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21/11/2017

Generational conflict as traditions questioned

ALI'S WEDDING: Helena Sawires stars in Ali's wedding. (Photo James Brickwood, SMH). The Goulburn Film Group screening is on Sunday, November 26 at the Lilac City Cinema at CHECK TIME.
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The Goulburn Film Group's November movie is 'Ali's Wedding' the winner of the Audience Award at the 2017 Sydney Film Festival.

This delightfully funny, charming Australian comedy is based on the true story of Osamah Sami and his cleric father Mahdi. Ali (played by Osamah Sami) wants to please his father (Don Hany). However, despite his lofty intentions, Ali seems incapable of making the right decisions.

When Ali fails to gain the mark required to enter medical school - and desperate to impress his dad - Ali fakes success by lying about his score. He starts attending University without being enrolled in Medicine on the hope that he will perform so well he will be allowed to continue.

On top of this deceit Ali wants to marry the woman of his dreams, an intelligent and sardonic Australian-born Muslim named Dianne (superbly played by Helena Sawires). She is studying medicine.

Smitten, Ali is more than prepared to fabricate a reason the study alongside her.

The complication is Ali is betrothed to another; the 'acceptable' Yomma (Maha Wilson).

Ultimately, this complex web of lies and deceit starts to unravel setting off a catastrophic chain of events. Ali soon finds himself caught between his sense of duty to his family and following his heart.

The film is centred around the lives and families of a Melbourne mosque and poignantly focuses on the balancing act that immigrant families must carefully undertake as they attempt to 'fit in' but retain their culture.

At the same time the film deftly explores the discomfort Ali and his friends have with their parents' traditions. Questioning - and sometimes rejecting - the 'old way' while being respectful of them.

In this sense Ali's Wedding speaks to all cultures: as the younger generation undertakes its rite of passage and in doing so questions the accepted traditions.

As well, telling lies to family members so as not to hurt their feelings is universal and we can all readily share in Ali's pain, especially as Ali's lie begins to expand.

Ali's Wedding will have you with a grin on your face for most of the time but there are also tender moments.

The script is incisive and outstandingly nuanced delivering a cleverly constructed comedy that tugs at the heartstrings as it touches the funny bone.

It has the correct balance between comedic energy and realistic pathos. For example, at one stage Ali exhorts Dianne to run away with him to America. 'Hollywood always needs people like us to play terrorists!' he eagerly argues.

At the core of what makes Ali's Wedding a standout is the relationship between the characters and the realism this engenders as they wrestle with the vagaries of the human condition.

Ali's Wedding - the first Muslim romantic-comedy - is irreverent and warm-hearted.

It is an affectionate and entertaining story of love and duty, which will touch the heart of all those who see it.

I guarantee Sami and Dianne will win you over and Ali's Wedding will become another iconic Australian classic in the mould of The Castle, Dundee and Priscilla.Read more at:wedding gowns melbourne

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09/11/2017

The Bachelorette's Kaitlyn Bristowe Just Went Wedding Dress Shopping

First he said yes to her rose; now she's saying yes to the dress! (Finally, right?) The Bachelorette's Kaitlyn Bristowe just spent the day trying on wedding dresses, and after a two-year engagement, it's about time! Do you know how long we've been waiting for another Bachelor Nation wedding special, Kaitlyn?!

In case you need a Bachelorette refresher and don't have time to binge watch, on the season 19 finale of the reality franchise, the former bachelorette chose Shawn Booth as the winner and the pair got engaged (with a Neil Lane engagement ring, of course) right then and there.

Since then, the couple has been slow to plan their big day—or at least divulge the details. But now, it seems that it's full steam ahead as Bristowe just went wedding dress shopping…with one of our favorite bridal designers, no less!

“I had a very long day today, but in the best way possible," Bristowe told her fans in a video on her Instagram story Monday night. As it turns out, that long day was spent with bridal designer Hayley Paige, trying on bridal gowns. “I tried on wedding dresses all day. Exciting stuff,” she continued, according to People. That's for sure! In a snap posted earlier to Bristowe's story, the bride-to-be can be seen at what looks like the famed designer's showroom, surrounded by wedding dresses and sketches.

Later in another video on the 'Gram, Bristowe filmed herself leaving the bridal showroom. "Okay, that is a wrap. I’m still in white,” she said, revealing her post-shopping outfit: a white minidress with a plunging neckline. Way to keep with the theme of the day, girl!

With this major wedding to-do (hopefully) checked off the bride's list, this could mean that she and her fiancé will be tying the knot soon. We'll be checking our mailbox for an invite!Read more at:wedding dresses | wedding dress styles

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02/11/2017

When lehenga met the gown

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During his short visit to Chandigarh sometime this year, designer Manish Malhotra had spoken about his then yet-to-be-showcased collection and also how he had started doing gowns, “just a couple of years ago.” Courtesy, the “redefined quintessential Indian bride” who has been hung on gowns like the West! “Because at any wedding you see, one function is a gown,” shared Manish, provoking us to think of a trend that has been so visible as to not be noticed.

JJ Vallaya, back in 2015, during his visit to Chandigarh, however, didn’t think much of the western silhouette merged with Indian embroidery; think lehenga gown or Anarkali gown. “Well, if you really want a gown then go to Paris, because that is where they get the art of making it right. But getting a gown designed here is like asking Valentino to make a lehenga,” he had said, once again provoking us to think of the silhouette and how popular it was with brides here.

Gown glory

Little wonder, every designer showcasing at the major weeks does include a fair share of the silhouette, some merged with Indian motifs and embroidery, others totally western in colours, like champagne; still some others with a pre-draped dupatta over the one-piece structure. Shyamal and Bhumika’s collection, The Princess’ Soiree, as showcased at India Couture Week 2017, included floor sweeping gowns, among other staples like kalidaar jackets and lehengas. Earlier this year, at one of the shows by designer Monisha Jaising, evening gowns shared equal space with concept lehengas and cocktail sarees in the collection titled Opera. The designer has always played upon the gown, often reserving the outfit for showstoppers. Speaking of which, Preity Zinta walked the ramp for duo Falguni and Shane Peacock at Lakme’s Winter Festive 2017, in a radiant cold shoulder gown with silver embellishments.

Trend talk

It’s a trend that has lasted more than what was even predicted by those in the fashion industry. City-based designer Sana Ghai, who runs the label The Butterfly, feels the trend of gowns at Indian weddings is a mismatch, but does make them to please the bridezillas! “The gown culture seeping into an Indian wedding is just a reflection of so many other western concepts making their way here. Be it the cake-cutting or cocktail parties.” She adds, “There are so many and such a wide variety of beautiful Indian silhouettes all ready to be explored.”Read more at:wedding dresses online

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