the world-traveling music extravaganza, 1MX, is set to make its mark in Sydney on October 8th, and it promises to be nothing short of spectacular. Sydney, get ready for a day of music, culture, and talent that you won’t soon forget!

The Venue: The Legendary Hordern Pavilion

The Hordern Pavilion, one of Sydney’s most beloved entertainment venues, will play host to this historic gathering. This iconic venue has witnessed unforgettable performances by music legends like Coldplay, Justin Timberlake, and Frank Sinatra. It has also been the stage for prestigious events like the ARIA’s and AACTA Awards. It’s the perfect setting for the 1MX Music Festival to shine.

A Historic Gathering of Asian-Australian Fusion Music

The 1MX Music Festival is known for its unique blend of Asian-Australian fusion music, and this event will be no exception. It’s an eight-concerts-in-one extravaganza featuring some of today’s most talented and acclaimed artists.

Meet the Star-Studded Lineup

  1. Dami Im: Dami Im, known for her emotive and powerful vocals, captured hearts when she won The X Factor Australia. Her hit singles like “Alive,” “Super Love,” and “Gladiator” have dominated the charts. She even became “Eurovision Royalty” in 2016 with her smash hit, “The Sound of Silence.” With four studio albums reaching the top ten charts, Dami Im is a force to be reckoned with.
  2. William Singe: A true luminary in Australia’s music scene, William Singe’s solo career took off after he gained recognition on Australia’s X-Factor. His house recordings of R&B, pop, reggae, hip-hop, and rap covers quickly gained millions of fans, Spotify streams, and YouTube subscribers.
  3. KZ Tandingan: Known as Asia’s Soul Supreme, KZ Tandingan rose to prominence after winning the first season of The X Factor Philippines in 2012. Her unique sound and technique have made her a standout artist. She even competed against global stars like Jessie J and Coco Lee in Singer 2018.
  4. Ben&Ben: This folk-pop band from the Philippines has been making waves since 2017 with chart-toppers like “Kathang Isip” and “Maybe the Night.” They’ve been named Spotify’s Most Streamed Artist in the Philippines in 2020 and have a unique approach to songwriting, with all band members collaborating on each song’s lyrics and music.
  5. Keenan Te: With over 5 billion views on TikTok and a massive following on streaming platforms, pop sensation Keenan Te has taken the music industry by storm. His powerful voice has even caught the attention of top music personalities like Meghan Trainor and Jennifer Hudson.
  6. Milky Day: Rising R&B artist Milky Day, with a background in mathematics and music, has released popular tracks like “You’ll Be Alright” and “Take It Slow.” His unique blend of music and engineering has gained significant traction.
  7. Maymay Entrata: This Filipina multi-talent has conquered hearts as an actress, singer, host, and model. After her big win on Pinoy Big Brother, Maymay launched her debut album, receiving gold and platinum certifications. She even made history as the first Filipina to walk the runway at the Arab Fashion Week in Dubai.
  8. Bini: This P-Pop Girl Group formed through Star Hunt Academy (SHA) has taken the music world by storm. In just one year, they released their debut album “Born to Win” and showcased hits like the title track “Born To Win” and “Na Na Na.”

One Music Experience, Many Delights

1MX is more than just a music festival; it’s an international cultural celebration. It seamlessly blends authentic Asian artist showcases with the local cultural scene, from food to fashion to lifestyle. It’s a one-of-a-kind music experience that promises to delight the senses and feed the soul.

Don’t miss out on this epic fusion of music, culture, and talent. Get your tickets now and be a part of the 1MX Sydney Music Festival, an event that’s sure to leave you mesmerized.

For further details and to purchase tickets for the Sydney edition of 1MX, please visit: 1MX Sydney Music Festival

Miss Earth Australia 2023: A Night of Beauty, Advocacy, and Sustainability

Photo Credit: Bob Reyes

The stage was set, the contestants were ready, and the anticipation was palpable. The night of September 9, 2023, Miss Earth Australia 2023, finally came to life, and it was a spectacle that left everyone in awe.

A Night to Remember

With 11 exceptional finalists from diverse backgrounds, this year’s Miss Earth Australia was nothing short of extraordinary. The finalists—Kritika Sharma, Patricia Sheeran, Deborah Madriaga, Puja Nagaria, Sonia Kekatos, Luna Ojacastro, Kajol Chand, Sarah Tute, Helen Latukefu, Taylor Kuchel, and Katelyn Storey—each brought their unique charm and charisma to the stage.

The event was divided into four segments, each designed to showcase the contestants’ beauty, intelligence, and commitment to the environment. The Swimwear round, sponsored by Styelle Swim, highlighted their poise and confidence. The Evening Gown round was a display of elegance and grace. However, it was the Environmental Hashtag round that truly stood out, where each finalist selected a hashtag and provided a thoughtful environmental explanation, emphasizing the pageant’s dedication to eco-consciousness.

Recognizing Excellence

In addition to the main competition, several sponsors’ awards were presented, recognizing the outstanding qualities of the contestants. Taylor Kuchel received the prestigious StarCentral’s Choice award, while Helen Latukefu was honoured with the Miss Millionaires Alliance title. Luna Ojacastro earned the Miss Philippine Airlines award, showcasing her exceptional charm. Helen Latukefu’s prowess in the Swimwear round earned her the title of Best in Swimwear, while Patricia Sheeran was crowned Miss Photogenic. Deborah Madriaga’s grace in the Evening Gown round earned her the title of Best in Evening Gown, and Taylor Kuchel was awarded the title of Miss Congeniality. Kritika Sharma’s exceptional talent shone through as she was named Miss Talent, and Luna Ojacastro won the hearts of the audience, securing the People’s Choice Award.

The Final Five

As the judges’ results were tabulated, the competition intensified. The final top five contestants—Patricia Sheeran, Deborah Madriaga, Luna Ojacastro, Kajol Chand, and Helen Latukefu—stood on the brink of a life-changing moment.

And the Winners Are…

The moment of truth arrived as the final question was presented. Each contestant eloquently shared their thoughts, demonstrating their intelligence and passion for environmental advocacy. In the end, the winners were revealed:

  • Miss Earth Charity Australia: Patricia Sheeran
  • Miss Earth Fire Australia: Luna Ojacastro
  • Miss Earth Water Australia: Kajol Chand
  • Miss Earth Air Australia: Deborah Madriaga
  • Miss Earth Australia 2023: Helen Latukefu

Photo Credit: Bob Reyes

A Celebration of Excellence and Advocacy

The success of Miss Earth Australia 2023 would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of the entire team. Congratulations to the current National Director, Juliet De Leon, Managing Director, Jasper Lim, and Production Head Marc Baylon, whose tireless efforts brought this incredible event to life.

Miss Earth Australia 2023 was not just a beauty pageant; it was a celebration of environmental awareness, empowerment, and the tireless efforts to make a positive impact on the world. With the main hashtags #MEA202tree and #MElovetree, the pageant underscored its commitment to a sustainable future.

As we celebrate the crowning of Helen Latukefu as Miss Earth Australia 2023, we look forward to her journey as she represents Australia in the upcoming Miss Earth International competition. The night was a testament to beauty with a purpose, and it leaves us inspired and hopeful for a better, more sustainable world.

Congratulations to all the contestants and winners of Miss Earth Australia 2023. Your dedication to advocacy and environmental consciousness is a shining example for us all.