You’ll find a delightful debut hotel or must-visit eatery around every laneway corner in Australia’s cultural capital.
WHERE TO STAY
Lancemore Mansion Hotel If you’re after a grand stay, the Lancemore Mansion Hotel Werribee Park is a 19th-Century estate with rambling English gardens, only a half- hour drive from central Melbourne. The Italianate mansion boasts luxurious guest rooms and excellent service with all the tranquil trimmings, including a day spa.
Next Hotel The shiny new 80 Collins precinct is now open, and with it the Next Hotel. In the vicinity of high fashion and sophisticated hospitality, it’s a chance to explore the city on your doorstep. When it’s time to retreat, we recommend unwinding in the La Madonna Restaurant & Bar, or simply relaxing in the refined rooms.
Quincy Hotel Located on the iconic Flinders Lane — with the CBD’s highest concentration of award-winning fine diners and popular eateries — Quincy Melbourne reflects the vibrancy of its city. Beaming 29 stories high into the skyline, it brings the essence of South East Asia to Melbourne with impeccably finished rooms and amenities.
W Hotel Another Flinders Lane local, W Melbourne holds the keys to what’s new and noteworthy. With two bars and three restaurants, it’s best to get your bearings in the hotel before stepping out. Lollo is under the creative direction of one of the most talked-about chefs in town, Adam D’Sylva, while the WET® features a poolside bar and panoramic skyline.
Shangri-La Surely one of the most anticipated openings of 2022, Sapphire by the Gardens will be Melbourne’s most exclusive address and a destination of international renown. As well as the luxury residential tower, known as the Sapphire, there will be the five-star Shangri-La hotel — with a sky bridge connecting the two over Exhibition Street.
Ritz-Carlton Slated to open later in 2022, the Ritz-Carlton Melbourne will become the southern hemisphere’s tallest (and might we add, most glamorous) hotel. In what will be the centrepiece of the West Side Place development, it will showcase signature dining experiences, holistic wellness spaces and, of course, an infinity pool.
WHERE TO EAT
Society Another new entry at 80 Collins Street is the multi-faceted Society. The art of à la carte is the centrepiece of the Dining Room, which also boasts over 10,000 bottles in its formidable cellar. The Lillian Terrace is named after the Collins Street denizen Lillian Wightman, and overlooks her former couture salon, Le Louvre.
Entrecôte Taking a nod from the famous one-dish Steakhouse Le Relais De L’Entrecôte, which opened in Paris in the late 50s, Entrecôte welcomes a new era of refined decadence in Prahran. Marrying French cuisine with Melbourne produce, within a party scene, it’s simply fantastique.
Repeat Offender A short stroll from Elwood Beach, Repeat Offender is attracting the usual dining-out suspects with a tapas fusion bar. Creating worldly interpretations of classic Latin-American cuisine with plenty of flare and flavour — and a long drinks list — you’ll want to let loose here.
Gimlet Located on a corner of Flinders Lane, Gimlet at Cavendish House is the latest addition to Melbourne’s dining scene by critically acclaimed chef Andrew McConnell. In the landmark 1920s building, expect a cocktail bar, dining room and caviar service with a classic European charisma, lavishly reimagined.
Anchovy Lauded chef Thi Le has consistently championed the progression of South East Asian cuisine in Australia. At Anchovy — in the multicultural locality of Richmond — she advances the ethos of Vietnamese cuisine, now offering a Back to Our Roots set menu and Banh Mi sessions to keep things fresh.
Nomad Sydney’s much-loved restaurant has stayed true to its name and opened a new outpost on Flinders Lane. Believing that some of the world’s finest produce is grown in greater Victoria, the local resources lend themselves to Nomad’s menu, which is inspired by the team’s travels through Spain, Morocco and the Middle East — and finished with fire and smoke.
Be transported with the turn of every oversized page of these picturesque and inspiring coffee table books. From glimpses behind the toile at major luxury fashion houses to discovering far-flung lands, each of these tomes would make a beautiful addition to your collection — or a very special gift.
David Bailey Sumo Edition Celebrating one of the world’s most influential photographers, this Sumo-sized retrospective from Taschen showcases significant portraits from anyone who was anyone through the 1950s to the 2010s. The Collector’s Edition is numbered and signed by David Bailey, and comes with four book jackets featuring John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Jean Shrimpton, Mick Jagger, and Andy Warhol. Striking a pose, the bookstand is designed by Marc Newson.
Louis Vuitton Manufactures The ateliers at Louis Vuitton don’t just create luxury accessories, but a sense of savoir-faire fulfilment and individuality. In pursuit of regional expertise and artisanal excellence, Louis Vuitton’s workshops are found in sites of interest all over France, as well as Switzerland and Italy. Featuring exclusive photographs, this Assouline volume is dedicated to those who express their talent through Louis Vuitton.
The Fendi Set Kim Jones’ fascination for the Bloomsbury Set has been evident since his first couture show as Artistic Director of Fendi in 2021 — inspired by Virginia Woolf’s Orlando. Enriched with excerpts from Bloomsbury members and ethereal new photographs taken by Nikolai von Bismarck with the likes of Naomi Campbell and Cara Delevingne, Jones has created a new ‘Set’, for a new era of Fendi.
Kaws What Party For fans of pop art and colourful graphics, the pages of this monograph are a feast for the eyes. Brian Donnelly is the American artist and designer professionally known as Kaws, one of the most successful contemporary artists today. Pore over the pages of his best-known multi-media works, from sculpture to installation, painting, fashion, toys and more.
Kuma. Complete Works 1988 — Today One of the industry’s pioneers for sustainable, contemporary architecture, revered Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has designed many awe-inspiring buildings and structures — including Japan’s National Stadium for the Tokyo Summer Olympics. His ability to blend tradition and innovation, fluidity and sturdiness, will inspire with every turn of the page.
Amazônia Sumo Edition by Sebastião Salgado A remarkable look at a part of the world that currently feels more distant than ever, Amazônia is simply breathtaking in Taschen’s limited-edition Sumo size. Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado travelled around the Amazon for six years, photographing not only the extraordinary region but the people who live there, and this large-scale collector’s item brings it to life — complete with a Renzo Piano-designed bookstand.
Dior: John Galliano 1997-2011 Among the rotating door of high fashion appointments, tenures as Creative Directors come and go — but some leave more of a mark. As with Tom Ford for Gucci and Phoebe Philo for Céline, John Galliano’s Dior era was iconic. This beauty from Assouline celebrates the best of his exquisite haute couture for the house, in all its eye-catching glory.
Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Artby Nigel Borell This book follows the ground-breaking exhibition of the same name, shown at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki — the largest in its 132-year history. Now, this published collection offers a chance to come back to the works time and time again, as it tells the story of contemporary Māori art from the 1950s to today.
Roaming: Roark’s Adventure AtlasEdited by Beau Flemister For those who have some lost travelling time to make up for, Roaming is an action-packed bucket list, as recommended by iconic adventurers. The unconventional photographic guidebook regales us with intel, itineraries and tales — from surf expeditions in Iceland and motorcycle journeys through Nepal to cliff jumping in Northern Vietnam.
If you already follow the Denizen then you will know, some of the best doughnuts in our fair city can be found at Grownup Donuts. As the name tempts, these doughnuts take the concept of a delicious, round dough cake to its full potential — piped full of original flavours, without being overly sweet. Made fresh daily, with zero additives or preservatives, including for colour and flavour, they are not only decadent but decidedly refined too.
Naturally, what started as a stall around Auckland markets by Daniel and Annie Black, Grownup Donuts quickly lassoed the interest of lovers of doughnuts and opened three stores in quick succession — out west in Henderson, north in Wairau Valley and central in the city on Anzac Avenue.
With their doughnuts selling out daily, getting to one of these locations has become a kind of sport for doughnut spotters. Their fourth store on Great South Road in Manurewa, fortunately, has added a new pitstop to keep up with the fervid demand.
One look at the cabinet will make any doughnut run worthwhile. While flavours change each fortnight, you can expect to see the gleaming likes of a Homemade Strawberry Jam with Vanilla Coconut doughnut, or Belgian Choc with Glazed Boston Cream, Creme Brulee and a classic, Vanilla Bean Cream Custard. Not to mention a variety of vegan options too.
Available to take away as a single precious ring, or in multiples from four to up to 100 (yes, you read that right) it’s worth securing a box to be shared with all your significant others. While we are sure they won’t last long once you show off your score, the freshness of these doughnuts means they are best devoured on the day of.
Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday: 10am — 8pm (Unless sold out prior)
Grownup Donuts Manurewa
185 Great South Road
Ensure your bed is as restful on the eye as it is for your slumber by choosing known, unifying shapes. Poliform’s Onda bed is based on a simple curved line, a whole that acts as a base and headboard. The Desdemone bed by Nada Nasrallah and Christian Horner is inspired by a shell found on the beach, while the covers for the Tufty-Bed are divided into a series of squares, like a languid Chesterfield sofa. Whatever your style, beds with in-built, upholstered headboards create a sense of continuity and comfort.
It’s widely believed that afternoon tea began as a parlour fancy around 1840, when Anna Russell, the Duchess of Bedford, wanted something to fill that ‘sinking feeling’ she had during the yawning afternoon. She requested light food and a pot of tea (usually Darjeeling) to be brought to her private quarters so often, she began inviting a few friends to join her. The Queen took note, and it was soon a must-attend social event on the Victorian calendar — gradually evolving to include more elaborate fare such as finger sandwiches and scones with clotted cream.
Purveyor of all things delightful and sweet, The Living Room at Park Hyatt Auckland is progressing the historic court tradition even further with a five-course, vegan afternoon tea brought to life by Executive Pastry Chef Callum Liddicoat, together with Chef de Cuisine Andreas Pfyl.
Taking the change of season as inspiration, late strawberries keep a roasted carrot and almond petit gateaux company, as well as a mini crisp apple verrine. The scones are served with a smooth coconut yoghurt and, for a well-rounded offering, the savoury dishes include beetroot tartare and polenta with kumara.
The small bites are full of flavour and texture — something we’re sure would wow even the most discerning duchess as she overlooks the water at the Park Hyatt’s Living Room, where the vegan afternoon tea is served.
Afternoon tea reservations are available Wednesday to Sunday, from 12pm to 4pm.Bookings can be made here.
Featuring a world-class mix of more than 120 fashion, beauty and dining locations, Commercial Bay really is the city’s premier destination. With several new openings, and new offerings, there is no shortage of contemporary experiences to check out. Stay awhile and treat yourself to these new delights from the intertwining realms of fashion, beauty, culture and dining out.
Season gallery arrives The newest member of the vibrant Commercial Bay community is the Season dealer gallery. Co-directors of the space are renowned artist Jade Townsend and distinguished curator and writer Francis McWhannell — and already there are artworks by contemporary jeweller and carver Neke Moa. Season is open Wednesday to Saturday, with appointments welcome. Meanwhile, a bank of large windows overlooking Lower Albert Street ensures the artworks are always on display, contributing to the cultural life and overall wellbeing of the waterfront.
Kate Sylvester opens a new store Local fashion industry stalwart Kate Sylvester has recently relocated its city store to a brand new space in Commercial Bay’s sought-after shopping precinct named Little High Street. Reflecting the ethos of Kate Sylvester, the store creates a warm, natural and effortless shopping environment, including brogue-inspired metal filigree panels and organic shapes that provide soft focal points for the layout. The opening coincides with the release of Kate Sylvester’s autumn/winter 2022 collection ‘Portrait’ — a refined collection that pays tribute to 90s silhouettes, and will last in your wardrobe for a lifetime.
The Lodge Bar & Dining has a new menu The Lodge Bar & Dining prides itself on a seasonal menu showcasing the finest local produce. As the days start to get chilly around the edges, the autumn update by award-winning chef Matt Lambert includes a pork puff with kiwi onion dip and fermented onion seasoning — with just the right amount of nostalgia and indulgence.
Skintopia offers the Complete Hydration Treatment package As the seasons change, so too do our skin’s needs. Known to tailor their skincare solutions to each client, Skintopia has launched a new skin-quenching ritual that includes an Oxygen Boost Treatment that provides the ultimate in intense hydration. For aftercare, you will also take home Dermalogica’s new Circular Hydration Serum, The Beauty Chef’s Hydration Inner Beauty Boost and a limited-edition Dermalogica drink bottle so you can keep your water intake up. This package is available for a limited time only, while stocks last, and bookings are available until the 15th of April.
Camper Coffee Roaster Co.gets brewing Camper Coffee is renowned for its single-origin green beans roasted to realise the nuanced flavours of each origin’s varietal, terroir and processing. At a relatively new outpost with a refined design on Commercial Bay’s ground floor, it is also ground zero for starting your day the right way.
Edmund Hillary’s new offering It’s about this time of year that we start to dream of lower climes, and higher climbs. The Edmund Hillary collection has all the clothing one needs for peak performance during the colder months. Its latest release includes its 100 percent merino base layers, made in New Zealand from sheep of the same flock.
To celebrate their newest openings and latest offerings we are giving one lucky Denizen the chance to win the ultimate day at Commercial Bay, including a $500 dining experience at The Lodge Bar & Dining, a Skintopia Complete Hydration Package valued at $350, and a $500 Commercial Bay Gift Card.
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Jane Campion is enjoying this moment. After winning the Silver Lion for directing at Venice for The Power of the Dog, her triumphant return to feature films after 13 years, and soaking up the New York Film Festival applause at Alice Tully Hall, the director settles into a soft sofa at Netflix’s after-party at Tavern on the Green. She had taken a detour from moviemaking to create eight episodes of Sundance TV’s lauded series Top of the Lake (2013-2017), which starred Elisabeth Moss and Holly Hunter, back home in New Zealand. Campion smiles as she tells me about the fun she’s having creating marketing materials for The Power of the Dog with Netflix, which won the hardboiled 1920s Western in a bidding war at Cannes 2019, before production began in January 2020 in remote Central Otago, New Zealand.
As with many of Campion’s films, the director seeks out ways to reveal the hidden depths of the human psyche, to pinpoint emotions in subtle and nuanced ways, whether it’s the toxic toll of keeping a secret (The Power of the Dog), exuberant sexuality (Hunter and Harvey Keitel in The Piano), or passionate first love (Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw in Bright Star). Even as she basks in recent accolades, it’s hard to recall that Campion has often struggled to find support for indie films like the John Keats romance Bright Star, which failed at the box office but inspired admiration from the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Sam Mendes, or misunderstood Meg Ryan vehicle In the Cut, which is being re-examined for its #MeToo themes. Campion took the television detour partly because moviemaking — at least, the uncompromised bravura sort that Campion favors — had become too damn hard.
Which is why the director, now a robust 67, wasn’t messing around when she committed to The Power of the Dog. Having written and directed seven features over two decades, from Sweetie in 1989 through Bright Star in 2009 — winning the 1993 Palme d’Or for The Piano as well as the Oscar for Original Screenplay and the second-ever directing Oscar nomination for a woman — the auteur made sure she did everything she could to ensure success for her eighth film. On the 3rd of December, it took home Best Director and Best Actor for Benedict Cumberbatch from the New York Film Critics Circle, two wins that could repeat on Oscar night, as well as Best Supporting Actor for Kodi Smit-McPhee. Here’s how she did it.
Nail down the right project. Campion chased down Thomas Savage’s 1967 novel, which producers optioned at least five times but never made. Both Paul Newman and Gerard Depardieu were eager to play Savage’s twisted creation Phil Burbank, who as embodied by Cumberbatch, will be remembered vividly for years to come. Campion managed to convince Canadian producer Roger Frappier, who had already acquired the rights, to go with her instead of someone else. “It’s sort of a post-western, like a ranch story,” she told me in Telluride. “Nobody’s got a gun.”
Find strong producers. The director brought on Top of the Lake producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films (Oscar-winning The King’s Speech), as well as British producer Tanya Seghatchian (The Crown), who first helped Campion to finance Bright Star in the UK. BBC Films supported initial development as Campion and Seghatchian brainstormed for 10 days in a London hotel, laying post-it notes on a huge French oak kitchen table until they had broken down Savage’s saga into a streamlined structure for a two-hour movie.
“The truth about Jane and her films is that she is, without a doubt, a pioneer,” said Seghatchian on the phone. “She has invariably been ahead in an industry not ready to go to those corners. For the first time, she embraced a male story driven by a male lead. That kind of energy historically she put into finding a space for the unheard female voice. She’s the master of desire and yearning.”
Execute a precise, detailed script. As she prepped the script, Campion consulted with Brokeback Mountain author Annie Proulx, who wrote the afterword to Savage’s book and confirmed the director’s take on Burbank’s sexuality. “The book is more sly about [Phil’s] gayness,” said Campion. “But because there were all the muscle-man magazines and Bronco Henry, it’s pretty obvious. The decision was when to reveal it. Would we have any images of Bronco Henry? He’s a powerful ghost. One of the rules I made was no flashbacks. We would move chronologically. It gives the audience a sense of security, what they can get to know and what they can’t. Flashbacks too easily explain things. They cause a relationship with reality I just don’t believe in. Things are always more complicated.”
Campion’s screenplay starts at the pivotal moment of change in the relationship between brother Montana ranchers Phil and George Burbank (Cumberbatch and Jesse Plemons), when submissive George defies his brother’s control and marries widow Rose (Kirsten Dunst). “We weren’t needing loads of back story,” said Seghatchian. “We base it on the relationship between four central characters who do figure eights.” Thus the pairings of Phil and George, Peter [Kodi Smit-McPhee], and his mother Rose, Rose and Phil, and Phil and Peter, “unfold like a dance, where the relationships of the four central players weave around one another.”
If Phil reveals his wounds as he reacts to George’s unexpected defection by cruelly undermining Rose (driving her to drink), so is enigmatic Peter tougher than his slim effeminacy might suggest. “It is a David and Goliath story,” said Campion. “Both of them are gay, actually.”
Take the scene when Peter walks in his giant-brimmed cowboy hat past a line of hooting cowboys — and then walks back again. Is he being provocative? “That scene haunted me because it is so brilliant [in the novel],” said Campion. “There was a change. And Phil called him over. It’s more to do with his courage, and his cool about, OK, being called out as a ‘faggot.’ And Phil knows who he is. And the boy’s handling it and he’s walking straight back down, not around or anything else. Phil’s impressed.”
Cast against type. Campion also committed to telling the story mainly through Phil’s perspective. She needed an actor who could carry the scenes when Phil takes off his grubby cowboy gear and finds solace swimming alone, lying on the grass in his grotto, drawing a soft scarf across his bare chest. “She cast somebody who could be vulnerable in that sacred place,” said Seghatchian, “and open up and allow the memory of Bronco Henry to feel real. She made the decision not to show Bronco Henry on screen. It had to be somebody who could hold that close in their head and allow us to have access. The capacity to love was part of who Phil is. In terms of Benedict’s capacity to act, she knew he could do the technical challenges of being an American cowboy.”
Cumberbatch’s sensitivity in the 2012 BBC drama Parade’s End caught Campion’s attention. “I’m pretty sure a lot of men can do the outer gruff stuff,” she said. “But can they go to the other place? The thing I love about Phil is he’s a lover. He takes risks for it. That he falls in a way for Peter or has love in his heart is one reason why you can handle his character, as he is stretching into something else.”
Campion made some key movie adds: Phil’s shrine to Bronco Henry and scarf, virtuosic banjo and whistle, and constant cigarette puffing. (Cumberbatch succumbed three times to nicotine poisoning.) The actor dug into intense three-week cowboy boot camp, from horse-riding and rope-throwing to castrating bulls, and stayed in character on set, keeping away from Dunst and Smit-McPhee. “Phil is an educated soul,” said producer Iain Canning in an interview. “Masculinity in its toxic form is his prison. It’s the complicated legacy of the masquerade of what masculinity is meant to be.”
And Cumberbatch submitted to wearing cowboy jumpers, chaps, and cowboy woolies. “Sexy,” said Campion. “It’s about his presentation of himself as a man and the exhaustion of that. Because it’s difficult for men, especially if you have a secret. The secret is that he loves men. Or in particular, Bronco Henry. We’re dangling the charismatic aggressive masculine identity and deconstructing that.”
Fight for time. The producers knew Campion was making an expensive movie because she demanded enough time to execute well. Shooting in Montana would have been much more costly. When Campion spotted the shape of a dog in the Home Hills in Central Otago, “she knew that would be able to be the home for her and the movie,” said producer Emile Sherman.
It had a “mythic, epic feeling about it,” she said. The director insisted on leaving some wriggle room for weather and mistakes, even losing Elisabeth Moss to another start date because it wasn’t worth sacrificing her own schedule. “It’s really important to her that she never feels like she’s rushing through a show,” said Sherman. “She wants to feel like she has the time to get the performances. She’s an immersive director, she likes to bring the cast and crew into the experience of the characters and the time, to sit within the landscape.” Campion even had Dunst and Thomasin McKenzie scrub the floors with period brushes.
Cinematographer Ari Wegner (Lady Macbeth), who had shot a commercial with Campion, came on for a year ahead of the movie, willing to give up other gigs to devote herself to prepping for Campion’s demanding shoot. The two women storyboarded the movie, figuring out every lens to capture both the breadth of the landscape and character intimacy.
The final movie came in — with Netflix absorbing the extra costs of COVID safety protocols when they returned to production after lockdown, between $USD35-39 million.
Listen to her collaborators. Surrounding herself with smart voices is the Campion way. “She’s very generous in the creative space,” said Seghatchian. “She’s strong enough to know what she wants and able to allow another voice to prod, question, engage, offer opinions and not be distracted by it, use the dialogue in a creative and open way, and make it fun and creative.”
Cumberbatch was able to engage in spirited give-and-take with Campion. “She’s an exceptional human being and an extraordinary talent because she also has a vulnerability,” he said at Telluride, “which is human, and as an artist, which leaves her open to collaborate. And she takes you to places that you can only dream of. And to go on this dark psychological journey playing Phil was just a lifetime’s highlight.”
Even though Campion meticulously planned the shooting script, bleak New Zealand locations, and complex camera moves, the director was open to changes on set. “She sees it 360 as writer and director and responds to the moments, choices, and compromises,” said Seghatchian. “She’s not dogmatic or instructive. Jane and the crew made the space real, which meant creating everything from scratch.”
Campion wooed back her An Angel at My Table production designer Grant Major (Oscar-winner for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), who took on the Herculean task of building, in just a few months, the elaborate two-story Burbank ranch house, barn and stockyards on the vast wind-swept, snowy plain in time for the start of the January shoot when the grasses would burn gold. At one point, 130 carpenters were hammering away. (Detailed soundstage interiors came later, seamlessly united with exteriors via Jay Hawkins’ VFX.) “It was one of the coolest sets I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Dunst. “The house was rich with real wood, and everyone was constantly painting it.”
When Major asked where the title came from, Campion dug into Psalm 22:20: “Deliver my soul from the sword; my darling from the power of the dog.” It’s about Jesus on the cross when he’s dying. “The atmosphere is full of guts and anguish, and blood and suffering,” she said. “And in a way, sexuality is like human suffering. As the title stands, it’s a kind of warning. The power of the dog is all those deep uncontrollable urges that come and destroy us, you know?”
Jonny Greenwood was always on Campion’s mind. She got to know him while he was a composer in residence in Australia and brought him on early to send her ideas. She encouraged him to go with his instincts on using the lonely aching rough sounds of plucked strings and an atonally tuned mechanical piano.
Even during the editing process, as notes came in from Netflix about clarifying key plot points, Campion would consider them and within a few days get back with fixes and workarounds. But she stuck to her guns on the ending. Even though she filmed a clear explanation of the shocking denouement, which comes as a surprise to most viewers who then try to retrace the steps laid out in the film, Campion decided not to use it. “We didn’t need it,” she said. “The audience felt the rules. They go with you. It’s a slow burn.”
Bakeries are a dime a dozen, but finding a truly mouthwatering bread in your local neighbourhood is more of a challenge. With the addition of Rollers Bakery, the people of Northcote (and across the city, really), can enjoy sumptuous baked goods throughout the week thanks to a few local friends who wanted to set up shop in their old stomping ground.
Tamara Tait, Judah McDonald and Laurence Woodhouse have spent nearly two decades in the hospitality industry, but Rollers is their first foray into baking a space of their own. The idea began over a few drinks at The Beer Spot — now the bakery’s next-door neighbour — and throughout last year’s lockdown it finally became reality. Rollers is the perfect blend of Tait’s barista experience, McDonald’s time spent as a chef and Woodhouse’s 19 years baking both on the Shore and over in London.
You might have caught a taste of the bakery’s pies making the rounds on social media. With a perfectly flaky and buttery crust, and every filling imaginable, these are the pies that dreams are made of. Everything is baked in-house thanks to the trio; having built the bakery from scratch, there’s nothing they can’t do. And that’s what sets them apart — Rollers offers the whole experience. Working with Ozone coffee for the perfect morning pick-me-up, this Northcote bakery redefines the ‘tradie breakfast’.
Their pies don’t discriminate either; there are plenty of options for plant-based lovers. With a vegetarian coconut curry and a veggie bake being some of the most delicious flavours, you can still treat yourself on meat-free Mondays. But the crowd favourite? That’s the steak and cheese pie, made with only the best quality ingredients.
For those craving something sweeter, the doughnuts have been flying out the door. “When people say they remind them of their childhood it’s a pretty cool buzz,” says McDonald.
Rollers opened its doors early last month, but with isolation periods and the current chaos, the team had to take an early break. On Wednesday this week, they re-opened their doors, ready to serve the crowds of the Shore once more. And while opening in a pandemic does come with its own stresses, it’s given the team time to ‘iron out the creases’ and keep it small and simple in this constantly-changing realm, giving them room to grow.
Since opening, they’ve had endless support from the community, with a crowd lining up out the door on the first day. Although the trio have spent years in the industry, they say it makes the 3am starts all the more worth it.
Here in New Zealand, a connection to the elements is an essential part of the everyday for many, intrinsically tied to our national psyche. Even in our biggest city, we’re used to space, expansiveness and the peace that arrives with taking a moment to breathe in our clean, clear air. We are envied globally for our best-of-both-worlds lifestyle — and this is about to be taken to a whole new level with the imminent arrival of luxury high-rise apartment development Seascape.
Set to be the tallest residential building in the country when it is completed, the soaring presence of this Peddlethorp-designed, Shundi Group-developed project stakes its place on Customs Street East, mere strides from the bright lights of Britomart and all the inner-city has to offer. Owing to its unparalleled height, not only will Seascape’s residents be in the midst of the action, they’ll also be able to enjoy that much-desired sense of space thanks to breathtaking views across the Waitematā Harbour and to the Hauraki Gulf beyond.
This sense of luxurious amplitude is to be at its peak within Seascape’s penthouses, the composition of which will not only be finished to an exquisite standard, but will be entirely unique inside — each one able to be customised to the specifications of the purchaser’s tastes and requirements.
There are five penthouses in total, which will take up a whole floor each — plus the master penthouse, which will sprawl sumptuously across the top two floors. UV-treated, ultra-clear, floor-to-ceiling glass is to offer a breathtaking outlook from over 130-metres in the air, supported by the innovative lattice mega-brace.
Inspired by New Zealand’s dialogue between land and sea, one that Seascape takes its name from and will bear witness to from on high, this particular penthouse pictured (on level 47) has had each element customised by Y6 Interiors to form a meticulously considered narrative. It is a completely one-off design, emotively textured and harmoniously realised.
On stepping into this penthouse’s entryway, richly dark-hued timber panelling will create a cocooning space to give an immediate feeling of comfort — and beckon the eyes towards the light shining from the dining area’s sweeping windows.
Open plan dining, kitchen and living areas will embrace almost 270-degree views of Auckland Harbour and Rangitoto and, in contrast to the intimate entrance, a lightness will be infused throughout, which mirrors the coastal environs. Features like a showstopping marble kitchen island will create textured liveability, while layers of materiality are designed in collaboration with local makers like Monmouth Glass Studio and Wilson & Dorset. Y6 Interiors has sourced elegant yet inviting furnishings exclusively for this project, from the likes of Simon James, Minotti and Amura.
While all four bedrooms will have ensuites, the master bathroom is to be a veritable haven of underfloor-heated, spa-like serenity — glimmering green marble, volcanic stone and organic lines will juxtapose Seascape’s linear structure. The rainwater shower is to be especially unforgettable, purposefully placed on the building’s perimeter so residents will almost feel as though they are showering outdoors (minus any prying eyes, thanks to the building’s height).
Wrapping around the penthouses will be extensive, 270-degree enclosable balconies, the real pièce de résistance of this lofty structure. Imagine hosting dinner parties, overlooking the glimmering lights of Auckland city at dusk, or simply taking in the horizon whenever you wish.
It’s not just within the penthouses that a feeling of personalised luxury will permeate — from the moment residents step through Seascape’s ground-floor doors, the highly polished standard will be evident. A stunning, grand lobby will feature an abundance of smooth marble tiling and glistening accents. Residents-only amenities are to include a pool and fitness facilities, and an expansive podium terrace complete with in-built seating and verdant planting, which is sure to be a hub for rubbing shoulders (should you wish) with your equally tastemaking neighbours.
They’re not making any more land, or so the age-old sentiment goes, but Seascape doesn’t have any issues with space as it stakes its place in the sky.
Award season is upon us, and with it comes the reminder that there are many great films we are still to watch. From the New Zealand-filmed The Power of the Dog to Joel Coen’s reimagining of The Tragedy of Macbeth, these films traverse time, place and action in the most remarkable way. In fact, the Academy Award nomination list reads as essential viewing for all film buffs.
The Worst Person in the World The romantic comedy-drama is generating some serious buzz as ‘one of the best romantic films in recent years and is a contender to win the Best Foreign Picture at the Oscars. Despite having the role for ‘The Worst Person in the World’, the charming Norwegian actress Renate Reinsven won the Best Actress award at Cannes for her Julie, a young woman navigating relationships and a sense of purpose, which leads to some incandescent navel-gazing. In cinemas now.
The Power of the Dog Tightening the reins on what a Western epic can be, The Power of the Dog is a masterpiece of a melodrama set in Montana. Written and directed by the critically-acclaimed Jane Campion, and filmed in atmospheric locations across Central Otago, it tells the gripping story of a staunch rancher who seems to despise his brother and his new family. Adapted from the riveting novel by Thomas Savage, there is a remarkable depth of character for the leads, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee, while the audience is kept on tenterhooks until the final scene. Nominated for 18 Oscar categories, movie buffs are watching closely to see if The Power of the Dog has the power to make history for most wins in one night. Watch on Netflix.
Parallel Mothers A leader of New Spanish Cinema, Pedro Almodóvar is known as much for his vibrant mise en scène as his intricate narratives. Once again working with his muse Penélope Cruz, Parallel Mothers looks at the bond built between two mothers who are in the same hospital room before they give birth, and the implications of their encounter that follows them home. In cinemas now.
Drive My Car By contemporary Japanese filmmaker Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Drive My Car is a profound, poetic film that looks at grief and the depth of the human spirit. Based on a short story by Haruki Murakami’s best-selling collection, Men Without Women, and winner of the Best Screenplay at Cannes, this moving film has been called ‘gently momentous’ and a ‘masterpiece’ by critics. In cinemas now.
Belfast Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical childhood drama is set at the start of the Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’ during the late 1960s, and follows its implications for a working-class family in the capital. Full of heart and a stellar cast, including Jamie Dornan, Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench and Ciarán Hinds, it’s a captivating watch. In cinemas now.
Dune Finally giving the Frank Herbert science-fiction novel the attention and cinematic techniques it deserves, Denis Villeneuve’s Dune is a modern masterpiece. While many will be attracted to the film by Timothée Chalamet and Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson and Jason Momoa also achieve standout performances on the desert planet, Arrakis. Dune already has a slew of BAFTA Awards to its name, and has 10 Oscar nominations to top it off.Watch on Apple TV and Neon.
CODA In this Sundance film festival darling, Ruby (played by Emilia Jones) is the child of deaf parents (known as a CODA) who finds she has a unique talent for singing. Dealing with what it means to ‘find your voice’ while helping those who don’t have one, it’s a heartwarming film that pushes a known coming-of-age narrative to find new meaning. At the BAFTA Awards, Troy Kotsur won Best Supporting Actor, and made history as the first deaf actor to win in this category. CODA also won Best Film at the Producers Guild Award, often seen as a barometer for Academy Award wins. Watch on Apple TV.
Tick, Tick… Boom! Directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda (who also has Encanto nominated this year), Tick, Tick…Boom! is the true story of Jonathan Larson and his genre-defying musical Rent. Played by Andrew Garfield, Larson feels the ticking of time as he reaches his 30th birthday and tries to finish the aforementioned musical — something that becomes even more poignant as the credits roll.
Spencer If you’re looking for a sympathetic portrait of the royals, this is not it — but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be added to the top of your watch-list. Directed by Pablo Larrain (who also directed Jackie), Spencer stars Kristen Stewart who offers a deft portrayal of Diana, Princess of Wales. It takes place at the Queen’s Sandringham Estate during three days over the Christmas period, and is an imagining of what could have happened throughout that time. Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles has well and truly fallen apart, and she must try to make merry with the in-laws while she desperately tries to get to her childhood home on the same grounds. Watch on Prime Video.
King Richard His daughters are sporting legends, and now the father of Venus and Serena Williams gets his turn on the podium in this emotive biopic starring Will Smith. King Richard focuses on the drive and tenacity of Richard Williams, who was undeterred in his mission to raise two tennis greats. Watch on Apple TV.
House of Gucci One of the most anticipated films of the past year, Ridley Scott’s The House of Gucci assembles Al Pacino, Adam Driver, Lady Gaga, Jared Leto and Salma Hayek in the stranger-than-fiction story of the Gucci fashion family. Based on the book The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed by Sara Gay Forden, this cinematic drama is beautiful to watch, even if it has the making of a tragedy. Watch on Apple TV and Neon.
Licorice Pizza Paul Thomas’s Licorice Pizza is a charming coming-of-age film following a romance between a successful child actor, played by Cooper Hoffman, and his high school bitter-sweet-heart, played by Alana Haim (of the sister band Haim). Set in the San Fernando Valley of the 1970s, and also starring Bradley Cooper (as Hollywood hairdresser and producer), the film has been met with controversy for some of its scenes that show dated behaviours of the past, but it is still generating Oscar buzz. In cinemas now.
The Lost Daughter With an electrifying cast of Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson and Paul Mescal, The Lost Daughter takes us on a terrible vacation, as a woman’s encounter with a brash young family makes her question the difficult decisions she made during her own early motherhood. An adaptation of the eponymous novel by Elena Ferrante, and the directorial debut of Maggie Gyllenhaal, this movie is menacing yet moving. Watch on Netflix.
The Tragedy of Macbeth Something wicked(ly good) this way comes, The Tragedy of Macbeth. Bringing together fellow Academy Award-winners, and one of the greatest plays of all time, Joel Coen directs Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand for a new take on Shakespeare’s classic tragedy. The tale of a Scottish lord who becomes obsessed with a prophecy is filmed in bone-chilling black and white scenes. Watch on Apple TV.
Nightmare Alley Renowned filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has assembled a cast of award season icons — Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Toni Collette and more — for a crime-drama of epic proportions. Based on the novel by William Lindsay Gresham, and already adapted for screen in 1947 (by director Edmund Goulding), this neo-noir is set in 1940s New York and sees a carnival worker contort himself to become a high society mentalist, where he meets a dangerous psychologist and dabbles in spook shows.Watch on Apple TV and Disney+.
Being the Ricardos One thing we’ve noticed over the Oscars years is that the entertainment industry sure likes to see itself reflected back on the screen. Based on true events, Being the Ricardos follows the stars of the 1950s sitcom I Love Lucy. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz are played by Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem, respectively, under the masterful filmmaking eye of Aaron Sorkin. Set during only one week of production, it shows the famous couple (who have also been given the documentary treatment in Lucy and Desi by Amy Poehler, recently) facing a crisis that could end their careers, and their marriage. Watch on Prime Video.
No Time To Die If you haven’t seen the new 007 film yet, you’re likely living under a rock — perhaps in a subterranean stronghold of a Bond villain. If, for any other reason, you haven’t seen the latest instalment from the Ian Fleming franchise, now is the time to get up to date as No Time to Die has been nominated for best music, sound and visual effects. The final outing for Daniel Craig as Bond, No Time to Die is thoroughly contemporary, even with the quips, and the most compelling yet. Watch on Apple TV, Prime Video and Neon.
Cruella Disney’s most chic villain has her own live-action re-make, starring Emma Stone in the titular role. Set in the punk-rock era of 1970s London, this stylised reimagining of the classic story paints Cruella as Estella, a young, creative grifter, determined to make a name for herself in the world of haute couture, before a series of events sees her transform into Cruella de Vil. We do love a misunderstood femme fatale. Watch on Disney+.
In the Eyes of Tammy Faye Two of the original televangelists, Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker, get their close-up in this biographical drama. In the leading roles, respectively, Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield also get quite the makeover as they chart the rise and fall of the world’s largest religious broadcasting network, and Tammy’s eventual redemption. Watch on Disney+ and Apple TV.
West Side Story Bringing a modern cinematic beauty to a Broadway classic, Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story is a tragic allegory of young love and fierce rivalries in 1950s New York. Starring Ansel Elgort as Tony and Rachel Zegler as Maria, it’s time to be swept away by this monumental musical. Watch on Disney+.