IT’S over 20 years since they called Porpoise Spit home in the blockbuster Muriel’s Wedding but Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths have decided to reunite.
While we are not looking at Part 11 of the mega successful film, the pair will join forces to co-host the G’day USA event later this month in Los Angeles.
The dynamic duo — who shot to thespian fame and into our pop culture consciousness for their ABBA-loving ways in the film — will host the annual G’Day USA Los Angeles Gala which will honour prominent Australians from film, television, music, sports and culture for their individual contribution to the US-Australia relationship. Let’s think od them as our very own Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
Both women have achieved extraordinary recognition and fame and in their own careers and will be a welcome change to an event that at one stage lost its way, but is now back on track to foster business relations between Australia and the United States.
Toni Collette will be in Los Angeles on January 28 at the G’day USA event. Picture: Craig GreenhillSource:News Corp Australia
This year, screenwriter, director and producer Dr. George Miller will be honoured with a G’Day USA Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Australian creative arts sector and acclaimed global success, including through the Mad Max franchise.
Director George Miller at a Golden Globe Awards Post-Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel.Source:Getty Images
Joel Edgerton will receive an Excellence in Film Award in recognition of his critical success as a writer, actor and director, including most recently with his film, The Gift.
While the Aussie actors Collette and Griffiths will share hosting duties, newly minted Qantas ambassador and multi-award winning actor, Hugh Jackman, will also make a special appearance at the awards event and dinner.
Hugh Jackman: Broadway to Oz and back to LA for G’Day USA. Picture: James MorganSource:Supplied
Red carpet arrivals and cocktail reception will be followed by the awards show and dinner, featuring premium Australian food and wine curated by Australian chef, Neil Perry and American chef Neal Fraser with the vent taking place on Thursday, January 28, at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles.
G’Day USA is Australia’s premier public and economic diplomacy program in the United States and is produced by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and Qantas.
The event was first launched in 2004 and has since grown to be one of the largest public diplomacy program run by any country in the United States.
The G’Day USA LA Gala is the most anticipated annual Australian event in the United States. Past honorees include Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Simon Baker and Olivia Newton-John.
Other names honoured have included Russell Crowe, Kylie Minogue, Mel Gibson, Abbie Cornish, Eric Bana, Paul Hogan, Rose Byrne, John Travolta, Toni Collette, Guy Pearce, Rachel Griffiths, Steve Irwin, Anthony LaPaglia, Philip Noyce, INXS, Barry Gibb, Keith Urban, Air Supply, Greg Norman, Rod Laver, Roy Emerson and Luc Longley.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."